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The Gecko: 21 May 2004

Nothing sells like success, as they say, and the current tourism-driven gold

rush in Siem Reap is no exception to the rule.

New hotels and businesses

are sprouting up like weeds after a heavy rain and the Kingdom's national icon

is getting its fair share of publicity as a result.

So if a friend says

"Meet me at the Angkor something, I forget what it is," be advised the list of

possibilities includes the following:

Golden Angkor Hotel, Paris Angkor

Hotel, Angkor Silk Hotel, Goldiana Hotel Angkor, Kingdom Angkor Hotel, Princess

Angkor Hotel, Damnak Angkor Village, Hotel City Angkor, Apsara Angkor Hotel,

Monoreach Angkor Hotel, Khemara Angkor Hotel, Apsara Angkor Guest House, Angkor

Star Hotel, Casa Angkor Hotel, Day Inn Angkor, Hotel Angkor Saphir, Victoria

Hotels & Resorts Angkor, Sokha Angkor Hotel, Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Angkor

Pich Hotel, Angkor Palace Resort & Spa, Bopha Angkor Hotel, Mekong Angkor

Palace, Dragon Royal Angkor Hotel, Empress Angkor Hotel, Angkor Reach Hotel,

Angkor K One Restaurant & Massage, Angkor Massage By Blind, Angkor Souvenir

Shop, Angkor Air Tickets, Angkor Market, Ratana Angkor Guest House, Pansea

Angkor Hotel, Angkor Green Restaurant, Angkor Internet, Angkor Hospital for

Children, Angkor Thom Hotel, Borei Angkor Hotel, Yaklom Angkor Lodge, Angkor

Health Massage, Angkor Century Hotel, Sofitel Royal Angkor Hotel, Angkor Meas

Restaurant, Angkor Cyber Café, BFT Angkor Tours, Angkor Wat Guest House, Angkor

What?, Reasmey Angkor Massage, Reaksmey Angkor Hairdressers, Angkor Queen

Beauty, Angkor Village Resort, and Khmer-Angkor Jewelry.

But if your

friend says "Meet me at the Gecko Mayonaise Bar & Restaurant," there's only


** A small bit of history last month. The Emperor Bao Dai's

grandson, Prince Bao Dinh, got married in Phnom Penh on April 28 with Miss Keam

Keov Chhorvy. All best wishes to the newlyweds.

** Andreas Stanke, the

owner of the Riverside Restaurant, wonders where things went wrong. He decided

to toe the straight and narrow, give up the sauce and turn his establishment

into a more "family values" kind of joint. He closed his Matahari night club in

the back and said no more taxi girls. He even took the plunge and asked a woman

for her hand in marriage. But the next day the young lady's brother called him

up and threatened to kill him.

** One source says that if you see the

Military Police posted along the major boulevards that means the Boss is in




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