Where to Stay in Siem Reap – 5 Best Areas and Hotels in 2024

Sunset view of Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, with its silhouette reflecting in the water, framed by tropical palms under a purple and orange sky

Hey there traveler, welcome to my ultimate guide on where to stay in Siem Reap! Whether you’re headed to the iconic Angkor Wat temple (and many other ancient temples) or want to explore an authentic Cambodian town, Siem Reap is the perfect stop!

I compared all the areas in the city, checked all the hotels, and included only the top-rated options in this guide! My goal was to make your search for the perfect place to stay in Siem Reap as easy as pie, and I think you’ll love what I have prepared for you!

Old French Quarter is the best place to stay as the heart of the city, but I also included 4 more areas for different travel interests!

Remember to book that stay in advance in Siem Reap, especially if visiting during the high season in December or January!

NOTE: The Siem Reap International Airport has been replaced by the new and bigger Siem Reap Angkor International Airport as of October 2023. 

Quick Picks for Your Stay

Book the best hotels in Siem Reap’s Old French Quarter today:

luxury hotel
Aerial view of a hotel's blue pool area surrounded by greenery and lounging chairs, with architecture blending into the landscape
mid-range hotel
Traditional bedroom with white bedding, red accents, and checkerboard tiled flooring, evoking a classic elegance
budget hotel
Rooftop pool with submerged circular seating area and yellow umbrellas, offering a cityscape view under a blue sky

The Twizt – Lifestyle Hostel

Best affordable accommodation in the center

I’ve also prepared this map to help you visualize the best areas to stay in Siem Reap:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Siem-Reap with numbered locations and labels for easy navigations
  1. Old French Quarter : for first-timers
  2. Old Market: for night market
  3. Wat Bo: for budget
  4. Taphul Village: for families
  5. Charles de Gaulle Boulevard: for luxury

1. Old French Quarter – where to stay in Siem Reap for the first time

Evening shot of the Ta Prohm Hotel in Cambodia, its grand architecture illuminated above a vibrant street market bustling with locals and tourists

If you’re looking for a well-rounded experience, then you can’t pick a better area to stay in Siem Reap than the Old French Quarter!

Centrally located, this neighborhood offers the perfect mix of unique temples to visit during the day and fun nightclubs to party at night! 

As you know, Siem Reap is the gateway town to the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat in the Angkor Archaeological Park, but there’s more to the city than just that! And there’s no better place than the Old French Quarter to start your Cambodian adventures!

Most visitors come to the area to see Angkor Wat, the majestic temple dating from the times of the Khmer Empire that ruled Southeast Asia from the 9th until the 15th century! Its capital was in Angkor, too! 

There are still many colonial buildings and architecture, especially in this area, which, combined with the traditional temples and classic Chinese shophouses, give the city a super multicultural vibe.

Of course, the Old French Quarter is also absolutely filled with restaurants where you can indulge in international cuisine and fun bars. So, once you’re fully rested, head out to explore this vibrant neighborhood!

Since the Old French Quarter is just a stone’s throw away from most attractions like the Royal Residence (map) and the iconic Angkor, many tourists book their hotels here. I recommend making your reservations super early because this place is packed with visitors!

Luxury hotel
Collage featuring the La Rivière d' Angkor Resort: an elegant suite with canopy beds and wooden furnishings, a luxurious bathroom with a standalone bathtub, a tranquil pool surrounded by lush greenery, and a traditional thatched-roof poolside gazebo

Set between lush tropical gardens, this amazing resort offers traditionally decorated bungalows, a large outdoor pool, and an on-site restaurant that serves delicious food! When you’re not out exploring the Old French Quarter, enjoy some spa treatments or chill on the sun terrace! Siem Reap is known for its spas (more than 100 of them in town), so this is your chance to try them out!

Other accommodation options in Old French Quarter

Mid-Range
A colonial-style Siem Reap hotel with a poolside view

An elegantly-decorated hotel that has family rooms with a private balcony and a saltwater pool

Budget
A stylish hotel room with a traditional Cambodian mural

The best hostel in town at a super affordable price, a swimming pool, and a private beach area

Airbnb
A modern living room with a red sofa, white dining table, orange chairs, and a kitchen counter, illuminated by led lights on the ceiling.

