Siem Reap, Cambodia: Co-Working Tuesdays at Baby Elephant

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Co-Working Tuesdays at Baby Elephant

SIEM REAP CO-WORKING TUESDAYS!

For all digital nomads, freelancers and mobile office workers!

Achieve great things in a beautiful garden environment with the Baby Elephant community at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel. Collaborate, swap ideas and motivate each-other to G.S.D. (Get Shit Done).

About working from Baby Elephant:

You will love staying at Baby Elephant when you are travelling and working. Get things done quickly with:

– High-speed fibre-optic Wi-FI 15-45mbps.
– Wi-Fi with mesh topology
– Seamless roaming between access points.
– Healthy food options (mixed garden salad with grilled chicken, tofu scramble, grilled veggie sandwiches etc, with regular wellness specials!)
– UNLIMITED coffee refills (with every coffee purchase).
– Iced infused water & water bottle refills available!
– Bring your swimmers for a dip between emails.
– Extra electrical powerpacks available for use.

EVERY TUESDAY. #BabyElephantSR #coworkingsiemreap #siemreap

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Cowork in Siem Reap and Stay With Us

Aree you a digital nomad looking for long-stay rates while you work from Siem Reap?
Please get in touch with the team now! We can offer special seasonal long-stay and volunteer rates, and we will tailor something to suit your needs.
Cambodia hotel special offer – August and September stays

Cambodia hotel special offer – August and September stays

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FREE Angkor Sunrise Tour

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FREE Welcome Drink

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FREE A La Carte Breakfast

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FREE Welcome Gift

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FREE Airport Pickup

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$5 Restaurant Credit

Cambodia hotel special offer and Siem Reap package: Book now at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel for stays of 3 nights or more during August and September.

This is an unbelievably good deal, with LIMITED AVAILABILITY:

Get a FREE sunrise trip to Angkor Wat, a gorgeous WELCOME GIFT to help you make the best of your time in Cambodia, and $5 to spend in our RESTAURANT. This offer is strictly limited.

To claim book direct for 3 NIGHTS OR MORE using our booking engine, and select this special package. Conditions apply.

That’s right, just book 3 nights minimum and get ALL OF THIS FREE.

SPECIAL OFFER:

– Free Welcome Gift
– Free Welcome Drink
– Free A La Carte Breakfast
– Free Angkor Sunrise Tour
– Free Airport Pickup
– $5 Restaurant Credit

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

– If you book for 2 nights or less, this offer will not be applied. We will notify you accordingly.
– This offer is only applicable for stays between August and September, to direct bookings.
– This offer includes airport pickup only, which cannot be exchanged to drop off.
– This offer applies to SUNRISE tours only.
– Your $5 restaurant credit applies to food only. There is one credit applied per booking. The restaurant booking can only be used for purchases of $5 or above.
– The Angkor Wat archaeological park entry ticket is not included.

Please direct questions to bookings@babyelephant.asia OR book now.

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FREE Angkor Sunrise Tour

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FREE A La Carte Breakfast

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FREE Airport Pickup

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Why Choose Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel for this Cambodia hotel special offer?

Baby Elephant is a vibrant ethically-run independent boutique hotel located in a peaceful area of Siem Reap, only a short tuk-tuk ride or leisurely stroll away from the famous Pub Street and Night Market. Baby Elephant has 25 air-conditioned rooms, all tastefully designed and decorated, and featuring comfortable beds with high-quality linen. With the facilities and services of an international hotel, Baby Elephant offers peace of mind with 24-hour reception and night security.

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is an excellent choice for wellness travellers, vacationers, and their families. Enjoy yoga, silver-making and cooking classes on demand, an extensive food and beverage selection, and now a Lemongrass Garden Spa onsite.

Baby Elephant has worked with artists such as Ranon Phal, Geoff Greenwood, Tamara Venn and Antal Gabelics on branding, photography, and art projects, which reflect the hotel’s commitment to locally produced art.

We are an inclusive, family-friendly and LGBT-welcoming Siem Reap hotel, offering a dynamic, creative and nourishing space for our guests.

Our Siem Reap hotel offers affordable luxury and premium budget accommodation alongside all the facilities of an international hotel. You can read about our mission and vision here.

Access the best deals when you Book Direct.

Travel Guide: Taking the Scenic Route to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh

Travel Guide: Taking the Scenic Route to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh

No Cambodia trip is ever complete without dropping by its capital city – Phnom Penh. This city is the very proof of the country’s “last frontier” attitude – raw and untamed. Just like the rest of Cambodia, in the city, anything goes. Its own brand of excitement and adventure are two of the things that will put you in a trance. And with the number of beautiful boutique hotels in Phnom Penh, you’ll always be wanting to come back for more.

