Introducing our artists in residence at Baby Elephant

Introducing our artists in residence at Baby Elephant

We are thrilled to welcome two new artists in residence – In My Name Silver and Tamara Venn – at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, adding to the creative dynamic and nourishing environment for guests at our Siem Reap hotel. Together with the arrival of these artists, we are thrilled to have expanded our exhibition and art space to include a business centre for guests, complete with printing and co-working facilities.

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In My Name Silver studio and workshop artist in residence at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

In My Name Silver

Silversmith Claire McKenzie and her apprentice Srey Neap are together In My Name Silver. They have now settled in as our first artists in residence. In My Name Silver is running two-hour silversmithing workshops at Baby Elephant – in which you can learn to make your very own sterling silver band ring.

Claire and Srey Neap also take commissions for silver jewellery lovingly handmade and designed from a specially chosen range of Khmer words – the perfect memento to remind you of your time in Cambodia, or as a gift for a loved one.

Discover more about In My Name Silver here.

Tamara Venn Art artist in residence at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Tamara Venn

Illustrator and painter Tamara hails from London, and our new artists-in-residence programme brings her studio right home here to Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel. Tamara is responsible for the beautiful wall mural that brightens up our stunning tropical garden restaurant, as well as countless other artistic additions to the hotel’s fun and lively ambience.

As well as working on new pieces in her studio at Baby Elephant, Tamara will have prints of her various work available for sale on-site.

See more of Tamara’s fabulous work on her web site.

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants that Siem Reap has to offer, while also being within easy reach of the famous Angkor Wat temples? Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is waiting for you – click here to take a look at our relaxing rooms, all with free breakfast (including vegan options, of course!) and use of our gorgeous swimming pool.

The best art galleries in Siem Reap

Best known for its spectacular complex of temples around Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s premier tourism destination Siem Reap has an art and culture scene to be reckoned with, and one that’s ever on the rise.
While just a few years back concerns were rife at the speed with which the city’s galleries were shutting their doors, these days our tiny little temple town is thankfully once again home to a wealth of visit-worthy collections of art. These are some of our favourite Siem Reap art galleries.

One Eleven Gallery Photo Antal Gabelics

One Eleven Gallery – Photo by Antal Gabelics

One Eleven Gallery

Centrally located by the river between Old Market and Wat Damnak Village, the gallery showcases both a permanent collection of work as well as a rotation of exhibitions by visiting artists.

This chic space currently houses a range of work from Siem Reap-based artists such as world renowned Belgian painter Christian Develter, well known for his larger-than-life, vibrant Chin Series, as well as Hungarian photographer Antal Gabelics and his meditative, mandala-esque Angkorian prints.

Not to be missed is the gallery’s bar, which stays open after gallery hours to serve up quality drinks and signature cocktails. One Eleven Gallery also regularly host a variety of events and live musical performances.

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-11pm; Old Market Bridge; 095-930-090; http://oneelevengallery.com/

Mirage Art Space + Cafe

Mirage is a contemporary Siem Reap art gallery, art space and cafe founded in 2016 by Cambodian-Canadian photographer and skateboarder Serey Siv and his Korean partner Kyungmin Mun. The space operates as a cafe, gallery with exhibitions, events and co-working space. Mirage focuses on the rediscovery, presentation, and preservation of Khmer culture, but Serey says the collective of creatives is multicultural and inclusive, giving stage to international artists and performers as well as giving platform to diverse Cambodian voices.

We love their dedication to good espresso coffee, interesting events and their ever-growing hub of cool creatives who you’ll meet when you drop in there. Keep your eye out for Manuela Kind, of the Mirage collective, who is doing some upcoming design work at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel.

Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm; Corner of Street 27 and Wat Bo Road; 086 367 730; https://www.miragecollective.com

For Arts Sake Gallery Siem Reap. Photo provided by For Arts Sake Gallery.

For Arts Sake Gallery Siem Reap. Photo provided by For Arts Sake Gallery.

For Arts Sake

This Siem Reap Art Hub for emerging Cambodian artists is a relatively new art gallery in the very-hip Kandal Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Cambodia is experiencing an art renaissance, with young innovative artists transcending traditional boundaries.

