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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The SR Monthly is a hand-crafted e-mail round-up of the latest goings-on in Siem Reap and at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, as well as news from Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, curated by our passionate team and delivered to your inbox – all designed to make your next trip to Siem Reap extra-special.
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Gong XI Fa Cai and Happy Lunar New Year!
The Lunar New Year festival is here! Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel and the rest of Siem Reap have joined the celebrations. This year’s Lunar New Year festivities take place in mid-February, with the new year itself beginning today. As we step into the year of the dog, why not try some of Baby Elephant’s amazing Chinese-Khmer dishes, like our succulent honey-glazed pork ribs with sauteed bok choy and rice, or our tofu and vegetable stirfry with mushroom sauce. You can check out our whole menu here.
We’re elated to announce that Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel – Siem Reap’s leading ethical independent boutique hotel – has been ranked the ninth best bargain hotel in the world in the TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, as based on the reviews of our many loyal guests and TripAdvisor users across the globe. Baby Elephant also ranked in first position as Cambodia’s best bargain hotel, and as the second best bargain hotel in the whole of Asia.
Our huge thanks go to our fabulous guests, our talented and hard-working team, and all our other friends and supporters near and far, for your help in making Baby Elephant the ethically run, independent oasis it is today. Of course, while we’re over the moon to be recognised for the excellent value we offer visitors to Siem Reap, in truth we offer so much more than just a bargain – if you’re thinking of staying with us some time soon, take a look at our blog for all the details of our recent accolades as well as everything else you can enjoy when you check in for a rejuvenating holiday at Baby Elephant.
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February is for dreamy lunar-themed cocktails
This month we’ve got not one, not two, but three fabulously special cocktail concoctions. We introduced them a little early for the very special occasion of the extra-big super moon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse that we witnessed here in Siem Reap in late January.
Pop by – whether to our gorgeously funky lobby lounge bar, the serene oasis of our tropical garden escape, or our ultimate chillax-worthy poolside bar – to try one of our limited-edition recipes…or heck, why not just go the whole hog and try all three!?
Take your pick from The Blue Moon, combining blue curacao, butterfly-pea-flower-infused Beefeater gin, orange and cinnamon syrup, lime, bitters, and tonic; The Mood Ring (which got its first outing last year at the similarly lunar-themed Full Moon Apothecary edition of our Siem Reap Gin Appreciation Society popup), a mix of butterfly-pea-flower-infused Beefeater gin, rose syrup, and lime; or the go-hard-or-go-home Il Giallo Rosso (aka Red Horror) that blends Campari, gold tequila, dragonfruit syrup, and lime. They are all $4 and, as always, they are all two-for-one during happy hour from 5pm to 7pm each and every day!
Power bowls to turbo-charge your next yoga class
Join our inspirational yoga teacher Lauren for another incredible class on Tuesday night, and afterwards for the launch of our new vegan power bowls!
These delicious, nourishing bowls showcase the incredible hard work our team have put in to understanding the needs of travellers who are health-conscious, ethical eaters or living with allergies.
The Banh Mi bowl is popping with flavour, and features our house-made lemongrass dressing, crispy tofu, red cabbage and papaya pickles, mixed salad and red rice.
The Mexican bowl’s spiced rice with beans, fresh tomato salsa, marinated tofu and salad are accompanied by comforting avocado and a creamy Tabasco sauce.
We will be adding to the power bowl menu, so stay tuned for even more delicious options! Best way to top off your nourishing visit to Baby Elephant? With a massage in our Lemongrass Garden Spa!
Ear Candy: Groove to the Baby Elephant mix tape
We know how much our regular guests and friends love listening to the eclectic mix of tunes we spin out poolside and throughout our tropical retro-chic lobby lounge bar and garden oasis. So we’ve taken the time to put together a mix for you to listen to at home!
Download the latest Baby Elephant mix today, and think of us and our little tropical temple-town oasis as you enjoy our gift to you!
About Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel – sustainable, ethical, creative
TripAdvisor’s best bargain hotel in Cambodia. Enjoy all the facilities and services of an international hotel when you stay with us in Siem Reap.
Baby Elephant is an inclusive, family-friendly and LGBT-welcoming property offering a dynamic, creative and nourishing space for guests. The hotel’s sustainable and ethical model is focused on providing opportunities for our team of Cambodian staff, while creating rewarding and memorable experiences for you – our valued guests. Read more here.
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Baby Elephant guest Máire wins the 2017 Angkor Half Marathon
Congratulations to our guest, Irish athlete and poolside babe Máire Nic Amhlaoibh, who won the Angkor International Half Marathon this year! Máire is a Singapore-based expat and senior physiotherapist at Ufit Clinic Singapore. This was her third time competing, and her first time to place first! We were proud to host her and all our amazing runners. Thank you for choosing Baby Elephant!
Pop by and see our sleek new look!
We’re thrilled to announce that Baby Elephant is looking more fabulous than ever – even if we do say so ourselves. Together with our talented artist-in-residence Tamara Venn, we’ve been putting the finishing touches to an exciting new look for our public spaces, especially our ground-floor lobby, restaurant and bar in the hotel’s west wing. Think a mix of moody greens and irresistible mid-century furnishings with a local flavour, all designed to make you want to linger a little longer. If you want to see it for yourself, pop by and join us for a cocktail at the bar – don’t forget our two-for-one happy hour runs every day from 5pm until 7pm. (Better yet, book a few nights with us and truly soak up our nourishing vibe!)
