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PANDAW S.E.ASIA RIVER EXPEDITION

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Recommendation of all the stunning places in Cambodia and other cities. Phnom Penh, Sihanouk Ville, Siem Reap, Koh Kong, KomPot, Kep, Battaambang, Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri, Saigon, Bangkok, Vietian.

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EDITOR’s NOTE NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011

PHNOM PENH

A GREAT PLACE TO BE In this issue we give you just a taste of some of the many options one has for living in Phnom Penh. Our article is a sampler if you will of some of the great communities Phnom Penh has to offer, an appetizer of sorts to wet your appetite if you will for all Phnom Penh has to offer. There is so much more to cover and that is where you come in. What do you like best about where you live, what needs to change, how can your neighborhood work together to make it one of Phnom Penh’s best? I have to say through all the demands and work of making CityLife work, I absolutely love sharing with our readers the beauty of our city and the stories within. The fact is there are so many good stories and the more you cover, the more you realize there is so much more out there. Special thanks again to all our contributors who made this issue possible and of course our advertisers whose faithful support keeps us going. I love that I get to talk to and hear about the many things that locals are doing to make our community a great place. From biking, to music, to water, to jobs, to houses and neighborhoods, to our Phnom Penh Culture pages with the things Phnom Penh loves including cuisine, waterfront dining, architecture, men’s fashion, sports, peoples, fishing holes, arts, and faith, there is nothing short of packed full of cuisine love. We would so appreciate it if you share CityLife with a friend and join us online as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Again thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from you. If you haven’t checked out our website and social media pages I strongly suggest you do, with (almost) daily updates and briefings from “Around Town”. Thanks for reading.!

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Wed, 09/11 THET SAMBATH MEETS NOUN CHEA: “ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE” 7PM: Winner of this year’s “Sundance Festival”, the must-see-documentary ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE (2009, 93 mins, Khmer with English subs) is a personal journey into the heart of darkness by Khmer journalist Thet Sambath.

Fri, 10/11 GENDERED LENS: “VIRGINITY TRADE” AND “GIRLS OF PHNOM PENH” 7PM: Prostitution in Cambodia is illegal, but Cambodia still has a problem of sex tourism involving minors. UK director Matthew Watson’s new film CAMBODIA: THE VIRGINITY TRADE (2009, 60mins) is the compelling and utterly alarming account of the lives of girls and women affected by the virginity trade. Sun, 13/11 “MADAME X”: INDONESIA’S FIRST TRANSVESTITE SUPERHERO 7PM: Cross-dressing hairstylist Adam transforms into a martial arts heroine with tight leather suits to fight intolerance in Indonesia, the world’s biggest muslim country.

Tues, 15/11 DON’T BE AFRAID OF “SHARKS”: SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL (PART 1) 7PM: The Science Film Festival, initiated by the German cultural foundation Goethe-Institut in 2005, enjoys a unique position: It presents films, which communicate technological and scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience. Wed, 16/11 “YOUR INNER ANIMAL”: SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL AT META (PART 2) 7PM: Science Film Festival at Meta continues with Joachim Eggers’ CLIMATE PROTECTION IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA (2009, 9min, English) protecting rainforests under threat, not by corporations and illegal loggings, but triggered by the massive population growths.

Thurs, 17/11 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING STOPS HERE 7PM: Wildlife Alliance & Freeland Foundation, with funding from the regional USAID ARREST program, invite you to a screening of National Geographic’s CRIMES AGAINST NATURE: GOOD COP, BAD COP (2011, 56 mins, English).

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Fri, 18/11 “CROSSING THE LINE”: AMERICANS DEFECT TO NORTH KOREA 7PM: Witness the stories of four US army defectors who abandoned their homeland to seek out a new life in communist North Korea in this fascinating doc film from Daniel Gordon (2007, 91 mins). It was August of 1962 that Private First Class James Joseph Dresnok crossed the heavily fortified border from South Korea into the North.

Sat, 19/11 “WAR DON DON”: SIERRA LEONE IS FACING ITS WAR TIME PAST 7PM: In the heart of Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, UN soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the ‘special court’. Inside, Issa Sesay awaits is trial.

Sun, 20/11 “THE ITALIAN”: FASCINATING FILM FROM POST-COMMUNIST RUSSIA 7PM: An abandoned Russian child forsakes a life of luxury in the name of finding his true mother in director Andrei Kravchuk’s drama (2007, 107 mins).

Tues, 22/11 “THE UPSETTER”: THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF LEE SCRATCH PERRY 7PM: THE UPSETTER (2011, 90 mins, English subtitles) focuses on the life and career of the musical legend who some call a prophet, and others call a madman. In his youth, Jamaican Lee Scratch Perry was a mentor to a young Bob Marley, who would later go on to define the sound of modern reggae. Wed, 23/11 MTV EXIT’S “ENSLAVED” AND LECTURE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING 7PM: Human trafficking is a global illness. The MTV EXIT Special ENSLAVED (2010, 56mins, English subtitles) is a new documentary about real-life issues of human trafficking in Asia featuring Janet, a Filipina trafficked into sex work, Vannak, a Cambodian trafficked for forced labor on a boat, and Siti an Indonesian girl forced into domestic slavery. Thurs, 24/11 “GREEN NIGHT” FEATURING CD LAUNCH BY PROFESSOR KINSKI 6PM: 2011 ways to protect the environment and serve the community! Get the chance to learn more about innovative Cambodian eco-projects, new business concepts, and meet the people behind it. Fri, 25/11 DESPUJOLS’ COLONIAL ART: LECTURE BY JOEL MONTAGUE 7PM: The French Artist Jean Despujols was selected by the “Grand Conseil Economique” of Indochina to record on canvas the land, peoples and ways of Life of Indochina which, it felt, were, in those days, being altered by time and western influences.


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estaurants often reflect the personality of their owners, & the dynamic duo of Mr. Joseph Sim & Ms. Dara Tun has certainly left a bold imprint on Booloom Booloom Architecture. From its secluded mews location to the lush lined entrance, a very romantic atmosphere is achieved by the soft piano music and pretty blossoms, fairy water fountain. Indubitably one of the capital’s most romantic Cambodia restaurants & ‘nothing short of magical’ Booloom Booloom is an oasis of calm. Chef Tourn Sarin inventiveness creating seasonally accented dishes that are fascinating & challenging, and always consistently satisfying for the senses of different guest. The kitchen rises to the challenge, delivering wave upon wave of beautifully presented, seasonal dishes: a starter of Tuna Salad & Calamari its elements perfectly, while the richness of fried elephant fish & samlor Kor Ko is superbly punctuated by poached mash potato & crunchy vegeatable. Elsewhere, slow-cooked beef tenderlion with the sauce provides ample porcine satisfaction. An exemplary wine board & desserts such as cheese cake & Tiramisu bring proceedings to a satisfying conclusion. Prices are very reasonable & ‘Attentive but not overbearing service’ adds to the appeal. One of the finest Phnom Penh venues for wine lovers, a very clean and spacious list, with a huge number of really, really good wines. Food & wine matching is taken seriously, with a choice of ‘classics’ or ‘discoveries’ offered with set menus. The list is assured, covering the classics – there’s a mouthwatering string of Burgundies – to the unusual with everything else in between. Best Buy White and Rose, Alsace, France. Best Buy Red Rossy, Italy, Chili, (made). Water festival promotion! Buy 2 bottle, Free 1 bottle (Italy and Chili wine) until December 31, 2011 #209, St.63 (Trasok Paem) BKK1 097 3 222 888

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Spinelli Coffee

any people will tell you that drinking coffee black, no sugar is the only way to drink coffee. Some like it super sweet, while others like theirs milky. Me, I like coffee period. How happy was I, when Spinelli has recently opened at the corner tip of Trasak Paem Street, adding to the already congested coffee scene in Phnom Penh market. But while the market sure has a range of cafes, something

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tells me this spot will do just fine thanks to its well thought out design. As Spinelli has only been open for a few weeks, part of its success comes from the short time it takes to make and serve a cup of coffee. While guests in other coffee places are frequently made to wait a long time to get their coffees, this is never the case at Spinelli because it takes seconds to make a perfect cup by the well-trained & cheerful barista. Spinelli Coffee originated from San Francisco, offers a wide variety of full bodied espresso such as cappuccino, latte, Americano. Customers can also enjoy a range of coffee beverages blended with ice, known as Spins. For those who prefer drinks with no caffeine content, the Twists are a range of non-coffee beverages to look out for. Smoothie fans will delight in their version - made with fresh fruits blended with milk.Why not start off your day at Spinelli Coffee house, with the wonderful aroma of the freshly roasted coffee bean as Spinelli welcome the early birds, arriving for morning coffee breakfasts. Their extensive menu has something for everyone, from tasty filled rolls to variety of pastries treats, so why not pop in and take advantage of their fantastic Special coffee blends offers and start your day right at Spinelli Coffee. They have developed an espresso blend which takes advantage of long established relationships with coffee farms, which allows us to offer a much better price to our customers, as well as a great tasting high quality coffee which is “Carefully selected, Freshly Roasted, Deliciously Appreciated.�

#174, St.63 Corner of St. 283 BKK1. 023 223 337 spinellicoffe.com

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Cambodia entertainment and nightlife industry elevate to the next level. First Friday Lounge, grand opens and brings a wave of class to hotel row. The luxurious lounge, entices the senses with its breathtaking Soothing sounds of modern mixed with funky electronic beats strategically placed speakers, amplifying the unique and unforgettable experience. The dance floor where sections of the floors are attached to 400 bass transducers emitting bass frequencies of the music being played, allowing clubbers to feel the music through bass frequencies transmitted into their body via their feet. But the music will never be so loud it will drown your thoughts and conversations. This is a place for new and established business people, the young upwardly mobile crowd and mature adults to relax and discover their own hangouts to enjoy. Friday Lounge has plenty of space to chill out along with guest DJs playing the best and latest modern and Khmer dance music. As guests enjoy sipping a Friday Lounge specialty cocktail, it’s near impossible not to reach the balanced and collected state of mind that is the perfect drink you’ve ever had. #8A, Mao Tse Tong, Tonle Basac, Chamkamorn 012 789 898 Mr Heng Somethear


QUINTESSENTIAL PHNOM PENH WHEN YOU’RE DONE EXPLORING THE MONUMENTS AND FRANCE STYLE OF THIS FORMER FRANCE CAPITAL, THE MOST REFINED CUISINE IN FRANCE AWAITS. BUT WHERE TO GO? HERE, AN INSIDER’S PICK OF PHNOM PENH’S TOP RESTAURANT FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE MEAL

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Glamour French Restaurant in Midtown

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IRU is by far one of the most glamorous, sophisticated captivating French restaurants in all of Phnom Penh City. From the moment you walk in you realize that this is no ordinary restaurant, elegance charming lighting, sparkling chandeliers creates an appropriate setting for indulging in one of life’s most pleasurable delicacies and exquisite spacious dining areas filled with warmth and passion is pulled off to perfection. Expect one of the best dining experiences of your life! From the wondrous glitzy decor especially when the night falls and the candles are light up, and absolute impeccable service, MIRU sure knows how to do it right. We were treated like Royalty by the very professional and well informed staff anticipating every need. The service and atmosphere really were second to none. The food portions were a little small but pack a powerful punch, seafood was the freshest that we have ever tasted! Each dish is expertly paired with wine by the friendly wine staff. You are paying for the whole package here, so you have to put everything in perspective. When you do, you realize that MIRU is well worth to enjoy a once in a lifetime romantic dining experience creating a more intimate affair. A fourcourse dinner runs about $35 per person. Sometimes we all need a little help when it comes time to

impress a date. Certain restaurants may please the tongue and fill the belly but don’t tug on our emotions. So prepare yourself for a very special evening. It’s a great spot for a special occasion dinner with the one you love. You won’t soon forget the lovely atmosphere. The prices may a bit high but if you want to be treated to an unbelievable romantic setting and delicious food, this is one of the best.

Sihanouk Blvd, Chanktomok, Khan Suan Penh, (next to Mango)


If you want to impress, and taste the best French cuisine discover a range of cocktails that the city has to offer, then this is your place to visit and try the well-executed menu creation of Chef Samira! Proud of her menu which uses sustainable fish sources and competes with the top restaurants for selection and freshness.


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Cambodia Angkor Air has declared lately to expand its flying routes to reach 20 cities in ASEAN, China, Korea, and Japan by using 15 planes from 2012 to 2020, firm’s officials said in recent press conference in Phnom Penh. Kick of the flying route between Siem Reap and Sihanouk Ville from December 14, 2011, by 3 flights per week, using ATR72’s plane. Open flying route from Siem Reap to Seoul, South Korea on the first or second week of December , 2011, by 7 flights per week if guests demanding, occupying Airbus 321’s plane. Include another Airbus 321 from November 2011, so that the firm contains 4 airplanes, i.e. 2 Airbus 321s, and 2 ATR72s.t. -khmerbird

Two new Asian airlines will begin regular flights to Cambodia this winter in an airlines sector increasingly dominated by regional passengers, a Cambodia Airports official said on Friday. Tiger Airways, a Singapore-based airline, will operate daily A320 flights between Singapore and Phnom Penh and Singapore and Siem Reap, Korean-owned Eastar Jet also plans to operate four weekly flights during the winter season between Seoul and Siem Reap on 149-seat B-737 jets. -phnompenh post

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Ice City Skating Rink is the only white skating floor similar to “ice” skating sport opened in Cambodia, and this sporting recreation is available at Phnom Penh’s Savanna Mall. The field opens Monday to Sunday from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M., USD 5/ hour for adult, and USD 4 for children; for membership, adult- USD 3, and USD 2.5 for children. The floor can load up to 80 skaters at a time. -khmerbird

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NOM.EAT.DRINK.CREATE No. 17, St. 310, Sangkat Beoung Keang Kong 1, khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh 023 211 173 facebook @nom.cafe A 2.4 meter (8 foot) headless Buddha statue estimated to be 800 years old was found in the Cambodian temple featured in the Angelina Jolie film, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” officials involved in restoration work said Friday. The sitting Buddha was uncovered by heavy rain at Ta Prohm temple in the Angkor Wat complex in Siem Reap, said Im Sokrithy, deputy director of the local department that oversees the area. -reuters

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The Lounge The Riverhouse Lounge is a place for the young, the cool, the hip. We are one trendy club in Phnom Penh. With live DJ music every night of the week, monthlytheme parties and events, the Riverhouse Lounge proves itself to be The Khmer Party Place of the city. It all happens on our funky dancefloor where the town’s best DJs keep our party-goers strutting their stuff and on their toes all night long with our mix of the best music and a relaxed environment.You can dance the night away or drink, dine and kick back on our comfy sofas in the VIP area. Or should you prefer a more laid-back evening, enjoy the river breeze on our balcony and sip a drink as you relax to the panoramic river view. We offer a tantalizing array of cocktails, which our experienced barmen will whip up for you in a breeze. Corner St. 110, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, 012 299 161

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Le Moon is probably the most beautiful spot in Phnom Penh. It’s a place where you can lounge on a comfortable chair, sip an exotic cocktail and look down on a spectacular view of the riverside, the palace and the bustle of the city below. This sophisticated bar opened in late 2010 on the roof of the Amanjaya Pancam hotel on the corner of Sisowath Quay and rapidly became a favourite chill-out spot for both visitors and locals alike. As the sun goes down, there’s no beating the stunning nighttime vista and the swank lounge atmosphere – or the list of cocktails – in the city’s first real roofbar. Nibble on hot and cold tapas – salmon blinis, prawn-wrapped bacon, chicken satay or potato wedges – from the comfort of a grey wicker padded chair as you drift the night away. 1 street 154 Preah Sisowath quay, Phnom Penh, 023219579 Pontoon Lounge Pontoon first opened it’s doors in 2006 and was a breath of fresh air for Phnom Penh’s nightlife. Offering a chic and contemporary cocktai lounge experience floating

on the majestic Tonle Sap river. It was an instant hit with the young and trendy ex-pats of the city who had been looking for a less commercial night out. Pontoon is now Phnom Penh’s premier venue showcasing the talents of both local ex-pat DJs and visiting international DJs every Friday and Saturday night. Yes the scenes still in it’s infancy, but rest assured we are constantly hunting for new DJs to advance the music and the scene. Now it has move to St172, Phnom Penh, (0)17 682 071 Equinox Bar More than just a bar, Equinox organize many cultural and social events including social dancing every Wednesday (Salsa) and Thursdays (Swing), eclectic live music programming on the week ends, monthly art exhibitions. Located in one of Phnom Penh’s popular streets, Equinox is a two stories bar with happy hours on draft beer and cocktails 5pm-8pm, a pool table and the only “Bonzini” foosball table in town.A popular place for steaks, pizzas, coffee, cocktails and draft beer. #3A, st 278 Phnom Penh, 092791958


