Archive for the ‘Celebrities’ Category

Hanuman to keep the Bamboo Train on Track?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The Bamboo Train has been a quirky highlight of a trip to Battambang for many years, but is in danger of going off the rails once again thanks to the renovation of the Phnom Penh line.

Charley Boorman testdriving the road version of the Bamboo Train

Charley Boorman testdriving the road version of the Bamboo Train

Almost a national treasure, Hanuman has plans to keep the Bamboo Train alive by taking it on the road. As you see from the image above, we have already test-driven it with some celebrity guests, including motorbiking adventurer Charley Boorman on By Any Means.

In another exciting development, we plan to turn the Bamboo Train into a signature luxury product with the integration of a royal elephant chair as seen below.

Antique Howdah for the Bamboo Train

Antique Howdah for the Bamboo Train

The Bamboo Train, the new word in upcountry luxury from Hanuman.

Gems at Angkor

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Capturing the Angkor Temples for a jewellery commercial shoot.

Leading Hong Kong jewellery company Chow Tai Fook chose Cambodia for its latest commercial. Hanuman Films coordinated the shoot around the temples of Angkor and Siem Reap, including locations such as Ta Prohm, Bayon, Angkor Wat and the floating villages of the Tonle Sap Lake. The Hanuman team worked in partnership with Radical Media of London and have worked on several previous commercials with them, including Pepsi, TUI Travel and Cisco.

Naked & Afraid on Location in Cambodia

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

A popular show on the Discovery Channel, the Naked & Afraid team travelled to Cambodia with Hanuman to shoot an episode in January 2014. 

 

Working with Renegade 83 Productions, Hanuman coordinated all the scouting for this shoot and selected the final remote location for the contestants to survive. After initial consideration of jungle areas as varied as Mondulkiri, Bokor and Chi Phat, we eventually settled on a remote location in Koh Kong Province about 45 minutes upriver from Koh Kong town. This ensured the crew had a convenient logistical base while the talent could still be dropped in a very remote jungle area with no human contact. The three-week shoot started in the middle of January with the two contestants being dropped in the jungle. Hanuman Films provided a large support team for this shoot, led by our Fixer Vutha, which included two medics, two runners and several boat drivers to get the crew in and out of the remote location. While some of the crew had to get naked for this shoot, it was clear they didn’t need to be afraid with Hanuman running the shoot.

Naked & Afraid continues nearly a decade and a half of film production support here at Hanuman that puts other travel companies in the shade. Film highlights include Tomb Raider, Two Brothers, Wish You Were Here and The Last Reel. Commercials include big names like Pepsi, Heineken, Cisco, TUI, Dragonair and Toms Shoes. On the television side of things, we looked after Top Gear back when they first shot a Christmas special in this region in Vietnam in 2008 and have worked with celebrities from Gordon Ramsay to Charley Boorman. Shows coming up in the next few months include the popular River Monsters with Jeremy Wade.

Hanuman has often created innovative itineraries on the back of its long film and television experience. Culinary immersions inspired by Gordon Ramsay, motorcycle adventures following in the footsteps of Charley Boorman and Beach Safaris where Samantha Brown once camped in Ream National Park. Will we be offering a Naked & Afraid themed trip in the near future? The naturist market is pretty big in Europe, but we are not sure Cambodia is ready for this kind of exposure just yet. But if anyone wants a survival experience in the jungle as part of an authentic adventure or a team-building exercise, then we can arrange this. Just remember to pack your underwear as we are afraid that Cambodia isn’t ready for naked just yet.

Tantalizing Khmer Fare

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Take home the secrets of the Cambodian kitchen.

Luu Meng, Cambodia's master chef, in action

Luu Meng, Cambodia’s master chef, in action

Learning to prepare and cook Cambodian food is becoming more and more popular amongst visitors to the country. Returning home with some of the secrets of tantalizing Khmer fare is a great way to remember your trip to the Kingdom of Wonder. Hanuman can offer a variety of opportunities to receive expert tuition from the likes of Cambodia’s top chef, Luu Meng at one of Phnom Penh’s best restaurants, Malis, or a cooking class in Siem Reap that follows in the footsteps of the famous and infamous television chefs that have passed through Cambodia on their global culinary journeys. There are a number of other options to get immersed into the world of Cambodian food, just ask the Hanuman team for details. In the picture above, Luu Meng is putting on a food demonstration in the grounds of the Amarak Organic Garden, just fifteen minutes from Phnom Penh, where great food goes hand in hand with healthy and natural organic farming methods.

Our Top Ten Experiences

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Try Hanuman’s Top Ten Authentic Experiences in Indochina.

Elephants in Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Elephants in Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Enjoy a helicopter ride over remote temples or the islands of Halong Bay, enjoy a nostalgic city tour by vintage car, meet leading artists and sculptors in the regional art scene, learn the secrets of local recipes with a celebrity chef and learn the art of travel photography with a professional. All these authentic experiences are possible in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam through Hanuman.

