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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

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

Discounts at HanumanAlaya until October

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Enjoy our fantastic value Green Season discounts at HanumanAlaya until 31 October 2015.

HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence

HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence

Once again we offer superb Green Season Discounts for the HanumanAlaya and HanumanAlaya Villa in Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor, from today through until 31 October 2015, where we have discounts of up to 50% on room nights.

Stay minimum 5 nights get 50% Discount including breakfast.
Stay minimum 4 nights get 40% Discount including breakfast.
Stay minimum 3 nights get 30% Discount including breakfast.
Stay minimum 2 nights get 20% Discount including breakfast.
Stay 1 night get 10% Discount including breakfast.

It’s easy to book online @ http://www.hanumanalaya.com/

HanumanAlaya in the Best Small Hotels

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

With TripAdvisors’ 2015 Traveller’s Choice Awards in full swing, we are very pleased to report that our very own HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence in Siem Reap is included amongst the Best 25 Small Hotels in Cambodia.

The HanumanAlaya features 15 exquisitely decorated rooms alongside our renowned Reahoo Restaurant, Asura Bar, Rama Lounge, Sita Spa and our Hanuman Traditional Arts Gallery, we also have our very own delightful Ganesha Pool, the centerpiece of our beautiful property, complete with ornate naga fountains and classic statue of Ganesha.

Guide Training in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

As high season approaches, the Hanuman team hosted another refresher session for the leading tour guides in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Hanuman Siem Reap Guide Training at Sala Kdei, Angkor

Hanuman Siem Reap Guide Training at Sala Kdei, Angkor

The Phnom Penh training took place on 3 September 2014 in the Hanuman head office and included a practical session out and about in the city in the afternoon. Guides joined our revised Living History of Phnom Penh tour and explored the new route to discover some new buildings and stories along the way. This original Hanuman itinerary includes some of the most iconic colonial-era buildings in the city, as well as some hidden gems in the back streets of Cambodia’s charming capital.

Trainers Patrick Chase and Nick Ray then travelled up to Siem Reap to work with the leading Angkor tour guides based in Siem Reap. The guide training was hosted in the stunning Sala Kdei overlooking Sra Srang which was looking better than ever with the gardens flourishing in the green season rains. The morning session was lively with lots of shared ideas on temple timings and best secret spots for sunrise and sunset, and was followed by a catered lunch.

In the afternoon we ventured into Angkor Thom for a practical session to teach the guides the philosophy behind the Angkor Thom Photographic Scavenger Hunt. Starting out at the Bayon Temple, we explored the smaller temples of Angkor Thom on foot, including the atmospheric Preah Palilay and the seldom visited Preah Pithu. This is an original, interactive way for families to explore the temples and keep their children interested. Highly recommended.

HanumanAlaya’s Green Season Discounts

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Fantastic Value Green Season Discounts at HanumanAlaya

HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence

HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence

We are pleased to announce our Green Season Discounts for the HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence and HanumanAlaya Villa in Siem Reap, which begin on 1 April 2014. Once again, our ‘Stay Longer, Save More’ offer until the end of August will benefit our guests who want to stay that extra bit longer in Siem Reap and Angkor. And why not, it’s perfectly understandable. There is so much to see and do. During September we are offering all rooms at half-price and October has a ‘Stay 3, Pay 2’ promotion. Contact the Hanuman Sales Team as early as possible to book these fantastic value Green Season Discounts.

Stay Longer, Save More
From 1 April – 31 August 2014:

– Stay minimum 5 nights get 50% Discount including breakfast
– Stay minimum 4 nights get 40% Discount including breakfast
– Stay minimum 3 nights get 30% Discount including breakfast
– Stay minimum 2 nights get 20% Discount including breakfast
– Stay                     1 night get 10% Discount including breakfast

From 1 September – 30 September 2014
– Stay minimum 1 night get 50% Discount including breakfast

From 1 October – 31 October 2014
– Stay 3 nights, pay only 2 nights including breakfast.

Celebrities travelling in Cambodia with Hanuman

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Check out this video compilation of celebrity travellers in Cambodia with Hanuman, including Gordon Ramsay, Charley Boorman and Samantha Brown.

 

Travel Channel host Samantha Brown travelled all over Cambodia and finished her trip with a signature Hanuman Beach Safari in Ream National Park.

Charley Boorman swung through Cambodia as part of his epic London to Sydney journey for By Any Means and travelled the length of the country with Nick Ray, including riding the rocket boat to Stung Treng, dirt biking to the temples of Angkor and then experiencing the Bamboo Train around Sisophon.

Celeb Chef Ramsay cooked his way around the country for Gordon’s Great Escapes, meeting Bunong tribes people in Mondulkiri, hunting for tarantulas in Kompong Thom and learning some new recipes with some of the Friends team in Phnom Penh. He finished with a cook-off against Chef Luu Meng from Cambodia, with a gala guest list that included members of the Cambodian royal family.

Don’t just watch the celebrities, follow in their footsteps. Try a Beach Safari like Samantha Brown, or even a Temple Safari like Charley Boorman experienced at Beng Mealea. Or try a cooking class in Cambodia with Chef Luu Meng from Malis. Hanuman will soon be announcing a celebrity cooking class at Sala Roluos in Siem Reap, using the key recipes that Gordon Ramsay discovered on his great escape to Cambodia.

