I can only really just repeat what has been said numerous times already about Journeys Within. We stayed here for 5 nights in December as part of our honeymoon and can say without doubt that it was one of the highlights of the whole trip.
Having organised part of our holiday with through Journeys Within Tours we booked into their B&B during our complete stay in Siem Reap. The room we stayed in was fantastic - spacious, clean, beautifully decorated with a bathroom that was a treat and a great terrace to enjoy the evening sun or sample the great food from their menu. We also noticed the little bits of attention that added to the experience - the flowers and small gift on the bed when we arrived, the free laundry, a little "cheat sheet" of all the recommended shops, restaurants etc to be found in Seim Reap.
What probably sets this place out from any other hotel/B&B we have stayed in is the staff -from the owners Andrea & Brandon, the guys on the front desk all the way through to the girls serving breakfast and making up the rooms - all of them always had a smile on their face and unbelievably helpful with any questions we had.
Whilst it is not in the central part of Siem Reap, just a pleasant 8 minute ride by Tuk Tuk - it almost added to the experience as it was nice to come back to the peace & tranquility of the B&B after a day spent touring the the temples & sights with the rest of the December masses. It has to be said that the pool was fantastic though sadly underused during our stay.
We had an opportunity to visit JWOC next door, the non-profit organisation that the owners have set up improving living conditions to local communities through various initiatives. It is both truly inspiring & impressive what everyone at JWOC they have achieved in such a relatively short period of time, and for us the enthusiasm of the kids who were attending one of the free classes we saw was a lasting memory.
The personalised tour itself was superbly organised and our guides in both Cambodia & Vietnam were fantastic. Any questions/problems that we had we had during the holiday were superbly dealt with by Andrea/Narla and the rest of the team, making it one of the most stress free and relaxing holidays that we have had for a long while.
I cannot recommend this place, the tour company or the people working there highly enough.
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- Community Residence Siem Reap run by local Cambodian and this is the social business. At Community Residence Siem Reap, we want you to feel like you are staying with friends, that means never nickel and diming our guests for small necessities. Every room rate includes all the amenities you would expect to have at your home...and then some: ... more less
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