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Booking hotels in Siem Reap... or not?

Posted by KatjaKat on 18/10/2011 at 02:18


I'll be in Siem Reap around 20 november. I'm travelling solo, and I'm thinking that booking hotels ahead might tie me down to a place even if I make friends who want to go to this great place an hour away from me... Is it a problem to just show up to the hotels in Siem Reap, or should I book to make sure all the decent spots aren't full?

If I do book, does anyone have any recommendations for a solo female (28) who wants to get to know people, but doen't necessarily need to party every night? That said, I don't mind drinking or partying but I'd like to be able to have a quiet chat and an early night if I want to...


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Posted by KevandJho on 24/10/2011 at 07:09

Often times my strategy is to book somewhere for only the 1st night and in that way,yes one doesn't get tied down to a place that you don't like.

Whenever possible I rent a motor bike and tour around a bit checking things out for more permanent accomodations.

I've pulled into a small beach towns only to end up out of town because everything was completley booked....everywhere.

Siam Reap is really popular,but I don't know how busy it might be on Nov 20th.

Happy travels!

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Posted by eastwest on 24/10/2011 at 10:03

It should be ok. No need to book. You haven't said in what sort of price range you're seeking accommodation though. Plenty of decent accommodation in every price range but you may have to look around a little on your first day. Just make sure you take a place within reach of center.

Besides, Siem Reap is not that big and almost everyone eats and drinks around pub street and most hotels guesthouses are about 10 minutes away from that.

I don't think they allow renting out of motorbikes in Siem Reap anymore

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Posted by Archmichael on 5/11/2011 at 09:04

Business is still off in Siem Reap, so finding a decent place to stay should be no problem.

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Posted by THEIBC on 30/11/2011 at 15:59

Unless you are going to a very remote place and arriving at a silly time in the morning I would never book a hotel in Cambodia. We arrived at Siem Reap bus station late one night and couldn't move for drivers offering to take us to guesthouses and you always get them cheaper in person.

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