Stayed in a villa here over new year. We liked the fact that it was a bit out of the way compared to the ever expanding Hotel areas close to the airport. It's a short walk to the river, butterfly farm/restaurant & old market area. You can always get a tuk tuk to anywhere from outside at a reasonable rate at any time of day or night. The room was like a traditional khmer house on stilts overlooking the garden & lovely waterways (kampongs) packed with lotus flowers. Loads of room with a large bathroom with open shower & traditional green tiles every day decorated with fresh lotus flowers (the plumbing wasn't great however & we had to ask a few times for the plughole to be unblocked). Make sure you check out the library - enough books (coffee table type books) to last a year. Also try & find the pool, its a bit hidden away but lovely.
Our only other niggle was the reception staff. It took for ever to organise something & we usually had to make several visits until it was done. Each time they just wrote it down in a diary. If you need something go to reception rather than phone & allow time for this in your daily schedule. The girls were charming - its just the system that was wrong.
Breakfast was brilliant served overlooking the pools in a traditional open khmer building- make sure you try the crispy bacon, fruit, pancakes, honey, yoghurt. Everyday there is an English Language cambodian newspaper & you can read this & find out what is going on during breakfast.It has useful info such as sunset & sunrise times. Definitely recommend you book a car, driver & guide when you get there for visits to Angkor wat etc. Also don't go without a visit to the Apsara Dance theatre across the road owned by the hotel. We had to as it was part of being there at New Year, but I would do it anyway. The show is lovely, not tacky like another one I have heard about, & the food excellent. Don't bother with the Hotel laundry you will find extremely cheap laundries a very short distance away down a side street to the river. there is also a balcony all around the room, ours faced the back of the hotel so we were able to hang washing out there too.
We eat one evening in the restaurant & had an excellent meal, also at Viroths a short walk away and great & FCC not so good (very poor service). Apart from all the usual places we also recommend the Aki Ra's landmine museum (moving), Mcdermott Photo gallery, Neak Pean temple, Senteurs d"Angkor, Artisan's d'Angkor, Butterflies Garden restaurant, River of 1000 Lingas at Phnom kulen & if you have children the dead fish tower restaurant in the evening (your food arrives via a series of pulleys & the whole restaurant looks like something designed by Heath Robinson - complete with a real crocodile pit on the way to the loos). Also check out "Stay another Day Cambodia" if you are into responsible, sustainable Travel for places to visit
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Angkor Village
- Angkor Village Siem Reap