The SR Monthly #8: the best of Siem Reap

The SR Monthly #8: 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, CambodiaThe 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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5 things you didn't know about Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Here’s what you didn’t know about Angkor Wat and the other temples
Angkor Wat is just about everyone’s main reason for visiting Siem Reap. This marvellous, spectacular complex of ancient Khmer temples is certainly worth the visit, and doubly worth waking up early for that sunrise tour. But many of those who stroll around Angkor Wat’s wonders may be blissfully unaware of some of the interesting and surprising facts about the temples. Thanks to our latest blog post, you can make a more informed visit to Siem Reap’s famous temples, and get so much more from it as a result.
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Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Be pampered at Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant, part of our new partnership with accomplished independent Siem Reap spa Lemongrass Garden. This evening we’re hosting the launch of our brand new spa facility, set at the back of the hotel in a tranquil area surrounded by fragrant flowers and an organic edible garden. The spa will offer a wide range of rejuvenating treatments from massage to facials and more, all using natural ingredients, and drawing on the shared 16 years’ experience of Lemongrass Garden directors Daniel and Borey. We hope you’ll be able to join us for a pampering session in the Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant soon – in the meantime, take a look at our blog for all the details of what to expect!
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Tuk Tuk Tacos restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Tuk Tuk Tacos
Siem Reap’s best international restaurants and cafes
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, our guide to the best international restaurants and cafés in Siem Reap has you covered.
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Gin cocktail at the Full Moon Apothecary Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society event at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton
What’s been going down at Baby Elephant
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! Take a look at our web site for all the photos from our Gin Appreciation Society Full Moon Apothecary popup and our Viva Chile! food fair.
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Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel merchandise at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Take a slice of Baby Elephant home with you
Our logo is now emblazoned on Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Siem Reap shirts and our gorgeous tropical style captured on cooking aprons! Take souvenirs and gifts home with you to share your experience with family and friends. T-shirts and aprons are crafted and screen-printed locally and ethically by NGO Friends International. Available for purchase when you visit us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel!

The new web site for Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia
New-look website
Just in time for our new spa to launch we’ve also launched a new website! We’ve given babyelephant.asia a brand-spanking-new overhaul, making it more secure and easier than ever to book rooms and find great deals at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel. We’ve also revamped our layout so you can easily find the information you need about Baby Elephant and our host of top-notch facilities and services.

Promotion cocktails by the swimming pool at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Amazing savings when you book direct at Baby Elephant. And for all stays until the end of June all direct bookings get a free cocktail for every person in your booking!
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The swimming pool at 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 the number three boutique hotel on TripAdvisor as at January 2017.

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 creating opportunities for our team of Cambodian staff, while creating rewarding and memorable experiences for our valued guests. Read more here.

We offer the best deals when you book direct!

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Pamper yourself at the brand-new Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant

Pamper yourself at the brand-new Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant, part of our new partnership with accomplished independent Siem Reap spa Lemongrass Garden.

The Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant is set at the back of the hotel in a tranquil area surrounded by fragrant flowers and an organic edible garden. The spa offers a wide range of rejuvenating treatments from massage to facials and more, all using natural, predominantly vegan treatments, and drawing on the shared 16 years’ experience of Lemongrass Garden directors Daniel and Borey.

Our partnership with Lemongrass Garden Spa is part of a mission to bring outstanding wellness and relaxation experiences to holidaymakers in Cambodia. Siem Reap is undergoing rapid changes, with exciting new ideas and innovations emerging across segments, creating enriching opportunities and experiences for travellers keen on immersing themselves in Cambodia’s culture, food, and more. Wellness and retreat travellers are looking to our magical little temple town as an alternative destination to Cambodia’s increasingly expensive neighbours, and our brand-new spa boasts a beautiful, fresh and luxurious design to match the mid-century tropical decor of the rest of our Siem Reap hotel.

We hope you’ll be able to join us for a pampering session at the Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant soon!

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore all 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’s best international restaurants

Siem Reap’s best international restaurants

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.

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.