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McDermott Gallery in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by McDermott Gallery

McDermott Gallery

Update: McDermott Gallery is currently closed.

American photographer John McDermott has been visiting Siem Reap since the mid-1990s, originally attracted by a total solar eclipse that we wanted to see occur over Angkor Wat, and has travelled extensively in Southeast Asia while producing work on ancient temples and cultural heritage sites.

As well as remaining an active photographer and having his work on permanent display at Phnom Penh’s National Museum, he has in the meantime founded three galleries in Siem Reap dedicated to Cambodian and Asia-based artists, the first of which was the sleek, eponymous McDermott Gallery at the city’s Foreign Correspondents Club.

Aside from the work of others, McDermott’s own moody shots of the Siem Reap’s famous Angkor Wat ruins offer another perspective on, and only add to the experience of visiting, the temples themselves.

Daily, 12pm-8pm; Pokambor Avenue; 012-274-274; www.mcdermottgallery.com

Theam's House art gallery in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Theam's House

Theam’s House

This wooden house and lush tropical garden is the home and living gallery and workshop of Cambodian artist and designer Lim Muy Theam, born in the southern province of Takeo nine years before the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.

After seeking refuge and pursuing the arts in Paris, he returned to Cambodia to discover his motherland’s art and culture, he later founded Theam’s House as a way to showcase local talent and pass on his own learning and experiences to a new generation of Cambodian artists. The rooms of Theam’s House are home to his own pieces and those that form part of the collection he has amassed over the years, and include a range of artisan products that make for lovely souvenirs of a visit to Siem Reap.

Daily, 8am-9pm; Phum Veal Village; 078-208-161; www.theamshouse.com

Full Frontal art gallery in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Full Frontal

Full Frontal

Update: Full Frontal is now closed.

Another new addition to the local creative scene, and another Siem Reap art venue to combine that very much Baby-Elephant-approved formula of gallery and bar, Full Frontal is headed by Jessica Lim, a prominent name in the local Angkor Photo Festival.

Full Frontal also hosts poetry sessions, and is home to a collection of work by contemporary artists from Cambodia, wider Southeast Asia, and elsewhere.

Monday to Saturday, 10am-10pm; Achar Sva Street; 095-930-090; www.facebook.com/fullfrontalgallery

The 1961 Coworking & Art Space in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by The 1961 Coworking & Art Space

The 1961 Coworking & Art Space

Update: The 1961 Coworking & Art Space is now closed.

This innovative and suitably stylishly designed venue takes a hybrid approach that sees it double up as an art gallery, coworking spot, and event space. The 1961’s art gallery side feature exhibitions showcasing the work of both local and international talent and covering a wide range of art genres.

A welcome addition to the Siem Reap creative scene, it’s a modern, fresh and every bit living venue that’s doing an admirable job of connecting with and becoming a part of the local community.

Daily, 7am-10pm; 211 Osaphear Street; 087-539-181; www.the1961.com

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore the best art galleries that Siem Reap has to offer, while also being within easy reach of the famous Angkor Wat temples? Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is waiting for you – click here to take a look at our relaxing rooms, all with free breakfast and use of our gorgeous swimming pool.

Which of these Siem Reap art galleries is your favourite? Let us know which spots we should include on our list – leave us a comment below!

Photos by One Eleven, McDermott Gallery, Theam’s House, The 1961 Co-Working & Art Space, and Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel.

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The spiritual heart of Siem Reap

The spiritual heart of Siem Reap

Whether it’s the rich religious history of the famous Angkor Wat temple complex, the peaceful countryside vibe of Siem Reap, or the vibrant yoga and healing scene in our little town, there’s little denying that there’s a positive spiritual buzz around here.

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Temple in Siem Reap - photo by Danielle C

If you could use a little calm and a touch more zen in your busy modern life (who couldn’t!?), here’s how to use your stay at Baby Elephant to tap into Siem Reap’s spiritual heart. 

Take a yoga class

Yoga somehow feels like it belongs at Siem Reap, and our little town has no shortage of places to get your pose on, stretch yourself to wellness, and reap the spiritual benefits of mindfulness in the process.

