Anyone can fake it for a night or two, but when you stay at a guest house for three weeks you get to know the staff and the hotel operations pretty well.
After 21 days of staying with Mr. Sam So and Mrs. Sotheavy in their guest house, I can't think of a single thing i would have changed about my stay.
The guest house is located within walking distance (10 minutes or so) from the old town, night market, and pub street. It's one block from the river and set back away from the street in this cool little community that's gated at night.
I loved the setting - you're surrounded by Cambodian families, kids playing in the yard, and locals just living their lives. If you're interested in getting a real taste of Siem Reap as opposed to a whitewashed Westernized version, this is the place to stay.
Clean, large rooms with a friendly staff who always offered to clean my room each day. The rooms are simple but the beds are comfortable and the WiFi signal in my room was EXCELLENT (no small feat in SE Asia!!!)
Definitely get a room with air con, you'll need it in Siem Reap.
Don't miss breakfast either - free with your stay but they should charge for it because you get your choice of several egg dishes plus toast, fruit (always two kinds - again, very rare!!) plus jam, butter, and limitless coffee and tea.
Mrs. Sotheavy arranged a great tuk tuk tour of Angkor Wat for me and then went out of her way to secure my Vietnam visa.
Also, it bears saying that every single member of the staff was not only friendly and helpful, but trustworthy. I felt absolutely secure as far as my personal belongings were concerned, and very safe as a solo female traveler.
Can't recommend highly enough for budget travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sam So Guesthouse is located in the center of Siem Reap city, Cambodia. It is a very nice place to stay, great atmosphere. Located about 15 minutes from Siem Reap International Airport, Sam So Guesthouse is about a 10-minute walk to the Old Market, the Night Market and Pub Street, as well as a scenic 10-minute drive to the world famous Angkor Wat. It has 19 rooms. Every room has private bathroom (with hot water), mini-fridge, cable TV, and free Internet service (with a wireless connection) and free pick-up from airport, bus station and pier. Free Breakfast with tea and coffee. ... more less
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