Ta Som guesthouse was a very pleasant first experience of Cambodia. The staff were exceptionally welcome and friendly. We had a spacious and spotlessly clean room with a good view, and the guesthouse is conveniently located on the north west corner of Siem Reap - which makes it handy for the Angkor complex in one direction and within 10 minutes walk of Pub Street in the other!
I am usually wary about booking transport and tickets through guesthouses, as I assume they take a commission - but in the case of Ta Som it seemed to work the other way round: they booked a 'Buffet and Dance Show' for us at $8 a head (instead of $12 payable at the door), and they offered an identical boat trip for $6, for which we had paid $30 at the boat station (beware the various scams at the Tonle Sap boat station - which will be subject of another review!). I eventually booked everything through Ta Som - they have an excellent choice of tours around the Angkor site, with precise itineraries and prices, and they also arranged our bus and air tickets. We had originally planned for 3 days in Siem Reap, but we enjoyed it so much that we stayed 10 days.
One of the things that made the stay enjoyable was the friendliness and helpfulness of our tuk-tuk driver, Mr EsBee, who is attached to the guesthouse, and who could not have been more helpful and obliging.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New traditional Khmer-style villa with nice balconies, comfortable, clean, spacious rooms. In the heart of Siem Reap, 200 metres from royal residence and park. 5 min to old market, 8 min to airport, 12 min to Angkor Wat. All room rates include daily breakfast. Free pick up and transfer from airport/bus/boat. We provide tour arrangements and garden restaurant & bar. ... more less
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