As I had managed to squeeze in a couple of extra days off, I decided to combine my Bangkok trip with a couple of nights back in Siem Reap, in order to catch up with friends and to bring back some household items I had left there, until I had managed to settle myself into life in Yangon.
Whilst there are no end of hotels and guest houses to stay at in Siem Reap my decision was easy and I was thrilled to finally be able to make time to stay at the Baby Elephant Boutique, something I had planned to do in the form of a staycation before I moved to Yangon, yet had never quite found the time in which to do so.
The staff at the hotel emailed me to confirm my flight details and arrange my airport pick up within minutes of me making my online booking and when the time came, I was met at the airport by a lovely friendly tuk tuk driver. Everyone should be made to travel via tuk tuk from the airport into town when arriving in order to fully take in the surroundings and the sheer energy of this lovely little town that has totally stolen my heart!
After a very friendly welcome, and efficient, speedy, check in, I was given a short tour of the property and escorted up to my top floor room so I could freshen up before grabbing a late lunch (those 7am flights are never fun, especially with a stop over in DMK airport which surely has some of the worst F&B offerings of any Asian airport) in their poolside restaurant.
I was thoroughly impressed with how spacious and comfy my room was! In addition to a huge double bed (with two gorgeous towel elephants!) there was a lovely lounge area , perfect for catching up on some holiday reading, as well as writing desk, plenty of cupboard space and a wash basin & mirror – perfect for using to do my (minimal) make up in. The bathroom was also of a good size (seriously they could have put 2 rooms in the space that my room occupied and still have had plenty of space) and had a fantastic raindrop shower which was extremely welcome after my sorry attempt for a shower at home!
The poolside restaurant was a great spot for a late lunch and happy hour cocktails; my veggie burger was huge and I liked the flavour combinations of all the different veggies they used, breakfast the following day was similarly good. Service throughout the hotel was lovely and genuinely friendly and I enjoyed talking with Ili, Adam and Carmel, the owners, who were the perfect hosts and went out of their way to ensure I was comfortable during my stay.
Location wise, whilst the Baby Elephant is not right in the centre of town, it is really conveniently located for travelling in and around Siem Reap, tuk tuks were available within a matter of minutes upon asking the staff for help and it took around 5 minutes to reach Pub Street – really no time at all! They also have bicycles that you can “hire” for a small charity donation should you be feeling more energetic or it is an interesting walk, just minutes away from the riverside.
The staff are also able to assist in booking guides for temple tours, as well as recommending activities, bars and restaurants to visit with minimal fuss and a huge smile on their faces!
I really enjoyed my two nights stay and found the hotel and environment wonderfully relaxing, friendly and comfortable and I would not hesitate to stay there again next time I go back to Siem Reap. Since my stay in early July, I have sent another friend there and she was equally enthralled with her Baby Elephant experience so you know that great service us something they are offering consistently, which is vital to me when choosing where to spend my precious holidays!
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
+855 77 769 126