One of the most elegant places for a drink in Siem Reap has to be the Conservatory at the historic Singapore-run Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
The Conservatory is bright, spacious and commands a nice view of the hotel’s pool.
My choice of cocktail was the Airavata (rum, Crème de Banana, lime juice, fresh coconut juice, and Malibu) which was served in a vessel which represented the mythical white elephant ridden by Indra, the Hindu King of Gods.
My partner’s cocktail was the Grand D’Angkor Sling (gin, pineapple juice, pandan & galangal syrup, Cointreau, cherry brandy, tamarind and lime juice).
Cocktails are served with a variety of traditional Cambodian dried snacks: dried banana chips and rice rusks.
The Conservatory also served a deluxe version of the ubiquitous Cambodian street-side snack: the Nom Peng sandwich, accompanied by French fries and chruck (pickled carrots & jicama).
The friendly doorman, Thoeun, stood at over 6 feet 4 inches, and is the tallest Cambodian I’d met all week here.
The Conservatory, Grand Hotel d’Angkor
1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Cambodia
Tel: +855 63 963 888
Operating hours: 7.00am to 11.00pm, daily.