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Apsara Authority launches new ‘Code of Conduct’

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Apsara Authority, the body responsible for the management of the majestic temples of Angkor near Siem Reap, has issued a new ‘Code of Conduct’ for visitors. 

This follows a spate of incidents involving travellers and tourists, including the taking of naked selfies at some temples and the damage of a sacred Buddha statue at Bayon.

Below is the new ‘Code of Conduct’ in full. It is also available in Khmer, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and French.

Angkor Code of Conduct

Angkor Code of Conduct

 

 

 

New Opening Hours at the Temples of Angkor

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

There has been some confusion as to the implementation of new opening hours at the Temples of Angkor, due to come into effect on 1 January 2016. Hanuman has been in touch with the team at the top to clarify the situation.

Angkor Wat will be open from 5.00am to 5.30pm, although the upper level of Bakan Sanctuary will only open from 7.30am.

Sra Srang will be open from 5.00am to 5.30pm.

Pre Rup will be open from 5.00am to 7.00pm.

Phnom Bakheng will be open from 5.00am to 7.00pm.

All others temples will be open from 7.30am to 5.30pm.

So in summary, Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng, Pre Rup and Sra Srang are open for sunrise. Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup are open for sunset.

However, it is unlikely there will be any restrictions on watching sunset at Sra Srang or Western Baray for example.

There are plans in the works to offer some sort of premium access to key temples at dawn such as Bayon and Ta Prohm.

New and improved HanumanAlaya Villa re-opens in Siem Reap

Monday, November 9th, 2015

After closing for 3 months during Cambodia’s lush green season to undergo extensive renovations we are delighted to announce HanumanAlaya Villa is open for business again and its looking better than ever!

One of many improvements include a redesigned pool area

One of many improvements include a redesigned pool area

We have completely re-designed the hotel and added a new villa behind the original building, which have both been seamlessly merged together. Despite adding the new building we have not increased the number of rooms, ensuring we retain the hotels small, personalised atmosphere and focusing on adding beautiful, spacious suites, re-designing the existing Deluxe Rooms and improving other facilities. There are only 12 units in total – 5 luxurious Deluxe Rooms and 7 very spacious Suites.

One of the new Suites at HanumanAlaya Villa

One of the new Suites at HanumanAlaya Villa

The new Suites and Deluxe Rooms offer stylish new bathrooms

The new Suites and Deluxe Rooms offer stylish new bathrooms

Other improvements include:

  • An expanded pool area to allow for more space around the sun loungers.
  • A remodeled entrance with a very natural and welcoming design.
  • Expanded and re-designed pool side restaurant area.
  • Installing a professional kitchen, ensuring food & beverage is better than ever.
  • The addition of a tranquil and beautifully decorated massage room.
Poolside dining at HanumanAlaya Villa

Poolside dining at HanumanAlaya Villa

To book your stay at our new and improved HanumanAlaya Villa contact sales@hanumantourism.com, one of the worlds top travel fixers!

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!

The Strand Cruise Set to Sail in Myanmar in 2016

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Strand Hotel in Myanmar, one of Myanmar’s signature hotels, has recently launched a new luxury river cruiser plying the classic Irrawaddy route between Bagan and Mandalay.

The Strand Cruise in Myanmar

The Strand Cruise in Myanmar

The Strand Cruise will set new standards of luxury for river travel in Myanmar. The 4-deck, 27-cabin vessel was built in Yangon and has a large swimming pool, sun deck terrace, gym/wellness facilities, spa & beauty parlour, alfresco and indoor dining and a cocktail lounge.

2016 sailings will be three or four-nights in duration with cruise operations scheduled to start in January 2016.

Contact Hanuman for special launch prices for Jan-Mar 2016 sailings. Rates include all excursions, on-board meals and soft drinks, local beer and house wine during meals, port charges, excursions with English speaking guides and satellite wi-fi. Passengers booking one of the two Strand Suites will have added extras such as a one-hour spa treatment of their choice and a night at The Strand Hotel pre- or post-cruise with private airport transfers.

Inside the Strand Cruise in Myanmar

Inside the Strand Cruise in Myanmar

Scheduled Sailings

The Strand Cruise 5 Days/4 Nights – Bagan to Mandalay

The Strand Cruise 4 Days/3 Nights – Mandalay to Bagan

http://www.thestrandcruise.com/

An Elephant Caravan to Save the Asian Elephant

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The Elephant Caravan will be packing its trunk to travel from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang in October 2015 to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian elephant and is being organised by the Elephant Conservation Center.

The Elephant Caravan – Laos 2015 (english version) from The Elephant Caravan on Vimeo.

Laos has been known as the “Land of a Million Elephants” for generations. Today, however, there are fewer than 900 elephants remaining in the country. The future of Asia’s largest land mammal, as well as the people who have cared for them for generations, has reached a crisis point. If elephants die out, not only does it mean the loss of a wonderful creature, but the end of an age-old culture as well.

In October 2015, an elephant caravan will begin its journey across northern Laos: 12 elephants will spend six weeks travelling 630 kilometers, making stops at 46 villages.

The caravan will travel from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Luang Prabang’s World Heritage Status when lots of events are planned.

Hanuman plans to join the finale of the caravan in Luang Prabang and we hope to see some of you there.

For more details, visit the website: http://www.theelephantcaravan.org/

Hanuman is “one of the world’s top ten travel fixers” The Sunday Times

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Pick up a Hanuman business card and “One of the world’s top travel fixers” appears as the strapline thanks to a headline article in The Sunday Times in 2009. Here it is in case you missed it back in the day.

Temple Safari, a unique adventure from Hanuman

Temple Safari, a unique adventure from Hanuman

Hanuman is proud to have been selected by The Sunday Times Travel Team as one of the World’s Top Ten Travel Fixers. These are the “best locally-run companies, the established insiders with impeccable guides, and are masters of their region”.

Read an extract by travel writer Vincent Crump below: “ Kulikar Sotho’s first job in travel was organising passage for 7,500 UN peacekeepers. Then the Khmer Rouge collapsed, ancient Angkor was rediscovered by the west, and Kulikar’s company, Hanuman, was on hand to act as midwife to Cambodian tourism. A decade or so later, more than a million visitors pitch up each year — including Korean coach parties wielding megaphones. Not to worry: Hanuman’s impeccable guides know how to dodge the crowds. For example, they spirited me to Angkor Wat’s eastern gate, the “back door”, for an exclusive, all-to-myself view of Asia’s most humdinging archeological site.

Hanuman also fixed it for me to spend a few days in the remote, red-earthed Ratanakiri region, where I penetrated sacrificial rituals, shook hands with pipe-smoking toddlers, and found out exactly why you should never sup rice wine with the villagers.

Best of all was my “temple safari” in the steaming, spidery Cambodian jungle — the brainchild of Kulikar’s husband, Nick Ray, who is also Lonely Planet’s writer in Cambodia and a self-styled temple-hunter. As the location scout for Tomb Raider, Ray unearthed virgin Angkorian citadels such as Koh Ker, where I scrambled up a rickety ladder to the top of a 120ft pyramid and found myself sole overlord of a 10th-century city, scores of its monuments still smothered in the undergrowth. ”

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.