Khmer New Year 2020 in Siem Reap

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 Monday 17 and Friday 21 August. Here’s our guide to enjoying the festivities in Cambodia’s temple town.

Siem Reap will host traditional religious entertainment, cycling exhibitions and other activities, while also implementing tourism safety rules. Under the leadership of HE Tea Seiha, Governor of Siem Reap, the Provincial Administration, in cooperation with the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia, Siem Reap, has been preparing to receive tourists on the occasion of the National New Year holiday.

Planned entertainment programs include:
1. Religious programs to pray for happiness
2. Exhibitions of vegetables, fruits, agricultural products of 12 cities and districts
3. Eating food competition, the most delicious grilled chicken in Siem Reap
4. Floating Market
5. Pub Street
6. Cycling Race
7 Golf competition
8. Hiking race at Roi Chan, Phnom Kulen
9. Celebrations of the art scenes in the 19 provinces of Covid crisis has considered and urged tour operators and tourists to implement measures to prevent Covid-19 as instructed by the Ministry of Health as follows:

1. Do not forget to wear a mask or scarf
2. Do not forget to wash your hands with gel or alcohol (we also prepare hand sanitizer in public places)
3. Do not forget to keep a safe distance.

The provincial administration will announce the detailed program soon.

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 2019 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.

Khmer New Year promotions at Baby Elephant

To help you celebrate Khmer New Year 2020 in style at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, we’re putting on an array of special promotions and deals for the festive season.

Our premium rooms have an additional 15% off our already extremely competitive online rates, all of which include daily à la carte breakfast, airport pickup, and a range of other perks. Our rates for direct booking already incorporate this 15% discount, and when you book direct with us you’ll also get a special welcome gift on arrival!

We’re also making it easier and more affordable than ever to have a great time by (or in!) our beautiful saltwater pool this Khmer New Year – enjoy two-for-one cocktails, spirits and mocktails during an extended happy hour from 12pm every day during Khmer New Year (usually 5-7pm daily), plus our deliciously refreshing house sangria for just $2 per glass all day long!

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

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!

See Full Menu Here

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

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

See event on Facebook – Link Here
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.

Annual Christmas barbecue

International Christmas BBQ – All You Can Eat

Date: Sunday 24 December, 2017
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Price: Adults – $15.00 plus VAT 10% – per person // Kids – $6.00 plus VAT 10% – per child
(includes welcome drink)
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.
🌿 Vegan Friendly 🌿

Details:

The annual Baby Elephant 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 Sunday 24 December, 2017! 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.

Drink specials will be available on the night. Please RSVP to ilana@babyelephant.asia or message us via our Facebook page!

All guests and friends welcome!

THE MENU:

Barbecue, roast vegetables, salad bar, cold meats, vegan sausages, house-made condiments, breads and baguettes, Christmas desserts and more!

BBQ

Grilled prawns, glazed chicken wings
Christmas veggie skewers, glazed tofu skewers
Sweet corn

ROAST VEGETABLES

Roast pumpkin, roast carrots, roast potato, roast sweet potato

SALAD BAR

Mixed garden salad, Potato salad (vegan), Mediterranean pasta salad, Braised red cabbage & apple (traditional German Christmas dish)

AND MUCH MORE 🎉🎄

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.

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.

Upcoming events

Thursday May 11

7PM The Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society #3 | The Full Moon Apothecary

INVITING ALL FOREST NYMPHS & DRUIDS FOR HERBAL AND BOTANICAL CONCOCTIONS, A GARDEN PARTY, A MEDIEVAL BBQ & FULL MOON MAGICK.

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.

After our star-studded Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation 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.

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.

Chile Food Fair | Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Siem Reap

Sunday May 14

4PM Viva Chile! Food Fair

DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR AUTHENTIC CHILEAN FOOD FAIR AT BABY ELEPHANT.

Cooking classes and demonstrations – Chilean wines and cocktails – street foods and small bites – traditional sweets and more!

Baby Elephant’s intern, Melody, is a Chilean culinary arts student. She has been working alongside Head Chef Hoyha learning about Cambodian cuisine for the past 4 months – but now it’s her turn to show Chef Hoyha what Chilean food is all about! Melody and Chef Hoyha will be showing Siem Reap some of the delicious food from Melody’s far-away nation.

Come and try the street foods, small bites, sweets and drinks that are famous in Chile! We will have vegan options and food that the kids will enjoy.

This event is for the whole family, so bring the kids and enjoy the pool.

HOT TIP:
In Chile you would have to travel the entire country to have the foods we will be presenting in one place! Instead – you can just drop into Baby Elephant and sample away.

About Chilean Cuisine:

Chilean cuisine stems mainly from the combination of traditional Spanish cuisine, Chilean Indigenous Mapuche culture and local ingredients, with later important influences from other European cuisines, particularly from Germany, Italy and France. The food tradition and recipes in Chile are notable for the variety of flavours and ingredients, with the country’s diverse geography and climate hosting a wide range of agricultural produce, fruits and vegetables.

Chile is one of the world’s largest producers of wine and many Chilean recipes are enhanced and accompanied by local wines.

  • SOPAIPILLAS CON PEBRE
  • SANDWICH CHACARERO
  • ALFAJORES CON MANJAR
  • COMPLETOS
  • EMPANADAS DE PINO
  • EMPANADAS DE VEGGIE Y QUESO
  • EMPANADAS VEGANAS
  • KUCHEN DE BERRIES
  • AND MORE

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.

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.

