A perfect place to discover the old colonial city of Battambang by the Sangker River, and visit the now famous Phare Ponleu Selpak circus, itself worth the trip. Battambang is also a perfect stopover on your way to or from Thailand.
What to experience?
Au Cabaret Vert (the name takes its inspiration from a famous poem by Rimbaud) is located in the heart of the charming old colonial city of Battambang, the second most important city of the country, 3 hours from Siem Reap on the way to Thailand. Amidst 2,000 m2 of tropical gardens bungalows are spread around a natural pool of pure river water. They are equipped with a king-size bed, bathroom with hot water, TV with international channels, desk, mosquito net, air conditioning, and a private terrace Overlooking the garden where you can enjoy a breakfast while being caressed by the first rays of sunlight. A bungalow has been fitted out for the disabled: wheelchair ramp, wider doors and specially adapted bathroom.
The restaurant offers quality cuisine cooked entirely using local products (from the garden or local market). You can choose Cambodian dishes cooked in accordance with family traditions, or taste French cuisine adapted to local products such as Duck with oranges (Battambang’s oranges are famous). Everything is homemade and delicious. The good news is that the restaurant is open to all!
A stay at Au Cabaret Vert is not complete without a tuk-tuk tour. Their driver will guide you around Battambang and its picturesque surroundings highlighting local craftspeople and NGOs whom they trust. Rental of electric bicycles is also available and they’ve just started cycle tours.
How does it help?
Au Cabaret Vert team (founded by a Franco-Cambodian couple) based their approach on Fair Tourism principles; their aim is to minimise their environmental impact and to develop the local economy. They hire locals who they train for careers in hotel and catering and in French and English. Through their tours they encourage tourists to buy directly from craftworkers: rice paper, rice cakes, wine, fruit juices…
Most purchases are made locally, the furniture was made from legally-cut wood by Battambang carpenters, the rooms’ insulation was conceived to limit the use of air conditioning and geothermal cooling is used, while the tropical garden is maintained with rainwater. An organic garden is being developed and they work with Cintri, a company specialized in waste management.
Finally they support some NGOs that are working on the preservation of natural and cultural heritage: Phare Ponleu Selpak, Komar Rikrey, Mr. Chhoeung School and Library etc. They actively combat the sexual exploitation of human beings, and request an ID from every guest; children (under 18 years old) are not allowed to stay without a parent.
Phoum Okatom 2, Sankat Toul Ta Ek
Tel: 053 656 2000 / 077 331 384