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23 Aug 2014

New gay boutique hotel opens in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A gay boutique hotel in the Cambodian capital exclusively designed for men has been opened in the heart of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

“Not only are we gay-friendly, but we are a men-only hotel,” says the hotel’s press release which appeared in arthurandpaul.com and which urged patrons to visit Cambodia’s first ever hotel for “a 100% male gay adventure.”

The hotel that uses a renovated 1930’s building in the chic Boeung Keng Kang district of Phnom Penh comes with a spa open daily from 5pm until midnight, a sauna and Jacuzzi, a swimming pool and a bar and restaurant

The hotel with a 70s design and ten bedrooms with free broadband high speed Internet access is located in the well known Pasteur Street known for its eateries and is just a five minutes tuk-tuk ride to the Central Market, the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the Sisowath Quay along the Mekong River.

Its rooms are named after some famous and glamorous gay couples and personalities: Jules and Jim, Yves and Pierre, Pierre and Gilles, Kola Botom, Mika, Stefano and Domenico, Ricky and Carlos, Jean and Jean, Tom and Richard, Elton and David.

“Our goal is for you to be lulled by the soul of the passionate relationship that the two famous French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine used to share,” it said. The hotel is named Arthur and Paul after the couple whose” love inspired the style” and set its tone.

The hotel is the latest fillip for the local LGBT community that is just beginning to get socially accepted judging by the several openly LGBT bars that operate freely in Phnom Penh. Only three years ago, same-sex marriage was prohibited under Cambodian law.

Same-sex relations are also legal and the country’s dominant religion, Buddhism, does not teach that same-sex relations is wrong but the Buddhist cultural tolerance of LGBT people has yet to advance among the population.

Harassment and discrimination still occurs and there is also intense social pressure to marry and raise a family.

Cambodia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activists are urging their government for amendments codifying full equality under the law regardless of sexual orientation.

Reader's Comments

1. 2014-08-23 14:32  
Five years after MEN's Resort & Spa (www.mens-resort.com), the first gay hotel in Cambodia...

welcome to that new gay hotel !!!

http://www.fridae.asia/directory/mens/1982
Comment edited on 2014-08-25 16:16:40
2. 2014-08-23 18:32  
gay should also know on How Few Religion to Raise fund, Money and get Power
This is equality in front of God because Religion and Hollybook are not God.
Some people Claiming that what is written in Hollybooks are from God
for equality, you may also Claim that what written out of Hollybooks are God voice.

- I met one straight man said : anything that Good is from God
Here I found that many people that religious or having Religions are Sinful
Mean that Religion can be insulted by something Sin or wrong or Satan.
In other word: Religion is not Good because those who have Religion can be sinful and made wrong.
So, Religion/Hollybook is not from God.
Because God can not be insulted by Sin or wrong .
What God creation is not wrong and God creation can not be interfered by something wrong.
Comment #3 was deleted by its author on 2014-08-24 17:22
4. 2014-08-24 17:22  
Please enlighten me......why do we make such a fuss over having a "men only" hotel?

I've lived and worked in Cambodia, and I still visit quite often, always feeling that it's been more than "tolerant" -- it's been very gay-friendly.

Why do we need to isolate ourselves from others who are part of a larger community?

For many years, the gay-owned/gay-operated Golden Banana in Siem Reap was mixed, yet it was always a comfortable place to meet and enjoy a diverse group of travelers.
5. 2014-09-02 02:23  
Some men enjoy the occasional men-only atmosphere. Why criticize them for that?

I've never been to a men-only hotel and I'd probably never stay at one. But I accept the fact that some people do like them -- for whatever reason. I don't judge. :-)

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