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. For these reasons, it’s also one of the best places to visit in South East Asia.
There aren’t many coworking spaces, but those available offer great Wi-Fi and 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).
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.
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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).
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Here are other coworking spaces and cafés you can work from in Siem Reap:
- BioLAB Coffee & Office
- Footprint Cafes Hub
- Common Grounds Café
- The Little Red Fox Espresso
- The Hive Siem Reap
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.
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 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 this travel stand desk with us and took a seat upstairs, so it was as though we had a private office.
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 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.
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.