Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activities' Category

Mar 12 2012

Where to work out in Siem Reap

I’m writing this now, but as it’s 983 degrees I’m as likely to think it’s a good idea to head for the gym as I am to host my own public disembowelment. On the other hand, I do know there are some people out there who are not as congenitally bone-idle as I am, so … read the full post

Feb 22 2012

Explore Siem Reap with a cool north riverside walk

Downtown Siem Reap is dusty, hot, traffic-clogged and as ideally suited for a walk as a rubber-ducky is for lunch (not unlike KL in that regard). It may look like there’s potential, but you’ll soon be sorry you ever started. Willing walkers often try the circuit on the south river, striking out from the bridge … read the full post

Feb 18 2012

Movie nights in Siem Reap

With Siem Reap’s first International Film Festival underway this weekend, it’s high time we looked at what other options film fans have when the festival has passed. First, to break the bad news: Siem Reap is not Bangkok. There are no mega-cinemas to be found here. But on the positive side, Siem Reap is not … read the full post

Jan 18 2012

Corporate social responsibility in Siem Reap

It will surprise many of Siem Reap’s visitors to know that, despite the enormous amount of money spent by all two million of you each year, Siem Reap province remains the third poorest of Cambodia’s 23 provinces. This is a devastating statistic, and indicates that very little of the money that you spend here is … read the full post

Jan 08 2012

Photography tours and courses in Siem Reap

With its incredible colours, sepia-toned dawns and evening light, fascinating daily scenes and easy smiles of the people, Cambodia is a photographer’s dream, and the mystical Angkorian complex especially has drawn artists of all kinds since its rediscovery in the 19th century. For amateur photographers too, Cambodia provides rich opportunities for capturing images that have … read the full post

Nov 25 2011

The open road to Banteay Chhmar

For years, a rusty, rutted, oftentimes impassable track linked Poipet and Siem Reap, the bane of farmers and tourists alike. Efforts at construction, then re-construction then more re-construction were made, half-hearted and soon thwarted by the elements. If you listened to rumours, they’d tell you that it was all to protect the monopoly one airline … read the full post

Nov 16 2011

Shadow puppet theatre charity performance

Consider this a strong recommendation to take advantage of an opportunity to enjoy a special performance of one of Cambodia’s ancient art forms: shadow puppet theatre. The Angkor Hospital for Children is hosting a performance staged with support from Cambodian Living Arts on Monday November 22. The performance will take place at the circular drive … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Ecotour or not ecotour, a few questions you should ask

Ecotourism is the most important word in the Cambodian tourism lexicon at the moment. Everyone is at it, or claims to be, in response to the growing desire of tourists to enjoy something that’s at once different, involved or “experiential” to use the other crucial industry buzzword, and environmentally responsible (we won’t talk about airline … read the full post

Oct 03 2011

Photography at Friends Centre

The Angkor Hospital for Children is a well-established and highly reputed charitable hospital set in the heart of Siem Reap. It provides services for children from in and around Siem Reap, with almost one million children so far benefiting from their services in its 12 years of existence. Their valuable work is partially supported by … read the full post

Sep 07 2011

Angkor’s grandeur on a minor scale: Dy Proeung’s work

The question of overcrowding at Angkor Wat is becoming a serious one, and efforts are being made by numerous bodies to try to address it. One Cambodian artist has been doing his own bit too as his work offers a novel way of viewing Angkor: in miniature. Dy Proeung, 75, is one of the few … read the full post

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