5 things you didn’t know about Angkor Wat

5 things you didn’t know about Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is just about everyone’s main reason for visiting Siem Reap – and we don’t blame them. This marvellous, spectacular complex of ancient Khmer temples is certainly worth the visit, and doubly worth waking up extra early for that sunrise tour. But there are plenty of facts that those who stroll around Angkor Wat’s wonders are blissfully unaware of. Read on for the insider knowledge to help you make a more enlightened visit to Siem Reap’s infamous temples, and get so much more from it as a result.

Ta Phrom temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Steve Cornish

There’s a stegosaurus carving at Ta Phrom – or is there?

One thing you might not know about the Angkor Wat complex’s famous Ta Phrom temple – known for the vast tree roots that ensnare it, and its appearance in the Tomb Raider film – is that it features a carving many believe depicts a stegosaurus dinosaur. Science generally holds that the stegosaurus and other dinosaurs existed the Late Jurassic period, some 150 to 150 million years ago, and that they became extinct at least 65 million years ago.

However, some suggest that the apparent depiction of a stegosaurus at Ta Phrom is an indication that humans and dinosaurs lived together around the time of the temple’s construction in the late 12th century.

Take of it what you will: cynics believe the carving is at best a depiction of a boar or rhino than a dinosaur – noting in particular that what are often referred to as spike-like plates on the so-called dinosaurs back may well just be a leaf-design background to the image – or, more likely, that it is a far more recently created hoax.

Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by quiquefepe

There’s a whole medieval city beneath the Angkor Wat complex

Research published by Siem Reap-based writer Lara Dunston for The Guardian in 2016 revealed the archaeological discovery of multiple previously hidden medieval cities beneath the ground close to Angkor Wat.

Groundbreaking laser-based Lidar technology was first used to survey the ground beneath Angkor in 2012, resulting in the discovery of the city of Mahendraparvata, founded by Khmer King Jayavarman II more than 300 years before Angkor Wat rose to prominence.

But work in 2016 by Australian archaeologist Dr Damian Evans showed that this was in fact only part of Mahendrapravata, identifying multiple other cities between 900 and 1,400 years old beneath the tropical forest floor, believed to big enough to rival the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. That’s a thought to behold as you wander through the temples on your sunrise tour! 

Angkor Wat’s three tiers have specific meanings

Angkor Wat is distinctively designed to incorporate three tiered galleries, but what you may not know is that this was a deliberate design choice intended to evoke spiritual meaning, dedicated to Brahma, the moon, and Vishnu.

The temple’s design is intended to represent the mythological home of the Hindu deities, Mount Meru, considered the centre of the universe.

Monks at Angkor Wat - photo by Ken Shirakawa

Even today, there are active temples around Angkor Wat

While for most visitors Angkor Wat appears purely as a historical monument – one that’s undoubtedly a stunning sight to behold, but is perhaps past its prime – what many don’t realise is that the temple, along with the complex’s Bayon temple at Angkor Thom, and other smaller pagodas nearby, remains in active use for religious worship.

This is especially true during major religious holidays, when the temples continue to attract Cambodian Buddhists in large numbers in spite of the Hindu-style relief work (and even though Hindu temples are not normally used for religious congregation as such).

Angkor Wat faces west where the region’s other temples face east

While most temples in the region face east, including others from the Khmer empire, Angkor Wat stands out as facing in a westerly direction. There is disagreement among historians as to the cause of this, but Angkor Wat was dedicated to the Hindu deity Vishnu, rather than to Shiva or indeed to a Cambodian ruler.

According to Hindu beliefs, Vishnu is the supreme deity in front of whom all others sit; since other Hindu deities are believed to sit facing east, this leaves Vishnu facing west, hence that is also the direction in which structures dedicated to Vishnu are designed to face.

Some also believe that, since the easterly direction is typically associated with death in Hindu culture, Angkor Wat may initially have been intended as a tomb – possibly for King Suryavarman II, who ordered its construction. In addition, the counter-clockwise orientation of bas reliefs at Angkor Wat is interpreted by some to mean that the temple was associated with funeral rituals, though others disagree. Whatever the reason, its westerly facing position makes Angkor Wat the perfect spot to catch an unforgettable sunset.

