Places to Take Your Family While Visiting For Siem Reap Travel

Nestled between rice paddies and stretched along the Siem Reap River, the provincial capital of Siem Reap City serves as the gateway to the millennium-old ruins of Angkor – the Angkorian era Khmer Empire. Serving as the gateway to the Angkor region, Siem Reap is home to the majestic remnants of Khmer Empire and some of the most iconic temples in the world. A chic resort town that draws tourists from far and wide for its proximity to world-famous Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is equally loved for its excellent hotels, food and nightlife. A city that exemplifies the paradoxes of Cambodia as a country, Siem Reap offers a startling contrast between rich and poor and tradition and modernity.

Siem Reap Town is where you will stay during your visit to Angkor. The area has been receiving foreign visitors to the temples. Once known primarily as the gateway to the Angkor temple complex, Siem Reap has evolved into a modern, fun and very visitor-friendly city. Tourism has exploded in Siem Reap and there are a host of lovely and affordable resorts and boutiques here. A city that exemplifies the paradoxes of Cambodia as a country, Siem Reap Travel offers a startling contrast between rich and poor and tradition and modernity. Stroll along the leafy riverbank, enjoy a leisurely brunch in the old French Quarter and revel in the hubbub of Pub Street after dark.

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Disabled Driving in Geneva

Geneva has made great efforts to provide facilities for disabled drivers.

This covers not only drivers who may have problems with mobility but also people who are providing transport to those suffering from disabilities.


Geneva, like many other large cities, can be something of a ‘challenge’ in terms of finding parking spaces.

The standard European Union blue disabled person badge is accepted and recognized in Switzerland. You can find out how to apply for one by consulting the AA’s website. It’s worth keeping in mind that you may be entitled to one even if someone else is doing the driving.
Although all across Europe there have been some reported instances of local authorities not respecting what this badge implies, in practice, it should entitle you to park in designated disabled bays or in very limited time parking.

Remember though that your badge doesn’t give you an open-ended entitlement to park wherever you wish and for however long you wish. It does have certain conditions but even so, in Geneva, you should find that it will allow you to:

• Park in reserved car park spaces marked with yellow lines and an associated wheelchair image. Note that you cannot park in spaces designated for disabled people if they also contain specifics relating to a person’s name or their car registration number.

• You may be able to park for up to 2 hours in restricted access, limited time, pedestrian and no-parking areas in certain city centre areas. Check with the local police for details.

• Potential free parking in major car parks if signs indicate that you can. If you have difficulty understanding what the position is, speak to a local attendant.

Hotels, Large Buildings and Government Offices

In theory, regulations now require certain types of establishment to provide full wheelchair access support and assistance to visitors with other forms of disabilities.

In practice although Geneva has done well, again as is the case in most cities, it isn’t yet at a stage where it can be said to be perfect.

Things are changing rapidly and for the most part you should have no problem, however, it would only be prudent to check in advance with your destination to see whether they have appropriate support available for your particular circumstances.

Swiss Institutions

There are a number of bodies in Switzerland specifically set up to help people with disabilities who are trying to travel around.

Perhaps one of the most useful of these is the “Fondation Foyer Handicap” which is specifically geared up to try and help people with wheelchairs.

“Geneva Handicap” is also an extremely helpful forum which can help to connect you up with institutions that may be able to help in your particular travel circumstances.

Note that most of these services will be provided in French and/or German. Also, be prepared to hear the terms “handicap” and “handicapped” used regularly in French, as they are considered normal, unlike in the UK where they are now seen as typically undesirable.

Getting There – Airport Help

You are entitled to free assistance to get you from your flight of arrival through to the pick-up point of any firm offering Geneva Airport transfers. You should contact the airport administrative authorities for further information.

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Dining Out in Geneva

To some extent, Geneva has always suffered slightly from being tagged as a sort of “outpost of French cuisine” in another country.

To a certain extent, that’s unsurprising.

Part of the actual territory of Geneva sits technically in France and over many years it and the surrounding areas have been subject to significant French influence and even occupation during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It might be natural to assume that the city therefore offers pretty much French fayre – great as that is of course!

However, is that perception entirely valid? What is dining out in Geneva really like?

Geneva and its Restaurants

The city has several Michelin-starred restaurants though they don’t all necessarily offer that classic, familiar French cuisine.

Some of Geneva’s best restaurants are located just north of the Rhône and close to the Old Town. Here you’ll find some big names which, at first glance, might appear very French in culture but in practice many will serve dishes that are quite distinct to the area.

