Archive for February, 2014

Revealing Phnom Penh’s Past

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Phnom Penh revealed through its remarkable architectural heritage.

Phnom Penh's Post Office landmark

Phnom Penh’s Post Office landmark

Once considered the jewel in the crown of French Indochina, Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, has a wealth of architectural heritage that is worthy of a much closer inspection. Thanks to a group of dedicated Cambodian architects and architecture students with KA Tours, this is now possible seven days a week, morning or afternoon, with set tours taking three hours in duration and kicking-off at 8.30am and 2.30pm, and conducted in English. Exploring central Phnom Penh and travelling by cyclo, the most popular tour introduces the city’s colonial buildings from 1910 onwards, including well-known public and private buildings such as the Post Office. The tour will involve entering some of these buildings for a closer inspection. For architecture lovers this tour and a second one, concentrating on landmark buildings designed by Vann Molyvann, the country’s most prominent architect, will be heaven sent. The New Khmer Architecture movement of the 1960s heralded some iconic achievements such as the National Sports Complex and the Royal University campus, and this tour is usually completed in a remork (known locally as tuk tuks). If you are seeking an alternative insight into Phnom Penh, then either of these tours could be just what you are looking for. Contact the Hanuman Sales team for more details.

Defining images of Angkor

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Capture defining images from your visit to Cambodia’s jewel in the crown with two renowned photographers who specialize in Angkor, Eric de Vries and John McDermott.

An Angkor Child by Eric de Vries

An Angkor Child by Eric de Vries

 Getting tuition from a photography expert can mean the difference between a bunch of nice holiday snaps or treasured memories you’ll be proud of for years to come. With Eric de Vries, you can choose from a 3 or 4-day workshop around the iconic temples such as the Bayon, Angkor Wat, Preah Khan, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei as well as a full day in the countryside and at one of the Tonle Sap Lake’s less crowded floating villages. Eric has been leading photography tours around Angkor and Cambodia for more than a decade and his workshops are for beginners or professionals, focusing on fine art or street photography styles. A long list of satisfied Hanuman guests can testify that time spent with Eric will make a real difference to your Angkor memories.

Or you can join acclaimed international photographer John McDermott for a day-long photographic workshop around the temples of Angkor. Famous for his haunting black and white images of the temples, he has been called the Ansel Adams of Angkor. The workshop will include an early visit to Angkor Wat, the fabulous Bayon and its colossal faces, Preah Khan, some of the smaller temples like Ta Nei and a sunset visit to a rural location at Phnom Krom. We recommend this tour for couples or a small group with a real passion for fine art photography and the opportunity to learn from an expert renowned for his iconic images of Angkor.

Contact Hanuman for more details of these photography workshops with Eric or John.

Cooking with the Celebrity Chefs

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Hanuman’s unique cooking class follows Ramsay, Bourdain and Stein’s Cambodian adventures.

Gordon Ramsay trying his hand at stuffed frog in his Roluos cooking class

Gordon Ramsay trying his hand at stuffed frog in his Roluos cooking class

This unique cooking class follows in the footsteps of the famous and infamous television chefs that have passed through Cambodia on their global culinary journeys. This course takes us deep into the Cambodian countryside around Siem Reap where we visit the local market of Roluos, a traditional town far removed from the tourism industry around Angkor. After browsing the local market for some fresh ingredients, we travel to the beautiful wooden house of Sala Roluos, contemporary take on a traditional Cambodian design. This was the location where Gordon Ramsay learnt to cook stuffed frog with kreung paste, a delicious Cambodian dish involving lemongrass, turmeric, garlic and more, as part of his Gordon’s Great Escape series. Guests will learn this dish in the same surrounds and will also be shown options for how it might work with a more traditional meat such as chicken.

Other celebrity chefs have passed through Cambodia and we will take inspiration from their journeys. Kitchen Confidential chef Anthony Bourdain visited Cambodia for his No Reservations show and we will learn how to make delicious fresh spring rolls as he did when in Cambodia. Finally we will look to Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey for inspiration and learn to cook amok, Cambodia’s national dish involving a mild baked fish curry in banana leaf. Note that the menu can be varied to take into account dietary requirements or individual tastes.

