Posts Tagged ‘Cambodia’

Kayaking and Paddleboarding around Kampot

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

greencathedral
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

Kampot-riverside-residence

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

Mahob
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.”

Preah Vihear Museum on display

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Preah Vihear Eco-Global Museum

Tomorrow, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen will officially open the brand new Preah Vihear Eco-Global Museum, located in the town of Sraem, some 23kms from the Preah Vihear mountain-top UNESCO-recognised temple.

The Eco-Global Museum reflects on the ancient Khmer civilization and the life of the local ethnic Kuay communities and the rich diversity of their natural environment. The museum displays in four different rooms, archaeological collections from the famous Temple of Preah Vihear and its wider network of related monuments in the province, exceptional and sometimes endangered flora and fauna, and objects, which illustrate the livelihood of local communities, both Khmer and Kuay. Pictured is Phoeurng Sackona, the country’s Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, who recently visited the museum.

Recent Hotel Openings in Cambodia

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

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Relais de Chhlong:
The Relais de Chhlong (pictured) is once again open to welcome visitors. Originally built as the district governor’s house during the French colonial-era, it first opened as a boutique hotel about a decade ago before closing for a long period. Now the renovations are complete, its 10 comfortable suites await guests in this atmospheric place to stay on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, about 35km south of Kratie town.

Sahaa Beach Resort:
The first boutique hotel to open on the Otres 1 near Sihanoukville, this stands out from the crowd. The property has 26 rooms, including some connecting family rooms and even a suite with a private pool. The restaurant and lobby are artfully decorated and set the scene for a relaxing stay. The bungalows and villas are set amid a lush garden with the central feature of a swimming pool. Just across the track lies Otres Beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on the mainland. It is well located for the local restaurants and bars in the Otres area and it’s an easy base for day trips to nearby islands and water-based activities.

Le Bokor Palace:
This colonial-era hotel has been restored by Sokha Hotels. After extensive renovations, Le Bokor Palace has just reopened in early 2018 and includes 36 luxurious rooms and suites and two restaurants. Originally dating from 1925, it was a playground for royalty, colonials and adventurers during the 1960s, but has been abandoned since the civil war and Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Perched on a cliff at the top of Bokor Mountain, this historical hotel commands breathtaking views of what the French once called the Opal Coast. Thanks to its height of 1000m, it is notably cooler on the plateau of Bokor, usually 10 °C cooler than the lowlands and the reason why the French colonial authorities chose it as the location for a hill station.

Hanuman Hosts the Audley Guide Awards 2017 in Siem Reap

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Hanuman Travel and HanumanAlaya Boutique Hotels teamed up to host the annual Audley Guide Awards in Siem Reap in June 2017.

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei All Award Winners

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei All Award Winners

Around 50 attendees from all over Asia flew in to take part in the annual celebration of guiding excellence. Participants stayed at the HanumanAlaya hotels (Boutique Residence, Villa and Colonial House) and enjoyed a headline award ceremony at Sala Kdei near the Royal Bathing Pond of Sra Srang. Events included a test drive of a new Angkor Wat Photographic Scavenger Hunt and a Gala Dinner at Reahoo Restaurant at HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence.

Thanks to Audley Travel for the honour of hosting the Audley Guide Awards 2017.

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Welcome

Here is a brief overview from Audley Indochina Product Manager Craig Johnstone:

“A few weeks have passed now since the 2017 Audley Guide Awards, making it the perfect time to look back and remember the wonderful weekend we all enjoyed together in Siem Reap. Friends and colleagues gathered from all over Southeast Asia, coming from as far afield as India and the Philippines to experience two days of festivities and information sharing. I hope you all agree that Hanuman were excellent hosts and helped organise a seamless event filled with many notable highlights.

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Pol Rith Cambodia

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Pol Rith Cambodia

It all started on the Friday evening when we were all welcomed at Sala Kdei, a traditional Khmer house looking over Angkor’s royal bathing pool. After having a drink or two and enjoying the Khmer buffet, it was time to recognise those responsible for delivering the Audley experience on the ground. Those of you who received an award that night are fundamental to our success and it was a pleasure to the share in the celebrations.”

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Hanuman Dance

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Hanuman Dance

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Hanuman Team

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Hanuman Team

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.

Keep up with Hanuman Travel on Social Media

Monday, May 1st, 2017

To keep up with the latest news from Hanuman Travel in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam, check out our social media platforms, including a Facebook page, Twitter account and Youtube channel.

