When I was looking for a place to stay for my birthday week in Siam Reap, I knew I wanted somewhere quiet, beautiful but nothing extravagant. I wanted places like Angkor Wat, Pub Street and the airport to be accessible, I wanted privacy, I wanted a secluded location, I wanted big bath tub and a nice pool. The Clay D’Angkor seemed to tick all the boxes, so I decided to book it.
I arrived at the airport and was immediately picked up by our tuk tuk driver, P. I sure was glad about the complimentary airport transfer service because haggling was not how I wanted to start my trip. The villa is about 7km away from the airport, tucked away from all the grand hotels on the main road. Upon arrival, I counted a total of 10 rooms, which means guests get all the privacy they need.
First impression, the villa is beautiful. The structure and decoration is largely inspired by wood and concrete so everything is easy to the eyes, and has a very neutral feel to it. The pool looks inviting, there is a spa and in-house restaurant. I stayed at the wooden house and it’s spacious and clean. I LOVED the bath tub, biggest I’ve seen! There was also a balcony I spent my evening watching the sunsets on.
The staff at the villa were incredible. Like, really incredible. My companion got really sick and was bedridden for two full days. They offered dishes that were not on their restaurant menu and sent food to our room everyday. Whenever I see them, they asked how was my companion doing, checked if there’s anything they can do. While they spoke fairly limited English, we had no problem communicating with each other.
The villa is slightly out of the way, but tuk tuk drivers can be arranged at the villa’s front desk so I had no problem getting around. They also offer free shuttle to town every evening.
Overall I really enjoyed my time at the villa. If you are looking for a nice, relatively affordable villa to stay in Siam Reap, I’d recommend checking out The Clay D’Angkor.