Where To Stay In Siem Reap And The Best Locations To Stay In The City

Where To Stay In Siem Reap And The Best Locations In The City | Siem Reap Best Locations
Heading to explore Angkorian temples in Cambodia’s Siem Reap and looking to find where to stay in Siem Reap, best location to stay in Siem Reap while you temple run? Sit back as I take you through the best places to stay in Siem Reap. Covering unique places to stay Siem Reap, hostels, guesthouses, accommodation near Angkor Wat, Siem Reap neighborhoods, as well as the best hotel in Siem Reap for both budget stays and luxury budgets as well as the best areas to stay in Siem Reap. So you not only have an idea of what available accommodation in Siem Reap Cambodia but also grab yourself the best place to stay in Angkor Wat too as well just what is the best area to stay Siem Reap for you while visiting Cambodia.


Tales of ancient civilisations, unique landscapes, and now UNESCO World Heritage sites. Siem Reap serves as the gateway to temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Majority of your time when not exploring temples will be spent in Pub Street. While this post is focused on where to stay in Siem Reap. Make sure you also stop by on my post on what to see and do in Siem Reap’s Pub Street, which also recommends some of the best places to eat in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap is a bustling city and you will want to be right at the heart of it, in terms of accessibility to restaurants, entertainment, and accommodation.  Siem Reap or Cambodia as a country for that matter is one of those places that you can surprisingly find a bed to sleep on for the price of a London Latte. Yes, I was just as surprised as you are right now. Yes, beds in a hostel can be as little as £3.75, which is great for those on a super tight budget. Fear not, for those with supercharged budgets as luxury hotels and villas, are a-plenty! So if you are looking for where to stay in Cambodia as you explore Angkor Wat temples, then read on!

Finding Where To Stay In Siem Reap Best Locations


We skimmed through many hotels in Siem Reap Cambodia while searching on Booking.com. When I book hotels I can be a little fussy and sometimes I tend to opt for smaller hotels simply because I want a more peaceful stay without hordes taking up spots for the pool side lounge. Having scoured the internet and booking and canceling places, we finally settled on Kiri Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap as it offered one of the best locations to stay in Siem Reap. It was within walking distance to Pub Street and markets. It’s also one of few boutique hotels in Siem Reap We booked this via Booking.com. You can check out deals on hotels, villas, hostels in Siem Reap.


Palm-fringed villas and gardens, all surrounding an inviting pool, with even better service are the makings of a perfect stay. In the land of $5 hour-long massages, you know you will be in for a relaxing stay. The beauty of our stay at Kiri Boutique Hotel was that in addition to the cheap and worth-every-buck massages you could get in the city, the hotel could arrange these in-house and have the masseuse come to our hotel room if all the temple running has got the best of us. Below I have listed a few spots covering most budgets just to get you started on your search if thinking of heading to Cambodia’s Siem Reap. Kiri Boutique hotel was also a  short walk to Pub Street but also far away enough that we didn’t get the crazy traffic and noise of the entertainment area. I also stayed at another smaller hotel and spa in Siem Reap and will share that soon.

Finding Unique Places To Stay In Siem Reap | Accommodation In Siem Reap Cambodia

Siem Reap as popular as it is for the temples, there are also plenty of good hotels in Siem Reap, apartment and more to match the demand. The city is densely populated with a good selection of hotels and most centrally located in Siem Reap.  Unique places to stay in Siem Reap are in abundance and also good is that the prices for budget and luxury are competitive, allowing you to have a little luxury without spending a lot of money. Even up-market hotels offer excellent value for money.
Majority of the luxury hotels in Siem Reap is north of the city center, near Phokeethra Country Club but further below I will provide details of the best areas to stay in Siem Reap. Also, note that there aren’t many if any Siem Reap hotel near Angkor Wat. Most of the hotels in Siem Reap sit further into the city just outside of the Angkor Wat temple complex. So if you are looking for where to stay in Siem Reap near Angkor Wat, you will find that most of the hotels are around the Angkor Archeological Park. You will still only be a short tuk-tuk ride from amazing temples. One the best locations to stay in Siem Reap are just around Pub Street as this is majority of where you will spend your time after exploring the temples in Siem Reap. This is the main entertainment area with markets, shops, restaurants and hotels nearby.