Try the Perch (fish) caught locally in Lake Leman; the famous local fricassee of pork; or Longeole, which is a form of sausage. Expect to see plenty of artichoke and also game of different sorts plus fairly hearty soups, just as you’d expect in mountain cuisine.

The near legendary fondue and raclette are also well worth trying even if, in truth, they’re very similar to the same dishes just across the border.

However, Geneva is also heavily influenced by Italian cuisine too – the border is close by. Restaurants such as “La Gondola” explore this to the full and you’ll sample some of the best Italian food anywhere outside of Italy itself.


In fact, dining out here is far more cosmopolitan than many imagine.

“Miyako” is a fantastic Japanese restaurant right in the very centre of town. It’s famous for its chefs who fill in the odd few spare seconds here and there by juggling with razor-sharp knives!

At “Inglewood” you’ll find home-made and freshly cooked burgers. They’re absolutely delicious and if you think of burgers as mass-produced fast food, this will help you to think again.

Another one that’s very different is “Parfums de Beyrouth” which serves freshly made and very aromatic Middle-Eastern cuisine. Little could be further away from traditional French dishes and it’s a marvellous experience.


Just like any other city, the price tag that comes with eating out here can vary hugely.

There are some fantastic lunchtime deals almost everywhere and the set menus in the evening, in those establishments that offer them, are usually very good value.

Expect to pay considerably more in the top and very trendy restaurants, eating à la carte or in those which sit in prestigious locations with sweeping views.

Visiting Geneva

There are excellent and frequent air services here including some low-cost airlines.

Geneva Airport transfers into the centre are frequent and they’re usually good value for money. If you don’t like flying, try the train or driving. You can also get international coach services into the city as well.

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for affordable Geneva Airport transfers, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.

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Basic Steps to Help Save Money when Visiting Geneva

Geneva is a very beautiful city and it regularly attracts large numbers of visitors.

It’s perfectly possible to wax lyrical about its many attractions but few would claim that Switzerland is one of the cheapest countries in Europe to visit. Many visitors are, naturally, operating on a limited budget and they’re also therefore keen to identify ways they can cut costs.

Here are a few tips that you may find useful:

• Look for consolidated tourism tickets. For example, if you love art and museums, then search out what’s called the “Museum Passport”. It offers good discounts based upon visits to several different museums.

• Economic rail travel can be found through deals with SBB/CFF.
• Budget dining is possible through “Allons Manger!” This is a French site offering discount vouchers for restaurants and some Geneva restaurants join in too.

• Switzerland is famous for its leisure, and sites such as “Groupon” as well as “Deindeal” make available some good discounts.

• “Geneve Roule” is a good site for hiring bikes. They’re modestly priced, green and healthy!

• REKA is an interesting site for budget hotels and cheap holiday deals. Accommodation in Switzerland isn’t the cheapest in Europe, so think ahead and look for special deals advertised through the “Swiss Hotel Portal”. If you can, be flexible on your travel dates too. That helps find those special offers hotels are proposing in order to fill rooms during their quieter periods.

• Check out the local bric-a-brac and antique stores. Geneva is famous for them and there are some surprising bargains to be found. Granted, they’re not there every single day and there is some ‘tat’ to wade through but even so, you’ll be able to find good quality items and at a fraction of the new retail cost – if you’re patient.

• Swiss supermarkets often discount their food after 5pm in the evening and Saturday afternoons – that’s usually to clear stocks and short shelf-life items. You can save substantial sums if you shop then. If you’re staying any length of time, look also for the loyalty card schemes.

• Dine out at lunch as opposed to the evenings. Geneva has been very influenced by French culture over time and therefore special lunchtime deals are very popular and often offer huge savings over evening time set menus and particularly ‘à la carte’.

• Buy things in France! Geneva actually sits partly in French territory and some things in France, notably supermarkets, clothing and perhaps day-to-day household goods, will all typically be cheaper there. There is a theoretical 300 Swiss Franc limit to how much you can bring back over into Switzerland but it’s worth looking into.

Getting to Geneva

Numerous scheduled and some budget airlines fly into Geneva. Airport transfers into the city centre are frequent and reasonably priced. However, you can also reach the city by train, and there are good road connections to other parts of Europe.

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Barcelona’s New 2016/17 Kit

Barcelona Football Club has just announced or perhaps more correctly someone within it has ‘leaked’ details of their new strip for the 2016 – 2017 season.

If that first sentence has just caused your eyes to glaze over with indifference because you’re less than interested in football and even less in the kit being worn by the players, it’s still worth reading on. That’s because this process is an interesting illustration of the links between big business, football and the media.

Nothing Controversial

In theory, this type of story shouldn’t get a lot of global attention but in this case it has.

