Hanuman Teams Up with Backstreet Academy

November 11th, 2016

Hanuman Travel has teamed up with peer-to-peer experiential travel provider Backstreet Academy to offer some new experiences in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Backstreet Academy homepage

Backstreet Academy homepage

Backstreet Academy has been cited by the BBC, National Geographic, The Guardian and Forbes for its original workshops with local characters from around the region and with Hanuman Travel’s penchant for original experiences with unique personalities we couldn’t help but take an interest. Choose from anything to wood and stone carving lessons to pencil and watercolour painting classes at the temples of Angkor. Classes in kickboxing are available, as well as the traditional Cambodian martial art of Bokator.

From the inception of Backstreet Academy as a social enterprise in Kathmandu, Nepal, the founders have promoted profit making and social impact hand-in-hand. Check out some of their original experiences in 10 countries across Asia at https://www.backstreetacademy.com/

HanumanAlaya Colonial House Opens to Guests

October 31st, 2016

The HanumanAlaya Group of properties has recently expanded with the 1 November 2016 opening of the HanumanAlaya Colonial House in Siem Reap.

HanumanAlaya Colonial House

HanumanAlaya Colonial House

Located in a secluded village district of Siem Reap, it is one of the closest hotels to the majestic temple of Angkor Wat. Set in a contemporary villa built in the colonial-era style, it combines colonial chic in a contemporary boutique. There are 11 guest rooms set across an attractive cluster of buildings in this quiet retreat.

HanumanAlaya Colonial House Double Room

HanumanAlaya Colonial House Double Room

Facilities include a swimming pool, a restaurant and a well-stocked bar. Spa services are also available on demand in garden salas or private rooms via the Sita Spa team.

Swimming pool at HanumanAlaya Colonial House

Swimming pool at HanumanAlaya Colonial House

The decoration is very much in keeping with the other popular properties in the family, including HanumanAlaya Villa and HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence, the latter currently undergoing a major renovation and expansion.

Relax at HanumanAlaya Colonial House

Relax at HanumanAlaya Colonial House

For more on rates and availability, visit the website at www.colonialhouse.hanumanalaya.com or contact our Sales Team on sales@hanumantourism.com.

Lounge at HanumanAlaya Colonial House

Lounge at HanumanAlaya Colonial House

Images of HanumanAlaya Colonial House taken by photographer Birnard Regis.

Cambodia’s Sam Veasna Center a finalist for 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards

August 30th, 2016

It has been announced that Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation (SVC) is one of just 13 finalists up for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards at the World Travel Market in London in November 2016, putting Cambodia firmly on the global map for bird and wildlife ecotourism.

Gibbons in Cambodia

Gibbons in Cambodia

Hanuman has worked with SVC for more than a decade now, sending visitors to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, Ang Trapeang Thmor, Tmatboey and new wildlife sites such as Seima Protected Forest in Mondulkiri. Hanuman congratulates SVC on this nomination and looks forward to a continued close relationship in promoting the wildlife of Cambodia as a sustainable model to flora and fauna in the kingdom.

SVC is entered for the ‘Best Contribution to Wildlife Conservation’ award, highlighting the key role that ecotourism can have in preserving wildlife and habitats in Cambodia and around the world.
SVC has successfully made it through the most rigorous tourism Awards judging process and is now in contention to be globally awarded for its contribution to wildlife conservation. Innovation, inspiration and repeatable models were key criteria for this year’s finalists and SVC’s unique approach, working closely with WCS Cambodia, of conservation through community based ecotourism has been celebrated for the clear conservation success it has shown.

Cambodia is home to unique habitats and species that have all but vanished across Southeast Asia and has some of the world’s most threatened birds and wildlife, including critically endangered species such as Giant Ibis, 3 vulture species, numerous primates, Asian Elephants and the emblematic Eld’s Deer. Species that can only be seen with SVC. By taking birding and wildlife safaris throughout Cambodia and working closely with rural and indigenous communities in the most vulnerable habitats, SVC and conservation partner the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have been able to measure the stabilisation and growth of critically endangered species, and a reduction in deforestation. The SVC model for eco-tourism both directly incentivizes conservation in communities by paying a fee to the community when certain wildlife are seen, as well as training and employing community members as guides and ecotourism service providers.

SVC Director, Johnny Orn says: “Being recognised in this way puts Cambodia on the world map for its incredible birding and wildlife tourism – not something Cambodia is traditionally famous for. It also highlights the importance of ecotourism in Cambodia and the success for conservation achieved through responsible tourism. The more tourists who come to see our wildlife in a responsible way, the more of that wildlife that can be protected, and the more communities can directly benefit.”