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A NEW KIND OF SPA EXPERIENCE AT SOFITEL

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oothing sounds, awakening scents, warming smiles, a delicate touch, the sensorial journey starts as soon as you enter the doors of SoSPA. Opulent luxury- combining a timeless French colonial style and traditional local materials, high ceilings and dark hardwood floors, all the elements are carefully and artistically crafted to create a tranquil and sophisticated ambience. So SPA is an exclusive Sofitel concept where therapies and treatments from around the world meet with the refinement and skill of the latest in French cosmetology, to create an exhilarating, uplifting and rejuvenating spa experience. So SPA in Phnom Penh offers a comprehensive treatment menu ranging from massages, facials, body scrubs and body wraps, and nails care. The spa menu is designed like a restaurant menu, with starters, main courses and desserts. Clients can personalize their spa journey according to their needs. A spa experience can start with a ‘Starter’ – ‘Mandarin Crumble Scrub’ to awaken the senses, followed by a

‘Main Course’ – ‘Ethnic Fusion massage’ and a Clarins’ customised facial, and complete with a ‘Dessert’ - Pineapple body soufflé. In addition to pampering and beauty treatments, the menu features “On-the-go men” with sports performance enhancing therapies, and “Magnifique kids” for children aged 5 to 12 (to be accompanied with an adult) with for instance the yummy “choco-banana wrap”. Mothers-to-be can also rest-assured that So SPA’s experienced therapists will help to ease the aches and pains, and assist towards the prevention stretch marks. Only high quality products with recognized therapeutic benefits are used in the treatments. Key products include Clarins for anti-ageing and body shaping treatment, and Ytsara, a premium aromatherapy brand that utilizes Asian holistic traditions and essences. So SPA is also the exclusive retailer of Clarins and Ytsara skincare products in Cambodia. The team at SoSPA consists of 6 internationally trained therapists led by SoSPA manager Ms Yen Nguyen. Coming from the


Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Yen brings with her over 10 years of experience in the field. “The uniqueness of SoSpa is that it caters to both the privacy-seeking client as well as those looking to spend quality time with their friends, colleagues or loved ones” Yen says referring to the 10 private spa suites with the deep relaxation lounge and the Socializing patio. “Our aim is to create an unrivaled spa experience and to transform SoSPA into THE place to be for pampering, relaxation as well as socializing” Yen continues. Undisputedly, the prime location combined with the French elegance and charm of the hotel will ultimately enhance the experience. Recently opened, the Spa Manager sees a bright future ahead, “The quality of our service relies on the performance of our therapists. We are proud to have the best team of therapists in Phnom Penh, who were trained by international experts in massage and beauty treatment. We are and will continue to strive for excellence, to create unforgettable wellness experiences for each and every client.”

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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PHOTO BY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM MALDIVES

Nestling in the Indian Ocean, the awardwinning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is built on two spectacular private islands joined by a footbridge across a turquoise blue lagoon. The resort offers a stunning selection of Beach and Water villas, including two exclusive Sunset Water Villas, all combining modern luxurious facilities with indoor-outdoor Maldivian living. Seven exceptional restaurants include Ithaa, the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant and the underground Wine Cellar. Uniquely in the Maldives, the resort has two separate spas; The Spa Retreat on Rangalifinohlu Island, a destination spa surrounded by 21 Spa Water Villas and the Over-Water Spa offering glass-floored treatment rooms. The resort is surrounded by stunning marine life and offers a choice of dive sites, snorkel safaris and luxurious cruises. And whether it’s on the beach, in the ocean, in the idyllic wedding pavilion or in Ithaa, why not say ‘I do’ in the world’s most romantic setting?


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aldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit.

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In horizon of the vast Indian Ocean grow green palms. This is my homeland, this is the Maldives From the clear blue seas, we grow like pearls, This is my homeland, this is the Maldives

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Things to Do Diving Maldives The warm seas of Maldives have high visibility throughout the year, with water clear enough to see the passing fish as far as fifty metres away at times. Add to that the marvellous formation of over 3000 coral reefs and the free flowing tides of the monsoons. The result of these perfect conditions have created one of the world’s richest diving coral reef areas. Over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures inhabit the Maldivian waters. The monsoon tides of the Indian Ocean create a collection of small marine creatures as well as microscopic plant cells. This in turn creates a hub for all kinds of underwater species who gather in these waters lured by the abundance of food. In the Maldives you will get to see everything. From tiny shrimp and groups of colourful swimmers to the magnificent mantas and sharks, a careful eye will give you enough to enrapture you for a lifetime. The best thing is that you need not be a professional diver to enjoy the Maldives. All resorts and safari boats give you basic to advanced training using wellmonitored diving facilities of a high standard. Even the most reluctant diver can enjoy the beauty of Maldivian underwater life on a drift dive with the guidance of experienced dive instructors. A dive in a house reef is equally rewarding, all you need to do is swim a few minutes from shore. Due to the countless number of reefs found among the 26 atolls in the Maldives, all you need to do is travel 15 to 60 minutes by boat to get to a different dive spot every day. Dives in the Maldives usually take place along a faru (reef), a thila (a submerged aquarium like reef, on a channel where the atoll meets the ocean, or on a wreck. Night diving is particularly beautiful as is a macro dive that lets you see tiny, interesting and usually disregarded creatures up close and personal.

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Things to Do Excursions The best way to experience the life of an ordinary Maldivian is to travel to an inhabited island. Local islands The best way to experience the life of an ordinary Maldivian is to travel to an inhabited island. Some of these islands are slightly more modern: with brightly painted house walls and harbour areas. There are also the quite fishing villages with lots of tree-shade, swings, and the traditional wooden holhuashi. A holhuashi is rather like an island-version of a gazebo, build with hollow wooden trunks tied together forming the large, bench-like seat, and often with a thatched roof. They are conveniently set up on beaches, often where the boats come in, and is a place where islanders wind off after a day’s work, exchanging news, telling stories, playing cards, and listening to local radio. Fishing, agriculture, and fish related manufacturing is what most people in the islands do for work while some go away to find jobs in tourism and trading. Some islands are also good places to buy local handcrafts. It is a typical island custom that everyone finish their work by late afternoon, take their daily showers or bath near their wells, dress the children in fresh clothes and go for a stroll in the island, visiting friends and relatives, delivering small bowls of fresh homemade curry, or taking some time to relax at the beachside, watching the late afternoon sun while the children play around at the beach.

Night fishing Fishing is in the Maldivian blood. It is so entwined in the lives of Maldivians that there are celebrations when a good catch is caught, and complaints when fish is scarce at our dinner tables. Maldivian fishermen wake up to the dawn call of island roosters, collect bait in nearby reefs and start a full day’s work at the deep blue seas, using the artful pole and line method of fishing.

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To experience the satisfaction of catching and cooking your own fish, a night reef fishing trip (offered by a lot of resorts) is the way to go. Your boat leaves before the sunset to find a good spot near a reef. The boat crew will show you how to use the lines, hooks, and sinkers. You will catch enough to fill your barbecue grill in about an hour’s time.


COCA ISLAND RESORTS

Strung out like pearls across the benign waters of Indian Ocean are the Maldives Islands, each a perfect smudge of white. The strongest winds are gentle breezes, and the highest points, the leaning palm fronds. Every dot is ringed in milky turquoise and soft, velveteen sand. Each lagoon is a point of stillness, but the encircling reefs bristle with life. It is among these coral atolls that Cocoa is located, a 40-minute speedboat from MalĂŠ international airport. At one end of this private island is a snaking, powdered spit sculpted by gentle evening tides. The beach is softly shelving, fringed with wild sea grapes, hibiscus and palms. In the distance, local fishing boats glide across a flat expanse. To hole up here is to discover escapism, or sweet serenity under a reliable sun. Rooms are inspired by local dhoni boats, adjoined by simple wooden walkways, built above the shallow ocean. It is a special place, at one remove from the noise of modern living, where we nurture every need, attend to every detail, and soothe away the stresses which belong to another life Cocoa is a place to value for its quiet.


THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW MALDIVES INFORMATION

Airport

As your plane breaks through the clouds revealing the emerald islands below, prepare for one of the most exciting flying experiences. The runway of Hulhule’ airport, that runs parallel to the shore creates a (rather safe, of course) adrenalin rush, for a second, when it makes you think that the plane is landing on water. The Male International Airport is mere fifteen minutes from Male’. The airport is small, but wellequipped with souvenir and duty-free shops, restaurants, medical facilities, and provides banking and postal services. The airport is accessible via Male’ on a dhoni ferry, that run every few minutes between the two islands. The airport island also hosts the five-star Hulhule’ Island Hotel.

What to pack

Visiting the Maldives is the chance for you to break out the brightly coloured summer clothes that are so often out of place in colder climates. The higher temperatures and ever-present sunshine means that locals and visitors alike prefer dressing in lightweight materials. T-shirts, cotton clothing, skirts and shorts would be the best option to stay cool. The ideal footwear would be sandals and flip-flops. Whether to pack only the more casual options like shorts and khakis or the newest Gucci number depends on what you plan to do, or where you plan to stay. Smart casual clothing is usually enough for Male’ or resorts, but the more upmarket resorts may require that you dress up for dinner.

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Sunscreen, insect repellent, and hats are widely necessary for a comfortable holiday, but they are available widely for purchase in resorts and around Male’.

Immigration and Visa

Tourists are issued a 30-day visa on arrival. A valid travel document is necessary. You can obtain circumstantial visa grants through the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Male’. Transfers If you have a booking at a resort, the transfer would usually be arranged for you prior to your arrival into the country. The option of speedboat or seaplane (where available) will be left to you to choose from. Travelling in between inhabited islands are done through various ferry services. Ferries to nearby islands Villingili and Hulhumale’ can be taken from Male’.

Departure tax

The airport departure tax of US$12.00 is usually included when you purchase your airline ticket.


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here is probably a good mix of opinions about the large chain of Lucky Burger, but what no one can deny is that they were ahead of their time. The first opened Lucky Burger back in 1990s when the burger landscape was pretty well divided between the fast food burger and the higher quality, but still usually downscale spot. The burger was barely a glimmer in the eye of the high-end restaurant community and no one was making waves with a premium burger. Lucky Burger’s took a different tack. Certainly, the roots of this burger chain are the basic burger and fries lunch counter, but they’ve managed to carve out a little bit room in the high-end burger space no one really thought it even existed. These days Lucky Burger’s has fallen under the radar of the burger-hype machine while still maintaining a loyal follow for their 08 locations dotted across Cambodia. The Lucky Burger’s is a simple affair with just hefty patty atop a large, commercial style bun. The lettuce, tomato, pickle, and red onion (and an odd mayonnaise) were laid out under and abreast of the burger. The patty was cooked to almost perfect medium rare and well. The clean, mineral flavor of the meat smacked of that classic burger flavor that so many high-end or premium burger spots seem to have given up on. Lucky Burger’s gets the %100 blend of Australia beef delivered fresh-ground everyday. Match that with very good, spongy commercial bun also fresh-baked by Lucky Bakery. Lucky Burger’s is certainly a defensible choice for a perfect taste of burgers.

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n a dazzling city such as Phnom Penh, finding the perfect spot for a romantic getaway is a breeze. From luxury classic designed for lazing away the afternoon in style to more quaint offerings, finding a way to get away with that special someone has never been better. And as Phnom Penh is the capital of the Cambodia, a myriad of different cultural influences await those ready to do some exploring, whether dining at local haunts or taking in a festive street parade. With a rich history and plenty of dimly-lit restaurants, there is something for everyone here in Cambodia: if you want a classic romantic vacation or if you would rather spend an unforgettable adventure with your significant other, you will not run out of options. A walk along River front during sunset is the perfect end—or beginning—to a day of romantic exploration. And this balance between the now and the then means being able to combine both in the same day, which can be a real delight. Whether your idea of romance involves a fancy date in a chic new spot or an intimate stroll through a quiet park, Phnom Penh will not disappoint.

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anika is a superb black and white luxury Catamaran moored at the rear of the Himawari Apartment Hotel on the Riverside in Phnom Penh. Holding up to 90 people in comfort, her unique design means she is the safest and most stable cruise boat operating in Phnom Penh, and is the only vessel operating cruises around Phnom Penh to be fully licensed by the Cambodian Government. Kanika has no less than 5 separate decks, in which to eat, drink and relax, so all you need to do is to sit back, unwind, and experience the tranquillity and peace of life on the Mighty Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. In November 2011, Kanika will introduce a brand new Seafood and Steak menu created by its Internationally Trained Chefs, with seafood being sourced from the Gulf of Thailand and freshwater lakes in Cambodia, and the finest Steak being imported from Australia. The new menu will consist of classic Asian and Western seafood dishes using only the freshest ingredients along with the choicest cuts of steak. A new selection of wines from around the world has been chosen to

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accompany the new menu. As well as offering an a la carte menu, Kanika also offers a number of great value set menus and a special selection of Asian appetizers on our Sunset Cruise and “Happy Hour” Kanika has spacious bar area in the downstairs deck serving an extensive collection of Beers, Spirits, Cocktails and Wines, offering daily specials on Cocktails, Beers and Wines. From November 1st, Kanika is introducing a “Happy Hour” from 6pm to 7pm, with great offers on beers and Cocktails so after work, there is no better place than Kanika to relax, unwind and enjoy the cooling breezes of the river away from the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh. Kanika operates daily sunset cruises from 4.45 to 5.45. The Sunset cruise is Free, subject to a minimum charge on food and drink of $5.00 per person. From 6pm Kanika is moored at the Himawari Hotel where you can enjoy the magnificent views of the river over “Happy Hour” and if you’re hungry, the seafood and steak menu and special selection of Asian Appetizers are also available. From 7.15 to 8.45 Kanika operates a daily Dinner cruise along the Tonle Sap River where you will see the wonderful sights of the Royal Palace lit up at night, and life along the Riverside. The cruise is Free subject to a minimum charge on food and drink of $8.00 per person. Reservations for both cruises are strongly recommended. Kanika is also the perfect location to hold private birthday and wedding parties, functions and cocktail receptions and they can tailor your party to fit within your budget, so call 089-848-959 or 012848-802or email kanikaboat@gmail.com them for more details. For reservations please call 012-848-802 or 089-848-959 or email kanikaboat@gmail.com


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48 hours in Siem Reap

11am - Go back to Siem Reap to avoid the midday sun. On the way, take a detour on the airport road to the National Centre for Khmer Ceramics Revival, a workshop which seeks to recreate ancient Khmer pottery using clay from the nearby hills, fired in a giant kiln built based on information found by archaeologists researching similar ancient sites. Watch the potters create giant jars like the ones that are found at archaeolgical digs or try throwing a pot yourself on the primitive potters’ wheel the women use and take home a special souvenir. 12.30pm - Siem Reap’s food choices have expanded dramatically in recent years. Go to Amok Restaurant, named after the Khmer curry which is made by steaming the coconut-based dish in a banana leaf for a typical Cambodian lunch. Besides the fish amok, the banana flower salad and the green papaya salad -- which is similar to the Thai version but without the chillis -- are also nice.

Got 48 hours to explore the ruins of the ancient Angkor empire? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of the temples and Siem Reap, the tourist town booming in the shadow of Angkor Wat. FRIDAY 6pm - Relax on rattan armchairs in the pleasant garden of the Singing Tree Cafe just down the street from the Siem Reap river. It’s a nice place for an evening drink or a healthy meal or for those seeking to unwind completely, there’s an evening yoga class in the wooden, traditional Khmer house. 8pm - Every year, more than two million tourists visit Angkor Wat, the 12th century Hindu-Buddhist temple which is synonomous with Cambodia. By day, flag-waving guides herd package tourists through the world heritage site. But if you go to the night viewing, you can gaze at the reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythology and the intricately carved apsaras, or celestial nymphs, in solitude and immerse yourself in the grandeur of the ancient architecture while other tourists eat dinner. SATURDAY 7am - After a quick breakfast, head for the temples. Drive around the Angkor Wat moat to Angkor Thom, the last and capital of the Khmer empire. The Bayon temple, with its 200 enormous faces smiling down on visitors from stone towers is a must-see. The Terrace of the Elephants, the platform from where King Jayavarman VII viewed public ceremonies, is well preserved compared to some of the surrounding temples which need a bit of imagination to appreciate.

