A TASTE OF CAMBODIA

Through cities and villages from Siem Reap to Battambang, discover the unique flavors of Cambodian food on a tailored tour

7 Days, 6 Nights     FROM US$ 2914 PER PERSON

What better way to get to know a culture than through food! Our bespoke Cambodia food tour takes you to famous 5-star restaurants, to local street food stalls and to ancient and wonderful sites. Learn the art of Khmer cuisine from a top chef, create cocktails with a Cambodian flare, or sample local wines. On this custom Cambodia food tour, you’ll learn about the regional ingredients and flavors on insider foodie excursions through Siem Reap, Battambang and the surrounding countryside.

Start your Cambodian food tour in Siem Reap with dinner at the exclusive Embassy Restaurant. Later, you’ll discover Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and more. Sample local Khmer street food on Road 60 and enjoy dinner at Triangle Restaurant. Then, it’s time to learn the secrets of Khmer cuisine on a half-day cooking class. But this tour isn’t just about indulgence—at a local NGO, you’ll learn about village life and how the rural population deals with hardships.

Next, it’s on to the chilled vibes of Battambang, where you’ll explore local markets before visiting a winery. For a bit of activity, you’ll climb Wat Banan and ride on the quirky “Bamboo Train.” Then, enjoy dinner at Jaan Bai, a restaurant with a conscience. You’ll discover the many faces of Battambang as you visit local cottage industries and learn how to mill rice at Ancient House. Finally, on your return to Siem Reap, you’ll visit the Sombai rice spirit tasting rooms and Asana Bar before tucking in to a fantastic farewell dinner at Chanrey Tree Restaurant.

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“This tour is the perfect introduction for any foodie! You’ll learn from the best, eat the tastiest and see the most magnificent things on this Cambodian food tour.”

Sitha Voir, Backyard Travel Cambodia Specialist

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

Dine in style at the Embassy Restaurant, Siem Reap’s foremost fine-dining venue
Explore the famed and majestic temples of Angkor
Try local street snacks of fried crickets, grasshoppers and silkworms
Immerse yourself in local life at Kompheim Village

Daily Itinerary

A TASTE OF CAMBODIA

  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap

    Start your tailor-made Cambodia food tour in Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor. You’ll be welcomed by your guide and taken to your hotel for check in.

    Spend the rest of your day at leisure before your extra-special welcome dinner at the Embassy Restaurant. This unparalleled, 5-star establishment is headed by executive chefs Pol and Sok, the so-called “Kimsan Twins.” The chefs have been mentored by Michelin-starred chefs. Indulge in their inspired menu and the exquisite dining experience.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included: Dinner

    Angkor Thom, Cambodia – A traveler goes by a tuk-tuk, visiting the ancient city of Angkor Thomapsara-carvings-at-angkor-wat-wall-cambodia
  • Day 2: Siem Reap

    Today your Cambodia food tour starts with a typical Cambodian breakfast at a street-side noodle shop before exploring the sites of Angkor Archaeological Park after the sunrise crowds have dissipated. You’ll start at the famous and magnificent Angkor Wat, which was built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The temple was modeled on the temple mountain, which symbolizes Mount Meru, home of the gods.

    Next you’ll explore the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire, the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Surrounded by a perfectly square wall, you’ll enter via the beautifully carved South Gate.

    Continue on to Bayon Temple, the famous 12th-century masterpiece known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. It also features galleries of bas-reliefs featuring insights into the culinary culture of the Khmer people during the reign of the empire.

    You’ll also stop by the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, each of which boasts intricate bas-reliefs. Discover lesser-seen temples in the former Royal Palace.

    Return to your hotel for a refreshing dip in the pool and some time to relax.

    In the afternoon you’ll visit Ta Prohm Temple, which was built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Overgrown with jungle trees, tangled vines and crumbling walls, this temple is unique in that it remains left largely as it was found.

    Start the evening with a visit to a local market that sells fried crickets, grasshoppers and silkworms. You’ll have the chance to sample some of these local snacks.

    Visit the famous Road 60, a buzzing, Cambodian-style street full of street stall vendors, mats you can hire and even a small fun fair. You’ll join in the local barbeque-cum-picnic and sample different local Khmer foods including exotic fruits, dried insects, snails, roasted frog, roast pork belly, crispy duck and more!

    You’ll see many more popular local nightspots. Continue your food journey at Triangle Restaurant where you’ll enjoy local specialties, drinks and live music.

    After dinner you’ll have the choice to either head back to the hotel or continue the merriment on the famous Pub Street.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

    siemreap-ta-prohm-cambodia1000x600Bas-Reliefs at the Outer Walls of The Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia
  • Day 3: Siem Reap

    Roll up your sleeves today and learn the secrets of Khmer cuisine on a half-day cooking class at Chreav Village in the countryside surrounding Siem Reap. You’ll start with an introduction from the chef, followed by a trip to the local market to learn about the vegetables, herbs and other key ingredients used in Khmer cuisine. You’ll then get the chance to create your own local delicacies in a Khmer house at Chreav Village. Once you are finished, feast on the dishes you created!

