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In the Family: Welfare Association for Thalias' Staff

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When fire ripped through the Sambok Cham community in Steung Meanchey earlier this year, destroying some 40 houses, Thalias felt the heat. One of our staff - a waiter at Khéma - lost his home and almost everything inside it. As a tight-knit community that values each member, we came together and created an informal fundraising drive to get him and his family back on their feet, collecting clothes, kitchen materials, furniture and money to help them restart their lives. It worked. Things are back to normal for him. But the incident got us thinking about the security of our 500 staff (and their families) and the ability to fall back on existing infrastructure in the case of emergency or illness. And so, with the oversight of our legal and corporate social responsibility experts, we developed our own in-house social security, Thalias Employee Welfare Association.

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Opening Doors: Our Relationship with China

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The influx of Chinese people and influence in Cambodia has grabbed many negative headlines in recent months, but the positive aspects that come as a result of the increasingly tight relationship between Phnom Penh and Beijing often go overlooked.

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Permaculture in Cambodia, a sustainable way to grow

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Pesto. Bruschetta. Arrabbiata. This isn’t a language lesson, a spelling test or the menu at an Italian restaurant. But what do the three things have in common? They are popular dishes that are based on tomatoes and basil, one of the favourite food pairings of kitchen aficionados in the mediterranean and around the world.

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Thalias Newsletter May 2019

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May marks the beginning of the rice growing season. The cultivation of this Cambodian food staple is celebrated with the Royal Ploughing Ceremony on May 22. It also brings us the King's birthday and many other causes for celebration—culminating in the very welcome rains coming to cool us after these sweltering months


I wish you an enjoyable month ahead, no matter the reason for your celebration, and I hope you enjoy the stories below.


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

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