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.

What to expect from our Siem Reap hotel

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

We think Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is a pretty special place, and we’re both proud of what we’ve built here in Siem Reap, and excited for what’s still to come in the future.

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.

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

But we know we’re not for everyone, and we think it’s only fair that you know what to expect when you stay with us, so that you’re guaranteed to have an enriching, memorable and all-round awesome experience.

That’s why we’ve taken the time to outline all the great things Baby Elephant definitely is – and the things we’re not.

We’re not a five-star luxury property

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is a small, three-star hotel, and we pride ourselves on offering a friendly, intimate, affordable luxury experience that makes you feel like you’re staying in your home from home.

You might also think of us as being a notch above most run-of-the-mill three-stars. That’s because, among heaps of other facilities, there aren’t many three-star properties – either in Siem Reap or elsewhere – with a gorgeous saltwater swimming pool (complete with spa jets) like ours, perfect for a refreshing dip or a spot of sunbathing, and where it’s not uncommon to have the space to yourself.

Many of our team come from a hospitality background in four- and five-star hotels, so we’re able to provide a truly relaxing, friendly service that offers all you need to make the most of your stay. We always go out of our way to take care of our guests, and we will do our very best to accommodate any special requirements you might have.

But we’re not a large, sprawling international chain hotel with hundreds of rooms – even after doubling in size in 2016 we still have just 25 rooms, which we think keeps the space welcoming and intimate.

We’re not right in the thick of it

We’ll be honest – if you’re looking for somewhere you can roll right out of bed and onto Pub Street for your next day of boozing and partying, we’re probably not for you. But our location is still perfect for seeing all that Siem Reap has to offer, including Pub Street and the Night Market.

We’re located on a small, local Cambodian lane, where you’re likely to see children, ducklings and kittens roaming around – and we think that just oozes charm! When you’re ready to relax at the pool or catch an early night after hours of sightseeing, you’ll be pleased to feel like you’re a million miles from the hustle and bustle of central Siem Reap – but in fact we’re just a short walk or tuk-tuk ride from the heart of downtown.

(Some of our guests like to get the best of both worlds during their time in Siem Reap, by combining a couple of days at one of the downtown party-hard and drink-till-you-drop hostels with a more peaceful, detoxifying stay at Baby Elephant.)

To be more specific: our little Siem Reap hotel is about 800 metres from the Night Market, which will take you around 10 minutes to walk, or about three minutes by tuk-tuk. And we’re about 1.1km from Pub Street; around 15 minutes on foot, or four minutes in a tuk-tuk.

We know you’re probably in Siem Reap first and foremost to visit Angkor Wat, and we’re not too far from these majestic temples, either – less than 7km, in fact. It’ll take you around 12 minutes to whizz there in a tuk-tuk or air-conditioned car or van, meaning you can still catch the sunrise after snoozing for just a little longer than you might have expected.

Finally, on arrival, we’re under 9km from Siem Reap’s international airport. We offer a free meet-and-greet service for all our guests – just make sure we’ve got your flight details, and one of our friendly tuk-tuk drivers will be waiting for you on arrival, ready to whisk to our serene tropical paradise in just 15-20 minutes. Of course, when you’re ready to leave we can arrange a return transfer to the airport, too. And if you’re arriving by land, we’re less than 6km from Siem Reap bus station – about a 20-minute ride.

We’re in Cambodia, a developing country

There’s no escaping the fact that we’re based in Siem Reap, Cambodia – in fact, in case you hadn’t noticed, we love it here! But it’s one of Southeast Asia’s poorest countries, and is still a developing nation in just about every sense – and that comes with its challenges (though we think they are worth the rewards).

There are times when we suffer power cuts, though it’s unlikely you’ll be affected since we have our own on-site generator to provide backup electricity. Short outages to our water supply and internet connection are also a possibility, though these occur much less frequently. These situations are almost always out of our control, but we always do everything we can to put them right as quickly as possible in order to minimise disruption to our guests, and of course we’ll keep you in the loop, too.

Likewise, while walking or cycling around Siem Reap can be incredibly pleasant, road conditions and driving practices may not be what you’re used to, so it pays to be alert. Seasonal weather conditions can also be a challenge sometimes, meaning roads can be either somewhat dusty or slightly wet. But again, we’ll do all we can to make you comfortable, and to equip you with local tips for getting around safely and having fun – just ask.

We’re not a place for sex tourism

We take a firm stance when it comes to sex tourism. Over a third of those connected with sex tourism in Cambodia are under 18, including victims of abuse and trafficking, and we believe we have a responsibility to do what we can to combat this. To avoid any embarrassment during your stay, we’re totally upfront: we don’t accept sex tourism, prostitution, escorts or outside massage therapists at Baby Elephant.

We ARE a great place to relax and rejuvenate

We know Baby Elephant won’t be for everyone – we would be kidding ourselves and chasing after the impossible if we pretended it might be. But we love the little oasis we’ve created here, and we strongly believe it’s a beautiful place for guests looking to relax, rejuvenate, nourish themselves and immerse themselves in a little slice of local life and culture, all the while being within walking distance of everything else our beloved town has to offer. We hope you’ll get the chance to discover the tranquillity of our Siem Reap hotel for yourself.

Got a question about what it’s like to stay with us? Just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help!

The Baby Elephant Story

The original illustration of the baby elephant by Ranon Phal.

We’re excited about relaunching with our new name Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel and while this is in process I’d love to tell you the background and story of our new boutique hotel branding.

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