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:
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
Molly Malone’s location in the absolute thick of the bar scene in Siem Reap — look up as you walk from lively Pub Street toward Sivatha Boulevard, the town’s main shopping street, and you’ll see the signs — makes it a great choice if you want a midrange guesthouse with a friendly bar, a decent … read the full post