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Our Favorite Accommodation – The Golden Banana


Golden Banana Guesthouse, Siem Reap

This oasis was our home for the week we explored Ancient Angkor and we cannot think of a better place. It offers two types of accommodation, an affordable B&B for 23 USD with a small breakfast and hotel for 44 USD. It is at a dead end street and thus absolutely quiet, has great staff and interesting clientele.

The two venues are separated by a narrow alley. This set up makes it look small and cozy, only during breakfast time do you realize that quite a few people stay here. The best place to relax is the fairly sized pool that is framed by bamboo and banana trees and a big effort is taken to keep mosquitoes at bay. Behind these screen of greenery hides the one storey hotel with about 12 rooms.

The music played at the pool is pleasant and not loud, something we have come to appreciate. The best pool turns into a nightmare if thumping music makes you reach for your ear plugs. Although it is not a backpacker accommodation, it is very easy to strike up a conversation with other guests and we met some truly fascinating people. The staff is lovely and attentive and we cannot think of a better place to be.

Obviously this place is such a success story that a new building is being added right next door.

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