Lavender hair at Le Meridien Angkor Wat, Siem Reap! Luxury hotel & restaurants closest to Cambodian temples.

Le Méridien angkor wat hotel gardens

Cambodia has fascinated me for ages. I dreamed of exploring the mysterious temple of Angkor Wat, and experiencing the warm culture I’d heard so much about.

Finally, I got to travel here thanks to the new HK Express flight route! This airline has low-cost fares from Hong Kong directly to Siem Reap, where the temples are found.

At Le Méridien Angkor hotel, I got a grand introduction to Cambodian hospitality. Passionfruit, smiling elephant statues, bodhi trees… Let’s start the journey right here.

lavender hair color, dyed hair

I got quite a few comments on my Instagram (@lacarmina) about this outfit of the day — and new lavender hair color! I’m wearing a Bohemian kimono by Pylo.

The label name stands for “Pursue Your Life’s Obsessions” — a message I can get behind, as it sums ups my travel approach. Pylo has a fantastic selection of Gothic-Gypsy fashion, including this crescent moon necklace and black lace bell-bottoms.

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OUTFIT DETAILSMichi top † White  tulle skirtLinda Farrow sunglassesMetallic sneakers

I’m wearing this exact crop top by Michi, a designer activewear company. Michi makes all types of dark sports fashion such as this top with sheer panels, and colorblocked sports bra (currently on major sale — more below).

le meridien angkor swimming pool

I paired it with a long white tulle skirt that made me feel like a ballet dancer. Here’s a similar skirt with black hearts on it — so pretty.

luxury boutique hotel siem reap cambodia

We loved the artistic feeling of Le Meridien Angkor, a Starwood property. The hotel is modern design meets classic Khmer, especially the lush gardens dotted with Hindu statues. 

lobby, Le Méridien starwood siem reap

It was remarkably easy to get to Siem Reap from Hong Kong. We flew direct on HK Express and the trip only took 2.5 hours. Le Meridien sent a van to the airport to pick us up, and the drive to the hotel was a short 15 minutes.

From the minute we walked into the spacious lobby, we knew that this would be a peaceful stay. I liked the dramatic Cambodian lanterns, and stuffed bears for charity.

cambodian fruit plate, passionfruit

After a flight, it’s a relief to munch on fresh fruit. I discovered a new “passion for passionfruit,” and also couldn’t stop eating their fresh baked eclairs and croissants.

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The staff of Le Meridien Angkor comes from international backgrounds, and they went above and beyond to make us feel at home. Director of marketing Dennis arranged a private temple tour for us, and helped us find out more about Buddhist yantra tattooing (where a monk performs a blessing).

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We enjoyed strolling in the hotel’s beautiful tropical gardens. At night, the rows of trees light up.

My witchy-wizard outfit — rings, moon necklace, long boho robe — are all from Pylo.

ganesha elephant fountain, cambodia

Water flows from the trunks of Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god, in this courtyard fountain.

round blue sunglasses

Cambodia is humid year round, and there can be mosquitoes — so I wore this Michi crop top, and loose layers over it. 

romantic 5-star hotel angkor wat

We all had spacious bedrooms, with a deep bathtub and classic wood shutters. I got to catch up on work using their fast WiFi, while taking in a view of the pool and gardens.

review le meridien angkor wat

My friend John Skeleton and I appreciated the location of Le Meridien — it’s as close as you can stay to the temples. The famous Angkor Wat is less than a 10 minute drive away.

(Address:  Vithei Khum Svay Dang Kum, Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap 17259, Cambodia)

cambodia gardens, siem reap trees

We loved how we could go to see the sunrise, and then easily come back for coffee and breakfast. Le Meridien Angkor was also located naer the historic Siem Reap district, night market, Pub Street and other attractions (I’ll show you in an upcoming post.)

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Trekking around Angkor Wat was a bit draining, especially with the humidity. We were glad we could always pop back into to the hotel to pick up equipment, shower and change our clothes.

white ballet dress tulle skirt

Le Meridien felt like a temple itself, with blossoming lotuses and Khmer-style pools.

pylo moon bohemian witch rings

(Wearing Pylo stacked silver rings, which come in mystical shapes).

lavender hairstyle, pastel goth hair colour

I’ve wanted to dye my hair lavender for a while, and did it before this trip. My new haircolor happened to match these floating lotuses!