A centrally-located villa with 3 rooms with a garden and a private pool


As you’ve probably noticed, the Old French Quarter is pretty popular! Since it’s set right in the center of Siem Reap, everyone wants to stay here, which means that the hotels will sell out super fast. That’s why I decided to offer 3 more options in case the ones above are already sold out. All hotels are luxury with prices from US$100 and up.

Collage featuring the luxury hotels in Old French Quarter in Siem Reap: an inviting pool with water features and purple umbrellas, a colorful and contemporary lobby with plush seating, and a cozy, well-appointed room with a view of lush greenery
  • Shinta Mani Angkor & Bensley – Bright rooms with big windows and lovely decor! This boutique hotel has everything you’ll need for your stay in Siem Reap, including a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a spa! Of course, you’ll have access to room service and free parking as well! One of the best boutique hotels for couples, if you ask me!
  • Koulen Hotel – Enjoy delicious traditional food at this amazing hotel which has a pool and a garden area with sun loungers where you can relax. The accommodation offers modern rooms with a balcony, and a seating area, plus some spa services and fun activities like cooking classes and bike tours. 
  • Memoire d’ Angkor – Start your holiday in Siem Reap with a nice massage at the spa center of this hotel that has a restaurant and a bar! Guests will have access to a free airport shuttle bus, yoga classes, plus some fun things to do like themed dinner nights and tours. 

Things to do in Old French Quarter

2. Old Market – where to stay in Siem Reap for foodies + nightlife

Lush garden in front of a Cambodian temple with ornate statues and vibrant national flags fluttering against a clear blue sky

This is the ultimate place for anyone who wants to experience as many Siem Reap markets at night as possible!

The Old Market lies on the banks of Siem Reap River, just next to the Kandal Village, another lively area famous for its night markets and clubs! Yep, this is where everyone comes to shop, eat and drink!

This is a super lively neighborhood, and although during the day you can roam around the streets, the best way to enjoy its magic is after the sun is setting between the countless temple columns.

Pub Street (the hotspot for bars and nightlife in the area) is the ideal place to try sraa tram, the traditional whiskey-like drink they make in Cambodia!

Named after the actual Old Market, which is the place to go if you want to buy clothes, souvenirs, and food (basically anything and everything), the area is also home to a beautiful Buddhist temple and lush gardens.

Sharing the same busy atmosphere as most of the places in Siem Reap, the Old Market sits just a 15-minute drive away from the famous Angkor Temple. The best way to get there is by joining a tour, and, luckily, there are many that take you from Siem Reap to the temple. 

Luxury hotel
Collage featuring the Golden Temple Retreat: a welcoming reception with intricate woodwork and hanging lights, a luxurious room with a golden wall motif and ambient lighting, an outdoor lounge by an illuminated pool, and a modern facade with warm lighting

Now, this is my type of place! This amazing boutique hotel is decorated with handcrafted elements and has an in-house restaurant. Guests are welcome to relax at the spa center, explore the garden, and go for a dip in the outdoor swimming pool!

Other accommodation options in Old Market

Mid-Range
Courtyard swimming pool at a luxury hotel with lounge chairs under umbrellas, surrounded by a multistory white building with balconies.

Excellent value for money with a pool, a gym, free airport shuttle, and a central location

Budget
Tropical café entrance with outdoor seating surrounded by lush green plants and a clear path leading to the building.

Feel at home in this cozy hotel in Siem Reap that has family rooms with private balconies and a garden

Airbnb
Modern living room with yellow sofa, blue bean bag chair, abstract wall art, and a potted plant

Enjoy your morning coffee on the patio of this trendy apartment that has a kitchen and free Wi-Fi

Things to do in Old Market

3. Wat Bo – best place to stay in Siem Reap on a budget

Colorful riverside buildings reflecting in the calm waters under a clear blue sky, with lush greenery adorning the riverbanks

Looking for a super affordable place to stay in Siem Reap? Well, this area is any budget backpacker’s dream come true.

Yep, if there’s one thing that you can find cheap in Siem Reap is hotels! However, the area that has the biggest concentration of hostels and budget places is Wat Bo.

Set right across the Siem Reap River from the Old French Quarter, Wat Bo is home to one of the oldest temples in the city (that’s how the area got its name). Plus, you’ll also find a few unique art galleries where you can see the works of local artists and even attend workshops.

