Man About Town: 16 Nov 2012

Man About Town: 16 Nov 2012


It’s perhaps not earth shattering news, but big enough to warrant the issuance of press release via The news is that the Dream Villa Siem Reap guesthouse is being renamed Angkor Dream Villa.

This apparently is “after three months of extensive upgrade.” The press release then bangs on repeatedly about “the development of the new suite product,” without actually explaining what a “suite product” is, new or otherwise.

But Man About presumes “suite product” refers to an actual suite, and indeed the press release does later talk about a “new River View Suite” which not only has a “massive king bed,” but also a “day bed.” But bloody hell, why do marketing people and press release writers have to come up with crappy new jargon to describe what they are trying to describe. Is a “new suite product” meant to impress us more than a “new suite?”

This sort of supposedly impressive gobbledygook is engineered by the same people who attach “event” or “experience” to every possible occasion, so that we no longer simply have weather, but we have “weather events,” and we no longer enjoy dining but undergo “dining experiences.” Spare us, please.


Mine clearing NGO Mines Advisory Group (MAG) will host a photo exhibition to help celebrate its twentieth anniversary.

The exhibition, titled IMPACT: Clearing Cambodia’s Deadly Legacy, will preview at FCC Angkor in Siem Reap on Friday November 30 from 7pm-9pm, and run throughout December.

The collection of black and white photographs spanning two decades was taken by photojournalist Sean Sutton while working for MAG. According to MAG, “The images tell powerful stories, showing the struggles and triumphs faced by survivors as they emerge from war and begin battling a new set of challenges in the aftermath of conflict.

The exhibition also demonstrates and celebrates MAG’s work to clear the explosive legacy of conflict.”


Interestingly, with local ‘airline’ Air Hanuman seemingly taking a hiding over its doomed Pattaya charter flight plans, along comes a pretender to the empty throne.

Online news Service Pattaya One declares that, “As Thailand prepares for the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement to be implemented in 2015, Solar Air, which is a small Thai airline, is expanding to ensure it can offer flights to destinations within Thailand which have previously not been available from the airport, along with flights to and from Siam Reap in Cambodia.”

Perhaps no point in mentioning that it’s Siem Reap, not Siam Reap.

Anyway, Solar Air is partnering with the South Pattaya-based Maxx Royal Tour Company to operate the flights from the Utapao Airport 50kms from Pattaya, the same airport Air Hanuman was to use.


McDermott Gallery Old Market will hold two photography exhibitions by seven photographers as part of the eighth annual Angkor Photo Festival. All work on display is chosen by festival curator, Françoise Callier.

The shows will run simultaneously from December 2, 2012 to January 2, 2013. Photographers are Cuban multi-award winner Mario Algaze, and six photographers representing Tanto Tempo Gallery in Kobe, Japan:  Yukichi Watabe, Hiroshi Watanabe, Yoshihiro Hagiwara, Toshiya Watanabe, Ai Takahashi and Norihisa Hosaka.


  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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