On the advice of architect friends, we booked to stay at the Angkor Village Hotel (not their “Resort” located out of town), and we enjoyed using the hotel as our base to explore Angkor Wat.
The hotel dining room, L’Auberge des Temples, is a charming space that is open to the elements, surrounded by expansive ponds filled with lily pads and other lush tropical plants. We enjoyed the simple yet sophisticated Khmer cuisine served there, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Especially, the rice noodle soups with pork, chicken red curry, and fresh salad rolls. The food and room service team were all locals, super-friendly and all smiles; they could hardly speak a word of English.
Front desk team commanded better English language skills, and they easily helped us find an excellent official guide, and a driver, to take us each early morning to explore Angkor Wat, before the sun got too high and intense. We recommend this schedule for viewing the ancient city ruins, and then enjoy lunch back at the hotel, or, somewhere else in Siem Reap, return to your room for a siesta, or, go for a swim to cool down, etc. Then, returning to Angkor Wat to see it at sundown, again, avoiding the blistering sun!
On one evening during our stay, we decided to book the hotel’s Aspara Theatre experience, in “the only air conditioned theatre in town...” The Cambodian dancing was unique, and the cuisine served was good enough, to make this worth recommending. (A one-off experience, that’s for sure; once is enough.) We found that there is nothing much else to do in Siem Reap, other than head to the bars late at night in the old French Quarter, or, stay back at the hotel, read and relax.
We also booked a day trip to see the floating villages (Kampong Phluk), and if you have time or the energy outside of visiting Angkor Wat, I do recommend this watery tour.
All in all, the hotel was a very good place to stay, an oasis of luxury in what is still a very provincial town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near the old colonial area, Angkor Village Hotel blends harmoniously architecture, culture and tropical nature to make it an oasis of greenery and tranquility right in the city centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Angkor Village
- Angkor Village Siem Reap