Football kits have been controversial before in the United Kingdom, perhaps to a greater extent than is the case in Spain and Catalonia. Questions have been asked as to why football clubs have to change their strips so regularly, with all that means for the financially hard-pressed parents of children and wider families overall, as they try to buy expensive shirts to match the latest version.

However, this announcement has two additional interesting features.

Sponsorship and Leaks

The leaked home strip is notable for the absence of the logo of one of Barcelona’s major international sponsors. That is presumably because at the time of writing, the deal has not yet been finalized and closed.

It’s therefore difficult not to be tempted by the slightly conspiratorial thought that the leak to the media is possibly related to those ongoing sponsorship discussions. Is it perhaps a coded way of saying “get a move on or we’ll go without you”?

The links between massively successful football clubs, the media and corporate dealings are hardly news. They have been around for a long time and Barcelona FC will no doubt operate in that domain, just like every other major international brand football club.

This sort of thing though is unusual and it’s great fun to speculate just how much ‘incentive’ might have been given to the sponsor’s negotiations by the appearance of this shot in the public domain without their logo?

Barcelona as an Institution

For all that, Barcelona FC isn’t just a club like any other.

It is a major expression of Catalan culture and identity, as well as to all intents and purposes, virtually a collective being owned by its own fans.

Whatever machinations might take place, in terms of media leaks and corporate haggling, those fundamental things are extremely unlikely to ever change.

Getting There

If you are in Barcelona and would like to visit the club’s famous ground and its interesting exhibits, you can take a taxi from Barcelona Airport directly to the Nou Camp ground.

If you’re already in the city centre, try the TMB and AMB lines, both of which have several services passing close by.

The L3 and L4 Metro lines both have stations between 500 metres and a kilometre away. T1, T2 and T3 tramway lines all have stations close by too.

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The 86th Geneva Motor Show 2016 is on the Horizon

One of the big international motoring events is almost upon us – the Geneva International Motor Show of 2016.

This has long been one of, if not THE, major diary date for petrol heads around the globe. So, what is in store for visitors?

Show Predictions

In the best traditions of this and other events like it, a lot is kept under wraps until the show itself opens.

It’s fairly safe to predict though that there will be the usual glitz and glamour with celebrities and dazzling models hovering for photo opportunities around some of the most prestigious marques. There will be huge numbers of displays, stands, freebies and lots of ancillary entertainment.
Yet the show has a reputation of being the source of some major surprises. What can we anticipate from the cars themselves?

Electric Vehicles

For many years, electric vehicles tended to be hidden away in obscure corners at the major motor shows, as a sort of embarrassing and unwelcome distant relative at a family event – but that has recently all changed.

The seemingly ever-growing demand for green credentials is likely to mean one or two big names and perhaps some smaller innovators pulling a few rabbits out of hats in terms of electrical or hybrid vehicle announcements. This is now a centre-stage area of the motor industry and hopes are high at Geneva of more good news in this domain.

Bespoke Options

Expect to see also a number of manufacturers you might never have heard of before, showing some fantastic ‘Star-Trek’ type vehicles.

Some more established names, such as Spyder, are returning to the show after an absence of some years. This presumably indicates the on-going attractions of this show to manufacturers and the fascinations of this type of vehicle for the public.

Many of these vehicles will be heavily criticised by professionals and public alike, as being indulgent fantasies that are both out of sight financially for anyone other than the super-rich and also totally impractical on the public highway. Even so, those same critics will drool over these fantastic vehicles just like everyone else.

The specialist and high-performance vehicles often get the most press coverage, so expect to see their stands constantly packed out.

The Big Boys

While those sporty ‘lightning-bolt’ vehicles will undoubtedly be the most glamorous, many informed people in the business will be looking eagerly at the big manufacturers to see where they are going.

The major marques have taken some criticism over recent years for failing to be adventurous and innovative enough in their entry and mid-level price brackets. Some critics have said that many of their major manufacturers’ new vehicles recently appear to be simply minor customisations and tweaks to old models that have been around for a long time. They point to the fact that many family vehicles don’t look much different to those of 15-20 years ago.

That criticism has stung some of these household names and it’s to be hoped that they will respond with some surprises.

How To Get There

The 86th Geneva International Motor show runs from the 3-13th of March at the Palexpo Centre.

Geneva airport transfers to the Palexpo Centre are fast and moderately priced. If you are already in town, the TPG (local tram and bus service provider) offers regular services to Palexpo.

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Singapore Development Model: What\\\’s the main key in success?