Don’t forget to dress modestly and cover (for females) when visiting temples in Siem Reap and Cambodia in general!

Wat Bo also has a super convenient location within walking distance from the City Center, where you can find even more art galleries and other attractions.

However, the atmosphere in this area will definitely make you want to spend as much time as possible here! Wat Bo is full of green spaces. And if you explore around for a bit, you’ll notice tons of colorful flower decorations that make the perfect picture background (if you ask me).

But I don’t want to give you too many spoilers, so let’s find the best hostel in Wat Bo:

Luxury hotel
Collage showcasing the stylish Viroth's Hotel: an inviting living space with a green velvet couch and vibrant yellow pillows, a sleek bedroom with minimalist furnishings and tropical views, a modern hotel exterior with vertical gardens, and a serene pool area surrounded by lush greenery

I love the contemporary and minimalist design of this hotel, surrounded by lush greenery! When you’re not exploring Wat Bo, chill by the swimming pool and eat the most delicious food at the on-site restaurant after a nice spa session! Each room at the hotel is beautifully decorated with Cambodian artifacts and has lots of space.

Other accommodation options in Wat Bo

Mid-Range
A modern hotel with multiple balconies adorned with green plants overlooking a central swimming pool at dusk.

A top-rated hotel near the Old Market, Pub Street, featuring an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi

Budget
A bright and airy bedroom with white walls, featuring a teal accent wall behind the bed with plant-themed art and a circular wicker wall decor

Feel at home in this cozy guesthouse that has simply decorated rooms and a swimming pool

Airbnb
A cozy wooden interior with a sofa, coffee table, and curtains overlooking a balcony with a view of nature.

This house is super special, it’s an authentic Khmer-style house decorated with statues, featuring a pool and a backyard

Things to do in Wat Bo

  • Visit the super-old Wat Bo temple (map)
  • Catch a show at Bambu Stage Siem Reap (map)
  • Get some nice accessories from Ammo Jewelry Design (map)
  • Attend an Apsara Live Performance (Khmer dance)
  • Grab a delicious meal at Vitking House (map)
  • Admire the Wat Damnak pagoda and temple (map)

4. Taphul Village – best place to stay in Siem Reap for families

Bustling street scene in Cambodia with a red light at the crosswalk, motorbikes and tuk-tuks waiting, and a row of buildings with colorful signage including KFC

Exploring one of the most exciting cities in Cambodia with the kids? I recommend looking for hotels in an area close to central Siem Reap, but not exactly in the City Center, as it’s super busy and crazy!

I’d recommend Taphul Village, which is located West of the Old French Quarter, just far enough for you to enjoy a bit of tranquility in this busy area!

You’ll be within walking distance of shopping malls and restaurants, obviously! While the neighborhood doesn’t really offer many attractions itself, it’s super well connected to public transport that will take you to the Angkor Wat temple.

Plus, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the other temples in the Old French Quarter and the Royal Independence Gardens (map) where you take the kids to play and enjoy a breath of fresh air.

Now, let’s check out the hotels here:

Luxury hotel
"Collage displaying the Aroma Angkor hotel: a classic poolside view with evening lights reflecting on water, an elegant bedroom with a large bed and a projector screen, and a spa-inspired bathroom featuring a standalone tub adorned with flower petals

This amazing boutique hotel has spacious rooms for families with a balcony that leads straight to the outdoor swimming pool! Enjoy a delicious family breakfast and then try one of their many activities, maybe cooking classes or a bike tour with the kids!

Other accommodation options in Taphul Village

Mid-Range
A cozy living room with wooden floors and furniture, a sofa, two armchairs, a coffee table, a desk, and large windows with curtains.