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore all 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.

Do you know any offbeat facts about Angkor Wat or the surrounding temples in Siem Reap? Let us know – leave us a comment below!

Photos by Matthew Yglesias; Steve Cornish; quiquefepe; Ken Shirakawa.

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

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

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.

What to do in Siem Reap during the green season

What to do in Siem Reap during the green season

Siem Reap’s green season sees the relentless heat give way to welcome rain, and the whole of temple town takes on a luscious shade of verdant.

The rain can bring challenges, as the city’s notoriously dusty streets give way to puddles – but it’s a wonderful time to observe our little city in the midst of change, and often an altogether more comfortable period to take in the sights.

That’s not to mention the fact that the crowds are fewer, and prices at many spots around Siem Reap drop as a result. There’s plenty to see and do at this time of year – here’s a round-up of the green season attractions you’ll want to squeeze into your visit to Siem Reap.

Full Frontal art gallery in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Full Frontal

Take in an exhibition at Siem Reap’s art galleries

Siem Reap has a blossoming art and culture scene that’s continually on the rise, with numerous new openings having hit temple town in the past few years.

The likes of 111 East, the McDermott Gallery, Theam’s House, Full Frontal and The 1961 display wide-ranging collections that span everything from modern art by local talent to surreal images of Cambodia’s infamous temples by renowned international names.

Even better? A number of Siem Reap art galleries embrace the frankly ingenious concept of an in-house bar, making them the perfect places to skip the rain, soak up some culture, and settle in for an evening of cocktails and enriching conversation.

Read more: see our full post on the best art galleries in Siem Reap

Kandal Village in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

Pick up souvenirs at the best Siem Reap boutiques

What better way to pass the time on a rainy day during Siem Reap’s green season than to indulge in some retail therapy? Our little town has a great shopping scene, making it the perfect place to pick up inimitable souvenirs of your time in Cambodia.

The choices are just about endless: you could pick up something homemade or quirky from the boutiques of Kandal Village – perhaps some of Saarti’s fragrant candles, natural skin products, or bright and cheerful fabrics, or a slice of Cambodian kitsch from the Trunkh concept store.

Alternatively, you might be tempted by an arty souvenir from the Theam’s House living gallery, or by a bottle of the sombai infused Cambodian rice spirit that’s popular as a tipple to take home.

Sister Srey Café in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Sister Srey Café

Savour a brew at our favourite Siem Reap coffee shops

Siem Reap’s bounty of cafés and coffee shops are a big draw – in recent years, the town has developed a café scene that’s centred on a real love of excellent-quality coffee served by engaged and expertly trained baristas.

Whether you opt for the comfort of air-con interiors or the atmospheric people-watching potential of a seat outdoors (infinitely more comfortable in the immediate aftermath of one of the green season’s very welcome downpours), there are certainly worse ways to while away a lazy afternoon than by cosying up with a delicious hot coffee and a book (and, go on, perhaps a slice of cake, too) in one of Siem Reap’s many coffee shops.

Read more: see our full post on the best Siem Reap coffee shops

Phare Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

See an impressive, emotionally charged circus performance

There’s no getting away from it: we simply love Phare the Cambodian Circus. This responsibly managed social enterprise combines dance, theatre, live music and acrobatics to tell traditional and modern tales about Cambodian history and culture. The circus’ work supports a school and professional arts training centre in Battambang, as well as providing opportunities for its performers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Above all else, an evening at Phare the Cambodian Circus is always one to remember – and, under the shelter of the big top, you’re also safe from the rain!

Read more: Phare is one of our Siem Reap bucket list items – take a look at the others

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

Watch the world go by over cocktails and cold beers

When all else fails, retreating to the bar is never a bad option! Thankfully, Siem Reap has a smorgasbord of unique, atmospheric drinking holes where it’s well worth spending an evening. In fact, we would go so far as to say a leisurely Siem Reap bar crawl of these winning spots is almost an essential component of a trip to temple town.

