Cambodia has become a top travel destination for those making their way through South East Asia. Before counting down the days until you’re lying on the beach of Koh Rong, or exploring the temples of Angkor Wat, there’s a lot to get done. The first (and what should be the most important) is to get your accommodations sorted.
There are many factors to consider when choosing your home for the next however many days. Some of those items include price, location, noise control, and in the case of the sweltering South East Asian heat, air conditioning!
Well, there’s a hostel that checks ‘yes’ to all of the above… and guess what? It’s in the centre of Siem Reap, just steps away from all the markets, bars and restaurants!
Introducing… Oasis Capsules Hostel!
Oasis Capsules, which will soon celebrate its first birthday in June, gets its name from the private ‘capsule’ sleep style that is becoming popular all over Asia. Rooms at Oasis Capsules are same sex or mixed and range from 2 to 12 beds.
When you first check in, you will be asked to remove your shoes and put them in a cubby in the front hall. This is a cultural custom in Asia and should be followed. Don’t worry; your shoes will be safe. If you have a pair of sandals for indoor use, you can put those on to walk around.
Staff members at Oasis Capsules are extremely friendly and can speak English. There’s always someone at the front desk if you have any inquiries throughout your stay. If you need to book any tours, Oasis staff will call companies on your behalf and set it up for you.
The beds at Oasis Capsules are quite comfy and come with a plush pillow and blanket. Each capsule has a reading light and outlet plugs to charge your devices. The hostel even provides towels which is great if you forgot to pack your own. Each room has a private bathroom, with the shower over the sink. Again, this is typical for Asia and something you should get used to if you are traveling to more Asian countries.
Location is Key
When it comes to real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. Oasis Capsules is literally a hop, skip and a jump away from the hustle and bustle of Pub Street – the popular area known for its array of restaurants, bars, pubs, street vendors, and shops.
Oasis Capsules is surrounded by tons of spas where you can relax for cheap (how can you say no to 60 minute foot massages for $8 USD?!). If you need water, snacks or some beer, there’s a 24-hour mart just two buildings down from the hostel.
This Ain’t Your Average Party Hostel
So you’d think that being so close to Pub Street, Oasis Capsules would attract more of a party crowd. Surprisingly, that’s not the case! Oasis is a great place for those making a quick visit and that want a good night’s sleep. Even if you stay in the room closest to the front lobby, you’ll barely hear much because you’re nestled in a capsule-style bunk. But as always, come prepared with some ear plugs in case you have an early riser in the room needing to head out at dawn.
Work /Social Space
If you need a break from the busy Pub Street, or to change scenery from your usual capsule life you’ve been living, head on up to the fourth floor and chill at the SkyLounge. The comfortable open space is decorated with floor pillows and bean bag chairs where you can relax, have some food or drink from the bar, get work done, or make new friends. The space also has floor to ceiling windows which brings in plenty of natural light. It makes for a great view to people watch from above!
If you’re soon heading out to Cambodia and want a quiet yet lively atmosphere where you will meet like-minded travelers, consider Oasis Capsules Hostel as your choice for accommodation. Check out their website to book your stay now.
This post was made in exchange for a two-night complementary stay at Oasis Capsules Hostel. As always, opinions are my own.
(Main photo: Oasis Capsules website)