Why Siem Reap is one of best Digital Nomad Destinations in South East Asia

Updated on: March 11, 2024 by Mick

This was my sixth time visiting Cambodia but only my first time in Siem Reap and loved it. Having lived before in some very good digital nomad cities such as Prague (Czech Republic), Granada (Spain) and Chang Mai (Thailand), I know what makes a great digital nomad destination.

1. Cheap food and beer

Expect to pay $3 to $5 for a main course in and around the Pub Street area. Pub Street appeared to be 2 different streets, well that was my impression. The cheapest food options are on Street No.9 and I thought the best options are on the alley between Street No. 8 and 9. There are of course the fast-food chains of McDonald's and KFC.

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The above are examples of menu prices in restaurants in the centre

Siem Reap is now getting a reputation for a great and diverse nightlife scene. Pub Street says all in the name, it is just all bars and restaurants. On Pub Street and the surrounding streets, nearly all the bars and restaurants sell a local beer for only $0.50 (normally Cambodia or Angkor beer) and try to make their business on food.

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Beer Prices on Pub Street

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That’s me at my favourite bar in Siem Reap, Beatnik Bar.

2. Visa

We entered Cambodia via the Hat Lek/Ko Kong Border crossing. A normal tourist visa costs $30 (30 days) but as I intended to stay longer I got a business visa which costs $35 (also 30 days but it's renewable). Don't forget you have to have 2 passport-size photos. Then extending your visa is fairly easy if you want to stay longer the 30 days. Just go to a tourist agent and they will gladly do it for you. It takes up to a week because your passport has to sent to Phnom Penh for processing. You can find more information about this here. For obtaining your Cambodian visa in advance, I recommend iVisa.

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Here is what your Cambodian Visa will look like.

3. Coworking Spaces

There are 2 excellent coworking spaces located at either end of the city centre. I spend a few days in both of them.

(A) Angkor Hub

Angkok Hub is only a 10 min walk from the centre and was difficult to find as it's off the street. You can work inside in the A/C or outside. They offer cheap lunch option if you are there all day and they cost only $5 per day. The wifi download speed was 14 mbs per second and the upload speed was 24 mbsp per second when I tested it.

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Inside Angkor Hub Coworking Space
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Angkor Hub’s Price & info Board
Speed Test @ Angkor Hub
Speed Test at Angkor Hub

(B) 1961

1961 coworking space is far more flash than Angkor Hub. 1961 is a vast complex that includes an Art Gallery. It's like a coworking space in Europe and costs $10 per day. The wifi download speed was 8 mbs per second and the upload speed was 9 mbs per second when I tested it.

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Entrance to 1961 Coworking space

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Inside 1961 coworking space & plan options

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Speed test at 1961

4. Cafes

If you prefer to work in a cafe, there are a few good options in the centre.

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Blue Pumpkin is a small chain of Cambodian Coffee shops in Cambodia. Their cafes are always very digital nomad-friendly.

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Coffee Town is another very good option

5. Inexpensive Accommodation

Personally, I would settle for cheaper rooms with a fan, but as I travel with my wife and 3-year-old boy so we have to have air conditioning (to keep the baby cool). You can get a double room with a fan for as low as $10 per night or a dorm bed in a hostel for as low as $3 per night. But expect to pay $20 to $40 per night for a decent hotel with air conditioning and a pool. This, of course, is fantastic value for money. I recommend Agoda.com if you are looking for a hotel or guesthouse and Hostelworld.com if you are looking for a private room or a dorm bed in a hostel.

My Picks for the Best Budget Hotels in Siem Reap

1. La Rose Blanche Boutique Hotel

We managed to get this excellent hotel as a deal for only $20 per night on Agoda (including breakfast which was served in the room). It normally goes for $40 plus per night. I can't recommend this hotel enough.

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The room at La Rose Blanche Boutique Hotel.

It has a beautiful swimming pool and you get a free tuk-tuk to the centre (you have to pay for your way back). The customer service was absolutely excellent. The Wifi was very good as well. We would have stayed here longer but it was already fully booked.

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The swimming pool at La Rose Blanche Boutique Hotel

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Speed Test at La Rose Blanche Hotel

Costs: from $20 for a Double room with A/C


2. Day Day Inn

Day Day Inn features an outdoor swimming pool. This is another excellent budget accommodation option with Double with A/C starting at only $13 per night. This Guesthouse has a very contemporary feel to it and Free WiFi is available in all rooms. It's perfect for Digital Nomads as it has a small Business Center in the Lobby.

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Double Room at Day Day Inn

The vibrant Pub Street area and Old Market are 2.8 km away and Angkor Wat is 8 km away. The property offers airport transfers and shuttle services at additional charges.

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Business Center at Day Day Inn, ideal for working

All rooms are air-conditioned and are fitted with a flat-screen cable TV. Some rooms have a seating area.  En-suite bathrooms include shower facilities, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

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Swimming Pool at Day Day Inn

Costs: from $13 for a Double room with A/C


3. Schein Guesthouse

Schein Guesthouse & Restaurant is located in the heart of Siem Reap and extremely good budget accommodation with a Twin room with fan only starting at only $10 per night. This Guesthouse gets a rating of 9.2 on Agoda which is amazing. It provides free WiFi access and offers free pick-up service from the airport, boat station or bus station.

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Twin Room at Schein Guesthouse

Schein Guesthouse is 700 m from the Tourist Information Office, Pub Street, Night Market while Angkor Wat is a 15-minute tuk-tuk ride away. Fitted with a fan or air conditioning and all rooms have a cable TV. A 24-hour front desk, tour desk and luggage storage facilities are available. Room service also is provided. The restaurant serves Cambodian and Western food, cold beers as well as free tea and coffee.

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Common Area at Schein Guesthouse

Costs: from $10 for a Twin room with Fan & from $13 for a Double room with A/C


Long Term Stay Options

If you intend to stay longer there are many serviced apartments in Siem Reap. These start at $200 per month. For $300 you get a very nice apartment. These are some of the best resources:- The Facebook page Siem Reap Real Estate was recommended to me. 2 other good websites are  Angkor Wat Real Estate and Siem Reap Properties.

6. Transportation

The centre of Siem Reap is very walkable and if you do need to get a 5 to 10 min tuk-tuk ride, this only costs $2. Make sure to set the price before your journey. If you leave yourself vulnerable the tuk-tuk driver will take advantage of this and try to charge you more. Also, it is very popular to rent a bicycle. A lot of hotels/guesthouses/hostels offer the service and normally cost $3 per day.

7. Angkor Wat

A visit to Siem Reap is not complete without at least one visit to the Angkor Wat Temples. Your hotel will arrange a tuk-tuk to take you to the different Angkor Wat Temples. This normally costs $15 for the day and the entrance fee is $20. Don’t forget to bring water. At Angkor Wat, it seems to be far hotter (and more arid) than Siem Reap. Don’t wear flip-flops, if you have hiking shoes/boots wear them, if not wear trainers.

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Bayan Temple in the Angkor Thom Complex at Angkor Wat.

*Travel Tip

Be sure to pick up a (free) copy of Siem Reap's pocket guide. You will find this in all bars, restaurants and hotels in Siem Reap. This lists all bars, restaurants and hotels in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap’s Pocket Guide.
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