If you are planning to visit the stunning Angkor Wat and other Khmer ruins in the Angkor Wat Historical Park, the most popular and convenient place to sty is the Siem Reap. Siem Reap is where all roads lead to Angkor, with visitors arriving via the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, across the Thai border at Poipet and from the river at Battambang, so it makes sense that this thriving town has plenty of accommodation.
Once a sleepy little town, Siem Reap is now the fastest growing city in Cambodia and all because of Angkor Wat. Accommodation is varied – both in quality and price – but there is loads of it with everything from basic backpackers hostels and flophouses to 5 Star, luxury hotels and deluxe villas. The town also has hundreds of cafes, bars and restaurants, as you would expect of a major tourist hub, and there are also loads of local tour companies who can organize both private and group tours of Angkor Wat, if that's what you are looking for. The cafes are also great places to hang out and chat to the locals and other travelers about the best places to see, and prime times to visit, the World Heritage listed Angkor.
Siem Reap Hotels
Luxury Hotels – If you wish to see Angkor Wat in style and are looking for accommodation to match, then you can't do much better than the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, which has everything that you'd expect of a 5 Star hotel. Other top end Siem Reap hotels include the Borei Angkor Resort and Spa, the Royal Angkor Resort and Spa and the chic Hotel de la Paix.
Mid Range Hotels – Siem Reap accommodation in the 3 to 4 Star band is plentiful and varied with the choice ranging from the simple, colourful charms of hotels such as the Babel Siem Reap to the more traditionally furnished Kazna Hotel and the Cabana style rooms of the Antanue Angkor Village. As with the luxury accommodation, you'll notice that most of the mid price hotels locally owned and not part of big international hotel chains.
Budget Hotels – One of the best bets for Siem Reap budget accommodation is to book into one of the numerous Guest Houses that litter the city. Most of the Guest Houses are family run and, with few exceptions, you'll find your hosts to be friendly, helpful and a mine of useful information when it comes to things like how and when to visit Angkor Wat and the best places to eat in the neighbourhood.
Hostels – Along with the privately owned Guest Houses, Siem Reap has a seemingly endless supply of hotels for those wishing to see Angkor Wat on a tight budget. Check in advance to see what kind of accommodation each hostel offers as some have only cheap private rooms, some offer beds in a dormitory and other have both.
As Siem Reap has taken off as a tourist destination, so has the private and overseas money that has moved into the area. One result of this is that there are an increasing number of privately owned houses and villas available for rent, many of which offer extremely high levels of comfort.