Near Siem Reap

The Hip Side of Siem Reap

Discover low waste, ecologically friendly restaurants, bars, hotels, and shops in Siem Reap. Centrally located, but far enough from Pub Street to be hip, these are our go-to spots for relaxing after a long day at Angkor Wat.

Where to Eat

Wild Creative Bar & Eatery

5/5

Sip locally sourced cocktails under the stars and chow down on freshly made spring rolls.

What we love: It’s kid friendly, no fuss, and above all, tasty. All the ingredients are local, and they run a plastic-free kitchen. 

Know before you go: Wild only has a few tables, so be sure to reserve in advance. When they’re busy, service might be slow, but you can take advantage of their wide selection of board games to play while you wait.

Genevieve's Restaurant

4/5

Fantastic French food in a beautifully conceived space. Not the cheapest destination, but a great splurge. Focus is on locally sourced produce with a French flair, including some of the best baguettes I’ve had in Asia.

What we love: The decoration is lovely, the menu is seasonal, and the staff are lovely.

Know before you go: The restaurant is spread across an atypical space, so choose your location when you reserve. Use your judgement if you have antsy kids as some of the tables are former sewing wheels!

Where to Shop

Rehash Trash - Green Gecko

5/5

What’s not to adore? This souvenir shop is dedicating to helping local communities make money by collecting trash and turning it into treasure. If you want to get some souvenirs that are actually helping the environment and local communities, this is the place for it.

What we love: It’s not easy to find in Asia, but this gem of a hotel is centrally located, gay friendly, socially conscious, absolutely beautiful, and won’t break the bank.

Know before you go: Don’t want to buy something in person? You can donate or shop online.

What to Do

Grasshopper Bike Tours

5/5

Get off the beaten path at Angkor Wat and explore the majesty of the ruins on your bike. You’ll be paired with a knowledgeable guide, making this a great first day of exploring the ruins. We recommend doing a ride with Grasshopper and then a self-guided tour with a local tuk tuk driver on another day.

What we love: Angkor Wat is a bit overrun with tour buses and people looking for their “perfect” Instagram picture. So long as it isn’t going to be too hot when you are there, why not get out on a bike and escape the crowds? Grasshopper has a variety of tours and offers child seats as an option.

Know before you go: Prices don’t include entry to the ruins, so you’ll need to get those in advance (when you do get your tickets, we recommend taking a moment to check out the market to the South West of the ticket office and its terrifying array of BBQ scorpions, tarantulas, and the ilk). It is pricier than getting a local tuk tuk driver, but it makes for a more rewarding experience.

Where to Sleep

5/5

A secluded oasis just off the old market, Rambutan Hotel is a boutique hotel that offers a drop of luxury at quite reasonable rates.

What we love: It’s not easy to find in Asia, but this gem of a hotel is centrally located, gay friendly, socially conscious, absolutely beautiful, and won’t break the bank.

Know before you go: The hotel has two sites and a variety of rooms – some with outdoor tubs and splash showers. 

