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End of era for Sok San nightclub
IT’S the end of a very dubious era for Siem Reap’s Sok San Palace, the flashy nightclub famous for its flexible dancers and its even more flexible definition of “massage”.

In April last year, it was temporarily shut down by the provincial government, and ordered to get rid of its dirty dancers and its “bubble girls” – women wearing numbers seated behind a glass panel waiting to be selected to go to an upstairs room for a massage.

The club then announced that it would become a family-oriented venue, much to the amusement of residents. And of course this never eventuated. The club simply changed its décor, toned its act down by a few degrees, and the same old, same old ensued. But without the dancing girls and razzamatazz, the club foundered. It became unviable and this year has been shut more than it’s been open.

Its fate was sealed in September, when authorities again cracked down on dubious nightspots in town. Even the popular Temple Club in Pub Street was ordered by police to rid itself of its contingent of pool-playing freelance taxi girls.

The owners have met this week to decide what to do with the large double storey building in a prime location, with about 170 square metres per floor. It will probably be rented for about $2000 a month.

Local fashion seen in New York
SIEM Reap fashionista Eric Raisina has had a busy week. He’s been showing his work at the Indagare Pop-Up Souk at the super-trendy Taj Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York from November 15-17.

Indagare is a New York-based “big ticket” travel membership-only website that promotes regular fashion marketplaces, or souks, in fashionable US locales. On its website the company said: “The ethereal silk creations of Madagascar-born Eric Raisina are made in Siem Reap using age-old techniques. Bestsellers at other Indagare Souks include the exquisite ‘silk fur’ scarves and colourful blousy tops.”

The website also features a Q&A with Raisina, who is becoming a regular at the company souks.

Last December his work featured in a similar souk held at the Surrey Hotel on the Upper East Side in New York.

Last week, members of the Young Presidents’ Organisation who were touring Siem Reap visited Raisina’s home workshop.



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