I cannot really recommend this guesthouse for tourists and travelers visiting Angkor Wat and the other sights of the region (Tonle Sap etc.) although the rooms are quite nice at $20/18 with/without breakfast. Why?
First and foremost, some tour recommendations that they gave us turned out to be blatantly wrong. I’ll give two striking examples.
(A) We asked them about how to visit the remote temple of Beng Mealea, and they recommended us going there by tuk tuk rather than by car, claiming that it'd be impossible to reach this site by car due to difficult road conditions. However, as it turned out, most tourists are in fact traveling this rather long distance either by faster car or tour bus. Worse, we had to swallow tons of sand, dust and exhaust gases on our exposed tuk tuk trailer as the roads that we traveled were chiefly unpaved. Overall, we spent ca. 3 and 1/2 hours on our slow tuk tuk, while traveling by taxi would have taken a mere 2 hours. Apparently, they gave us this insane "recommendation" because they wanted to sell their own tuk tuk service. (They have some tuk tuk drivers on their payroll, but no taxi drivers!)
(B) After having finished our visit to Angkor Wat, we asked them about their recommendation regarding a visit to Tonle Sap Lake and one of the stilt villages there. Having had one particular village in mind (recommended by Lonely Planet), they persuaded us to visit a different, more close-by village, which turned out to be Kompong Phluk, an infamous tourist trap. They told us that it’d be indispensable to hire an extremely expensive motor boat ($ 25 per person). However, only as it was already too late, we learned that (1) this “boat tour” was in fact little more than a 15-minute ride to and from an expensive restaurant operated by some village people; (2) equally well, it’d have been possible to reach the stilt village directly by our tuk tuk, as there is a road leading directly into Kompong Phlug during dry season. To sum up, we paid 35 $ per person (including the hotel tuk tuk fare) for virtually nothing. As Kompong Phlug is well known as a notorious tourist trap for some time, we guess that they certainly knew about this as they gave us this “recommendation”!
These questionable recommendations are by no means the only reasons for complaint. Visiting Angkor amounts to starting early, as one is best advised to avoid the very hot hours around noon; so we hired their tuk tuk for starting early at 07:30. However, in the morning, shortly before 07:00, they told me that breakfast wouldn’t be available before 08:00 as their restaurant staff were not yet there. Only after I became somewhat insistent, this issue was eventually resolved.
Last, not least, breakfast quality itself was mediocre. I had to virtually bet for each additional slice of toast bread and cup of coffee.
As breakfast is not really expensive ($ 1 per person and night), this wouldn’t be an issue. However, as Angkor Dream Villa is located 2 Km south of the center of Siem Reap, there is no nearby alternative place for obtaining a more decent breakfast.
In fact, the rather isolated location of Angkor Dream Villa is another major drawback, which makes it as well impossible to obtain second opinions and alternative offers regarding tours. Tuk tuk drivers typically charged us $ 2 for a ride from Pub Street to Angkor Dream Villa; walking takes ca. 30 minutes.
Final remark: some walls at the first floor are decorated with portraits and citations of illustrious characters of world history, e. g. Adolf Hitler (“Strength lies not in defense but attack.”), Pol Pot (“Am I a savage person? My conscience is clear!”). How should this be interpreted by visitors coming from Germany, Austria, Israel, Cambodia?
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- Angkor Dream Villa is a boutique Bed & Breakfast with 16 guestrooms. Located 20 mins drive from Siem Reap Airport and only 5 to 10 mins from all major bus stations, you can easily explore the Siem Reap town and Angkor Temples! Make yourself comfortable in our King, Double or Twin bedrooms. All rooms feature complimentary WiFi, air conditioning, ceiling fan, private bathroom with hot water, Cable TV, and large openable windows with natural day light. Take a stroll along the river or borrow one of our bikes to explore the Old Market, Night Market and Pub Street. ... more less
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