Explore Siem Reap in 72 hours – Part 1

Explore Siem Reap in 72 hours – Part 1

Almost everyone travels to Cambodia to explore Siem Reap and to visit Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Unarguably, this majestic temple is the highlight of everyone’s trip, but there’s more to Cambodia’s famous temple town than “just” this temple. Embark on a journey with us as we take you around in Siem Reap. Day 1 Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you’ll be welcomed by our team and escorted to the hotel. After check-in and a quick freshening-up in your uniquely designed guest room, the exploration begins. Your first afternoon you would want to go to the temples, so we recommend buying a three-day temple pass, which costs USD 62 and allows you to visit the temples three days within a one week window. Once you’ve got your ticket, you’re set to visit the massive Angkor Archeological Park for an afternoon of temple exploration. We recommend you visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean and Ta Som, which all three are part of the grand circuit tour, before heading to Pre Rup temple for sunset. When the sun has set you return back to the hotel, where you’ll enjoy a drink at The Glide Bar, the hotel’s rooftop bar. Reminisce about your first day in Angkor while enjoying Barang’s favorite cocktails. We’re sure you fall in love with the ambiance and want to stay for dinner too, before calling it a day to get a good night rest and prepare for a super early wake-up call. Day 2 The following morning our tuk tuk driver will take you to Angkor Wat for sunrise. According to most guests, this...
Cocktail O’clock at The Glide Bar

Cocktail O’clock at The Glide Bar

The Aviary Hotel’s enthusiastic bartender knows his way around a cocktail. When you’re heading out to The Glide Bar, Barang is the guy who will help you get loose. Situated in the city center of Siem Reap, Cambodia’s renowned temple town, The Glide Bar is the hotel’s rooftop bar, where guests can take in the city’s vibrant atmosphere or overlook the pool, while enjoying a bite and a hand-crafted cocktail. The man behind the cocktails is Barang, a young but experienced barman who recently joined the team after working as a bartender at a local restaurant. “I love my job here, as I get to meet new people every day, most of them here on holiday. It’s fairly easy to get a conversation going, simply by asking how they spent their day. Our guests come here to sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail after a day of exploring the famous Angkor Wat temple. Most of them are so excited about it, they can’t stop sharing their experiences.” When asking Barang for his favorite cocktail he instantly says, “Jungle Bird”. He often recommends this cocktail to his guests as it’s a very refreshing cocktail, with a little bit of a bitter twist. This mix of Rum, Campari, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Fresh Lime Juice and Cane Sugar indeed is a great concoction to enjoy while reminiscing about a wonderful day. Another popular drink is the Canary 75, a combination of Gin, Lemongrass, Cane Sugar, and Prosecco. The blend of Gin with Lemongrass results in such a delightful smell that you want to order a second round even before you’ve actually...
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...