Contact Hanuman for more details on how to follow in the footsteps of the Celebrity Chefs.

Adrenaline Angkor

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Seeking some excitement and adventure on your trip to Siem Reap and the wonderful temples of Angkor, then look no further than our 4-day Adrenaline Angkor program.

Quad-biking is a fun activity in Siem Reap

Quad-biking is a fun activity in Siem Reap

We begin Day 1 with a cycle ride to the Roluos Group of temples some fifteen kilometres east of Siem Reap and onto the floating village of Kompong Pluk, which we discover by boat. In the evening the fantastic modern circus of Phare! awaits us. A hike to see the riverbed carvings of Kbal Spean begins the next morning, followed by the petite and perfectly-formed temple of Banteay Srei and the educational Landmine Museum. We end the day with a sunset visit into rural Cambodia on quad-bikes. For Day 3, it’s an early start to catch Ta Prohm at its solitary best and then into the treetops surrounding Angkor to experience the adrenaline rush of the ziplines of the safety-focused Flight of the Gibbon. In the afternoon we get into the saddle for a four-legged tour of the countryside. Our final day will concentrate on the best of the temples of Angkor, an early-morning visit to Angkor Wat and a walk or cycle tour of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, with a hot-air balloon or helicopter flight sandwiched in between. Contact us at Hanuman for more details.

See Hoi An in Central Vietnam from another angle

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Check out this new video of Hoi An including some inspirational aerial footage from a drone-mounted camera.

Some of the Hanuman team were in Hoi An last weekend to discuss some exciting new travel initiatives in the Central Vietnam region and met up with event and travel media company Key Productions, who produced this short film, including some soaring aerial shots.

Hanuman Films has long produced high-quality travel videos for hotels, cruises and events in the Mekong region, including lots of great videos for Hanuman Travel TV. We’ll be adding some Vietnam videos to the channel in the coming months so watch this space: http://www.youtube.com/user/HanumanTourism?feature=watch

Fun for all the Family at Angkor

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Hanuman’s exciting Family Angkor Tour includes temples and lots of fun activities.

Flying through the trees with Flight of the Gibbon

Flying through the trees with Flight of the Gibbon

With more families travelling together than ever before, the temples of Angkor are a fascinating attraction for young and old and we have combined these amazing structures with a series of activities that we believe will wow all of the family, in our new 5-day/4-night Family Angkor program. Arrival day will be rounded off with a dinner and classical and folk dance performance. Our first sight of Angkor will be on the back of an elephant in Angkor Thom and onto the giant faces of the Bayon. If it’s activities you seek, Jungle Junction in town is the perfect place after lunch for families and children up to ten years old, or stay at your hotel for a relaxing swim. Mini-golf at Angkor Wat Putt is the next day’s morning activity, followed by a visit to the actual majestic temple itself after lunch – the largest religious monument in the world. An early wake-up to visit the atmospheric jungle temple of Ta Prohm will get you in the mood for an exhilarating experience on the ziplines of Flight of the Gibbon, through the treetops of Angkor. The excitement continues with an evening visit to the acrobats, jugglers and modern circus antics at Phare. For our final day, it’s off to the Great Lake for a glimpse of how the locals live their lives on the water followed by a visit to wood and stone carving workshops to see how the traditions of the country are being kept alive. That brings the curtain down on your Angkor adventures, with priceless memories stored in your memory banks and on your iPhones.  To get a feel for the ziplines of Flight of the Gibbon (pictured above), watch this Lonely Planet video of this fantastic adventurous activity at Angkor; http://youtu.be/UJzEtKoITrg. Contact us at Hanuman for more details.

Prasat Thom Re-Opens

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Good news for travellers to the 10th Century Angkorian capital of Koh Ker, 130kms northeast of Siem Reap.

