Where to stay in Siem Reap

Where is the best place to stay in Siem Reap?

If you’re wondering where to stay in Siem Reap, the best area to stay is the Old French Quarter as this is the nucleus of Siem Reap with this area having everything going on in it as well as around it.


This area includes the centre, which is wonderfully laid out in a grid system so it is very easy to navigate your way around with the Siem Reap River as one of its boundaries and the other being the main strip, Sivatha Road. Everything in between offers plenty of places to eat at as well as drink, shop and is home to charming vintage colonial buildings.


Siem Reap is one of the most spectacular places in Cambodia and is a major tourist hub in the country due to the town being incredibly close to the world famous temple ruins of Angkor, which was home to the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Siem Reap has felt the effects of the tourism boom and is now a popular place for tourists to stay in due to the amount of restaurants, pubs, hotels and its own tourist attractions that are on offer.

Hotel   Avg price
Babel Siem Reap Guesthouse
738 Wat Bo Road
20€ - 20$
Hotel   Avg price
Summer Bliss Boutique
34 Sivutha Blvd
23€ - 23$
Hotel   Avg price
Steung Siemreap Hotel
Street 9, Mondul I
37€ - 36$
Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa
Sivatha Rd
47€ - 46$
Hotel   Avg price
Shinta Mani Angkor
Oum Khun Street
150€ - 147$
Park Hyatt Siem Reap
Sivutha Blvd
201€ - 197$
Belmond La Residence d'Angkor
River Road
289€ - 283$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Siem Reap, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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Old French Quarter, the best area to stay in Siem Reap


Old French QuarterThere is nowhere better to stay in Siem Reap than the Old French Quarter, which prides itself as the main area of the town, which is the loveliest too. It is a big-sized area for the town but is actually a small neighbourhood, where you will find a good selection of French and Chinese-colonial houses dotted around it. The area is full of little narrow streets that are lined with cafes, shops and restaurants, which are wonderfully lit up at night time and provides a fun and beautiful walk. The Royal Residence is found here, although not a palace, it is still used by the King of Cambodia when he comes to visit the town. Although it is not open to tourists, the Royal Residence still offers a good photo opportunity with the face of the King and a shrine just outside the entrance to the building.


Opposite the residence is the Royal Gardens, which is the ctown centre’s only public green area and really is a great escape from the dusty streets and cars. Here you can explore the many religious and animal sculptures that are dedicated to the King and you can sit and relax whilst having a picnic. Another popular place to visit is the McDermott Gallery, which is known for its world class photography of Angkor by John McDermott and also showcases work of local artists that have taken photos of Asia. The river offers a wonderful stroll where you can soak in its lush green surroundings and tree-lined pathways as well as spotting local fishermen and kids playing traditional and modern games.


The area is also home to Angkor Market where you can bargain with sellers and you will be able to purchase various items and objects including food, clothes, jewellery, souvenirs and much more. There are also numerous massage parlours, gyms, cooking classes and yoga classes to participate in and you are never too far from a tuk-tuk or taxi who will take you to see the ruins of the ancient city of Angkor, which is a few kms from the town.


The reason why so many people come to stay in this part of the town is because of the amount of hotels, hostels, pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants that are located here. Being the main strip, Sivatha Road is the focus with bar after bar blaring out the latest tunes and serve various drinks and food. There are also many food stalls at the southern end of the strip, which have tables and chairs and is where you can sample the cheapest and tastiest foods available. The little narrow streets between Sivatha Road and the river are also home to many cuisines including traditional Cambodian, American, European, Japanese, Chinese and even some places offering kangaroo, ostrich and snake as a main meal. The area is full of accommodation with the best ones being just off the main streets as these tend to be quieter and a little cheaper.



Hotels in Old French Quarter


Other areas to stay in Siem Reap


Wat Bo


Wat BoWat Bo is opposite the Old French Quarter, which is just across the river and is another very convenient area to stay in as you are only minutes away from the centre. There are lots of hotels to choose from and are generally priced at cheaper rates than those on the other side of the river. Wat Bo is where you will find one of the oldest temples in Siem Reap, which is appropriately named Wat Bo and is home to a collection of wall paintings that were from the 19th century.


There are a decent number of luxurious and affordable hotels and restaurants in the area with the best overlooking the river and facing the centre of town. Restaurants offer a variety of foods from various cultures and tend to satisfy anyone’s needs, from vegetarian to American, there is something for everyone. Wat Bo is also home to a few small art galleries, where you can see locals artwork as well as little workshops, which sell locally-made handicrafts, food, jewellery and other souvenirs.



Hotels in Wat Bo





Taphul Village


Taphul Village, Siem ReapThis district close to Siem Reap Airport is a top choice for visitors to the City who primarily come to visit the Angkor, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The busy city with its hectic traffic is close enough to visit easily, perhaps for a night down Bar Street or a visit to the Night Market? Both are walkable but it is fun to get a tuk-tuk although cars and motorcycles will fly by, but you will get used to that.


Angkor is equally easy to access either independently or on a tour. It is a remarkable place dating back to the Khmer Empire. Taphul Village has plenty of good accommodation from budget hostels to quality hotels with restaurants offering local and international cuisine.


Taphul Village can certainly claim to be the best place to stay for those wanting to experience Angkor yet avoid the busy streets of the city centre.



Hotels in Taphul Village





Charles de Gaulle


Charles de GaulleThe Charles de Gaulle Boulevard is an excellent area to stay for luxury travelers in Siem Reap. You can find the majority of the city’s best five-star hotels here, with fantastic facilities making for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Not only are these high-range hotels brilliant, they come at very reasonable prices by Western standards!


Charles de Gaulle Road is a major road within the city- running from downtown Siem Reap to the amazing Angkor Wat temple complex. Indeed, Charles de Gaulle is perfectly located here, within convenient reach of both vibrant downtown and this historical gem. You can choose between the public transport options or travelling by taxi.


There are also many excellent and authentic local restaurants located in and around the Charles de Gaulle Area. Although some hotels come all-inclusive, it is still worth heading out at least once to choose from some local specialties.



Hotels in Charles de Gaulle