Hotel review: Angkor Palace Resort Spa, Siem Reap

By |2018-07-29T21:11:01+00:00February 24th, 2015|Accommodation, Asia, Cambodia, Confessions, Destination, Inspirational, Luxury, Tips|28 Comments

Siem Reap, Cambodia

It took me almost nine years, but I have finally found new appreciation for Siem Reap – because of the lovely Angkor Palace Resort Spa. My first visit to Cambodia… Well, it wasn’t pretty.

During the four days I spent in the country, I got trapped in a public bathroom with a huntsman spider the size of a SMALL CHILD… I was sexually harassed by a group of police officers and upon leaving the country, our taxi driver managed to crash the car not once, but twice while I was clinging on to a broken seat belt for dear life.

That was depressing.

Then last year… and for no particular reason… I started flirting with the idea of going back to the land of horror (probably just to drown or have my teeth fall out). I wanted to like Cambodia. I really did. So I decided to give Siem Reap a proper chance and also give myself the best incentive to love it.

It was obvious was needed to happen.. No more cheap hostels and public bathrooms. I had to find a nice place. A place where I felt appreciated. Wanted. Pampered. So I went ahead and booked a 4-star hotel. Nothing less could do. Plus, I be like…

Siem Reap, you owe me!

Siem Reap, Cambodia


Angkor Palace Resort Spa, Siem Reap

During our trip to the Philippines, I found a great hotel online called Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa. Dirt cheap and gorgeous. It was only $53 per night.

I love the feeling of being pampered, but at the same time I feel out-of-place in fancy hotels.. I think it’s because they’re often impersonal… and then there’s the tipping. I don’t get it. It’s awkward. I don’t know how much to pay the guy and it doesn’t feel genuine to hand him money like that. Luckily, Thomas is SO much better in these situations than I am.

So where was I?

Ah yes, the room… The room was extravagant, I tell you. We had fresh fruits, television, minibar, an amazing view, and the list just goes on and on. It was the perfect base for the exploration of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat the following days.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

FREE MASSAGES… Y-yes please!

Upon arrival, Thomas and I were given a free massage each plus a discount to the masseuse and spa.

Oh, happy day. Happy day, indeed.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia


Oh, and did I mention the best part? We called my all-time favorite Pizza Company and had pizzas delivered to our room. If you’ve been to Thailand or Cambodia by the way and didn’t taste one of their pizzas, you’ve missed out on something important, my friend. It needs to be on your priority list. Like asap.

Things to do in Siem Reap

So, yeah.. I absolutely loved the food there.

And don’t even get me started on the breakfast buffet. I don’t appreciate buffets in general, but everything is freshly made here. There was an egg-station, a pancake and waffle station, a noodle station and so on.. They even had sushi. For breakfast. Did you hear that, world? I’m not the only one eating sushi from the break of dawn.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia


Everybody who knows me, knows that I love spontaneity.. So when Thomas woke me up at 2.30am one night and asked if I was up for a late night swim, I was all…


We had the pool all to ourselves and later on a waiter came by with drinks. When we got up, he was there again with warm towels.

At this point, I really only have one thing left to say.

Siem Reap…. You have officially won me over.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

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  1. Amy February 24, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Wow, you really had some bad luck on your first visit to Siem Reap, I’m glad you found the courage to return though and I’m even more glad that you had an awesome time. That hotel looks incredible, I loved pretty much everything about Cambodia when we visited last year but I remember the accommodation was particularly good; Cambodia is one of those places that if you can afford to pay a bit more you get complete luxury. You need a bit of that in Siem Reap if you’re temple hopping all day 🙂

    • Miriam February 24, 2015 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      I couldn’t agree more, Amy! I was really surprised that prizes were so low, and it is definitely something I’d recommend to anyone traveling to Siem Reap and wants to spend a little extra. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time in Cambodia this time around, but I’m going back to explore more of the country for sure!

  2. travelFREAK February 24, 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply

    You’re so lucky, Miriam! Happiness and enchantment can be read on your face, haha.

    • Miriam February 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Haha, thanks Jeremy! Being pampered seems to have that effect on me.

  3. Antonina February 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Miriam! I’ve noticed a dragon fruit on one of your photos. Have you tasted it? What was it like? They sell imported dragonfruits here in India, and they are a bit expensive for me, so I was wondering whether they are worth trying.