The Mayan-like Prasat Thom at the Koh Ker complex

The Mayan-like Prasat Thom at the Koh Ker complex

After falling stones made the staircase unsafe a few years ago, the wonderful views from the top of the 40 metre-high sandstone seven-tier pyramid of Prasat Thom have been out of bounds. However, news has just reached us that a brand new wooden staircase has been erected and fifteen visitors at one time, are being allowed to climb the steep stairs to the top. The views over the surrounding forest and west to Phnom Kulen are fabulous and if you don’t mind heights, it’s definitely worth the climb to the top. There is a wooden platform at the  postage-stamp sized summit for extra safety. The pyramid is almost Mayan in appearance and is an amazing feat of engineering from when the Koh Ker complex was being constructed by King Jayavarman IV from 928. The Koh Ker period is known for its impressively large sculptures and some of the biggest Shiva lingas in the country, and just over two hours drive from the main Angkor Park.

The top photograph of Prasat Thom was taken in 2001. The one below was snapped much more recently, in February 2012.

The Prasat Thom pyramid in 2012

The Prasat Thom pyramid in 2012

Behind the scenes at Phnom Tamao

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

 

In the latest video from Hanuman Travel TV, we take a behind the scenes tour to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center near Phnom Penh, home to more than 1200 animals, including tigers, elephants, bears and much, much more. All profits from this Wildlife Alliance-run tour go towards wildlife conservation work. For a more comprehensive tour of Phnom Penh or the Kingdom of Cambodia, contact the Hanuman Sales team on sales@hanumantourism.com or visit the website at www.hanuman.travel.

Hanuman Films produced this wildlife experience video to support the work of Wildlife Alliance with whom Hanuman enjoys a close working relationship. Hanuman offers a Wild Cambodia itinerary that includes this behind-the-scenes experience at Phnom Tamao, as well as Elephant Valley Project in Mondulkiri, dolphin-spotting in the Mekong River and the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary.

To book this trip directly with Wildlife Alliance, email wildlifetoursPT@wildlifealliance.org or visit the website at www.wildlifealliance.org.

Trendy chic at the Teav

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Teav Boutique Hotel joins Phnom Penh’s competitive boutique hotel sector.

Inside one of the 12 Teav Boutique Hotel rooms

Inside one of the 12 Teav Boutique Hotel rooms

With small boutique hotels opening up on a regular basis in and around the Boeung Keng Kang 1 area of Cambodia’s capital, any newcomer to the sector has to find its own niche. The Teav Boutique Hotel pitches itself as a modern trendy art hotel, and displays an urban chic feel with a mix of grey, black and white stone. Simple drawings depicting scenes from the Angkor period, including the traditional tragic love story of Tum Teav, adorn the walls, with each of the 12 rooms decorated with the designs. The luxurious rooms come complete with large bathrooms containing a deep stone bath, a power shower and balconies overlooking the pool. The hotel also has a restaurant, conference room and office space. Recommended for younger couples, looking for an honest and upmarket boutique style. It’s also located next door to Hanuman’s Phnom Penh office on Street 310.

The snug swimming pool on the ground floor of the Teave Boutique Hotel

The snug pool on the ground floor of the Teav Boutique Hotel

HanumanAlaya’s Green Season Discounts

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Fantastic Value Green Season Discounts at HanumanAlaya

HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence

HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence

We are pleased to announce our Green Season Discounts for the HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence and HanumanAlaya Villa in Siem Reap, which begin on 1 April 2014. Once again, our ‘Stay Longer, Save More’ offer until the end of August will benefit our guests who want to stay that extra bit longer in Siem Reap and Angkor. And why not, it’s perfectly understandable. There is so much to see and do. During September we are offering all rooms at half-price and October has a ‘Stay 3, Pay 2’ promotion. Contact the Hanuman Sales Team as early as possible to book these fantastic value Green Season Discounts.

Stay Longer, Save More
From 1 April – 31 August 2014:

– Stay minimum 5 nights get 50% Discount including breakfast
– Stay minimum 4 nights get 40% Discount including breakfast
– Stay minimum 3 nights get 30% Discount including breakfast
– Stay minimum 2 nights get 20% Discount including breakfast
– Stay                     1 night get 10% Discount including breakfast

From 1 September – 30 September 2014
– Stay minimum 1 night get 50% Discount including breakfast

From 1 October – 31 October 2014
– Stay 3 nights, pay only 2 nights including breakfast.