Work may be the last thing you have on your mind if you’ve hit the road for a while, but we know people in Cambodia who’ve had to scramble to find a quiet place with decent, reliable internet for an unexpected Skype interview, catch up on their studies or carry on with their freelancing projects.
In 2014 Siem Reap welcomed not one but two co-working spaces, 1961 Coworking and Art Space and Angkor Hub. These work a treat if you have work to do and your guesthouse, dorm room or intermittent power supply simply isn’t going to cut it. With their air-con spaces, high-speed internet and open plan office-style environment – without any heavy corporate feel – they are far more pleasant than the local internet cafes if you need to just bury your head and concentrate for a few hours.
1961 wins in the style stakes as a former boutique art hotel. It’s quirky and cool while still being practical, billing itself as a ‘coworking and creative space where one can immerse into a world of artists, poets, musicians, writers and movers and shakers of the local community.’
1961 offers separate meeting rooms, private office spaces and communal desk space where you bring along your own laptop and can settle down to business. 1961 has longer term residents and businesses in mind with their services, though with rates starting from day use at US$10 — add on an extra $2 for unlimited coffee — it’s still convenient to drop in on a short-term basis.
Angkor Hub has an excellent central location in downtown Siem Reap, less than a five-minute stroll from Pub Street. It’s located above Canadia Bank – look for the sign outside at the entrance and take the lift to the fifth floor.
The vibe is more of a traditional open-plan office in terms of decor, and smaller than 1961, but offers the basic desk space and internet connection you might need. With rates starting at US$5 for two hours of desk use, including tea and coffee, this might makes for a convenient option and walk-ins are welcomed.
By Caroline Major
Last updated on 15th August, 2014.