Dependable, resource rich and great value
For many busy and successful years, this backpacker spot has been known as the Mandalay Inn.
However, a long-running dispute with local tuk tuk drivers who would take visitors to a competing business of the same name has led the owner to finally change the name to Mingalar (Burmese for “hello”). We are assured, however, that absolutely nothing else about the business has changed, which is a relief because the owner has developed a formula that really works.
Set in two buildings in a great central location, the 33 rooms are spacious and kitted out with TVs, air con, safety boxes, hot water and mini-bars. They’re are a little dark, in the Khmer style which is unfortunately wedded to dark woods and walls, but you can feel and appreciate the touches like lovely cotton bed linen (96% — we conservatively estimate — of hotels in Siem Reap all have the exact same white striped bed linen; it is honestly rare to find someone who makes the effort to find something different).
On the roof you’ll find a rudimentary but well-equipped all-round gym, in a great spot for catching the breezes and keeping you cool while you pump. Downstairs, you can pile the carbs back on at the hotel’s restaurant which serves a mix of Cambodian and Burmese food (the only Burmese restaurant in town) for which they consistently get absolutely rave reviews. Also downstairs, you’ll find an associated travel agent, so you don’t have to go anywhere else to sort out visas, on-going accommodation, transport or tours.
Their website is also a good start if you want to learn more about Cambodia, and their list of useful blogs and websites is hard to beat. They have a lot of interesting information on Cambodia too, which has been lifted from other websites, but is a good starting point nonetheless.
During low season, the prices below may be negotiable depending on how well-booked they are when you want to stay. All of the rooms are the same, whether you book fan or air-con; it’s just a question of whether or not they activate it. Recommended.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 12th February, 2016.