Tuck into your festive meal at Baby Elephant!
How are you celebrating Christmas in Siem Reap? Between now and 25 December, join us at Baby Elephant for a deliciously seasonal set menu. Our festive spread is available for lunch or dinner for groups of four or more, costs just $12 per person (plus VAT and drinks), and includes delicacies like pan-fried stuffed chicken breast, sautéed potatoes with garlic, bacon, and thyme, braised red cabbage with apple, and mince pie with vanilla ice cream – plus, of course, fabulous alternatives for vegetarians and vegans! Our usual array of innovative cocktails, wines, bubbles, beers, and soft drinks will all be available, and you can join us during our daily 5-7pm happy hour to get two cocktails for the price of one! To join us to mark this special time of year with friends or loved ones, click through to our web site for more details and to see the full menus.
Yoga returns with new teacher Loz!
It’s no exaggeration to say that we’re over the moon not only to have our regular yoga offering back on the cards at Baby Elephant, but even more so to welcome the fabulous Loz as our newest yoga teacher. Loz has been with us as a dedicated yoga student since the very beginning, and she recently took her practice to the next level by qualifying as an instructor in India. Now she’s ready to pass on her yogi wisdom to you in her twice-weekly gentle flow classes at Baby Elephant – join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm on our breezy, inspirational rooftop space to get in on the action!
Happy birthday to Siem Reap’s leading independent boutique hotel!
Hip, hip, hooray! Last month, we raised a glass to celebrate our second birthday! It’s officially been two years since we threw open our doors and began welcoming our fabulous guests through the doors of Baby Elephant. To all those who have supported us in that time (and if you’re reading this newsletter it means you’re already the crème de la crème!) on our mission to deliver a truly remarkably boutique hotel experience while creating invaluable opportunities for Siem Reap locals – thank you! We’re now in the midst of high season, as well as gearing up for the Christmas and New Year holiday season, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more of you than ever to our independent temple town oasis.
New restaurant & bar menu
If we’re going to give our interiors a reboot, then it makes sense to go the whole hog and revamp our food and drink menus at the same time. That’s the thinking behind the new array of delicious local and international dishes you’ll find on the menu at our in-house restaurant and bar – everything from locally inspired fish amok to Indonesian soto ayam chicken soup and comforting hand-cut potato wedges with our house-made sour cream. Of course, being Baby Elephant, there are also countless vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, plus a delectable range of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits (including our always-$1 draught Angkor beer!) Devour the full food and drink menu on our web site.
Siem Reap souvenir shopping made easy
It can be difficult to find the right gifts to take home from a holiday, whether you’re buying for yourself or for friends, family, and loved ones. Striking the right balance between personal and practical, and original but not overly corny, can turn the whole gift- and souvenir-buying experience into a stressful chore. But it needn’t be that way: Siem Reap is blessed with countless independent boutiques packed with original, thoughtful and ethically traded souvenirs that you’ll be desperate to find space for in your suitcase. Read our latest blog post for a specially curated look at the gifts we would take home (including plenty for ourselves!) if we were on a short trip to Siem Reap.
Cocktails of the month: El Diego & The Mood Ring
It’s officially the season to be jolly, so we’ve thrown caution to the wind and brought out not one but two special cocktails for December! The first is El Diego, mixing Sauza Gold tequila with house-made orange-and-cinnamon-infused syrup, lime juice, and soda. And we’ve rolled out the Mood Ring, too, which made its first appearance at our Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society popups earlier this year – watch it magically change colour from blue to purple as you squeeze lime into a delectable combination of butterfly-pea-flower-infused Beefeater gin and rose syrup! Better yet, as always, you can get two for one on both of these cocktails during our daily happy hour between 5pm and 7pm. But hurry, because both El Diego and the Mood Ring will be gone again come the end of December!
When you book direct with us, we can give you the absolute best we have and ensure that you get the most out of your stay in Siem Reap. To help make that possible, we guarantee that booking directly with us through our web site will bag you the best rates you’ll find anywhere – every time. But that’s not the only reason to book directly with us rather than through an agent – take a look at our latest blog post for heaps more reasons it’s totally worth your while.
Our December ‘Go Green’ story
The Baby Elephant team has committed to making one change per month on our journey to sustainability. This month we’ve successfully made the change from non-reusable takeaway boxes for our complimentary takeaway breakfasts, to these gorgeous locally-made hand-woven boxes.
Read more on our ‘Go Green’ policy here.
About Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
Baby Elephant is an award-winning independent boutique hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. When you visit Angkor Wat, stay in premium budget and affordable luxury accommodation and enjoy all the facilities and services of an international hotel.
An inclusive, family-friendly and LGBT-welcoming property, Baby Elephant offers a dynamic, creative and nourishing space for guests. The hotel’s sustainable and ethical model is focused on providing opportunities for our team of Cambodian staff, with rewarding and memorable experiences for you – our valued guests. Read more here.
We offer the best deals when you book direct.
Get the latest goings-on from Siem Reap and news from Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel once a month – click here to subscribe to the free SR Monthly e-mail newsletter.