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Published February 28th 2015
For your best stay in Cambodia, for however long you like
Victory Guesthouse is a family-owned guesthouse situated in a quiet part of Siem Reap, but only a 15-20 minute walk to the town centre. It offers over 200 rooms, so it caters for anything from solo travellers like myself to large tour groups (e.g. there was a group of scouts there with many parents and leaders).
street that crosses the two buildings of Victory Guesthouse
Victory Guesthouse offers a wide range of free services including wifi, pick up from Siem Reap airport, room cleaning everyday (as long as you give them your key), 2 bottles of water whenever room is cleaned, hot water in showers, guide book with a map of Siem Reap, safety deposit.
They are also more than willing to help you contact places and organise your modes of transport (usually a tuk tuk for shorter trips) for wherever you want to go (including longer trips that are out of town such as Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville)! If you want to go on a group tour, they can also organise that for you!
For $1 USD per kilo, you can also get your washing done! They even dry all the clothes and fold them up for you!
For rooms as cheap as $10 USD a day for a very spacious single room with fans, even breakfast is included. I went during January-February, and I felt that fans were definitely cool enough. Even if you're travelling solo, every room has either a king-sized double bed for you or two single beds, so you're guaranteed to sleep with comfort every night! Of course, the beds are no different if you have a double, triple or a family room.
my room at Victory Guesthouse
Keep in mind though, that if you look at the room rates online, they tend to be a couple of dollars more expensive (but still very cheap!) than if you simply ask them at the counter (oh the benefits of a spontaneous choice of accommodation). You can also get a discount on your accommodation fee if you're in Cambodia volunteering.
Just a tip: if you're volunteering, you can also ask them to put a fridge in your room, and they'll do it right away for you.
I have to admit, I have highly enjoyed eating their free breakfast. I was there for long enough to try everything on their breakfast menu, but my favourites were definitely their pancakes and their fresh fruits. I met two friends at the guesthouse who ended up eating these every morning, that's how good they were.
banana pancake at Victory Guesthouse
fresh fruits for breakfast
The food at Victory Guesthouse is excellent to say the least, and they cook everyday right as you order them. Even if you're not staying at their guesthouse, they're more than happy to serve you food too. Food ranges from $2 USD to $4.50 USD and they offer both Khmer and Western food. My favourite Khmer dish at the guesthouse was by far the beef lok lak- stir-fried marinated beef served with fresh onions served on a bed of lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes and dipped in a sauce consisting of lime juice, sea salt and black pepper from Kampot in southern Cambodia, usually also served with a sunny side up egg.
beef lok lak
They also have a drinks menu for you anytime of the day. My personal recommendation are their shakes. One particular friend of mine had an obsession with their mango shake, one loved the banana shake, while I loved their coconut shake. All of these were made from fresh fruits, rather than simply lots and lots of sugar like we have back at home.
mango shake (with remnants of mango in it)
The guesthouse also offers many seating areas for you to socialise, connect with friends and family overseas or do whatever you wish. They have a balcony area on the top floor (3rd floor) with only a couple of seats for you to smoke or for a look over the town. Downstairs is where all the food is served, and where you can meet travellers from all parts of the world and all walks of life. Personally, I find that this area had the most comfortable chairs and the best internet connection, so I stayed here a lot to socialise with other travellers.
The only downside of the guesthouse was that the wifi was slow and was sometimes intermittent, but it was also very refreshing to be away from the computer screen while you're away from home.
Victory Guesthouse appears to have a lot of returning customers too. I can understand why! One particular person I met at the guesthouse said that it was his fifth time staying there, and this time, he was there for 3 months.
Next time I go to Cambodia, I'm definitely staying at this guesthouse. If I were to explain Victory Guesthouse in three words, it would be: comfort, homely and loving.