Man About Town

Man About Town

Congratulations to local tour guide Chansarak Noun for cracking the travel site’s Top Ten Private Guides List for 2011.

Topping the list was Irene K of Bangkok who was “Most Popular Guide (most reservations).” Second was Anthony Jacobson of Barcelona, the “Top Selling Guide (most revenue).”

Number nine on the list was: “Most Photogenic Guide (best profile pictures): Chansarak Noun – Siem Reap, Cambodia.”

Man About is not sure what this is all about. Is Chansarak Noun the best looking guide in the world, profile wise anyway, when it comes to being photographed? Or does it mean the Siem Reap guide takes the best photos, profile wise?

Viator chose not to reply to Man About’s email requesting clarification.

Tourism numbers in Siem Reap are up significantly, but there is one visitor who won’t be returning– not for the next five years anyway.

That’s dodgy orphanage founder Nick Griffin, 54, who was expelled from Cambodia last year after a year in the nick for child sex abuse.

Sky News reported last month that a British judge slapped a five year travel ban on Griffin because, "It is absolutely essential to protect children from serious sexual harm."

Griffin was arrested last year on his forced return to the UK by North Wales Police over an old sex abuse allegation by a former scout but the case was dropped in January.

The Globalteer Junior Soccer League kicked off its third year early in January, bigger than expected.

On December 8, 2011, the Post’s sports section reported that league coach and organiser Gary Hodder hoped to have 24 teams in the mix for this year.

But last week Hodder told reporter Claire Byrne that the league now comprises 32 teams, with 450 kids from 14 schools participating.

This year Hodder is also particularly pleased with the number of girls who are now playing.

"The first year I had very few girls, but this year we've got four or five girls' teams plus lots of mixed teams,” he said. “With society here, girls aren't encouraged to play sports or even have any focus away from family life so for them to get out and experience something like this is really good and a big part of why we do it."


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group