Hanuman Travel on Twitter

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Hanuman Teams Up with Backstreet Academy

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Hanuman Travel has teamed up with peer-to-peer experiential travel provider Backstreet Academy to offer some new experiences in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Backstreet Academy homepage

Backstreet Academy homepage

Backstreet Academy has been cited by the BBC, National Geographic, The Guardian and Forbes for its original workshops with local characters from around the region and with Hanuman Travel’s penchant for original experiences with unique personalities we couldn’t help but take an interest. Choose from anything to wood and stone carving lessons to pencil and watercolour painting classes at the temples of Angkor. Classes in kickboxing are available, as well as the traditional Cambodian martial art of Bokator.

From the inception of Backstreet Academy as a social enterprise in Kathmandu, Nepal, the founders have promoted profit making and social impact hand-in-hand. Check out some of their original experiences in 10 countries across Asia at https://www.backstreetacademy.com/

Cambodia’s Sam Veasna Center a finalist for 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

It has been announced that Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation (SVC) is one of just 13 finalists up for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards at the World Travel Market in London in November 2016, putting Cambodia firmly on the global map for bird and wildlife ecotourism.

Gibbons in Cambodia

Gibbons in Cambodia

Hanuman has worked with SVC for more than a decade now, sending visitors to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, Ang Trapeang Thmor, Tmatboey and new wildlife sites such as Seima Protected Forest in Mondulkiri. Hanuman congratulates SVC on this nomination and looks forward to a continued close relationship in promoting the wildlife of Cambodia as a sustainable model to flora and fauna in the kingdom.

SVC is entered for the ‘Best Contribution to Wildlife Conservation’ award, highlighting the key role that ecotourism can have in preserving wildlife and habitats in Cambodia and around the world.
SVC has successfully made it through the most rigorous tourism Awards judging process and is now in contention to be globally awarded for its contribution to wildlife conservation. Innovation, inspiration and repeatable models were key criteria for this year’s finalists and SVC’s unique approach, working closely with WCS Cambodia, of conservation through community based ecotourism has been celebrated for the clear conservation success it has shown.

Cambodia is home to unique habitats and species that have all but vanished across Southeast Asia and has some of the world’s most threatened birds and wildlife, including critically endangered species such as Giant Ibis, 3 vulture species, numerous primates, Asian Elephants and the emblematic Eld’s Deer. Species that can only be seen with SVC. By taking birding and wildlife safaris throughout Cambodia and working closely with rural and indigenous communities in the most vulnerable habitats, SVC and conservation partner the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have been able to measure the stabilisation and growth of critically endangered species, and a reduction in deforestation. The SVC model for eco-tourism both directly incentivizes conservation in communities by paying a fee to the community when certain wildlife are seen, as well as training and employing community members as guides and ecotourism service providers.

SVC Director, Johnny Orn says: “Being recognised in this way puts Cambodia on the world map for its incredible birding and wildlife tourism – not something Cambodia is traditionally famous for. It also highlights the importance of ecotourism in Cambodia and the success for conservation achieved through responsible tourism. The more tourists who come to see our wildlife in a responsible way, the more of that wildlife that can be protected, and the more communities can directly benefit.”

Dr Ross Sinclair, WCS’s Country Director says: “Being a finalist in the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards is recognition of the quality and impact of SVC’s ecotourism products. By partnering with a conservation NGO like WCS to ensure there are conservation outcomes, and working with communities to ensure livelihood benefits, SVC are a world class example of responsible tourism.”

Sam Veasna Centre is a Cambodian wildlife conservation NGO sustaining Cambodia’s wildlife and communities through ecotourism, running wildlife viewing trips with exclusive access to Wildlife Conservation Society sites across Cambodia. The goal is to provide an alternative sustainable livelihood from ecotourism for the local communities at priority sites for conservation. In return for the income and employment received they are asked to sign no hunting and land use agreements, which are monitored by Ministries of Environment and Forestry patrol teams advised by WCS. SVC now works with 8 communities around the country.

The funds generated from ecotourism go back into community, conservation projects and ecotourism development creating a ‘local environmentally sustainable economy’. SVC’s unique collaborative approach has been held up by the Government of Cambodia as a model of successful community based ecotourism in protected areas which can be replicated across the country.

By investing in communities SVC has reduced, and in some cases, reversed species and habitat degradation by providing a sustainable livelihood option that reduces rural poverty, and SVC’s Environmental Education Training (EET) is teaching the next generation of Cambodians about the importance of conservation.