Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Siem Reap

11 greatest (and the most disappointing) coworking spaces in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a historically important town in Northwest Cambodia and a fast-growing digital nomad hub as of recently. This is mostly because Cambodia gained its independence not so long ago and has been trying to find its footing since then. If you are planning your first trip to Siem Reap, take a look at this travel vlog for more info on this ancient Cambodian town:

Since Cambodia is still a developing country, expats and digital nomads may need to accept less than optimal conditions, although the Internet is mostly great. One of the reasons expats and digital nomads love to stay in Siem Reap despite it not being ideal is the visa. In Cambodia, you can pay for a 6-month visa and avoid having to do a border run every couple of months.

There aren’t many coworking spaces, but those available offer great Wi-Fi, excellent coffee, and one even has a swimming pool. If you are a digital nomad in Siem Reap, here are the coworking spaces and cafés to try (and avoid).

AngkorHUB is the coolest place to cowork in Siem Reap

 

Image source: AngkorHUB Facebook

AngkorHUB is in the center of Siem Reap, offering the best conditions for remote work in the town. With 150-Mbps internet, air conditioning, and 24/7 access for premium members, you will hardly want to go anywhere else to work.

We love that AngkorHUB thought of everything. Since power outages in Siem Reap are fairly common, this coworking space has a backup generator and 4G Internet, so you will always be online. Food and coffee are free for members, and you can have both breakfast and lunch here. There are ergonomic chairs, but not many, so you should come early after opening to grab a comfortable seat.

The outdoor terrace is a great alternative space for work, with coconut and banana trees giving you shade. If you want to lie down and take a break, there are several hammocks and beanbags intended for that. A tabby named Tyler is always there snoozing or purring, and you can bring your cat or pooch with you, too.

Basics
Pricing
  • $25 per week
  • $89 per month
High-Speed Internet 150 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am–5 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

Garage Society Siem Reap is the least comfortable place to cowork in Siem Reap

Image source: Garage Society website

Garage Society Siem Reap is a modernly designed coworking space in the center of Siem Reap, not far from the airport and touristy Pub Street. While this place looked promising on the Internet, spending time here paints a slightly less positive picture.

The chairs are horrible. They are far from the cheap plastic ones you can get at your local flea market but are still uncomfortable, and many don’t have cushions. We were able to sit a short while and then decided to work at the standing desk, but there wasn’t any room. Other than this, you have many other tech amenities, like a projector, scanner, and printer. This may not be a great space for coworking, but is ideal for impressing clients. Creative corners are great for brainstorming or meetings, with colorful beanbags and couches. If anything, the on-site swimming pool is perfect for cooling off, especially if you come to Siem Reap during the hot season (March to May).

Basics
Pricing
  • $5 per day
  • $25 per week
  • $70 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am–6 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

Five coworking spaces in Siem Reap we also recommend

Here are other coworking spaces and cafés you can work from in Siem Reap:

  1. BioLAB Coffee & Office
  2. Footprint Cafes Hub
  3. Common Grounds Café
  4. The Little Red Fox Espresso
  5. The Hive Siem Reap

BioLAB Coffee & Office in Sangkat Salakamreuk

Image source: BioLAB Coffee & Office Facebook

BioLAB Coffee & Office is a relaxed coworking space also serving premium coffee beverages. This is a well-organized space with two meeting rooms equipped with ergonomic chairs.

Other chairs in this coworking space are not particularly comfortable, but you can use seating booths in the lounge area. The only standing desk in BioLAB is always occupied with people waiting in line to use it. If you like to work outside, you’ll be glad to hear that this coworking space has two balconies with potted plants and artificial grass for flooring. BioLAB also has personal lockers, so you don’t have to worry about your things if you want to eat a cake at their café.

Footprint Cafes Hub in Sangkat Salakamreuk

Image source: Footprint Cafes Hub Facebook

Footprint Cafes Hub is a coworking space and a nice little café in one. The coworking space is upstairs, although members can also work from the café downstairs if they don’t mind the noise.

This place often hosts workshops and events, so you may have to choose another spot to work from if you want to avoid the crowd. If you want to host your own get together with potential partners or clients, Footprint provides a microphone, printer, and video recording equipment besides the standard amenities (scanner and printer). Since it only has wooden chairs and desks, don’t expect to be overly comfortable working here. Their menu covers anyone’s food preferences with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals.