Choosing Where to stay in Siem Reap 


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Siem Reap Best Locations & Siem Reap Neighborhoods | Finding The Best Area To Stay In Siem Reap


Still confused about what is best area to stay in Siem Reap? Well below I cover the various Siem Reap neighborhoods and areas most of the hotels are located in Siem Reap. Central Siem Reap is organized around the Old Market, where a collection of French colonial buildings, shops and guesthouses are located. Wat Bo, one of the oldest temples in the city center, is also here. Siem Reap is quickly becoming a flourishing market town, and tourists can shop for gifts and souvenirs at Phsar Kandal, Phsar Leu and at the night market. More modern shopping venues are at the Museum Mall. To help you nail down the best accommodation in Siem Reap, Cambodia for your budget, below are Siem Reap neighborhoods when majority of the hotels in Siem Reap are located.


  • Siem Reap Villages –  There is a cluster of small villages, stretching along the Siem Reap River. These include Sala Kamreuk Village which is in central Siem Reap on the north side of the river that runs through the town. You can find beautiful Siem Reap riverside hotels in Cambodia. It’s an easy walk into the Old Market, Psar Chas, and Pub Street as are the other villages; Kruos Village, Svay Dangkum, Kouk Chak, Sla Kram. For places to Stay in Siem Reap Taphul Village Area click here. (See map below).


  • The Old French Quarter and Sivath Boulevard –  This is an old colonial center with colonial style French buildings and architecture. Sivatha Boulevard is one of the main streets in Siem Reap heading away from the Old Market area towards the Temples of Angkor. It’s lined with restaurants, shops mid-range and luxury hotels. Click here for hotels in the Old French Quarter in Siem Reap.




  • The Old Market – The area around the Old Market is the center of town and pretty much one of the best areas to stay in Siem Reap as this is where most of the restaurants, pubs, and shops can be found. It encompasses the Night Markets, Pub Street, the Pub Street Alleys and The Lane. For accommodation hotels in the Old Market area of Siem Reap click here.


Map of Siem Reap Cambodia


Map of Siem Reap Cambodia

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The Best Budget Places to Stay in Siem Reap –  The Best Budget Hotels In Siem Reap Cambodia

There are plenty of Siem Reap hotels near pub street, the hub of entertainment in the city. Below is a selection of good hotels in Siem Reap for the smaller budgets.
– Check out the Rambutan whitewashed buildings set out swimming pools, terraces, and outdoor baths. It’s also close to the markets and Pub Street; an ideal place for entertainment in the city. Rooms are around £38 on B&B basis.
La Niche D’Ankgor is another reasonably priced spot with doubles starting at £30. Paths to your room are all lined with palm trees and orchids with plenty of poolside lounges to for those chill out sessions for a day’s run at Angkor Wat.

– Siem Reap Hostels don’t get any cheaper than £3.90 for a dorm bed and doubles for £8 and guess what, breakie is included too! For the best cheap place to stay in Siem Reap check outJasmine Family Hotel if you are on a tight budget.

Angkor City Hotel is situated close to the airport and offers rooms from £28. Although there is a benefit to being close to the airport but is not that great if you are in Siem Reap for a few days as you will want to be close to the main hang out places like Pub Street.

– For the best hostel to stay in Siem Reap and more budget hostels and hotels click here.

Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap with pool
Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap

The Best Places To Stay In Siem Reap For – Mid-Range and Luxury Hotels In Siem Reap

You can find really good luxury hotels in Siem Reap that totally dont take your budget away. Below are highly recommended hotel in Siem Reap, including some of  Siem Reap luxury hotels covering mid-range to luxury budgets. You can still find really good siem reap hotels near pub street within the luxury budget. So you get the best location to stay in Siem Reap as well as a great hotel.

