January 10, 2007
When I first arrived at Bou Savy, they greeted me kindly and then told me they had overbooked and sent me off to another guesthouse down the road. Although I didn't appreciate the oversight after hours of traveling, at least they had made arrangements for my stay. I returned to Bou Savy a few nights later and was very happy that I hung in there. My $5 room was large and sparkling clean. There was a large shower area, a comfy, large bed waiting for me. The TV also had a lot of satellite English channels (a welcome sight for me because I live in Japan). In the morning, breakfast was included in the rate. Breakfast included coffee or tea, toast with butter and jelly, fresh fruit (pineapple and bananas) and an egg dish, which were all delicious. Bou Savy even has a small collection of magazines and books on offer.The guesthouse also offered to arrange plane and bus tickets. They were able to get me a bus ticket to Bangkok for $12. In total, my bill for 5 nights (including breakfast) and my ticket to Bangkok ran about $40. That kind of value is hard to find anywhere in the world.
If you're looking for a budget guesthouse with great staff, a cozy environment and many amenities (excluding hot water, unfortunately) then book a reservation at Bou Savy through hostelworld.com. Just don't forget to leave a large tip for the hard-working staff!
From journal Siem Reap, Cambodia