Category Archive: The Digs

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Jan 24

Renting an Apartment in Siem Reap

Karavansara apartments, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The rise of holiday rental websites such as HomeAway and Holiday Lettings and rent-a-room sites like Airbnb and Roomorama have made it easy to rent short term apartments, houses and rooms in private homes around the world, whether it’s for three nights or three months. Not so in Cambodia, unfortunately, which is why we’re providing …

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Jul 25

The Holiday Rental Concierge As Your Local Best Friend

I don’t remember the name of a single hotel concierge from any of the hotels we’ve ever stayed at and we’ve checked into thousands over the years. Yet I can not only name a dozen or so concierges of holiday rentals we’ve settled into, I could also share some of their personal details with you, …

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Jul 02

Why Small Local Boutique Hotels Beat Big Bland Multinationals

After a couple of months staying in boutique hotels in Siem Reap and Bangkok, we’ve reaffirmed something we’ve increasingly felt over the years and that’s that when it comes to choosing accommodation when we travel, boutique hotels suit us better. We much prefer small local boutique hotels to big bland multinationals. We’ll take more intimate, interesting, …

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Dec 10

Tips To Renting A Holiday Villa

We shared many delicious alfresco meals around that table above at a Bali villa rental a couple of years ago. My mother visited us from Australia for a week and our villa cook joined us for a meal on our final day. It was all good fun. Terence enjoyed reading a book from the day …

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Nov 19

How To Avoid Holiday Rental Scams

Following our recent post Tips to Renting Holiday Apartments – A Checklist a reader asked for tips on how to avoid holiday rental scams and getting ripped off when booking self-catering accommodation, such as how we handle money, how to make sure places are reputable, and whether there are ways to vet holiday rentals. We did …

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