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

The SR Monthly #12: the best of Siem Reap

The SR Monthly #12: the best of Siem Reap

The SR Monthly e-mail newsletter update on news and events in Siem Reap and at Angkor Wat, Cambodia from Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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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Happy Lunar New Year of the Dog from Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.

Aerial view of Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Baby Elephant ranks #9 for bargain hotels – in the whole world!

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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Special cocktails of the month for February 2018 at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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!

Vegan power bowls to turbo-charge your next yoga class at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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!

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About Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel – sustainable, ethical, creative

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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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The SR Monthly #11: the best of Siem Reap

The SR Monthly #11: the best of Siem Reap

The SR Monthly e-mail newsletter update on news and events in Siem Reap and at Angkor Wat, Cambodia from Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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 once a month – all designed to make your next trip to Siem Reap extra-special.

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Baby Elephant guest Máire Nic Amhlaoibh, winner of the Angkor International Half Marathon 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Máire Nic Amhlaoibh

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!

The new look lobby lounge and garden at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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!)

Christmas set menus for lunch at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.

New Baby Elephant yoga teacher Loz from Siem Reap's Sister Srey Café, at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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!

Celebrating two years of Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.

The new food and drink menu at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.

In My Name Silver at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.

El Diego and The Mood Ring cocktails of the month for December 2017 at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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!

The pool and hotel by night at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Here’s why to book direct with us

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.

Reusable, locally made handwoven breakfast boxes at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel as part of our Go Green! sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.

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Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.

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The best gifts and souvenirs to buy in Siem Reap

The best gifts and souvenirs to buy in Siem Reap

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. These are the gifts we would take home (including plenty for ourselves!) if we were on a short trip to Siem Reap.

In My Name Silver at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Custom-made silverware by In My Name

Right here at Baby Elephant, silversmith Claire McKenzie and her apprentice Srey Neap are our first artists in residence, working under the name (excuse the pun!) In My Name Silver to produce a beautiful range of lovingly handmade and custom-designed silver jewellery. A pendant, ring or other piece of silverware made to order featuring a memorable Khmer word makes the perfect souvenir to remind you of your time in Siem Reap, or to give someone back home a slice of your experiences in Cambodia. For something next-level, In My Name Silver also runs two-hour silver-making workshops that let you get to grips with the mastery yourself.

www.facebook.com/inmynamesilver

Bamboo drinking straws by Saarti in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

Eco-friendly bamboo straws from Saarti

Saarti, in Siem Reap’s trendy Kandal Village enclave of coffee shops and boutiques, is a treasure trove of beautiful, ethically made homewares and more. Among our favourite items here are these ultra eco-friendly bamboo straws, to replace the waste-creating plastic you probably slurp your cocktails through at the moment. These elegant bamboo alternatives last a lifetime, only need a quick rinse or a more thorough wash with vinegar before you can use them again, and add a twist of intrigue to your drinks. That’s why we not only use them at the Baby Elephant bar but also have a huge stash of them at home – and we now even stock them at the Baby Elephant gift shop, too!

www.saarticambodia.com

Theam's House elephant statue at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Elephant statue by Theam’s House

We couldn’t very well call ourselves Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel if we didn’t recommend stopping by Theam’s House – local artist Lim Muy Theam’s own home and living gallery, well worth taking a look around in itself for his extensive collection of artwork – to pick up one of the beautiful lacquer elephant statues, crafted and painted by his team of artisans and available in a range of colours. Needless to say, we have one at the hotel, too!

www.theamshouse.com

Kampot pepper in Cambodia - photo by Matt Wakeman

Kampot pepper from Starling Farm

The pepper from Cambodia’s southern Kampot province is prizes by foodies the world over. If you’re not going to make it to Kampot during your trip to Cambodia, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out – even if you go no further than Siem Reap, make sure you end up with some Kampot pepper in your case on the way home. Here in Siem Reap, head to the Starling Farm shop on Street 7 for some of the best Kampot pepper you’ll find, right from their own pepper farm in Kampot.

www.starling-farm.com

Sombai rice spirits in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Bill Rand

Rice spirits by Sombai

The couple behind Sombai take Cambodia’s famously heady rice spirit and infuse it with locally sourced and inspired herbs and other flavours to produce 11 different flavours of uniquely Cambodian spirits that make the perfect gift or souvenir to take home at the end of your stay in Siem Reap – and which come with real herbs shoved inside the kitsch bottles for added flavour.. Pick from the likes of a concoction of Cambodian star anise and coffee beans from Ratanakiri province, or the sweet and spicy mango and green chilli. As part of a wider range, they now also produce the intriguing Abacaxi, a fruit-forward liqueur made with pineapple and famous red Kampot pepper.

www.sombai.com

Old Market in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by ePi.Longo

Knick-knacks from Old Market

If you’re anything like us, you love loading up on the kind of irresistible knick-knacks, especially local kitchenware, that you come across at markets on your travels – and in the process end up sending the weight of your luggage soaring dangerously close to your allowance. If that’s the case, you’ll be in your element picking out the likes of lacquer bowls, gorgeous wooden salad spoons and forks, and chopsticks, and plenty more, at the myriad of Siem Reap markets waiting for you to discover. Head to favourites like Old Market or Psar Leu and shop your heart out.

Gift shop at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap - photo by Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Ethical mementos from the Baby Elephant gift shop

As part of a recent refresh of our interiors, we have now added a miniature gift shop to the Baby Elephant lobby – and we’ve loaded it with adorable, unmissable, ethically produced gifts that we want you to be able to discover. From brass earrings, mandala charms and sterling silver by In My Name Silver, to custom Baby Elephant cooking aprons with tropical print pockets made by NGO Friends International, plus zip wallets, bamboo drinking straws, handbags, and swimwear by Australian brand Bombshell Bay – we’ve got just about anything and everything you could want to take home from your Siem Reap adventure, all of it screaming ‘ethical, beautiful, and boutique’ from the rooftops.

