While it’s down a red dirt road a 10-minute tuk tuk ride out of town, you’ll soon be made to feel at home in this large Cambodian villa by Singaporean dynamo Diana.
Despite the building’s size, Bloom is an intimate guesthouse where the air con rooms are large, simple but neatly and stylishly done out with plenty of light to offset the dark wood that is unfortunately so much a feature of Cambodian interiors. They all have cable TV, fridge and mosquito nets. While the property is perfectly secure, unusually for Cambodia there are no bars on the windows of the upstairs rooms, which is highly refreshing if you’ve been here for a while. The rooms all have access to a large balcony area with plenty of seating for comfortable chats with other guests. Surrounding the house, dense tropical gardens are home to birds, butterflies and squirrels, as well as the guesthouse dog. Breakfast is available here, but the facilities for cooking larger meals are a little restricted. There is a comfy, bamboo bar area though. And, Siem Reap, with its plethora of restaurants is not far away. The Bamboo Guesthouse is part of Diana’s business which is heavily involved in social enterprise. She also makes recyclable bags and accessories as part of a non-profit employment scheme for local women.
Address: Trang Village, Siem Reap
T: (092) 910 628 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º51'52.02" E, 13º22'41.05" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 35
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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