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Sala Bai is a non profit hotel and restaurant vocational training centre offering accommodation with air-conditioning. It is managed by the French NGO Agir Pour Le Cambodge.

Since 2002, Sala Bai Hotel School has trained more than 700 students offering the chance for young disadvantaged Cambodians the opportunity to learn key hospitality skills. This chance enables them to secure a future for themselves and their families.

The students' vocational training is provided for free and you, their guests, get to experience the training at first hand. It is not just a room or meal - it's a meal with a purpose, a room that brings opportunity and the smile of life changing education.

Sala Bai aims to promote sustainable tourism in Cambodia and aid to the reduction of poverty.

The suite at Sala Bai has been described as 'the best value for money you will find in the whole of Asia', but it's only one and it tends to be booked early so make sure to book well in advance...

Please note that Sala Bai will operate with limited services during exam periods (from mid July to mid October) and public holidays. Visits to the school are, however, still available upon request.

Your hosts at Sala Bai are the students who are training at the school. This is truly a unique experience. Not only do you get to meet young Cambodians getting the chance to learn new skills, but by staying at or visiting Sala Bai, you are helping to make this training a reality for them. As they come from disadvantaged backgrounds, it is only through schools like this that these students can learn. The students are keen, friendly and ehthusiastic to try out their skills and the students will make their utmost so this will be a memorable part of your visit to Siem Reap.

Caring for Destination

This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.

Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:

Provides a hospitality training school for underprivileged local young.

Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:

Sala Bai Hotel and Restaurant School is a free hospitality training school for underprivileged young, established and run by the French NGO "Agir Pour Le Cambodge."

Sala Bai offers students aged between 17 and 23 years a choice of four training programs: Housekeeping, Kitchen, Restaurant or Reception. Upon completion of the eleven month course, the successful students receive a diploma signed by both Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, and Ministry of Tourism.

Sala Bai opened in October 2002. Each year the school offers around 100 unprivileged students free hospitality education. Upon completion of the course Sala Bai helps each individual student with job placement, and if necessary post training.

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