Set just a short walk away from the attractions, this modern hotel has great family rooms and a pool

Budget
A cozy hotel room with a queen-sized bed, white bedding, and two towel swans on top

The best hostel in the area has a lush garden, a restaurant, and rooms for families

Airbnb
A cozy outdoor seating area with a round wicker chair and cushion, surrounded by lush green tropical plants

A peaceful place located in a lush setting with a relaxing outdoor pool and a courtyard view

Things to do in Taphul Village

  • Go on a guided tour to Angkor Temple
  • Shop for souvenirs in all the boutique stores
  • Attend the Angkor Night Market (map)
  • Visit the Royal Independence Gardens in the Old French Quarter
  • Enjoy a family dinner at Madam Moch Khmer Restaurant (map)

5. Charles de Gaulle Boulevard – best place to stay for luxury

Traditional Khmer tuk-tuks driving on a dirt road leading to an ancient temple gate, flanked by stone sculptures, amidst lush tropical greenery

As one of the most exclusive places to stay in Siem Reap, this boulevard is lined up with luxury hotels and resorts.

The boulevard is the main road to Angkor Wat but also the Bayon Temple (map) and Ta Prohm Temple (map), all of 3 being the most famous attractions in the area!

This district is perfect for those of you who left the partying days behind and are looking for an area that isn’t super busy or packed with clubs. On the contrary, on Charles de Gaulle Boulevard you’ll find a few cultural attractions like the Angkor National Museum, but also shopping malls!

As I mentioned, this area is pretty chill, and most people who come here are looking for a peaceful getaway. Plus, there are numerous gardens around Charles de Gaulle Boulevard, which are worth a visit!

Nearby, you’ll find the Cambodian Cultural Village (map), a stunning garden with exhibitions, performances, hiking trails, and beautiful miniatures of famous Cambodian buildings. 

However, you can always head to the Old French Quarter or Old Market if you’re craving some evening entertainment! You’ll be just a short tuk tuk ride away!

Now let’s see all the amazing hotels around here:

Luxury hotel
Collage presenting a Templation Hotel: a cozy safari tent bedroom featuring a four-poster bed, a vibrant living space with modern furniture and wooden accents, and an inviting private outdoor pool surrounded by lush greenery

Enjoy your dream holiday in this luxury hotel in Siem Reap that offers lush private gardens! The award-winning hotel has an outdoor pool, an in-house restaurant, and a bar. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this boutique property is an oasis of silence where guests can relax in the spa!

Other accommodation options in Charles de Gaulle Boulevard

Mid-Range
A spacious lobby with a large buddha head sculpture, flanked by green sofas and potted plants, all under a modern chandelier.

A stylish hotel with 2 pools, a spa, daily breakfast, and a sun terrace

Budget
Cozy bedroom with a double bed, white bedding, and leopard print pillow, featuring warm lighting, a side table with a lamp, and curtains drawn near an open window.

Set among lush gardens, this boutique hotel offers a swimming pool, a spa, and family rooms

Airbnb
An outdoor swimming pool with blue water surrounded by yellow walls and green plants under a clear blue sky.

Chill by the swimming pool of this super cool place that has 2 spacious rooms, a garden, and a kitchen

Things to do on Charles de Gaulle Boulevard

  • Learn new things at Angkor National Museum
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee at Pople (map)
  • Grab dinner at Hot Stone Restaurant (map)
  • Go for a sunset walk along the Siem Reap River
  • Wake up before sunrise to visit the Angkor Wat Temple complex
👑 Luxury price:$150
💵 Mid-range:$70
🛏️ Budget:$40
📍 Best area:Old French Quarter
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:La Rivière d’ Angkor Resort 
💵 Best mid-range hotel:Chateau d’Angkor 
👛 Best budget hotel:The Twizt – Lifestyle Hostel

BONUS: Best resorts near Angkor Wat Temple

If you’re heading to Siem Reap mainly to visit the famous Angkor Wat Temple, then you’ll need a place that’s close enough so you can arrive there as quickly as possible and probably want to avoid staying right in the hustle of Siem Reap.

Luckily, I’ve found a couple of incredible resorts not too far from the temple that offer incredible facilities and everything you need! And if you’re looking for the best way to visit the temple, check out this post. It has many helpful tips!

PRO TIP: Combine the trip with the visits to a group of temples, including the Bayon Temple, Prasat Preah Khan (map), and Ta Prohm Temple, all of which are in the same complex as Angkor Wat, for a fully immersive Cambodian experience!

