We stayed here as a couple for over a week over Christmas 2012. Our room was cheap, clean and comfortable, had a TV, hot showers and of course the pool (want to emphasize how great it is to have a pool in the heat)! The location was excellent, 5 minutes walk to the Night Markets and Pub Street. It is down an alley so a bit hard to just stumble upon but quite and safe, as we'd walk through there every night.
You really do feel like you're welcomed into their family, not just another faceless person in a guest house. Bun's two kids are really friendly and always ready to play a game. Be prepared to spend a bit of time conversing with Bun, a wonderful and well spoken man who's into history, culture, traditions, philosophy and psychology.
As we didn't book ahead for as long as we wanted to stay, unfortunately Bun's place was fully booked up on our last night. Bun felt terrible and rather than throw us out into the streets, he went out of his way to find us another place and even got us a ride there for free!! On our last day he came to our new place to wish us all the best and say goodbye! If that's not incredible service, I don't know what is, we've experienced nothing like it in 16 months of travelling.
We booked a tuk-tuk driver through Bun and he was fantastic!! His name was Mr. Samuth Muon. He wasn't our only Angkor tour guide, we had three in total but he was the bes by far! as he doubles as a tour guide! He was very knowledgeable about his city, Angkor history, friendly and fair.
Our only complaint would be that there were only two pool chairs (there's space for more) and the pool can be used by people not staying at the guesthouse so they can fill up quick.
Before booking we went and checked out about 15 similarly priced hostels and although not the fanciest place in Siem Reap, it's a perfect place to stay, right in town for a good price. We'll definitely be back :)
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