From Asana – a bar set in downtown Siem Reap’s only remaining traditional wooden house, also offering innovative cocktail classes – to air-conditioned Long’s Bar, retro Shanghai-style Miss Wong, and Le Tiem Sra in Baby Elephant’s own local neighbourhood, there’s enough variety in Siem Reap’s bars to keep you entertained and amused while also ensuring you’re sheltered from any inclement weather during green season.

Read more: see our full post on the best bars in Siem Reap

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

Taste top Cambodian cuisine and international favourites

There’s little denying that Cambodian cuisine is massively overlooked in favour of that of regional neighbours like Thailand and Vietnam, but it’s complex and exciting in its own unique way – and Siem Reap is home to no end of fabulous restaurants serving excellent Khmer food. All the way from high-end tasting menus of traditional Cambodian recipes given modern twists, to comforting home-style cooking, and simple but satisfying street food classics, there’s plenty to chow down on during your time in Siem Reap.

Taking yourself on a gastronomic discovery is a great way to wait out a storm while also giving yourself a break from the often frantic pace of sightseeing – and if you need a break from local fare, temple town is also home to a wealth of top-quality international restaurants serving dishes from just about everywhere on earth.

Read more: see our full post on the best Cambodian restaurants in Siem Reap

Cambodian Tastes Khmer cooking classes at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

Learn to master delicious local dishes – and cocktails

Why stop at just eating and drinking? Participating in one of the many cooking classes in Siem Reap means you’ll be able to take home a deeper understanding of Khmer cuisine, and be able to recreate all your favourite dishes long after your trip is over.

At Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, our very own five-star head chef Hoyha leads guests through a culinary education during our Cambodian Tastes cooking classes. Shop for fresh ingredients at a traditional local morning market, before preparing a full three-course Cambodian meal in our verdant tropical garden (or, in case of rain, under our sheltered gazebo or in our hotel kitchen!) – and then, of course, tuck into the delicious fruits of your labour for lunch.

Asana – a charming, atmospheric bar set in downtown Siem Reap’s only remaining traditional Cambodian wooden house – also offers innovative cocktail-making classes in which you can learn how to whip up potent, flavoursome concoctions that showcase unique local ingredients.

Read more: discover Baby Elephant’s Cambodian Tastes Khmer cooking classes

Take in a Hollywood or Asian flick at Siem Reap’s cinema

Few visitors to Siem Reap expect this bustling yet overwhelmingly small, almost rural-feeling city to have its own cinema – but it does! The Platinum Cineplex shows a variety of Hollywood flicks, as well as movies from homegrown Cambodian talent and from elsewhere across Asia. Chilling out with a film and a bucket of popcorn is an ideal way to beat the Siem Reap heat at the best of times, but it’s equally well suited to hiding out from the rain.

Tonle Sap lake near Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Chris Wotton

Float on the mesmerising Tonle Sap lake

While you might not want to be caught out in the middle of a downpour, the wider green season is the time when the water levels of Tonle Sap – the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and long since one of Cambodia’s most vital food sources – are at their highest.

This not only renders excursions to Tonle Sap logistically more practical, since navigation by boat through the lake’s numerous floating villages becomes much easier, but it also makes the lake an infinitely more impressive sight to behold.

Angkor Wat sunrise in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by dia_n

Visit the temples and all the other places you would normally

We wouldn’t want you to think that visiting Siem Reap during the green season means temple tours are off the cards – far from it!

While you might want to pack an umbrella, the green season leaves the infamous temples at and around Angkor Wat dressed in splendid, ultra-photogenic verdant mosses – and it’s just as good a time to visit these and the whole host of popular cultural and historical attractions Siem Reap is known for.

What’s more, temperatures are more bearable, prices at many attractions and hotels drop due to reduced visitor numbers, and the crowds are thinner – meaning you can have more of the temples to yourself, and truly soak up the serene, zen vibe that is a big part of the attraction for many visitors.

Read more: see our full post on our Siem Reap bucket list

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 of Siem Reap come rain or shine, 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.

Have you visited Siem Reap in green season? What are your favourite attractions during this period? Let us know which spots we should include on our list – leave us a comment below!

Photos by Full Frontal, Chris Wotton, Sister Srey Café, Long’s Bar, dia_n.

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