Early 60`s
The former colony with no territory, illiteracy population, a weak army, absolutely poor soil and a lack of fresh water. Yes, it was Singapore in 1963. Nowadays Singapore is considered as economic marvel. What is the secret?
Firstly, in the interests of people, the Government of Singapore conducted a clever language policy. Language policy is very important because it directly affects the national policy and the national question is the most difficult around the world (only 12 countries are considered to be mono-ethnic). In 1963, the state has three language communities: Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. For stability and order in the country it was needed to create understanding between people. For this, English was set as a common unifying language for all people. The presence of a common language has allowed putting together a nation, besides knowing of English helped Singaporeans to become a competitive workforce in the global market.
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Kuan Yew personally tried to create a good image in the eyes of leading US companies, who posted production in Singapore. In 1970 the company «General Electric» has placed 6 enterprises for the production of various electronic products, where most Singaporeans acquired the work, which they need after the closure of the military base of the United Kingdom. Already by 1997 in Singapore were placed more than 200 companies and total investment was amounted to 19 billion Singapore dollars. And by 2008, GDP per capita was $ 51,649 (for example the United States – $ 46,381). The state did not forget to promote their own entrepreneurs.
With the solution of ethnic and linguistic problems and the creation of economy, the Government of Singapore conducted a competent personnel policy. Singapore has set very high wages for government employee and the judiciary. The reform of the police and the army plus targeted crime prevention allowed to suppress all criminal groups.
This fact has attracted the leading managers from around the world to manage the state. Established mechanism of recruitment the best employee allowed to made patriotic, responsible and highly educated political elite. These people truly work for their country.
In Singapore, there is extremely low level of corruption, which largely has determined Singapore as a comfortable and safe high-tech state.
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Today`s Singapore main economic tendency is export ( electronics, petroleum refining, chemicals, mechanical engineering and biomedical sciences sectors). Singapore has one of the world`s best financial centers, casino gambling market, oil-refining and oil-rig centers and ship repair services.

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Scotland’s Whisky-Producing Regions

Scotland has one of the oldest and most respected distilling traditions in the world. Whisky, from the Scottish Gaelic “ueisge-beatha” or “water of life”, is produced all over the country and the final character of each dram is determined by a host of factors, including the composition of the water, the type of barley, the degree to which peat smoke has been introduced to the grain during the drying process, the local climate, the distillation and filtration process, and the type of casks used during the aging process, as well as the length of said process.

Due to the importance of environmental factors, as well as local cultural distillation traditions, Scotland is divided into five legally protected whisky-producing regions. No region is better or more desirable than another; rather, whisky produced at different regions tends to have certain characteristics. If you’re considering taking a whisky tour in Scotland, here’s what you can expect from the various regions.


Only recently recognised as a distinct region rather than a sub-division of the Highlands, the relatively small Speyside region is home to the majority of Scotland’s distilleries. Many of the world’s most popular malts, such as Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet and The Macallan, are Speyside malts (while The Macallan is not legally a Speyside malt, it is characteristically and traditionally considered as such). Any comprehensive whisky tour in Scotland must therefore give this region its dues.

Speyside malts are characterised by sweetness, gentleness and complexity. The sweetness tends to resemble either a sherry character or a floral graceful, and it’s a rare Speyside dram that has more than a touch of peat.


The Highland region is the second major whisky producing region, and contains the majority of Scotland’s remaining distilleries. Due to the size and geographical variation within the region, Highland malts vary widely in character. For example, Dalwhinnie (regarded by many as the world’s gentlest, easiest to drink whisky) hails from the central Highlands, while Clynelish (a much peatier dram) is distilled in the northern Highlands.

The Highland region is unlikely to be covered in any single whisky tour. In Scotland, while whisky may be broadly stylistically divided into five regions, there is still considerable variation within these, and the Highlands are a testament to that fact.


A rugged Hebridean island, Islay produces some of the world’s most renowned single malts. Much like their rocky, spray-soaked and peat-rich island, Islay malts tend to be heavily peated, harsh and often with a whiff of the sea to them. Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Lagavulin are some of the more well-known Islay malts, but if you’ve not had those, you may still be familiar with the Islay flavour: Talisker, one of the world’s most highly regarded whiskies, in many ways exemplifies the harsh, salty, smoky and peaty character often ascribed to Islay’s whiskies (although Talisker is itself produced on the Isle of Skye, part of the Highland region).

If you’re a novice whisky drinker, or have a light palate, then consider leaving this region until your second or third whisky tour in Scotland: Islay whiskies, while beloved by many, are often a little overwhelming for those less accustomed to the spirit, and (despite what the more macho whisky drinkers may think) there’s no shame in developing your palate before tackling the harsher malts.


