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Business owners and residents of Siem Reap’s rapidly evolving ‘East Bank’ are calling for better urban planning amid anxiety about the future of their beloved, laidback, leafy neighbourhood

A group of tourists admire Angkor Wat.
Sat, 13 June 2015

Siem Reap warned Chinese tourists pose challenge and opportunity

With more visitors to Siem Reap coming from within the region, the industry must adapt or risk losing out

Learning how to bake at Bayon Pastry School
Sat, 13 June 2015

Photography competition focuses on the gender gap

Ecole du Bayon, an NGO-operated school near Bayon temple in Angkor Archaeological Park, has launched a photography competition on the subject of ‘Girls and Women in Cambodia’ to highlight the plight of women and the disparity betwee

Sat, 13 June 2015

Khmer class is now in session

SayKhmer, a small, informal group of young Cambodian student teachers, has launched a new program of Khmer language lessons at Cour de Maison cafe, along with fun, off-the-beaten-track tours around Siem Reap.

Yan Ply and Pat Caueng
Sat, 6 June 2015

Community homestays finally bear fruit at Banteay Chhmar

In the past two years, overnight visitors to remote Banteay Chhmar have doubled, and income for villagers has almost tripled, thanks to the Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism project.

Coconut, banana and palm sugar are the main sweetening ingredients in Khmer desserts
Sat, 6 June 2015

Bringing tourists the toothsome taste of Cambodia’s sweet treats

A new Khmer dessert tasting menu at Kaya Cafe in Siem Reap aims to enhance the culinary experience of foodie tourists to Temple Town

Geert Caboor has opened a second bar and bistro on Sok San Road.
Sat, 30 May 2015

Bistro brings kitschy flavour to Sok San Road

K is for “kitsch” at the Kuriosity Kafe, the latest and largest restaurant established in Siem Reap’s rapidly developing Sok San Road.

The devastating aftermath of the storm that hit Krabei Riel commune on May 18
Sat, 30 May 2015

Expats dig deep after the storm

Fundraisers for decimated commune bring in big bucks for reconstruction effort

Life tends to be brutish and short for birds used in merit release
Sat, 9 May 2015

Animal welfare activists want power to intervene on 'merit birds'

While the tradition of ‘merit releasing’ birds is rooted in Buddhist principles of compassion, the worldly effects are devastating for the Kingdom’s wildlife

Somnieng Hoeurn retired as the deputy head at Siem Reap’s Wat Damnak last week
Sat, 2 May 2015

Former senior Wat Damnak monk eyes future in politics

After retiring from the monkhood, Somnieng Hoeurn wants to do good as a secular man – even though that means making mistakes

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