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Flocks of tailorbirds decorate the walls of our twelve 35-square-metre standard double and standard twin rooms. Handcrafted birdcage lights, water hyacinth rugs and a private balcony combine to create a relaxing environment with subtle touches of artisanal Cambodia.

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Room Amenities:

  • Wi-Fi and LAN
  • 42-inch television
  • Cable channel
  • DVD player
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Alarm clock
  • Turndown service
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee press and selected teas
  • Bathtub and separate shower
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safe
  • Iron/ironing board on request.
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • No minimum stay
  • 24:00 hrs Front Desk service

Kingfisher Deluxe

Feather motifs, silhouetted kingfishers, colourful silks and bird-inspired lamps – each crafted with materials from Siem Reap-based fashion designer Eric Raisina and metalwork from local non-profit the Iron Workshop – are among the distinctive features of our ten 45-square-metre Kingfisher Deluxe rooms. Each space includes a private balcony and an in-room seating area, the perfect place for you to sit back and take it all in.

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Room Amenities:

  • Wi-Fi and LAN
  • 42-inch television
  • Cable channel
  • DVD player
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Alarm clock,
  • Turndown service
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee press and selected teas
  • Bathtub and separate shower
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safe
  • Iron/ironing board on request.
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • No minimum stay
  • 24:00 hrs Front Desk service

Sarus Crane Suite

Situated on the top floor of The Aviary, our three luxurious suites celebrate the spectacular and effortlessly elegant Sarus Crane. Each 60-square-metre suite comes complete with a large bedroom, a separate living room area and a private balcony. They are full of natural light and uniquely designed with your comfort in mind.

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Room Amenities:

  • Wi-Fi and LAN
  • 42-inch television
  • Cable channel
  • DVD player
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Alarm clock,
  • Turndown service
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee press and selected teas
  • Bathtub and separate shower
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safe
  • Iron/ironing board on request.
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • No minimum stay
  • 24:00 hrs Front Desk service
  • Free non-alcohol beverage

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5 things you should look out for in your Siem Reap Hotel

Exploring a new place can be a new adventure but where you rest your head for the night can break and make that experience.

In Siem Reap, you can find various forms of accommodation – from budget backpackers hotels that can cost only USD $2-$3 to luxury suites that might be heavy on your wallet. With so many options, how do you know which is the best option for you? Here are 5 things you should always look out for when choosing your Siem Reap Hotel.

 

1) Location

When looking for a hotel in Siem Reap, we recommend that you should look for a place located in the Old Market district stretching from the river to the night markets along Sivutha Blvd. Here, you can find yourself in walking distance to the old market where you can witness locals haggling over prices at the wet markets in the mornings or enjoy the bustling nightlife along the famous Pub Street when the sun sets. Don’t worry too much about staying too far from the Angkor Wat as there are plenty of tuk-tuk drivers that you can engage to take you around the Angkor complex for the whole day!

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap

The Angkor temples may be Siem Reap’s biggest draw, but you can easily get there with a tuk-tuk.

 

2) Fair working conditions for staff

In a country where the median pay is an estimated $80 a month (Worldrenew) , it is important that your Siem Reap hotel you are staying at is providing good and safe working conditions for their staff. This also means that they do not employ minors as this could deprive them from receiving basic education. Although this may be hard for you to identify when booking your hotel, you can scan travel forums or their social media platforms to get a sense of how much they value their staff.

 

3) Bilingual staff

Whether you’re a first-time or returning visitor to Cambodia, the Khmer language can be difficult to grasp. That is why it is important that your Siem Reap Hotel has english-speaking staff that can understand and cater to your needs. More importantly, they should also know the local language as this helps to facilitate easier communication with tuk-tuk drivers and local businesses should you need help communicating with.

