Siem Reap Hostel was by far the best hostel I have ever stayed in. After travelling around Asia, my friend and I booked Siem Reap Hostel intending to stay for three nights and ended up staying for two weeks. Managed by two incredibly friendly and helpful Australian guys, the hostel provided a cheap and comfortable environment in which to relax, meet people as well as amazing opportunities to explore Siem Reap and embrace the culture of Cambodia.
The hostel bar has a great atmosphere to it, with a number of exciting happy hours that are enjoyed by everyone and is a great place to sit with a cold drink and chat to so many different people and listen to good music. The kitchen is great too, with the menu exploring traditional Khmer dishes and is so tasty (cheap too!). We stayed in two different dorm rooms over the course of our stay, both of which were perfectly clean and comfortable, featuring a balcony and more than spacious lockers for our packs. The undercover pool is cool and refreshing after an exhausting day exploring the temples and is large enough that it doesn’t get too crowded and overwhelming. The hostel also provides a yoga room, communal TV room and pool table etc.
The managers and the staff of the hostel go out of their way to make your stay so comfortable, stimulating and culturally rich. The hostel provides a number of tours, including day trips to waterfalls, animal refuge centers, local orphanages and so many more. Also provided is a ‘food walk’ led a member of staff, who shows you around the local food markets and introduces you to local delicacies which you may have been to wary to try without guidance! The tuk tuk drivers are absolutely lovely, and we made many friendships over the course of our stay with the local drivers who so helpful and knowledgeable.
However, I personally think that my stay at the hostel was so good because of the current managers. Driess and Gus are friendly, helpful, funny and perhaps most importantly, passionate about Siem Reap and supporting their local community; thus providing a fabulous environment for both their staff and guests. When I got sick and ended up in hospital, Driess and Gus stayed in contact and personally came and visited me, so lovely! We shared many a drink and laugh over the two weeks, and the hostel people really felt like home which is such a valued experience when you have been travelling for a while.
This hostel is honestly amazing and I have recommended it to all of my friends who are planning on travelling to Cambodia and I hope to return in the near future!