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Fah Thai Magazine July/August 2017


HAPPENINGS CAMBODIA / LAOS / VIETNAM PHNOM PENH / LUANG PRABANG / HOI AN Réhahn captures a portrait of a Vietnamese woman. Photo is courtesy of LUANG PRABANG, A PALATE TEASER Luang Prabang, with its setting as a sleepy riverside town of 33 gilded temples, saffron-robed monks, and faded Sino-European villas, can effortlessly slow your pulse and help you perfect the art of doing nothing. If you need to awaken from “sleep mode,” a sure-fire way is to challenge the taste buds. Do as the locals do and stroll to the nearest food stand and tuck into a “papaya salad” – the unofficial Lao national dish. Luang Prabang is famous among Thai visitors for its sensational som tum or papaya salad. And “Nang Tim Somtom”, a small food stand opposite the temple called Wat Nong, is best for visitors. The number of chillies used measures the scale of spiciness in a dish. It varies from one or two pieces for a mild spiciness to three to five for moderate (to a handful of chilli for the extremists). In places in Laos, pinches of monosodium glutamate (MSG) – or “paeng nua” – go into every single dish. If you’re not comfortable with MSG, you might tell the food vendor to omit the “delicious power” from your papaya salad. Food Stand Opposite Wat Nong SPOTLIGHT Tribes and Portraits of Vietnam French photographer Réhahn opens his Precious Heritage Gallery- Museum in Hoi An in Central Vietnam, showcasing his five years of exploring Vietnam and his own tribute to the country’s ethnic groups. Nestled in the former French Quarter of Hoi An, the museum displays over 200 photographs, as well as more than 30 rare traditional costumes and various artefacts such as pipes, earrings, etc. The space is organised into two areas, the first is a gallery dedicated to Réhahn’s photographs and models, while the other museum section covers 2 levels and focuses on ethnic groups. Born in Normandy, France and now based in Hoi An, Réhahn travelled to over 35 countries in the name of photography. He was listed among Steve McCurry and Jimmy Nelsson as one of the world’s best portrait and travel photographers. The French photographer is famous for catching the soul of his subjects. Réhahn is equally passionate about culture and ethnic diversities. “I have visited 45 of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam and I hope to meet the remaining 9 in this coming year to then start preparing my book,” Réhahn has said. The museum displays in Vietnamese, French and English. 26 Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An,, open daily from 8am to 8pm, entrance is free UP FOR A SUNDOWN Visitors to Phnom Penh make the trip at least once to Russian Market for the hustle and bustle and shopping sprees over affordable name-brand clothing. Now they can visit the market more often for other reasons, thanks to Sundown Social Club – the city’s new watering hole perched over the sweltering bazaar. The Sundown Social Club stands three stories above the northern edge of Russian Market – where local vendors ply their trade for fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. The newly opened club is definitely an oasis of calm, as well as a great way to watch time go by. You can bite into a burger or shake off hot and humid Phnom Penh with a cold beer. St 440, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 110