Collage showing a resorts near Angkor Wat Temple: an opulent lobby adorned with modern art and floor-to-ceiling windows, a serene bedroom overlooking a private pool, and an oasis-like outdoor swimming area surrounded by lush tropical plants and comfortable loungers

Luxury (US$150 and up)

  • Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort – Set between the tropical trees, this fantastic resort is only a 10-minute drive away from the iconic Angkor Wat Temple. What better way to enjoy your holiday than to try different spa massages, play golf, and eat yummy food! This resort offers all that and more, including some fun board games, 3 restaurants, and a fitness center.
  • Jaya House River Park – Not a big fan of the city noise and want to do nothing but chill by the swimming pools during this adventurous trip to Siem Reap? Then book your room at this amazing hotel that is located 3 miles (5km) away from Angkor Wat Temple. Each room is tastefully decorated with simple elements and has a small outdoor patio where you can enjoy your morning coffee. Other facilities include two swimming pools, a spa center, and a bar.
  • Shintana Saya Residence – Definitely the kind of place that feels like home! I like how the decor is super simple and minimalistic, focused on light color tones. This luxury resort offers spacious rooms with large windows overlooking the pool. When you’re back from visiting Angkor Wat Temple, which is only a 15-minute drive away, head to the spa or take a dip in the salt-water pool.

Mid Range (US$40 – US$80)

  • Lotus Blanc Resort – Set a 20-minute drive away from Angkor Wat Temple, this accommodation offers spacious rooms that have a balcony with amazing views! Indulge in all the delicious food at the 3 restaurants on-site, and sunbather on the sun loungers by the swimming pool when you’re not in the mood to explore Siem Reap!

FAQs about hotels in Siem Reap

Traditional Cambodian dancers in vibrant attire, performing at the historic Angkor Wat temple, showcasing Cambodia's rich cultural heritage

📅 How many days should I stay in Siem Reap?

I’d recommend spending between 3 to 4 days in Siem Reap. That will give you enough time to visit the attractions in the city and of course, visit the famous Angkor Wat temple. 

🤔 What is there to do in Siem Reap besides Angkor Wat?

There are many other things to do in Siem Reap besides visiting the temple. There are lots of night markets, clubs, and more unique temples inside the city, which you shouldn’t miss while you’re in town!

🌃 Is it safe to walk around Siem Reap at night?

Yes, it’s safe to walk around Siem Reap at night since here a lot of things happen at night, like the markets and the club openings, but avoid remote areas where there are no people.

🤩 What is the best neighborhood in Siem Reap?

Old French Quarter is the best area to stay in Siem Reap! This central neighborhood has many restaurants and some of the top attractions in the city. Plus, you’ll find a wide range of hotels here like the amazing La Rivière d’ Angkor Resort

🚶‍♀️ Is Siem Reap walkable?

Absolutely! You can explore Siem Reap on foot, the walks are really enjoyable. Just be mindful of your step as the sidewalk infrastructure isn’t the best, and you’ll find plenty of cracks on the way.

🛺 How do you get around Siem Reap?

Walking and tuk-tuks (they’re called remorks in Cambodia) are the most common ways to get around in Siem Reap. Remorks can fit up to 4 people, they’re cheap, and are the most popular transportation method. You can also use bikes, motos, and taxis.

🤔 What is the best month to visit Siem Reap?

December and January! This is the peak season when the weather is most pleasant. June to October can be rainy, while April and May are the hottest months and I definitely don’t recommend visiting then.

Final thoughts on where to stay in Siem Reap

Aerial view of the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex at sunrise, reflecting in the water, symbolizing the architectural prowess of the Khmer empire in Cambodia

That’s it, dear reader, this was all I had in store for you when it comes to where to stay in Siem Reap! I hope you have found your dream place by now! 

There were tons of hotels to choose from, and some pretty good resorts, so in case you still don’t have a favorite, I’ll share 2 of mine:

  • La Rivière d’ Angkor Resort – Set among the tropical trees, this is the best luxury hotel as it offers a spa center, a free pick-up service from the airport, and bike tours
  • Chateau d’Angkor – A fabulous mid-range hotel that comes with an outdoor swimming pool, a breakfast buffet, and many activities

Siem Reap is a very touristy place because it’s super close to Angkor Wat, possibly the most important attraction in Southeast Asia. Make sure you book your hotel here in advance so you secure the best deal!

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts or experience in Siem Reap, drop me a comment below! I’ll be quick to answer!

Happy Exploring,

Victoria


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