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Hi, welcome to the forum!
What you want is definitely possible in Siem Reap:
1. Plenty of houses for rent. But i would advise to stay in a guesthouse / hotel for the first few weeks, so that you have enough time to check out different neighborhoods in town. When you find a house that interests you, then don’t sign a contract immediately. Check the street at different moments of the day to make sure it’s quiet enough ( – read: no local KTV’s or drinking places nearby as they can get very noisy). Also, when meeting the landlord, either go through a real estate agent or bring along a Khmer friend that you can trust. Contracts are in Khmer only.
2. Siem Reap is a small town. There’s always a market nearby. And with the arrival of Grab / PassApp / etc. it’s very easy and cheap to get a tuk tuk to anywhere.
3. As mentioned in point 1, if you want a peaceful area, then make sure to do some prospecting. Noise is a big issue in Siem Reap.
4. Siem Reap is perfect for that. Plenty of NGO’s and teaching possibilities. Don’t forget that you’ll eventually need to find a job to secure a 1 year business visa and working permit. Unless you don’t mind to do a visa run every 2 months.
5. Many hotels offer a monthly membership to use the swimming pool / gym. More info elsewhere on the forum. There are not many parks in Siem Reap though, but there’s always the countryside to explore by (motor)bike.
The expat community in Siem Reap is great. It feels like everyone knows everyone and plenty of social activities to do.
Hope this helps, and don’t hesitate to ask more info!