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On December 29th, 2016 by RVM

visit our guesthouse - Hotel in Siem Reap

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visit our guesthouse - Hotel in Siem Reap

Are you thinking of going for vacation to a destination that relieves you from stress and transports you to that heavenly world of historical bliss? If that is what you intend at doing, then there is no better destination than a tour in Cambodia for experiencing this bliss.

Siem Reap in Cambodia in the literal context means the “Defeat of Siam”. It is the most prosperous region of the contemporary Cambodia. Siem Reap travel has become one of the premier travel destinations because of its close proximity to Angkor Wat temple. One of the most popular reasons as to why people prefer Siem Reap travel from across the globe is because they want to explore over a thousand years of Khmer heritage built near Tonle Sap Lake, the foundation of the economic power of the ancient Cambodian empire. And when the destination is so exotic, you certainly need the best hotel to make your trip memorable. For a mesmerizing stay in the historic town, a comfortable hotel with spa and fresh food is a must and you need the best from all the hotels near Angkor Wat.

Situated in a location that serves as the perfect backdrop in the historic town alongside Siem Reap River, River Village Manor is a fine choice when it comes to choosing hotels near Angkor wat. With the most serene setting along the river, great services and comfy rooms, you will experience bliss in the exclusive services of River Village Manor which is probably one of the relaxed and nicest guesthouse / hotels in Siem Reap.

From the culinary delights and tour of the places around, everything about this place is worthy of travel of miles. Besides the historical temples, Siem Reap travel get a youthful energy from the eclectic array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that infuse vibrant and youthful energy in this place. Siem Reap, a province in Northwest Cambodia has now become the main hub of the country’s tourism. Tourists are drawn towards the historical beauty and the enchanting atmosphere of Siem Reap and they are ready travel miles for it. And when you travel miles, you would certainly need the best food to make your stay delightful as well. With the freshly prepared foods settings in the restaurant and bar area, you can enjoy delight in every bite at River Village Manor, the best Guesthouse / hotel in Siem Reap near Angkor Wat.

We give our guests the most relaxing experience after a daylong tour in Cambodia. Our food, drinks, pool, rooms everything is carefully designed to make your experience the best until now.

We just can’t wait to make your tour in Cambodia a dream like experience for life. Come and experience the blissful beauty of Cambodia with River Village Manor! Book Now


On October 16th, 2016 by RVM

Angkor Wat Siem Reap

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It was an early morning start from River Village Manor Guesthouse in Siem Reap, It was a little previous 4:30 AM and I was one of the very first individuals there. It was still nearly pitch black so I had to utilize my cellular phone's LCD show to light the way. Without it, I probably would have tripped and fallen under the moat.

I set up my tripod at the edge of the lake and waited for the sun to rise from behind those iconic 5 spires. At that ungodly hour, I believed I 'd be among the few people insane enough to press myself from bed simply to take a photo. I was wrong.

Within an hour, a little army of amateur professional photographers had actually camped out all along the lake's edge. There should have been several hundreds of us forming 4-5 rows of travelers hoping for that iconic daybreak shot. Such is the magic and allure of Angkor Wat.

A World Heritage site and the World's Largest Religious Monument, it's one of the few locations that you absolutely must see a minimum of once in your life. Here's a first-timer's travel guide that I hope can help you plan that journey.


Cambodia has two seasons-- dry and damp. The wet season is from May to October while the dry season is from November to April.

Flash flooding is a frequent occurence, making travel challenging nevertheless Siem Reap no longer floods and you can get some excellent deals. November to February is the most popular time to go due to the fact that it's the coolest and driest time of the year. We went in December and the crowds at times were unbearable.

For a good balance of weather and number of tourists, June-August is said to be the most perfect. The rain keeps things cooler and less dusty, the landscape is more green, the temple moats are filled, and there are less tourists. Rainy season isn't in full swing yet, with the rain can be found in it appears at an arranged time daily-- early in the afternoon and again at night.


Travelers will be showing up at Siem Reap International Airport (REP). We paid USD 7 each way however it'll most likely be more expensive if you worked with one on the area.

For How Long TO STAY

Siem Reap is all about the Angkor temples. The 3-day Angkor pass need to be enough if you're not out to see every single temple. I 'd state 4-5 nights is enough.