Common Grounds Café in Sangkat Svay Dangkum

Image source: Common Grounds Café Facebook

Common Grounds Café is a good alternative for those who want to avoid coworking space, offering decent Wi-Fi and good food. This is a great option if you want to work on a Sunday since coworking spaces are closed then. This is a popular spot for digital nomads, so you can even do some networking over excellent coffee.

Since Common Grounds Café doesn’t have ergonomic furniture, it’s best to come prepared. We brought our travel stand desk with us and took a seat upstairs, so it was as though we had a private office.

The Little Red Fox Espresso in Kandal Village

Image source: The Little Red Fox Espresso

The Little Red Fox Espresso is a charming café located in Kandal Village — a neighborhood full of artisan shops. It has two air-conditioned floors and a small terrace overlooking the street.

This café has a high-quality Wi-Fi that didn’t falter even once during the time we spent there. If you don’t mind light music while you work, you will like it here. The walls have artwork from local artists, and the carrot cake is fantastic. When it comes to coffee, this may be among Siem Reap’s finest, so stop by the Little Red Fox Espresso even when you are off the clock.

The Hive Siem Reap in Sangkat Svay Dangkum

 

Image source: The Hive Siem Reap Facebook

The Hive Siem Reap is a cozy café in Siem Reap, quiet enough for work. It has a large downstairs area and a somewhat smaller one upstairs, with semi-comfortable wooden furniture.

We came here only to grab breakfast since a lot of people recommended the food, but ended up working here instead. They serve an impressive variety of cakes and coffees, with vegan and vegetarian options as well. The staff was friendly and made sure we were comfortable while working there. Suffice it to say that we were never out of the water at the table.

Here are other cafés to serve as coworking spaces in Siem Reap:

Where to Stay in Siem Reap

Where to stay in Siem Reap – a personalized guide to the best locations

Map

Siem Reap is a city in northwestern Cambodia, where hundreds of tourists every year make a stop to visit the fascinating Angkor temples. Dating from the 12th century and the Khmer Empire, this temple complex was originally dedicated to the Hindu deity Vishnu. However, it was later transformed into a Buddhist temple. Today, Angkor Wat is a powerful reminder of Cambodia’s glorious past and a well-preserved model of Khmer architecture. 

Apart from the remains of the Khmer civilization, Siem Reap has plenty to offer to the tourists owing to its incredibly rich cultural and historical heritage. The city was once colonized by the French, and that colonial style, along with the Chinese influence, is widely present in the Old French Quarter and the Old Market. Still, with these cultural impacts, the city is quickly developing into a metropolitan city and gateway to this part of Cambodia. 

Siem Reap Image source: emotionsworldwide

Safety alert!

As Siem Reap has become an incredibly popular tourist destination, especially recently, travelers don’t need to concern themselves with their safety as this city, and Cambodia, in general, is considered safe. Tourists are usually victims of petty crimes which can be avoided if you always take care of your valuables, never leaving them unattended or in plain sight. 

Although the huge part of experiencing the local life is tasting food sold in streetcars or local vendors, it would be best to avoid buying and eating seafood since the temperatures in Cambodia are high, and this type of food is usually not stored or kept appropriately. Also, as drinking tap water is not recommended, you should only drink bottled water. 

Transportation

Siem Reap is a relatively small town where the majority of attractions are close to one another, so tourists usually decide to visit them and explore the city on foot. If you aren’t fond of walking or just get tired of it, there are other means of transportation really affordable and available such as:

  • Remork (famous Cambodian tuk-tuks)
  • Bicycles
  • Motorcycle taxis

Find more information about transportation in Siem Reap here

Tuk Tuk Image source: pixabay

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Siem Reap 

Map of Siem Reap

Before, the tourists from all over the world were visiting Siem Reap as a shortstop on their way to Angkor Wat, while now the town has flourished and expanded so as to accommodate all the travelers and provide them with a unique experience of Cambodia. Along with its cultural and historical landmarks, the city has numerous shops, bars, and restaurants as it successfully tries to keep up with other popular tourist destinations around the world. 

Whatever your interests and the budget may be, Siem Reap surely has something for you. Whether you are interested in the history and culture of this town or its amazing cuisine, you will find it in this town and more. 

To help you make the best decision when finding a place to stay in Siem Reap, we have made a list of our favorite neighborhoods:

  1. Old French Quarter
  2. Old Market
  3. Sok San Road
  4. Wat Bo Area
  5. Taphul Village

As these neighborhoods are different, we have also provided you with a table breakdown with these neighborhoods and their details along with activities for which they are most suitable.

