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pavillon d’orient, siem reap

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My recent Cambodia posts are way timely since I have a few friends headed over there in the next few weeks. The first question is always, “So where did you guys stay?” Let’s answer that question shall we?

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Don’t worry I’ll talk about the food too. Heh.

Pavillon d’Orient is the #1 place to stay in Siem Reap on TripAdvisor. If you don’t use TripAdvisor when traveling you’re weird, so far the hotel recs from there have been spot on. The hotel, the staff, the tour they put us on, everything was great. The picture above was taken at the hotel’s restaurant. To the left is the lobby/reception area, and to the right is where the rooms are.

The hotel has 2 computers with internet access if you need to check in with the real world at some point during your stay. They also have a nice sized salt water pool with big sofa lounges scattered around it and a small spa on the premises.

The rooms are decently sized, clean, and feel pretty new. There were 3 of us so it seems a bit cramped with the extra bed in the middle but it was a-ok.

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There were mosquito nets on the bed but we didn’t use them while we slept. I don’t recall getting bit while were in our room. Each of the rooms also has a little patio/balconey area with chairs and a table. We didn’t spend too much time out there because it was April and it was fry-an-egg-on-ya-head hot.

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Bathrooms have a tub and a shower (not pictured). The shower is pretty nice actually, one of those rainfall shower heads. I love those. They hook it up with plenty of towels, toiletries, robes, slippers, etc.

We had plenty of meals at the restaurant including the complimentary breakfast which included eggs (your style) and sausage, fresh fruit, and pastries.

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Oh and homemade yogurt which was delicious.

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I was sad to not be able to enjoy this more. We always got it in the morning before heading out to our tour and I was always afraid of the lactose monster following me to the temples.

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Some basil beef for lunch along with a giant helping of white rice. Hit the spot.

Two other nice touches from the hotel? Turn down service included a list of movies on TV that night and a Khmer bed time story. On our last night they also gave each of a silk scarf to take home. How can you not love this place.

The hotel will take care of everything for you. They gave us a driver to pick us up and take us to the airport, got us a tuk tuk when we wanted to go into town at night, and also got us a tour guide and suggested the temple visiting schedule. We couldn’t have been better taken care of. For everything for 3 days, 2 nights (hotel, food at the hotel, tour guide, transportation) it came out to USD163 per person. Not bad right?

Pavillon d’Orient: Road No 60, after Psau Leu Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Other thoughts on visiting Cambodia:

– Bring candies if you’re going to Siem Reap. There will be lots of kids selling trinkets and postcards at the temples. You might not want every keychain you see but a lollipop pretty much anywhere in the world is enough to make a kid smile. We also gave a pack of candies to our driver who had young kids at home. Thanks to Madona for this tip. 🙂

– Check the weather. It was supremely hot when we were there. We were walking around in humid 100F+ for 5 hours at a time.

– In the same vein as the above, bring water and a hat.

– We saw sunset from Pre Rup which was nice but didn’t really give us a view of the other temples in the area.

– There is some nice and affordable artwork in Cambodia. I love the one I bought. The shops near Banteay Srei have good prices and so does the main market in town.

One thing that was really nice about Cambodia? Everyone was really nice. Seriously. You go to a lot of touristy places and you feel like people are trying to cheat you or be crazy pushy or whatnot but Khmer people are super nice. I didn’t get that feeling in Cambodia as I do in a lot of places I visit.

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Written by joann

August 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm

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  1. I came across your blog by accident and have just started reading your posts. I’m officially a fan 🙂 I was pretty happy with the hotel we stayed in while in Siem Reap last year but I have to say this one’s impressive too.

    Grace

    December 2, 2009 at 10:18 am


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