At our Siem Reap hotel, we run a regular schedule of yoga and fitness classes, open to both guests and non-guests, and led by a stellar line-up of travelling and Siem Reap-resident yogis with vast experience from wide-ranging backgrounds. Take a look at our current yoga and fitness schedule here.

Feel the spiritual buzz at Angkor Wat

There’s a reason most visitors to Siem Reap are in town for Angkor Wat – the temples at this expansive, UNESCO-recognised complex are still alive with the spiritual and religious wisdom of the past, and you can truly feel the buzz of this fascinating ancient civilisation.

Angkor Wat, like other ancient sites around the word, is even said to lay along intersecting ‘ley line’ points that form a grid across the globe. These lines apparently mark out where energy is emitted by the earth, which in turn can be harnessed for positive power.

Take a trip to Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom and other famous and lesser-visited temples at Cambodia’s renowned complex – our team can help you tailor your excursion to avoid the crowds, so that you can make the most of the ambiance and spiritual energy, and really soak up the vibe of the place.

Experience a retreat

With all this positive, spiritual energy flying around Siem Reap, it’s the perfect place to take a retreat, and recharge your batteries by escaping the stresses and strains of everyday modern life.

At Baby Elephant, we’ve introduced our Signature Retreats, focussed on helping you achieve wellbeing and balance while exploring Siem Reap’s medieval and modern history and getting a special taste of the Cambodia of today.

You’ll participate in yoga, fitness and meditation classes, enjoy traditional Khmer massage, and be treated to authentically Khmer dishes prepared by our Cambodian chef.

There’s also a visit to one of Siem Reap’s NGO-operated training restaurants for dinner, plus local tours and a trip to the historic Cambodian pagoda at nearby Wat Thmey. It’s all the perfect opportunity to unwind and recharge – click here for more details.

Participate in a water blessing

You don’t get much more spiritual than taking part in an actual religious blessing and, at Siem Reap’s Wat Athvea temple, that’s exactly what you can do. Just a short way out of the city and into the Cambodian countryside, the pagoda hosts the traditional Buddhist practice of receiving a water blessing with the aim of bringing you fortune and good luck.

Accompanied by traditional Buddhist chanting that’s believed to bring good luck, you’ll have water poured over you by monks from the temple. You can then explore the rest of the pagoda in all its beauty, and soak up the natural healing vibe of rural Cambodia.

Learn the art of the lotus flower

The lotus flower holds a special place in daily life in rural Cambodia, and the flower is a traditional Buddhist symbol of determination and accomplishment, in the same way as the flower itself is seen to hold its head above the waters where it grows.

At Siem Reap’s lotus farm – which claims to be the first of its kind in the world – you can discover that there’s more to the humble lotus than you realised. By taking part in one of the farm’s guided tours, you’ll see every step of the lotus’ journey, from harvesting these beautiful flowers to seeing them spun, woven and put to use as fabric or simply as decorative flowers.

It’s difficult not to be mesmerised by the striking beauty and relaxing qualities of this most elegant of flowers – and it’s possible to take home a memento from this sustainably run social enterprise, where the shop sells lotus products ranging from bath salts and balms to fabric, massage oil and necklaces.

Lotus Farm; daily, 10am-6pm; 98 Pithnu Street; 063 63 69 133; www.lotusfarm.org

Discover meditation and energy healing

Various healing and spiritual wellness centres in Siem Reap help to demystify the art of meditation, and enable you to make the most of it in order to achieve balance and fulfilment in your life.

Spiritual wellness sessions involve both meditation and healing programmes that empower you on your own personal journey, channel your energies and balance your chakras, while also indulging in massage and reflexology to accomplish total wellness.

Wayist Centre; 66 Wayism Road; 077-804-814; www.wayist.com

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to best explore the spiritual buzz of Siem Reap? Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is waiting for you – and we’ll be happy to help you arrange activities like these to get the most out of your stay – click here to take a look at our relaxing rooms, all with free breakfast and use of our gorgeous swimming pool.

Which are your favourite spiritual activities in Siem Reap? Do you have another favourite that we’ve forgotten? Let us know in the comments!

Photo by Danielle C.

