Cheaper than chips
We couldn’t find anywhere cheaper and liveable than this in Siem Reap, though we’re not sure how long the rates will last as they were thinking about installing a pool when we spoke to them.
So now’s the time to snap it up. Even so, this place proves that cheap does not have to mean scuzzy, and we were pleasantly pleased by the facilities.
The dorm is large — 24 beds — but it was clean, the mattresses were reasonable, the bunks stable, and every single bed had its own reading light and range of sockets. They also each have a curtain affording a little, welcome, privacy. The beds were all lined up against the walls of the large, one-room, one-storey building, affording lots of space to move about in the central area too. A less scrupulous owner would have crammed in another 20 bunks. Lockers are available, though are quite small. Out front, an array of tables and benches provide a convenient hang-out, while the trees to the side keep the worst of the sun off during the day. A white screen is there for movie nights, and they also serve a selection of straightforward food and much more exotic cocktails — bikini martini or Indian bulldog anyone? The trees will go when the pool and outdoor bar go in, alas. The bathrooms and showers are separate from the dorm building. Step out the short drive and you’re straight on Sok San Road with its lively and ever-growing range of bars, restaurants and cafes, and a quick five-minute walk away from the town centre.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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