Siem Reap Christmas: Baby Elephant’s Annual Poolside Barbecue 2018

Join us at Baby Elephant for our annual Siem Reap Christmas party.

International Christmas BBQ – All You Can Eat

Date: Tuesday 25 December, 2018
Time:
11 AM – 4 PM Complimentary rum balls and snacks with “Santa” by the pool
12PM – 2PM BBQ and Christmas feast!
2PM – onwards – A little bit more relaxing by the pool
Price includes welcome drink and includes taxes: Adults – $25.00 // Kids – $12.50 // Vegan $22.00
Location: Poolside at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
RSVP: Please let us know ASAP by emailing ilana@babyelephant.asia or messaging us on our Facebook page. Numbers are strictly limited. Drink specials will be available all day.
🌿 Vegan Friendly 🌿

Details:

The annual Baby Elephant Siem Reap Christmas barbecue is back! And it’s better than ever. We are thrilled to invite you to join us as we celebrate the festive season with an all-you-can-eat poolside barbecue on Tuesday 25 December, 2018! This event is open to all our valued guests and friends.

Chef Hoyha will present a beautiful, healthy and delicious barbecue with lots of Christmas trimmings, salads, house-made condiments and other delicious extras. This year we will be adding even more Christmas goodies with Christmas smoked ham, turkey, gravy, and lots of sweet delicacies.

See Full Menu Here

Drink specials will be available for our tropical Siem Reap Christmas all day. Please RSVP to ilana@babyelephant.asia or message us via our Facebook page!

All guests and friends welcome – but numbers are strictly limited.

THE MENU:

Our Siem Reap Christmas feast will include a barbecue, roast vegetables, salad bar, cold meats, a smorgasboard of vegan-friendly Christmas food options, house-made condiments, breads and baguettes, Christmas desserts and more!

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AND MUCH MORE 🎉🎄. Check out the full menu on our Facebook event and be sure to follow us for more updates!

Photos from Baby Elephant’s Full Moon Apothecary and Viva Chile! Food Fair

Viva Chile! Food Fair at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap

We’ve had an action-packed month at Baby Elephant – from sipping charcoal cocktails, making flower crowns and participating in captivating Pagan ceremonies, to stuffing our faces with the very best of Chile’s street food scene, it’s been a busy one! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Gin Appreciation Society Full Moon Apothecary popup and our Viva Chile! food fair – here are a few photos of our latest events.

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Siem Reap’s best international restaurants

The Hasi Japanese restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by The Hashi

It’s not all Khmer food in Siem Reap – in fact, for a city of this size, our little temple town offers a remarkable array of cuisines from all over the globe. But that’s not to say all restaurants in Siem Reap were created equally – far from it. Whether you’re looking to feast on burgers or sushi, tacos or pizza, these are our favourite international restaurants and cafés in Siem Reap.

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Abacus Garden Restaurant and Bar in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Abacus Garden Restaurant and Bar

Abacus

Long-running Abacus Garden Restaurant and Bar serves an extensive menu of extraordinary French and international food – we’re truly talking about some of Siem Reap’s finest French cuisine here. Open all day, every day for lunch and dinner, the focus here is on a regularly updated seasonal menu of French classics alongside a carefully curated wine list.

Daily, 11am-10pm; Road 6 (on the way to the airport, past the Angkor Hotel and Acleda Bank); 063 763 660; www.cafeabacus.com

La Pasta Italian restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by La Pasta

La Pasta

It’s among our picks for vegan restaurants in Siem Reap, but Italian restaurant La Pasta is also a fine choice for carnivores. The focus is predictably on fresh, organic pasta dishes, but this newly opened, already hugely popular family-run restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes across the board. Expect specialities like Sicily’s famous caponata aubergine stew, lasagne and carbonara dishes, house meatballs, and a range of delicious pizzas.

Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-10pm; Hospital Street; 096-282-6127; www.lapastaa.com

The Hashi Japanese restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by The Hashi

The Hashi

If there’s a Japanese restaurant in Siem Reap that continually wins plaudits, it’s the Hashi. This fairly high-end joint, set in a striking brick-and-wood-fronted glass-heavy building and having recently relocated from Sivatha Boulevard, serves an extensive menu of superb-quality sushi, sashimi and other Japanese specialities like donburi bowls, shabu-shabu hot-pot dishes, and top-notch steaks turned out in three styles. Vegetarians and vegans will also find staff at the Hashi helpful in picking through the menu for dishes appropriate to dietary requirements and those that can be adapted to suit.

Daily, 11am-3pm and 6-11pm; Wat Bo Road; 063 969 007; www.thehashi.com

Tuk Tuk Tacos Mexican restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Tuk Tuk Tacos

Tuk Tuk Tacos

With a bold claim to have Siem Reap’s very best tacos, and striking murals by artist Tamara Venn – who has also adorned the walls of Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel with her stunning work – Tuk Tuk Tacos certainly pulls in the positive reviews, and even those on the tightest of budgets will find its prices agreeable. Tuk Tuk Tacos is set in Siem Reap’s restaurant hub of Sok San Road, just a short hop from the nightlife enclave of Pub Street, and started out in life as a bona-fide tuk-tuk-inspired food cart at Siem Reap’s night market before developing into the bright, modern and simple bricks-and-mortar location it is today. The tacos are made fresh daily, and the venture supports the Kulen Outreach education programme – just one more reason to get your taco fix.

Daily, 11am-11pm; Sok San Road; 096 501 5238; www.facebook.com/tuktuktacos

Il Forno Italian restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Il Forno

Il Forno

Another of Siem Reap’s excellent Italian restaurants – temple town is described by invaluable Southeast Asian travel guide Travelfish as ‘a foodie jackpot’ for fans of Italian food – Il Forno is set right at the heart of Siem Reap, just along from Pub Street (there’s also a branch in Phnom Penh). It’s a stylish yet unpretentious joint that puts on incredible wood-fired-oven-baked pizzas, homemade pasta and a variety of other authentic Italian dishes to complement the simple, classic yet sophisticated Trattoria-style decor. There’s also a weekly rotating list of specials to keep things fresh and interesting, plus a solid wine list. Better yet? They do delivery!

Daily, 12-3.30pm and 5.30-11pm; Pari’s Alley, The Lane (off Pub Street); 063 763 380; www.ilforno.restaurant

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Siem Reap has countless choices when it comes to excellent international food – as well as endless fantastic local Khmer and Cambodian specialities. But if you’re staying at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, you don’t need to go anywhere to try either!

Our in-house restaurant is the perfect place for you to relax and explore our extensive menu of Khmer and Asian delights, international classics, and western comforts, including a healthy array of vegan and vegetarian meals (plus plenty to keep carnivores happy). Just fancy a quick bite to eat while you lounge by the pool? Our golden taro and shiitake spring rolls are the perfect answer to your mid-afternoon hunger pangs.

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.

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

Photos by Abacus Garden Restaurant and Bar, La Pasta, The Hashi, Tuk Tuk Tacos, Il Forno, and Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel.

Gin Society popup returns as the Full Moon Apothecary

The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Gin Appreciation Society popup in Siem Reap, Cambodia

After our star-studded Baby Elephant Gin Appreication Society popup event in March, led by Phnom Penh’s premier mixologist from the legendary cocktail bar Le Boutier, we’re back at 7pm this Thursday 11 May for an all-healing full-moon edition of our evenings of gin-loving antics.

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We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Gin Appreciation Society popup in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Brewed as it is from numerous botanicals, gin has been used for its natural healing properties for hundreds of years. So as the full moon prepares to shine down on the spiritual town of Siem Reap, buzzing with mystical energy and renowned for its mesmerising temples at the Angkor Wat complex, what better opportunity could there be to roll out our full moon gin party?

