La Residence, Siem Reap

Siem Reap, Cambodia

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La Residence, Siem Reap

Located close to the Angkor Wat temples on the banks of Siem Reap River and just 10 minutes’ walk from town, La Residence is a perfect place to stay. The hotel has all the facilities one needs, including a boutique and a spa, and you could even have a private yoga session.
 

We Love
  • The hotel provides a superb picnic style breakfast for your early morning explorations of the temples.
  • Ideally situated close to Angkor Wat and just 10 mins walk from the town.
  • The hotels works in harmony with the environment by recycling as much of the hotel waste as possible and supports the area's orphans and schools.
  • A private candlelight dinner and bar can be arranged on the terrace amongst the gardens.
  • A private yoga and meditation session can be arranged with special appointment.
     
Need to Know
  • WiFi is available free but may not be reliable.
  • There are 55 rooms including eight suites
  • TV, preloaded iPod, Nature Touch Puriya toiletries, minibar. In suites: flatscreen TV and DVD player.
  • Food is excellent and is served at the two restaurants. Breakfast can be had indoors or outdoors.
  • There may be mosquitoes in Cambodia, outside and inside the hotel. Bring your insect repellent.
  • Dress is generally informal. Bring lightweight clothing that wicks moisture. Laundry service is available.

The Review

The door-man greeted us with hands pressed together, Namaste-style with a slight bow and grabbed our luggage. As we crossed a small wooden bridge across the goldfish pond into the foyer, another staff member mysteriously emerged with cold towels and a refreshing drink. Given the oppressive heat, it was most welcome at the time.

Look
Inside, the high-ceiling wooden foyer of the hotel, built in Khmer-style, two staff members welcomed and directed us to a sofa beside an enormous teak desk, cut from a single giant tree. We sit back and admire the foyer's sidewall, covered with enormous relief of figures that we later saw at Angkor Wat.

Sleep
Our deluxe room at the far end of a large swimming pool was large with living and bedroom. A large couch for relaxing; a bathroom with two oval shaped basins, terrazzo bathtub, matching floor-to ceiling wall and a good supplies of toiletries. A glass door opened into a small terrace surrounded by tropical plants with a view of the swimming pool. The sitting area had a desk, TV and a refrigerator. But it was the small details that made this room really special; like the lemongrass oil burner, flowers, fresh fruit and extra towels.

Eat
Our breakfast was either in the attractive wood-panelled dining room or outdoors. The choice was large from cereals, assortment of juices including coconut water, croissants on par with those found in Europe and freshly brewed coffee but what I liked most was a variety of local tropical fruits. The lobby restaurant offers good fine dining, and there are some great open sitting areas for drinks as well as to read, play chess, and have a conference.

Relax
A good place to relax after a full day at the temples is the swimming pool. A stone lion spitting water, guards the shallow end. Two sides of the pool are surrounded by lounge chairs while the rest with an assortment of tropical plants. Clean towels are laid on the sun beds and complimentary sunscreen is provided. While relaxing by the pool, waiters would come round every once in a while and surprise you with a plate of fresh local fruit - on the house.

One More Thing: After you have enjoyed your day’s exploration and hotel’s services, The Martini lounge is the place to go for a two-for-one happy hour drink. I take my lemon meringue and head to the lounge.

Getting There

There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours. Phnom Penh airport is 30 minutes from the centre. Your hotel will pick you up.

From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok. The hotel is 20-minute drive from Siem Reap airport.  

 
La Residence, Siem Reap Siem Reap, Cambodia

La Residence, Siem Reap


RÉSIDENCE SUITES
Location                In the quietest area of the hotel
View                     Landscape gardens
Room Type             Large bedroom and an adjacent lounge
Bed Type               1 King-sized or two twin beds
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Double vanity, free-standing bathtub and walk-in shower
Size                      90 sqm / 969 sq ft


DELUXE ROOMS
Location                First floor
View                     Landscape gardens
Bed Type               1 King-sized or two twin beds
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Large bathroom with terrazzo bathtub
Connecting             Inter-connecting rooms available
Outdoor                 Private terrace
Size                      45 sqm / 484 sq ft


