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Kayaking and Paddleboarding around Kampot

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

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Why not enhance your stay in Kampot in southern Cambodia with a kayaking experience? Explore the incredible ‘green cathedral’ of canals and channels that create a loop on the Kompong Bay River near Kampot. Choose from a solo kayak, a tandem kayak or a stand-up paddle board for this aquatic adventure. Starting from Champa Lodge, we paddle beneath a bridge and begin to explore the small backwaters. There are several guesthouses and cafes along the way where it is possible to stop for refreshments. The scenery is very impressive, with palms overhanging the narrow channels to create a tunnel of green. This activity takes between 1.5 hours and 3 hours depending on the pace and number of stops. Recommended.

Kampot River Residence In Cambodia

Friday, April 6th, 2018

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The Kampot River Residence is a striking new addition to the Kampot accommodation scene in southern Cambodia. Located about 2km north of town on the Kompong Bay River, it is a collection of impressive traditional Khmer houses set around lush landscaped gardens and ricefields. Bokor National Park is visible across the river and the clouds swirl around each morning before parting to reveal dramatic sunsets over the old hill station.

Imagine the rooms of Sala Lodges and wooden walkways and ricefields of Phum Baitang. This is a small, affordable boutique resort of real character and helps put Kampot on the map as an idyllic escape. Where previously visitors have stayed in the boutique hotels of Kep and made a side trip to Kampot, it is now possible to do the reverse and stay in Kampot River Residence as a base and make a side trip to Kep and Rabbit Island.

With the combination of cave pagodas, river-based activities, Bokor National Park and the attractions of Kep, it is easy to spend three nights here and it lies less than two hours from Sihanoukville Airport. Or combine two nights here with two nights in a luxurious Kep resort or two nights or more in a beach resort on the offshore islands of Sihanoukville.

From the Hotel: “Kampot River Residence is a traditional resort on the river near Kampot. This elegant hideaway is set within 1.6 acres of lush gardens and paddy fields. It comprises 18 spacious Khmer houses, including six Khmer twin houses with private terrace, two riverside Khmer houses with private outdoor bathtub, four Khmer villas, five Khmer Residences and one Family Suite finished in contemporary style. The wooden and stilted villas are inspired both inside and out by traditional Cambodian design, offering up to 40 guests a unique experience in Kampot.”

Taste Siem Reap Food Tours

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

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Sample the flavours of Cambodia with Taste Siem Reap, the brainchild of Evi-Elie Lavalle.

If the name is familiar, Evi-Elie worked with Belmond La Residence d’Angkor for the past few years and built up an impressive knowledge of the cuisine scene in Siem Reap during this time.
Dining itineraries include a mix of starters, tapas, main course and dessert at a selection of three handpicked restaurants or bars around town. Themes include ‘Taste for a Good Cause’ and ‘Taste Khmer Fine Dining’.

Here is some more detail on the new ‘Taste of Cambodia’ itinerary:
“Experience an eclectic mix of contemporary tastes in informal settings to get a true sense of the culinary world in today’s Cambodia. Taste of Cambodia will take you to:

POU RESTAURANT, run by Chef Mengly, one of the rising stars of the Cambodian culinary world. Take traditional countryside cooking and add a sprinkling of Mengly’s creative flair and you have a menu of the tastiest treats that is unlike anything else currently being dished up in Siem Reap.

BUGS CAFE – Dive into the night market where you will find Cambodia’s first insect tapas restaurant. Spiders, ants, silkworms…all are popular local delicacies and insects and have been called the food of the future thanks to their nutritional content and sustainability. Bugs Cafe is the perfect introduction to this unusual food source as they are cooked in fusion style.

MAHOB (pictured) – Located in a beautifully restored wooden house set in a pretty tropical garden, savour your main course and dessert in a more relaxed atmosphere where lots of the produce is grown on Chef Sothea’s organic farm located just outside of the city.”

Hanuman Travel staff party

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Hanuman Travel held its annual staff appreciation party in Phnom Penh recently, at the home of Managing Director Ms Tan Sotho. Staff from all of the company’s departments were present and joining them were members of the non-government organization Yosothor, which is dedicated to supporting and sustaining Khmer culture and heritage, and led by eminent Professor Ang Choulean, one of the foremost scholars on Khmer civilization and a close partner of Hanuman Travel. Hanuman Executive Director Kulikar Sotho, Ms Tan Sotho, Ang Choulean and staff members are pictured enjoying the evening.

