Having stayed in many hostels up to this point, and most of them being dorms, if there is one thing we all value it is privacy. But sometimes that comes with a cost, curtains create barriers to socialising and privates can block out all but essential interaction. But here at Oasis Capsules they seem to have gotten the perfect balance between having your own space and sharing your time with others. Not only that but this perfectly placed hostel in the heart of Siem Reap offers the most amazing base from which to launch your adventures in this beautiful and historic city. The owner, Steven, also told us about his plans to use his business as a way to give back to the community, making this one of the most wonderful hostels we have ever stayed in.
A unique concept for Cambodia: A new Siem Reap hostel
A capsule hostel for Cambodia is a new concept for this developing country. The guys here at Oasis are trying to push both tourism and the hospitality industry here away from run down backpackers hostels and into the boutique hostel market. Siem Reap is a party town no doubt, but not all of us are here just for that. In creating a totally new kind of hostel here in the city they look towards the more discerning backpacker and travellers who want something more than just a bed to lay down on after a heavy night. But a concept of tranquility and privacy within a social surrounding. Taking inspiration from the capsule hostel of Japan they have built a creative and unique hostel concept for a country on the up!
A modern, clean and social atmosphere whilst retaining privacy
Continuing with the theme of creating a new kind of hostel for Siem Reap is the idea that backpackers themselves are a developing breed. Not just the 18-21 crowd looking to drink their way through this region but now also an older and more refined group of travellers are strapping their packs on and looking for something a little more.
But everyone who loves staying in hostels does so because of the social side too. In creating these purpose built capsules the guys here at Oasis allow you to have a high level of privacy whilst in your “pod” but at the same time share a communal space which allows you to make freinds with like minded travellers. Instead of just locking yourselves away behind a curtain these spaces allow for both atmosphere and privacy. Add this to the fact that they have an amazing “Sky Bar” on the top floor which doubles as both a bar and place to eat and a chill out and socialising space, you have no worries that capsule life will leave you alone!
In the heart of the city
Oasis Capsules is perfectly located in what is actually quite a small city. Siem Reap is just as famous for its raucous Pub Street as it is the temples of Angkor. Here the hostel is just around the corner from the action, meaning you can walk over and join in if you so wish, but the noise is kept to a minimum too at night. Close by are also plenty of amenities, from ATMS, Supermarkets, rental places, pharmacies, street carts and restaurants.
A welcoming, friendly and helpful place to explore the city from
As with Cambodia as a whole Oasis Capsules offers a warm and friendly welcoming that makes you feel like a friend from the start. The staff here go out of their way to make sure you have the best time you possibly could in Siem Reap and help you with any questions you might have.
Their 24 hour reception also offers tours, tuk tuk services, rentals for bikes and scooters as well as bookings for buses and other transportation methods. Basically if it can be done, they can help you organise it. By booking here you know you will be paying the best price and getting tried and tested guides and drivers.
Giving back to the local community and an inspiring owner!
We also had the pleasure of meeting the owner of the hostel whilst staying here, having a beer and getting to know the concept a little more. Far from just a business venture the hostel is a way to give back to this impoverished community where opportunities can be scarce. Being born actually within one of the temples of Angkor and growing up in a tiny farming village Steven knows all about hard work and opportunities. Learning English from the monks and being fortunate enough to gain a scholarship to study in Australia he returned to Cambodia to work on several different hotel projects before opening up his own hostel. His aim with this and the other ventures he is part of is to create jobs for the local people offering fair working conditions and pay. A really quite inspirational and selfless guy that makes staying here that much more pleasing!
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Prices start from around $5/6 a night and 2-12 person dorms are available.
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Oasis Capsule Hostel. As always, all opinions are our own!
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