Posts Tagged ‘Cambodia’

Come to Cambodia in the Green Season

Friday, July 1st, 2016

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.

BBC Travel Show Rides the ‘Bamboo Train’

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Presenter Henry Golding and the Travel Show team were recently in Cambodia for the BBC and explored the country with Hanuman Travel.

As well as riding the new passenger trains which operate from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville via Kampot, the team also went on the rails in Battambang to try the ‘Bamboo Train. Check out this video to learn more about this unique form of transport in Northwest Cambodia.

 

All Aboard: On the Rails in Phnom Penh

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Royal Railways of Cambodia is set to launch the first passenger services in the kingdom for more than a decade over Khmer New Year. The Hanuman Travel team had an exclusive early look at the new carriages on a ride out of Phnom Penh. 

Royal Railways Cambodia VIP Carriage

Royal Railways Cambodia VIP Carriage

 

The Southern Line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville via Takeo and Kampot has been completely overhauled and freight services have already been running up and down the line for a couple of years. Passenger services will be launched on 9 April 2016 with fares ranging from US$3 to US$6 depending on the class and destination. The trains will be slow, taking about five hours to Kampot and eight hours to Sihanoukville, but the railway passes through some beautiful countryside in Kampot Province that is not seen from the highway.

Hanuman Travel Team aboard the Royal Railways train

Hanuman Travel Team aboard the Royal Railways train

Some of the Hanuman team had never travelled on a train before, as services have been suspended for so long and were traditionally not considered safe due to old track and occasional derailments. Now the line is in good shape and the old royal railway carriage of King Norodom has been rehabilitated as a VIP coach for charter. Hanuman is planning to create some unique steam train itineraries for rail enthusiasts and special interest groups. Watch this space and many thanks to John Guiry and the Royal Railways team for making this exclusive experience possible.

The view from the driver's seat on Royal Railways

The view from the driver’s seat on Royal Railways

 

The Royal Railways of Cambodia carriages before refurbishment

The Royal Railways of Cambodia carriages before refurbishment

Keep up with Hanuman Travel on Social Media

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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

Hanuman Travel on Twitter

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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.

Hanuman Paddle Tests a Kayaking Adventure

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

The Hanuman team recently ventured to the floating village and flooded forests of Me Chrey to test paddle a new kayaking experience.

Kayaking in Me Chrey, Siem Reap

Kayaking in Me Chrey, Siem Reap

Me Chrey is one of the smaller floating villages on the great Tonle Sap Lake and sees very few tourists compared to the much busier Chong Kneas, offering a more scenic and natural alternative. The village moves with the water level and is prettier during the green season, when the houses are anchored around an island pagoda.

Me Chrey Pagoda in Siem Reap

Me Chrey Pagoda in Siem Reap

The Hanuman team recently ventured out to Me Chrey, a scenic 25 km drive from Siem Reap, to test out a great new kayaking tour which explores the vast flooded forest in the area. Expert kayak guides led us through the shady flooded forest, spotting rare bird life, enjoying the tranquil surroundings and meeting the friendly locals.

Kayaking on the Tonle Sap Lake near Me Chrey

Kayaking on the Tonle Sap Lake near Me Chrey

We recommend a half day in the morning or afternoon. Enjoy slightly cooler temperatures and a better chance of spotting rare bird-life in the mornings, or bask in the warm evening light and take in a Tonle Sap sunset on the afternoon tour.

No kayaking experience required!

Kayaking on the Tonle Sap at Me Chrey near Siem Reap

Kayaking on the Tonle Sap at Me Chrey near Siem Reap

Contact sales@hanumantourism.com for more details

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“One of the world’s top travel fixers”

The Sunday Times

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.