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DAMNAK LOUNGE: The Best Khmer and French Restaurant in Siem Reap? @damnaklounge

by Sean Nolan

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Damnak Lounge is considered to be the best Fine Dining restaurants in Siem Reap.  The menu celebrates the marriage of bold Khmer spices with the finesse of French cooking techniques.   

In a city that is flooded with millions of tourist a year, mediocrity amongst restaurants can be a big problem. All too often tourist may visit a popular restaurant expecting the best gastronomic feast they ever had, or at least, a taste of authentic local cuisine.  Sadly that isn't always the case.  

 

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Damnak Lounge, however, is one of those restaurants that will meet any food lovers expectations.  We were blown away by the quality of the food they served and the passion that went into every dish.

If you ever find yourself visiting Siem Reap and want good quality Khmer Cusine, we recommend giving Damnak Lounge a try. 

 
DAMNAK LOUNGE
1st Floor
Lotus Blanc Resort,
National Road 6, Kruos Village,
Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia
Phone: +855 63 965 557
Email: info@damnak.com
Facebook: @damnak

 

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Our Awesome Travel Moments of 2016!

Awesome Moments 2016

2016 was an awesome year for Team Our Awesome Planet! From out of the country destinations to discovering more of what our beautiful Philippines has to offer, it was indeed a year full of many wonderful memories!

Here’s a look-back at what each team member found memorable and why…

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Chinese New Year Manila 2017: Where to Celebrate CNY with the Family?!

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Welcome, the Year of the Fire Rooster as Manila Chinatown will be loud, colorful and full of dragons! Chinatown and hotels will be once again be filled with decorations, dancers, and fireworks to usher in the new year!

So if you're looking for a delicious meal or join in the party, here's a list of where to celebrate your Chinese New Year in Manila…

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PHARE The Cambodian Circus: Changing Lives One Show At A Time! @PhareCircus

by Sean Nolan

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Phare: The Cambodian Circus is a mixture of theater, modern dance, and acrobatics, expertly choreographed to tell a captivating story which combines Cambodian folklore and history into a show for all ages.     

Eight different programs  are rotated monthly. We were fortunate enough to catch Influence. A story about survival, domination, manipulation, and ultimately – redemption. 

 

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The history behind Phare and its inception is one of the more, amazing aspects of this incredible social enterprise.  Shortly after the Fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1994, a handful of Cambodian refugees found their way home and founded Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO School of the Arts in Battambang Cambodia.

Around twelve hundred students each year, receive free public education from kindergarten to 12th grade. There is also free Professional Level Arts training in dance, music, theater, animation, graphic design, illustration, painting, and circus.

The Circus launched 3 years ago as a means for PPS to help generate income, provide employment for graduates, and share Cambodian/Khmer Culture.  

We were amazed at the creativity and talent of the performers and surprised at how funny and powerful the story was. We encourage anyone visiting Siem Reap to make the time and experience Phare. 

 

PHARE: The Cambodian Circus
Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the intersection  Sok San Road,
Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia
Email: info@pharecircus.org
Ticketing: ticketing@pharecircus.org
Phone: +855 (0) 15 499 480 & +855 (0) 92 225 320
Facebook: Phare The Cambodian Circus
Instagram: @pharethecambodiancircus 

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TAO Philippines: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at What Makes @TAOPhilippines Successful? #TBEX

One of the Philippines most highly regarded toursTao Expedition has drawn thousands of travelers from around the globe to the beautiful islands of Palawan, a Southern Province in the Philippines.

Tao Expedition, while known for its tours, has also been very involved with local communities in and around Palawan.  Tao considers itself a socially responsible enterprise that works with local communities in helping to preserve the environment and bettering the lives for the locals through educational programs and sustainable planning and immersion and awareness.   

 

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Climate Change and Tourism has drastically altered the delicate ecosystems of Palawan and the surrounding waters that the locals depend on for survival.  The hundreds of dedicated people who are a part of the Tao Expedition or Tao Philippines have made it their life's work to preserve Palawan as best they can.

TAO PHILIPPINES
Coron Tao Office: Don Pedro St. Coron town.
El Nido Tao Office: Serena St. El Nido town. 
Email: info@taophilippines.com
FacebookTao Philippines
Instagram@TaoPhilippines
Twitter: @TaoPhilippines
Websitehttp://www.taophilippines.com/

Here is a quick behind the scenes look into what makes Tao — not only one of the best tours in the Philippines but one that is also important.      

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2017 Awesome Calendar: “Breakout Year for Filipino Food and Tourism!” @TourismPHL

2017 Festivals & Holidays

2017 is looking bright! As all eyes are on the Philippines as we host the 2017 Miss Universe, a major international event that will surely boost the country's already growing tourism industry.

The world is also excited with the increasing trend of Filipino cuisine – a mix of Spanish, Malay, Chinese and Southeast Asian influences! Bloomberg declared "The Explosion of Filipino Food" in 2017 in the article, "Eleven Fancy Food Trends You'll Face in 2017."

With more than 7000 islands, the Philippines does not fail to impress with the many colorful fiestas, beautiful beaches, rich history and untouched countryside that'll make you feel alive!

So if you’re looking for a new adventure or an explosion of flavors on your palette, here are the countless fiestas and food events that'll surely make your 2017 awesome!

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NEW YEAR’S EVE MANILA 2017: Where are you Celebrating NYE in Manila?

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The city of Manila is gearing up to ring in New Year’s Eve 2017, and as one might expect, there is no shortage of New Year’s Eve parties.

Our party-planning guide won’t be complete without a dazzling display of fireworks, fantastic feasts, and music to usher partygoers into the New Year.

Here are the best New Year’s Eve 2017 parties in Manila…

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SAGADA Itinerary: Definitive Food & Travel DIY Guide to Sagada (2017)! @FordPhilippines

Watch the first ever destination mini-documentary of our family adventure with the four 4 boys during All Saints' Day in Sagada. 

It's a behind-the-scenes look at how we travel and feature a destination on the OAP blog. It also documents our Sagada misadventures, culinary discoveries, and unforgettable moments during our Sagada 2016 Trip with Team Our Awesome Planet.

The film was made by Mofilm Director Gian Mawo in collaboration with Ford Philippines.

Watch SAGADA: The Road to Sagada! @FordPhilippines (A Sagada Travel Mini-Documentary)

 

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This Sagada travel guide was 2 years in the making since we had to visit Sagada during two peak seasons: Holy Week 2014 and Halloween 2016.

The guide documents our lessons, travel tips, and recommendations on the Best of Sagada.

Sagada Food & Travel Guide (2017) Index:

How to get to Sagada?
When is the best time to go?
Where are the Best Places to Stay?
What are the Must Eat Places in Sagada?
What are the Must Try Experiences in Sagada?
What are the Unique Pasalubong to Buy?

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