Cambodia is economical, even by Southeast Asian standards. It's one of the most inexpensive countries we've gone to. You can delight in a meal at a fancy dining establishment for $10. Ice cold draft beer can be had for simply 50c a mug.

You can basically live like a king there with a budget of $100 per day, less if you share a room with another tourist. This consists of lodgings, food and beverages, some shopping, transportation, and your Angkor pass. It's so affordable that budget tourists can most likely succeed with as little as $50 each day.

Easily, USD is the de facto currency in Cambodia. It's accepted everywhere. The only time you'll ever see Cambodian Riel is when it's offered to you as small change from USD deals.

River Village Manor is Siem Reap's many lovely Guesthouse with Breakfast consisted of, using one of the best breakfast in town. Why not borrow one of our FREE bicycles?

It was a early morning start from River Village Manor Guesthouse in Siem Reap, It was a little past 4:30 AM and I was one of the first people there. Flash flooding is a frequent occurence, making travel tough nevertheless Siem Reap no longer floods and you can get some fantastic deals. Tourists will be getting here at Siem Reap International Airport (REP). Siem Reap is all about the Angkor temples. River Village Manor is Siem Reap's the majority of captivating Guesthouse with Breakfast consisted of, offering one of the finest breakfast in town.

On October 14th, 2016 by RVM

Must see Documentaries and Movies before visiting Cambodia

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Must see Documentaries and Movies before visiting Cambodia

Visiting Cambodia soon? if like me you like to learn about the history of the country you are visiting, I think you will enjoy watching my Top 5. They can be found on YouTube, Amazon, Netflix. Hope you enjoy them.

A thousand years ago the Khmer people in Cambodia built a kingdom that stretched a million square kilometres. Its capital was the lost jungle city of Angkor, once the largest city on Earth. At the heart of the city was Angkor Wat, a vast temple complex covering an area over four times larger than the Vatican City. Many other huge temples are scattered throughout the city. But little else remains - in the heat of the jungle most of the city has rotted away. The lives of the people who lived there largely remain a mystery.

But now a new scientific project is revealing the lost splendour of Angkor and shedding new light on its people. Revolutionary new imaging technology is allowing archaeologists to construct an accurate picture of the city of Angkor. It helps reveal how the Khmer went from being a group of subsistence rice farmers to building the greatest ever empire in South-East Asia. And it also helps shed new light on the reasons for Angkor's mysterious collapse.

The Mekong River with Sue Perkins


Sue Perkins embarks on a life-changing, 3,000-mile journey up the Mekong, South East Asia's greatest river, exploring lives and landscapes on the point of dramatic change.

The Killing Fields (1984)


A movie about a journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.

The Man Who Built Cambodia


THE MAN WHO BUILT CAMBODIA (can be found on YouTube) explores the life of Vann Molyvann, an architect whose work came to represent a new identity for a country emerging from independence, and whose incredible story encompasses Cambodia’s turbulent journey as a modern nation.

In Cambodia’s post-independence period, Molyvann was at the centre of a renaissance, developing a distinctive architectural style, New Khmer Architecture, that completely changed the face of Cambodia.

But in 1970, at his creative peak, Cambodia’s political landscape disintegrates, forcing him to flee as the Khmer Rouge plunges the country into genocide and civil war.

Finally returning in the 1990s, Molyvann finds a different country than the one he left. He’s marginalized from public life and many of his works are destroyed or neglected.

Today, like many countries is Asia, Cambodia is developing rapidly and unevenly.

Now nearly 90, the film follows Vann Molyvann as he reflects on the country he’s put so much of himself into.

Narrated by Academy Award™ nominee Matt Dillon, at the heart of THE MAN WHO BUILT CAMBODIA is Vann Molyvann’s lifelong engagement with the identity of the Khmer people, and his attempt to create a unique architectural style that gives modern expression to that identity.

On October 3rd, 2016 by RVM

Bus Phnom Penh to Siem Reap & Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

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Traveling by Bus in Cambodia

Flying is quick; about 45 minutes in the air, but you miss so much! Occasionally we make a trip to Phnom Penh and we use the buses most of the time. Not just because its cheap; about $15 each-way, its a great way to see a parts of Cambodia that you would never normally see. Passing rice fields, traditional Khmer wooden houses and a landscape that stretched for miles.

