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.
ANJALI By Syphon is a gorgeous gay and lesbian-friendly luxury boutique hotel just a short hop from the airport, Angkor's magnificent ruins, as well as Siem Reap's bustling shopping and nightlife. Elevate your stay in their tranquil, hidden green oasis, peacefully designed for harmony with nature and shaped by the local culture. 29 rooms, including their strikingly beautiful modern suites. Lesbian-managed and especially welcoming to women. Their philosophy is "respect is our prime value." Lovely restaurant and bar lounge. High tea served all day.
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.
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.
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.