Or just take the easy option and book a stay at HanumanAlaya, Angkor’s Boutique Residence, the regular choice of TV celebrities when staying in Siem Reap.

The Traveller’s Cambodia

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The Traveller Magazine features Cambodia in a 14-page spread. 

Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

Cambodia is featured on the cover of this month’s Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine (August 2013 edition) and a 14-page spread extols the country’s numerous charms. The introduction states: From its ancient temples to its elegant capital and all the rich village life in between, Cambodia is a small country with a big soul, a kingdom where family, community and pagoda life reign supreme.

Included as THE place to stay in Siem Reap is the HanumanAlaya. The Traveller reads: Base yourself in nearby Siem Reap. To the north of the city centre, away from the tourist bustle, HanumanAlaya has rooms arranged around a leafy pool and garden. The wood is traditional, teak-panelled ceilings and traditional art of the walls (rooms from 55 British pounds).

You can read the main body of the Traveller article here.

Green Season Travel in Indochina

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Rain clouds over Angkor Wat... and not a tourist in sight.

Rain clouds over Angkor Wat… and not a tourist in sight.

The majority of visitors to Indochina prefer to travel during the high season which runs from November through March. Here are some insightful reasons to buck the trend and travel during low season which we prefer to call the ‘green’ season.

Angkor is certainly more crowded than it used to be. That is why Hanuman has carved a niche for itself as the company that approaches the temples differently, striving to avoid the crowds and to make the experience more personal, more intimate, more spiritual. Visitor numbers have risen tenfold in a decade from around 250,000 to around 2.5 million. However, the vast majority of these visitors are travelling during high season and the five months from November to March. Why not consider promoting Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam during green season? Here are a few highlights about the green season that could make the difference.

Saving Money

In these difficult economic times, price matters. Until recently, there was little difference between high season and low season prices, so there was no real economic incentive to promote the region during green season. This has all changed with the advent of the global crisis and green season rates are now substantially lower than high season, particularly for some mid-range to high-end hotels and long-haul flights. A number of hotels in places such as Siem Reap, Luang Prabang and Hoi An are offering great discounted rates off their high season prices. This particularly applies to Myanmar, where high season rates at hotels are spiraling out of control along with tourist numbers, and the green season offers an attractive alternative.

Avoiding crowds
Peak season is a busy time and it means the leading destinations (and by default the leading hotels) are very busy. Travel off-season and the numbers plummet. This means the sights are less crowded and the hotels less busy, adding up to a more relaxed and serene experience. In the recent past, our team has been in both Luang Prabang and Siem Reap and it is very tranquil compared to the high season. It almost feels like a flashback to bygone days when Cambodia and Laos were truly off-the-beaten-path and only for the most adventurous travellers. This can be particularly important for the more wealthy and discerning traveller who really wants a different experience. It is that much harder to create with ten times the number of tourists in town. The best rooms are available, the best places calm and peaceful and the best restaurants not overcrowded. Coupled with price, this is quite an incentive.

The Weather
This is the big fear when it comes to green season travel. What will the weather be like? Well the honest answer is that we don’t know anymore. Global warming, unexpected typhoons and many elements have combined to ensure the weather is not as predictable as it once was. The monsoon no longer arrives and departs to schedule.  Even when it rains, the showers are usually short and sharp, falling at the end of the day, some time between 5pm and 8pm. Yes, there may be some instant floods here and there, but this can be quite a spectacle in itself. So the weather should no longer be an obstacle for a low season visit, as it is too unpredictable these days. If we are choosing our favourite green season months, then June to August are probably the best. May is very hot in many areas and still arid, while September is traditionally the wettest, although in recent years Siem Reap has experienced major flooding in October. There’s never been a perfect season to travel to Vietnam, as there are microclimates up and down the country, so make that the perfect excuse to travel to Indochina when you want and not when everyone else does.

Spectacular Clouds
Well it’s linked to the weather, but the incredible clouds that appear during the wet season are something to behold. Like post-nuclear mushroom clouds, they tower in the sky and make for some spectacular sunsets. These are clouds the like of which you may never have seen. Similarly the storms are a force of nature and witnessing one roll in across the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to Can Tho is something visitors will never forget.

The Landscape
Travel in many parts of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar from December to April and it will be dry and arid in the countryside as the rice has already been harvested. Travel in the green season and the landscape is a rich tapestry of emerald greens glistening in the sun. Not only are the paddy fields more alive, but the lakes, rivers and streams are flowing with water, making for faster and safer boat trips across the region. The moats and ponds at the temples of Angkor fill up, making for spectacular reflections for photographs. The moss and lichen that clings to many temples comes alive, adding a dramatic carpet of green or orange to many of the ancient stones.

So whether you are looking for better value, a more intimate experience without the crowds or a more spectacular landscape, the low season can deliver. Add these together and it might just be a better time to travel to the countries of the Mekong region.

HanumanAlaya is playing its part in promoting the green season with a Stay Longer, Save More promotion through til 30 September 2013. For more details, visit http://www.hanumanalaya.com/.

Certificate of Excellence

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

HanumanAlaya earns Trip Advisor recognition.
 

The HaunmanAlaya Boutique Residence in Siem Reap is delighted to receive a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. See the HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence for yourself at http://www.hanumanalaya.com/.