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Come to Cambodia in the Green Season

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

We recommend you come to Cambodia in the Green Season. We list below a few reasons why coming to this beautiful country in what is considered the low season, but what we like to call the Green Season, is a great time to visit.

Rice harvesting in Kratie

Rice harvesting in Kratie

  • A temple to yourselves. Angkor is considerably quieter in the green season, which is great for visiting the temples. Most of the big tour groups have vanished, the temples are often deserted, especially early in the mornings and even the Bayon and Angkor Wat are quiet. If you head out to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea you will not see many other tourists at all and our guides can take you to some lesser known temples like the isolated Ta Nei where you may be lucky to see some recently released Gibbons in the vicinity of the temple.
  • The scenery. Cambodia is at its most beautiful in the green season. The rice paddies are gorgeously green and verdant, the moats and barays near the temples are full and when conditions are just right, you can expect spectacular sunsets.
  • It’s cooler. The rains break up the heat, it’s easier to explore and spend longer at each site and for much of the time it is still cloudless and sunny in the mornings.
  • Value for money. Cambodia is pretty unbeatable value for money compared to most other destinations, but in the green season, we offer seriously competitive rates and lots of special offers, including half price hotel rooms.
  • The Tonle Sap Lake. The green season is the best time to visit the floating villages of Kompong Pluk and Kompong Khleang. Water levels are getting higher, making it much easier to navigate through the villages by boat. Travel in June and July and see the water levels rising, but still appreciate the height of the bamboo skyscraper houses on stilts. Visit in August and September and the water levels completely flood the mangroves, which is a beautiful sight and it laps at the front steps of the stilted houses.
  • Flights. They are much cheaper in the spring and summer months, both from the United Kingdom and Europe, and internally within Cambodia.
  • Pick of the very best guides. Our tour guides are not as rushed off their feet as they are in the high season, so take a look at our customer feedback and request the guides who appeal to you.
  • A second visit? Many first time visitors travel to Cambodia in the high season. The country takes on a different look and feel in the green season. The landscape changes, the Mekong River reverses its flow into the Tonle Sap Lake which expands, and there are less tourists. It’s a perfect time to return and visit some new and interesting areas like Battambang, Kampot, Kep, Kratie and even venture up to Mondulkiri in the Northeast.

So there you have it, 8 great reasons to visit Cambodia now. Contact the Hanuman sales team for the special offers and competitive rates we will be happy to provide.

Hanuman Guide Training 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Hanuman’s General Manager Patrick Chase and Product Manager Harold de Martimprey recently headed to Siem Reap to conduct our annual guide training for 2015.

They were joined for a morning classroom session by some of Cambodia’s leading tour guides, many of whom work exclusively with Hanuman. Training took place at our beautiful Sala Kdei, a traditional Khmer wooden home we use for exclusive meals, events, yoga sessions and cooking classes.

Harold starting off the training at Sala Kdei

Team photo at beautiful Sala Kdei

During the training we were delighted to welcome the fantastic team from Flight of the Gibbon Angkor who updated us on one of Southeast Asia’s top adventure activities and then invited us all to join them on tour in the afternoon! We took our superb guides and were also joined by team members from our hotels – Hanuman Alaya Boutique Residence and Hanuman Villa.

The team all geared up at Flight of the Gibbon Angkor

Enjoying the ziplines at Flight of the Gibbon

A great way to start off the high season in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“It’s not where you go, it’s who you know when you get there” – The Sunday Times.

To join one of our very special guides on a tour of Cambodia, contact sales@hanumantourism.com – One of the Worlds Top Travel Fixers

Pchum Ben festival underway

Friday, October 9th, 2015

On Monday and Tuesday 12-13 October 2015 the Pchum Ben national holiday will be in full effect here in Cambodia. This is one of the most important festivals of the year so Hanuman close our offices to pay our respects to our ancestors.

Monk and gong

Monk and gong

Running for 15 days, usually from the end of September into early October, Pchum Ben festival is dedicated to blessing the spirits of the dead and is one of the most culturally significant events in the Kingdom of Cambodia. The exact date changes from year to year with the festival being based on the lunar calendar. Each household visits their temple of choice and offers food to the monks.

