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First Time to Siem Reap: Where Should I Stay?

Where Should I Book My Hotel In Siem Reap?

If this is your first time to Siem Reap, knowing exactly which area to stay is important for a hassle-free holiday in Cambodia’s most popular tourist destination. While it’s most renowned for the stunning ruins of the ancient Angkor civilisation, Siem Reap also boasts breathtaking temples, unique museums, cultural villages, and natural spaces.

Hotels in Siem Reap are plentiful as well, ranging from charming guesthouses for backpackers to five-star villas for those looking to enjoy a luxurious getaway. These hotels are conveniently set within the town’s prominent districts, each offering unique dining, shopping, and nightlife experiences. While it is true that Siem Reap is a quaint and compact town, there are still noticeable differences between different parts of town that will appeal to different types of travellers. To help you decide where to book your hotel in Siem Reap, here’s a comprehensive guide on the pros and cons of the city’s most popular areas.

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Should I book my hotel in Angkor Night Market?

Angkor Night Market: How to decide...

Angkor Night Market is the central area of Siem Reap, known for its vibrant markets, spas, bars, boutique shops, as well as an array of international and local restaurants. Popular with back-packers and budget conscious travellers, accommodation options range from youth hostels to guesthouses with more and more boutique hotels and villas, most of which are within walking distance of the imaginatively named Pub Street, Siem Reap's nightlife hub. The temple complex of Angkor Wat is around 15 minutes leisurely drive way and finding a tuk-tuk to take you is never an issue - they are on every street corner.

Who is it For:

- People looking for a busy nightlife scene
- People who want to be in the centre of the action
- Budget travellers and backpackers

What's Good:

- Restaurants and shops cater for different prices
- Good shopping and snacking at Angkor Night Market
- Pub Street has loads of nightlife options

What's Not So Good:

- Limited sightseeing opportunities
- Busy until late into the evening

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Should I book my hotel in Charles de Gaulle Boulevard?

Charles de Gaulle Boulevard: How to decide...

Charles de Gaulle Boulevard, also known as the main road to the Angkor Wat, connects the centre of Siem Reap with the Angkor Archaeological Park. Along this expansive road, there are plenty of five-star resorts and boutique hotels, restaurants, and shops. Attractions include Wat Thmei Pagoda and Wat Preah Inkosei as well as the Angkor National Museum, which hosts eight galleries of artefacts from the ancient Khmer empire and multi-media presentations on the history and culture. Visitors can also enjoy classical music, Cambodian dance and martial arts performances at the Apsara Terrace and Beatocello Concert Hall.

Who is it For:

- Wealthy travellers
- People who want a calm and peaceful evenings when they return to their hotel

What's Good:

- High-end resorts and boutique hotels
- Main road to Angkor Archaeological Park
- Live entertainment shows

What's Not So Good:

- Limited nightlife options
- Lack of local community life as found in other areas

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Should I book my hotel in Siem Reap Riverside?

Siem Reap Riverside: How to decide...

Siem Reap Riverside offers a good mix of budget and mid-range boutique hotels, villas and guesthouses, most of which are set along the Siem Reap River. Located along the east side of Siem Reap River, this area has plenty of lush greenery and flowers while attractions such as Wat Damnak (a royal palace during King Sisowath’s reign), Siem Reap Art Center, and Wat Bo. There’s also a nice collection of restaurants and bars that are mostly set along the riverbank and Wat Bo Road.

Who is it For:

- Travellers who prefer a relaxing stay in Siem Reap
- Budget-conscious travellers

What's Good:

- Affordable accommodation options
- Lots of lush greenery along the riverbank
- Riverside restaurants and outdoor bars

What's Not So Good:

- Limited shopping and sightseeing opportunities
- Nightlife is rather quiet compared to other areas in Siem Reap

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