Here’s what we’re looking forward to at ChubMet Music & Art Festival 2017

Here’s what we’re looking forward to at ChubMet Music & Art Festival 2017

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is proud to be an accommodation partner for ChubMet Music & Art Festival 2017. With seven creative events over two weeks, ChubMet brings together popular Cambodian and international artists for events hosted at different venues in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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We’ve gathered a selection of the artists we think you shouldn’t miss during this year’s festival! For the full list of events check out the ChubMet website here.

Channthy Cha-Cha; Friday February 17, 2017

Fronted by Channthy from Cambodian Space Project, this rocking new Phnom Penh band brings some funky sounds to the Kandal Village Opening Party.

Kak Channthy is bringing to the stage a hot new act featuring a group of cracking young professional Khmer musicians (and a token barang) to play old favourites, things you never heard, new original songs and great Cambodian dancing music.

Power without the bombast, style with substance: the charisma and energy of Channthy shines through, channelling the spirits of her heroes Pen Ron, Tina Turner Online and Amy Whinehouse to re-invent her stage persona as a strong, independent woman with something to say.

Catch Channthy Cha-Cha on the main stage at the Kandal Village Opening Party; https://www.facebook.com/events/967246973376815/

Kong Nay; Village Cafe; Friday February 17 and Saturday February 18, 2017

Cambodian master musician Kong Nay is the master of a type of music known as the “Mekong Delta Blues”, some call Kong Nay the “Ray Charles of Cambodia” – a charismatic blind musician whose trademark dark glasses and pock marked smile are known all over Cambodia. Nay is renowned in Cambodia as one of the great master artists to survive the genocide of Pol Pot, during which up to 90 percent of artists perished in a purge intended to destroy a 2000-year-old culture. But it turned out the culture – and Nay – are irrepressible.

Catch Kong Nay on Friday February 17 at Village Cafe for the Giant Puppet Parade fundraiser and again Saturday February 18 at the Royal Gardens; https://www.facebook.com/events/608146469373194/

Nikki Nikki on Saturday February 18 at the Royal Gardens

Catch the Giant Puppet Parade and a massive concert in the Royal Gardens on Saturday 18 February 18. We’re especially looking forward to seeing Nikki Nikki. Nikki Nikki’s humble beginnings in music were via videos posted on Youtube. She began to grow her own community, before being discovered by the Songkites Project in 2014. She became famous with the iconic song “Home For Dinner”, which remains a favourite due to its timeless lyrics.

Her following single “Mine” was one of the first Cambodian tracks to hit the South East Asia music charts, while topping the Cambodian charts. It remains in the Cambodian charts to this day. “Trust Again” featuring Euan Grey, and newest single “Scorn and Triumph” continue to showcase Nikki as one of the true breakout stars of Cambodia.

Catch Nikki Nikki on Saturday February 18 at the Royal Gardens for ‘ChubMet Music & Art Festival – Giant Puppet Parade Music Stage’; https://www.facebook.com/events/608146469373194/.

 

Professor Elemental on Thursday 23 February at Triangle Bar & Lounge

Oddball rapper Professor Elemental is the world’s greatest living eccentric (as awarded by the Eccentric Club of Great Britain) and is bringing his peculiar brand of hip hop to Siem Reap. Professor Elemental has created a unique neo-Victorian blend of hip hop and comedy, and is the man behind the Youtube hits, Cup Of Brown Joy and Fighting Trousers. With a heart of brass and a pair of goggles, he embodies the Victorian spirit of invention and exploration.

Catch him on Thursday 23 February at Triangle Bar and Lounge for the ‘ChubMet Urban Art & Hip Hop’ night; https://www.facebook.com/events/1228083990612706/

Krom Monster on Friday February 24 at FCC

We’re particularly looking forward to seeing Krom Monster. DJ David Gunn, who is part of this quintet combining traditional Cambodian instruments with improvisation and experimental electronics, also performing the opening party on February 17 with an interactive set.

In May 2010, Incidental initiated a series of cultural collaborations with Khmer artists and cultural organisations. During this work, David Gunn led a six week residency with young musicians from Cambodian Living Arts, exploring the ground between traditional Khmer instruments and modern electronics.

