Lub d Hostel, Siem Reap - review by Rusty Compass
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Lub d Hostel, Siem Reap

| 15 Jan 2018

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Lub d Hostel, Siem Reap
7 Makara St., Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap

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Price guide: Private rooms from around 40USD

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15 Jan 2018

A slick and large backpacker dorm hotel with some well-priced flashpacker private rooms in Siem Reap’s Wat Bo area.

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Location

Wat Bo area with good access to the Old Market and Pub St. There’s plenty of eating and drinking nearby.

 

Review

One of the most interesting accommodation developments in recent years in Vietnam and Cambodia has been the emergence of fancy, internationally owned, backpacker accommodations. The days when backpackers stayed in small dubious dumps might be coming to an end.

Lub’d’s a Thai company and they seem to be expanding across the region.

The concept is sociable, fun, backpacker and flashpacker digs. I was probably among the older of the punters when I stayed - but I wasn’t made to feel too out of place. Travellers are attracted to the party, the social scene and the predictable experience. This is not adventure travel.

They offer dorm rooms as well as small but well designed private rooms.

Lub d Hostel, Siem Reap
Photo: Mark Bowyer Lub d Hostel, Siem Reap
 
Lub d Hostel, Siem Reap
Photo: Mark Bowyer Lub d Hostel, Siem Reap



I took a private room. It was priced in the same range as rooms in some nice standard hotels around town - it’s a competitive space. While the room was small (17sqm), it was properly thought out and was fine for my needs.

The dorm rooms looked clean and well planned too - but I’m not completely clear on the value proposition here for groups of 2 or more travellers. There are lots of good budget accommodations around town. The dorm rooms have 10 beds.

From the activity we spotted there, it looks like large numbers of travellers would prefer to do the dorm thing and the party, than be in a private room in a budget hotel. Lub d was busy.

Travellers are mainly drawn to places like Lub’d for the social interaction. It’s a real traveller hub with big common areas, a swimming pool, a cafe, bar and restaurant. There’s a generic but welcoming vibe that will appeal - especially for young backpackers looking to meet other travellers. It could be anywhere.

There is a co-working space attached too.

 

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