My stylist, Stephanie Hoy of Stratosphere Hair, did a purple light-to-dark ombre fade with Bettie Page short curved bangs. She twisted front sections into pin curls, for a retro explorer feel.

cambodia hotel outdoor swimming pool

John went for a dip in the stunning outdoor swimming pool. It has a Tomb Raider feeling (appropriate, since the movie was shot at Ta Prohm temple).

le meridien angkor spa

I have so many photos from our Angkor Wat excursion to share with you next.

long black kimono robe

(Photography by Sniper Chau and Ken Yuen — and video coming soon too.)

goth scene lavender purple hair

Thanks to Pylo for the bohemian-wizard fashion, which made me feel a bit like a Goth Sailor Moon.

metallic shiny creeper sneakers

I wore metallic, shiny creepers from Hong Kong — they are similar to these Acne sneakers.

philip lim linda farrow sunglasses

My round blue sunglasses are by Linda Farrow. She has a marvelous collection of cat eye sunglasses.

italian desserts, l'angelo le meridien

I leave you with a glimpse of the outstanding meals we had at Le Meridien Angkor! I’m still thinking about the Khmer pumpkin curry and spiced salads we had at their Cambodian Angkor Royal Café, and my daily breakfasts of passionfruit and yogurt.

l'angelo italian restaurant siem reap

However, our most memorable dinner was at l’Angelo Italian restaurant, headed by French chef Nicolas Rouleau. He served us the best pastas and Italian dishes I’ve had all year, along with an impressive selection of wines and cocktails.

cambodia top bests restaurants, angkor wat

At l’Angelo, traditional Italian recipes get modern, French touches. I ate up every last bite of this balsamic risotto with duck breast and parmesan. 

The osso bucco, eggplant parmigiana, and spiced penne were also masterfully prepared.

desserts siem reap cambodia

We enjoyed the relaxed, contemporary look of the dining space. And how was dessert? The photos speak for themselves — fresh, tangy, inventive. 

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If you have limited time in Siem Reap, it’s especially worth staying at Le Méridien Angkor. This oasis is conveniently located by the temples, and you can enjoy local food, spa and culture right inside.

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A curtsy to Ganesha, and to the hotel staff for making our stay an absolute pleasure. Coming up next — my travel diary of Angkor Wat!

What do you think of Cambodia so far? Did you enjoy my Outfit of the Day?

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OUTFIT DETAILSMichi top † Tulle skirtLinda Farrow sunglassesMetallic sneakers



  1. AngelFace
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    (◡‿◡✿) pretty hair and flowers

  2. Managaka
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    A great tour!

  3. Ekicabe
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 3:25 am | Permalink


  4. sabra
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    cute you :)

  5. Easton
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    <3 <3 posibly favorite outfit of u yet.

  6. Alahh
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Amazing Magical Girl

  7. Varis
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    Wooow. Thx for sharing!!

  8. Barber
    Posted December 12, 2015 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Next week, Cambodia!

  9. Hal
    Posted December 12, 2015 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    <3 <3

  10. Samantha
    Posted December 12, 2015 at 9:15 pm | Permalink


  11. James
    Posted December 12, 2015 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Love that!

  12. lacarmina
    Posted December 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm | Permalink


  13. Didymus
    Posted December 13, 2015 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    that outfit! Hope your having a great time!

  14. Banes
    Posted December 13, 2015 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    LOVE and happy christmas

  15. Ashley
    Posted December 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    your hair is amazeeeee

  16. Bart
    Posted December 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Happy Holidays

  17. Art Vixen
    Posted December 14, 2015 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Yes, keep the color! It’s beautiful!

  18. lady .nancy
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Wow beautiful pics!


  19. Roy
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 8:22 pm | Permalink


  20. Marco
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    simply awesone.. as usual… m/

  21. Warren Brown
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    The essence of life.

  22. Tiffany o
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Love that shade on you.

  23. Wendy
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    it’s a gorgeous color!^_^

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