Which gifts and souvenirs have you taken home after a trip to Siem Reap? Let us know in the comments!

Photos by Chris Wotton; Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel; In My Name Silver at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel; Bill Rand; ePi.Longo; Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

The SR Monthly #9: the best of Siem Reap

The SR Monthly #9: the best of Siem Reap

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 once a month – all designed to make your next trip to Siem Reap extra-special.

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Plastic-Free July in Siem Reap, Cambodia - image by Plastic-Free Cambodia
Go Green! Baby Elephant joins Plastic Free July

Being green is a big part of the Baby Elephant mission, and we’re making good progress with our monthly initiatives to reduce the hotel’s footprint, become more eco-friendly, and contribute in a positive way to our local community. This July, we’re joining forces with other socially conscious Siem Reap businesses to ditch plastic packaging and reduce the amount of waste produced in temple town. Take a look at our new blog post to discover more of what we’re doing as part of this planet-friendly drive.
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Real Food Real Weightloss Retreat at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - image by Real Food Real Weightloss Retreat
Real Food Real Weightloss Retreat

The Baby Elephant team will be supporting Real Food Real Weightloss with our personnel, faciltiies and beautiful rooms for the RFRW Retreat this September. The RFRW Retreat is one of the best retreats in Southeast Asia with some of the most experienced facilitators available. If you invest in transformative travel, you will not want to miss this!

Baby Elephant is getting a lot of attention from the wellness travel community lately for our exceptionally wholesome food, relaxing facilities and wellness services. With a spa, an active yoga community and some of Siem Reap’s best teachers we can offer amazing support to retreat leaders to deliver transformational travel for your clients.
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Muslim communities and food in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Adib Wahab
Discover Muslim communities and food in Siem Reap

Ramadan and Eid might have just passed, but it’s not too late to learn something new about the pockets of Muslim culture and communities right here in Siem Reap! While Cambodia’s premier tourist town might be best known for the Buddhist-Hindu temples in the Angkor Wat complex, Siem Reap – and the country more widely – are also home to numerous Muslim communities. Our new blog post gives you the inside track on these communities and how to find out more about them and, just because we’re incurable foodies, where to dig into some of their delicious culinary influences on our little town.
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Angkor Empire Marathon in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo via Angkor Empire Marathon
Run for your life in a Siem Reap marathon!

Calling all marathon junkies! Siem Reap is home to its fair share of challenging and charitable runs, and there are more on the way. Taking part in a marathon in Cambodia’s temple town is the perfect way to check out the city’s bucket-list-worthy sights, and end shopping and eating possibilities, while accomplishing the latest rung in your fitness journey. Best of all, before and after your run, the Baby Elephant team is here to pamper you with fabulous spa treatments, delicious meals in our restaurant, rejuvenating pool time, and of course luxurious bedrooms for that all-important rest and relaxation. Read our new blog post to find out more about Siem Reap’s upcoming marathons and our great-value packages.
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Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Alessandro Vannucci for Lemongrass Garden at Baby Elephant
Lemongrass Garden Spa opens at Baby Elephant with a bang

At the start of June, we hosted a stylish launch for our brand-new Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant, in conjunction with Siem Reap’s leading independent day spa. Take a look at all the photos from this happening evening of fun and festivities, then come down and see us for a rewarding, energising and all-natural treatment in the surrounds of our luxurious spa.
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Cocktail of the month - dragon fruit gin fizz at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cocktail of the Month
Dragonfruit Gin Fizz ($4.00 or 2-4-1 during Happy Hour!)

It’s no secret that we’re fans of gin cocktails and opportunities to create new flavours with a focus on botanicals. This month’s cocktail is a gin fizz, with a house-made dragonfruit syrup made by our assistant manager Seyha. The Dragonfruit Gin Fizz combines Gordon’s gin, lime juice, soda water and a dash of dragonfruit syrup. Dragonfruit is tipped as the next superfood loaded with antioxidants and other healthy stuff, so what better opportunity? Follow us on Instagram for other holiday inspiration!
Enjoy for $4.00 or 2-4-1 during Happy Hour every day from 5-7PM!

News Bites

New babies at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia
A belated congratulations to manager of Baby Elephant Ravy and the directors of Lemongrass Garden Spa on the birth of their healthy babies! We’re all in love here at Baby Elephant.

In My Name silver at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia
We are pleased to welcome In My Name Silver to Baby Elephant! Founder and silversmith Claire has moved in with her apprentice Srey Neap. Sliver-making workshops and silver jewellery now available at Baby Elephant. Watch this space for more detail!

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel's DJ Adam Scott at The Republic in Siem Reap, Cambodia
See you at new Siem Reap hot spot The Republic this Friday night? Baby Elephant’s very own Adam Scott will be DJing from 8PM.

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel front desk supervisor Kim
Congratulations also to front desk supervisor Kim on presenting her thesis last week! All set to graduate from SE Asia University with a Bachelor of Hospitality Management. We’re really proud of you.

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Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia
About Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Baby Elephant is an evolving independent boutique hotel in Siem Reap, providing premium budget and affordable luxury accommodation alongside all the facilities and services of an international hotel. We are proud to be a 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 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 focused on opportunities for our team of Cambodian staff, while creating rewarding and memorable experiences for our valued guests. Read more here.

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