REASONS TO VISIT PHNOM PENH

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A panoramic view of Phnom Penh

You’ll find many reasons to visit Phnom Penh over and over. Some of the top things to convince you to keep coming back to this mesmerizing city are listed below.

    • Competitive accommodation prices

There are a number of hostels and other less pricey accommodation options. But if you’re looking to travel in style, you’ll want to stay in one of the most in-demand boutique hotels in Phnom Penh that offer competitive rates, like YK Art House.

Besides offering reasonable hotel room prices, this quaint three-star international hotel has apartments and rooms that are designed and decorated to make every guest feel at home.

    • Food comes cheap

Food is generally cheap throughout Phnom Penh. Street foods can be bought from $2 USD per meal, which is really great for those traveling on a tight budget.

Food bought from restaurants are usually reasonable, too. You can have scrumptious meals for as low as $3 USD at some of the restaurants near the hotels in Phnom Penh. You can also stay in an apartment that has a kitchen so you can cook your own meals and save money. Imagine spending only $10-15 USD per week on food if you prepare your own meals.

    • Getting around doesn’t drill a hole in your pocket

Tuk-tuks, or auto rickshaws with three wheels, are the most common and cheapest way to get around Phnom Penh and the rest of Cambodia. It will only cost you $2-5.50 USD to get around the city. You need to pay extra, though, if you want to check out tourist destinations, like the Killing Fields, the Royal Palace, and the National Museum of Cambodia, to name a few.

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The enchanting Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

You can also book a rental to take you around Phnom Penh. This can cost you around $32 USD per day. To visit neighboring cities, like Siem Reap, there are buses that can take you there. These will cost you around $14 USD.

GOING TO SIEM REAP TO PHNOM PENH

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The famous Angkor Wat in Siem Reap

Aside from the many wonderful things that await you in Phnom Penh, the city is also the perfect point of origin if you’re planning to check out other tourist destinations in Cambodia, particularly Siem Reap where you will find the famed Angkor Wat.

If you’re staying in one of the hotels in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap is located 245 km in the northwestern part of the country. It’s renowned as the resort town and the gateway to the Angkor region.

Here’s are some tips on how you can get from one of the boutique hotels in Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

    • Take a taxi.

Want a bit of comfort during your trip? Book a private taxi that can take you to Siem Reap. The travel will take approximately five hours from Phnom Penh and cost you around $75 USD. Aside from toilet breaks, taxis can take you on a side trip on your way to your destination.

Be sure to book your taxi in advance to get the best deal.

    • Ride a bus.

There are several bus companies around Phnom Penh. These include Mekong Express, Bayon VIP, Seila Angkor, Cambodia Post VIP, and Larryta Express.

Expect to travel with a crowd, around 15 persons, if you are to take a bus to Siem Reap from one of the boutique hotels in Phnom Penh. Choose one of the premier bus services since they are less crowded and have few stopovers. A one-way ticket to Siem Reap will be between $9-12 USD.

    • Book a flight.

Cambodia Angkor Air, JC International Airlines, and Lanmei Airlines are some of the domestic airlines that fly direct between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. A return ticket can cost you about $160 USD. Watch out for promos and sales if you want to save some cash on airfare.

    • Make reservations with your hotel.
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Getting around Phnom and Siem Reap in a car rental

Many boutique hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, like Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, offer tour services. They make the necessary transport arrangements so you can travel conveniently in and around Cambodia.

MAKING YOUR STAY IN SIEM REAP A PLEASANT ONE

Enjoy a most unforgettable holiday in Siem Reap by staying with Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel. We have been voted Number 9 Bargain Hotel in the World by TripAdvisor in 2018.

You’ll definitely love your experience in our ethical and charming hotel. We have 25 cozy rooms that offer a dynamic and nourishing setting for every guest. Book a room in advance to score excellent rates today!

Our Gift to You | Our First Mix Tape Feat. Cambodian Music

Our Gift to You | Our First Mix Tape Feat. Cambodian Music

Cambodian music and more on the Baby Elephant mixtape

Our gift to you | The Baby Elephant Mixtape

Cambodian Music from the Golden Era and More on the First Ever Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Music Mix.

Cambodian music and more: Our guests often tell us how much they enjoy our poolside playlist, which features Cambodian music and many more smooth tunes from around the globe. What a lot of people don’t know is that hotel co-founder Adam Scott has been a DJ and musician for more than 20 years. Adam takes great pride in having brought together some of the sultriest tunes for you to listen to while relaxing at Baby Elephant.