Helicopter Flights : Take to the skies to see the region from a different view. Fly to remote jungle temples in the far north of Cambodia, the endless array of temples in Bagan or discover the dramatic scale of Halong Bay from the air.

The Art of Travel Photography : Learn the tricks of the photographic trade from one of the professional photographers living in the region, including diverse destinations such as the temples of Angkor, lovely Luang Prabang, balloons over Bagan and the Mekong Delta.

Living History in Selected Cities : Understand the complicated history of the war years in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam with a history tour of the leading cities. Experience an intimate tour of iconic locations in Phnom Penh, Saigon and Vientiane.

Wine and Dine in Memorable Places : Enjoy an exclusive private champagne dinner in a unique location. Imagine dinner at one of Angkor’s ancient temples or a romantic picnic on a deserted tropical island.

Encounter Wildlife in Remote Places : Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have an extensive network of national parks. Sleep in a treehouse with the Gibbon Experience in Laos, visit Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary near Siem Reap or see rare langurs in Vietnam.

Cooking with a Celebrity Chef : Experience a cookery demonstration with one of the region’s finest chefs to learn more about the delights of Cambodian, Laotian or Vietnamese cuisine. This can be arranged in most popular visitor destinations.

Meet the Movers and Shakers : Enjoy a private meal with one of the leading lights of the Mekong region, from royal family members in Cambodia to respected international figures who live in Laos and Vietnam.

Hidden Treasures of Indochina : Enjoy exclusive access to leading museums and conservation departments of the region with leading art experts and archaeologists. Go behind the scenes to see forgotten treasures not on display.

City Tour by Vintage Car or Motorcycle : Explore the bustling streets of cities in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam by vintage car. For the more adventurous, it is possible to experience a city tour on the back of an old motorbike.

Yoga Class in Unique Locations : Relax and unwind with your own private yoga session somewhere to remember. Try one of the more remote and secluded beaches of Vietnam or one of the lesser known temples around Angkor.

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.

Celebrities travelling in Cambodia with Hanuman

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Check out this video compilation of celebrity travellers in Cambodia with Hanuman, including Gordon Ramsay, Charley Boorman and Samantha Brown.

 

Travel Channel host Samantha Brown travelled all over Cambodia and finished her trip with a signature Hanuman Beach Safari in Ream National Park.

Charley Boorman swung through Cambodia as part of his epic London to Sydney journey for By Any Means and travelled the length of the country with Nick Ray, including riding the rocket boat to Stung Treng, dirt biking to the temples of Angkor and then experiencing the Bamboo Train around Sisophon.

Celeb Chef Ramsay cooked his way around the country for Gordon’s Great Escapes, meeting Bunong tribes people in Mondulkiri, hunting for tarantulas in Kompong Thom and learning some new recipes with some of the Friends team in Phnom Penh. He finished with a cook-off against Chef Luu Meng from Cambodia, with a gala guest list that included members of the Cambodian royal family.

Don’t just watch the celebrities, follow in their footsteps. Try a Beach Safari like Samantha Brown, or even a Temple Safari like Charley Boorman experienced at Beng Mealea. Or try a cooking class in Cambodia with Chef Luu Meng from Malis. Hanuman will soon be announcing a celebrity cooking class at Sala Roluos in Siem Reap, using the key recipes that Gordon Ramsay discovered on his great escape to Cambodia.

Or just take the easy option and book a stay at HanumanAlaya, Angkor’s Boutique Residence, the regular choice of TV celebrities when staying in Siem Reap.

More of our favourite Siem Reap restaurants

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Following on from our look at Siem Reap’s evolving restaurant scene, Hanuman offers a snapshot of our favourite long-running restaurants in town in a handy Top 10.

Reahoo Restaurant, Siem Reap

Reahoo Restaurant, Siem Reap

Abacus: Stylish French restaurant offering haute cuisine and sophisticated ambiance.

Cuisine Wat Damnak: Celebrated chef Johannes Rivieres offers a contemporary take on Khmer cuisine.

FCC Angkor: Old timer set in a striking deco building with an international menu.

Il Forno: Delicious Italian dishes served in a small trattoria that spills on to the streets near Old Market.

Le Malraux: Fine French dining, some Asian specialities and an impressive selection of Armagnac.

Marum: Lovely garden restaurant run by Friends International, offering traditional Khmer recipes with a twist.

Reahoo: Royal Khmer cuisine artfully presented in a delightful al-fresco setting.

Sala Bai: Good cause restaurant offering a helping hand to youngsters wanting to get into the hospitality industry.

Sugar Palm: Classic Khmer dishes in this traditional wooden house where Gordon Ramsay learned some tricks.

Viroth’s: Outdoor garden restaurant serving a selection of contemporary Khmer cuisine.

 

Hanuman at ITB Asia, Singapore, 23-25 Oct 2013

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Hanuman will be exhibiting at the ITB Asia in Singapore from 23-25 October 2013 and we would like to extend an open invitation to friends, partners and travel professionals to drop by and see us at Booth M34, Hall 404.

