Samantha Brown

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Travel Channel host Samantha Brown travelled to Cambodia in early 2010 as part of her Passport to Asia series. She spent one week journeying through the kingdom of Cambodia, visiting the dynamic capital of Phnom Penh, the incredible temples of Angkor and the sublime South Coast. In Phnom Penh, she teamed up with our Line Producer Kulikar Sotho to explore the city. In Siem Reap, she joined Location Manager Nick Ray on an adventurous motorbike trip to the remote jungle temple of Beng Mealea before dipping her toes into the waters of the famous Dr Fish Massage. The show closed with Samantha experiencing a signature Hanuman Beach Safari in Ream National Park and her reflecting on her trip over a cocktail as the sun sets over the South China Sea.

Hanuman was the local production servicing company for the Samantha Brown’s Passport to Asia shoot in Cambodia, supplying all permissions, accommodation and transport.

Sam Brown has been all over the world, but Cambodia really made an impression. Talking to CNN, she enthused: “I certainly have places that I’m unbelievably fond of and that really stand out. My most recent series was Asia, and my favorite country was Cambodia. The people were absolutely lovely, and I actually nicknamed them “the Irish of Southeast Asia” because they’re very talkative and they’ll just strike up a conversation with you. And then of course you go there to see Angkor Wat, which is just so much more amazing than any photos can really convey. So it was a great trip.”

Locations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Angkor, Beng Mealea, Ream National Park

Talent: Presenter Samantha Brown, Hanuman Beach Safari