What makes a hotel the best in the world? For some, it’s the far-flung solitude and breathtaking views while for few it’s about the amenities, the luxury, and the treatment. And then for some, it’s about the location.
TripAdvisor’s recently concluded Travellers’ Choice award for 2018 has taken opinion from travellers and taken all this into account to rank the best hotels in the world, and the one that tops the list is – Viroth’s Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Here are the top 20 hotels in the World
1. Viroth’s Hotel
Seam Reap, Cambodia
2. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
4. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
5. Gili Lankanfushi
6. Hotel Belvedere
7. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort
8. La Reserve Paris – Hotel and Spa
9. Nayara Springs
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
10. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy
Siem Reap, Cambodia
14. Hotel 41
London, United Kingdom
15. Baros Maldives
Baros Island, Maldives
16. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
18. The Milestone Hotel and Residences
London, United Kingdo
19. Hotel Estalagem St Hubertus
Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius
Siem Reap of Cambodia is home to two top hotels in top 20. Visit Siem Reap, the popular resort town of Cambodia and the gateway to the Angkor region to experience what it takes to be the numero uno hotel in the world.
Put some light on history at Angkor National Museum
Know the history of early Khmer royals and their grand schemes while you discover the full story of the magnificent Angkor civilization.
Opening times: Daily, 8.30am – 6pm, (until 6.30pm 1 Oct to 30 Apr)
Location: 968 Charles de Gaulle Blvd
Price: Adults $12, Children under 1.2m $6
Opt for off beaten fun at Beng Mealea
Located in mid of forests, Beng Mealea has an unearthed feeling attached to it. No crowd and the piles of crumbling bricks and the forest sounds will make you feel like the true explorer of a bygone era.
Opening times: Daily, 7 am – 5.30pm
Location: Angkor Archaeological Park, near Siem Reap
Price: Not covered by the Angkor Park ticket; entrance is $5
Join the Crowd at one of the Many Floating Villages
The floating villages are nothing but the wooden houses and community of local fisherman and their families. You can book a boat trip to villages like Chong Khneas or Kompong Khleang. These village trips are closed during the rainy season from May to October.
Opening times: Daily, 7 am – 10 pm
Location: All around Siem Reap
Price: Entry Free
See the Real Charm of Siem Reap on a Cycle
Cycling around the town is the best way to explore this fantastic picturesque city and its cheap too. Check at your hotel reception, as most of them have daily bike rentals. Just move along the river side as it runs through the center of the city.
Opening times: Anytime
Location: All around Siem Reap
Price: Rental charges of the cycle max. $2 a day
Night Shopping at Local Bazaar
The Angkor Night Market has got Khmer artwork, local handicrafts, and not to miss the local delicious street food. You get the cheapest priced food which is authentic. Go for some lok lak (stir-fried beef) or some local fried dessert. Watch out for the real fun at karaoke-style entertainment!
Opening times: Daily, 5 pm – 12 am
Location: Angkor Night Market, Stung Thmey Village, Siem Reap
Price: Free entry
Did you stay at any of these top hotels? Is your favorite hotel is missing from the best list?