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As Cambodia’s central tourism hub, Siem Reap has no shortage of great hotels. From luxury resorts to budget boutique hotels. There are even two popular exclusive men-only gay hotels in Siem Reap. Most of the hotels in town are spread around Siem Reap’s city center, where Pub Street, the Old Market, and the Royal Residence are. The town’s nightlife is almost always within walking distance, and a tuk-tuk to Angkor is usually under 20 minutes.
Gay visitors to Siem Reap should not have any issues booking accommodation. You may have to specify you want a double instead of a twin room, but this is unlikely to raise any eyebrows.
It’s worth noting that there are no legal equality laws for LGBT people in Cambodia and gay marriage is not yet legal, however, there is also no widespread cultural hostility against homosexuality.
Most of the hotels in town are spread around Siem Reap’s city center, where Pub Street, the Old Market, and the Royal Residence are. Some are on the other side of the river, which is quieter and less intensely touristy.
The nightlife is almost always within walking distance, and a tuk-tuk to Angkor is usually under 20 minutes. There are several awesome gay-only guesthouses in town, as well as several lovely boutique hotels. Outdoor pools surrounded by shady tropical gardens are a mainstay, as is the strong design influence of the decadent Khmer style.
This stunning resort sits a little distance away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap, while still being no more than a 20-minute drive from Angkor and the nightlife. With its lush gardens and wooden villas on stilts, the whole place feels like a little slice of tropical paradise. Each villa comes with either a terrace or a private plunge pool, and all have indulgent jacuzzi tubs and gorgeously understated modern Khmer design. There are two restaurants, including an authentic Cambodian one using locally sourced ingredients – the rice is from the surrounding paddies. Two bars and a spa, all impossibly beautiful, round off the facilities.
The ultra-luxurious Anantara Angkor Resort consists of just 39 spacious suites, each including an unparalleled level of personal service. Every guest is received with a complimentary airport pick-up and foot treatment on arrival, and has an Experience Butler on-hand throughout their stay to help plan their Siem Reap adventure. All suites feature decadent traditional decor with teak wood and fine silks, as well as high-end modern amenities like a smartphone and Nespresso machine. As if that wasn’t enough, the hotel facilities are also exceptional, from the restaurants to the spa and courtyard pool. The hotel is located right next to the lovely Cambodian Cultural Village and a 15-minute drive from both Pub Street and Angkor. Anantara Angkor is one of the most booked luxury gay hotels in Siem Reap.
This hotel features some truly unique modern design, blending traditional Khmer influences with an incredibly sleek and contemporary monochrome look. Every corner of Shinta Mani Angkor seems made for your Insta feed, from the minimalist rooms to the chic black-tiled pool. Go for a higher category room for perks like a coffee machine, poolside access, or huge showers, or splurge on the beautiful private pool villa. Most rates include breakfast and a daily tropical fruit platter. Best of all, by staying here you will be contributing to the Shinta Mani foundation, dedicated to eradicating poverty in Cambodia.
This luxury hotel sits among spacious and lush gardens and blends colonial, Khmer, and modern design. It stands out by its exceptional facilities, ranging from the large lagoon pool to the beautiful spa. Complimentary services include daily cultural orientation sessions, airport pick-up and drop-off, and breakfast in bed. Several dining options are available, including a beautiful outdoor cultural dining experience with traditional dancing. Unsurprisingly, Borei Angkor was selected as one of the Top 25 Hotels in Cambodia by TripAdvisor in 2019.
This chic and understated resort hotel sits by the Siem Reap river, peacefully surrounded by gardens and yet less than a 10-minute walk from Pub Street. The architecture is stunning, with traditional Khmer structures in Indonesian teak, offset by elegantly modern decor. All the suites are spacious and extremely relaxing, with private furnished terraces and decadent freestanding tubs. The food is excellent, serving Khmer dishes with modern twists and French influences. Facilities include a lovely pool, a good-sized gym, and a supremely serene spa.
This is one of the most luxurious resorts in Siem Reap, complete with opulent French colonial style, a state-of-the-art golf course, a fantastic pool, and one of the best spas in Cambodia. Every room is decorated with elegant vintage furnishings, and some have lovely terraces overlooking the garden or the lagoon. There are three great restaurants, including an authentic Khmer restaurant with a nightly Apsara dance show, and two swanky bars. Located about a 10-minute drive from both the nightlife around Pub Street and from Angkor, the resort is perfectly located for enjoying everything the region has to offer.
This charming boutique hotel sits by the Siem Reap river, a little removed from the busy city center and a pleasant 20-minute walk to the nightlife. The 14 rooms are all decorated in an elegant modern style, blending concrete walls with dark teak accents, white furnishings, and warm pops of color. All guests are offered free airport pick-up. There is also a great private pool villa available, which comfortably houses up to eight people and includes free food and drinks, butler and chef service, a private tuk-tuk driver, and more. The resort has a beautiful pool and gardens, a bar, and a restaurant. The Butterfly Pea is also committed to ethical travel, with plastic-reduction measures in place and connections to local community programs.
This stylish and modern boutique-style resort sits on the quieter side of the river, but is still less than a 10-minute walk from the nightlife around Pub Street. It is made up of two buildings, the Rambutan Hotel and Rambutan Resort. The former houses stylish duplex suites with small private balconies, while the latter has the more luxurious terrace rooms, featuring large lounging terraces with outdoor tubs. Chic apartments with fully-equipped kitchens are also available. Both properties have a saltwater pool surrounded by greenery, and there is a very good restaurant and a lovely spa in the resort wing. All facilities are available to guests of both wings. Rambutan Resort is one of the most booked gay hotels in Siem Reap.
This colorful hotel blends traditional Khmer architecture and decor with a playful, modern approach to design. All the rooms are comfortable and decorated with bright colored walls – we recommend the Deluxe Poolside Rooms or the Royal Suite. The pool area is the highlight of the orange-toned central courtyard and is a great place to unwind after a long day of temple hopping. The Golden Temple Hotel is only a short walk across the river to Pub Street and the Old Market, and it offers complimentary round-trip airport transfers.
This upscale resort sits directly across from the Royal Gardens and the Royal Residence, placing you right in the heart of old-world Khmer grandeur. It features elegant colonial-inspired design throughout the property. The rooms have vintage furnishings, wooden floors, and beautiful floor-to-ceiling paneled windows that overlook the lush tropical gardens or the large pool. The on-site food is excellent, especially the breakfast, and the colonial-themed bar is super stylish. Complimentary perks include free airport pick-up and, in the case of the suites, champagne in your room upon arrival.