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...
A Trip in Chinese at The Aviary Hotel

A Trip in Chinese at The Aviary Hotel

  柬埔寨暹粒吴哥文明的辉煌和壮丽着实让人震撼。除此之外,入住的鸟园酒店也着实为这次行程增色不少在炎炎夏日和扑面而来热带气息中, 鸟园酒店仿佛是一阵微凉的清风吹散了弥漫在空气中的焦躁。 鸟园走的是小巧精致的精品酒店路线,外形酷似一个巨大的鸟笼,别具一格的造型给人极具想象和发挥的空间,让人迫不及待地想进入酒店一探究竟。从酒店大堂进入到房间,沿途随处可见柬埔寨传统手工艺制品,各类材料的鸟类装饰,鸟羽,鸟笼,还有或大或小,身形轻盈的各种鸟类造型,令人仿佛置身于生态和谐的大自然中,心情也不由得跟着放松起来,这只是精彩度假的开始。酒店三个类型的房间也都是以鸟的名字命名,分别为峰叶莺房,翠鸟房以及赤颈鹤套房。 进入到我所入住的翠鸟房以后,跃入眼帘的便是点缀于房间内色彩鲜艳的家具装饰,黄色的椅子,沙发和床上色彩明亮的靠垫,和墙壁上的飞鸟剪影相映成趣。房间卧室和客厅前后联通的设计,使得空间更加宽敞和开阔,怡然自得。步入阳台向下望去就是一波碧池-酒店的泳池以及缠绕在酒店外墙四周的各类热带植物。此时,园景和泳池景观尽收眼底,好不惬意! 入住鸟园酒店的另一大好处便是其绝佳的地理位置,酒店位于暹粒市中心,无论去夜市还是酒吧街都只需步行5分钟即可,白天感受完暹粒吴哥文化厚重的历史与荣耀,夜晚不妨步行至那里感受下暹粒的现代与活力。不想出门的话,还可以在酒店的顶楼酒吧小酌一杯,鸟瞰暹粒夜景,也别有一翻风味!...
The Aviary Hotel – Who We Really Are

The Aviary Hotel – Who We Really Are

Makara Tith – Sales Manager. The Aviary Hotel takes pride in our teamwork skills & sense of community in the workplace. Like any good business, each and every one of our team members understands their role & how they all play equally important parts in ensuring our guests feel comfortable and at home in our hotel. We’ve been lucky at the Aviary in finding ambitious, hardworking, and friendly staff. Makara Tith, our Sales Manager who joined us in October of 2015, is a prime example.   Her Journey Makara has an extensive background working in management for hotels like the Aviary. Born and raised in Battambang, Makara graduated from her high school and moved to Siem Reap in 2003 to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Her first job in Siem Reap was as at the Angkor Palace Resort & Spa, as a telephone operator, hoping to work her way up in the company. After six months of answering & transferring calls, demanding more hours, and dedicating all of her attention to the job, Makara was promoted. Now working in the business center, she took care of one of the resort’s outlets – handling guest wifi, etc. A step in the right direction, this promotion was exciting news for Makara, but her ambitions only began to grow stronger. Another six months of hard work went by, and Makara was promoted once again. This time to front-desk receptionist where her job was to greet and welcome guests, and handle check-ins and check-outs. Proving herself to be an extremely keen and fast-learning employee, Makara only lasted a year at the...
Develter’s Chin Urban & Tribal Series bedecks The Aviary

Develter’s Chin Urban & Tribal Series bedecks The Aviary

Christian Develter’s latest work is on display in the Aviary Hotel this February. The Aviary is featuring Develter’s timeless pieces from his Chin Urban & Tribal series all over the hotel. This series is a beautiful blend of modern art and ancient Burmese traditions, which goes perfectly with our urban jungle design. Develter was born in 1968 in Blankenberge, Belgium, and made his way to Asia in the mid 1990’s. He made a home base for himself in Bangkok, Thailand, where he began to learn more and more about the different cultures in Asia, and drew inspiration from the special moments we all share, regardless of social and cultural differences.   The Chin Urban & Tribal Series Christian’s latest series is inspired by the ancient traditions of the Chin and Rakhine states of northwestern Myanmar. During his travels in 2012, Develter saw the complex tattooed faces of the Chin women. The century old tradition of tattooing in these regions is used to indicate social and marital status, and differentiate between tribes. The original tattoos are done using thorns as a needle, and the ink is a mixture of locally-sourced natural products. Legend says, that these were initially done on the Chin women to prevent Kings from stealing them as wives. Today, these works of art are seen as a symbol of beauty & strength, and are often represented through the Plant and Animal Kingdom. This painful yet stunning art form has been forbidden by the government for years, but in the depths of the Burmese jungle, you can still find young women voluntarily getting their faces tattooed because of...