The Lowland region occupies approximately the southern third of Scotland. Lowland malts are hard to come by in shops, as the region primarily caters to the blended whisky market, but there are a few, with Glenkinchie being probably the most famous example.

Lowland malts are usually subtle, light-bodied and dry, and rarely with any peat or smoke flavours at all. They make an excellent pre-dinner dram, and are also popular among those whose tastes tend toward the dryer side of things, such as dry white wine or dry sherry drinkers.


And so we come to the final stop on our virtual whisky tour. In Scotland’s southwestern corner you’ll find Campbeltown, a small region with only three surviving distilleries: Glen Scotia, Longrow and Springbank.

Campbeltown malts are full-bodied and complex, and have absorbed a hint of the region’s coastal character in the form of a touch of salt. Those who enjoy Islay malts are likely to appreciate those from Campbeltown.

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Know The Best Things About Blue Canyon Country Club Lakes Course

The Blue Canyon Lakes Course is the 2nd golf course at Blue Canyon Country Club. Located close to the airport on the northern end of Phuket Island, the course is good for those arriving and departing the same day. Five sets of tees make this Phuket golf course suitable to a wide range of golfers from professionals to amateurs alike. When playing the Blue Canyon Lakes Course driving it in the fairway is important to have any chance at scoring well. Many of the approach shots are over small creeks or canyons that run across the fairways, and getting to the greens in regulation is only possible from a good lie.

The Blue Canyon Country Club Lakes Course is the 2nd golf course at Blue Canyon Country Club. The Blue Canyon Lakes course front 9 holes run through a landscape of lakes and natural canyons, whilst the back 9 weaves its way around lakes and woodlands of rubber trees. This course has a lovely layout that is challenging for all levels of golfer with plenty of water and other hazards plus undulating greens without unduly punishing a minor mishap. Many people find this course the most enjoyable layout on the Island of Phuket. The grand club house has an almost colonial feel to it with its open terrace and the waitresses constantly topping up your water glass.

Blue Canyon Country Club Lake Course in Phuket is the sister course to the more illustrious Canyon Course with water coming onto play on virtually every hole. Some tough holes to start with and one of the best finishing holes in Asia but golfers of all standards will enjoy this course. The Lakes Course has water hazards coming to play on 17 out of 18 holes. The Blue Canyon Country Club Lake Course is a mixture of water-filled canyons created by open cast mining with its natural land flow left relatively unchanged. Its front 9 holes run through a landscape of lakes and original canyons, whilst the back 9 weaves around more scenic lakes and soft whispering woodlands of rubber trees.

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Discover Duras Castle in France’s Aquitaine

French canal holidays offer you the opportunity to really get to the heart of the country. As France is a diverse place with so much to offer, it is great news that on French canal holidays you are not restricted to staying on the barge and are, in fact, invited to venture on land to explore as often as you like.

Most companies offering the barging experience have professional guides on board their boats, many of whom accompany cultural visits along the way. It does depend on which of the French canal holidays you book as to what is on offer, but here is an example of a cultural visit you can make when travelling in the Aquitaine region on the Canal du Garonne, between Entre-Deux-Mers and Perigord.

Introducing Duras Castle

Standing high above the Dropt Valley is Duras Castle, still one of the most impressive sights in the area. Built in the 12th century, it wasn’t until the 14th century that Bertrand de Got, who owned it, developed it into a formidable fortress. His architectural plan bore the support of his uncle, Pope Clement V.

Just before the time of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), the Durfort family took ownership of the castle, and during the war it was controlled first by the Duke of Aquitaine, then by King Henry II of England and finally by Louis VII the younger of France.

The Duras castle earned the Durfort family much respect, and at the close of the 17th century the castle was given the Duchy status. In time it relinquished its intimidating aesthetic and morphed into a grand country estate. It had stables, fabulous gardens and an enviable area in which to receive guests. The Hall of the “Three Marshals”, the venue for ceremonious parties and gatherings, made the biggest statement, particularly because this was the time of the Age of Enlightenment and it suited the trend perfectly.

Duras in Recent Times

In 1798 the French Revolution brought tumultuous times and parts of the castle were destroyed. As a testament to the local community, however, in the 1960s the villagers bought the ruins at auction and today the castle is one of the treasures of this region of France.

Visiting Duras

If you are on one of the French canal holidays that allow you the opportunity to visit Duras, you really should. You can hire an audio guide that will bring the history of the castle to life in the form of an informal lecture. You can also take an independent tour with a guide if you visit in July or August, or simply wander at will, exploring with your own guidebook. However you choose to do it, it really is a fascinating visit and one not to be missed.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK\’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury French canal holidays. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

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