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Co-working spaces

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.

AngkorHub is a tropical hive of activity.

AngkorHub is a comfy, quiet hive of activity.

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.

1961 - boutique hotel turned coworking space.

1961 — boutique hotel turned coworking space.

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.

Pick a chair at 1961 Coworking & Art Space.

Pick a chair at 1961 Coworking & Art Space.

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;;
AngkorHub: Angkor Night Market St, Siem Reap; T: (088) 706 8879, (098) 870 677;

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