17 Friday Jan 2014

Chatime Santhormok – Weekend

Everyone can come and relax in Chatime Santhormok inviting atmosphere with Chatime Santhormok comfortable seating and enjoy your favorite tea at Chatime Santhormok.

1554533_711439952222646_2053049901_nChatime Santhormok

09 Saturday Nov 2013

York Hotel Singapore [Guest Review]

lobby- York Hotel Singapore

lobby- York Hotel Singapore

Last week, we have a guest review about York Hotel Singapore. Here I would like to share all  readers:

“That great we was stayed at York Hotel. Staff over there very pleasure with customer. I hope next time will contact you ( IRG) again. Thanks ”   Saroeun S. Cambodia

Superior- Twin Roon - York Hotel Singapore

Superior- Twin Roon – York Hotel Singapore

York Hotel Singapore 

York Hotel Singapore is located in the heart of the city. It is just a 5 minutes walk to Singapore’s main shopping area, Orchard Road. Guests seeking medical services can walk to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in 3 minutes. Apart from being an ideal location for tourists, the hotel’s location also caters to business travelers since it is situated within close proximity to the Central Business District. Other than their brilliant location, York Hotel boasts 407 sophisticated and luxurious rooms well appointed with modern facilities which are bound to make their guests’ stay a wonderful one. The hotel’s facilities include beverage outlets, fitness center, and an outdoor pool. A luxurious and magnificent property, York Hotel guarantees a great stay.

If you want to book this hotel, please feel free visit our website: IRG Dream: http://www.dream.myirg.com/ and via e-mail: [email protected] Don’t forget to like us on facebook: MyIRG and follow us on twitter @IRG Go.

04 Sunday Nov 2012

Top 5 Things To Do in Siem Reap: A Timeless Guide for Khmers and Foreigners

 

angkor Wat- Leny Keo

Angkor Wat – by Leny Keo (image above)

Siem Reap is one of the ancient city in Cambodia. It attracts millions of tourists from around the world.  For those first timers visiting Siem Reap, you may be asking  yourself, “what is there to do?”  This is my second time visiting Siem Reap, and these are five things that I recommend.

1-      Visit Angkor Wat and experience the sunrise

At Angkor Wat in the morning

In Siem Reap, there are more than a thousand temples.  The main tourist temple attractions are Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom Temple and Bayon.

Tip: It is also really amazing if we could wake up at 4 AM in the morning and watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. You will catch the beautiful and unforgettable sunrise.

2-      Experience the Sunset

Bakeng Mountain by Leny Keo

Bakeng Mountain – by Leny Keo (image above)

The best place that has the landscape for watching the sunset  is Bakheng Mountian. We have to climb Bakheng Mountain around 4 PM.  The sunset will be around 5:30 to 6 PM. This is another amazing experience that should not be missed.  Have your camera ready, and find yourself a vacant space on this hill so that you can capture the eye-catching landscape of Angkor city and the sunset.

 

3-      Kissing the statue

bayon nose- credit Bun Leap

Bayon’s Nose – credited to Bun Leap (image above)

This is a bizarre yet amusing picture that attracts many people including me to take a photo at Bayon Temple. Having your photo taken in this position is so popular that every tour guide always recommends to their guests.

4-     Go Shopping at Night Market

Night Market-Leny Keo

Night Market – by Leny Keo (image above)

The best place to shop in Siem Reap is the night market.  At the night market, you can buy souvenirs such as the t-shirts, scarves, pillow cases, purses…etc. The price is reasonable and the products are good quality but be ready to haggled your way to a deal.

5-      Pub Street

Pub Street-Keo Leny

Pub Street – by Keo Leny (image above)

There are a lot of restaurants along Pub Street.  The food is good and cheap. You will be entertained with all kinds of music and drinks.  I tried the fruit punch and blue martini.  The night life starts from 7 pm until 2 am in the morning.

 

 

These are the five things that I want to do and see when I am in Siem Reap. If you have other special places and things to do that you have in mind, please share with me.

23 Thursday Aug 2012

Two Best Places to Go Shopping in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is filled with color and culture, and the best place to experience this charming city is at the traditional market, a shopping center stocked with memorable souvenirs for family, friends and co-workers. In my opinion, there are two traditional markets that are the best for these type of shopping.

Central Market

Psar Thmey
Phsar Thmey was built during the French colonial era in 1937.  The architecture has a strange shape with an impressive art deco structure that got a hint of Khmer lotus about it. In other words, it is an artistic collaboration between French and Cambodian styles. Continue reading

13 Monday Aug 2012

Souvenir Shopping Ideas in Cambodia

If you’ve been too distracted by Cambodia’s serene and natural beauty, you may have overlooked the fact that shops are limited even though there are a few shopping locales that we’ve mentioned in a previous post here. Even then, if you are leaving Cambodia and returning home or you are leaving to visit friends and families abroad, you still need to find souvenirs. This can be challenging.

Of course, you can buy the tried and tested favorite souvenirs such as the T-shirts, scarves, pillow cases, purses, etc.  Those can all be found at the Night Market in Siem Reap or at the Russian Market in Phnom Penh.  Other places to find those types of souvenirs in Phnom Penh is to wander on Street 240 or the Street 178 by the National Museum.

Some of the places I like to find my souvenirs are on Street 240 and Street 178 in Phnom Penh. What I’ve found to be excellent souvenirs are handmade beauty products such as handmade soaps you can buy from Bodia Spa or Senteurs d’Angkor. Both of these spas have locations in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.  All of the products they sell are made in Cambodia and all natural. The scents from Senteurs d’Angkor are a little stronger than the scents from Bodia so if you’re buying for guys, I would suggest buying products from Bodia. Also don’t forget to check out the candles too!

Other great souvenirs are the Kampot Pepper and other spices.  If you stroll around the grocery stores, sometimes you can find them already neatly packaged for you.  It’s cheaper to buy here than from places like Bodia.  Another option is just to buy the spices in bulk and wrap it up later on your own.  That way you get a little DIY project from it while adding a personal touch to your gifts.

To go along with the spices you’ve bought for your friends and family, consider going to a book store and picking up a Khmer cookbook.  The books are written in English and easy to understand. The book stores also offer other books about Cambodia and some would make great coffee table books.

If handmade clothing products are what you’re after, I suggest you browse the little shops sprinkled in and out of Pub Street in Siem Reap and Street 240 in Phnom Penh.  There you can find shops with handmade products made by certain disadvantaged groups.  Their products are just as good as the others with the added bonus that you are supporting their cause by buying their products.  You can empower their work and give them a sense of dignity. Win-Win.

31 Thursday May 2012

Shopping in the capital Phnom Penh

Well, when it comes to shopping, many people do not realize that Phnom Penh, although small in size and not yet developed, has it all.  In the past two years, new boutique and clothing shops are popping up everywhere on the main and famous streets of Phnom Penh.  A walk on Sihanouk Boulevard will introduce you to some big international names like MANGO, PEDRO, VNC and more.  Here is my summary of women shops in Phnom Penh.

  1. Sihanoukville Boulevard
    • MANGO
    • VNC
    • PEDRO
    • Eclipse
    • URS Inc.
    • Bysi
  2. St 240
    • Bliss
    • Waterlily
    • Ambre

Now that many brand names can be found in boutique stores, many Cambodians can enjoy their shopping in their comfort zone.  Some great boutique shops are:

  1. WEXPORT
  2. Cosmopolitan
  3. New Collection

So next time you are in Phnom Penh, do not forget to stop by these places.   If you are looking to buy souvenirs, then I recommend checking out Toul Tompong market or sometimes called Russian market.