1.30pm - A good time to wander around the airconditioned shops selling silks and trinkets. Angkor Candles stocks a selection of handcarved candles in the shape of guardian lions, faces of Bayon and other local motifs. Rajana is a fair trade shop which sells handmade silver jewellery, cushion covers and other knick-knacks. For cotton “krama” or gingham check scarves worn by Khmer Rouge fighters, head to the Old Market where they are sold in every color combination imaginable. 3.30pm - For a quick and unusual snack, try the fried crickets and other creepy crawlies sold on the bridge spanning the Siem Reap River. Or, for those less adventurous, you can go to the Blue Pumpkin for a banana ginger tart and iced coffee before journeying back to the temples. 4 pm - If the Angkor temples had not been restored, they would all look like Ta Prohm, located about 1km from Angkor Thom. Trees with enormous roots threaten to swallow the mosscovered walls of this temple and return the monument to the jungle that surrounds it. It’s a familiar sight for “Tomb Raider” fans. Proceed on to Pre Rup, a 10th century Shiva temple whose sandstone and brick walls glow orange in the late afternoon light. Then, climb up Phnom Bakheng, a temple mountain also dedicated to Shiva, to watch the sun set over what remains of the Angkor empire. 7pm - To catch the latest gossip on archaelogical finds, have a drink with the experts. The French team will be at the Laundry Bar in the center of town. The Japanese, who are the second largest contingent of achaeologists after the French, are usually at Cafe Moi Moi on the road back to town from the temples.


8pm - Keeping with the Angkor theme, dine at Le Malraux, a bistrot named after writer and statesman Andre Malraux who embarked on an exploratory mission into the Cambodian jungle in the early 1900s and was arrested by French colonial authorites for trying to steal bas-reliefs from one of the Angkor temples. Confit de canard and other things French will help you enjoy the atmosphere of Indochina of bygone years. 10pm - Night comes early to Siem Reap. But if you follow the neon lights and noise emanating from places like the Sok San Palace and Sokha Entertainment Club, you’ll find yourself amid young Cambodians singing, dancing and trying their luck on the slot machines. SUNDAY

area that is home to a clutch of 9th century temples. Ancient architecture buffs can study the structural differences between the Bakong and Preah Ko temples and Angkor Wat, which was built centuries later. Ordinary tourists will enjoy the journey which takes you through villages, rice paddies and herds of water buffalo wallowing in the mud. 6pm - Paved roads are increasing in Cambodia, but many are still spine-jarring dirt tracks. Go to Chai Massage near the road to Angkor Wat and let the masseuse knead the knots away and work out the kinks. 7pm - Tourism exceeds journalism by far in Siem Reap, but there is still an FCC - Foreign Correspondents Club. It's near the river and the garden is the perfect place for a last gin and tonic before the journey home.

7.30am - From dawn, the Old Market is a hive of activity as housewives rush to buy fresh vegetables, meat and fish to feed their families. That is also when the food stalls offer the most choices. Rice porridge, duck noodles and sticky rice steamed in banana leaf packets make an interesting Khmer breakfast. 8am - Drive out to Kbal Spean or the Valley of the 1,000 Lingas. Wear sturdy shoes as it is a bit of a hike to the myriad of stone lingas carved into the riverbed and boulders on the banks. The Angkoreans believed the water passing over the symbols of Shiva would fertilize their rice fields and ensure a bumper crop. There are also carvings of various Hindu motifs depicting gods and sacred animals which have been watching over the water since the 11th century. 1.30pm - Despite the Hindu overtones, there's no Kama Sutra at Kbal Spean. But there is in Siem Reap. The Indian restaurant is one of the classier ones in town and serves both north and south Indian favourites. Try their dosas - very thin and crispy. 2.30pm - Cambodia's weaving masters at the Institute of Khmer Traditional Textiles (IKTT) will be back from siesta and at their looms creating silk in intricate ikat designs. You can watch them spin, dye and weave at their workshop on the edge of town. If you are a textile fanatic, journey to their farm to see silk worms being raised and dyes of different hues being created from tree bark, leaves and other natural sources. The organization is trying to revive the country's silk traditions which were lost during decades of conflict. 4pm - Follow the road to the right of IKTT, past the crocodile farm and basket shops, and you will soon be in Roluos, an

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Who want to experience a taste of the “real Cambodia”? Come to Battambang for the real Khmer experience!

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attambang is the main hub of the Northwest connecting the entire region with Phnom Penh and Thailand, and as such it’s a vital link for Cambodia. Battambang city is a peaceful and pleasant place these days. The main parts of the city are situated closed to the Sangker River, a tranquil, small body of water that winds its way through Battambang Province. It is a nice, picturesque setting. As with much of Cambodia, the French architecture is an attractive bonus of the city.

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The name Battambang or Batdambang, literally means “loss of stick” referring to a legend of the Preah Bat Dambang Kranhoung (Kranhoung Stick King). It’s a riverside town, home to some of the best-preserved, French colonial architecture in the country. Battambang was off the map for road travellers, but facilities have recently been improved and it makes a great base for visiting the nearby temples, such as Phnom Banon and Wat Ek Phnom, as well as the closedby villages. The Phnom Sampeou Mountain, Battambang is a very popular site of the city.


The Battambang city gets lot of visitors all round the year and there are plenty of tourist attractions in Battambang, which are worth paying a visit. The mountain is steeped in legend and it is topped by Wat Sampeou. There are also a group of caves in the mountain which must be visited by the tourists. The view from the top of the mountain is simply spectacular. The visit to the Phnom Sampeou Mountain, Battambang will definitely turn out to be a memorable one for everyone. The place will be loved by all the travelers especially the nature lovers. The mountain rises to a height of 2500 meters. The entire mountain is made of limestone and it is doted with plenty of caves. It is just the right place for all the adventure seekers. Though it has not a very high elevation, but still it is a very good place for hiking and trekking. The mountain has got a rich and interesting history which will fascinate all the visitors. There are several routes to go up to the summit of the Phnom Sampeou Mountain in Battambang. The visitors can take up any route as per their convenience. The routes mainly start from the Sampeou Village. At the start of the route there is a straight stairway. After the stairway, there is a route which is a little bit overgrown. The whole journey will turn out to be very interesting and exciting when the slightly overgrown trails gradually turn into fully overgrown paths. The visitors will finally reach the top of the mountain after going through the various trails. One will see in several tour guides and maps of Battamabang something called the Bat Cave, which houses many giant fruit bats and locals, will be more than happy to accompany you there for a fee, or “tip�. The cave is on the east of the

mountain. The guide will then take you on a short hike through the mountain to the mouth of a cave, which drops down at a very steep angle. The mouth of the cave is littered with large boulders, and is extremely difficult to enter and walk down. There is no visible path, no handrail, and the stones are extremely slippery, as well as extremely dangerous, since the cave is at such an extreme angle. Also, the air inside the cave is very warm and humid, is very difficult to breathe. Caution should be taken by those visiting and entering the cave. There is a certain rest area near to the bat cave for those who don’t want to get inside the cave you can relax sit back while waiting for some bats to come out which definitely take a specific time late in the afternoon. Making your way to many of the beautiful places and attractions is done on newly constructed roads, taking you through rich Cambodian culture, sights and sounds. Stop and mingle with the locals and take in what this less explored region of Cambodia has to offer. There are many activities to do and sites to visit in and around Battambang, river boats to Siem Reap, temples, and local countryside and village life. If you want to see the real Cambodia Battambang is the place to come.

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sistance and warmth at an affordable price, enabling you to call it home. However, they are not located exactly on the proper city but about 5 minutes to drive from the Resort to the Capital city of Cambodia. Bali Resort Restaurant serves delicious local and international cuisine. There is also abundance of food all over town to try on. You would be missing out a lot if you do not savor our local delicacies. Cambodian food is a must try as not only it is cheap, it is also convenient and tasty. There is also a lot of local restaurant around Bali Resort &Apartments if you choose to eat outside the Service Apartment and a lot of international cuisine offered in the city with different setting and ambiance that is sure to make you come for more. There are more than enough recreational activities for the entire family at Bali Resort & Apartments, the ultimate choices of recreational facilities include a Billiard table, swimming pool for kids and adults. Other facilities include Mini Mart open for 24hours, internet access and ample parking space. The best thing about staying at the Bali Resort & Apartments is that it is nearly to the airport, walking distance from all major restaurants and centre, entertainment and night market. For a hassle free holiday, choose to stay at the Bali Resort & Apartments in Cambodia where your comfort and convenience is our priority.


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THE GUIDE KHMER COMPLEX ART

#1 Learn the complex art of saying ‘HELLO’ Instead of shaking hands, hold out your palms together in a prayer-like gesture and bow slightly. This is called a ‘somtau’. You raise both hands, palms close togther, and bow your head a little to meet your hands at about the level of your nose. The lower your head is bowed and the higher your hands are held; the greater the respect you show. There are multiple ways to execute this gesture, depending on one’s social class, gender and age.

When greeting a monk, ‘somtau’ him. The monk will not return the ‘somtau’ but simply acknowledges the greetings.

A younger person greets and older person accepts the greeting by means of the ‘somtau’ to return the honour.

Normally Khmer people greet each other alway and anywhere by means of the ‘somtau’ gesture, but for close friends a ‘somtau’ is not considered necessary.

In the workplace is it good for junior people to show respect by ‘somtau’ senior people. Here, hierarchy overrides age; so a person who is older, but less high in the organisation, will ‘somtau’ a person who may be younger

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Central Market |Phnom Penh| Chea Phal

Banana Sun | Ouchertel Beach | Khon Sambath

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Ambulance 119 (from 023 phones) 023-724891 Police Hotline 117 (from 023 phones) Tourist Police 097 7780002 Child Abuse/ Exploitation Police Hotline 023 720555 Fire 118 (from 023 phones) 012 786693

American Medical Center Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh Tel: 023 991863

Calmette Hospital

Main Hospital #3, Monivong, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023 426948 Polyclinique Aurore Local clinic, local doctors. General medicine. Maternity clinic. X-ray and ultrasound. Reasonably priced. #58-60, Street 113, Phnom Penh Tel: 023 360152 / 012 779824

International SOS Medical & Dental Clinic

International standard medical clinic with full facilities. General medicine. Emergency care. Pediatrics. Translation. Evacuation. #161, Street 51, Phnom Penh Tel: 023 216911 / 012 816911 www.internationalsos.com

Naga Clinic

11, Street 254 Tel: 011 811175 www.nagaclinic.com

Pharmacies

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Pharmacie De La Gare

Asia Insurance (Cambodia)

DHL - Worldwide Express

#5, Street 13 Tel: 023 427981

#353, Street 110 Tel: 023 427726 Fax: 023 427680

#81Eo, Monivong Tel: 023 430205

U-Care

1) #26-28, Sothearos Tel: 023 222399 2) Sihanouk, corner of St. 55 3) Corner of Norodom Blvd & St.136 4) #844, Kampuchea Krom 5) #254 Monivong Tel: 023 222399 www.u-carepharmacy.com

International SOS Medical & Dental Clinic

International standard medical clinic with full facilities. General medicine. Emergency care. Pediatrics. Translation. Evacuation. #161, Street 51, Phnom Penh Tel: 023-216911, 012-816911 www.internationalsos.com

Naga Clinic

Forte Insurance

#325, Mao Tse Toung Tel: 023 885077 www.forteinsurance.com

Infinity Insurance

#126, Norodom Tel: 012 800001 www.infinity.com.kh

Import&Export Intra Co. #2-3, Street 118 Tel: 023 211811

N.H International

11, Street 254 Tel: 011 811175 www.nagaclinic.com

#106, Street 310 Tel: 012 842964

Agrovet, #26, Street 294, Phnom Penh Tel: 023 216323

#28, Monivong Tel: 023 430922 Fax: 023 430923

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#701D, Monivong Tel: 023 216712 Fax: 023 216721

TNT

#28, Monivong Tel: 023 430922 Fax: 023 430923

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#27, Street 134 Tel: 023 427511 Fax: 023 366323

English Schools ACE (IDP) #46, Street 214 Tel: 023 212113

Home of English #30, Street 282 Tel: 023 220960


Once the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh’s shine was tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. But that’s history, and Phnom Penh has risen from the ashes to take its place among the cool capitals of the region.

why go? The sights of Phnom Penh are largely cultural and historical but only part of the experience exploring the city. Exotic shopping, unique dining, indulgent spas and a bit of nightlife complete the Phnom Penh experience. Set aside two or three days to see the major points of interest.

MINI GUIDE NOV/DEC 2011 what is there to do? It is possible to squeeze the most important sights into a single day, but this leaves very little time at each. Popular city sights include the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Khmer Rouge ‘Killing Fields,’ the National Museum, the Russian Market, Central Market and Wat Phnom. Except for the ‘Killing Fields,’ which is about 16km away, all of the major points are inside the city within a five or ten minute car/moto ride of each other.

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with its classic Khmer roofs and ornate gilding, the Royal Palace dominates the diminutive skyline of Phnom Penh. It is a striking structure near the riverfront, bearing a remarkable likeness to its counterpart in Bangkok. Address : Samdech Sothearos Blvd. Price : 25,000r Hours : 8-11am & 2-5pm

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located just north of the Royal Palace, it housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional design (built 1917–20), with an inviting courtyard garden. The museum is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture – a millennia’s worth and more of masterful Khmer design. Price : 25,000r Hours : 8-11am & 2-5pm

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Dreamland Kid Playground is one of the newest park which had just opened to public for couple of months now! This place attracts hundred and thousand of people coming to the park at the weekend bringing their friends, family members to enjoy the space and having fun with different activities and games inside. The Dreamland is located just right on the south of the famous hotel Cambodiana or opposite of Naga Hotel in Phnom Penh.

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S-21 has been turned into the Tuol Sleng Museum, which serves as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Entry is on the western side. Address : St 113 Price : US$2, video US$5 Hours : 8am-5.30pm

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Exhibition Show room, Korean shopping center, available 3D Movie everyday Free entrance. Address : Central Phnom Penh Hours : 06:30 to 17:30

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The best things are found in the most unexpected places. Tucked away on Street 174 you will find our Cambodian training restaurant, Romdeng, run by former street youth in training. Set in a beautiful colonial building, Romdeng serves a great variety of Cambodian food ranging from almost forgotten recipes from the provinces to contemporary creative Cambodian cuisine. Allow yourself some time to enjoy the pool and free WIFI. Romdeng can also provide catering for weddings, functions and parties and can host events for up to 160 people. #74 Street 174, Phnom Penh Tel: 092 219 565 or email us at restaurants@mithsamlanh.org

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BROWN Coffee and Bakery aims to provide an inspired and ethical work environment. We endeavor to offer the best quality coffee, pastries and service. BROWN Coffee and Bakery provides an inspired and ethical work environment; offer the best quality coffee, pastries and Delivery service Delivery : (855) 92 222 567 Open:7am - 4pm From Mon - Sat #17 Street 214 Mobile: 092 222567 info@thebrowncoffee.com

Sarika Pool & Pizza Bar

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Sarika Pool & Pizza Bar offers you an unforgettable dining experience with a menu that boasts an array of Asian influenced dishes as well as international specialties and the best wood-fired pizza in the city! Enjoy your meal amongst our beautiful garden setting; with intimate bungalow tables nestled throughout tropical vegetation or upstairs in the Diplomat’s Bar; a private retreat for the discerning customer who likes a touch of class. Better yet, if you have a family bring your kids for a swim whilst relaxing poolside and enjoying a delicious meal. Address: #69, st. 566, Coner st. 317, Toul Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia chitchatt@saenterprises.asia Tel: 017 456 116 / 012 821 259 http://sarika-chitchat.info/

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Essentials Getting there Phnom Penh is a fairly easy city to get around. Tuk-tuks’ have become quite popular in Phnom Penh,only $1-$2 for short trips and $10-$15 for the whole day. Motorcycle Taxi (Motodup) ,can be found virtually everywhere in town, just step to the curb and they will find you. Motos cost from 4000R-8000R for a trip in town and $6-$8 per day. Cyclo ride should cost about the same as a moto, is easier and cooler ride. Motorcycles can be rented for $5 - $9/day. Choice Taxi,Meter taxi service. Available 24/7, Tel: 023-888023, 010-888010.

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Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The ideal months are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.