Staff at Siem Reap Hotel

English is a common language for business communication in Siem Reap

4) On-site facilities

The facilities you need as a visitor to Siem Reap depends greatly on the purpose of your visit. Ideally, you want your hotel to make you feel just at home with everything you need. If you are travelling with family, you should look for amenities such as a swimming pool or a child-care facility that will allow you spend some quality time as a family. If you are on a business trip, you should look for hotels that provide you with conference rooms and quick internet for easy and mobile working. If you are a traveller looking for a quiet place of refuge from the bustling Siem Reap, keep an eye out for in-house spas and traditional massages that will allow you to relax and wind down after a long day.

Massage at Siem Reap Hotel

Rest and relax after a long day of walking with an in-house span and traditional masseuse

5) True Cambodian Culture

It is also important that your Siem Reap Hotel keeps close to its roots as a hotel in Cambodian. This means offering its signature Khmer hospitality, serving up a variety of Khmer dishes (we guarantee that you’ll love Khmer cuisine!) as well as providing expert and local information for your travel needs in Siem Reap. After all, you are visiting a new place to enjoy and experience a unique and different culture.

Spend an afternoon learning to whip up your favourite Khmer cuisines

Enjoy all that Cambodia cuisine has to offer at your Siem Reap Hotel

Here at The Aviary Hotel, we provide you with comfortable stay and quality service – a relaxing urban oasis in the heart of the beautiful Siem Reap. Book a stay with us today here.

What to do in Siem Reap (after visiting the majestic Angkor Temples)

Although the Angkor Temples was named Top Landmark by Tripadvisor, there’s definitely a lot more that Siem Reap has to offer. Here are some interesting activities you can do to learn more about Khmer culture after you’ve made a trip to the Angkor Temples.

1. FLOAT ALONG THE KOMPONG PHLUK STILT VILLAGE

Experience true village life as you float along the stilted houses of Kompong Phluk located along the great Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. The houses in Kompong Phluk are built on stilts 6-8 high and is home to around 3000 inhabitants.

Watch villagers as they harvest and farm fishes and vegetables while children laugh and play as they take a dip in the river. Don’t be surprised if you see chicken coops and pig stys built on these stilted platforms! As you continue on your tour, you will be introduced to the unique eco-system of the mangrove forest and its unique species of wild-life, you might even spot some rates crab-eating macaques!

Set off on a sampan boat as you discover the wonders of the floating village.

Set off on a sampan boat as you discover the wonders of the floating village.

2. BE ENCHANTED BY APSARA DANCERS

If you’ve been to the Angkor Temples, you’ve definitely seen carvings of beautiful dancers on the walls on the temples. In fact, there are about 1,800 carvings of these goddesses on the Angkor Wat Temple alone. Hindu mythology has it that these figures are Apsaras which were supernatural female beings born to be dancers for the gods. These dancers were youthful, beautiful and elegant and were said to be able to change form at will to seduce gods and men.

This ancient dance form had almost vanished during the period of the Khmer Rogue but was revived by Princess Bopha Devi, daughter of the late Father King Norodom Sihanouk and premier ballerina in the Royal Ballet of Cambodia who went on to popularise the dance form in Cambodia and around the world.

You can now appreciate this intricate dance form at several Siem Reap hotels, theatres and restaurants. Be mesmerised by this traditional art form as dancers adorned with beautiful gold headdresses, silk tunics and skirts move gracefully to the music performed by a pin peat orchestra consisting of traditional xylophones, gongs, drums and cymbals.

3. GET A MONK’S BLESSINGS AT WAT ARANG

In Cambodia where Buddhism is practiced by around 90% of the population, it is a common sight to see monks wrapped in orange cloth chanting their prayers and offering showers of blessings in temples and on the streets.

You too can be part of this sacred Buddhist ritual where you receive blessings of luck and longevity from monks in a temple. Located at Wat Arang Pagoda one hour outside Siem Reap, you will enjoy a scenic ride through the countryside as you make your way to the temple.

