A pioneer with lots of local knowledge
Fourteen rooms are set in a two-storey house at Two Dragons, with a downstairs, outdoor restaurant and a small upstairs terrace as public space where guests can help themselves to free tea and coffee.
Rooms are clean and pretty well kept, though some are better than others, so ask to see a few. The more expensive rooms have minibars, better mattresses and fittings than the cheapies and all rooms are air-con with cable TV and hot-water showers. The rooms are a bit pricey compared to some of the other, newer options in Siem Reap, but Two Dragons gets a lot of repeat customers and it’s easy to see why. The guesthouse is just off Wat Bo Road, and only a 15-minute walk away from the centre of town (or two minutes on a moto). There are plenty of other guesthouses, bars and hotels in the area, especially if you take a wander down Wat Bo Road, which is in a constant state of flux.
Two Dragons prides itself on offering a range of extra services, including some of the best tuk tuk drivers you’ll come across in Siem Reap. The original management were among the first to run trips to Kompong Phluk and Kompong Khleang on the Tonle Sap — you’ll find these trips for less money elsewhere, but you’ll get a better standard of tour here. Other services, including pick-up from Poipet and Phnom Penh, can be arranged, and free transfer from the pier, bus station and airport is available. Friendly staff round out a reasonable package. The menu of Khmer and Western food is huge, and also popular with expats and locals who live in the area, a sure testament that something here is going right. If you get tired of that, Hawaii Pizza next door offers good, solid food at ridiculously low prices in a really homey setting, and is one of our quiet winners despite the simplicity of its appearance. Two Dragons also serve Malongo coffee in the restaurant area, for those who need a tastier caffeine kick in the morning. Bicycles available for $1 a day. Recommended.
Address: Street 20, Siem Reap
T: (063) 965 107 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º51'42.16" E, 13º21'34.24" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 35
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||US$9||US$9|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
$20 for a larger, better-appointed room with mini-bar
Has two double beds
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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