The work resulted in the formation of Krom Monster, an experimental quintet, and the first of its kind in Cambodia – resampling traditional instruments, reworking traditional themes and blending Khmer themes with contemporary electronics, urban musics and free improvisation.

Catch Krom Monster on February 24 at FCC Siem Reap during ‘ChubMet Modern & Ancient Sounds’; https://www.facebook.com/events/552369734961510/

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel at which to base yourself while you knock off every event during the Chub Met Music & Art Festival? Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is waiting for you – click here to take a look at our relaxing rooms, all with free breakfast and use of our gorgeous swimming pool.
Your Guide to Siem Reap: December 2016

Your Guide to Siem Reap: December 2016

There’s plenty happening in Siem Reap in the run-up to Christmas and New Year! Here’s just a small selection of the events taking place in our charming little town. Keep an eye on our social media channels for the latest announcements – plus, don’t miss our special post on these must-see events at the start of December.

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Your Guide to Siem Reap in December 2016 - photo by Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Thursday 01 December

Out of the Darkness at Constable Gallery at Large
The contemporary Constable Gallery at Large sits in Kandal Village, one of our favourite areas of all Siem Reap. This exhibition, running until 14 February 2017, features the work of five Cambodian artists, including four from the Romcheik 5 gallery in Battambang.
6pm; www.bit.ly/constableoutofdarkness

Friday 02 December

Shelter at The Aviary
The Aviary Hotel hosts Battambang artist Channy Chhoeun’s first solo exhibition, Shelter, showcasing bright watercolour, oil and acrylic work depicting birds that are in trouble due to environmental changes.
7pm; www.bit.ly/aviaryshelter

Saturday 03 December

Angkor Photo Festival Launch Party at the Festival Zone, Amansara Resort
The 12th Angkor Photo Festival will be launched in style with this kick-off party with live music by Amok Soul Project, film screenings, and the first look at the work of 22 photographers being showcased at this year’s festival.
5.30pm; www.angkor-photo.com

Sunday 04 December

Angkor Marathon
The 21st Angkor Wat International Half Marathon 2016 charity race supports Cambodian landmine survivors, and the five categories range from a challenging 21km down to a three-kilometre open family run. If you’re not taking part, you can still head along to spectate – we recommend getting a spot.
6am; www.angkormarathon.org

Post-Marathon Candlelight Recovery Yoga at Baby Elephant
Whether you’ve run the race or you’re simply feeling exhausted by all that strenuous spectator action, join us at Baby Elephant for a relaxing candlelight yoga session with our fabulous yogi Melissa. This recovery class will help ease those aching joints and loosen you up to enjoy the rest of your time in Siem Reap – then join us for a calming cup of herbal tea, and perhaps some time poolside.
5.30pm

Move With Kindness at Kindness Festival Cambodia
This opening day of the first ever edition of the Kindness Festival Cambodia will see a collection of workshops focussed on the positive influence of hip-hop culture. Expect to learn about social dance, breakdance, yoga stretches and more – all before ending the evening with the Open Cypher Jam Move with Kindness Dance Party from 8pm, where you can catch Baby Elephant’s very own Adam DJ’ing!
12pm; www.kindnessfestival.org

Tuesday 06 – Thursday 08 December

Navutu Wellness Zone at Kindness Festival Cambodia
On the festival’s third, fourth and fifth days, Siem Reap’s Navutu Dreams resort will be running the Navutu Wellness Zone, where you can indulge in free massages, neuromuscular therapy and reiki. Plus, at 4pm on Wednesday over on the main stage, don’t miss Baby Elephant’s Ilana talking about our approach to ethical employment and hospitality!
2pm; www.kindnessfestival.org

Tuesday 06 December

World Press Photo Discussion Session at The Brothers
As part of the Angkor Photo Festival, the winning images from the annual World Press Photo contest are coming to Siem Reap for an exhibition that runs from 03 December to 16 January at the Festival Zone by Amansara Resort. The competition recognises the most outstanding images from the year’s photojournalism, and in 2016 attracted 82,951 photo entries taken in 128 countries. This one-off afternoon discussion, between World Photography Organisation CEO Scott Gray and World Press Photo’s Laurens Korteweg, looks at the role of awards like these in a photographer’s career.
2pm; www.angkor-photo.com

