Archive for March, 2010

Dance showcase

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The Tonle Bassac Folk Group

Cambodian Living Arts and the Tonle Bassac Folk Group

A rare opportunity to enjoy the work of the Tonle Bassac Folk Group, under the support and guidance of Cambodian Living Arts, will take place on consecutive Thursdays, on 25 March and 1 April, at the National Museum in Phnom Penh.

The youngsters of the Tonle Bassac performed to great acclaim at the WOMAD and Edinburgh Festivals in the UK in 2008 and now bring their work, Children of the Khmer, into the public domain, ahead of what they hope will be regular performances beginning next November.

On an atmospheric stage outside the entrance to the Museum, the young group will perform a combination of classical Cambodian court dance and engaging traditional folk dances, accompanied by their own musicians and singers. If you are visiting Phnom Penh and wish to book a seat for this quality performance, contact us now to confirm your seat as numbers are limited. The ticket price is US $18 per seat.

Hotel update – Phnom Penh

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The popular boutique hotel, nestled beside the pagoda of the same name in the Boeung Keng Kang area of the city, Villa Langka, is in the process of expanding its accommodation offering. Renovations are currently taking place to a three-story residence a few steps from the existing hotel which will provide another 19 rooms and they are due to come on-line in the next couple of months. Villa Langka already boasts 27 rooms blending Khmer flair in a modern style and their swimming pool oasis is a popular magnet for guests and expats.

Hotel update – Siem Reap

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The 18-room Shinta Mani boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, known for its community programmes and Hospitality Institute, will close between April (19th) and December this year for a complete refurbishment. This will be under the supervision of internationally acclaimed designer Bill Bensley, who was the guiding hand that created their sister Hotel de la Paix. They will add 18 more rooms, introduce a new spa, lengthen the swimming pool and enlarge their restaurant.

In September this year, Shinta Mani expect to open a second property, in Luang Prabang, Laos, with the same commitment to their community and hospitality programmes, as they have in Siem Reap. Longer term, they are also looking to open an additional property along the south coast in Cambodia, at a destination yet to be decided.

Their Siem Reap sister establishment, the stylish Hotel de la Paix are now offering a torch-lit romantic al fresco dining experience in a rural setting just 15 minutes from the hotel, for couples to enjoy a Khmer barbecue dinner with champagne served by their very own chef and waiter. Ask Hanuman for more details.