In Bangkok, you don't miss Jim Thomson's House. So in Siem Reap, Angkor City, don't miss the Theam's House. It's a lovely traditional house and workshop in a lush tropical garden. Mister Theam Lim is a well known local artist. Currently the Park Hyatt Siem Reap exhibits his impressive painting art. A tip at Hyatt: happy hour from 6pm at the bar, and discount at the bakery from 8pm.
Most of the best hotels in town display a selection of items created by the master and his skilled young team. But to get the opportunity to observe the young artisans at work in a serene atmosphere is to go to the house. They are working on a fair and sustainable craft program to build their own future. They create modern, colorful, useful things and textile. We bought some nice items for us and to avoid the nightmare of rushing shopping in Greeting Season at home. Everyone can find something for one's budget. We met nice staff fluent in English and French, very efficient.
We have also been to Artisans d'Angkor. Nice items but obviously from big factories and not from the workshop you can visit with professionals guides. Now the shop in town or at the airport, look like a supermarket without the good spirit of the beginning, probably because it's running by Vinci Group, a multinational construction company, more deeply involve in finance than in art.
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