    • Dannielle Lily February 24, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Sorry but I have to muscle in… dragon fruit is awful – don’t do it! My friend tasted it on the plane to Bangkok and spat it out saying, “That tastes like sh*t smells” Haha!

      • Miriam February 24, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

        Haha, yeah they have some funny tasting fruits in Asia ^^

      • Antonina February 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        I thoughts so 🙂 Thanks for making sure.

    • Miriam February 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      I haven’t, no, but as Dannielle says – they have an awful smell when they’re overripe. I’d still try one, though 🙂

    • Steph March 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      I really love dragonfruit – especially the kind that is pink inside.. durian is the REAL nasty smelling/tasting fruit in Asia..

      I think dragonfruit is pretty mild flavored, the texture is a bit strange (sort of grainy, with little poppyseed sized seeds thrown in)..

      Don’t recommend it in a shake however (the texture when ground up is a bit like dirt)

      • Miriam March 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the advice, Steph!

  4. Dannielle Lily February 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Looks very different from my experience of Siem Reap! I stayed in the cutest (creaky) guest house and lost my shoes in Angkor Wat? one night… will definitely have to return to sample this hotel! Mainly for the pancake station…l

    • Miriam February 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      I’d definitely return as well and check out more hotels. Siem Reap is such a lovely city and I haven’t even begun to cover it on my blog yet – I especially loved Pub Street.. It’s a bit like Khao San, but more cozy.

  5. Anna @ shenANNAgans February 28, 2015 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Wawhoooo… Thats fantastic you went back and made right. Your hotel looks freakin amaze!!!

    I haven’t been to Cambodia, but I did spend a month over Christmas in Southeast Asia and found that pretty much everywhere we went, stayed and ate was of exceptional value. The equivalent home in Australia is unheard of. One of the fanciest hotels I stayed at was The Fairmont in Singapore, they upgraded us, we were on the 20th floor overlooking the cities most famous attractions, fruit plates and cocktails were thrown in too. And for a 5 star hotel, we paid an amazing price too. It was magical.

    • Miriam March 8, 2015 at 12:43 am - Reply

      The hotels in SE Asia are some of the best I’ve stayed at. This is where you get the most for the money, expecially in Bali, Siem Reap and Thailand. Loved it there!

  6. Carlotta March 5, 2015 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Hi, I am really enjoying your stories! I am in Siem Reap now and visited Angkor Wat yesterday. What an amazing place.
    Siem Reap is ok, very very hot though and very dusty.
    I am enjoying the food. 🙂

    • Miriam March 8, 2015 at 12:42 am - Reply

      Have fun in Cambodia! Are you heading to the beach, too? I didn’t have the time when I was there, but I’d love to visit Koh Rong some time in the future!

  7. Catherine McManus October 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Hi Miriam. I just talked to you briefly on Twitter about Plitvice. I love your blog. I’m going to Vietnam in January and hoping to see Siem Reap at the same time. It will be my first time in Asia. Will check out your hotel info – it sounds amazing.

    • Miriam October 24, 2015 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Catherine, and welcome to my blog! Angkor Wat is definitely worth a visit if you have the time. It might be easier and more comfortable to fly from Hanoi or Saigon to Siem Reap, and you should be able to find cheap tickets on Airasia or Momondo. Have fun in Asia! It’s a gorgeous continent.

  8. Gaby Risanto May 30, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    I’m glad you gave Siem Reap a proper second chance. It’s your well deserved break as well. A dip into the pool at 2.30am surely something crazy and memorable to do. Love your adventure, love your blog 🙂

    • Miriam June 3, 2016 at 12:39 am - Reply

      Aw, thank you Gaby! Come back any time 🙂

  9. Ratnakant November 30, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Love your blog… I have also visited Siem Reap in Sept 2016… and its wonderful experience…

    • Miriam December 1, 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      So glad to hear that! Siem Reap is an interesting place in so many ways and it sure made me want to see more of Cambodia.

  10. Angel March 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Which hotel did you stay at?

    • Miriam March 29, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      It’s called Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa.

  11. Ken August 8, 2017 at 1:41 am - Reply

    I am from the United States, and I lived in Siem Reap from Dec 2015 through Feb 2016, just a little over two months. Wonderful time and friends made there.

    • Miriam August 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      That sounds lovely, Ken! So glad you had a great time in Siem Reap 🙂

  12. Anonymous November 1, 2018 at 6:01 am - Reply

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