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Yamashita Authentic in Laos and Cambodia

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Celebrated National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita will be running two photographic workshops in Laos and Cambodia later this year, with Lonely Planet author Nick Ray as Tour Leader.

The Mekong River at Luang Prabang, Michael Yamashita

The Mekong River at Luang Prabang, Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is one of the great National Geographic photographers, spending more than 30 years traversing Asia on dozens of assignments, photographing the people, the lands, and unique cultures. His whole career has been spent portraying the authentic Asia, from Japan to Indonesia, and from Turkey to China.

Whether you are an emerging photographer or a professional, these workshops will give you the opportunity to work closely with Mike and other experts who know how to produce shots with impact, compose photo essays that tell a story; and show you how to raise your own level of image making.

From secrets of remote lighting to street photojournalism and landscape photography techniques, Yamashita Authentic is designed for small groups of 10 to 20 participants, ensuring that you get the maximum amount of guidance from Mike, while experiencing an authentic Asian experience.

The Enigmatic Faces of Bayon Temple, Michael Yamashita

The Enigmatic Faces of Bayon Temple, Michael Yamashita

Yamashita Authentic in Laos: 30 August – 7 September 2014

Join veteran National Geographic photographer Mike Yamashita on a workshop in Laos, the enigmatic Land of a Million Elephants. This handcrafted itinerary will take photographers to off-the-beaten-track locations and offer a unique insight into the life of a world-renowned professional photographer. Luang Prabang oozes class and old world charm, it’s a living, breathing museum with its gleaming temple roofs and crumbling French architecture and deserves its World Heritage status as one of the most atmospheric cities in the whole region. We delve into some of its 32 stupa-studded pagodas like Wat Xieng Tong and the Royal Palace Museum, we take a boat upriver to river to visit the massive collection of Buddhas in the Pak Ou Caves and enjoy a relaxing day in the turquoise waters of the Kuang Si Falls. Beyond Luang Prabang, we venture into the countryside around Nong Khiaw and Muong Ngoi Neua, an area of poetic landscapes and timeless traditions. Mike has teamed up with Lonely Planet author Nick Ray, location scout and manager for countless film and television shoots in the Mekong region to ensure an original experience in Laos.

Monk at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Michael Yamashita

Monk at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Michael Yamashita

Yamashita Authentic in Cambodia: 7 – 14 September 2014

This unique photographic workshop brings veteran National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita back to the majestic temples of Angkor to share his skills and knowledge. This is no ordinary Angkor experience as Michael takes photographers deep into the Cambodian countryside to discover traditional villages, floating communities on the Tonle Sap Lake and some of the more remote temples around Angkor. The itinerary has been carefully crafted to avoid the crowds that now flock to Angkor, but the iconic monuments are all here, including: Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building; the surreal and strange faces of the Bayon; and the jungle ruin of Ta Prohm. Starting early, we concentrate on temple photography for sunrise and early morning light. During the day photographers will enjoy feedback on their photographs and one-on-one sessions with Michael and tips and techniques around the temples. In the afternoons, we switch to lifestyle and capturing some of Cambodia’s incredible countryside and lifestyle. Michael has teamed up with Lonely Planet author Nick Ray, location scout and manager for countless film and television shoots around the temples to ensure that we have a unique encounter with Angkor.

For more details on these unique trips, visit http://yamashitaauthentic.asia/

Tonle Sap Lake, near Siem Reap, Michael Yamashita

Tonle Sap Lake, near Siem Reap, Michael Yamashita

Angkor at leisure

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Visit Cambodia’s Angkor Temples from your armchair. 

Google Street View at Angkor

Google Street View at Angkor

You can now visit Angkor from the comfort of your own living room thanks to the innovative Google Street View. Following in the footsteps of the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and Mount Fuji, Angkor has now received the Google treatment using a new device called Trekker. Fifteen digital cameras are attached by a long pole to a backpack, and each one records a 75 million mega pixel photo every two and a half seconds. By walking around the Angkor Wat temple complex, they are able to photograph areas that Google’s Street View cars cannot reach. For this latest project, five local men were tasked with trekking around the temples for up to eight hours a day, to record what many people say is the eighth wonder of the world. It’s a great addition to the wealth of online information about Angkor, though nothing beats actually being there yourself. More at https://www.google.com/maps/views/streetview/angkor?gl=us.

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.

Inside Hang Son Doong, the World’s Largest Cave

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Hang Son Doong is the largest cave in the world, located in the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Quang Bing Province in North Central Vietnam. Check out this video showing an Oxalis expedition into the cave.

Only explored for the first time by a British caving team in 2009, it is now possible for very limited numbers of visitors to undertake an expedition to Hang Son Doong. Only 22o permits are available to explore this cave complex in 2014 and group departures are limited to just eight people per day. Oxalis Adventures offers 7 day/6 night tours of Hang Son Doong costing US$3000 per person. For some incredible photos of this cave complex, check out the National Geographic images by Carsten Peter: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/01/largest-cave/peter-photography#/04-jungle-inside-cave-714.jpg

For more on Hang Son Doong, visit http://www.sondoongcave.org/. For more on tours to Hang Son Doong, visit http://www.oxalis.com.vn/son-doong-cave

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.