The Aviary Hotel Siem Reap Going Green – A Second Life for Soap Bars

The Aviary Hotel Siem Reap Going Green – A Second Life for Soap Bars

  We live in an era when corporate social responsibility (also known as CSR) is becoming more and more important. Not only do corporations want to run successful companies, they also want to do this in an environmental-friendly manner as possible. Let’s talk about soap bars… When you’re traveling you’ll find at least one brand new bar in your hotel bathroom and before you’re leaving you mindlessly toss it in the trash, barely used. Sounds familiar? You probably don’t dwell on it, but let’s make a quick calculation. Assuming that, at The Aviary Hotel Siem Reap, every month we check-in roughly two hundred couples or families. At best, they’ll finish a quarter of the soap bar provided in their room. That means that every month 3,75 kilograms of soap go to waste. To put this in perspective, consider this: according to the World Health Organization, a person needs about 120 grams of soap per month for proper hygiene. So, these 3,75 kilos of soap could theoretically supply more than 30 people per month with soap. When thinking about this, we decided to do something about our soap waste, or better phrased: with our soap waste. In this project, we partnered up with Coco Khmer, a Cambodian based company that finds value in producing products that emphasize simple, healthy and natural living. Together we’re pioneering a soap recycling program, to give our used soap bars a second life. Every month we collect the barely-used soap bars from our guest rooms and send these over to Coco Khmer. At their workshop, the soap bars are sanitized and recycled into liquid soap,...
1 YEAR LATER, WHAT THEY UP TO NOW…

1 YEAR LATER, WHAT THEY UP TO NOW…

Suyvisal VORN and Somvorleak RY both graduated in July 2016 and quickly found jobs in one of the school’s 19 partner hotels. Today, they tell us a bit about their daily experiences in their new professional lives. Suyvisal is one of the three hearing-impaired students who was part of the pilot professional insertion program carried out jointly by Sala Baï and the NGO Krousar Thmey. He is from an extremely impoverished family from the Battambang province where only his younger sister still lives, as his father and elder sister have gone to try their luck in Thailand and his mother, who is ill, lives with one of his aunts in another province. So, corresponding to the socio-economic criteria of the school, he was able, notwithstanding his disability, to complete the Houskeeping training course and after a year of exemplary studies in terms of his serious attitude, his investment in his work and his excellent integration within his intake, he was hired a few weeks after obtaining his diploma The Aviary Hotel, a 25-room luxury boutique-hotel where he has worked for the past 11 months. “On a day-to-day basis, my team and I are responsible for the upkeep of the hotel’s communal areas and the clients’ rooms. I’m really very happy to work here because my line-managers trust me and I’m able to work very autonomously. If the clients are in their rooms when we come by, I team up with a hearing colleague to facilitate exchanges. Otherwise, I handle the tidying and the cleaning of the room alone. Everyone here was very kind to me right from the start....
The Vegan Alchemist is a fully vegan and organic brand founded in Qatar

The Vegan Alchemist is a fully vegan and organic brand founded in Qatar

The journey for Botany started by traveling around discovering the natural benefits that can be found in our global environment. By using the finest ingredients that are hand-picked from the best parts of the world, Botany only uses plants that have been grown organically. This approach, alongside the ancient alchemist way of thinking, Botany is founded upon the principles of healing and medicinal properties that can be added to products that we use on a daily basis. From candles to facial sprays, the concept of Botany is to highlight ancient medicinal ingredients and healing Middle Eastern spices that are proven to heal, nourish, feed, rejuvenate, replenish, hydrate and restore the health of the skin – our biggest organ. CERTIFIED VEGAN SCENTED CANDLES Burning time: 60 hours Non-GMO soy wax Non toxic Natural plant oils No palm oil Cotton Wick Consciously sourced Our candles are all hand-poured using non-GMO soy wax with coconut oil into jars made of ancient miron violet glass. This process combines the essence of alchemy and is a traditional method that can be traced back to ancient Egyptian civilization to keep valuable natural products preserved. Botany’s ingredients have been hand-picked by our researchers from well- managed sources. We have travelled the world with our nomadic senses on alert, and serendipitous approach to search, discover and implement natural vegan ingredients into our craft, and by adopting this approach we continuously strive to create ethical and chemical-free wellbeing...
Theam’s – House, Atellier & Gallery

Theam’s – House, Atellier & Gallery

When you wander through to corridors and rooms of the hotel you may spot a bright yellow elephant or a colourful fish, working together in perfect harmony of the interior. Almost invisible to the eye as these sculptures blend in and fit harmoniously within its surroundings as if it was meant to be. Thoughtfully designed, these unique sculptures don’t just give presents to contemporary art, but play homage to a very famous artist, painter and sculptor here in Siem Reap. Lim Muy Theam, born in Takeo Province, him and his family fled the Khmer Rouge and were among the refugees who arrived in France in 1980. Once he graduated high school, his passion and calling for art lead him to enrolled in Ecole Boulle to study Interior design. Theam was later admitted into the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris to expand his education in art. When Lim Muy Theam returned to Cambodia 12 years later in 1994, he began working in art and spent more than 12 years as Artistic Director of Artisans d’Angkor. In 2011 Theam launched a new project that includes training an apprenticeship for a team of protege artisans while embarking on a new creative journey of his own paintings. Theam’s work reflects a new aesthetic, drawing and paintings on both Khmer tradition and contemporary international designs. The Cambodian designer opens his house to visitors who are looking for fine arts and crafts, sculptures, fabrics, home decor and souvenirs. Located just 10 minutes from the entrance of Angkor Wat, his gallery is surrounded by a picturesque tropical garden, ideal for a relaxing afternoon away in...
Phare, the Cambodian Circus

Phare, the Cambodian Circus

 Imagine a big top where the stories of the past and future are told and brought to life with music, excitement, drama and humor; were circus performers do stunts, perform tricks and skills that are mesmerizing, and leave you glued to your seat waiting in anticipation of the next act. This is the magic of Phare, the Cambodian Circus – authentic, unique and Siem Reap’s top rated evening entertainment that shouldn’t be missed. But as complex and layered as the Cambodian culture, so is the story of Phare Circus. The circus itself is a project run by an NGO named Phare Ponleu Selpak, meaning “The Brightness of the Arts.” It was founded by 9 young refugees who, as children, were taught to draw and through self-expression, to use art as means of recovery from the trauma they had experienced during the genocide. Many years later upon returning to Cambodia, these 9 young men wanted to empower other vulnerable children through art, the same way they were taught in the refugee camps the years before. Now, the circus is one of Phare Ponleu Selpak’s key projects, which gives students the chance to perform, tell their stories, and make a living through circus. Phare, The Cambodian Circus is a fun evening out filled with laughter and high energy. All performers spend years and years in training at Phare Ponleu Selpak, perfecting every move, expression and circus skill. On top of laughter, the circus has some impressive stunts, live music and thrill in abundance. Visitors get to see somersaults, juggling, and many more acrobats, leading a perfect example in unpolished, passionate storytelling!...