Join us as we bathe under the moonlight, with wood nymphs and other pagan creatures, and try some delicious healing tinctures. The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel team will be showcasing three tasty, original cocktails with healing properties, plus a variety of innovative gin and tonic recipes. You can beat the gin-induced hunger pangs with snacks including recipes from Jakarta’s Slam Dunk Sandwich Co., previously headed up by Baby Elephant’s very own Adam and Ilana – we’ll also have some special pagan tunes to set the scene and, if you fancy something just a tad more conventional, our standard cocktail and drinks list will also be available.

This month’s Gin Appreciation Society event takes place at 7pm on Thursday 11 May. Hotel residents are welcome to join us, as well as visitors staying elsewhere, expats and locals – but numbers for the event are strictly limited, and reservations are essential. To secure your place, please e-mail bookings@babyelephant.asia.

New to the Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society? Here’s the inside scoop: we’re unashamedly jumping on the bandwagon of the gin fever sweeping the region (and the world) – yet which oddly hasn’t yet made huge waves in Siem Reap – and declaring our love for botanicals. Baby Elephant’s monthly Gin Appreciation Society is a casual yet impassioned meeting of gin-lovers, allowing us to embark on a journey of discovery together.

Baby Elephant’s Gin Appreciation Society Popup with Annemarie Sagoi

Anniemarie Sagoi of Le Boutier, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, special guest at the Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Gin Appreciation Society popup in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is all about leading a balanced lifestyle without sacrificing the good bits – and that means we like to indulge in a few cocktails from time to time. So we’re delighted to announce that the recently inaugurated Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society popup will be returning this Friday 24 March, with a very special guest in the shape of Annemarie Sagoi from legendary Phnom Penh cocktail bar Le Boutier.

Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

  • The best deals on tours and transport
  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

Anniemarie Sagoi of Le Boutier, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, special guest at the Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Gin Appreciation Society popup in Siem Reap, Cambodia

We’re unashamedly jumping on the bandwagon of the gin fever sweeping the region (and the world) – yet which oddly hasn’t yet made huge waves in Siem Reap – and declaring our love for botanicals. Baby Elephant’s monthly Gin Appreciation Society is a casual yet impassioned meeting of gin-lovers, allowing us to embark on a journey of discover together.

The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Gin Appreciation Society popup in Siem Reap, Cambodia

This month is extra special, as Annemarie will be joining us to showcase her exemplary work and mix up a fine selection of gin-based cocktails in our lush tropical garden environment. Annemarie is Cambodia’s premier mixologist, boasting a string of bar and hospitality industry accolades that she has racked up all the way from the United States to Southeast Asia. Le Boutier has made waves in Phnom Penh, and she is currently preparing to launch new cocktail bar Menaka right here in Siem Reap in April 2017 – one opening that we’re especially excited about!

This month’s Gin Appreciation Society event takes place at 7pm on Friday 24 March, with a special gin-based cocktail menu on offer, along with Khmer and international finger foods available for attendees. Our regular cocktail and wine list will also be available.

Hotel residents are welcome to join us, as well as visitors staying elsewhere, expats and locals – but numbers for the event are strictly limited, and reservations are essential. To secure your place, please e-mail bookings@babyelephant.asia.

The best Cambodian restaurants in Siem Reap

Malis in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Malis

Our little town of Siem Reap is home to a dining scene that makes it easy to sample cuisines from right across the world – but it’s also a fabulous place to discover the highlights of Cambodia’s own unique, complex and exciting food culture.

Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

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  • Savings on extra services
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We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

Malis in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Malis

Cambodian restaurants to suit all budgets in Siem Reap serve up local Khmer specialties that ought to be must-tries during your visit to Angkor Wat and the rest of the city – these are some of our favourites.

Cuisine Wat Damnak in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Cuisine Wat Damnak

Cuisine Wat Damnak

At Cuisine Wat Damnak – one of Cambodia’s most renowned restaurants, previously appearing on the list of Asia’s 50 Best restaurants – chef Joannès Rivière combines locally sourced ingredients and traditional Khmer recipes with contemporary French techniques to deliver fortnightly rotating set tasting menus that are unlike anything else you’re likely to eat in Siem Reap.