There, you can choose from two types of blessings: The first, a shorter ritual where monks chant blessings of good luck and safety followed by light sprinkles of water and the second, a longer ritual involving the pouring of blessed water over your head as the monks give you their their blessings. Not to worry as you will be provided a sarong to change into for the second ritual. The blessing ceremony ends with the tying of a red thread around your wrist to symbolise the completion of the holy ritual.

Monk's blessings in Siem Reap

Take part in a tradition blessing by Monks in Wat Arang Pagoda

4. WHIP UP A STORM AT A TRADITIONAL COOKING CLASS

What better way to experience true Cambodian culture than by learning and sharing the taste of Cambodia with your loved ones back home. Spend an afternoon learning to whip up your favourite Cambodian dish from a learned chef.

Some cooking classes start with a journey through the wet markets of Siem Reap’s old town to purchase your ingredients and spices needed to prepare your dish. Witness the fishmongers prepare fresh fish as shopkeepers and customers haggle over prices of produce. After your tour to the market, head to the kitchen for a step-by-step cooking class on how to prepare famous Cambodian delicacies – fish amok, green curry or Lok Lak. End off your culinary adventure by sampling your freshly-cooked dishes with your fellow chefs.

Many Siem Reap Hotels also have cooking classes available for guests. Ask the hotel reception for more information if you’d like to learn how to cook in the comfort of your hotel.

Spend an afternoon learning to whip up your favourite Khmer cuisines

Spend an afternoon learning to whip up your favourite Khmer cuisines

The Aviary Hotel provides arrangements for a variety of interesting tours and activities for your stay in Siem Reap. Book a stay with us or visit our Excursions Page to find out more.

3 ways you can support Cambodian communities in Siem Reap

In recent years, more tourists are opting for experiences and activities that practice “responsible tourism” – the management of tourism businesses that aims to maximise economic, social and environmental benefits while reducing the cost to the destination.

In Cambodia where over 40% of the population survives under USD$3.10 a day, and where educational opportunities are limited, this rise in responsible tourism can have huge economic and social benefits for Cambodia. There are various non-profit organisations and social enterprises that run activities and attractions for tourists in Cambodia. The contributions from their visits go to providing gainful employment, higher pay and better work conditions for the local community. Many of these organisations also provide free education and training for those with limited access to education and resources.

If you are looking to support the local communities on your visit, here are some interesting, yet meaningful ways you can spend your time in Siem Reap.

 

1. EXPERIENCE CAMBODIAN VILLAGE HOMESTAY IN CHANSOR VILLAGE

With the influx of tourists heading to Siem Reap to visit the majestic Angkor Wat, it is hard to get a taste of what rural Cambodia is like in the city. Thankfully, visitors can now experience a day in the life of a villager with an unforgettable Homestay at Chansor Village organised by Buffalo Tours.

Start your journey with a calming ride on ox-cart into the village where you can take part in a series of activities from farming, cooking and feeding livestock – all under the guidance and company of local villagers. End off the long day with a simple home-cooked meal with a local family.

The beauty of these tours lie in their belief of responsible tourism where they work closely with local communities to ensure that the culture and lifestyles of these villagers are preserved and respected. All tour guides are also locals who are extremely knowledgeable of the history and culture of Cambodia and who are always willing to answer any questions you have about Khmer culture. A home-stay at Chansor community will not only provide you with a once in a lifetime experience of living the simple life in a rural village, but your contributions will also go a long way in supporting the livelihoods of these villagers.

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Ride into the serene Chansor village on an ox-cart with the locals!

You can request a tour directly from their website. Alternatively you can arrange for a tour with Buffalo Tours through the reception at your Siem Reap Hotel.

 

2. WITNESS THE MAKING OF BEAUTIFUL KHMER ART AT ARTISAN D’ANGKOR

If you’re a fan of culture and art, you’ll definitely love a visit to the workshops of Artisans D’Angkor.

Apart from their dedicated to preserve the traditional Khmer skill of silk-making, painting, stone, and wood carving, Artisans D’Angkor aims to provide professional artisan training to individuals in rural Cambodia with limited access to education. Since its inception, Artisans Angkor has opened 42 workshops all over Siem Reap and provides employment to over 1300 people.