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River 108 is located toward the north end of the popular river front entertainment district, often referred to as The French Quarter. Along this strip there are dozens of restaurants and bars catering to an international clientele, as well as numerous travel agencies offering connections to destinations across the country and beyond. #2, Street 108, Sankat Vat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel : (+855) 23 218 785 Email : reservations@river108.com

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Me Mates Place has been the Top Rated Hostel in Phnom Penh for 3 years consecutively! Come and enjoy the comforts home, High speed Wifi, Comfy Beds, Western Showers ( high pressured and steaming hot ) freeaccess to a nice chillout pool about 200m down the road, Fluffy super clean Linen, yet experience real Cambodian Culture with our wonderful staff. 1B4 Preah Sotheavong, Phnom Penh 12202, Cambodia +855 15 605 051

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Whether you are visiting Phnom Penh, Cambodia for business, or for pleasure, Phnom Penh City Hotel is your best choice! It is a boutique hotel [Brand new! open Octo

Opera Suite bedroom in Sofitel Phokeethra Phnom Penh -Luxury Hotel

ber 01 2009] conveniently located in the heart of the city, opposite the cafe sentiment, close to Asia corner travel Galaxy pub, and close to Bus station to vietnam and supper market Lucky about 100m. 157, Street Trasak Pa-Em, Street 63, Beung Keng Kang, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tel: 023 217 967.

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As you step from the vibrant riverfront of Phnom Penh along the banks of the Tonle Sap, prepare yourself for a fusion of innovation and tranquility.As you enter the calming ethereal design of the lobby, you immerse yourself in form and comfort. From the start, your stay at this minimalist 16-room hideaway is urbane and relaxed. Consider yourself home at The Quay Phnom Penh’s first environmentally sound hotel. Address Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia The Quay Hotel +855 23 224 894 Email reservations@thequayhotel. com

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At its heart, Siem Reap is still a little charmer, with old French shop-houses, shady tree-lined boulevards and a slow-flowing river. But it is expanding at breakneck speed with new houses and apartments, hotels and resorts sprouting like mushrooms in the surrounding countryside.

why go? Angkor is a place to be savoured, not rushed, and this is the base to plan your adventures. Still think three days at the temples is enough? Think again with Siem Reap on the doorstep.

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Angkor Wat is more than just an astounding architectural feat; it is the national symbol, the source of fierce Khmer pride and the epicentre of their civilisation. At first sight, it is a sumptuous blend of towers and sky, a magnificent spellbinding shrine to Vishnu with its captivating image replicated in the reflective lake below, a feast for unbelieving eyes. And there are many antique templs you cant’s be miss. A variety of shopping centers, spas, cafés, parks, and other activities can be found throughout the the old market area, and fabulouse nightlife.

SIEM REAP See Angkor Wat

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Is more than just an astounding architectural feat; it is the national symbol, the source of fierce Khmer pride and the epicentre of their civilisation. At first sight, it is a sumptuous blend of towers and sky, a magnificent spellbinding shrine to Vishnu with its captivating image replicated in the reflective lake below, a feast for unbelieving eyes. Address: Angkor 6km (3.7mi) N of central Siem Reap

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Waterfall cascades off the mountain where King Jayavarman II announced independence from Java and proclaimed himself god-king. The river here also runs over lingas and is an attractive sight for modern-day pilgrims. There is also a little explored unnamed set of ruins at the foot of the mountain that is gaining mythical status among locals. Not many know how to get there, though they know of its existence. Would-be explorers are challenged to find it! Price: admission US$20, Hours: last admission 15:30

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This ‘Citadel of Women’ dedicated to Shiva, is a stunning tour de force of classical art and the most ornate of all of the temples.

Samot Fine Wine &Cuisine

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Though it is relatively tiny in size compared to its mammoth counterparts, it has the most intricate carvings and is believed to be the instigator of the Khmer art movement. The detail is astounding and each doorway, each lintel and every wall is a masterpiece. Address N of Angkor

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Careful not to create a tourist park, as in often case, there’s no warehouse like setting instead you will find smoothly laid out huts built from natural materials and design in beautiful Khmer style. Over the years we already have 200 souvenirs shops which sells traditional Cambodian handmade products from clothing’s, silk, arts, jewelries, wood and stone carvings. Address: In front of old market,next to the Sala Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap.

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Samot Fine Wine &Cuisine fed us our best meal in Siem Reap. The prices are a bit higher than we like to pay (but at about $8 for an entree, still not exactly steep). We tried the snapper special, which was $5, fantastic, and came with a complimentary appetiser of smoked salmon on toast. The desserts sounded great too. The former chef from Sofitel Angkor opened the place in May 2008. It’s set down The Passage’s quiet extension, and feels a world away. Walls are painted baby blue, with seashell curtains on the patio, and a wine cellar in the rear. Wines start at $4 per glass. Recommended. old market area T: (092) 410 400, Open daily 16:00-24:00

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Red Piano is another Westernowned establishment with friendly 6 and staff delivering good Western Khmer food. For pub grub try Molly Malone’s, while if you’re in the market for a barbecue, Villa Siem Reap has barbecues in their garden restaurant every Tuesday and Friday. No 341, 50 m Northwest of the Old Market, Svay Dangkom, Mondul I. redpianocambodia@online.com.kh

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Blue Pumpkin remains arguably the best cafe/baking house in Siem Reap with a slick, air-con interior and fine food the day through. Anyone familiar with Bangkok with be struck by just how Bed Supperclubbish the place looks. Wireless internet is available. The acoustics upstairs are poor. Very white. Near Old Market, Siem Reap. T: (012) 946 227. Open daily 06:00-22:00.

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Out Angkor way, the Angkor Cafe enjoys a choice 8location directly across the road from Angkor Wat. The outdoor seating area is filled with flowers and manicured shrubs. Food and drink are supplied by Blue Pumpkin and the sleek wooden ambience by Artisans d’Angkor. Siem Reap. T: (012) 946 227. Open daily 08:00-18:00.

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The road linking Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is now surfaced all the way, and air-con buses thunder up and down daily. The road west to Sisophon, Thailand and Battambang is in a messy state in places, but is finally being overhauled. It is served by some buses and plenty of share taxis. There are several companies operating buses between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and services depart between 6.30am and 12.30pm. The average cost of a bus ticket is US$5, depending on the company. There are daily express boat services between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh (US$20 to US$25, five to six hours)

when to go Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The ideal months are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.

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For traditional Cambodian flare with colonial architecture and influences, check into this luxurious resort and spa. Centrally located and yet surrounded by nature, it makes an ideal base for leisure and business travelers in Siem Reap. The hotel is in close proximity to one of the World Heritage sites, Angkor Wat. Siem Reap’s Old Market, local bars and restaurants are also in the same vicinity. Enjoy a walk around the quaint Royal Park across the road. Central Park, P.O. Box 93145, Central, Siem Reap, Cambodia,Tel: (063) 760 428

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Angkor Spirit Palace is located in Phneachey Village in Siem Reap. The hotel offers traditional Khmer architecture, free Wi-Fi and a spa. A restaurant and an outdoor pool is available. Rooms at Angkor Spirit feature modern facilities like a TV and personal safe. A fridge and bathroom amenities are provided. Rejuvenate your body at the hotel’s spa, which features a sauna and massage services. The hotel also offers a tour desk and an on-site ATM machine. Hotel Rooms: 23

Cabana Suite - Master bedroom Raffels Grand Hotel D’Angkor

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Auberge Mont Royal d’Angkor is a city hotel in the center of Siem Reap. The hotel is in a quiet side road and ideal as a family hotel or business hotel. Hotel Spa, swimming pool, free WI-FI, Internet and hotel restaurant with garden offer all business travelers as well as an entire family with children all services for an enjoyable vacation. Within easy walking distance from Siem Reap center, Siem Reap river and all Siem Reap night life, spa, night market and gourmet restaurants. For more distant excursions into Siem Reap city or Siem Reap neighborhood, a hotel owned car or mini-van and a number of Tuk Tuk are available. Telephone: +855 (0)12 630 131, +855 (0)63 964 044 Address: P.O. Box #34, 497 Taphul, Siem Reap, Kingdom Of Cambodia E-mail : gm@auberge-mont-royal.com

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Surrounded by white-sand beaches and undeveloped tropical islands, the port city and beach resort of Sihanoukville (Krong Preah Sihanouk), also known as Kompong Som, is the closest thing you get to the Costa del Cambodia.

why go? The big attractions around here are the four beaches ringing the headland. None of them qualify as the region’s finest but on weekdays it’s still possible to have stretches of sand to yourself. On weekends and holidays Sihanoukville is extremely popular with well-to-do Phnom Penhers.

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what is there to do? The reefs around Sihanoukville are rich in corals, sponges and all sorts of sea life, from eels to anemones and stingrays to dolphins. Some of the best diving is around Koh Tang and Koh Prins, which require an overnight trip, though there’s also decent diving closer in near Koh Tas (Koh Kaong Kang) and Koh Rung Samloem (two hours one-way). Excellent snorkelling locales include coral-rich Koh Khteah, about 2km off Otres Beach.

SIHANOUK VILLE See Ream National Park

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Situated 13km east of Sihanoukville, Ream National Park is a great place to view Cambodia’s wildlife. The sandy beaches, mangrove forests, monkeys and dolphins make it a favourite among locals. A moto to the park’s headquarters should cost USaround US$2. From here, guided walking tours with rangers can be arranged from USaround US$5. Boat tours around the park cost around US$20 for a boat holding four people. E of Sihanoukville

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Occheuteal Beach is the most popular beach in town, with a high concentration of bungalow bars and restaurants set up on the sand.

There are quite a few islands dotting the gulf within day-trip distance of Sihanoukville. For snorkelling, Koh Ta Kiev is one of the best.

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A pizzeria with a breezy, tropical twist. In addition to Khmer dishes, options include garlic bread, salads and pasta. Free delivery available. Address : 81 Ph Ekareach City Centre, Phone tel, info: 34 632198 Hours : 08:00-23:00 Mirax Resort on the Dèk Kol Island in Sihanouk Ville

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Imagine that you are relaxing on a lounge chair with a cool beverage, and all you see is golden sand beach, and shimmering aquamarine water, and all you hear is the sound of tropical birds, and wildlife. You hear no cars, see no development, and the real world seems a thousand miles away. Such a scenario exists only in your dreams, you say? Wrong. It really exists, it is called Bamboo island, and it is only 45 minutes away from Coasters on Ochheuteal beach at Sihanoukville. Address: Bamboo Island

Fish Grill in Bamboo Island,

At this attractive, chic-funky café-restaurant, options include pasta, sandwiches on homemade bread and a good selection of veggie options, including two vegan desserts, both involving chocolate. The small shop sells M’lop Tapang products. Address : Ph Ekareach City Centre, Phone : 34 478510 Hours : breakfast, lunch & dinner

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In the evening, food stalls set up one block north of Psar Leu. Options include barbeque chicken, rice porridge or noodles with chicken, and a variety of Cambodian desserts. Address : cnr Omui & 7 Makara Sts City Centre

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This large airy restaurant does tasty Western food, but it’s the delicious Khmer that you’d come for. Please let us know if you have any special preferences, environment that make you feel comfortable and care free.. Address : Occheuteal Beach Phone tel, info: 034 016 595252, (855)034-933 671 Hours : breakfast, lunch & dinner Tucked down a red-earth alley, this attractive, NGO-run garden café serves filling Western breakfasts, light lunches (sandwiches, quiche, tortillas, salads) and teatime treats such as brownies and apple tarts. Veggie options are legion. Income goes to help poor Cambodians get medical care, housing and micro-loans. Address : 62 7 Makara St City Centre Hours : 07:00-18:00

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Essentials Getting there National Highway 4 (NH4), the 230km highway between Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh, is in excellent condition but is quite dangerous due to the prevalence of high-speed overtaking on blind corners. It’s doubly dicey around dusk and at night, when all intercity road travel is best avoided. NH3 to Kampot (105km) is also in tip-top shape. Taking NH48 to Krong Koh Kong and the Cham Yeam–Hat Lek border crossing will be a breeze once the four ferry crossings are replaced by bridges, an engineering landmark that should happen sometime in the future.

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The best place in town for Russian mains (pelmeny, manty, chicken Kiev) and soups (red and green borsht, solyanka); it also serves seafood. In a unique, slithering twist, diners sit at glass-topped tables with live serpents - many venomous - inside. The jungle-enveloped complex includes a bar, a guesthouse and a crocodile farm: one false step and the crocs will eat as well as you did. Address:Ph Soviet Weather Hill Phone: tel, info: 34 673805

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Aqua Resort Sihanoukville is located near Ochheuteal Beach. It is easily accesbile to Sihanoukville’s many restaurants, bars and casinos. This boutique hotel offers 24 rooms with Air Conditioning, free Wifi Internet, En suite bathroom with hot water and Cable TV with 60 channels. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and laundry Service. +855 16 224 257 Polaway Street (Formerly Kanda St), Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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Is perfect for a tropical holiday or even as a brief interlude of relaxation during a hectic tour of South East Asia.

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Western run, we are aware of the needs of the weary traveller and our staff will ensure you get the most from your time with us. We can arrange boat trips to Cambodia’s Inner and Outer Islands, Snorkling / Diving excursions and local tours of Wat’s (Temples) and Waterfalls. Add: Serendipity Beach,Sihanouk Ville,Cambodia Tel. 017 595 191 or 016 463 492

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In Cambodia it is very difficult to find a quality hotel but if you go to the Reef Resort in Sihanoukville you are in for quite a surprise. There is also a first class pool table, darts, two bars, and a restaurant on site. Sporting events, DVD’s, movies or other cable fed programs can be viewed at the large open air bar on the 42” plasma television. If you desire to read one of the many books in the library or just relax and watch a movie, +855 12 315 338, Nr Golden Lion Roundabout, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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Once Cambodia’s Wild West, its frontier economy dominated by smuggling, prostitution and gambling, Krong Koh Kong has recently taken big steps towards respectability. The city centre is still scruffy but new midrange hotels are going up, especially along the landscaped riverfront, and ecotourism promises to transform the town into the gateway to some of Southeast Asia’s most breathtaking coastal and mountain habitats. .

why go? The best nearby beach is on the eastern (ie city centre) side of Stung Koh Poi about 4km south of the bridge at the tip of the peninsula. You can get there along the river on foot or by moto; by car you have to loop around to the east.

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what is there to do? The Disneyesque gateway. The park has the usual zoo animals but it also puts on the sort of live-animal shows banned in most countries, with performances reminiscent of a 19th-century circus sideshow. Birds ride tiny bicycles, orang-utans dressed up as boxers throw punches and a man puts his head inside a crocodile’s mouth.

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The park has the usual zoo animals but it also puts on the sort of live-animal shows banned in most countries, with performances reminiscent of a 19th-century circus sideshow. Every morning, and into the early afternoon, birds ride tiny bicycles, orang-utans dressed up as boxers throw punches and a man puts his head inside a crocodile’s mouth. Address: Krong Koh Kong, Phone tel, info: 016 800811

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Save a few shacks that are home to coconut farmers, Ko Kong is largely uninhabited -- leaving its pristine white sand beaches just for you. The water at its many beaches is remarkably clear and the setting is pristine (save the general flotsam that washes up onto the beach). Around an hour by fibreglass boat from Ko Kong town, the island is a popular escape for a daytrip from dusty Ko Kong. Whle accommodation is not available, we were told that some people have camped on the island.

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A very worthwhile trip, regardless of the season is to do a boat trip up the Kah Bpow river to a large waterfall that crosses the river. In the wet season the waterfall spans almost the entire river’s width,

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One of the best restaurants in town, this Thai place, out of doors in a relaxing garden, has a monster menu with two dozen vegetarian choices and a fair spread of seafood. Address: St 6 Phone: 035 393906 Price: mains 60-250B Hours: 6am-10pm TaTai water fall in Koh Kong

whilst in dry season (when the rivers are all lower) the waterfall is restricted to the far left side of the river. When the river is low there are ample swimming opportunities, just be very careful jumping off any of the large rock ledges.

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Traditional Khmer kickboxing - similar to Thailand’s Muay Thai, which Khmers insist is in fact Cambodian - is especially popular in Krong Koh Kong, and many of the country’s top boxers, including the national champion, Eh Phouthong, hail from here. Matches are sometimes held in Krong Koh Kong on Saturday nights, especially in the dry season.The hugely enthusiastic crowds include quite a few women and the provincial governor who, it is said, never misses a match. Locals are joined by Thai punters from across the border.

