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There's lots for gay and lesbian travelers to adore in Cam. Here are some of the charms to be discovered on your next weekend getaway or extended tropical holiday...
Romantic, gay-run boutique hotels for every budget. Inexpensive foodie thrills, from Khmer fusion fine dining to the handsome grilled banana vendor's cart. A thriving arts, crafts and fashion scene splashing vivid colors across glossy magazines and runways around the globe. Rainbow travel services and tour guides to show you the ancient wonders of Angkor Wat. Responsible eco-tours to remote ruins and forests while viewing wildlife and interacting with locals in rural, community-building projects. A relaxed, no-hustle selection of gay-run bars, gyms, saunas, and spas to add just the right amount of fun and fitness to the laid-back local lifestyle. Super cheap flights on budget airlines to connect you to many of Southeast Asia's heritage cities. And, the tolerant and kind Khmer people who work so hard to make your holiday relaxed and trouble-free.
Hotel Be Angkor
plus Linga Bar and Linga Spa
are the triple scoop of Siem Reap's gay scene
. Linga Bar is HQ for visiting GLBT, local gay expats, queer Khmer and friendly straights who appreciate the party vibe, funtastic libations, and chilled-out lounge ambience. Opposite is Linga Spa, a modern and private facility for gay men offering a full range of spa treatments in beautiful, calm privacy. Stylish Hotel Be offers outstanding boutique accommodation in the same location. Just three private rooms, each showcasing the work of a different local artist. A Conde Nast Traveler Hot Hotel.
Manor House Phnom Penh
is popular with gay travelers and expats who enjoy its relaxed, secure and private environment in the heart of the capital city. There are always fascinating conversations going on at the gorgeous swimming pool and bar in a quiet garden setting
. Twelve spacious rooms with aircon, cable TV, mini-bar, tea and coffee service and western-style bathrooms with shower and some with full baths. Free Wi-Fi throughout. Complimentary breakfast daily by the pool. Exceptionally friendly and well-trained Khmer staff are a main reason guests return again and again. Airport transfers, air and bus tickets around Cambodia can be arranged. Their tuk-tuk
drivers are trustworthy and knowlegable about the gay scene. Women-friendly.
Miss Wong Cocktail Bar (friend Miss Wong on Facebook) is Siem Reap's gender-blending hipster cocktail habitat. The cherry-red lanterns that dangle from the doorway beckon passersby to slip into one of the intimate leather booths for a taste of vintage Shanghai. The fabulous interior is part hard-boiled Chinatown, part knowing wink to retro oriental kitsch. The cute staff, thirst-quenching cocktails and conversation-friendly volume of the music make this arty bar wonderfully cozy and romantic. All of the town's hip, gay expats hang here at some point during the week. Owner and bon vivant, Dean, is one of Siem Reap's wonders. You will no doubt be drawn back again and again to the magic spell of Miss Wong.
Nita by Vo Luxury Boutique Hotel
is a gorgeous, gay-owned luxury boutique resort located at the edge of the Ankor Forrest (the closest hotel to Angkor Wat). All 16 rooms have luxury appointments, smart TVs, king beds, and free Wi-fi. The rooftop pool (open 24 hours) and bar offer spectacular panoramic views across the city and jungle
. Only a short tuk-tuk
ride to the downtown nightlife. All day dining and 24-hour reception. A perfect choice for enjoying peace and serenity adjacent to Angkor Wat's world wonders.
The Rambutan Resort Siem Reap and Rambutan Hotel Siem Reap
are centrally located in a quiet lane, only two minutes walk from downtown Siem Reap. The two hotels cater for the independent traveler looking for luxurious tropical hideaways
. The buildings reflect the local pagoda-style architecture with central courtyards encompassing lush tropical gardens, swimming pools and sun deck chairs to relax in after visiting the magnificent Angkor temples. Rooms overlook the garden and pool and are equipped with outdoor private bathtubs and splash showers. A substantial breakfast is included. Airport transfers and all tour needs are easily arranged. Gay-owned and managed, they are proud to rank at the top of Cambodia's boutique accommodation choices. They have also opened a new hotel, Rambutan Resort
, in Phnom Penh in 2013.
in Siem Reap, an upscale boutique hotel, is quite literally a masterpiece of Asian modernist architecture and design. Created by acclaimed architect, Bill Bensley, it showcases 39 luxurious contemporary hotel rooms and public spaces inspired by unearthly Angkor. This exceptional resort enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting nearby the Royal Palace grounds
and is just a short tuk-tuk
ride from the magnificent temples at Angkor Wat. Soak up every detail of this brilliant and inspiring complex, whether lounging by the glittering pool, dining in the fine restaurants or melting away your cares in the spa.
The Station Wine Bar
in Siem Reap offers the best wine list in Cambodia with over 100 wines
, many by the glass and at very affordable prices. This combined with relaxing music and an intimate atmosphere makes it the perfect place for an "After Temples" drink and to meet your special friend. The popular show on Friday and Saturday nights is jam-packed, fun and entertaining. Drop by for a cocktail or glass of wine and find out why locals and visitors alike adore The Station Wine Bar!
Within the five star Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
enjoy the comfort, elegance and superb refinement of the French Art de Vivre
in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquility. The Hotel has been designed to be in total harmony
with its natural surroundings and is enchantingly situated in the heart of Siem Reap, opposite the Royal Park. The Hotel is located within close proximity to World Heritage listed Angkor Temples, the quaint old market town of Siem Reap and only 7km (4.3 miles) from the International Airport.
is a gay-owned oasis whose gorgeous and understated Cambodia Cool design is as much a showpiece as its refined Khmer home cooking
. Specialities include chicken satay, green bean salad, yahorn
, and roast chicken. Beautiful urban garden setting and romantic atmosphere. Recently added 2-story addition is super stylish and the perfect setting for birthdays or private parties. The all-male service staff are gorgeous and friendly. Moderately priced food and drinks, good selection of cocktails and wines. Drop by for lunch or dinner.
Discover the beauty of a warm Khmer welcome. You're sure to Adore Cambodia!
For more information on the gay scene in Cambodia, please visit Utopia's Cambodia listings.
Big Smiles at Pink Dot Singapore 2014 (photo by Lim Yew Kuan).