Sofitel Royal Angkor– With landscaped gardens, luxurious and calm surroundings you will have a choice of three bars, a spa and many treatments to keep you busy so just make sure you don’t forget to explore the ruins and temples that brought you to Cambodia in the first place.  Sofitel Roya is one of the top luxury hotels in Siem Reap. Rooms at Sofitel start from £150 to about £300 per night.

Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor – This is a historical hotel with opulent surroundings and extensive facilities is one of the best luxury hotels Siemiem Eeap. It’s also one of the region’s best hotels and for that rooms and suites start at £150 all the way to £700 per night.

Apsara Centrepole Hotel – Rooms here can range from £70 to £800 but perfectly located as its only a few minutes walk from Pub Street which is where you will spend the majority of your time while visiting Siem Reap.

– For an extensive list of the best place to stay in Siem reap click here for mid-range to luxury hotels.


Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap
Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap
 Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap


Hotels in Siem Reap Near Pub Street

Where you stay in Siem Reap will highly depend on your budget, how long you are staying in Siem Reap and your purpose and whether relaxing or exploring is the main priority. What I would recommend though, is if you can try and find hotels in Siem Reap near Pub Street. This is the place where you will spend the majority of your time after exploring the temples. This is also the location where all the bars, restaurants, markets and many entertainment options are located.


Getting to your hotels is also made easy with the many Tuk Tuks that are around the area. You won’t have to pay more than $2/3 for a ride back to your hotel but watch out for the ones that will try and pull a fast one and ask for $5 “because there is too much traffic” on the road leading to your hotel. Half the time this is BS you can negotiate and pay an additional $1 if it was really late though and not too fussed about paying $5 for a ride – People gotta eat, right? It is still way cheaper than a taxi in London for a similar journey.


Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap near pub street
Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap Cambodia near the temples

Paying For Your Hotel In Cambodia

Cambodian currency is Riel but USD is widely used and more than likely what your hotel will accept as payment unless paying by card. Same goes for shops. Best to bring USD than trying to go to Cambodia with the local currency as most actually prefer dollar.


Siem Reap Airport Transports To Hotels And City Center


Your hotel will either have a tuk-tuk waiting for you or you can take the local taxi. There is a taxi office at the exit of the Airport. Most will charge about $10-15  in and around the city. Most hotels are only about 10-30 minutes from the Airport. Be prepared for some taxi drivers being picking on who they take based on the location of your hotel. If it’s deemed to closed for them to bother they may refuse to take you but the taxi office may negotiate with another driver to take you. I found it rather silly but it’s something I have found in other countries too(yes, even London sometimes although based on too much traffic in a location rather than how much the cabbie can earn from the trip.) You can also arrange your transfer from airport to hotel in Siem Reapvia Viator. Most of these are under £5.

Having missed our flight to Paris, we also managed to sample another place in Siem Reap so I may be posting that as well soon(if I can locate a few of the pictures I took from our stay).  Below are some pictures from our stay at Kiri Boutique Hotel(and no this post is not sponsored! 🙂
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Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap
Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap
Cambodia | Where To Stay In Siem Reap

Siem Reap Tours

There are many tours available from those guided with a Tuk Tuk driver to those on bike tour and many more. For inspiration check out Get Your Guide for a range of tours available both for those in Siem Reap’s popular Pub Street to exploring Angkorian temples.

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  1. Apr 20, 2016 / 5:33 am

    The place you stay looks so gorgeous! we also had stayed at one of the Siem Reap hotels close to pub street. I really want to head back to Cambodia soon. Tips on where to eat in Siem Reap’s Pub Street too?

  2. I am heading to Cambodia in Feb and was just wondering where is the best place to stay in Siem Reap? We are looking to be as close to Pub Street as possible but still have someone where that has a bit of a luxury feel to it. Any good location or areas to stay in Siem Reap would be ideal.

  3. Hey, I am backpacking through Asia from lat January and was wondering if you could recommend where to stay in Siem Reap for backpackers? Also any tips on where to eat in Siem Reap cheaply would also be great. Thank you so much. Look forward to your tips.

