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Published/Last edited or updated: 12th September, 2016
Work may be the last thing you have on your mind if you’ve hit the road for a while, but we know people in Cambodia who’ve had to scramble to find a quiet place with decent, reliable internet for an unexpected Skype interview, catch up on their studies or carry on with their freelancing projects. Enter: co-working spaces.
1961 Coworking and Art Space is a stylish set up on the leafy riverside to the north of town. They have an air-con open working space and private offices, as well as an open gallery and air-con event spaces that can be adapted to virtually any need. Prices start at $10 per day all the way up to $1400 for an open annual pass. 1961 is set up for all comers, but with its quirky sense of style, it has a distinct appeal for creative types. They host regular events such as a book club, movie nights, start-up workshops, and more.
The tech-heads should definitely head to AngkorHub where they’ll find more people who speak their language. Also with air-con offices and co-working spaces, private areas for Skype calls, a beautiful garden, they also have super-fast internet and a back-up generator, essential during the early part of the hot season from March until July when power cuts are a frequent occurrence.
AngkorHub also has co-living spaces, with rooms to rent for $26 per night, meaning you get from bed to desk in double-quick time. Unless you’re like Travelfish Cambodia, whose 30 metre vertical commute can take up to two hours. They also host regular workshops on WordPress, SEO, and lots of tech-wizardry.
1961 wins in the style stakes as a former boutique art hotel. It’s quirky and cool while still being practical, billing itself as a ‘coworking and creative space where one can immerse into a world of artists, poets, musicians, writers and movers and shakers of the local community.’ There should be someone there 24/7, so if you have a sudden urge to write home at 03:00 on a Tuesday morning, go for it.
Angkor Hub has an excellent central location in central Siem Reap, less than a five-minute stroll from Pub Street. They are open Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 20:00 and 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
1961 Co-Working & Art Space: West Riverside, Siem Reap; T: (087) 539 181; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.the1961.com.
AngkorHub: Angkor Night Market St, Siem Reap; T: (088) 706 8879, (098) 870 677; www.angkorhub.com.
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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