Cambodian Music | Sinn Sisamouth

Cambodian Music | Sinn Sisamouth and more on the new Baby Elephant Mixtape

From yacht rock to French pop and African jazz to Cambodian golden age, we’ve made sure to curate a mix of music that should impress even the most discerning music fan. So we hope you enjoy this gift to you – our first ever Baby Elephant mix, the first in a regular series.

We love to expose our guests to sounds from around the world. If you have any questions about the tunes you’re listening to feel free to stop Adam for a drink and he’ll fill you in on why we’re doing things the way we are!

Click here to download the mix.

The following artists feature on our first Baby Elephant mix:

Jane Birkin
Sinn Sisamouth
Stereolab
Steve Monite

All-New Children’s Meals Land at Baby Elephant

All-New Children’s Meals Land at Baby Elephant

All-new kids' meals at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

We love having families stay with us at Baby Elephant, and we go out of our way to make sure our tropical oasis of a hotel is a safe, fun and nourishing space for our younger guests. From pool toys and board games to special kids’ massages in our spa – not to mention a team of staff that loves children and are all ChildSafe certified – we’ve got all the bases covered when it comes to making sure the whole family can have an enjoyable, relaxing holiday in Siem Reap. And Baby Elephant just became an even better getaway destination with the kids, thanks to the launch of our new dedicated range of nutritious, affordable children’s meals at our trailblazing tropical restaurant and bar.

Children dining at the Baby Elephant in-house restaurant can choose from five bento-style options, each accompanied by a fresh juice. With everything from barbecue chicken wings to fried rice, these miniature meals all come with sides such as mashed potato or spring rolls, batons of fresh vegetable crudités, and fresh tropical fruit chunks. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

What’s more, our brand new children’s meals are available with a special introductory deal of 50% off from Monday 09 to Monday 30 April inclusive!

Baby Elephant is set on a quiet local lane, and the property’s spacious grounds include a safe, secluded garden that’s perfect for children to play in while parents have total peace of mind. The hotel’s team of enthusiastic and caring Cambodian staff love children, and are happy to help entertain little ones while their parents take a break by the hotel’s beautiful saltwater swimming pool. In addition, the whole team is trained in child safety and protection and is ChildSafe-certified, important in a country like Cambodia where child exploitation remains a real local issue.

The hotel’s wide array of other family-friendly services include:

Siem Reap already makes a fantastic destination for families to visit with children. Aside from the world-famous Angkor Wat temples, family-friendly attractions and activities include horse-riding at The Happy Ranch, the Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre, the Angkor Centre for the Conservation of Biodiversity, and rock-climbing at Krorma Yamato.

Khmer New Year 2018 in Siem Reap

Khmer New Year 2018 in Siem Reap

Breaking addition April 4, 2018: Today the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism meeting was held to announce the full schedule for the Khmer New Year and Angkor Sankranta celebration at Angkor Wat. The Baby Elephant management team was in attendance. Events take place across the entire Angkor Archaeological Park from April 12 – 16.

Please see these photos of the flyer they gave us. The text was too small for one photo but we hope this helps until we get a higher resolution copy. Please credit these photos to Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel if you intend to use them elsewhere.

Breaking addition March 30, 2018: Khmer New Year is on the way in Siem Reap, which means the annual Khmer New Year pop song is out! It also means it’s time for the city to come alive for this annual festival that is based on the lunar cycle.

This year’s Khmer New Year pop song is called “City Chicken” and is heating up the airwaves creating hype for the upcoming annual festivities. The song already has more than 1.7 million views on Youtube.

About Khmer New Year

With some similarities to the Songkran new year festival celebrated in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia, this year’s Khmer New Year takes place between Saturday 14 and Monday 16 April. Here’s our guide to enjoying the festivities in Cambodia’s temple town.

Khmer New Year celebrations - photo by Sam Sith

The three days of the traditional Khmer New Year

Other names for Khmer New Year include Chol Chnam Thmey and Angkor Songkran. Whatever you call it, you can expect a lively atmosphere and cheerful celebrations to take over the whole of Cambodia – including here in Siem Reap – as the country sees in the traditional new year. Khmer New Year celebrations place over three days, and each day of the festivities has particular significance.

Day one – Moha Songkran

Day one of the Khmer New Year celebrations is known as Moha Songkran, when traditional beliefs hold that a new god or angel takes responsibility for protecting the world in the coming year. Cambodians welcome this new god or angel, and set the stage for the new year to begin auspiciously, by cleaning and decorating their homes.

It’s common for Cambodian Buddhist families to visit their local temple to make merit at this time. Back home, they also put out a table of offerings such as fruits, cake, and special festival-worthy Khmer dishes. This offering table is also often decorated with incense sticks, flowers, and chains of flashing lights that are traditionally believed to hold the power to protect the house and its occupants over the coming 12 months.