The setting in a traditional wooden house is charming and romantic, the food and service are both exceptional and, for a fine-dining experience like this (albeit with a relaxed, down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere, where the focus is undoubtedly on quality food rather than pomp), Cuisine Wat Damnak represents exceptional value.

Tuesday to Saturday, 6.30-9.30pm; between Psar Dey Hoy market and Angkor High School, Wat Damnak Village; 077 347 762; www.cuisinewatdamnak.com

New Leaf in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

New Leaf

One of Siem Reap’s many not-for-profit, NGO-operated restaurants, New Leaf is most often recommended for a coffee, a browse of the extensive selection of books and souvenirs, and perhaps a light snack. But it’s also a great spot for its accessible, delicious and affordable short menu of staple Khmer dishes (alongside western comfort foods).

Expect well-executed plates like beef lok lak, Cambodian curry, grilled pork and rice, and amok, all in an attractively decorated, open-air setting with a relaxed, traveller-friendly ambience, and just a short stroll from the very centre of the Pub Street area.

Daily, 8am-9.30pm; Street 9 (near the Old Market); 063 766 016; www.newleafeatery.com

Marum training restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

Marum

This popular NGO-run training restaurant, with sister branches all the way from Phnom Penh to Ethiopia, has a frequently rotated menu centred around small tapas-style dishes. There’s a mix of local and fusion dishes, and this is somewhere that’s not afraid to let true Khmer dishes loose on tourists.

Be sure to try the prahok k’tis made with the local speciality of fermented fish, as well as stir-fried beef and red tree ants. Prices are reasonable, there’s both indoor and outdoor seating, and a small shop means you can pick up souvenirs, too.

Daily, 11am-10.30pm; B Phum Slokram (between Wat Polanka and the Catholic Church); 017 363 284; www.tree-aliance.org

Mahob Khmer in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Mahob Khmer

Mahob Khmer

Another romantic Siem Reap restaurant set in a traditional wooden house, at Mahob the focus is firmly on locally sourced ingredients. Dishes take traditional Khmer recipes and give them fresh modern interpretations, even if sometimes only subtly, and deliver the opportunity to taste a wide array of popular Cambodian staples.

The beef lok lak at Mahob has a particularly large troupe of fans; phraok makes another appearance, and other recommended dishes include a local ‘out of pot’ soup with salted fish and quail eggs, and clams cooked with tamarind and basil.

Daily, 11.30am-10.30pm; 137 Traing Village (just off Charles de Gaulle Avenue); 017 376 038; www.mahobkhmer.com

The Sugar Palm in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by the Sugar Palm

The Sugar Palm

With branches in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, the Sugar Palm serves up generous portions of authentic home-style Khmer cooking. Based on recipes passed down through the family and perfected by the Cambodian-New Zealand chef, dishes again include the infamous prahok k’tis, alongside the likes of squid with fresh Kampot peppercorns, and pomelo salad.

Meals at the Sugar Palm are affordable and the environment casual; it’s open for lunch and dinner, but is especially popular in the evenings.

Monday to Saturday, 11.30am-3pm and 5.30-10pm; Taphul Road; 063 636 2060; www.thesugarpalm.com

Malis in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Malis

Malis

Arguably the finest of Siem Reap’s fine-dining restaurants, Malis follows in the footsteps of its original branch in Phnom Penh – but many agree that this second coming is even better. The restaurant has a grand and beautiful, high-end riverside setting, and it’s heralded as a great place to try a dizzying array of Cambodian foodie delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Expect traditional Khmer recipes paid due respect and done real justice in their execution, including numerous hard-to-find dishes from Siem Reap and beyond. The extensive menu covers everything from noodle soups and congee to the likes of grilled pork and rice, famous staples such as nom banh chok, refreshing salads, Kampot crab, and rich, complex curry and prahok dishes.