Area

Ideal for:

Why?

Old French Quarter

First-timers

The heart of the city where most landmarks are located and close to Angkor temple

Old Market 

Nightlife

Vivid and vibrant with numerous nightclubs, bars and

 restaurants 

Sok San Road 

On a budget 

Affordable accommodation

Wat Bo Area

Bohemians  A quiet area with many temples and restaurants

Taphul Village 

Long-term stay

Great for families, peaceful while at the same time very connected to other areas 

Where to stay in Siem Reap for the first time – Old French Quarter

Map of OFQ Old French Quarter is the very heart of Siem Reap since it stretches all around the city’s center. This area is home to numerous cultural and historical values such as the colonial buildings from the French colonization period as well as some Chinese style architecture. This is the place where the traditional, or the old, clashes with the modern, or the new, thanks to the numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options it offers to tourists. That is why it is ideal for travelers who are visiting for the first time. It is also very conveniently located near the Angkor temple. 

Crocodiles Image source: nachonavasn

Things to see and do in Old French Quarter

There is plenty to see and do in this area but here are some places we strongly recommend visiting: 

  1. Angkor Wat
  2. Angkor National Museum 
  3. Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom
  4. Kroya Restaurant

Angkor Wat 

The temple complex with the remains of the Khmer Empire and more than 1000 smaller temples is a must to visit in this region of Cambodia. 

Temple Image source: trvl.camrepost

Angkor National Museum 

In case you are interested in finding out more about the Khmer Empire and the history of Cambodia, visit this museum which is a keeper of this country’s tradition and heritage. 

Museum Image source: __ku.mar__

Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom

At this Buddhist shrine dedicated to two Angkorian princesses, locals, as well as tourists, come to pay their respects and pray for good fortune. 

Place of worship Image source: myk_travel

Kroya Restaurant 

If you want to taste local Cambodian food, then put this trendy restaurant on your checklist. You won’t regret it!

Restaurant Image source: o_ti_ma_u

Decoration Image source: shintamani_angkor

Where to stay in Old French Quarter 

Old French Quarter is quite popular among tourists not only because of the landmarks and the great location but also because it offers accommodation for every budget. The average price in Airbnbs in this area is around $50 per night. 

We recommend the following Airbnbs: 

Affordable optionThis Ananda’s quiet, bright studio

Room

Moderate priceThis urban studio 

Room

Luxury optionThis Akasha apartment 

Room

Find more Airbnbs in Old French Quarter here

Where to stay in Siem Reap for nightlife – Old Market

Map of Old Market

Located near the Old French Quarter, Old Market is the most vibrant area of Siem Reap. It contains many diverse nightclubs, pubs, bars, and restaurants. The center of this neighborhood is the energetic Pub Street where most travelers and locals like to go out for drinks and parties. Along this street, many local vendors sell local street food, drinks, fruits, vegetables, and souvenirs. As the night starts to fall, the tourists fill this area in search of the famous Cambodian nightlife. 

Pub Street Image source: confession_of_a_travelholic

Things to see and do in Old Market 

As this neighborhood is most famous for its outstanding and wild nightlife, then we recommend you visit the following places: 

  • Asana
  • BARCODE
  • Temple Club
  • Angkor Wat Bar
  • Angkor Night Market 

Asana

This is the authentic Khmer house where they serve the traditional Khmer cocktails.

Khmer House Image source: lucasjulien42

Drinks Image source: travelbugella

BARCODE

In this gay bar, the DJ plays the latest international hits so if you are interested in familiar music, you should check it out. 

Atmosphere Image source: lucas523523

Temple Club  

One of the most famous clubs on Pub Street where the party doesn’t stop until the dawn. 

Temple Club Image source: foodieviewsph

Angkor Wat Bar 

If you are looking for a more relaxed place for late-night drinks, then this is the right place for you. 

Pub Image source: ocatinglis

Angkor Night Market 

In this part of the area, you can buy some souvenirs or try some specialties of the local cuisine such as fried scorpions, frogs, crocodiles, snakes, and spiders. 

Snacks Image source: maduranraj

Where to stay in Old Market

It can be difficult finding accommodation in this neighborhood because tourists usually choose this area for their base. The average price nightly price in Airbnbs is $60. 

Check out our top picks: 

Affordable optionThis private villa pool 

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Moderate priceThis family room with a park view

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Luxury optionThis luxury Villa Double Room

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Find more Airbnbs in Old Market here.