Dr Ross Sinclair, WCS’s Country Director says: “Being a finalist in the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards is recognition of the quality and impact of SVC’s ecotourism products. By partnering with a conservation NGO like WCS to ensure there are conservation outcomes, and working with communities to ensure livelihood benefits, SVC are a world class example of responsible tourism.”

Sam Veasna Centre is a Cambodian wildlife conservation NGO sustaining Cambodia’s wildlife and communities through ecotourism, running wildlife viewing trips with exclusive access to Wildlife Conservation Society sites across Cambodia. The goal is to provide an alternative sustainable livelihood from ecotourism for the local communities at priority sites for conservation. In return for the income and employment received they are asked to sign no hunting and land use agreements, which are monitored by Ministries of Environment and Forestry patrol teams advised by WCS. SVC now works with 8 communities around the country.

The funds generated from ecotourism go back into community, conservation projects and ecotourism development creating a ‘local environmentally sustainable economy’. SVC’s unique collaborative approach has been held up by the Government of Cambodia as a model of successful community based ecotourism in protected areas which can be replicated across the country.

By investing in communities SVC has reduced, and in some cases, reversed species and habitat degradation by providing a sustainable livelihood option that reduces rural poverty, and SVC’s Environmental Education Training (EET) is teaching the next generation of Cambodians about the importance of conservation.

Come to Cambodia in the Green Season

July 1st, 2016

We recommend you come to Cambodia in the Green Season. We list below a few reasons why coming to this beautiful country in what is considered the low season, but what we like to call the Green Season, is a great time to visit.

Rice harvesting in Kratie

Rice harvesting in Kratie

  • A temple to yourselves. Angkor is considerably quieter in the green season, which is great for visiting the temples. Most of the big tour groups have vanished, the temples are often deserted, especially early in the mornings and even the Bayon and Angkor Wat are quiet. If you head out to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea you will not see many other tourists at all and our guides can take you to some lesser known temples like the isolated Ta Nei where you may be lucky to see some recently released Gibbons in the vicinity of the temple.
  • The scenery. Cambodia is at its most beautiful in the green season. The rice paddies are gorgeously green and verdant, the moats and barays near the temples are full and when conditions are just right, you can expect spectacular sunsets.
  • It’s cooler. The rains break up the heat, it’s easier to explore and spend longer at each site and for much of the time it is still cloudless and sunny in the mornings.
  • Value for money. Cambodia is pretty unbeatable value for money compared to most other destinations, but in the green season, we offer seriously competitive rates and lots of special offers, including half price hotel rooms.
  • The Tonle Sap Lake. The green season is the best time to visit the floating villages of Kompong Pluk and Kompong Khleang. Water levels are getting higher, making it much easier to navigate through the villages by boat. Travel in June and July and see the water levels rising, but still appreciate the height of the bamboo skyscraper houses on stilts. Visit in August and September and the water levels completely flood the mangroves, which is a beautiful sight and it laps at the front steps of the stilted houses.
  • Flights. They are much cheaper in the spring and summer months, both from the United Kingdom and Europe, and internally within Cambodia.
  • Pick of the very best guides. Our tour guides are not as rushed off their feet as they are in the high season, so take a look at our customer feedback and request the guides who appeal to you.
  • A second visit? Many first time visitors travel to Cambodia in the high season. The country takes on a different look and feel in the green season. The landscape changes, the Mekong River reverses its flow into the Tonle Sap Lake which expands, and there are less tourists. It’s a perfect time to return and visit some new and interesting areas like Battambang, Kampot, Kep, Kratie and even venture up to Mondulkiri in the Northeast.

So there you have it, 8 great reasons to visit Cambodia now. Contact the Hanuman sales team for the special offers and competitive rates we will be happy to provide.

BBC Travel Show Rides the ‘Bamboo Train’

April 30th, 2016

Presenter Henry Golding and the Travel Show team were recently in Cambodia for the BBC and explored the country with Hanuman Travel.

As well as riding the new passenger trains which operate from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville via Kampot, the team also went on the rails in Battambang to try the ‘Bamboo Train. Check out this video to learn more about this unique form of transport in Northwest Cambodia.

 

All Aboard: On the Rails in Phnom Penh

March 30th, 2016

Royal Railways of Cambodia is set to launch the first passenger services in the kingdom for more than a decade over Khmer New Year. The Hanuman Travel team had an exclusive early look at the new carriages on a ride out of Phnom Penh. 

