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Rosewood Luang Prabang Opens in Luang Prabang

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

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Following hot on the heels of the Rosewood Phnom Penh opening comes the Rosewood Luang Prabang, albeit in a completely different style. Set outside town along the river in a dense forest, this is more like a luxury jungle camp than a typical Rosewood, but then there is no such thing as a typical Rosewood. The resort includes 22 luxury tents and villa, featuring Lao and French colonial furnishings, accents of locally inspired artwork, and their own private dining areas and wrap-around decks. The indulgent set-up will also combine a bar and bistro providing French and Lao cuisine.

Located on the banks of the Mekong River, about 10 minutes outside Luang Prabang, it is the perfect place to experience the beauty and serenity of nature. The Rosewood Luang Prabang opened yesterday.

Rosewood Phnom Penh Opens Its Doors

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
(PRNewsfoto/Rosewood Hotels and Resorts)

(PRNewsfoto/Rosewood Hotels and Resorts)

Soaring above the heart of the Cambodian capital, Rosewood Phnom Penh occupies the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower, the city’s most iconic modern structure and a symbol of the new Cambodia. When fully open, the hotel will boast 175 rooms, including 37 suites, blending traditional refinement with sophistication, each room offering unparalleled views of the city. From plush furnishings to intuitive technology, every element has been thoughtfully considered, to create comfortable, residential-style living spaces that are equally suited to business and leisure stays. Right now, these are the most luxuriously-appointed rooms in Phnom Penh and suitable for business or leisure travelers.

One of the highlights of the hotel, is the incredible selection of dining and drinking outlets, including the Sora Bar, a sky bar on the 37th floor with immense views of the low-lying city. On the same floor is the divine Iza, a Japanese restaurant with a mouthwatering menu and a huge sake selection, plus an impressive whisky library and cigar bar in a private smoking section. The 35th floor includes the impressive lobby for check-in, an art gallery and Louis Brasserie which offers an exceptional set lunch.

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

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