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You’ll know the food is good, once you meet Sam and the family. Food, Pool Table, Free Internet. Sam and Lin look forward to seeing you soon! Some of Koh Kong’s best Western meals all day. Located Downtown on the main street. Live football Saturday and Sunday,Tel: 099 59 23 10 e-mail: emalcolm18@yahoo.com

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Lovely place on stilts over the sea serving some very good, albeit expensive food. We liked it enough here to return on several nights as the foos was as good here as it was bad at our hotel (ASEAN Hotel, excellent value rooms, terrible food!). Koh Kong is a grubby town, almost as grim as Kampot, but with a vibrant atmosphere and a busy, beautiful estuary which is lovely to watch from Cafe Laurent. There is one other place which I cannot remember the name for located a few hundred yards from here

over the little bridge, which is also an excellent and cheaper cafe.Next to the Koh Kong City Hotel. Tel: 035 63 66 388 / 016 37 37 37

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We had several meals at this little place, located just along the Koh Kong town riverfront (in between Sunset ice-cream and Koh Kong Divers). The prices are average, and all the food we had was delicious (khmai, thai & western)! Good portion size too. They have a happy hour every evening, as well as a special burger + beer for $4. But the best part is how helpful and sweet the 3 sisters who run the place are. They helped us find tuk-tuk and boat rides to various places, and answered any questions we had. Riverfront Rd. (next to Koh Kong Divers), Koh Kong, Cambodia

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When NH48 finally gets its four new bridges, ending the frustrating traffic jams at the ferries, travel times will plummet and transport options to Sihanoukville (220km) and Phnom Penh (290km) are likely to mushroom.Krong Koh Kong is linked to the Thai border by a dual carriageway of sorts – not only does it lack lines, lanes, signs, reflectors and verges/shoulders, but some locals drive as if it were two parallel two-lane highways! The 1.9km bridge over Stung Koh Poi, built and run by the Thais, costs 4800r/44B each way for a car and 1200r/11B for a motorbike; bicycles and pedestrians cross for free.

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Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The ideal months are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.

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Remote but accessible, getting to 4 Rivers Floating Eco-Lodge is your opportunity to acclimatise yourself to the country, the region and its always smiling, welcoming peoplece. The resort is ideally situated in Tatai, next to the Thai border halfway between Bangkok and Phnom Penh (via Koh Chang). Add: Koh Andet Island, Tataï Village, Cambodia +855 17 240 859

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Povides nicely arranged hotel facilities, whether its accommodation, dining, or business facilities, to all its guests. The restaurant located within the premises of this hotel offers tastefully served delicacies. The hotel also hosts a business center for the convenience of our guests. Some other activities that can be enjoyed while staying in this hotel include laundry services, travel/tour information, Internet service, and 24-hour in room service. Tel: 012 901 902

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Champa Guesthouse

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Opposite Koh Kong River Side, is the only riverside option in Ko Kong, and you are right on the river, with the rooms opening out onto a wooden terrace that faces straight onto the river. All rooms are with fan and shared bathroom facilities. Rates are very reasonable and Rob is a good source of information on the Ko Kong area. Add: Koh Kong, Tel: 035 939 912

Heading inland from the river road, Otto’s sits on a well shaded corner with a bunch of functional though basic wooden rooms in rambling wooden setup. The two large and well-decked-out balcony areas are a big asset here and a perfect escape from the heat and take a snooze. The best tight budget bet Ko Kong town T: (035) 93 6163;

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More and more visitors are discovering the sleepy riverside town of Kampot, a charming place with a relaxed atmosphere and a fine, if run-down French architectural legacy. Eclipsed as a port when Sihanoukville was founded in 1959.

why go? Kampot makes an excellent exploring Bokor National Park verdant coast east towards including Kep and a number cave-temples.

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Kampot’s most enjoyable activity is strolling along streets that evoke days long gone. Blocks lined with decrepit French-era shops can be found in the triangle delineated by 7 Makara St, the Central Roundabout and the post office.

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Kampot’s riverside location makes it an excellent place to begin a boat excursion, either to scenic areas upstream or - at around 17:00, when the fishing boats head out to sea - downstream. Enquire at your guesthouse or ask around along the river. You should be able to arrange a seaworthy vessel.

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Kampot’s most enjoyable activity is strolling along streets that evoke days long gone. Blocks lined with decrepit French-era shops can be found in the triangle delineated by 7 Makara St, the Central Roundabout and the post office.

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Bokor Mountain

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Les Manguiers, a riverside guesthouse 2km north of town, rents out river kayaks (rates are marginally more for two-person boats).

For the ride, for the scenery, for the cool mountain air, for the

Bokor Mountain Lodg

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Epic Arts Café

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Bokor Lodge is our favourite for a streetside sundowner, while Rikitikitavi gets the vote for a splash out meal. Bonkors was closed for several months in mid2009 but we heard the owner plans to reopen or perhaps sell the place. Bokor Mountain Lodge: River Rd, Kampot. T: (033) 932 314. Open daily.

The old bridge is quite a sight: destroyed during the Khmer Rouge period, it has been repaired in a mishmash of styles.

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base for and the Vietnam, of superb

Nipa Huts at Rabbit Island

Crab soup Bamboo Island,

adventure, for relaxation. All good reasons to travel the the top of Bokor Mountain. (note: there are many difficulties getting up the mountain while road construction is going on. This should end in 2011. You should call ahead to one of the hotels or guide services in Kampot in advance, to check if the road is even open)

Rapids (Tek Chhou).

A great place for breakfast (around US$3), home-made cakes or tea, this mellow eatery - staffed by deaf and disabled young people - can also pack a bagel lunch for a trip up to Bokor. Sometimes it hosts dance performances. Profits fund dance, music and art workshops for deaf and disabled Cambodians. Epic Arts Cafe: A block back from the abandoned market, Kampot. Open daily.

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A series of stones in flowing water, a major tourist resort for the Khmer and fun for all, cool crystal clear water running down from the semi de­mined hills of Bokor. One of the many Generals here hasbuilt a spa on the back of this water, he claims it has health improving qualities and has called it “Tada Bokor”.

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Pleasant shopfront restaurant with an impressive menu and reasonable prices. Popular with the town’s expat community as well as tourists. Comfortable seating and another good spot to catch the sunset over a cocktail or meal. River Road, Kampot, Cambodia

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Pleasant, popular restaurant and bar with western management. Great sunset views, wide-ranging, reasonably-priced menu offering local specialities, Khmer dishes and western fare in a breezy garden or inside. Open every day from 7 am ‘til 10 pm. Riverfront, Kampot, Kep Tel: (855-12) 256 901

Pleasant rooftop restaurant and bar at the popular Rikitikitavi guesthouse. Offers a wide selection of well prepared and presented western and local dishes in generous portions, and diners will enjoy the spectacular sunset views. Good wine selection. Riverfront, Kampot, Cambodia Tel: (855-12) 235 102 / 274 820

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Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The ideal months are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.

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Le Soleil d’Or , an ancient French colonial hotel/guest house completely tastefully restored, only a few meters from the Kampot (Cambodia) riverside and five kilometers to the gulf of Thailand, offers you double rooms and one hotel family room. Our four hotel rooms are tastefully decorated and possess all the comfort necessary for a pleasant stay with us. Add: 20 Road Moui Ousaphea Village,Kompong,Kandal Commune, Kampot 0000, Cambodia. Tel: +855(0) 90 589 008 +855(0) 86 295 894

Rikitikitavi

NH3, these days in sharp shape, links Kampot with both Phnom Penh (148km, two hours) and Sihanouk ville(105k m).Both Phnom Penh Sorya Transport and Hour Lean (012 939917) run two buses daily to midday to/ from Phnom Penh (US$4, four to five hours). Both companies take the long way around – via Kep (US$2, 40 minutes) and Angk Tasaom (the gateway to Takeo; US$2.50) – because the Bailey bridges on NH3 aren’t bus-friendly. Both companies have ticket desks around Sokhoda Restaurant (facing the Total petrol station).

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Rikitikitavi offers a small, but stylish range of individually decorated rooms situated in a tastefully renovated wooden framed rice barn. Each room comes with a beautiful bathroom with hot water shower. Air conditioning, cable TV, DVD player with 100s of free DVDs to watch, fan, mini-bar, safe, free WiFi and, most importantly, a fantastic bed and bedding. The double rooms also have a small private patio area and gorgeous four poster beds. Locally sourced Art and Khmer silks adorn the walls with massive wooden beams and rattan in abundance. Add:Rikitikitavi,Riverside Road,Kampot,Cambodia T e l : (0855) 012 235102 (0855) 012 274820

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The Orchid Guesthouse is a relative newcomer to the guesthouse scene in Kampot but is generating plenty of interest with visitors to the town. Located across the street to the long-popular Blissful guesthouse and restaurant, the Orchid offers good value rooms for around US$10 to US15 with air-conditioning set in a pleasant garden. Across the river, Kampot, Cambodia Tel: (855-33) 932 634

KAMPOT GUESTHOUSE

Rather characterless guesthouse slightly 15 away from the riverfront, with friendly staff and decent rooms for around US$10 with a/c (US$5 with fan). Pleasant terrace and small restaurant complete the picture. Off the river, Kampot, Tel: (855-16) 885 255 (855-12) 292 150

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The seaside resort of Kep-sur-Mer, famed for its spectacular sunsets and splendid seafood, was founded as a colonial retreat for the French elite in 1908. Cambodian high rollers continued the tradition, flocking here to enjoy gambling and water sports, and in the 1960s it was home to Cambodia’s leading zoo.

why go? After several false starts, Kep finally seems to be rising from (or among) the ruins. It’s again popular,especially on weekends and holidays, with the wealthy elite of Phnom Penh. Drawn by the languid, Riviera-like atmosphere, they drive down in SUVs to picnic and frolic on the scruffy beaches (even before the war, white sand was shipped in from Sihanoukville to keep up appearances). If you want to see the town before big money transforms it, you’d better hurry.

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Dining in Kep is all about fresh seafood. For the best deals head to the Crab Market, a row of wooden waterfront shacks where you can tuck into mouth-watering grilled prawns, crab, squid, squid and fish. In case you’re interested, crabs kept alive in pens tethered a few metres off the pebbly beach - cost per kilo.

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From Kep’s northern roundabout, NH33A heads north past the mildewed shells of handsome mid-20thcentury villas that speak of happier, carefree times - and of the truly terribly Khmer Rouge years. Built according to the precepts of the modernist style, with clean lines, lots of horizontals and little adornment, they once played host to glittering jet-set parties and may do so again someday, though for the time being many shelter squatters (and, some say, ghosts). Don’t even think of buying one - they were all snapped up for a song in the mid-1990s by speculators well-connected in Cambodia’s murky corridors of military and civilian power. Address : Town Centre

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Knai BangChatt Resort in Kep

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Kep Beach, which faces south and is thus not great for sunsets, is sandy but narrow and strewn with little rocks. The eastern end of the shaded promenade is marked by a nude statue of a fisher’s wife. A waterfront promenade to the Crab Market was under construction as we went to press.

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On top of the hill northwest of Kep Beach is a palace built by King Sihanouk in the early 1990s. Before his overthrow in 1970, Kep was one of his favourite spots and he used to entertain visiting foreign dignitaries on an outlying island nicknamed Île des Ambassadeurs. The king may have harboured thoughts of retirement remains unfurnished.

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Coconut Beach is a few hundred metres southeast of Kep Beach, just past the giant crab statue and across the NH33A from two gilded statues that locals say - with a great deal of justification - look like oversized chickens.

Popular bar and restaurant at the Veranda Resort. Good food too. Our nine Standard Bungalows, two Deluxe Bungalows, one Superior Hillside Bungalow, one Family Suite Bungalow, one Superior Suite Bungalow and two Deluxe Suite Bungalows all feature private veranda with hammock overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and Bokor Mountain, well-appointed en suite bathroom with hot water shower, fan cooling and some with air con. The lively open air Jungle Restaurant in a beautiful natural garden setting, offers Western and Asian food as well as fresh seafood dishes and a special BBQ grill menu. The Jungle Restaurant with its exceptional view presents an irresistible culinary adventure and is open daily from 7.00 am – midnight. The Jungle Bar brings in its own touch of exclusivity, providing a spectacular sunset overlooking the ocean, Phuc Quoc Island and Bokor Mountain. Our Barman will be pleased to mix a refreshing cocktail from our wide selection. You will be carried away by the ambient music while enjoying our wine selection or sip a tequila sunrise. @ The Veranda Natural Resort, Kep Hillside Road, Krong Kep, Cambodia Tel: (855-12) 888 619

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Good value western and Asian dishes at this resort-based restaurant overlooking Kep’s beach. Near the “White Lady” Statue, Kep, Cambodia Tel: (855-12) 240 090 Good quality French fare especially the seafood - at this pleasant ocean-view restaurant. Good value too. Kep Hillside, Kep, Cambodia Tel: (855-12) 198 9106 Good French fare at this oceanview terrace restaurantat the popular Champey Inn, serving some of the best seafood preparations in Kep, plus a welcoming beachside bar. At the beach, Kep, Cambodia Tel: (855-12) 501 742

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Kep is 25km from Kampot, 172km from Phnom Penh and 49km from the Vietnamese town of Ha Tien. The Cambodia –Vietnam border at Ha Tien has been open to tourists since mid-2007. Both Phnom Penh Sorya Transport and Hour Lean run Phnom Penh–Kampot buses that pass through Kep (they also serve Angk Tasaom, near Takeo). On Phnom Penh Sorya, the fare to Kampot (40 minutes) is US$2; arrival times from Phnom Penh are variable. Buses stop at Kep Beach, where motos await, but you can ask to get off near the Riel bar or Kep Lodge. Ticketing is handled by guesthouses or Sunny Tour.

when to go

Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The ideal months are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.

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The Beach House has 16 rooms in total - 10 single/double, 4 twin and 2 family rooms. The cost of a single/ double or twin room is USD40 per night and a family room is USD55 per night. All rooms are air-conditioned and have hot water. The cost does not include breakfast but does include full use of the pool and spa. Satellite television is available in every room. There is also a meeting room available for business retreats. Kep beach, Kep (+855 - 12) 712 750 (+855 - 12) 240 090

Kep Lodge

Located in scenic Kep town, the charming Kep Lodge enjoys beautiful views of Bokor Mountain10and the Gulf of Thailand. Offering free Wi-Fi, it has free bicycle rentals and an outdoor salt-water pool. For relaxation, guests can request for an in-room Khmer or oil massage. Scooter rentals and day trips to Rabbit Island can be arranged. There is an on-site sundry shop selling local products. Add: Pepper Street, Krong Kep, Kep Tel: 036 6900 143 092 435 330

Superior Room in Phka Villa Hotel, Battambang

Veranda Natural Resort 11 Set in a very pleasant and breezy spot with uninterrupted views, Veranda is popular with Phnom Penh expats so book ahead if you think you’ll be there over the weekend -- especially a holiday weekend. Accommodation ranges from fairly standard-sized wooden bungalows through to massive family-sized villas. The accommodation is accompanied by a wide, tiered restaurant and bar, which boasts some of the best views across the sea to Bokor to be had in the area. Hillside, Kep. T: +855(0)33 399 035 +855(0)12 888 619

Tree Top

A Swiss Family Robinson 12 experience Tree Top is true to its name and worth a night’s stay for the novelty alone. The four rooms are all actually tree houses, three of which are connected by wooden platforms, and the one room with a private bath is set off on its own. In front of Kep Lodge, Kep,Tel: (012) 515 191

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Cambodia’s second-largest city is an elegant riverside town, home to some of the best-preserved French-period architecture in the country and to warm and friendly inhabitants. The city itself is developing fast but timeless hilltop temples and scenic villages can be seen on leisurely day-trips.

why go? Battambang’s many temples, which survived the Khmer Rouge period relatively unscathed thanks to a local commander who ignored orders, include Wat Phiphétaram, a long block north of Psar Nat, built in 1888; Wat Damrey Sar, west of the Battambang Museum; and Wat Kandal on the East Bank, once famed for its library. A number of the monks at all three wats speak English and are glad for a chance to practise; they’re often around in the late afternoon.

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BATTAMBANG See Battambang Museum

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Ek Phnom dates back to the 11th century and is one of the most-visited attractions around Battambang. If you’ve already seen Angkor you’ll probably find it a bit disappointing, but if you haven’t been there yet, it’s a fine taster. On weekdays, you’re likely to have the entire place to yourself, How to get there: Ek Phnom is best reached from Battambang by motodop along the river road and takes around 45 minutes, passing through some beautiful scenery.

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The bamboo train is one of the world’s all-time classic rail journeys. From O Dambong, on the east bank 3.7km south of Battambang’s Old Stone Bridge, the train runs southeast to O Sra Lav, via half an hour of clicks and clacks along warped, misaligned rails and vertiginous bridges left by the French.

