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Siem Reap Lowdown

Touch Khchao on the move – yet again

A painting from Touch Khchao’s Care series.  SHE’S been tipped as one of Cambodia’s leading artists, and her work in Siem Reap has certainly been on the move – from one venue to another.Touch Khchao, 28, is a Battambang artist; a graduate of the Phare Ponleu Selpak school of Art. A series of her work, entitled Care, has been on display at The Red Gallery at the FCC Angkor complex on Pokambor Avenue for some time.  But the shockwaves from the recession still reverberate, making running the gallery unsustainable.


Sokha Angkor Resort puts down new roots

Sokha Angkor Resort’s GM, Emmett McHenry, wields the hoe at Sokha Angkor Resort’s Green Day. Photo by: Nicky Hosford
“A GREEN day is a happy day!” declares Phe Leak as he watches his green-shirted team prepare for the Sokha Angkor Resort’s annual Green Day. Judging by the non-stop laughter emanating from the team, he must be right.

Phe Leak is the human resources manager for Sokha Angkor Resort and 60 members of staff were involved in the first phase of planting 700 trees around the bridge at Angkor Spean, near Prasat Kravan, on Tuesday


Angkor photo festival returns to former glory

From a series titled Dangerous Bangkok, to be shown in Siem Reap. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/GETTY IMAGES

THE Angkor Photo Festival is certainly back in action, headquartered in a funky new building provided by the well-heeled festival director, long-time local Jean-Yves Navel, on Siem Reap’s newly emerging strip, Riverside, also known as East River Road.

At present, the nerve-centre’s interior is bare and unadorned; the only furnishings are a couple of rudimentary tables, some chairs and computers. Soon it will be a riot of posters, colour, art and photos and it will be buzzing but right now, the


Sisters open guesthouse

SISTERS are doing it for themselves in Siem Reap. Four young women – two Cambodian, one British and one American – have set up their own guesthouse in the Central Market area of town. At first I thought that the guesthouse name, Avie Moriya, was a cute play on Ave Maria, the title of the famous aria by Charles Gounod which was based on a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach.

But the guesthouse name is a combination of the moniker of 30-year-old Dy Avie, the director of the new establishment, and her daughter’s name.

The other women involved are American


Friday fever in the Alley

Alley West is the scene for Friday night monthly markets.

Other traders on the street decided they wanted in on the action and the notion of a street fair was born

“THANK God, it’s Friday,” just got a Khmer make-over, and has become a retail promotion in Siem Reap.

Starting today, “Thank Buddha, it’s First Friday” is a new monthly street party brought to Siem Reap shoppers by the dynamic and fashionable traders on Alley West.

The First Friday Festival promotion evolved out of the recent successful weekend street market on the strip.

Originally, the First Friday Festival was planned as

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