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Thalias Newsletter September 2019

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September is here again and, for many of us, it's back-to-school season. Thalias has been working hard during these summer holidays, especially with a few students who took part in the intensive SmartEdu University Student Development Program (USDP) Bootcamp. Learn more about this unique educational challenge and Thalias' involvement in our dedicated article below.


We also put our efforts into bringing you something exciting with Malis' new menu that include many original mouthwatering dishes and desserts. For those who cannot wait to visit us, have a look at some of our typical Cambodian recipes in this newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you soon at Malis so you can tell us what you think.


We have also thought of those who would like to extend their holidays with a focus on a quiet getaway in the countryside near Phnom Penh - and other stories about Cambodia to liven up your vacation with some reading!


Yours sincerely,
Arnaud Darc,
CEO and Chairman Thalias Hospitality Group

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Team Thalias tops SmartEdu’s CEO Challenge

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Last month, 48 young students spent two weeks in a gruelling 13-day bootcamp testing their resilience, resourcefulness and abilities to the absolute limits in exchange for an intense immersion in real-life learning and problem solving. The students, who were selected from more than 1000 candidates, were taking part in the second SmartEdu University Student Development Programme CEO Challenge and, we’re delighted to announce that, in a grand finale held on August 26, the team mentored by Thalias’ staff came out the winners! The goal of the challenge is to foster and help develop the next generation of Cambodia’s digital communicators, giving them the tools to drive the country’s tech landscape.

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Festivals of the Dead

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For two weeks after September 27 this year, one of the world’s most unusual festivals of the dead will be celebrated here in Cambodia. Pchum Ben has been described as a kind of “Buddhist Lent” and its traditions can be traced back to Cambodia’s animist culture which predate the Angkor era. However, as a festival during which the boundaries between the living and the dead retreat, it bears more in common with the festivals of the dead that are a vital, vibrant part of cultures the world over.

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Restore your Smile at Smiling Gecko

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In traditional wooden bungalows set amid the lush paddy fields of Cambodia’s most beautiful province, Kampong Chhnang, Farmhouse Smiling Gecko is a restorative haven where the highest standards of Swiss hospitality and Michelin-influenced cuisine meet the warmth and unique grace of a Cambodian welcome and the healing powers of a fine pool and therapeutic centre. This is a gorgeous space in which to dust off the city and really unwind.

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