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Two elegant - though as yet nameless avenues, with parkland down the middle, grace the city centre. One goes by the Centre Culturel Français (one block north of NH5), while the other stretches west from the worthwhile Battambang Museum .3Address: St 1 City Centre, Price: admission USUS$1 Hours: 08:00-11:00 & 14:00-17:00 Mon-Fri

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Just over 20km to the south of Battambang, Phnom Banan is the best kept of the remaining Khmer ruins in the area, though again, when compared to Angkor Wat it isn’t so impressive.

Phnom Banan Temple

Dating back to the 11th century, Phnom Banan has been heavily looted but remains mostly upright. Location: 25 km south of Battambang Price: US$ 2, the ticket is also valid for Phnom Sampeau and Wat Ek Phnom

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Serves coffee, shakes, Khmer-style rice and noodle favourites, salads and exotic dishes - the menu has photographs so clients know what they’re getting - such as pizza, hamburgers and doughnuts. Popular with students from the nearby colleges. Address: East Bank Phone tel, info: 012 467313 Hours: 06:30-20:30

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This hilltop temple on the road to Pailin is one of the main locations of Battambang’s killing fields, with a large cave where victims were thrown either after being bludgeoned or having their throats cut, or simply to their death. Children, some of whom speak very good English, hang around the base of the temple and will walk up with you and act as your guides. Location: 18 km southwest of BattambangPrice: US$ 2, The ticket is also valid for Wat Ek Phnom and Phnom Banan

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Run by an NGO that helps children whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS, this little place serves Western breakfasts, including bagels, and holds dance performances (USaround US$3) from 19:00 to 21:00 on Friday and Saturday. Address: City Centre Phone: tel, info: 012 953 912 Hours: 06:30-21:00

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Khmer delight is the ideal place for people seeking a change from Khmer food and has an amazing range of international cuisine accompanied by amazing value 60cent draft Angkor unparalleled in Battambang. The waiting staff are nice and speak English well, but watch your bill after you've drank a couple as the ticks tend to accumulate faster than the beers...

Cambodia Red Wine, At Banan

76/6 Street Two & A Half | Central Business Dsitrict, Battambang 0000, Cambodia Tel: +855 12778666

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However, with the majority of the menu consisting of a make your own crepe scheme, it doesn't appear that too many of Battambang's tourists are interested. Opting for the burger located under the sandwich section of the menu's miniscule Western food besides crepes section, I was heartbroken to receive a nugget of meat without a bun. The espresso was fantastic, and the establishment does get a late rush of drinkers as it's usually the last the close. Good for a nightcap. A pool table and WiFi are available. On the corner of 3rd street, one block west of The White Rose. T: (053) 731 486 The

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Battambang is 290km from Phnom Penh along the heavily trafficked NH5. Travelling after dark is best avoided for safety reasons. Boat and bus tickets can be arranged through hotels and guesthouses. NH57 to Pailin (80km) is still sometimes referred to by locals as NH10. Half-a-dozen bus companies have offices and stops on or near NH5, most of them west of the river. All serve Phnom Penh (US$4, five hours), Pursat (US$2.50 or US$3, two hours), Sisophon (US$2, one hour) and Poipet (US$4, three hours). Booking through a hotel may incur a US$1 commission.

when to go

Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The ideal months are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.

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Phka Villa Battambang is an oasis of calm and peaceful retreat, located in center of town and far away from the busy city streets. The hotel is one of the finest in battambang and offers a beautiful black tiled pool and a restaurant serving Khmer and Western dishes. K.O Street, Romcheak 5, Sangkat Ratanak, Battambang, Cambodia Tel: +855(0) 53 953 255 H/P: +855(0) 89 969 366

Khemara 1 Hotel

Khemara 1 Hotel in Battambang is a newly built 10 hotel within a short walking distance from the city center. The rooms are decorated with rich wooden furniture and parquet floor in a contemporary Khmer style. Building #611, Street 515, Chrey Kourng Village, Sangkat Slaket, Battambang City, Tel.: +855-53-737 878 info@khemarahotel.com,

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The Bungalow hotel is situated on a quiet location in Battambang; a colonial legacy style building which awards you great unwind impression. The Bungalow is suitable for a nice family getaway since it offers affordable accommodations in calm and peaceful surrounding.

Opera Suite bedroom in Sofitel Phokeethra Phnom Penh -Luxury Hotel

Within a close proximity to the central market, guests can make use of the bicycles available on site to travel to attractions that are within the hotel’s vicinity. # 144, Gr. 4, Kamarkor Sangkat Svaypor, Tel: +855 12 916 123

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La Villa in Battambang is a boutique little hotel set in a colonial house built in the 1930s. The owners have renovated the building maintaining its colonial style and furnishing it exquisitely with art deco and antiques. The hotel has a pool and a restaurant with views over the garden and all the rooms contain telephone sets. The hotel has 7 en suite rooms and are equipped with air conditioning and fans, TV set and cable network, mosquito net. N 185 Pom Romchek 5 Kom Rattanak Srok Battambang - Cambodia Tél. + FAX : +85553730151 Mobile : +85517411880

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Mondulkiri is a totally different experience from the rest of Cambodia. High up in rolling hills, with a constant, all-year-round breeze, it’s a destination which makes you feel on top of the world.

why go? Home to the hardy Pnong people and their noble elephants, it is possible to visit traditional villages and learn how to be a mahout. The landscape is a seductive mix of pine clumps, grassy hills and windswept valleys that fade beguilingly into forests of jade green and hidden waterfalls. Wild animals, such as bears and tigers, are more numerous here than elsewhere, although chances of seeing them are about as good as winning the lottery

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MONDULKIRI See Bousra Waterfall

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For an original elephant experience, visit the Elephant Valley Project. The trip starts with a tour of the project before learning about the body language of elephants. Students are then given the chance to try a series of short rides to build their confidence. After lunch, wannabee mahouts get the chance to experience a longer ride to a nearby waterfall.

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This is the largest waterfall within easy motorcycle distance -- 37 km -- of Sen Monorom, taking about one hour each way on average to poor dirt roads. The falls are in two main levels and the main picnic area is between the two. The upper falls are wide and strong with a couple of swimming holes, while the lower falls, at 25 m high, are narrower but far taller.

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The villages of Phulung, 7km northeast of Sen Monorom, and Putang, 9km southwest of town, are the most popular places to arrange an elephant trek. Most of the recommended guesthouses around town, as well as the tourist office, can arrange day treks for around USaround US$30 or so, including lunch and transport to and from the village. It can get pretty uncomfortable up on top of an elephant after a couple of hours; carry a pillow to ease the strain. Location: Villages of Phulung and Putang Timing: daily, morning till late afternoon Costs: US$ 25 up

Bousra Waterfall,

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Located before the air strip, 7 km down a side dirt road off the road to Bou Sra, this is a great place to ask your motodop to stop after returning from the waterfalls from a long day of trekking and swimming. You can also stop at Phnom Doh Kromom Pagoda, which is a small temple off the next road to the right heading toward the traffic circle.

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Check out the observation deck of Phnom Bai Chuw, 6km northwest of Sen Monorom, for a jaw-dropping view of the emerald forest. It looks as though you are seeing a vast sea of tree tops, hence the locals have named it Samot Cheur (Ocean of Trees). Address NW of Town Centre

is located right near the bus stop, and is essentially the only real backpacker hangout in town with any steady clientele. There are two main reasons for its draw. One, it has bamboo floors, rattan walls, and low ceilings covered in palm fronds. There’s a small bar and Western music always playing. T: (017) 905 659. Open 06:30 a.m. to 23:00 p.m.

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It serves primarily drinks and snacks, but serves as a makeshift travel agency, organizing elephant treks with Jack’s refuge, which are about $50 for a full-day trip. The shop also sells an array of handmade Phnong crafts. Bananas restaurant, located on a patio behind the bamboo hut where Middle of Somewhere is housed, serves full meals. T: (012) 161 3833

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Also within eyesight of the bus stop on the same road, is a nice compromise between a Khmer- and Western-oriented restaurant. The ambiance, long tables under a metal

Fish Curry

awning. The food is great and well-priced. Its all-inclusive breakfast combo eggs, toast, and coffee for $2, is a steal. The restaurant’s main attraction is its Khmer BBQ. You can choose fish, chicken, or beef. A one-person platter, with salad, marinated meats, and rice, is $5 while a two-person platter, which is plenty of food for three, costs $8. Tél : +855 11 620 461

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Bananas is a new restaurat bar serving up Western favourites like shepherd’s pie and Flemish stew, with a dose of expat insight on life in Cambodia. By night, beers and spirits flow. Address: Town Centre Phone: tel, info: 092 412 680

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Essentials Getting there The easiest way to arrive is from Snuol. Buses come to Snuol directly from Kratie (around two hours) and Phnom Penh (around three hours) by bus; once there, it is straightforward to find a pick-up or taxi which can take you on the three-hour trip up to Sen Monorom, the provincial capital. The road is in generally good condition, and the second half is possibly one of the beautiful routes in Cambodia, climbing through the jungle and suddenly bursting out onto the top of the hills. Prices for all of these kinds of transport are very reasonable, and they can be arranged through guesthouses and hotels.

when to go

Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The ideal months are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.

Sleep Nature Lodge

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Is a backpackers haven. Set on the side of a hill, filled with horses nibbling brush, the lodge has a wonderland feel to it. Friendly travellers convene in the restaurant area, a circular enclosure made of knotty pine that feels like a childhood tree house. Far and away the best place to stay A five minute moto ride outside town T: (012) 230 272;

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Pich Kiri Guesthouse was the first lodging house to set up in Sen Monorom, and as of mid-2009, with a large, 47-room expansion, it is now by far the largest place to stay in town. Oldest and the best East of the market, Sen Monorom T: (012) 932 102;

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The rear view of the house looks out over a lush field of mango trees. The rooms are sparse and clean, featuring big beds with enormous headboards. Air-con is less of a necessity in this cooler climate than is hot water, but if you arrive in the middle of the hot season and need to find

Nature Lodge in Mondulkiri

a refrigerated room for the evening at a decent price. Past the airstrip, Sen Monorom T: (011) 696 828; 12 Long Vibol Guest House and Restaurant

This pleasant enough guesthouse feels like it is far more targeted towards the NGO crowd than independent travellers and backpackers. While the rooms, hidden in a few low-slung row houses set behind a small stream and some tree-lined paths, are very clean and spacious, with hot water showers and TV, there is little to justify the walk (or short moto ride) out here as opposed to staying closer to town. A fave with NGO crowd Past the airstrip, Sen Monorom T: (012) 944 647;

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Ratanakiri is making a name for itself as diverse region of outstanding natural beauty that provides a remote home for a mosaic of minority peoples. The Jarai, Tompoun, Brau and Kreung are the Khmer Leu (Upper Khmer) people with their own languages, traditions and customs.

why go? Many visitors opt for a trek into Virachay National Park, but be aware that some of these treks barely scrape the park itself, and spend much of the time in the park buffer zone. There are now multiday treks into the park, and these are a great way to explore one of the wildest and most remote areas in Cambodia.

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what is there to do? Trekking has really started to take off around Ratanakiri, but it is important to make clear arrangements with your guide to ensure you get what is expected out of a trip. There are lots of popular routes that take in minority villages and scenic spots around the province.

ratanakiri See Yeak Loam Lake

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Yeak Loam Lake is situated 5 km. south - east of Banlung. The Yeak Loam lake (volcanic crater) is the most beautiful lake of Ratanakiri formed by a volcanic eruption almost 4,000 years ago with 50 m. deep, 800 m. diameter and a walking path around the lake of 2,500 m. Two hundred meters of the track is a quaint wooden building housing tribal handicraft, the Crafts Museum.

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At the top of Phnom Svay is the statue of a reclining Buddha, situated 2.5 km. Awesome and peaceful, it has lain undisturbed throughout the years. Cast your eye outwards to glimpse Laos in the north and Vietnam in the east, and enjoy the spellbinding serenity of the surrounding countryside. Tear out page here then fold along the dotted lines

Kachang Waterfall

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Kachang Waterfall is situated 6km.3 north - west of Banlung. This Waterfall is located in the Kontung stream and flows into the Sre Pok River. The height of it is 12 m. and the water flows and falls throughout the year. A beautiful or magnificent landscape and huge amounts of fresh mist surround the waterfall. The visitors can take a bath and sit to look at the waterfall and other natural scenic beauties. or the visitors can also go around to view other natural sights on foot or take an elephants ride.

Swimming at Bueng YeakLoam, Ratanakiri

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Katieng Waterfall is situated 7 km. north - west of Banlung. It is also located in the Koutung Stream, below the Kachang Waterfall, 3 km. The height of it is 10m. and the water flows and falls throughout the year. The visitors can see a beautiful natural landscape and take a break to take pictures of the birds and then continue to the waterfall.

Ou’Sean Lair Waterfall

5is Ou’Sean Lair Waterfall situated 26 km, South of Banlung. This Waterfall has 4 floors and the height of each floor is 4 m. The water flows throughout the year. Around the Waterfall are beautiful natural landscapes and the visitors can go take a bath if they wish.

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Located at the popular Terres Rouge Lodge resort just outside town, Le Jovial Jarai offers a comprehensive range of traditional Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese specialities together with a small selection of of western favourites, and all at reasonable prices. Groups catered for. @ Terres Rouge Lodge, Ratanakiri, Cambodia Tel: (855-11) 725 881

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A very pleasant dining terrace at the popular Yaklom Hill Lodge, the Sawasdee offers a wide selection of excellent Thai, Lao, Khmer and Vietnamese dishes, all prepared from quality ingredients in a hygenic kitchen. Also has a few western favourites such as burgers, pasta etc. @ Yaklom Hill Lodge, Banlung, Ratanakiri, Cambodia Tel: (855-11) 725 881

TRIBAL CAFE

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Bar & Restaurant in Lodge des Terres Rouges, Ratanakiri

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A good, inexpensive choice for hearty western fare including burgers, pizzas, pasta, fries etc. Also offers a selection of decent Khmer, Thai and Chinese dishes. Cheap and popular. Banlung Town, Ratanakiri, Cambodia

SAL’S RESTAURANT

Sal’s has been aropund for 10 a little while now and gets good reviews for its burgers, spaghetti, meatballs, fish and chips and more. Also serves decent Khmer food and is very popular with the small expat community in Banlung. Airport Road, Banlung, Ratanakiri, Cambodia

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Essentials Getting there There are two main legs to the trip, Phnom Penh to Stung Treng and then Stung Treng to Banlung. The first leg usually requires a ferry ride for part of the way in order to bypass the extremely bad road between Kratie and Stung Treng. Either: 1) Take a taxi (2 hours, 8000 riel) or ferry (15,000 riel) to Kampong Cham, and then take a ferry from Kampong Cham to Stung Treng (9 hours, $15), or; 2) Take a taxi (5 hours, 13000 riel) or ferry (5 hours, 30,000 riel) to Kratie, and then take a ferry from Kratie to Stung Treng (5 hours, $7). Once in Stung Treng take a shared taxi or truck from Stung Treng to Banlung (25,000 riel, 3.5 hours in the dry season. 5-10 hours in the wet season.

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Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The ideal months are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.

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Welcome to Norden House Yaklom Ratanakiri, an unique newly built bungalow village in the famous Yaklom lake area. Our bungalows are 36 sq. m each with pinewood interior, attached bathroom w hot water, TV and DVD, furniture’s in pinewood and local hardwood, imported bed linen. We can arrange 3-10 days trekking in Virachey national park. Email: info@nordenhouseyaklom.com Tel: +855 12 880327 Mobile: 012 880327

Delux Room in Lodge des Terres Rouges, Ratanakiri

pleasant lakeside setting Far side of lake, Ban Lung 12 Tel: +855 92 390 063 Rattanak Hotel The Rattanak Hotel, Ratanakiri pro- E: chhenglok@yahoo.com vides wonderful accommodation TERRE ROUGES LODGE 14 with its well appointed rooms. All Charming traditional wooden the rooms at the Rattanak Hotel, Ralodge seat on the edge of a lake tanakiri are spacious and splendidly and surrounded by peacefull decorated. The units at the Rattanak garden. The team at Terres Hotel, Ratanakiri conform to the inRouges offer professionally ternational standards of hospitality. organised tours of Ratanakiri The warm ambience makes you feel Province, and the Lodge features at home. a restaurant and bar serving Address: Banlung District, Banlung, local specialities and a wide Ratanakiri, Cambodia. selection of wines and spirits, plus a small Tel: (089) 259 029; massage operation. Rooms are comfortable, some of them air-conditioned. Lakeside Chheng Lok 13 Rates run from US$32 to US$75 per night for double occupancy, depending Hotel In a prime spot overlooking Boeng on type of room or suite. Kansaign, this is the best all-rounder English-speaking local guides are availin Ban Lung. Set in a lush garden, able for US$20 per day. there is a choice of attractive garden Lakeside, Banlung, Ratanakiri, Cambobungalows or smart rooms. Hot wa- dia ter, cable TV, it’s all here, and there is Tel: (855-75) 974 051 a local restaurant amid the flourishing Mob: (855-12) 959 115 Phnom Penh: (856-23) 215 651 plants.

