Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

Apr 06 2014

Google launches Street View images of Angkor

Say cheese to the Google Car.

With ever-increasing visitor numbers, Angkor is well established on the tourist map. Now, for the first time, it is also firmly on Google’s. Street View imagery of 100 temples in the 400 square kilometre Angkor Park launched on April 3, 2014, to include iconic historic sites like Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm. Browsing from … read the full post

Sep 20 2013

Review: An Interactive Guide to Angkor

Feet itching already.

It’s a common question: Can you recommend a good guide for Angkor Wat? While everyone has their personal favourite when it comes to a real live guide for Angkor Wat, a relative newcomer to the tablet scene allows you to research beforehand and adds plenty of extra detail that even your living, breathing guide may … read the full post

Sep 12 2013

Phnom Kulen’s less visited sites

Cool off in the cascades

Moss-swathed temples ensconced in jungle are waiting to be found on Phnom Kulen, “Mountain of the Lychees”. The low-lying plateau, 40 kilometres from Siem Reap, draws local and tourists alike to its cooling cascades, river carvings and prominent hill top pagoda, which together make for a popular and well-rounded day trip. Yet those with a … read the full post

Sep 06 2013

Adventure activities in Siem Reap

The flooded forest of Kompong Phluk

The serene temples of Siem Reap may not conjure up images of white-knuckle adventures for adrenaline addicts, yet there are an ever-increasing number of opportunities to ramble along little-trodden routes and escape the crowds by foot, bike, horseback and petrol power. Here’s a roundup of some of the best adventurous and active ways to see … read the full post

Aug 29 2013

Review: Park Hyatt, Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Art Deco facade of Park Hyatt Siem Reap

A top class five-star hotel closes and re-opens 14 months later, reincarnated as another top class five-star hotel. Goodbye Hotel De La Paix and welcome Park Hyatt Siem Reap. The results of the refurbishment of the achingly stylish former De La Paix have produced a not all that dramatic difference to the ambience, and this … read the full post

Aug 22 2013

Review: Marum, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Lit up trees at Marum, named after the Moringa or 'Tree of Life'

The fifth installment from the well-established Tree Alliance group of hospitality training school restaurants, Marum has a lot to live up to. Joining the esteemed ranks of Phnom Penh’s popular Romdeng and Friends restaurants, Marum is the newest of the set and first to land in Siem Reap. Run by Kaliyan Mith, an NGO working … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Theam’s House, Siem Reap

Published by under Shopping

Teeming with colourful artwork

Elephants, geckos and fish are just some of the brightly coloured contemporary artworks you can admire at the slightly-hard-to-find Theam’s House, the Siem Reap home and atelier-meets-gallery of Cambodian designer and artist Lim Muy Theam. It’s an unlikely location for a showroom of design-savvy sculptures, lacquerwork and paintings. Your tuk tuk will need to depart … read the full post

Aug 01 2013

Review: City River Hotel, Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Hit the roof's pool

On the banks of the Siem Reap River, just a five-minute stroll from the tourist magnet of Pub Street, sits popular and fairly priced City River Hotel. The convenience of this hotel’s central setting plus a rooftop swimming pool and terrace make it a worthwhile choice in Siem Reap. While you won’t spot any actual temples … read the full post

Jul 06 2013

Review: Sister Srey Cafe, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Upstairs switching temples for storybooks (2)

Once upon a time in Never Never land… Oh no wait, that’s just the playful presentation of the drinks menu, filled with a selection of quality coffees and thick fruit shakes served in jam jars, found tucked into children’s story books at Sister Srey Cafe. Run by an affable Aussie sister duo, this creative twosome … read the full post

Jun 30 2013

Mechrey village, Siem Reap

Mechrey (3)

If you thought Siem Reap and its environs were all about the temples, think again. Mechrey village is a floating community located on the margins of Tonle Sap, nine kilometres west of Siem Reap, where the houses, schools and even shops all sit bobbing on the water — though not in the dry season — as locals … read the full post

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