Overview - Really Great 5 night stay. Golden Banana has 2 different & separate accommodations adjacent to each other. We stayed at Golden Banana Boutique Resort/Villa, not the B&B. Hotel is set around a pool & inner courtyard, nice garden and very compact setting.
Airport pickup - Organised directly with hotel via hotel email ($8usd), only 15mins to Hotel. Lots of taxi and tuk tuks at airport available also.
Booking - via Agoda online. Confirmed & voucher received later via email. Price $125 USD per night (including b/fast), paid with credit card online.
Location - Villa is down a narrow paved alleyway on the quieter side of Siem Reap River, 10mins walk across foot bridge to Psar Chaa area. Tuk tuk drivers wait near both villas for a quick trip to town.
Facilities - Pool is good size, clean, salt water, with 10/12 sun lounges. The restaurant and bar area overlooks the central pool area and courtyard. Wifi access in whole of resort. Massage/spa available also.
Rooms - stayed on ground floor, near lobby and pool. Clean, compact room with queen bed, comfortable mattress, nice bedlinen. Room has large safe, air con, ceiling fan, hair dryer, minibar fridge, small flat screen TV (with some western channels) complimentary water, good shower pressure, shower gel and shampoo.
Food - good was very good quality, good mixture of 'typical' western choices plus asian choices. Drinks menu large, wine choices was outstanding. Drinks served promptly and cold. Breakfast is 6am till noon with a set breakfast menu (which is flexible) and its an 'order what you need to eat' system. Lunch and dinner menu available during the day until 9pm. Good vibe, music playing, enthusiastic staff, good service.
Hints - Dinner is early in Siem Reap, most tourist restaurants are winding down by 9/10 pm (except pub street bars). Hire a bicycle and cycle around early morning (6.30am!).
Pros - Great oasis away from crowds, pool welcoming for cool down after templing, enjoyed food and drinks, great room, staff willing to assist you as best they can, loved the enthusiasm and management were visible always.
Cons - Temple transport gets 'added' to the total bill and not itemized. All in all it was minor language issues (with a smile) at the desk in lobby when organising temple/activities. Pool area can get busy as sun lounges are limited. Some noise in the inner courtyard (noise and voices travel) early morning from kitchen/lobby but not too bad!
Suggestions - Provide a price list / information sheet for temple visits for guests to dwell over (e.g suggest types of tour, length of time, what it includes). We wished we had deliberated before chosing our temple visits (would have done it differently, and felt cost was high for two half days, and a sunrise)
Other Restaurants - Traditional Khmer Kitchen (The Alley) was cheap, cold beer, decent Khmer food. Blue Pumpkin for strong coffee. Viva for ok Mexican, good toilet facilities. Khmer Kitchen was ok, overrated. Linga Bar for late night drink. Found Cambodian / Khmer food 'dumbed down' for the barangs (like southern Vietnam, same same and not different).
Temple advice - Temple schmemple...do your research before arriving, don't try to see all the temples, lots of tourists, lots of tours buses, not very tranquil, consider time of the year and weather when visiting. 3 day pass is open for 6 days ($40 USD), limited toilet facilities. Travel to temples is choice of air con car, tuk tuk, moto or bicycle. Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise but go inside temple straight after (tour groups goback to hotels for breakfast!!). Visit Beng Mealea (65 km from SR) early morning, less crowded. Bayon, packed with tourists, but ok. Ta Prohm was under restoration and packed with tour groups. Phnom Bakheng for sunset was a waste of time, crazily crowded and disappointing.
Onward travel - Air con car to Battambang, 2.5 hrs, $40 USD.
Limited ground floor rooms, all other rooms are up stairs (1st or 2nd levels)
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