Rathana’s luxury wooden Cambodian BnB – aka Enkosa BnB – is simply the loveliest place I have stayed in all my travels so far. And I say this as someone who has been fortunate enough to have travelled the world, having stayed in backpackers to boutique hotels, as well as international chain 5-star hotels.
Located on the east side of Siem Reap river en route to the Angkor Wat, it offers the best of Siem Reap. It is away from the ever burgeoning traveller and tourist crowd at Pub Street and the Old Market, and is nestled in the midst of a peaceful enclave of local homes. Just perfect to offer you an up close experience of local life, yet you are staying in a place that is designed, built and furnished in the highest quality. It has just four rooms, to make it a very private and personal experience.
Everything about this place is high-end, the quality of the fixtures, fittings and amenities are 5* hotel quality (eg. Bed, bath towels, toiletries, electric kettle etc). Even the door lock is HAFELLE branded, Made in Germany.
The premises itself is a mini paradise, with beautifully curetted garden featuring trees, violets and orchids; a dining area with a mini bar concept that is great for chatting with fellow travellers lucky enough to have also booked a room at Rathan’s place; and a Zen-like saltwater pool to cool off after a day out in Siem Reap.
Rathana speaks excellent English, and she adopts a “Make Yourself At Home” mantra for her BnB. Feel free to help yourself to coffee, tea, cookies, fresh tropical fruits etc at no additional charge.
She is also an excellent host, she contacted us prior to our arrival and arranged for a Tuk Tuk to fetch us from the airport. During our stay, she even gave us a lift in her car from Enkosa BnB to a Khmer restaurant that we had researched upon and where we planned to go for lunch.
As someone who has been to Siem Reap at least fifteen times since 2010, I have come to enjoy accommodation location east of the river – as it is away from the main town crowd. Siem Reap is a small city, so even though Enkosa BnB is not walking distance to Pub Street, it is however just a 5min Tuk Tuk ride away – costing no more than USD 3.00 each way.
My wife and I usually try a different hotel each time we travel to Siem Reap. However, it’s likely that we will buck the trend on our next trip there – without a doubt, we will be staying at Enkosa BnB again the next time round, and more.
Or-kun, Rathana. See you again soon.