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Bangkok is excess in all of its unrestrained glory. Bigger, better, more: the city is insatiable, a monster that feeds on concrete, shopping malls and diesel exhaust.

why go? Bangkok’s best feature is its intermingling of opposites. A modern world of affluence orbits around a serene traditional core. Step outside the four-star hotels into a typical Siamese village where taxi drivers knock back energy drinks and upcountry transplants grill chicken on a streetside barbecue. Hop the Skytrain to the glitzy shopping malls where trust-fund babies examine luxury brands as carefully as the housewives inspect produce at the open-air markets.

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what is there to do? Come find your niche among dazzling temples, hotels of every breed and size, eclectic markets, gleaming palaces, ritzy shopping malls, a famous nightlife and the many things in between. Enjoy a memorable dinner cruise adrift the Chao Phraya River. Bask in the city’s warm, affluent glow at a skyscraping rooftop bar. Experience all the things – tuk-tuk ride, ladyboy show, Muay Thai (kickboxing) match, Thai massage – everyone always comes home talking about.

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Red curtains, glamorous feathers and long legs… and, since you are in Thailand, may we add ladyboys? While this is no Broadway or Can-Can show, Calypso Cabarat promises to be a feast for your eyes and ears. A fantastic evening at the Calypso involves a lot of dazzling performances by a wildly talented troupe of transvestite dancers, entertainers and lip-sync singers, not to mention bringing Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson back from the dead. Some say it’s touristy and strange, but we say it’s a star-studded evening with glistening stage design, extravagant costumes, thrilling soundtracks and simply superb entertainment.

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A dazzling site from afar, the Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew command respect from all who have walked in their sacred grounds. Built in 1782, and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government, the Grand Palace continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail. Wat Pra Kaeo enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of emerald, dating from the 15th century AD.

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Bringing the finest French and Italian recipes to your table, this fusion restaurant combines traditional European dishes with Asian accents such as Tokyo onion curry, pan-fried foie gras with eggplant in Japanese miso and balsamic sauce, and grilled pork fillet with umeboshi (Japanese apricot) sour sauce. Opening Hours: 24 hours Location: 999/9 Rajdamri Road, in front of Central World. 3

Perhaps the best choice to enjoy a traditional Thai floating market without the touristy push is Bang Khu Wiang. Monks arrive by boat in early morning on their daily ‘tak baat’ (alms round), and a variety of farm - fresh produce is offered. Opening Hours: 04:00 - 07:00 (every day) How to get there: One option is to rent a boat from Chang Pier (in Bangkok), and ask to be taken to Noi-Khlong Om-Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market. A cheaper option is to catch a boat from Wat Chalo Pier for a 45-minute ride to Bang Kruai (5 baht), which runs every 15 minutes from 05:00 - 20:00. From there it is a 10-minute boat ride to the market. If boats don’t suit you, no worries as taxis and tuk-tuks are available for hire at the market.

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Describing itself as a French-Thai brasserie, you might mistakenly think that the menu at Café@2 follows the fusion cuisine line. But no, this upscale eatery offers classic Thai and French dishes on its lunch and dinner buffet menus, coffees and freshly blended juices. Opening Hours: 06:00 – midnight Location: 2nd floor, Conrad Hotel Bangkok on Wireless Road BTS: Ploenchit Tel: +66 (0)2 690 9299 Cuisine: French and Thai buffet

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Papaya Salad with salty crablet

take your fancy, eating in the bar is an alternative to the main dining area, upstairs. Opening Hours: 11:30 - 14:30 and 17:30 – 24:00 Location: Ruam Rudee V illage, Soi Ruam Rudee Tel: +66 (0) 2650 8049 Cuisine: International

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This upscale Italian practices an open-kitchen concept that enables customers to observe the cooking process and enjoy the aromatic flavours of the fresh ingredients while enjoying a glass of wine from the extensive wine list, also served by the glass. Opening Hours: 11:30-14:30 and 18:00-22:30 Address: Four Seasons Hotel, 155 Rajdamri Tel: +66 (0) 2 126-8866 Cuisine: Italian

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Bangkok’s thousands of brightly coloured taxis are some of the best value cabs on earth. Most are new, air-conditioned and have working seatbelts in the front seat, though less often in the back. You can flag them down almost anywhere in central Bangkok. The meter charge is 35B for the first 2km, then 4.50B for each of the next 10km, 5B for each kilometre from 13km to 20km and 5.50B per kilometre for any distance greater than 20km, plus a small standing charge in slow traffic.

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The southwest monsoon arrives between May and July and lasts into November. This is followed by a dry period from around November to May, which begins with lower relative temperatures until mid-February (because of the influence of the northeast monsoon, which bypasses this part of Thailand but results in cool breezes), followed by much higher relative temperatures from March to May. It usually rains most during August and September,

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It was inevitable the big hotel companies would co-opt the ‘boutique’ idea, as Accor did in 2007 with this 147 room, eight-floor place at the end of busy Soi 11. It’s aimed at young, partyoriented tourists and is reasonable value. It looks contemporary enough with a lobby daubed in orange and white opening onto a ‘look at me’ bar. Down lounge-music-filled corridors the small rooms are, well, small. 33/33 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand +66 2 305 4000

Novotel Bangkok Fenix Ploenchit

Novotel Bankok Fenix 9 Ploenchit is nestled between the central business district, Ploenchit-Sukhumvit Road and popular shopping centers such as MBK, Siam Paragon and Central Chidlom. Address: 566 Ploenchit Road, Lumpimi, Patumwan 10330 Bangkok, Thailand

Grand President Bangkok

Seamlessly comfortable and beauti10 fully decorated serviced apartments in the most happening part of Sukhumvit. If you’re spending more than just a few nights in Bangkok it’s worth considering this kind of option.

Delux Twin Room in Rikka Inn Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

It’s an excellent choice for business travellers, or anyone seeking an extra notch of comfort. 14, 16 sukhumvit soi 11, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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Check Inn Chinatown is located in Bangkok’s Old City neighborhood, close to Memorial Bridge, Wat Suthat, and Wat Saket. Nearby points of interest also include Temple of the Reclining Buddha and Grand Palace. Hotel Features. Dining options at Check Inn Chinatown include a restaurant and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Guestrooms. 34 air-conditioned guestrooms at Check Inn Chinatown feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Rooms are individually decorated. At this 2.5-star hotel, accommodations include kitchenettes with microwaves, refrigerators, and cookware/dishes/utensils. 204,206,208 soi charoenkrung14, Charoenkrung road,samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

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This delightfully friendly capital, studed with crumbling French mansions, bougain villea­ -blooming streets and steaming noodle stalls, is somewhere between a big town and a diminutive city; the kind of place you might find a Graham Greene protagonist.

why go? Full of things to see, from Buddha Park to the Morning market and an impossibly rich selection of international cuisine – most pointedly French – you’ll find yourself slowly won over by the easy charms of this evolving backwater.

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what is there to do? Spread over the lower slopes of Phu Pasak (also known more colloquially as Phu Khuai), Wat Phu is small compared with the monumental Angkor-era sites in Cambodia or Thailand. But the tumbledown pavilions, ornate shiva-lingam sanctuary, enigmatic crocodile stone and tall trees that shroud much of the site in soothing shade give Wat Phu a mystical atmosphere.

laoS, vientiane See Laos National Cultural Hall

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Built by the Chinese in the 1990’s, as a gift to the Laos people, the building is not the most attractive Vientiane has known. Occasionally French cinema and Lao classical dance events are held here within the hall, although it is difficult to access information to find out exactly when. Those interested should keep an eye on the Vientiane Times.

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Patuxai (literally Victory Gate 2 or Gate of Triumph), formerly the Anousavary or Anousavari Monument, is situated in the centre of Vientiane. Built between1962 and 1968, the Laotians built it as a mark of respect for all those who fought in the struggle for independence from the French. Ironically, the monument bears a slight resemblance to the Arc de Triomphe, although the attention to detail and intricate design is typically Laotian, boasting four rather than two archways. The view from the top is spectacular. Built with cement that was purchased from America, with the intention of constructing a new airport, the locals sometimes refer to the monument as the ‘vertical runway’.

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Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. It was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a monk who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism. This explains why his park is full not only of Buddha images but also of Hindu gods as well as demons and animals from both beliefs. Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00 Location: About 25 kilometres southeast of Vientiane, along the Mekong River How to get there: The Buddha Park can be reached by public bus or tuk tuk Tour Available: Vientiane City & Temple Tour

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If and when you have had enough of Laos food, Aria represents a good change. Located right downtown Vientiane Aria’s reputation precedes it as one of the best of its genre in Asia. With a classical Italian feel and a welllit and roomy dining area, Aria’s pizza selections from its open kitchen comprise its highlights but it also features recomendable lamb, veal and sliced sirloin – all complemented by an excellent wine list. Opening Hours: 00-856-021-222589 Location: 8 Rue Francois Nginn Tel: 00-856-021-222589

Bor Pen Nyang

5 at ‘No worries’ is the laid-back mantra the Bor Pen Nyang. Relax while you face a great view of the Mekong River. From the lazy and relaxed afternoons to the vibrant nights, this restaurant and bar offers complete entertainment. Enjoy a game of pool or snooker with your friends or read a book in solitude at the Sidewalk Garden Cafe. Take along that special someone and make sparks fly with yummy cocktails and the fiery sunset. Bor Pen Nyangoffers a range of snacks.

Laos, Ginger Chicken Cuisine

Address: Fa Ngum Rd, Wat Chanh Village. Tel: +856 21 26 1373

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(means ‘Thank you very much’) A favorite with expats, backpackers and tourists, this colonial-style building has a great menu of Laos and international dishes, each page reflecting the different types of customers. For example, the ‘Backpacker Page’ is where you will find spring rolls and other reliable dishes; likewise the ‘Laos Discovery Set’ takes you through various short courses of typical Lao dishes. The ‘Expatriate Relief Page’ is packed with home-cooked favorites such as pizza, pasta and hearty stews. Location: Southwest of Nam Phu Fountain, Around Town. Remarks: Credit Cards: Master Card and Visa Tel: +85621/212-106

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Essentials Getting there Buses use three different stations in Vientiane, all with some English-speaking staff. The Northern Bus Station (260255; Th T2), about 2km northwest of the centre, serves all points north of Vang Vieng, including China, and has some buses to Vietnam. The Southern Bus Station (740521; Rte 13 South), commonly known as Dong Dok Bus Station or just khíw lot lák kāo (Km 9 Bus Station), is 9km out of town and serves everywhere south. Buses to Vietnam will usually stop here.

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The best time for visiting most of Laos is between November and February, when it rains the least and is not too hot. It’s also Laos’s main season for both national and regional bun (festivals). If you plan to focus on the mountainous northern provinces, the hot season (from March to May) and early rainy season (around June) is not bad either, as temperatures are moderate at higher elevations.

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le Leela Hotel, a newly opened hotel. Is now on track in Vientiane. It’s small Boutique hotel with only 15 rooms. Our rooms are uniquely designed with the modern and contemporary’s style it specially bring the cozy and unique experience during your stay. The hotel has 9 Deluxe rooms, 3 Superior, and 3 le LeeLa suites where a couple, family, friends could spend their enjoyable time together. Moreover, we proudly present and serve you with cuisine Indochina.Vaya Ban Phiawat 33 Unit 10 T: (021) 214 048; F: (021) 215 532

Don Chan Palace, Exectutive Suit 9 Chanthapanya hotelDay Inn

korn Inn Hotel

Vayakorn Inn is ideally situated in the heart of Vientiane, 15 minutes from the Wattay International 8 Airport and 30 minutes from the Friendship bridge. Conveniently located in downtown Vientiane, the hotel is close to major tourist sites, plentiful shopping opportunities and provides the perfect setting for business, leisure and relaxation. 19, Henbounnoy Street, Ban haysoke Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel: (+856-21) 215348, 215349 E-mail: vayakorn@gmail.com; vbinn@laotel.com

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One factor that makes Saigon City exceptional is the contrast between the old and the new. This is the country’s business centre, and there are many areas under development, but there are also many places and buildings from earlier eras that are well preserved and well worth visiting to see the French colonial influences as well as ancient Buddhist sites. From fine art to war memorabilia, the list of things to see in Saigon City is seemingly endless.

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Saigon City’s entertainment industry is growing fast, though it’s still not a city for round-the-clock entertainment – most places close soon after midnight. But what’s available is quality fun. There is a wide variety of pubs and bars, especially in the city center, and the number of discos and clubs with regular live music is booming. Some of these are must-visits for newcomers, especially those traveling alone who may want to make new friends and meet local people.

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The original Ben Thanh Market was built in 1859 but was destroyed when the French invaded and was rebuilt at its current location at Cong Truong Dien Hong – formerly a landfill – in 1899. For anyone on a tour of Ho Chi Minh City this is an essential stop for souvenirs such as T-shirts and handicrafts. The market is very well organized, with stalls grouped in sections according to what they sell.

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As the name suggests, this village is tailor-made for package holidaymakers, but nonetheless offers a pleasant choice of activities including water puppet shows, boat rides, and river cruises. It was built in 1994 by the Sai Gon Tourist Corporation on the banks of the Sai Gon River in Binh Thanh District, eight kilometres from the centre of Saigon. Generally considered the largest tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City, it has an evening dinner cruise with cultural show.

Cholon (Chinatown)

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Ben Thanh Market

Bink Quoi Tourist Village

Saigon City is a fun place to shop for bargains. Some goods can be unique and fascinating – old propaganda posters, for example; we found one that exhorted people to plant garlic for export. Clothing includes silks and hand-woven fabrics with a reputation for high quality. Vietnam is also famous for handicrafts including bamboo ware, ceramics and lacquer. There are, too, all the usual holiday souvenirs such as T-shirts and beaded handbags at prices that are hard to beat.

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The district of Cholon comprises Ho Chi Minh’s Chinatown. Established in 1879, it was a separate entity from Saigon but

Saigon night market

was later merged in 1931 by the French colonial government. The Chinese began to settle in Cholon in 1900 and as a result there are a lot of sights to see, such as the Binh Tay Market on Phan Van Khoe Street, Thien Hau Pagoda in Nguyen Trai district, Quan Am on Lao Tu Street, the Cholon Mosque on Nguyen Trai Street and a lot more interesting places.

Giac Lam Pagoda

This pagoda the oldest in Saigon. It was built in 1744 4and remodeled in the 19th century and again about 100 years ago. The temple reflects interesting Taoist and Confucian influences in addition to Buddhism. Shoes may be worn in the temple but visitors should take off their hats and refrain from smoking. Location: 118 Lac Long Quan St in District 5

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For a taste (and then some) of Brazil, head to Au Lac. Decked out with Carnaval-themed paintings, this churrascaria (barbecue restaurant) serves allyou-can-eat steak (and 11 other cuts of meat), just like back in Rio. Plus a new à la carte menu. Address: 238 Ð Pasteur Phone: 08 3820 7157 Price: set dinner 390, 000d

Camargue

6 French Camargue is in a beautiful villa with a lovely garden courtyard and attracts diners with its romantic atmosphere. The restaurant’s bar is an ideal spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or two. Address: 16 Cao Ba Quat, District 1 . Tel: +848 823 2828

Cantina Central

Mexican Cantina Central is 7 the well known among locals, expats and regular visitors to Saigon for the fresh authenticity of its Mexican food. It also serves the best Margaritas in town, amid attractive, relaxing surroundings. Address: 51 Ton That Thiep Street Tel: +848 914 4697

Cepage

8 An impressive addition to the international dining scene, Cepage is a trendy wine bar with a lounge downstairs and a serious foodie place upstairs. Try the ‘black box’ – a mystery three-course set lunch for 130,000d.