Royal Railways Cambodia VIP Carriage

Royal Railways Cambodia VIP Carriage

 

The Southern Line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville via Takeo and Kampot has been completely overhauled and freight services have already been running up and down the line for a couple of years. Passenger services will be launched on 9 April 2016 with fares ranging from US$3 to US$6 depending on the class and destination. The trains will be slow, taking about five hours to Kampot and eight hours to Sihanoukville, but the railway passes through some beautiful countryside in Kampot Province that is not seen from the highway.

Hanuman Travel Team aboard the Royal Railways train

Hanuman Travel Team aboard the Royal Railways train

Some of the Hanuman team had never travelled on a train before, as services have been suspended for so long and were traditionally not considered safe due to old track and occasional derailments. Now the line is in good shape and the old royal railway carriage of King Norodom has been rehabilitated as a VIP coach for charter. Hanuman is planning to create some unique steam train itineraries for rail enthusiasts and special interest groups. Watch this space and many thanks to John Guiry and the Royal Railways team for making this exclusive experience possible.

The view from the driver's seat on Royal Railways

The view from the driver’s seat on Royal Railways

 

The Royal Railways of Cambodia carriages before refurbishment

The Royal Railways of Cambodia carriages before refurbishment

Keep up with Hanuman Travel on Social Media

February 8th, 2016

To keep up with the latest news from Hanuman Travel in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam, check out our social media platforms, including a Facebook page, Twitter account and Youtube channel.

Hanuman Travel on Twitter

Hanuman Travel on Twitter

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Apsara Authority launches new ‘Code of Conduct’

January 19th, 2016

Apsara Authority, the body responsible for the management of the majestic temples of Angkor near Siem Reap, has issued a new ‘Code of Conduct’ for visitors. 

This follows a spate of incidents involving travellers and tourists, including the taking of naked selfies at some temples and the damage of a sacred Buddha statue at Bayon.

Below is the new ‘Code of Conduct’ in full. It is also available in Khmer, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and French.

Angkor Code of Conduct

Angkor Code of Conduct

 

 

 

New Opening Hours at the Temples of Angkor

December 16th, 2015
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

There has been some confusion as to the implementation of new opening hours at the Temples of Angkor, due to come into effect on 1 January 2016. Hanuman has been in touch with the team at the top to clarify the situation.

Angkor Wat will be open from 5.00am to 5.30pm, although the upper level of Bakan Sanctuary will only open from 7.30am.

Sra Srang will be open from 5.00am to 5.30pm.

Pre Rup will be open from 5.00am to 7.00pm.

Phnom Bakheng will be open from 5.00am to 7.00pm.

All others temples will be open from 7.30am to 5.30pm.

So in summary, Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng, Pre Rup and Sra Srang are open for sunrise. Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup are open for sunset.

However, it is unlikely there will be any restrictions on watching sunset at Sra Srang or Western Baray for example.

There are plans in the works to offer some sort of premium access to key temples at dawn such as Bayon and Ta Prohm.

New and improved HanumanAlaya Villa re-opens in Siem Reap

November 9th, 2015

After closing for 3 months during Cambodia’s lush green season to undergo extensive renovations we are delighted to announce HanumanAlaya Villa is open for business again and its looking better than ever!

One of many improvements include a redesigned pool area

One of many improvements include a redesigned pool area

We have completely re-designed the hotel and added a new villa behind the original building, which have both been seamlessly merged together. Despite adding the new building we have not increased the number of rooms, ensuring we retain the hotels small, personalised atmosphere and focusing on adding beautiful, spacious suites, re-designing the existing Deluxe Rooms and improving other facilities. There are only 12 units in total – 5 luxurious Deluxe Rooms and 7 very spacious Suites.

One of the new Suites at HanumanAlaya Villa

One of the new Suites at HanumanAlaya Villa

The new Suites and Deluxe Rooms offer stylish new bathrooms

The new Suites and Deluxe Rooms offer stylish new bathrooms

Other improvements include:

  • An expanded pool area to allow for more space around the sun loungers.
  • A remodeled entrance with a very natural and welcoming design.
  • Expanded and re-designed pool side restaurant area.
  • Installing a professional kitchen, ensuring food & beverage is better than ever.
  • The addition of a tranquil and beautifully decorated massage room.
Poolside dining at HanumanAlaya Villa

Poolside dining at HanumanAlaya Villa

To book your stay at our new and improved HanumanAlaya Villa contact sales@hanumantourism.com, one of the worlds top travel fixers!