Offering food is seen as a generous act, earning merit and ensuring good luck. It is one of the oldest and most common rituals of Buddhism. During the Pchum Ben festival, people bring food to the temple for the monks to feed hungry ghost ancestors, relatives and friends. Pagodas are often crowded with people patiently waiting their turn to make offerings and requesting monks pray for their late ancestors and loved ones. Many stay on at the pagoda to listen to Buddhist sermons.

Monks & nuns gather at a pagoda near Siem Reap

Monks & nuns gather at a pagoda near Siem Reap

Pchum Ben roughly translates as taking a piece of rice in your hand and moulding or pressing it into a ball to place as an offering to hungry ghosts on alters and around temple grounds. Hungry ghost or Preta (meaning departed ones in Sanskrit) is one of the six modes of existence in the Wheel of Life. They are seen as pitiful creatures with huge, empty stomachs and tiny mouths, with necks so thin they cannot swallow and always remain hungry. It is believed that beings are reborn as hungry ghosts because of their greed, envy and jealousy. As well as food offerings, the hungry ghosts also have lively entertainment laid on for them during Pchum Ben!

Phum Baitang opens in August

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Phum Baitang (Green Village) is set to open in August of this year and promises to be a leading addition to the luxury hotel options available in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Phum Baitang, Siem Reap

Phum Baitang, Siem Reap

Hanuman recently visited the 8 acre site to check on progress. The setting is quiet and secluded yet still convenient for downtown and the temples. Once the landscaping is complete with lush gardens, sugar palms and paddy fields it will be a real oasis and offer some of the most elegant and luxurious villas in Cambodia. All structures are already complete with a handful of their beautiful villas now ready for booking.

This elegant hideaway comprises forty-five spacious villas, twenty-five with private terrace and twenty with private plunge pool. The wooden and stilted villas are inspired both inside and out by traditional Cambodian design, offering guests a unique experience in Siem Reap. A luxurious and tranquil Spa Temple offers seven treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and relaxation area. A yoga pavilion, fully-equipped fitness room and 50m outdoor infinity pool complete the resort’s leisure facilities. During the day, guests can enjoy a light meal or sample a refreshing homemade juice at the Pool Bar. For elegant dining, Phum Baitang’s two restaurants, one locally-inspired and the other offering international cuisine, serve delicious meals using fresh organic herbs and vegetables from the resort’s own gardens. At the Cigar/Cocktail Lounge, guests can sip a cocktail while watching the sun set over lush paddy fields. 5-star luxury coming your way very soon in Siem Reap.

The new Viroth’s

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

New Viroth’s Hotel opens its doors in Siem Reap, the gateway to Cambodia’s Temples of Angkor.

Viroth's Hotel in Siem Reap

Viroth’s Hotel in Siem Reap

Viroth’s is already well known for its small, stylish boutique hotel and its contemporary restaurant which have been welcoming guests and keeping diners happy with delicious Asian fusion cuisine for years.

They have now opened their second hotel which is a great addition to the character hotel scene in Siem Reap and welcomed by Hanuman. The old hotel with just 7 rooms is renamed Viroth’s Villa, while the new option is now Viroth’s Hotel.

Located on a quiet street just off Wat Bo road it’s just a short stroll to the Old Market, Pub Street and the alleyways. Viroths Hotel offers 33 stylish rooms all with spacious balconies or terrace, excellent bathrooms, a large pool and a small spa. Service and food are top notch and if your looking for a well priced, contemporary character hotel with one of the best locations in temple town, look no further.

Phnom Penh performances

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

From May through until August, you can catch these excellent classical and traditional performances in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city.

Children of Bassac

Children of Bassac

The fabulous Children of Bassac show will continue throughout May at the National Museum in Phnom Penh from 7-8pm every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets cost $15 for adults & $6 for children under 12. This is classical and folk dance at its very best. RECOMMENDED.

In the 2nd week of June, the Plae Pakaa Season will resume, 3 nights a week until August. Performances at the Phnom Penh National Museum, starting at 7pm and costing $15 for adults. On Fridays, it will be the Dance show by Children of Bassac; Saturdays – Cambodian Opera, the Story of Mak Therng by Yike Amatak; Sundays – Large Shadow Puppets, The War of Indrajit by Department of Performing Arts and Children of Bassac. Also highly RECOMMENDED.