Daily, 6am-10pm; Pokambor Avenue; 015 824 888; www.malis-restaurant.com

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to best explore the best of Siem Reap’s Cambodian restaurants? Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is waiting for you – and we can help you book tables at and arrange transport to all our favourite restaurants, to ensure you can make the most of your stay. Click here to take a look at our relaxing rooms, all with free breakfast and use of our gorgeous swimming pool. And of course, our own on-site restaurant also serves an extensive range of delicious local and international fare, too!

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

Malis, Cuisine Wat Damnak, Mahob Khmer and The Sugar Palm photos by respective restaurants; all other photos by Chris Wotton

Le Boutier’s Annemarie Sagoi Headlines Baby Elephant’s Siem Reap Gin Popup

Gin Cocktail Event

Monday 20 March 2017 – For Immediate Release

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Cocktail lovers will be thrilled that on Friday 24 March Annemarie Sagoi of Le Boutier Phnom Penh will headline the Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society event at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel.

Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

  • The best deals on tours and transport
  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

Gin Cocktail Event | Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Despite gin fever unabashedly sweeping the region, Siem Reap has yet to fully catch on. Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is now raising the bar by hosting the tourist town’s first regular gin-tasting popups. For its  second instalment, the Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society welcomes Annemarie, Cambodia’s premier mixologist, to showcase a selection of her work in the hotel’s lush tropical garden environment.

Annemarie is renowned for her international accolades as a bar manager and owner, educator, brand ambassador, event coordinator, bar consultant, and competition judge, all the way from the United States to Southeast Asia. She is one of a new breed of young international entrepreneurs sweeping into Cambodia, also among them mural artist Tamara Venn (of east London fashion notoriety, and whose work appears at the hotel), and Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel partners Ilana Tulloch and Adam Scott, whose previous exploits include Slam Dunk Sandwich Co., a vegan sandwich and burger bar in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel has similarly shot onto the hospitality scene in Siem Reap, maintaining a top-five position in the town’s TripAdvisor rankings, largely thanks to a relentless commitment to excellent food, drinks and guest service.

“Despite being a relative newcomer to the hotel scene in Siem Reap, we continue to provide some of the town’s very best food and service – both Cambodian and international,” says Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel’s managing partner and marketing director Ilana Tulloch.

“To attract someone of Annemarie’s calibre is testament to the brand we have been working hard to build, and we’are thrilled to be able to join our guests and community in welcoming her,” Ilana adds.

The Gin Appreciation Society meets at 7pm sharp, allowing attendees to embark on this journey of the palate together, sharing experiences as they explore. A a special menu will be on offer, including a range of gin cocktails and Khmer and international finger foods. The hotel’s regular cocktail and wine list will also be available.

Numbers for the event are strictly limited, and reservations (by e-mail to bookings@babyelephant.asia) are essential.

For press enquiries please contact:
Ilana Tulloch, Managing Partner & Marketing Director
Telephone: +855 7776 9126
E-mail: ilana@babyelephant.asia
www.babyelephant.asia

NOTES TO EDITORS:
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is an evolving independent boutique property in Siem Reap, providing premium budget and affordable luxury accommodation alongside all the facilities and services of an international hotel. We are an inclusive, family-friendly and LGBT-welcoming property offering a dynamic, creative and nourishing space for guests. Our sustainable and ethical business model is focussed on providing opportunities to our team of Cambodian staff, while creating rewarding and memorable experiences for our valued guests. Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel consistently ranks among TripAdvisor’s top five small hotels in Siem Reap, and has become renowned in Siem Reap for its retreats, recently introducing beer yoga to the town, and offering regular traditional yoga classes to the community.