  4. Francisca
    Sep 27, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Yeah, I also go for smaller hotels because I want a more peaceful stay wherever I find myself. I think the Angkor City Hotel is close to the places we want to check out, and I think the pricing suits my budget too. What do your think of this hotel, also can you recommend any additional hotels in Siem Reap near Pub Street?

    • Sep 29, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Angkor City Hotel is a great hotel and much bigger than where we stayed. I remember passing it on the way to and from the airport. As great as it is not exactly among hotels in Siem reap near Pub street. This is a lot closer to the airport. The journey from this hotel to Pub Street is at least 20mins on a tuk tuk. Check you booking.com and change the views to show hotels on a map. The way you can see the options for Siem Reap accommodation near pub street much better than looking at the list of hotels by name.

  5. Gwen - Best Location to stay in Siem Reap?
    Sep 29, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Having never been to Asia, I was debating between places and settled on Cambodia. It spoke to me in pictures and felt like a familiar place. Where would you recommend someone staying for their first time? I am trying to decide on that and it is really hard for me. All these places look STUNNING! Looking for the best location to stay in Siem Reap to make the most of our visit to all the various temples.

  6. Oct 3, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    What exactly are UNESCO World Heritage sites? I’ve never thought about traveling to Cambodia, but I do want to visit Asia sometime. From what you’ve posted here, Cambodia looks gorgeous and the food looks delicious. I’m just unsure where to go, where to stay in Siem Reap, how long to stay in Siem Reap and whether I am ready for the language and cultural differences. Any thoughts, Bianca?

    • Oct 4, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Those are all valid questions. I think what stops from people travelling is really the fear of the unknown, the planning of a journey or trip into places they think they wouldnt enjoy or be comfortable in. For me, I love experiencing new cultures, I love architecture an I am a lover of photography and just how people’s creativity morphes in these beautiful things around the world. That interest along drives me to seek out new destinations and places I wouldnt have otherwise had on my radar. I am ok with going to places that are not part of the popular instagram crowd. That is partly why I love blogging about these things, to open people up to new places and inspire them to perhaps get out of their comfort zone and visit them for themselves.

      Not coming back to Cambodia, the people are wonderful the temples are beautiful and just taking a moment to really imagine what they would have looked like in the newly built state, what life was like then, imagining people roaming the temples to pray as they do now(without hordes out tourists). Imagining all the artisans that were involved, all the cultures that have come over to Cambodia from surounding areas in Asia to create this melting pot of beautiful food, dances and language evolvement. All of that stuff just fascinate me and I am keen to experience as many of the world’s cultures while I am still alive.

      So find what it is that excites you about the world and let that fuel your travel interest. That will also allow you to start planning your trip and figuring out how long to stay in Siem Reap, where to stay in Siem Reap and the best locations in the city to stay. Of course with that in mind, my posts are here to help you plan your trip as are my comment boxes where you can ask questions. I will try as much as possible to help where I can but really the key thing is to get out there and see the world.

  7. Rebecca sharks
    Oct 21, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    From your descriptions and pictures, these places look like a good place to really have a good time, I look forward to the food and the people whenever my family is ready for a family vacation in Asia

  8. Pearl Tom
    Oct 22, 2018 / 12:10 am

    I really wish that you could write in where to eat while in Siems Reap. From experience as a traveler, i have noticed that some spots are just good for relaxation while others are just perfect for satisfying the appetite of tourists

  9. Ralf
    Oct 31, 2018 / 11:43 pm

    Amazing post. Saves me a lotta hustle trying to figure out exactly where is the best place to stay in Siem Reap. I was after a mid-range place to stay in Cambodia but I rather like the place where you stayed. Thanks again.

  10. Pat - Backpacker
    Nov 3, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Hi Bee, can you recommend where to stay in Siem Reap backpacker suitable?

    • Nov 11, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Hi Pat, there are several options above with budget hotels in Siem Reap as well as hostels. Please have a look at the links for more details. I also detailed where we stayed in Cambodia.

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