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Letthink Oct 23rd, 2008 03:05 AM

Look for hotels in Siem Reap
Hello, could someone please recommend a few hotels near old market in Siem Reap? Thank you.

afterall Oct 23rd, 2008 04:18 AM

As always, please give us a bugdet and a list of "must haves". Stayed just a few hundred metres from the Old Market some years ago in a room with en-suite and a shared balcony for breakfast.

Cost? $12usd. Would have been 15usd with a/c. Let us double it for a four year gap.

Is that the sort of thing you are thinking of?

Scotters Oct 23rd, 2008 01:30 PM

Yes it would be helpful to know what price range you are looking for. In the budget class the older Ta Prohm ($32) and the better Steung Siemreap ($55) are right by the market. Across the river but still within walking distance is the Bopha Angkor ($46) a favourite of mine. The rates shown are net with breakfast. Of course there are many others with both lower and higher rates.

Letthink Oct 23rd, 2008 08:07 PM

Dear Scottrs,
I checked one, Riviera Hotel, but I do not decide yet.

Please advise if it is possible to walk from the Riviera Hotel to Old Market and if so, how long will the walk take? Is it true that there is a casino inside the hotel? Is it legal to gamble in Cambodia?

What do you think of the Riviera Scotters, is it nice? Do you know how old the hotel is? Is it well run?

Thanks for your help.

linjudy Oct 23rd, 2008 08:14 PM

Is this a good area to stay in? Seems like great access to restaurants, etc, but is it very noisy?

Has any one tried Hotel Be Angkor? The website looks very nice.

dogster Oct 23rd, 2008 08:22 PM

I have linjudy - it's great.

Search for a report from about 2 nmonths ago: Dogster: Live from Siem Reap.

that'll tell you stuff.

Mitch04 Oct 23rd, 2008 09:23 PM

I support the choice of the Bopha-Angkor. It's a a real gem.

filmwill Oct 23rd, 2008 10:28 PM

Triple yes on Bopha. It's the best deal for the money, bar-none.

Letthink Oct 24th, 2008 05:22 PM

Let me check first! Thank you so much!

linjudy Oct 26th, 2008 01:28 PM

Thank you, Dogster. Your account was very entertaining! I hope the restaurant is still there so we can try it.

dogster Oct 26th, 2008 01:49 PM

my pleasure linjudy. I think you should go stay at Be Angkor. Or did I put you off? lol

And I,too hope the restaurant is still there. I still remember those meals... ahhh. offwego came into my thread and abused me for blowing the gaff, demanding it be deleted. Now, that's praise. I didn't know she/he lived in S.R. lol.

offwego Oct 26th, 2008 02:30 PM

<abused me>
Just trying to get you to "heel"


For the record, Samot is still there in all it's undiscovered glory and I am a She, or I was last I checked.

dogster Oct 26th, 2008 02:49 PM

Hi Ms. off, I thought you were a girl but, hey, what do I know? I thought gpanda was a Panda. I might be a woman too. It's impossible to know with a name like Dogster.

Samot and the hidden wonders of Hotel Be Angkor are worth a trip to S.R. on their own. I envy you the opportunity to dine avec Monsieur Samot whenever you choose. Will you tell him he is now [in]famous when you next go in?

offwego Oct 26th, 2008 05:11 PM

No I won't tell him. We can't have him getting nervous.

linjudy Oct 26th, 2008 06:05 PM

No, Dogster, you did not put me off on the Hotel Be Angkor. If anything, I'm more eager to experience it!

As long as it's not very noisy... Is it pretty quiet at night? Sounds like the night life could go on quite late...

dogster Oct 26th, 2008 07:23 PM

linjudy: your intuition is correct. For this reason you must book the BAMBOO room. Check the website. It's been renamed the Dogster Suite.

But the front rooms have a balcony out to the street and you can sit and watch the fascinating passing parade down below - which is a fair swap for a bit of noise. It'll be over by midnight most nights. It's a little weeny alley.

But I loved the Bamboo Room. And the ambience of the whole thing. I'll give you directions to the ear-cleaning place closer to the time. I just know you want that experience.

Scotters Oct 26th, 2008 07:47 PM

I found the web site for the hotel Be Angkok and while it looks nice it is way overpriced for what you get. The cheapest room is $95++ and the facilities are limlted and there is no pool. Give me the Bopha Angkor or the Steung Siemreap or any of the many other hotels in the under $100 range.

dogster Oct 26th, 2008 08:04 PM

lol well, it's not a competition, Scotters.

Hotel Be Angkor has an ambience, immediate surroundings, vibey kinda thang - a whole lot of stuff that nowhere else in the world has. A pool and 'facilies' ain't necessarily the point for some travellers. Unique experiences are what I want now. That's me. You? Go stay Bopha - have the pool - enjoy.

A hotel with three rooms, or the One Hotel next door, with one room, sounds pretty unique to me. You sure do get that personal service. You're an instant member of a whole rabbit-warren of restaurants, bars, street sellers, heh - street walkers, the market, the world.

You? Go stay Bopha. Enjoy the pool.

Different strokes for different folks - actually, we're all swimming in the same ocean. I just dog-paddle along.

linjudy Oct 27th, 2008 11:35 AM

No thanks on the ear cleaning! But definitely interested in suggestions re restaurants, bars, massages, etc.

I'm looking forward to something "vibey". We usually like a mix of different types of accommodation on our trips. We'll be going to Phuket after Siem Reap and will indulge in the pool there!

On the rooms, I can't decide between the quiet or the balcony! too many decisions but I'm sure I'm over thinking it :)

dogster Oct 27th, 2008 02:28 PM

Oh well, 'vibey' you will get. I originally booked the street room and was a weeny bit disappointed when Martin, the owner upgraded me to the bamboo room. I checked the others out. Bamboo was easily the best option.

The street is just outside your door. You walk down, past the Spa, to the downstairs floor. You greet the world standing the middle of a restaurant. Breakfast. Walk ten feet. There's the street. Sit.

Upstairs, your private Siem Reap balcony, on a rooftop. Down there, just down there, is your market. That's on the other side of your restaurant.

Queen linjudy. King Dog. We deserve it.

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