Siem Reap offers outstanding accommodation value – good 4* and 5* hotels can be found for really reasonable rates, but we chose somewhere quite different – Palm Village. Situated a bit out of town, Palm Village is a little oasis consisting of small simple bamboo rooms, a nice pool, beautiful gardens, and the most incredible food. We paid well under $50 a night per room (we had two rooms), and really enjoyed the place. Kind of rustic – the rooms have got a bed, a small tv and a bathroom and that’s about it, but we just slept there.
There were frogs hopping around the place (not in our rooms) that added to the feeling of rusticity. The main reception/hang out place had a pool table and was the centre of everything. The biggest triumph was the Khmer food – now for reasons that I still can’t figure out, Palm Village has a regular menu that doesn’t have any Khmer food – the food on this menu was VERY average. If one knew to order a few hours in advance though for the Khmer food, things were totally different. The food was simply sensational – whatever we ate off the Khmer menu. I’d go there for the food even if I was staying somewhere else. The kids loved it – not too hot or spicy and quite different from Thai or Vietnamese.
That same afternoon we headed for Angkor.