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Rambutan Hotel & Resort - Siem Reap
4.8
Based on 113 reviews
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Christian de boer
Christian de boer
02:53 07 Mar 20
Cute little hotel, great pool and lovely staff
CHANG Cheng-chien
CHANG Cheng-chien
18:01 03 Jan 20
Everywhere in the hotel is as beautiful as the pictures show… We really enjoy it! The staff is very helpful and... professional. Agoda mixed up the type of room we booked, but the hotel offered us another choice immediately. The breakfast is of fine quality. The location is very convenient but tranquil. I love the whole experience a lot!! Wish to come again.read more
jomtienjohn
jomtienjohn
05:53 24 Dec 19
Keep coming back here. Very well run establishment with very courteous and efficient staff. Previously predominantly... gay but on my most recent visit it's much more mixed, and that's not a criticism. There's a friendly buzz about the place. G Generous cocktails at the bar (happy hour 5 to 7). A limited menu of well prepared dishes available at the restaurant. Nice refreshingly cool pool. All the rooms recently refurbished and upgraded. I do recommend.read more
Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson
16:19 15 Dec 19
Not only superb accommodation, service and amenities but being LGBT friendly makes for a great sense of community,... regardless of orientation. Highly recommend!read more
Dee Lee
Dee Lee
02:02 15 Dec 19
Elegant but NO gym or swimming pool
stew colman
stew colman
07:05 06 Nov 19
Love this resort, beautiful place, lovely staff
Matt Vroegindewey
Matt Vroegindewey
14:25 05 Nov 19
This hotel was excellent enough to be the only reason you need to come to Cambodia. Drinks, food, and location was... superb. But the people were the best part. Every team member is absolutely wonderful. They warmed our hearts and treated us as old friends while maintaining the highest standard of service. We felt like we were home. This is by far the BEST hotel in Siem Reap, and maybe even Southeast Asia. Worth a drink, worth a night, worth a week.read more
ITH CHUMNAN
ITH CHUMNAN
02:02 20 Sep 19
Best accommodation for European or stylist and romantic. Excellence services. I like the people there.
liu steven
liu steven
04:12 14 Aug 19
good place for vacation, nice environment and nice waters
David Steel
David Steel
04:10 09 Aug 19
Excellent and attentive staff. Very clean, great food and drinks, good wifi, and perfect location that is near Pub... Street but away from the noise. European ownership and manager who provide Cambodian staff with healthcare and school allowance along with ecologically responsible business practices. Organically grown produce in the restaurant. I think that gives you a good picture of the hotel philosophy.read more
Jacqueline C.
Jacqueline C.
18:03 14 Jun 19
This was by far the best place we stayed throughout Cambodia and Vietnam. From the ambience to the incredible staff, I... can't express how great of an experience it was. At the end of the day, we always looked forward to returning to the resort and were greeted with genuine smiling faces. The food and drinks were also fabulous and well enjoyed.read more
J Gallant
J Gallant
05:46 14 Jun 19
I have stayed at the rambutan resort in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap on multiple occasions and it is always a pleasant... stay. The siem reap property is utterly so esteticaly pleasing in every direction that you look, a true oasis..and the staff are the most genuinely friendly staff I have met at any hotel, ever. This past weekend I checked into the siem reap reslrt to spend my birthday with my partner, and it was nothing less that extraordinary. The staff went completely above and beyond to make this the best birthday I have ever had, if you are considering the rambutan resort I highly recommend you stay here. You will not find anything else in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, of this caliber in this price range. Oh and did I mention the pool is salt water ☺️.read more
HIV Detective
HIV Detective
16:12 21 May 19
Attentive staff are great but peaceful surroundings make this a perfect place to stay. Thanks so much 🙂
Jason Hendrix
Jason Hendrix
23:52 03 Mar 19
A really friendly, clean place to stay if you are in Siem Reap. Staff were warm and helpful. There's a resort and hotel... on the same street. Photos are from the resort, but the hotel looked nice too.read more
Cameron McLean
Cameron McLean
05:11 19 Jan 19
The staff here are lovely. LGBTQ with everyone welcome. The food is great and everything is reasonably priced. Very... central, but tucked into a quieter street. All the rooms are around a cute little saltwater pool and waterfall, and most of them have a private terrace upstairs with a gorgeous outdoor stone tub and shower. I'll be backread more
Jesse Davis
Jesse Davis
07:26 05 Jan 19
I cannot say enough about how lovely this boutique resort is. It feels like high luxury without being over the top. The... host will meet you, the staff with treat you, and the rooms will give you something memorable to take home. Get a room with a balcony and enjoy an outdoor bath tub for cooling off at the end of the day. The open air shared spaces are inviting, the restaurant is delicious. As far as location, it could not be more perfect; a short walk through the night market and you are at pub street; a plethora of restaurants on the way. In the other direction is Hard Rock Cafe and in another, one of the more boutique neighborhoods with health food cafes; all walk-able or very cheaply accessible. One of our favorite parts was how secluded and yet central the Rambutan Resort is. I'd give it 6 starts if I could.read more
Professor Ramen
Professor Ramen
10:00 03 Dec 18
Nice place to stay. Staff are amazing. It’s close to the Christina restaurant (look it up). Laundry service is over... priced. Good location. Nice not to be too near pub street. Relaxing by the pool is great. Great facilities in general. The fact that it’s next door to Christina restaurant is an absolute winner as far as I’m concerned!read more
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