Travelfish correspondent Simon Hare
Simon was born in London in 1966 and made his first overseas trip at the age of seven, a family holiday by rail to the South of France and has barely stopped travelling since. He has lived in the UK, Spain, France, and Thailand and is currently living in Siem Reap, Cambodia, home of the remarkable Angkor Wat temples, where he works for a UK charity that place volunteers with local NGOs.
He is fluent in English, Spanish and French, but to date he has only mastered a few carefully chosen words of Khmer, like "Food" and "Beer" and "Fat".
Simon's 20 years working as "a suit" in magazine publishing have been described by friends as "long periods of travel interrupted by short periods of work", so it made sense that he should eventually retrain as a travel writer. He studied journalism at night school at The London School of Communications, and in 2011 he called a "time out" on his publishing career and headed west out of London, armed with his notepad, his Nikon and a one way ticket to Asia, via The USA, Mexico, The South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.
Posts by Simon Hare:
About 100 metres from the northern end of Pub Street but a million miles from the genuine free Apsara shows, authentic Cambodian snake and crocodile barbecues and myriad piscene pedicure tanks, you will find a small haven of tranquility, a very classy little Khmer-owned and managed restaurant serving inexpensive and reliably high quality local food … read the full post
You can almost hear the collective groan when you enter airport arrivals halls around the world only to be faced with slow, or worse still, stationary queues at the immigration desk. Bangkok, Heathrow and Auckland are serial offenders, but you’d think that a sleepy little airport like Siem Reap would be different. Sadly, it ain’t … read the full post
When a friend suffered a nasty fall recently whilst crossing a street in a flash flood I realised that knowing how to find a good doctor fast in Siem Reap could come in useful. Said friend is quite tough which meant he managed to wait until the following day before giving in to the pain … read the full post
Cool and breezy Cafe Central occupies the ground floor of a classic cream-coloured colonial building on a commanding corner spot opposite Siem Reap’s Old Market. Set midway between the slow flowing river and one end of the town’s celebrated Pub Street, the location is hard to beat. With shady terrace seating outside, and deep red … read the full post
There has been no regular train service in Cambodia since at least 2009, and even when there was it didn’t go anywhere near Siem Reap. So how The Station Winebar got its name remains a bit of a mystery. One thing is for sure, though, whether you are on foot, bicycle, moto or tuk tuk, … read the full post