The Vegan Alchemist is a fully vegan and organic brand founded in Qatar

The Vegan Alchemist is a fully vegan and organic brand founded in Qatar

The journey for Botany started by traveling around discovering the natural benefits that can be found in our global environment. By using the finest ingredients that are hand-picked from the best parts of the world, Botany only uses plants that have been grown organically. This approach, alongside the ancient alchemist way of thinking, Botany is founded upon the principles of healing and medicinal properties that can be added to products that we use on a daily basis. From candles to facial sprays, the concept of Botany is to highlight ancient medicinal ingredients and healing Middle Eastern spices that are proven to heal, nourish, feed, rejuvenate, replenish, hydrate and restore the health of the skin – our biggest organ. CERTIFIED VEGAN SCENTED CANDLES Burning time: 60 hours Non-GMO soy wax Non toxic Natural plant oils No palm oil Cotton Wick Consciously sourced Our candles are all hand-poured using non-GMO soy wax with coconut oil into jars made of ancient miron violet glass. This process combines the essence of alchemy and is a traditional method that can be traced back to ancient Egyptian civilization to keep valuable natural products preserved. Botany’s ingredients have been hand-picked by our researchers from well- managed sources. We have travelled the world with our nomadic senses on alert, and serendipitous approach to search, discover and implement natural vegan ingredients into our craft, and by adopting this approach we continuously strive to create ethical and chemical-free wellbeing...
Theam’s – House, Atellier & Gallery

Theam’s – House, Atellier & Gallery

When you wander through to corridors and rooms of the hotel you may spot a bright yellow elephant or a colourful fish, working together in perfect harmony of the interior. Almost invisible to the eye as these sculptures blend in and fit harmoniously within its surroundings as if it was meant to be. Thoughtfully designed, these unique sculptures don’t just give presents to contemporary art, but play homage to a very famous artist, painter and sculptor here in Siem Reap. Lim Muy Theam, born in Takeo Province, him and his family fled the Khmer Rouge and were among the refugees who arrived in France in 1980. Once he graduated high school, his passion and calling for art lead him to enrolled in Ecole Boulle to study Interior design. Theam was later admitted into the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris to expand his education in art. When Lim Muy Theam returned to Cambodia 12 years later in 1994, he began working in art and spent more than 12 years as Artistic Director of Artisans d’Angkor. In 2011 Theam launched a new project that includes training an apprenticeship for a team of protege artisans while embarking on a new creative journey of his own paintings. Theam’s work reflects a new aesthetic, drawing and paintings on both Khmer tradition and contemporary international designs. The Cambodian designer opens his house to visitors who are looking for fine arts and crafts, sculptures, fabrics, home decor and souvenirs. Located just 10 minutes from the entrance of Angkor Wat, his gallery is surrounded by a picturesque tropical garden, ideal for a relaxing afternoon away in...
Phare, the Cambodian Circus

Phare, the Cambodian Circus

 Imagine a big top where the stories of the past and future are told and brought to life with music, excitement, drama and humor; were circus performers do stunts, perform tricks and skills that are mesmerizing, and leave you glued to your seat waiting in anticipation of the next act. This is the magic of Phare, the Cambodian Circus – authentic, unique and Siem Reap’s top rated evening entertainment that shouldn’t be missed. But as complex and layered as the Cambodian culture, so is the story of Phare Circus. The circus itself is a project run by an NGO named Phare Ponleu Selpak, meaning “The Brightness of the Arts.” It was founded by 9 young refugees who, as children, were taught to draw and through self-expression, to use art as means of recovery from the trauma they had experienced during the genocide. Many years later upon returning to Cambodia, these 9 young men wanted to empower other vulnerable children through art, the same way they were taught in the refugee camps the years before. Now, the circus is one of Phare Ponleu Selpak’s key projects, which gives students the chance to perform, tell their stories, and make a living through circus. Phare, The Cambodian Circus is a fun evening out filled with laughter and high energy. All performers spend years and years in training at Phare Ponleu Selpak, perfecting every move, expression and circus skill. On top of laughter, the circus has some impressive stunts, live music and thrill in abundance. Visitors get to see somersaults, juggling, and many more acrobats, leading a perfect example in unpolished, passionate storytelling!...
Carrying-on: What to Pack for a Four-Day Trip to Siem Reap

Carrying-on: What to Pack for a Four-Day Trip to Siem Reap

Heading out to temple town for a four-day trip or a long weekend is just the thing to give you a break from daily stress, and packing for it should also be fairly stress-free. Resist the urge to pack a complete outfit with matching shoes for each day. Everything you’ll need for four days should fit into a duffel bag or your favorite carry-on bag. We give you some insider tips on what to pack so that you can skip the baggage fees and focus on the more important highlights of your trip! Plan to cover up Whether this is your first or your hundredth trip to Siem Reap, it’s always helpful to have a list of what you want to pack so that you have all the essentials. Cambodia is a conservative country, especially when it comes to how locals dress. You may not encounter strict dress codes everywhere, but you will be required to cover your arms and knees at religious sites such as Angkor Wat. However, being covered up all day can get quite hot and uncomfortable, so consider wearing a pair of loose pants for a long day of exploring.         The packing strategy Basics are great and can easily be mixed and matched. Since it’s hot in Cambodia most of the time, bring one to two pairs of shorts or skirt and long, comfortable loose pants for a visit to the temples. In Siem Reap there is always an occasion for a dressy evening out where a dress comes in handy. If you doubt whether or not all of your fab...
Siem Reap Art Tours

Siem Reap Art Tours

Siem Reap Art Tours – A One of a Kind Art Experience McDermott Gallery presents Cambodia’s first art tour of its kind. Siem Reap Art Tours is hosted by McDermott Gallery’s curator; Robina Hanley. Join her on this exciting journey to the city’s finest galleries and boutiques! Your Guide With eleven years of living and working in the Siem Reap art scene, you wouldn’t want anyone else as a guide for this unique tour experience. As a seasoned expat, collector, and fashionista, Robina has had the opportunity to build strong personal relationships with all of the artists and creative souls that you will interact with on the tour. Destinations Or havens, if you will. Each gallery & boutique you visit has been carefully examined & chosen by Robina herself, so you can rest assured knowing that there will not be a dull moment in this experience. Before you embark on this artistic expedition, Robina will visit you at your hotel to discuss art, – of course – but more specifically; your interests. Whether it be fashion, jewelry, photography, or sculpture, Robina will cater the tour to your interests, schedule, and time frame. These tours are usually for groups of 2-3 persons. Keeping the head count low ensures that all guests can fully benefit from the information and a more personal relationship with the gallery curators and proprietors you will meet along the way. Don’t be shy, tell Robina your interests and she will cater the tour perfectly to you. Galleries & Boutiques Start off your day in the Lobby, where you can explore their eclectic exhibitions. With a new...