Khmer New Year celebrations in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter

Day two – Virak Wanabat

On the second day of Khmer New Year, known as Virak Wanabat, Cambodians remember others and do good deeds, particularly by offering gifts to one another, including to parents, grandparents, the elderly, children, and the less fortunate, as well as by visiting the local temple to receive blessings from monks and to remember ancestors. The hope is that performing these good deeds will set individuals up for good fortune themselves in the year to come.

Khmer New Year celebrations in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Mt.Nind

Day three – Tanai Loeng Sak

By day three of Khmer New Year, it’s time for the focus to really turn to the new year itself. Tanai Loeng Sak, the name given to the third and final day of the festivities, is all about new beginnings. The occasion is marked by making more offerings to elders, and by returning to the local temple to bathe Buddha images and receive further blessings from monks.

The last day of Khmer New Year is also when the water pistols come out and things take on a livelier, more fun atmosphere. Don’t expect anything quite on the same scale as the raucousness of celebrations in Thailand and elsewhere, but it’s common for Cambodians – especially young people – to take to the streets for light-hearted water fights and the chance to really ring in the new year in a fun and festive way.

Khmer New Year celebrations in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Narin BI

What to know about Khmer New Year in Siem Reap

There are few better places in Cambodia to celebrate Khmer New Year than Siem Reap. This already atmospheric and fun-loving town acquires extra festive energy for celebrations at this time of year. As well as the water fights you’re likely to witness (and join in with!) on the last day of Khmer New Year, Cambodians also like to roll-out traditional, light-hearted ball games and tug-of-war variants – passed down through generations – as a way to mark the occasion. And this wouldn’t be Cambodia without those games being accompanied by plenty of traditional Khmer singing and dancing.

That said, Cambodia remains a traditional agrarian society and, for vast swathes of the population, the Khmer New Year holiday marks the end of an exhausting farming season. It’s a chance to rest, recuperate, and spend time with loved ones. It’s common for Cambodians to live and work far from their families in the provinces where they grew up, and Khmer New Year gives them a rare opportunity to travel back to spend time with their family and friends – often for a week or more. That means it’s possible that your favourite coffee shop, bar or restaurant may be closed during the Khmer New Year period.

Khmer New Year celebrations in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Narin BI

How to celebrate Khmer New Year 2018 in Siem Reap

Street parties for Khmer New Year fun

The best way to enjoy the Khmer New Year festivities is to join in with them! Keep an eye out for spontaneous street parties around Pub Street, along the Siem Reap river, and in the Royal Gardens – and then head along and partake in the fun. Expect the likes of live concerts, fireworks, and plenty of delicious Cambodian food and drink to tuck into.

Angkor Wat’s Angkor Sangkranta Festival

The annual Angkor Sangkranta Festival is a highlight of the Khmer New Year celebrations in Siem Reap. The festival takes place around Angkor Wat and elsewhere in the wider Angkor Archaeological Park, putting on traditional games, Cambodian martial arts, music, dancing, and plenty of the best Khmer street food you’ll find. Just be prepared to be part of a huge crowd from across the country looking to get involved!

Khmer New Year celebrations in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Narin BI

Head to the local temple

There’s no better way to get a close-up on the traditional side to the Khmer New Year festivities – which arguably remains more accessible in Cambodia than in neighbouring countries like Thailand – than by simply taking a walk to the closest temple to your hotel in Siem Reap. Local temples and pagodas are always happy to welcome inquisitive visitors, and you’ll get a real feel for the day-by-day significance of the holiday to the Cambodian people.

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Hotels in Siem Reap for Khmer New Year

Khmer New Year is a busy time in Siem Reap – attracting Cambodians from elsewhere around the country as well as foreign visitors – and it’s common for hotels and guest houses to be fully booked well ahead of time. Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is perfectly placed to allow you to conveniently explore all the goings-on of Khmer New Year across Siem Reap, quickly reach the famous Angkor Wat temples, and enjoy seclusion when you want to just hide away and relax for a while.

Our 25 rooms cover every style of travel, from luxurious premium accommodations to affordable budget stays – all benefit from free breakfast (including vegetarian and vegan options, of course!), use of our gorgeous saltwater swimming pool, and access to our spa, breezy rooftop spaces, in-house yoga classes, and funky tropical restaurant, bar and garden, plus free airport pickup. Book direct with us for the best rates and perks every time – guaranteed.

How will you be celebrating Khmer New Year in Siem Reap? Let us know in the comments!

Photos by Sam Sith; Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter; Mt.Nind; Narin BI

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