‘Angkor Sangkranta’ unexpectedly exploded in Siem Reap over the Cambodian New Year period with hundreds of thousands joining in the festival, organised by the Union of Youth Federations. Exhibitions, concerts and traditional games and activities were in full flow and the larger than expected crowds made visiting the temples a tough task during the New Year celebrations. In addition, every hotel and guesthouse room was snapped up. It’s certainly a consideration if booking a visit to Cambodia next April during Khmer New Year. One of the benefits for visitors was an illuminated display of the Angkor temples at night.
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Recently rebranded renowned Hotel de La Paix to Park Hyatt Siem Reap. Experience authentic Cambodian hospitality at the first Park Hyatt hotel in the kingdom. A blend of refined interiors and graceful garden settings suffuses Park Hyatt Siem Reap with an enlivening resort and residential feel, offering gracious service on a personal scale.
This hyper-modern, designer hotel in set in downtown temple town. But you wouldn’t know it, with its refined and sophisticated individuality oozing from every corner. Extensive amenities include two pools, generous rooms, gorgeous suites, some with private pool, and innovative French-Indochine dining inspirations.
Hanuman’s Andy Brouwer reviews the adventures to be found above ground in Siem Reap.
Seeing Angkor and the surrounding countryside from what the locals affectionately call a “flying moto” is nothing short of exhilarating. I can vouch for that. But sat in a two-seat microlite is not for everyone. Especially if you have a nervous disposition. It took me most of an hour long flight for my heart to stop racing before I began to really enjoy the experience. And what an experience it was. Aero Cambodia operate two microlites from a landing strip just outside Siem Reap and are licensed to fly over many of the Angkor temples (but not Angkor Wat or Angkor Thom), the Tonle Sap Lake and above the lovely Siem Reap landscape. Eddie Smith is a very experienced pilot and he’s been taking satisfied guests into the air for many years before moving his operation to Siem Reap. If you would like to experience Angkor from the air, contact the Hanuman Sales Team for details. It’s definitely worth considering.
Another fun-packed adventure to be found above ground is the Flight of the Gibbon Angkor ziplines in the Angkor Park. Opened a few months ago, I had the opportunity to experience it for myself and not only was it a lot of fun but I was very impressed by the safety aspects of the whole operation. They take safety very seriously. Now, they have introduced a short, quicker package for guests who don’t have four or five hours to enjoy the whole course. The shorter version will still include four ziplines, sky bridges and an abseil and there’s a special introductory price if you book before the end of October.
Flight of the Gibbon have also teamed up with another of Siem Reap’s best adventures, the Quad Adventure Cambodia people and are offering a joint package of the full course of 10 thrilling ziplines, lunch in Angkor and then a 2+ hour quad adventure around the Siem Reap countryside, in their new Gibbon Quad Adventure. Definitely a great day out if you want a break from the temples for a while during your visit to Siem Reap. Contact our Sales Team for more details.
The completion of a project that began in 2010 will take place on Monday 7 April, when the opening ceremony will take place in Siem Reap of the brand new Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Asian Traditional Textiles Museum, built with the help of funding from the Indian government. The museum will house collections of traditional fabrics and cloths from Mekong-Ganga Cooperation countries – which include Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Besides the exhibits and interactive facilities, there will also be a training workshop and a development centre using traditional ethnic designs.
Siem Reap is also the home of the Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles, which has a shop and workshop on the road to the Great Lake. They are involved in the revival and activation of tradition textiles in Cambodia and for textile enthusiasts, both the new museum and the IKTT center are must visits when you are in Siem Reap.
Hanuman’s Hotel of the Week is the stylish and contemporary Tara Angkor Hotel, which is located on the main road to the Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap. With a selection of suites and family rooms, it boasts 206 rooms with two restaurants, the Tong Tara and Frangipani, swimming pool and jacuzzi, and all the modern amenities expected of a top rated 4-star international hotel. They offer cooking classes for guests and complimentary bicycles too.
Hanuman’s View: A contemporary hotel on the road to the temples, the Tara Angkor provides exceptional value for those seeking comfort and modernity, with a smart four-star trim throughout. The swimming pool and water features are a big attraction and the extensive number of rooms make it an ideal choice for groups. A smart choice.
Hanuman Travel TV takes a look at the amazing temples and lifestyle of Bagan, the jewel in Myanmar’s crown.
Myanmar’s top tourism draw card is undoubtedly the 4,000 Buddhist temples of Bagan. A building frenzy in the 11-13th centuries produced a stunning array of iconic brick stupas that dot the plains as far as the eye can see. Today, the temples are as venerated as they were when they were built and though a few popular structures are crowded with visitors, many remain remote and quiet and just waiting to be explored. Temple viewing around dawn and dusk is a must as Bagan is hot, especially in the sizzling months of March to May, and cooler in the peak travel season of November to February.
Take home the secrets of the Cambodian kitchen.
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.
Join Hanuman Travel TV for a three minute look inside the Temples of Angkor, Cambodia’s favourite tourist destination.
Try Hanuman’s Top Ten Authentic Experiences in Indochina.
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.
Phnom Penh revealed through its remarkable architectural heritage.
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.