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Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018


HAPPENINGS CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH / SIEM REAP / SONG SAA SPOTLIGHT Island Paradise If you’re searching for a truly private and luxurious escape, then Song Saa Island may well deliver the dream vacation you so desperately crave. Located in Cambodia’s southwest Koh Rong archipelago, the two islands that make up Song Saa – Koh Ouen and Koh Bong offer 24 luxurious, environmentally friendly villas. A short flight away from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Song Saa is considered one of Cambodia’s most exclusive island getaways and hidden secrets. The resort is inspired by Cambodian fishing villages, each of which come with sunset views and their own private pool. Guests can engage in a wide variety of marine-based activities or even conservation and community initiatives during their break. Song Saa is accessible via a 30-minute speed boat transfer from Sihanoukville port. CHIC COCKTAIL BAR Ever since opening its doors a decade ago, Miss Wong has built itself a reputation for being one of Cambodia’s most sophisticated cocktail bars. Embracing a 1930s old Shanghai speakeasy theme, the intimate watering hole is located in a small lane in the central bar and restaurant district of Siem Reap. Premium cocktails and spirits are the order of the day at Miss Wong, and it is undoubtedly something the outlet does rather well. So well in fact that proprietor Dean Williams has opened a second outlet, which exudes a Chinoiserie-style motif, in the Sino-French heritage quarter of Battambang. The menu at Miss Wong is occupied by delectable and creative cocktails as well as staple Chinese bites such as dim sum, hot pots, duck pancakes and steamed pork buns, which are perfect accompaniments for an evening of drinking and socialising. The Lane, Siem Reap, Cambodia, opens daily 6pm-1am, RECYCLING FOR A GOOD CAUSE Rehash Trash offers a unique and imaginative solution to Cambodia’s plastic problem and it’s helping improve Cambodian lives too. The social enterprise champions women’s empowerment and skills-training whilst promoting recycling efforts as part of its mission statement of ‘Recycling Rubbish & Renewing Lives’. The green initiative employs disadvantaged Khmer women to create products of value so they can support their families and transform their lives. Sale proceeds of the items are then channelled back providing a source of income for the women in the programme. Tourists to Cambodia can choose to support the efforts of Rehash Trash by not only purchasing products, but to also engage in recycling workshops where they will learn to turn trash into treasure. Sombai Road, Krong Siem Reap, opens daily 8am-5pm, 122 DELICIOUS START The claim to fame for Khéma Pasteur in Phnom Penh has always been its free-flow breakfast. The sophisticated international boutique restaurant features an on-site gourmet café, bakery and delicatessen with a wide range of specially imported and housemade delights to ensure you get the right start to your day. The restaurant welcomes diners as early as 6am with a value-for-money spread made up of western as well as local fare. From eggs done any way you like to traditional Cambodian breakfast soups and rice dishes and freshly baked pastries, Khéma undoubtedly rewards those who rise and shine in time for its luscious spread. The outlet also caters to the lunch and dinner crowd, which is perfect for those who prefer a later start to the day. Arunreas Hotel Ground Floor, Corner of Street 228 & Street 51, Phnom Penh, opens daily 6am-11pm, Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa offers the ultimate relaxation and comfort on your Thai cultural journey. Experience the tranquility of endless rice fields while exploring the history of Thailand’s ancient civilisation.