10 Tuesday Mar 2015

Van to Provinces in Cambodia

Beside taking the bus to provinces in Cambodia, one can also take a van. This option provides a faster and more comfortable way to reach your destination.

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10 Tuesday Mar 2015

Mekong River Cruise and Sunset Cruise in Phnom Penh

We have hand selected a few river cruise operators in Phnom Penh.

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10 Tuesday Mar 2015

Updated Giant Ibis bus schedule


To our fellow readers, Giant Ibis has released more departure times for the upcoming 2015.  Routes include Siem Reap, Sihanoukville (Kompong Som), Kampot, and Ho Chi Minh City.

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12 Tuesday Aug 2014

Modern Boutique Hostel Opening Later this Month

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — August 12, 2014 — Sla Boutique Hostel located on #15, Street 174, Phsa Thmey III, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh is expected to have its soft opening on August 22.  The hostel is one of the newest tourism ventures by local businessman, Vatanak Chheng, who is the president and owner of Imperial Rina Group or commonly known as IRG.

“I am very excited about this new venture,” says Chheng.  “There isn’t anything in Phnom Penh similar to this right now.” The hostel hopes to attract budget-conscious travelers looking for a clean and modern community environment to stay while visiting.

The hostel will have 51 beds split into 12 rooms featuring female, male, and co-ed dorms.  In addition to the rooms, the hostel will also have a community kitchen, lounge area, and a bar area for guests.

For more information, please contact Mr. Tchan Sin at [email protected]

07 Saturday Dec 2013

Car Rental Service in Phnom Penh – Guest Review

“Everything is fine and Mr. Bona is a good driver. We are happy with your company service and will definitely contact you again for future needs. Many Thanks. ”

Christian D , Singapore

IRG Go-Cambodia Taxi and Car Rental Service

IRG Go-Cambodia Taxi and Car Rental Service

Contact Us
IRG Go: www.myirg.com T: +855 23 99 57 25 E-mail: [email protected]

27 Wednesday Nov 2013

Thanksgiving in Phnom Penh

This year, thanksgiving falls on Thursday November 28th, a weekday. Organizing a group dinner would have been cumbersome. We had decided to host the dinner on Saturday prior to the actual date instead.

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Finding a turkey in Phnom Penh wasn’t too difficult. Stores like Lucky, Bayon supermarkets carried brands like Butterball and Honeysuckle. We purchased a 13 lb turkey for a group of 12. Lucky supermarket also carried Stovetop stuffings but not cranberry (no frozen nor canned ones), so we had to improvise.

Thanksgiving wasn’t not so hyped up to be here in Phnom Penh as oppose to Christmas, which many restaurants, shops and hotels are more susceptible to celebrating it.  Only a handful of restaurants and hotels would serve Thanksgiving meal.  Digby’s, Hagar, Vespa, Sofitel are some of the fews that served Thanksgiving meal.  You could order a thanksgiving meal (including turkey, ham, stuffings and more) from Digby’s and Hagar.

18 Monday Nov 2013

Petra – the middle eastern food of Phnom Penh

Missing falafel and pita bread? This summer, Petra, the new middle eastern restaurant, opens its door right in the middle of BKK1, offering a variety of those hard to find authentic Arab foods.  The restaurant is a conversion of a small villa but with no fence.  There are outdoor patio for those who want to enjoy Hookah (or Shisha) and indoor seatings in the nice air conditioning room.

The food was great. We had some falafel served with pita bread, a bunch of grilled meat – chicken, lamb, and beef, an oven baked pizza, and some very tasty iced tea. This restaurant brought a new look to pita bread. Unlike the usual flat pita bread you used to see in the grocery store, their pita bread was warm and puffy, perfect for the hummus dips.

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Hookak (or Shisha) came in various flavors — green apple, cherry, mint…etc.  The bong itself was large and had more interesting designs than the ones at Harem, the hookah bar next to the Riverhouse restaurant.