Policies
    Minimum check-in age is 18 years.
    Valet parking is available.
    Children below 12 years are permitted at no additional cost using existing bedding.
    Airport Transfer to/from local airport can be arranged through the property.
    Internet access to WiFi is free.
    Smoking rooms are not available

Taxes and fees:
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services:
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         14:00h
    Check out:       12:00h
    Minimum stay:   1 night

 

Siem Reap


The little town of Siem Reap is the traveller’s base to explore the fabled ruins of Angkor Wat. But the cultural capital which has thrived on tourism for so long has become an important town in its own right and interesting to explore.

Cambodia has a strong tradition of weaving, take guided tour of Artisans D'Angkor workshops at the National Silk Centre to learn everything there is to know about Khmer silk, from worm to loom. Then visit the FCC arcade for embroidered silk couture at the Jasmine Boutique, or maybe explore Psar Chaa — the Old Market. If you want something exclusive then visit Eric Raisina at his home and workshop a few kilometres out of town. A Paris-trained designer who produces handcrafted textiles used by brands like Yves Saint Laurent.

If you still have time then take a stroll along an alleyway known locally as "the Passage." That's where you'll find John McDermott's photo gallery with lovely images of Angkor Wat then visit the ArtDeli, it's a gallery, café and workshop space. (artdeli.org)

Siem Reap by Night
The liveliest areas in Siem Reap after dark are Pub Street and the Old Market area. Frequented by tourists and expats the closing times are about midnight for places with restaurant and early hours for pubs. However an interesting destination is the Night Market. With over 240 souvenirs shops selling traditional Cambodian handicrafts, clothing, silk, painting, jewellery, wood and stone carvings it is the best place to pick your souvenir.

Where to eat
For lunch, there are so many good local restaurants around. The Tonle Chaktomuk is a nice buffet restaurant in front of the Angkor National Museum. Try their Asian desserts, particularly the hot tofu with sweet ginger sauce. The amok is great for Cambodian dishes. Try their freshwater-fish fillets marinated in coconut milk and cooked in banana-leaf cups.

For dinner get a candlelit table at the Abacus Garden. It's a top French restaurant and does great steaks, goat-cheese salad and tuna tartare. The Meric Restaurant at the Hotel de la Paix is perfect for a lavish meal. Try their sweet-and-sour pomelo and prawn salad, then the lamb-loin-and-garlic confit, followed by fresh strawberries with pistachio ice cream.

Ballooning
One of the great experiences is the balloon ride over Angkor Wat, You clamber into a basket and rise up on a 200-m tethered-balloon flight to enjoy amazing aerial views of the temples, Phnom Bakheng, West Baray, Srah Srang and other ruins amid the surrounding jungle and rice paddies. If you want to really splurge, you can take a sightseeing flight with Helicopters Cambodia.


When to go

The ideal time to visit Cambodia is between November and February when it is cool and dry. In the beginning of March, the heat begins to build until April when it can be quite oppressive and uncomfortable. In May and June the southwestern monsoon brings a measure of relief and also high humidity. The wet season, lasts until October but it rarely rains all day. It generally rains short spurts mostly in the afternoon or evening. Although the wet season can be a low season for tourism it has its own advantages. It is when the Angkor complex is at its most beautiful, the vegetation is lush, the moats for full of water and there are less tourists so you can explore the temples in peace.  


Getting There

There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours. Phnom Penh airport is 30 minutes from the centre. Your hotel will pick you up.

From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok. The hotel is 20-minute drive from Siem Reap airport.  

Currency
The national currency is the Cambodian riel. In Siem Reap however, most prices are quoted in US dollars and travellers may find it convenient to carry small denomination notes in this currency.

Electricity
Electricity is 220 volts/50 cycles. Cambodia is plus seven hours GMT. The country is in the same time zone as neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Bargaining is customary in the local markets.

Visa & Health
Tourist visas are required and can be obtained in advance or on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. In the latter case, guests must provide a passport photo and US$20. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date and must have one entirely blank page for the visa. Guests are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.