Annemarie Sagoi has worked internationally as a bar manager and owner, educator, brand ambassador, event coordinator, bar consultant, and competition judge, all the way from the United States to Southeast Asia, where she currently lives. She has won numerous cocktail competitions, including first place in the 2013 Chicago Bacardi Superior Cup, global finalist in the National Cherry Heering Competition at ToTC 2013, and first place in the 2014 Chicago Tenzing Coupe; she also presented a seminar at 2014 Portland Cocktail Week, and was a National Finalist in the 2015 Sherry Competition. Sagoi managed the beverage program at The Dawson, which opened in October 2013 in Chicago and was honored with Time Out’s Best New Restaurant Cocktail Program. Sagoi has been given a nod for her innovation in prestigious publications including Food & Wine, The Chicago Sun Times, Bon Appetit, Wine Enthusiast, and Imbibe. Currently she is sharing her expertise as a consultant to numerous establishments, teaching bitters workshops, and lecturing on spirits. She opened her highly acclaimed bar Le Boutier in Phnom Penh in 2016 and is currently preparing to open a new cocktail bar in Siem Reap, due to launch in April 2017.

Siem Reap’s best training restaurants

Sala Bai training restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Sala Bai

NGOs and charities are part of the Siem Reap landscape, and they perform heaps of invaluable work here. A number of these NGOs run training restaurants in town, creating employment opportunities and empowering locals with training. Needless to say, they also turn out some great meals! These are some of our favourite training restaurants in Siem Reap.

Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

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  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

New Leaf café in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

 

Marum training restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

Marum

One of Siem Reap’s most famous training restaurants, Marum is run by local NGO Kaliyan Mith, itself part of Friends International. And, quite aptly, the name means ‘tree of life’. There are training students working here as both cooks and waiters, supported by instructors clearly marked out by their t-shirts.

It’s a popular spot, especially in high season, and the pleasant outdoor terrace is complemented by a dining room done out in bright colours – there’s even an on-site shop with souvenirs to take away with you.

Prahok k'tis prawn and pork prahok dip at Marum training restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

As for food, the regularly updated menu boasts a fairly extensive selection of local-inspired and fusion-style dishes, with a particular focus on small plates intended for sharing. We love the prahok k’tis – a dip of minced pork and prawns, made with coconut milk and the Cambodian speciality of fermented fish – that’s served with fresh crudités; also try the stir-fry of red tree ants and beef.

Marum has sister restaurants, all operated under the charitable TREE brand, in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, as well as in Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Ethiopia.

Daily, 11am-10.30pm; B Phum Slokram (between Wat Polanka and the Catholic Church); 017 363 284;

Haven

Haven is a small and intimate training restaurant with popular local and western dishes that mean the place is often fully booked. The restaurant supports an annual intake of local youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds, empowering them with a pragmatic education and work skills, as well accommodation and financial assistance.

Khmer-inspired dishes include lok lak and amok, alongside regional plates like tom yum soup, banana flower salad, and satay. The menu also features European specialities such as schnitzel, and western staples like burgers and sandwiches. The restaurant has recently relocated from central Sok San Road, and is now set in the Wat Damnak neighbourhood.

Monday-Saturday, 11.30am-3pm and 5.30-10pm; Chocolate Road (west of Angkor High School); 078 342 404; www.havencambodia.com

Beef lok lak at New Leaf café in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

New Leaf

Not strictly a training restaurant, but nonetheless a not-for-profit, NGO-operated enterprise that’s focussed on doing good in education in particular, New Leaf is a relaxed and pleasant café-restaurant with a sideline as a hub for book sales and trades.

This is as good a place to pop in for a coffee or a fruit shake as it is for lunch or dinner – but if you’re here for food, it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed either. New Leaf’s breakfast menu ranges from blueberry pancakes to Khmer pork rice and noodle soup, and local dishes worth trying on the all-day menu include the traditional vs. modern ‘fish amok two ways’, beef lok lak, green mango salad, and Khmer curry. For something familiar and comforting, meanwhile, there’s the steak sandwich, beef burger, or fish and chips.

Daily, 8am-9.30pm; Street 9 (near the Old Market); 063 766 016; www.newleafeatery.com

Sala Bai restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Sala Bai

Sala Bai

In operation since 2002, Sala Bai is a long-standing restaurant and hotel combo that does an impressive job of equipping more than 100 students a year with a fully fledged vocational education in hospitality. French NGO Agir pour le Camodge (Act for Cambodia), which runs Sala Bai, also takes commendable care of its graduates once they’ve finished their programme, helping them to find ongoing employment and put all that they’ve learned into practice.

