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5 Alternative Ways To Rediscover Siem Reap

October 21, 2016 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley and conveniently located within the French Quarter of Siem Reap, Shinta Mani offers a luxurious boutique accommodation and a personalized service with a genuine, warm heart.


To honour the motto, “Open Doors, Open Hearts”, the team at Shinta Mani shares their insiders’list of favourite spots and hidden venues that will entice travellers to discover Siem Reap beyond the renowned archaeological sites.

With friendly residents, numerous dining options, eclectic shops, local and international artists and designers, and a relaxed town atmosphere, Siem Reap is re-emerging as a destination with its own charm. Be it for an adventure holiday or a romantic getaway, and whether or not the temples are on the travellers’ agenda, Siem Reap won’t leave anyone indifferent.

5 unconventional ways to rediscover Siem Reap:

  1. Downtown. Siem Reap’s Downtown area is a hub and full of excitement during the day and throughout the night. With Old Market at the entrance Pub Street in the middle, The Lane and Ally West –the freshest, funniest, chicest and most eccentric little street in town, it provides several options. We at Shinta Mani don’t mind leaving the leafy French Quarter for a small bite even a drink or two, these are our favourite spots when in Downtown:
  • Miss Wong’s Cocktail Bar. The cherry-red lanterns suspended from the doorway beckon passersby to this hidden gem. Inside, slip into one of the intimate leather booths for an Indochine Martini.
  • Charlie’s Bar. Established in 2013 by the husband and wife team; Charlie and Zoe Kumar, the bar has a retro-Americana feel and is decked out with plenty of interesting memorabilia to get the conversation flowing.
  • Long’s Bar. One of the coolest bars in Siem Reap, has a chilled relaxed atmosphere with AC. Comfy pallet furniture and tasty drinks.
  • Gelato Lab. Their traditional homemade Italian gelato is made from imported whole milk and slow-churned to perfection using only all natural ingredients, gelato and sorbets are made fresh daily.
  • The Steak House at Pub Street. The newest culinary concept launched by Shinta Mani in the form of an American steakhouse, serving prime cuts grilled to perfection paired with abundant side dishes and over the top desserts.
  1. Kandal Village. Nestled in the leafy central neighborhood just a short walk from Shinta Mani you’ll discover Siem Reap’s rising arts’ and culture precinct. Kandal (Middle) Village is home to a vibrant and eclectic new mix of around 25 cafes, galleries, baristas extraodinaire, arty homewares, shops, spas and cool fashion stores unique to Cambodia. If you’re looking for unique gifts, superb coffee, specialty juices, beautifully designed lacquer and ceramic homewares, fashion accessories, eco-friendly delights for home and body, art, street fashion, jewellery, furniture and more, you’ll find it in this delightfully walkable block.
  1. Khmer Cooking Classes at Kroya. Let Shinta Mani’s Chef take you on a Khmer culinary journey. Start with a visit to the Old Market to smell, taste and feel the Khmer Spices –fundamental ingredients for most dishes you will learn to prepare. Then head back to the hotel to learn some of traditional Cambodian dishes served at Kroya. Kroya -which means “food” in the Khmer Royal language, is Shinta Mani Club’s unique restaurant inspired by its heritage. The menu blends international as well as local products, combining fresh ingredients, native herbs and spices, to create innovative, palette pleasing flavours. Don’t forget to come back for dinner to enjoy the 7 course Tasting Menu following the seasons and the local harvest.
  1. Phare the Cambodian Circus. Uniquely Cambodian and daringly modern, Phare offers Siem Reap’s most unique, authentic, top rated evening entertainment. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories –historical, folk and modern. Before the show, stop by Bensley’s Bar to enjoy a drink -or two, at Social Hour with one-for-one in drinks every day from 5.00 to 7.00pm. Named after the hotel’s world renowned architect Bill Bensley -designer of the hotel, the bar is an airy, cool, stylish venue, located on Shinta Mani Club’s second floor over the inner courtyard.
  1. Grasshopper Adventure. They provide adventurous rides to Kulen Mountain and to Beng Melea temple. With great guides, perfectly maintained bikes and attention to safety, they welcome families with children of all ages. Alternatively, they offer rides through the countryside and then kayaking through smaller floating communities on the Tonle Sap Lake. End your day the perfect way with a pampering massage at Shinta Mani Spa. A sanctuary of serenity and a haven of refuge where the body is restored to exuberant well-being, good health and wholeness. Our therapeutic treatments, based on traditional and modern healing rituals boost concentration and awareness while reducing stress.

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