Hanuman is the only Cambodian-owned, Cambodia-based destination management company exhibiting at this year’s ITB Asia so to learn more about our destination expertise, that elusive combination of knowledge and experience, we suggest you come over to have a chat. We hope you have heard of Hanuman already, as we are one of the most respected names in the business when it comes to arranging cultural journeys for discerning travellers. Hanuman is regularly cited in the international press and is proud to have been selected by The Sunday Times of London as “one of the World’s Top Travel Fixers”. These are “the best locally-run, well-established, reputable companies, the insiders with impeccable guides, and are masters of their region”.

 

Here at Hanuman, we want to put the personality back into travel. Our travel collection is inspired by imagination, driven by our daydreams. We love Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam and want to share our passion with you. A successful trip is down to service and we understand the importance of getting this right every step of the way, from hotels of distinction to guides with passion and personality. This is our commitment to travel with a personal touch.

Lots of other exciting things will be happening on the Hanuman booth at this year’s ITB Asia. Leading Cambodian circus performers Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) will be joining the Hanuman team at 4pm on Wednesday 23 October. PPS have been likened to the Cirque du Soleil of Cambodia, blending circus, performance art and powerful social commentary to their shows. PPS have toured the world with their cutting edge performances and we are very privileged to have them join the Hanuman booth at ITB Asia 2013. For more on PPS, see http://www.phareps.org/performing-art-schools#circus Hanuman (www.hanuman.travel) will have some cold Angkor beers on hand for those coming to watch the 15-minute performance so please drop by our booth to enjoy this unique Khmer circus performance. If you are travelling through Siem Reap after the ITB Asia, it is also possible to see their nightly show in a big top in town. Contact Hanuman for more details.
Also worth noting is that leading Lonely Planet author Nick Ray will be on hand to answer questions about Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam at the Hanuman booth. Nick has been writing Lonely Planet guides to the Mekong region for 15 years and is the author of, among others, the country guides to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as the regional bestseller Southeast Asia on a Shoestring. Nick has travelled far and wide in the Mekong region and is regarded as a regional authority on travel in Southeast Asia.

As well as Lonely Planet, he also works as a freelance writer for leading newspapers and magazines such as BBC Travel, The Times and Wanderlust. He also works as a Location Manager and Producer for television and films, including work as the Location Manager on Tomb Raider and Line Producer on the famous Top Gear Vietnam special. He has worked with numerous celebrities over the years, including Gordon Ramsay, Angeline Jolie, Charley Boorman and Samantha Brown.

Should you have any questions for Nick on any aspect of travel in the Mekong region, don’t hesitate to drop by the Hanuman booth on 23-25 October 2013 at the ITB Asia.

We look forward to seeing you in Singapore.

Hanuman and Yosothor Support Khmer Culture

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Hanuman is proud to support Yosothor and the wealth of expertise that can be organised through its members, exclusively for Hanuman guests in Cambodia, to benefit Khmer culture.

 

Professor Ang Choulean

Professor Ang Choulean

Yosothor is a new non-government organization dedicated to supporting and sustaining Khmer culture and heritage in the form of anthropology, archaeology and architecture. Established by eminent Professor Ang Choulean, one of the foremost scholars on Khmer civilization, Yosothor will publish Khmer Renaissance annually, as well as organize talks and conferences. Hanuman has teamed up with Yosothor to offer some unique insights and experiences for visitors wanting to gain a deeper insight into Khmer culture and heritage.

Professor Ang Choulean has kindly made himself and his eminent colleague Sophearith Siyonn available for exclusive experiences in conjunction with Hanuman and our partners, including customized half-day tours of key temples such as Angkor Thom and Bayon or Angkor Wat. National Museum Director Vireak Kong is also one of the supporting members of Yosothor and will be available to lead a director’s tour of the museum’s finest pieces for special interest groups or organisations. Other customized experiences will also be available such as lunch or dinner in the company of an expert in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Professor Ang Choulean and his team of experts are keen to engage with Hanuman clients to assist in fundraising for Yosothor and its objectives to support and nurture the ongoing Khmer cultural renaissance after three decades of devastation. Hanuman is proud to support this cause and will be happy to customize some unique Angkor experiences for the right type of clients with a specialist interest in the history and culture of Cambodia.

Professor Ang Choulean has made a significant contribution to the reconstruction of Cambodian culture and to the preservation and restoration of its ancient monuments. He studied in France and returned to Cambodia in 1989, taking up a teaching post at the Royal University of Fine Arts when it reopened. He was appointed Director of the Department of Culture and Monuments at APSARA in Siem Reap, which is responsible for the Angkor Monuments. He has authored many books and articles on Cambodian history and culture and was the recipient of the 2011 Fukuoka Grand Prize for outstanding contributions to the preservation and creation of Asian culture.

Sophearith Siyonn was a Fulbright Fellowship recipient with studies at University of California at Berkeley. He has lectured at the University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh since 2009, as well as consulting for the World Bank and European Union, can speak four languages and is a published author.