Is traveling by bus safe? well over the years their has been one or two accidents in the past but I feel save using the main bus companies like Giant Ibis and Virak Buntham Express. When choosing a bus company my advice would be to travel on a large bus rather than a mini-bus and make sure they have insurance; which the two iv mentioned have.

It takes roughly 5 hours to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and vice versa, so if you have the time or on a budget a bus is really quite comfortable and a good way to see Cambodia.

On September 22nd, 2016 by RVM

Christmas in Siem Reap

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Christmas at River Village Manor in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a popular destination for tourists especially over the festive period. I for one love Christmas, sitting around as a family enjoying a drink or two! Here at River Village Manor we are planning a three course Christmas dinner around 5-6pm for ourselves and guests (price TBC). We should be getting some Christmas pudding sent from the UK along with other bits. Its going to be fun and we will also extend Happy Hour ALL day 🙂

On September 19th, 2016 by RVM

Beautiful accommodations, delicious Khmer food, and a friendly environment

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"Beautiful accommodations, delicious Khmer food, and a friendly environment”

I arranged to stay for one week and ended up staying for four weeks. There are so many reasons to choose this place. I'll start with my favorite-- the food! Len's cooking is dynamite! You don't need another place for food. Okay. You're on vacation, so you'll want to try other restaurants. But I KNOW that Len's food is the best. Generous helpings at a reasonable price AND absolutely delicious. Breakfast is good. It's breakfast. But it's the Khmer food that you have to try at River Village Manor. Len's Green Curry is loaded with fresh vegetables and so damned GOOD. Cha Kdaw is phenomenal. And the Fried Red Fish. I ate at in the cafe there every single day and was NEVER disappointed. And of course, I never got sick. That's a a big plus, but it speaks volumes. The food handling practices are excellent and Len goes out every day to get the freshest ingredients. She never leaves anything to chance.

The rooms are VERY clean. The whole guest house is spotless. The two house keepers are constantly polishing the wood and cleaning the floors. Nice hot showers.

I upgraded and stayed in the room with the King sized bed and it was a wonderful experience with the balcony overlooking the river. The AC works like a champ!

They do a very good job of controlling the mosquitoes, too!!!! It's amazing that they have so many systems to keep the mossies at bay. They burn lemongrass oil in the halls so the place smells amazing and they use incense sticks outside. On the couple of occasions that I left my balcony doors open, they came in and sprayed my room because quite a few had gotten in. But that only happened twice in over 30 days. Not a bad track record.

Dale, Len's husband, is super helpful with helping you figure out how to spend your day and how to navigate Siem Reap. Both he and Len are really friendly and accommodating. They clearly have a vision to provide their guests excellent comfort in a beautiful environment. They're doing a great job and I highly recommend this guest house.

A couple of other things that I found important: The wifi is EXCELLENT. If you're into livestreaming, no problem! I had three feeds going at once without a glitch. Hahahahaha! I travel for work, so these things are important to me!! Anyway, in case you were wondering, the wifi is da bomb! Thank Dale for that!

They have bikes for you to borrow at no charge, which was also really helpful and fun. This place is really close to the Angkor Wat road, which is super convenient for exploring the temples. You could easily ride the bike there and explore... if you can handle the heat! Hahahaha!

There's also a saltwater pool!
Okay. I think that about covers it. DID I MENTION THE FOOD???? The food is amazing. Hahaha! Honestly, while I was there, I watched a bunch of people become convinced. They were making trips back home for lunch and dinner because it was that good. AND the menu is varied enough to keep you stimulated and able to sample the different flavors of Khmer culture. They also have a nice variety of Cambodian beers that are served really cold in a frosty glass. NICE!

Thank you for the great review Crystal Lynn B

On August 18th, 2016 by RVM

Siem Reap Water Festival 13th, 14th and 15th November 2016

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THE TRADITION OF THE WATER FESTIVAL Not to be confused with Songkran in Thailand, the Water Festival in Cambodia, which is called Bon Om Tuk (also spelt Bon Om Touk) in the Khmer language, is a traditional celebration that dates back to the Khmer Empire and reign of King Jayavarman VII.

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Discover the Kingdom of Wonder where Cambodia’s unique Indian-influenced Khmer culture has remained very much intact. Discover legacy left behind by the once mighty Khmer Empire in the Temples of Angkor.

Explore the streets of Siem Reap Old Market area with a mixture of boutique shops, restaurants, bars and spa's. Visit the Art & Night Markets. 


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