Charlotte, why don't you have a look at the Siam Reap accomodation part of this site to start with -- there are many hotels/guesthouses with very good ratings in SR. Also, there is an old thread (check backwards up to about new years) about tuk-tuks and guides to Angkor Wat, combined with the main travelfish section on SR/Angkok, that should answer most of your questions and even give you a few names of guides/drivers should you want to employ a specific one.
#2 amazon_blonde has been a member since 20/12/2008. Posts: 116
I recently went to Siem Reap and stayed at Kazna hotel (www.kaznahotel.com). The hotel has just opened, so everything is very new. The room rate is $27 include breakfast. It's centrally located (5 minutes walk to Central market and 10 minutes to Old Market/Pub Street). The owner of this hotel can also arrange tour for you. Have a look at it
#3 ckim has been a member since 11/4/2007. Posts: 1
i am staying in Siem Reap right now. Depending on the money you would like to spend i can recommend two guesthouses. One is the Garden Village in the Sivatha Street area. Prices start with 1$ in the dorm, 3$ for a single fan room with shared bathroom, and 6$ with a private bathroom. If you can stand a bunch of mosquitos it's a great place with friendly staff and a lot of backpackers. Because of the mosquitos I moved to Happy Guesthouse in the Wat Bo area. 5$ for a single fan with bathroom and european cleanliness standards!
Unfortunately both don't have a pool, but I heard you can use the pools of bigger hotels for small fee.
Good luck, and enjoy your stay in Cambodia.
Charlotte, I just spent 5 days in Siem Reap (4 visiting the temples and one just chillin') and I can whole-heartedly recommend Mandalay Inn, if that's in your budget. $18 for a double/twin with air con or $10 for double/twin with just fan. The rooms are small and basic but very very clean and the staff are very friendly and extremely helpful. They can arrange for a tuk tuk driver, a car, a guide, whatever you want (or don't want) all at very reasonable rates, with no haggling. Our driver, Mr. Eang, was fabulous and such a nice guy. No pool, no fancy garden, but a decent restaurant and a little lounge area inside the hotel. If you're going to spend all day at the temples and just need a place to crash at night, its a good deal.
#5 amazon_blonde has been a member since 20/12/2008. Posts: 116
I was in Siem Reap in November last year, i lodged at European Guesthouse "www.europeanguesthouse-siemreap.com", room with breakfast,shower and fun/AC at 8 USD per night, managed by a Svedish guy in a friendly environment. I reccomend it. There is also a good guy named Adam who can take you around for the temples. Is is at walking distance from the old market and the bike rent was for free.
Bruno from Italy
#6 bar002 has been a member since 20/2/2009. Posts: 7
I stay at the Ancient Angkor Guest house whenever I'm in Siem Reap (My daughter lives there ) It is about $15US a night, staff are friendly, and it does have a pool. Its close to bar street and is in the street behind Artisans d'Angkor. The only down side is that you have to walk past a few working girls to get there at night. They won't hassle you though!
Its easy to get to the temples. Loads of tuk tuks and guides about. Remember that Angkor Wat is only one of the many temples in the vicinity. There are a lot worth visiting.
Enjoy your trip!
#7 silverwool has been a member since 8/7/2007. Posts: 7
I can recommend Bou Savy good location for temples near the royal palace and on the NH6, fan room clean spacious with TV - $6 nice wee garden and quiet at night free water and breakfast included. Takes 10 mins to walk into the centre
Have fun and haggle with those Tuk Tuk drivers. I did the big temple circuit on a bicycle which was great fun would really recommend it.
#8 debs23 has been a member since 3/2/2009. Posts: 6
I agree with debs23, we stayed at Bou Savy guest house which was fantastic. The prices now start from $7 including breakfast, although we paid $12 to get air conditioning.
The room was comfortable, the staff were lovely and the location was convenient. They have a website which is: http://www.bousavyguesthouse.com
#9 ozjohn has been a member since 12/4/2011. Posts: 4
I stayed in a cool GH called Whats up (British owner) with no pool for $8 a night.
A Tuk-tuk tour will cost around $10-$15 dollars for one day. But i recommend if you only wanna go for one day then get your ticket the night before after 5pm. Go to the temple thats on a hill for sunset and then the tickets still valid for the next day.
All in all me and two other people paid $20 between us all for the evening and full day.
We stayed at River Village Manor last november, and loved it. (See the reviews on tripadvisor). They assign a tuk-tuk driver for you for your stay -- see if you can get Mr Than. He's also been trained as a tour guide. And he has a really good set of insights into Cambodian history.
#11 ocohen has been a member since 19/8/2010. Posts: 7
What is the best way to visit the temples in mid-July?
We have 3 days in SR - and we think to spend all the time visiting temples. Is it better to take a tuk-tuk or a taxi?
I'm afraid that if it will be hot - it will be very difficult to bike or walk on our own.
Do you think that 3 days it's to much to visit temples?
And one more question, is there is a possibility to eat something on the territory of temples? Or we shoulld go out to find some place to eat?
#12 Vero123 has been a member since 7/7/2011. Posts: 3