Below are two free guided tours where you can learn more about the inspiring mission of Artisans Angkor, appreciate the beauty of Khmer art, and support the local artisans all at the same time.

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Putting the heart in Art – Artisans D’Angkor provides training and gainful employment to over 1300 people.

Free tour of Khmer handicraft workshops

Take a free tour of the main showroom and workshops located just a 2-min walk away from Old Market and Pub Street where you can witness the skilled artists at work as you walk through workshops of wood carving, silver plating and silk painting. The tour ends in the mains showroom where you can view and purchase beautiful art pieces hand-made by local artisans.
Angkor D’Angkor Siem Reap main showroom and workshops
When: Daily, 7.30am to 6.30pm
Where: Stung Thmey street, Siem Reap Downtown
Price: Free
Tel: +855 (0) 89 624 686 / (0) 63 963 330 ext. 210
Workshops available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Khmer

Free tour of Angkor Silk Farms
Ever wondered how silk is made? Let the local guides of Angkor Silk Farm walk you through the intricate process of silk farming. From cultivating mulberry bushes to the preparation of silk threads and the production of silk fabric and accessories, you’ll definitely learn something new at the Angkor Silk Farm. There will also be a large showroom where you can admire and purchase silk products made by the artisans in these silk workshops.
D’Angkor main site (Stung Thmey street, Siem Reap Downtown) from 9.30am and 1.30am daily. If you’d like to head there on your own, you can arrange for a tuk-tuk/car to bring you from your Siem Reap Hotel to Angkor Silk Farm in Pouk district.
Angkor Silk Farm
When: Daily, 8.00am to 5.00pm – boutique closes at 5.30pm
Where: Pouk District (20 mins from Siem reap downtown)
Price: Free
Tel: +855 (0) 99 555 1093.
3. BE WOWED BY THE TALENT AT PHARE CIRCUS

A ‘must-see’ on the list of things to do in Siem Reap, this circus has been rated the top non-temple attraction you should visit, for good reason.A project by social enterprise Phare Ponleu Selpak Association (PPS) (http://pharecircus.org/about-us/our-social-mission/), the performances blend traditional circus acts like juggling and contortionism with modern dance forms and Khmer culture.These uniquely Cambodian performances are entirely performed and created by local artists with themes inspired by their personal experiences.

The parent organisation, PPS was formed 20 years ago by an Art teacher and his 8 students after the fall of the Khmer Rogue. Their goal was to provide healing and solace through the joy of art to the underprivileged children of Battambang. They currently run a public school attended by 1,200 daily as well as alternative schools such as the circus school where performers in the Phare circus were trained.

Spend an meaningful evening being entertained by these talented performers of the Phare Cambodian Circus, it’ll be a night you won’t forget.

Phare the Cambodian Circus
When: Daily, Performances start at 7:30pm and gates open at 7:00pm
Where:Comaille Road, behind Angkor National Museum
Price:
Preferred Reserved Seating (Section A) – Adult (age 12+) : US$35 / Children (age 5-11) : $18 (Reserved seating in the front three rows with complimentary water and gift from Phare Boutique
Preferred Open Seating (Section B) – Adult (age 12+) : US$25 / Children (age 5-11) : US$17 (Open seating in the rear three rows of the middle section)
General Open Seating (Section C) – Adult (age 12+) : US$18 / Children (age 5 – 11) : $US10 (Open seating in the two side sections. Some views are partially obstructed by support poles)
All contributions to the circus go to providing free education and gainful employment to these Cambodian artists.
Tel: +855 (0) 15 499 480 & +855 (0) 92 225 320
E-mail: ticketing@pharecambodiancircus.org

You may purchase your tickets online or at the performance venue from 8.00am to 8.30pm. You may also reserve a spot through your Siem Reap Hotel, tickets and travel agents.