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The restaurant also offered traditional arab costumes that guests could use them for dressing up and taking photo.  During our visit, we managed to do it and really enjoyed ourselves.

Overall, I would recommend our readers to check out Petra, if not for the food, at least for the Hookahs.

13 Wednesday Nov 2013

The Common Tiger – restaurant in Phnom Penh

BKK1 is attracting many visitors both locals and tourists.  Restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, pubs, fitness centers, schools and NGOs are just the fews that are sprawling in this neighborhood.  The Common Tiger is just another great addition to our BKK1 neighborhood.

Finding this restaurant is not too difficult.  Street 294 houses Wild Wing, Costa Coffee and Blue Pumpkin.  The restaurant itself is situated inside a small villa in BKK1, with a large garden offering outdoor seating as well.  The interior mimics the atmosphere of a high class french restaurant with dimmed lighting.

The concept of this restaurant is highly unique.  The menu gets changed every 3 days so that frequent diners would not get bored with the same dishes.  The time that we visited the restaurant, here is the menu

1) cured duck breast, avocado and asparagus
2) poached prawns, smoked tomato panna cotta, sauce vierge
3) steamed mushroom creme, mushroom, tofu salad
4) baked seabass rubbed with yellow curry, tamarind and new potatoes
5) fillet and belly of pork with shitake, and cauliflower
6) passionfruit tart, white chocolate and cashew nut
7) frozen mango parfait, coconut sticky rice

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On that particular evening, we ordered all the dishes on the menu.  Each dish was full of surprise.  The savory taste blend between western techniques and khmer ingredients gave the wow factors.  I cannot recall whether any dish was mediocre or less.  It seemed to me that all the dishes were splendid and I am dying to go back there again.

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As you would expect from a high end restaurant, the chef personally stepped out of the kitchen and explained the ingredients and cooking techniques of each dish.  The chef gave his personal presentation on all dishes, making our dining experience even more personal and special.  It gave us diners a sense of overwhelming feeling by his hospitality and attention.

09 Monday Sep 2013

Do Forni – a italian gem restaurant at the Sofitel Phnom Penh

Do Forni, a high profile italian restaurant in Phnom Penh, was on our list to be reviewed for this month.  Although it is not our first time dining at Do Forni, this is our first time writing a full article on it.

This restaurant is a little hidden from the array of restaurants inside the Sofitel Phnom Penh.  If you ask me, I like that it is somewhat situated far from the main lobby.  Constructed right next to the hotel’s pool, this cute little italian restaurant offers an open space kitchen and dining area.  The glass wall allows the diners to easily gaze into the outdoor space.  Dining in the evening has a great feeling to it.  A lightly dimmed ambiance provides the perfect setting for a romantic dinner.  In my opinion this restaurant definitely deserves a five star dining experience in Phnom Penh.

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The menu is rather expressive.  A full selection of italian appetizers ranging from tuna carpacchio to bruschetta, always serving with the most elegant touches to each dish. Our carpaccio, having such a mouth-watering look, was a little bland to our taste, unlike our previous encounter.  The milestone vegetable soup was so earthy and tasty in every bites.  For our main courses, we had the veal and sea-bass fish.  The veal was perfectly cooked to my liking. A dash of spicy pepper gave it the right kick.  The sea-bass was again on the bland side of thing.  As for dessert, we tried the tiramisu and pistachio ice cream, severed in a martini glass.  Very classy.

All and all Do Forni is a remarkable restaurant and worth to try.

 

07 Saturday Sep 2013

Article Featured in the Phnom Penh Post

Did you see it?  IRG’s director sat down for an interview with Phnom Penh Post’s Laura Ma for an interview on the state of tourism in Cambodia.  Here is a link to the article featured on 6 September 2013 in the business section.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/outbound-tourism-picks

We at IRG are very grateful for this opportunity.

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