    In the afternoon, go on a walking tour around Kompheim Village to gain insight into the life of rural Cambodians. You’ll learn about rice farming, see ox and buffalo at work, walk through rice paddies and interact with locals. You’ll learn firsthand how they live, cook, eat and deal with hardships. Half of the 2-hour tour cost goes to a village enrichment fund, which is managed by HUSK, a non-profit NGO working to improve the lives of Cambodians. You’ll get the chance to see their projects up close. Finish the tour with a sunset glass of wine and canapés overlooking the rice paddies.

    In the evening you’ll dine at the iconic Sugar Palm Restaurant owned by Chef Kethana Dunnet, a Cambodian-New Zealander. Chef Kethana has consulted some of the world’s best chefs, including Gordon Ramsay and Aust Luke Nguyen, and is seen as an expert on Cambodian cuisine.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 4: Siem Reap – Battambang

    This morning your Cambodia food tour brings you a special treat: an informative and entertaining culinary tour to Cambodia’s cultural heart. You’ll get to try local breakfast dishes along the way and have ample opportunities to take photos. Visit the bustle of Siem Reap’s food markets, sampling local foods as you go and then head into the countryside. Watch a quintessential Cambodian dish of rice noodles being made by hand and then try the finished product.

    Next ,you’ll drive to Battambang and meet some of the friendliest locals. Travel along Banan Road through the picturesque countryside to Wat Banan. Stop at Prasat Phnom Banan Winery for some top-notch wine tasting. At Cambodia’s only commercial winery, you’ll also get to taste brandy and ginger juice. You’ll meet the passionate wine-making family and get to see the vineyards surrounded by palm trees.

    Next, climb the stairs to Wat Banan, an 11th-century temple with panoramic views of the countryside.

    The final stop on your countryside tour will be the “Bamboo Train” station, a single-gauge railway line built in French colonial times. You’ll get to ride the quirky, metal-platform train to the next station through lush rice fields. As you return, watch the sunset over the rice paddies.

    Rest and freshen up at the hotel before dinner at the stylish Jaan Bai, which means “rice bowl” in Khmer. The Cambodian Children’s Trust established this social enterprise to provide training and empowerment to disadvantaged youth. All profits directly support the Trust’s activities.

    Overnight in Battambang

    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

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  • Day 5: Battambang

    Start today with an exploration of Battambang’s historical center. You’ll start at the lively local markets where you can sample freshly squeezed sugar cane juice.

    On your half-day tour of Battambang, you’ll continue on to see saffron-robed monks collecting their morning alms, visit Wat Povil and other important pagodas, stop to admire buildings and drop into art galleries. Battambang has impressive and well-preserved architecture, including glittering Buddhist pagodas, French colonial villas and Chinese shophouses.

    Try the award-winning coffee at Kinyei Café before a no-frills but delicious lunch of noodles and hand-made dumplings at Lan Chov Khorko Miteanh.

    Relax and freshen up at the hotel.

    Tonight, you’ll travel by local remork on an evening snack food tour led by a Cambodian foodie. Stop at various local eateries and stalls and sample some of the most renowned street food snacks from fried rice-flower pancakes to marinated, barbecued beef skewers. End your tour at the market’s smoky barbecue stalls—one of the most fun stops on the tour!

    Overnight in Battambang

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Phnom-Sampeau-BattambangCambodia itineray: A village in a rural area of Cambodia near Battambang
  • Day 6: Battambang – Siem Reap

    This morning you’ll watch the lady of Ancient House in Wat Kor Village show you how people in the past milled their own rice. She’ll also show you how the betel-leaf ritual is performed.

    Drive through stunning landscapes and through sleepy villages to Wat Ek Phnom to visit artisan cottage industries that have been running for generations. You’ll get to sample some popular roadside snacks along the way, including grilled fish or pork paste and chili wrapped in banana leaf (naam) and sticky rice and black beans in bamboo (krolan).

    Continue on to the rarely visited 11th-century Angkor-era temple of Wat Ek Phnom. You’ll also visit Wat Somrong Knong, which dates back to 1707 and became a prison after the Khmer Rouge seized it in 1976. You’ll visit the harrowing Well of Shadows, which houses the bones and skulls of the 10,000 people killed here. Today the monument serves as a memorial to the Khmer Rough genocide.

    Return to Siem Reap and relax before going out in the afternoon to the Sombai rice spirit tasting rooms.

    A French expat couple established Sombai, a modern take on the traditional Khmer rice infused spirits, which were also used in traditional medicine. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a tasting along with a selection of tasty snacks.

    Continue on to Asana Bar, located in the heart of the old town in the last remaining traditional Khmer timber house. Learn about the Khmer herbs, spices, roots and the art of making cocktails. Pari, a Cambodian, will teach you her favorite cocktail recipes and you’ll also be able to create your own alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktails.

    Enjoy a farewell winner at the riverside Chanrey Tree restaurant. Many believe this restaurant serves the most refined Cambodian cuisine in Siem Reap. You’ll try exceptional Khmer dishes, many of which are made according to the owner’s mother’s old recipes.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

    small-crabs-market-in-cambodialotus-flower-cambodia1000x600siemreap-Angkor Wat Temple in Siam Reap Cambodia
  • Day 7: Departure Siem Reap

    We hope you enjoyed your perfectly tailored Cambodia food tour! Explore Siem Reap at your leisure before heading to the airport for your onward travel arrangements.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Apsara dancer posing in Bayon temple - Angkor Wat 3-day tour

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Tour Details

This Cambodia food tour can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)



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