But that would all be for nothing if the food wasn’t worth coming for. Thankfully, it is – this riverside restaurant serves beautifully plated dishes from regularly rotated a la carte or set Asian and western menus. While lunch service is on weekdays only, Sala Bai also opens for breakfast every day of the week, and there’s a small training hotel and spa on site.

Monday-Friday, 7-9am and 12-2pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7.30-9.30am; Wat Svay-Tonle Sap Road; 063 963329; www.salabai.com

Footprints

Footprints Cafe is the new kid on the block of the social restaurant world. A groovy little cafe and book shop that opened just last year, it’s a quaint spot that attracts lots of expats and locals along with the tourists. The team consists of some of Siem Reap’s most successful social entrepreneurs and seems set to grow quickly with plans to open outlets in many locations. There’s a lovely optimism to the atmosphere in Footprints, and the decor is fresh with strong Cambodian influences.

The kitchen team cooks up fantastic fare and the coffee – made using Feel Good coffee beans – tastes pretty great too! All net profits go back into their community initiatives, and they have a mission to harness the financial power of tourism for the benefit of communities.

Every day 6:30am-10pm except Tuesday 9am-5pm; http://footprintcafes.org/

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore the best of Siem Reap’s restaurants, 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 training restaurants have you visited? Do you have another favourite that we’ve forgotten? Let us know in the comments!

Sala Bai photo by Sala Bai; all other photos by Chris Wotton.

The best bars in Siem Reap

Long's Bar in Siem Reap - photo by Long's Bar

Siem Reap has long had a reputation for a raucous drinking scene – but there’s more to it than the drink-till-you-drop frenzy of Pub Street (which you’ll be glad to know Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is far enough away from for you to be able to sleep soundly, yet just a couple of minutes away by tuk-tuk if you fancy joining in!)

Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

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Le Tiem Sra bar in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Le Tiem Sra

Nowadays, Siem Reap boasts a vibrant scene of everything from hardcore drinking dens to calmer little hideaways where you can while away an evening, whether solo or with friends, over a few glasses of wine, inexpensive cocktails, or decent beers. Here are some of our favourite bars in Siem Reap.

Asana Old Wooden House bar in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Asana

Asana

Asana claims to be downtown Siem Reap’s only remaining traditional Cambodian wooden house, and it’s certainly an atmospheric spot to enjoy a drink. This quirky, romantic-feeling bar has precarious-looking staircases that wind between the different spaces, and there’s a good range of cocktails to go along with a short food menu. Asana also offers popular cocktail classes that make use of locally brewed spirits and other ingredients.

Daily, 12pm-midnight; Street 7; www.asana-cambodia.com

Long's Bar in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Long's Bar

Long’s Bar

Named after its owner, this relatively new opening is a quiet, air-conditioned hideaway with a small but refreshing range of innovative cocktails alongside essential staples like cheap beers. We’re also hearing good things about their alcoholic ice cream floats, while the modern, industrial-style decor makes this a pleasant spot to catch up over a couple of drinks. Long’s also stands out as the Pub Street area’s first non-smoking bar.

Daily, 5pm-1am; Doung Hem Street; www.facebook.com/longsbarsiemreap

Charlie's Bar in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Charlie's Bar

Charlie’s

Update: As of Wednesday November 23, 2016, Charlie’s Bar has closed. With a long Siem Reap history, and open in its final location on Hospital Road since 2013, Charlie’s was a favourite among Siem Reap’s expats – including us – for its inexpensive drinks, good food, and friendly atmosphere. The husband-and-wife owners described the place as having a retro-Americana feel, and it was a lively, buzzy bar that often shows live sports matches. Charlie’s was also the Sunday afternoon home of Baby Elephant’s very own yoga teacher Melissa Lingo, who played acoustic sessions there for the bar’s Sangria Sundays.

