Posts Tagged ‘Phnom Penh’

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.

Aqua Mekong Set for Maiden Voyage in 2014

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Aqua Mekong, the latest vessel from Aqua Expeditions, is set to launch on the Mekong River in August 2014. Check out this video on the inspiration behind expanding from the Amazon to the Mekong.

CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro dropped into the Hanuman offices earlier this week to discuss a pioneering approach to promotional videos. The Aqua Mekong looks set to take Mekong cruising to a whole new level. With just 20 cabins, this will be the most exclusive cruise boat on the Mekong River.

Aqua originally started offering luxurious, exploratory cruises on the Peruvian Amazon, from the jungle city of Iquitos to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve which has proved to be very successful and we are excited to see them expanding into Vietnam and Cambodia. It’s very much aimed at discerning clients who want a luxurious experience whilst discovering the Mekong in depth. They offer a range of itineraries both upstream and downstream from 3 to 7 days.

They have also got Michelin-starred chef David Thompson on board, and he’s been appointed executive chef for the Aqua. He is renowned for his Thai, Khmer and Vietnamese cuisine and runs the famous Nahm restaurant at the Metropolitan Hotel in Bangkok.

We have negotiated the best possible rates with them. Contact our Sales Team for more on the Aqua Mekong.

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.

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.

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

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.

Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Horse riding in the kingdom of Cambodia is starting to take off, with classes available and opportunities to test yourself on a trusty stead or a pony, popping up in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and on the south coast.

Horse riding with Happy Ranch

Horse riding with Happy Ranch

The best known of the horse riding schools is Happy Ranch, which offers the chance to explore Siem Reap on horseback, taking in surrounding villages and secluded temples. This is a calm way to experience the countryside, far from the traffic and crowds elsewhere. Popular rides, with experienced horse riding guides, take in Wat Athvea, a modern pagoda with an ancient temple on its grounds, and Wat Chedi, a temple set on a flood plain near the Tonle Sap Lake. Riding lessons are also available for children and beginners.

In the capital Phnom Penh, the Cambodian Country Club, just on the outskirts of the city, offers lessons with larger horses and ponies for children. For those that prefer their horse riding under strictly controlled conditions, the carousel horses at the funfair opposite NagaWorld are worth considering.

Down on the south coast, the Ranch de la Plantation has opened up in Kep, with more than ten horses, which can take visitors on scenic rides around Kep, or more experienced riders to the pepper plantations and mountains of Phnom Voar. In Sihanoukville, Liberty Ranch offers horseback riding along the beach at Otres or in the nearby countryside, as well as lessons for beginners and youngsters.

Certainly an activity worth considering when you are in Cambodia and you are looking either at trying something new or getting back in the saddle whilst on holiday.

Learn from the experts

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Get under the skin of traditional Cambodian Dance and Combat.

You can find out more about Cambodian culture by experiencing exactly what it is like to learn the gestures and postures of Classical Khmer Dance, or to try some moves from the principal techniques behind the original Khmer Martial Art, Yuthakun Khom. Two experienced Cambodian teachers at Selapak in Phnom Penh are offering an exclusive one hour (or more) initiation into either of these traditional aspects of Cambodian life. The sessions will include a presentation on the specific art form, a demonstration followed by your own initiation into either dance or close-quarters combat, depending on your own preference. The sessions with the teachers will be a private, not shared, experience. Contact Hanuman for more information about this exciting new addition.

Cambodia – Protest Update

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Peaceful protests in Phnom Penh continue.

The opposition party in Cambodia, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, are now into their 16th day of peaceful protests in the capital Phnom Penh and have confirmed they intend to continue with them for the foreseeable future. They are protesting about the result of the general elections a few months ago and have now been joined by striking garment factory workers, civil servants, anti-eviction activists and monks. Until today, each day for the past week has seen a peaceful march around some of Phnom Penh’s main streets by thousands of protesters. Today they have announced that for the next week, they will not march in the city pending sit-down talks with the government. However, with some 400+ garment factories closed and the workers demanding higher pay, there have been some blockages on the main highways 4 and 5, so we recommend guests leaving earlier for trips to the airport and departures from Phnom Penh by road. We are constantly monitoring the situation to ensure our clients safety and programs are not impacted by the protests.

Kambuja’s Bargains

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Fantastic bargains at Kambuja’s Christmas and New Year Sale in Phnom Penh.

Christmas & New Year Sale at Kambuja

Christmas & New Year Sale at Kambuja

If you are visiting Phnom Penh between now and the end of January, then make sure you find time to take advantage of the Christmas and New Year Half-Price Sale at the contemporary boutique Kambuja, on Ang Duong Street, close to Wat Phnom. Kambuja, is part of the Hanuman chain, and hosts a unique blend of western designs and eastern mystique with sublime silks, light linen and contemporary cotton with elegant embroidery, drawing inspiration from the delicate flower frangipani, known throughout the region as kambuja. You can find casual day wear & decadent evening wear, along with a range of accessories such as handbags, hats and hand-embroidered belts and scarves, with everything at half-price, until the end of January.