Where to Stay: Two Weeks in Thailand and Cambodia

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We had just over two weeks in Thailand and Cambodia during March 2017. The challenge was deciding what areas of Thailand to visit and where to go in Cambodia as well. Since diving is a main activity that we want to do while traveling in Thailand, we decided to stay on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand – Koh Tao and Ko Samui. Four days in Siem Reap seemed like enough time to see the temples and have a more relaxed schedule.

In planning for our trip, we had advice from friends, used agoda.com for hotel/hostel booking and referenced blogs to help us decide where to go and stay. Agoda has been my favorite resource in researching where to stay and for finding great deals. The places we booked for our trip generally averaged $34 – $68 per night, and we opted for private rooms in hostel/budget hotels. However, we did add in a more luxurious hotel with a private pool for two nights.

Here is a break down of where we traveled to on our trip.

Bangkok – 3 nights

Siamaze Hostel

We enjoyed our stay at Siamaze hostel. It was a bit outside the main areas but only a short walk to the metro station. The private room we had was spacious, clean and of course had AC. In the morning the shared kitchen had eggs, toast and fresh fruit to make our own breakfast. This was one of our favorite things about this hostel as well as the nice open garden. It’s one of the places I would recommend.

Siem Reap – 4 nights

The Cashew Nut Guesthouse

A little off the beaten path from the popular Pub Street, Cashew Nut Guesthouse was a no frills type of place. We walked or took a tuk tuk everywhere and went through this place to book our Angkor Wat tour guide. Ultimately we were happy with the tour guide – affordable, friendly and prompt. Being walking distance to everything was okay as well however it was very hot most days. For the price we were happy with it. If I were to go back to Siem Reap I may try a new place – mostly because I try to always go somewhere new.

Koh Tao – 5 nights

Simple Life Talay (3 nights)

We had thought we were going to get a beach bungalow as in right on the beach. Turns out we ended up with sea view bungalow for the same price. There was a balcony and the room was quite spacious but it had more of a partial view and was set back from the beach up higher. We also had issues with our AC and communication from the management staff was not very helpful. Unfortunately this was our least favorite experience from the trip. And by no fault other than our own, we could not do any diving on Koh Tao because I was sick. Perhaps we would have had a different experience if we were had gone diving with this resort.

View Point Resort (2 nights)

Wow, this place was incredible! It was a splurge for us and totally worth it. We were picked up from Simple Life in a truck and taken up into the hills of Koh Tao to our beautiful villa. The views were incredible, the private infinity pool, the entire villa inside – all amazing. We were given a cell phone so we could make calls to the office is we needed anything, taxi for rides and pre-programmed numbers to the local restaurants for delivery service. We hardly left the place. It was paradise.

Ko Samui – 4 nights

Code Hotel

Code Hotel reminded me of the W hotel or another type of 4-star hotel. It was also an upgrade compared to where we had stayed before. It was a bit far away from the popular Chaweng beach area but there were some nice cafes and restaurants we found nearby which felt pretty secluded.

Bangkok – 1 night

Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok

For our last night in Bangkok we wanted to stay in a new area. We walked around a bit and went to the mall for dinner – I swear it good and I’ll write more later about it. There was also a great rooftop bar nearby which made for the perfect end to a wonderful vacation.

The trip was actually 17 nights, so a bit more than two weeks. For an actual two week trip we would have spent less time in Bangkok when we arrive and a day less in both Ko Samui and Koh Tao. However if we had the same amount of time again – I honestly would have added in seeing Ko Pha Ngan.

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