I moved to Siem Reap twice and that was enough for me to build my professional base – if not home – in that town. My first move was in 2004, when I decided to take up a high-paying job, far from home. I moved there again two years ago, hoping to settle down with my small family. Little did I know my roots in Phnom Penh have been too firm to stretch around! Still, some (business) relationships I’ve built so far in Siem Reap are now worth for me reviewing.
Co-founder, SAO Sopheak, changed his career from a Bophana-trained documentary maker to a Poipet-based retailer several years ago. Ever since, he’s always found ways to energize Siem Reap with his studio. In 2019, it hosted our Let’s Document Cambodia workshop. Now he switched to a combo concept with a salad garden. Even though I first knew that place as a floral decoration of his cafe, it’s now turned into a small sort of “farm”. Visit it sometimes to refresh your coffee sit-in mood with a touch of veggies!
I have known CHHEANG Chanroath, from my involvement in JCI Angkor. Although the chapter affiliation fell apart last year, we’ve kept in touch on and off. What surprises me now is his startup of EUC, quite different from his default venture in cosmetic product wholesales! Still, as the idea of electric unicycles feels new to me, I gave it a trial ride. If you come to Siem Reap town, find him or his shop with Angkor’s Eye. I suggest you learn your way from his segway scooter first. Or your unready imbalance might take away your joy of riding that rare unicycle!
As mentioned in my previous post about Siem Reap recovery, biking has become trendy with its local since COVD-19 crisis. I recommend you to rent your bicycles from this shop, not because of any commission! But your rental will sustain the operations of the NGO the shop owners, CHHORN Bunhom and SAM Leakhena, have co-founded, to provide more free bikes to poor people in remote Siem Reap.
Again, despite the foreign tourist decline, our Angkor home keeps getting back on her knees with varied and creative ways to survive and thrive. If you find other (small) businesses in Siem Reap worth for reviewing, too, please let me know in the comments below 🙂
PS: Let’s head back to Northeastern Cambodia in my next blog posts!