I am a girl in my late twenties, and will be traveling alone to Thailand-Cambodia on early June. For the first leg of my trip I am thinking on staying on Siem Reap for a week or so, visiting temples, daytrips, etc.
Any recommendations on a guesthouse/hotel that will allow me to meet people? I don't want to stay in a 20+ bed hostel, but I also don't want to stay on a place where I won't meet anybody, or a place for couples&families.
Thanks in advance!!
#1 Lorena86 has been a member since 13/3/2014. Posts: 1
I've stayed at the Jasmine Lodge several times.
Good meals, great staff and inexpensive rooms.
A single with private bath, wifi, aircon, TV and breakfast is under 15$
The staff is happy to help you organize anything.
Jasmine is definitely a good place to meet people. They get a lot of 'voluntourists' staying there who tend to be in SR for longer periods than many other tourists. Expect to meet opinionated people who 'know' a lot about Cambodia :P Their hearts are usually in the right place though...
One downside to Jasmine is it's a little out of the way (12-15 mins walk to tourist centre), but it is quite a nice walk. You can easily get a tuktuk there for a dollar, and it's probably a good idea to use this option if you're going back alone at night.
"I thought one could learn everything there is to know about Cambodia during a 2 week house building stint"
Hey I was in Cambodia for eight days, is that close enough?
"Expect to meet opinionated people who 'know' a lot about Cambodia."
I had this experience here in Mukdahan with a couple of backpackers who had been in country for less than a month and were trying to tell me what's what when I'd been living here for years. It was comical. One even said to me "Well, I read in Lonely planet..."
8 Days?? What took you so long man?
I was schooled by a few backpackers on Pub Street over a beer.
Sadly this happens too much... a few years back in Java - get sat down by some 20 year old spending mom's money, on his first solo who can't speak a lick of Bahasa...
Uhh...ya...thanks dude!...moving along...
A great place to meet locals and expats living in Siem Reap is to join the many weekly events. Here you can meet lots of people and get all the information you might need.
EVERY WEDNESDAY - JAM NIGHT â€“ @ XBAR â€“ 8PM â€“ 11PM Every Wednesday is Jam night at X Bar. Talented musicians from Siem Reap gather for some beers and good fun. Instruments and sound system are provided, everybody welcome.
[img]http://lotusjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/jam-night-siem-reap-events.jpg?w=150&h=95[/img]Jam Night â€“ Siem Reap Events
EVERY THURSDAY â€“ JAZZ IN THE CITY @ THE HERITAGE SUITES HOTEL â€“ 630PM â€“ 930PM The nicest regular Jazz event in Siem Reap. Enjoy 1/2 price drinks and great live music every Thursday. Very popular with the local expatriate community and visitors with a passion for music.
[img]http://lotusjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/jazzinthecity-610x390.jpg?w=150&h=95[/img]Jazz in the City â€“ Siem Reap Events
EVERY THURSDAY â€“ The Warehouse Charity Pub Quiz @ THE WAREHOUSE - 830PM Quiz starts at 8.30pm. No max per team. $1 entry plus optional donation (All proceeds for R.S.V.P) Winners get 2 jugs of draft beer Losers get the world famous Warehouse garlic vodka shots
[img]http://lotusjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/warehouse.jpg?w=300&h=150[/img]warehouse â€“ events siem reap
EVERY FRIDAY - TGIF @ THE VICTORIA ANGKOR RESORT & SPA - 4PM â€“ 7:30PM $6 cover charge â€“ Includes 2 Cocktails â€“ 1/2 price drinks, free canapes and live music at the Explorateur Bar in Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.
[img]http://lotusjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/victoria_happyhour-610x306.jpg?w=150&h=75[/img]TGIF â€“ Siem Reap Events
EVERY FRIDAY - Live Music & Open Mic @ THE WAREHOUSEe â€“ 9PM â€“ 1145PM Live music and open mic night, every Friday night at The Warehouse. Most musicians and instruments welcome!
[img]http://lotusjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/thewarehouse-610x390.jpg?w=150&h=95[/img]Open Mic & Live Music â€“ Siem Reap Events
EVERY SATURDAY â€“ SUNDOWNER SATURDAYS @ NEW LEAF BOOK CAFE â€“ 5PM â€“ ?
On the Second Floor, Great views, tunes & drinks! Come check us out!
[img]http://lotusjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/newleaf.jpg?w=210&h=300[/img]New Leaf Book Cafe â€“ Events Siem Reap
EVERY SATURDAY - PAINT PARTY @ XBAR - 10PM Till Sunrise Siem Reap Paint Party FREE BODY PAINT â€“ FREE SHOTS FOR PAINTED PEOPLE $1 Beers â€“ $2 MIXERS â€“ $2.5 COCKTAILS ALL NIGHT DRUM N BASS, ELECTRO, HOUSE CLASSICS, UK GARAGE[img]http://lotusjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/paint-party.jpg?w=300&h=202[/img]EVERY SATURDAY - Karaoke Mayhem @ THE WAREHOUSE â€“ 10PM â€“ 1145PM Canâ€™t sing? We donâ€™t care! Itâ€™s back again for this Saturday night. Itâ€™s time to butcher your favourite tunes this coming Saturday night at the Warehouse. â€œTurn up, Try to Tune in, Stagger Outâ€
[img]http://lotusjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/karaoke-339x390.jpg?w=130&h=150[/img]Karaoke Mayhem â€“ Siem Reap Events
EVERY SUNDAY â€“ Sunday Pool Brunch â€“ @ THE VICTORIA ANGKOR RESORT & SPA - 10:30 AM â€“ 3 PM Tickets are available at the bar counter upon arrival â€“ $20 per person (Includes access to pool)
[img]http://lotusjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/brunch.jpg?w=300&h=102[/img]Events in Siem Reap â€“ Sunday Brunch