Noodle Crab Soup

Address:22 Ð Le Thanh Ton Lancaster Bldg, Phone: 08 3823 8733 Price: mains 150,000-350,000d

Nam Kha

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IThis is one of Saigon’s best-known designer restaurants, quite literally, as it is run by the Khai Silk group. The setting is striking with a reflective pool set amid Romanesque pillars. The menu is all about aromatic Vietnamese flavours. Address: 46 Ð Dong Khoi Phone:08 828 8309 Price: mains around 200,000d

Temple Club

10 Vietnamese Housed in an old Chinese temple, with beautiful woodwork and masonry, and a terracotta floor, the Temple Club has a bar, a lounge and a formal dining room with a menu featuring Vietnamese food from all over the country. Address: 29-31 Ton That Thiep St, District 1 . Tel: +848 829 9244

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MINI GUIDE

VIETNAM, SAIGON

Getting around

See

Eat & drink

Sleep

Essentials Getting there Intercity buses depart from and arrive at a variety of bus stations around HCMC and are well served by local bus services from Ben Thanh Market. HCMC is one place where the open-tour buses really come into their own, as they depart and arrive in the very convenient Pham Ngu Lao area. This saves an extra local bus journey or taxi fare. Most of the open-tour companies sell tickets to Mui Ne (around US$5), Nha Trang (around US$9) and Dalat (around US$8), plus there are night buses to Nha Trang (around US$12).

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when to go

Vietnam’s weather is dictated by two monsoons, meaning double trouble on the rain front. The winter monsoon comes from the northeast between October and March, bringing damp and chilly winters to all areas north of Nha Trang, and dry and warm temperatures to the south. From April or May to October, the summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather to the whole country.

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Grand Hotel Saigon is within 1 km from the General Post Office, Notre Dame Church and the Reunification Palace. Tan Son Nhat International Airport is a convenient 25-minute drive away. Featuring classic French décor, rooms at the Grand Saigon are luxurious with fine beddings and furnishings. Each air-conditioned room offers views of the city or pool and come with cable TV, minibar and tea/coffee maker. Add: 8 Dong Khoi Street, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam Tel : ++84 8 38230163

Norfolk Hotel

Guests wishing to combine business with pleasure will find much to 12 recommend in this hotel, centrally located in the city but surprisingly quiet. While the rooms are not flashy they are spic and span and nicely decorated with all the trimmings and trappings any business traveler or vacationer could want. Since there are only 104 rooms, it’s not overrun with visitors. Add: 117 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, District 1 - Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Norfolk Hotel, Saigon, VietNam

thien thao hotel

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Saigon Mini Hotel

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Thien Thao Hotel is ideal for tourists and business travelers alike. Here at Thien Thao Hotel, we proudly cater to the needs of our valued Guests by providing the highest standards of services. We are aware that you have a choice of facilities to choose form, and are extremely pleased that you are taking a moment to see all that our hotel has to offer. Add: 89 Cao Thang Street - Ward 3 - District 3 - Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Saigon Mini Hotel is close to the central backpackers area but secluded enough to be away from the noise and disturbances. Most of the rooms catch a good dose of this light and air -- but not all, so ask to see a few if the room you’re shown lucked out in the window department. Wifi is available throughout the hotel.102/1A Cong Quynh, District 1. T: (08) 836 1008 F: (08) 838 9599

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EMBASSIES INFORMATION AUSTRALIA #. 16B, Assembly Tel: 023 213 470 www.embassy.gov.au

JAPAN #. 194, Norodom Tel: 023 217 161-4 www.kh.emb-japan.go.jp

BELGIUM Phnom Penh Center, Sihanouk Blvd., Block F- Floor 7 Tel: 023-214024

LAOS #. 15-17, Mao Tse Toung Tel: 023 997 931

BRUNEI #. 237, Street 51 Tel: 023 211 457-8 BRITISH #. 27-29, (St. 75) Tel: 023 427 124 www.ukincambodia.fco.gov.uk BULGARIA #. 227-229, Norodom Tel: 023 217 504 CANADA #. 9, Senei Vinna Vaut Oum Tel: 023 213 470 Ext 417 www.infoexport.gc.ca/kh

MALAYSIA #. 5, Oknha Peich Tel: 023 216 176-7 MALTA #. 10, Street 370 Tel: 023 368 184 MYANMAR #181, Norodom, Phnom Penh Tel: 023 223761 www.phnompenh.um.dk FRANCE #1, Preah Monivong Tel: 023 430 020-2 www.ambafrance-kh.org

CHINA #156, Mao Tse Toung Tel: 023 720 920-1

GERMANY # 76-78, Yougoslavie Tel: 023 216 193 www.phnom-penh.diplo.de

DENMARK #8, Street 352 Tel: 023 987629

INDIA # 5, Chakrey Nhek Tioulong Tel: 023 210 912-3

N. KOREA #50-52, Samdech Pan Tel: 023 211 900-3 www.khm.mofat.go.kr

INDONESIA #1, Chakrey Nhek Tioulong Tel: 023 216 148

PHILIPPINES #15Z, Street 422 Tel: 023 222 303-4 POLAND #767, Monivong Tel: 023217782

PAKISTAN # 45, Street 310 Tel: 023 996 890-1 RUSSIA # 213, Sothearos Tel: 023 210 931

AIRLINES INFORMATION Air Asia # Cambodia International Airport Tel: 023 890 035

Cambodia Angkor Air # Mao Tse Toung, 12306 Tel: 023 023 666 786-8

Angkor Airways Corp # 32, Norodom, 12205 Tel: 023 222 056-8

Cebu Parcific Airways #333B, Monivong Blvd Tel: 023 219 161

Angkor Asian Air Co. Ltd # Phnom Penh International Airp Tel: 023 726 672

China Southern Airline Co.Ltd #53, Monivong Blvd Tel: 023 430 877

Bangkok Airways # 61A. Samdech Pan (St. 214) Tel: 023 426 624

Eva Airway Coroporation #11-14B, St. 217 Tel: 023 210 303

TRANSPORTATION IN Hong Kong Dragon Airline #168, Monireth Tel: 023 424 300 Indochina Airlines #36B, Mao Tse Tung Boulevard Tel: 023 994 502-3 Jetstar Airways #333B, Monivong Blvd Tel: 023 220 909 Korean Air #254, Monivong Blvd, RoomF3 Tel: 023 224 047-9 Lao Airlines #111, Sihanouk Blvd Tel: 023 424 300 Leisure Cargo Ltd #171-173 E0-E3, St. 110 Tel: 023 890 980 Pacific Crown Air Limited # 254, Monivong Boulevard Tel: 023 723 244 Philippine Airlines #333B, Monivong Blvd Tel: 023 291 161 Qatar Airways #333B, Monivong Blvd Tel: 023 218 040 Shang Hai Airlines #19, St. 106 Tel: 023 723 999 Silk Air #313, Sisowath, Himawari Hotel Tel: 023 426 806 Singapore Airlines #313, Sisowath, Himawari Hotel Tel: 023 426 807 Thai Airways International Pub-l #International Airport Tel: 023 890 292 Thai Airways International Pub-l #294, Mao Tse Toung Tel: 023 214 359 Vietnam Airlines #41, Samdech Pan Tel: 023 215 998 Lufthansa Co.Ltd #171-173 E0, Stt. 110 Tel: 023 213 325-6

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PHNOM PENH

Taxi CHOICE Taxi 24/7 hours 2000 Riels for first 1.2km Tel: 023 888 023, 069 888 069 Boat Excursions-Rental Seng Hour Boat Rental Size: 4mx22m, Two floors Time Open: from 5.00 PM Cambodia $1/h Foreigner $ 5/h Tel: 023 723 476 Tuk Tuk Take you everywhere in town! Mr. Bun Leang Tel: 011 36 37 80 Mr. Deth Tel: 017 619 386 Mr. Bou Sokun Tel: 012 50 34 69 Mr. Thai Tuk Tuk The Surviver Tel: 011 722 788 / 092 774 227 ( English, Thai Spoken ) Car Rental LYNA-CARRENTAL.COM Price $250-1,1500/month or $15-40/day Airport Taxi service OW=$9.00 & RT=$15 Tel: 012 924517 (English) Tel: 012 554 247 (Khmer) www.lyna-carrental.com Larryta Trading & Travel Co., Ltd (Car Rental) Available all kinds of vehicles for rent: Sedan, Land Cruiser, Pajero, 4WD (Wagon, Pick up), Mini Van, VIP Tel: 023 994 748 Nยบ. 9, Street 310 Phnom Peh Motor Rental Angkor Motorcycles Sale - Rent - Repair Motorcycles & Visa Service. Available all kinds of Motorcycles for Sale & Rent: AX-1, Degree, BAJA, XLR, XR, Dream & Auto Bikes Nยบ. 92Eo, Pasteur (St. 51), between Street 172 & 174 angkormotorcycles@yahoo.com Tel: 012 722 098 / 012 222 205 Fax: 023 986 333 Vannak Bikes Shop # 40Eo, Khemarak Phoumin (St. 130) Tel: 012 220 970 Sean Ly Motor Repairing Shop Kampot # 27, Seong Ngok Minh Street, 1 Usaphea Village. Tel: 012 944 687 Phnom Penh Motor #645, Oknha Khleang Moeung (St. 70) Tel: 023 991 535 Little Bikes #178 Street 13 (between St. 178 and 172), Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel: 023991570 (English & Khmer) info@littlebikescambodia.com


NEXT STOP SIHANOUK VILLE - SERENDIPITY BEACH

Welcome to The Cove Beach We welcome you to the sun-drenched white sandy beaches of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The Cove Beach Bungalow Resort is located to the west of picturesque Serendipity Beach adjacent to Ochheuteal Beach. We are one of the few bungalow resorts where you can actually stay on Serendipity Cove. Our Bungalows are set in lush tropical hillside gardens, only a stone’s throw from the ocean and boasting breathtaking views of the nearby islands Koh Ta Kiev, Koh Chu Lu and Koh Tres. We offer perhaps the most idyllic accommodation setting for your beach holiday in Sihanoukville.

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Our Huge beach bar serves a great selection of cocktails, beers as well as tea’s and coffee. Our Restaurant serves a variety of simple Western and Khmer Cuisine. All food is bought daily and washed in purified drinking water. We have Wifi in the bar ideal for those needing to keep in touch and also catching up with work and projects. Our customers do seem to grasp the pioneer spirit of Cambodia. Sihanoukville is interesting and the staff are only too happy to help with any questions / queries you may have whilst staying at our resort.

PHOTO BY THE COVE BEACH

We have a number of accommodation styles on offer, from spacious traditional Khmer Style Wooden Bungalows, 1,2&3 bed AC rooms and two 3 bedroom Apartments as well as our new Dormitory options suitable for up to 8 persons.


NEXT STOP SIHANOUK VILLE - SERENDIPITY BEACH

Welcome to Above Us Only Sky Above Us Only Sky Bar and Bungalows, on Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia. We have four beachfront detatched bungalows with uninterrupted views of the sea and islands, as well as our bar, serving beer in ice-chilled glasses, and the top cocktails we’re famed for.

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PHOTO BY ABOVE US ONLY SKY

Our bungalows have hot showers, fridge, fan or air-con, mosquito net, and free Wi-fi. There’s also room to stretch out on the balcony for some chilled out days and nights, listening to the sound of the sea just below you.


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THE COVE BEACH AC Rooms Prices range from $19 to $50 per room including breakfast. Apartments Prices range from $28 to $77 per room including breakfast. Shared Rooms Prices start from $40 per night per unit including breakfast. Shared Room with complimentary Breakfast Prices start from $13 to $34 per. Parking/Access - available Services Local SIM for your mobile phone Tour to the Ream National Park Day Boat trip (3 islands)! (Includes breakfast, lunch, snorkel & life vest Boat to Lazy Beach Full day boat hire with equipment for snorkeling & fishing Night Charters for serious fishermen Car, Motor Bike & Moto hire Hurricane Windsurfing lessons at Otress beach Khmer cooking class over 1,2 or 3 day courses Kampot & Kep Countryside Day Tour Sight seeing day arranged with one of our staff (Waterfall, Market, Beaches) Diving courses, diving trips (Padi) Restaurant nights. Communal BBQ & Buffet nights for people to meet each other and enjoy good conversations Sun Loungers on our new decking Laundry How to reach us: To arrive by car and access to parking - from the golden lions roundabout take the way to Sokha Beach and turn left on the dirt road at the sign of “The Cove Beach”. To access by foot - Walk to the right (facing the ocean) on Serendipity beach. You can’t miss it! +855 (0) 346 380 296 +855 (0) 12 380 296 www.thecovebeach.com

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ABOVE US ONLY SKY We have double-bed accommodation for couples, we also have rooms with a double plus single-bed to sleep three adults, or a family. Our rates do vary through low to high season, and public holidays. We discount on occasion for on-site, and late availability bookings. Rates are as follows: January - $55-$70 per night. February - $45-$65 per night. March - $40-$55 per night. April - $30-$45 per night. May - $25-$35 per night. Throughout low season prices range between $25-$45 per night, depending on the month. October/November - $30-$45 per night. December - $45-$70 per night. The Bar Enjoy yourself at our bar on the sea, with cool music, comfy chairs, ice-cold beer, tea and sympathy, and our renowned cocktails. Between 5pm-8pm we have a Sundown Special, with all cocktails for $2.50 each, and draught beer at 75 cents. Relax on a sun-lounger while getting a massage or pedicure, or have a chat at the bar, maybe over a game of backgammon. The bar’s open from 7am every day, with free wi-fi for customers. There’s also a range of food available. For availability and reservations please contact us via email, or text/call +855(0)898-22318. email: mail@aboveusonlysky-cambodia.com www.aboveusonlysky-cambodia.com


FLASH BACK WHERE HAVE WE BEEN

Sony Opens Representative Office & Authorized Service Centre in Cambodia Trust, Experience and Care- these are the key components to building a successful long-term relationship with consumers (Cambodia, 11th October 2011)- The growing affluence of Asia and especially emerging countries like Cambodia have led Sony South East Asia to take the next step in their commitment to this market by setting up an official Sony Representative Office and Authorized Service Centre in Phnom Penh to provide better support to Sony’s distributors, business partners and customers. This Sony Representative Office and Authorized Service Centre, the first in Cambodia, serves to enhance consumer confidence in the Sony brand and products by being closer to the Cambodian consumers and offering direct services that are second to none. “The Cambodian market is an important one for Sony. By setting up this Representative Office and Authorized Service Centre, we want to ensure our business partners that we are committed to building our presence here and enhancing our support to them. And just as importantly, we want to continue developing the trust and confidence our valued customers have in Sony. We want to provide quality products and services that they can enjoy”, expressed Mr. Taisuke Nakanishi, Managing Director, and Sony South East Asia. The Cambodian partners of Sony in the Kingdom, Sunsimexco Co. Ltd. and KFour Group will continue focusing on growing the Sony brand and sales. With the establishment of this office and service centre, which are managed directly by Sony, Cambodian consumers can expect an enhanced level of service offerings including the setting up of key Touch Points for customers to have the complete Sony experience through increased experiential activities. At the same time, customers will continue to enjoy product warranty and original parts, excellent after-sales-service as well as regular product trainings, classroom-type user lessons and outdoor activities. The Representative Office and Authorized Service Centre in Phnom Penh located at: Unit 112 D Monivong Boulevard Sangkat Psar Thmey II Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sunway Hotel, Cambodia – Sept ___, 2011 – Phnom Penh, in partnership with ________, celebrates with family and friends with an extraordinary evening indulging in authentic Bavarian entertainment, enticing cool beers, delicacies include, and traditional & modern music sawing & hammering, MC by ________ at the ____________ under the theme ‘Oktoberfest, Last ___ October 2011 from ______pm till late.

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TOURISM ALLIANCE AWARDS 2011 International Travel Expo (ITE) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 13th – 17th Sept 2011 The Tourism Alliance Awards (TAA) was held on 13 September 2011, at the Intercontinental Hotel, HCMC, in conjunction with the opening ceremony for ITE HCMC 2011 (International Travel Expo) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Awards is conceptualized and organised to celebrate and recognize the Brightest Tourism Stars in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. The Awards aim to instil a greater sense of pride and achievement for tourism industry professionals and serves as due recognition for quality excellence within the tourism and hospitality industries in these 4 countries.

FIRST EVENT OF CAMBODIA PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB @ META HOUSE (fundraising for flood relief) CPC is an open group for all Photo Lovers to come and share photorelated experience, with the ultimate goal to Lift Photography Quality in Cambodia. We will keep on expanding this group, positively getting CPC legalized, of course with all your much appreciated support. Facebook @ cambodiaphotographyclub

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