Daily, 10am-1am; Hospital Road;

Le Tiem Sra bar in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

Le Tiem Sra

Now Permanently Closed

This cute little hole-in-the-wall bar is another favourite of ours, primarily because it’s a lovely local spot that’s right at the top of the lane that Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel sits on. Le Tiem Sra’s owner plays a pleasing range of jazz tunes, and serves up a solid list of wines, beers and cocktails, plus a selection of small locally inspired fusion-style tapas dishes. Le Tiem Sra is a low-key, friendly place to spend an evening catching up over drinks, and at the end of the night you’re less than a 30-second walk from your comfortable home-away-from-home at Baby Elephant.

Daily, 5pm-1am; Street 53; www.bit.ly/letiemsra

Miss Wong bar in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Miss Wong

Miss Wong

Miss Wong has something of a legendary reputation in Siem Reap. The vintage, Shanghai-style decor is certainly eye-catching, but the cocktails here have made their name among Siem Reap’s hardcore drinkers, too – particularly for the praiseworthy focus on local ingredients. Miss Wong is both an intimate, romantic-feeling venue, and one that gets buzzing and raucous when the weekend crowds come. Also playing to the Chinese theme is a solid selection of dim sum and other dishes.

Daily, 6pm-1am; The Lane; www.misswong.net

Hot Rod Bar in Siem Reap - Photo by Hot Rod Bar

Hot Rod

Now Named Soul Kitchen

Serving authentic Thai food, a highly professional F&B offering and an opulent Angkor Wat-inspired decor, this new bar on the corner of Sok San and Night Market Streets is walking distance from Baby Elephant and a great corner from which to people watch. It’s quite a place the check out, with lizard-embossed walls and a massive Angkor Wat-like head. The menu has some great tapas and seeing as the wine list was put together by the owners of Pinot Divino (currently on hiatus), you can trust the wines are great. If you’re looking to get amongst it with Siem Reap’s movers and shakers, the Grand Opening Party is coming up on Saturday November 26, 2016.

Daily, 4pm-1am; Sok San Road;

The Harbour Bar in Siem Reap - Photo by The Harbour Bar

The Harbour

After you’ve had a tipple at Le Tiem Sra you might wander a bit further down towards The Harbour Siem Reap. At approximately 200 metres from Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, you’ll find this interesting, rough and ready but extremely friendly pirate bar. The Harbour specialises in hard rock, metal music and unique events in a converted wooden house. Get yourself an ice cold beer or a flavoured rum and head bang along with the crew. You’ll probably love to join one of their board game nights, spoken arts evenings or TED-style talks. If you’re looking for a good excuse to duck your head in, check out Stand Up Comedy @ The Harbour coming up on Saturday 26 November, 2016.

Daily, 10am-1am; Night Market Road; www.theharboursiemreap.com

The Village Cafe in Siem Reap, Cambodia - Photo by The Village Cafe

The Village Cafe

They’re just launching a new menu and this little bar seems to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance. In the Central Market area known as Kandal Village, The Village Cafe boasts an elegant French environment which is lots of fun. The Village Cafe Siem Reap is famous for wine, steak and soothing jazz, usually frequented by a discerning crowd and offering detail to customer service. We love to pull up a stool at the bar, order a rosé and a cheese platter, then soak up the atmosphere. Whether it’s just for a glass of wine, a burger at the bar or their famous tenderloin Rossini, The Village Cafe is sure to make your night comfortable, enjoyable and memorable.

Daily, 5pm-12pm; Preah Sangreach Tep Vong St; facebook.com/village-cafe

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore the best bars and nightlife 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.

Siem Reap has some of the best cafés, restaurants and bars in the world. We’ll be adding more drinking holes to this list to build a comprehensive collection of Siem Reap’s best bars. Let us know about your favourite bar in the comments so we can add it to this list!

Le Tiem Sra main photo by Chris Wotton; all other photos courtesy of the respective bars.