Sunday 18 December

Christmas Market and Fair at Le Bel Air
Some of Siem Reap’s best artisanal producers and creatives will be showing their wares at this festive market hosted by Belgian restaurant Le Bel Air. It’s the perfect chance to pick up unique Christmas gifts for loved ones, and Le Bel Air will have its impressive range of Belgian beers available, as well as snacks.
10am-4pm; www.bit.ly/belairchristmasmarket16

Siem Reap Food Co-Op Christmas Party
A BBQ, picnic areas, festive atmosphere and Christmas presents to raise funds for Volunteer Building Cambodia’s Community Centre. Wooden Christmas trees for sale, prizes galore and so much more!
Xpm; www.facebook.com/siemreapfoodcoop

Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December)

A Cambodian Christmas Party at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

A Cambodian Christmas Party at Baby Elephant
Celebrate Christmas Day in style with us at Baby Elephant, as we put on a special Christmas BBQ – with a delightful selection of carnivore- and vegan-friendly dishes, freeflow Angkor draft beer and sangria from 5-8pm, and two-for-one cocktails all night. Baby Elephant’s very own DJ Adam Scott will be spinning tunes, our pool will be as inviting as ever, and the night continues with an after-party at the ultra-Cambodian Le Tiem Sra bar just at the end of our lovely lane.
5pm; www.bit.ly/babyelephantcambodianchristmas

What are you up to in Siem Reap this December? Let us know in the comments!

The Baby Elephant Story

The Baby Elephant Story

Situated in a town seeped in the ancient history of Angkor Wat and Khmer culture and Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel pays homage to the elephant. Read on to learn some of the background and story of our new Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel name and the Cambodian artist behind the incredible illustration.

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Watch Ranon Phal drawing the Baby Elephant Logo
baby-elephant-ranon-graffiti

Coming Up With Our Name:

Quite simply, we love elephants and see them as a strong symbol of Southeast Asia. When visiting Cambodia, specifically the Angkor Archaelogical Park, you can visit the Terrace of the Elephants, part of the walled city of Angkor Thom. This incredible platform was used by Angkor’s King Jayavarman VII to view his victorious returning army after battles. You will also find the 12th century temple Bayon has elephant bas-reliefs carved along all four of its walls. There are still elephants living in captivity and still working today around Angkor Wat. While you can still ride captive elephants near the temples, you shouldn’t. We firmly support retirement for these majestic creatures, so that they can live out the remainder of their lives in the jungles of Mondulkiri protecting our forests.

What the name Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel represents:

  • Elephants are an important part of the iconography of the ancient Khmer Empire and Cambodian culture.
  • We pay tribute to our love of music by referencing the famous song The Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini. On our pool bar playlist we play classic, mid-century music from around the world, mixed with some modern chill and a bit of quirkiness. We also feature a lot of Cambodian music. By celebrating this powerful music, Cambodia’s musical heyday emerges from the shadows of tragedy into the light of history.
  • We LOVE baby animals. Our hotel is situated on a small Khmer lane with ducklings, chickens and children all around us, so we think it fits! We support Cambodian families and love our local community.
  • By focusing on elephants we aim to raise awareness about these magnificent creatures in Cambodia, and we recommend people visit the Elephant Valley Project in Mondulkiri.
  • Baby Elephant easily translates between Khmer and English. The name កូនដំរី (Khoun Demrai) is easily recognisable for Cambodians, and it is easy to remember in English too.

The Artist Behind Our Logo & Artwork:

Our logo was created by Ranon Phal. Ranon is a renowned young Cambodian illustrator and street artist. He is currently studying Fine Arts in Milan, Italy.

Watch Ranon Phal drawing the Baby Elephant Logo

We were introduced to Ranon by inspiring designer Douglas from Siem Reap homewares and fashion store Trunkh.

Ranon then came up with this amazing artwork in his signature style, which evolved later into our logo.


What do you love about elephants? Did you enjoy the video of Ranon Phal drawing our baby elephant? Let us know in the comments section below.

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