KHMER CUISINE AND CRAFTS: CULTURAL CAMBODIA

Discover the rich heritage of Cambodian culture and cuisine on this tour. Walk with local experts and dine at authentic restaurants; learning about Cambodian culture on your travels.

TOUR INTRODUCTION

7 Days, 6 Nights     FROM US$ 2599 PER PERSON

Discover the rich heritage of Cambodian culture and the delights of its cuisine. Take architectural tours with experts, discover the secrets of Cambodian cooking with a local cook, and learn about rural life as you journey into the beautiful Cambodian countryside

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, receive a relaxing welcome massage. Dinner this evening will be delicious authentic Khmer cuisine at one of Phnom Penh’s top restaurants. Take a fascinating walking tour of the city with an expert in Khmer architecture. Hop in a cyclo to further see the city.

Dine at a restaurant which gives former street children the chance to support themselves. After dinner, see a performance of classical dance and shadow puppet theatre. Drive through the scenic Cambodian countryside to a province famous for growing the best rice in Cambodia. Learn about local life as you visit villages in the area. Take a stunning boat ride from Battambang to Siem Reap. Visit the Angkor National Museum, which brings to life the Golden Age of the Khmer Empire.

Enjoy dinner at Abacus Restaurant, serving Cambodian influenced French cuisine in a beautiful garden setting. Learn how to make classic Cambodian dishes in a cooking class. Head for Ta Phrom, the iconic temple twined with incredible tree-roots; and see the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire at Angkor Thom. Visit Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

Explore the countryside with a trip to the Western Baray (reservoir) area. Visit the magnificent Angkor Wat; in the evening enjoying a delicious authentic Khmer farewell dinner.

 

Each of our itineraries 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 our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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Find the secrets of Cambodian cuisine and learn how to make classic dishes in a cooking class.
Dine at a training restaurant which gives former street children a chance to learn a sustainable profession.
Discover Phnom Penh’s fascinating architecture on a walking tour with an expert.
Explore the ’fruit orchard’ of Cambodia, scenic Battambang, where life goes at a different pace.



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Phnom Penh

    Upon arrival you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. Despite its turbulent recent history, the bustling capital of Cambodia retains its colonial-era charm; with wide tree-lined boulevards and parks and a mixture of eastern and western architectural styles. Once checked-in, receive a relaxing welcome massage at Bodia Spa. Dinner this evening will be delicious authentic Khmer cuisine at one of Phnom Penh’s top restaurants.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

    Meals included on this day: Dinner

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  • Day 2: Phnom Penh

    After breakfast, take a fascinating walking tour of Phnom Penh with an expert in Khmer architecture. Discover the inspired Khmer architecture of the late 1950’s, which combines knowledge of local styles, materials and climate with international influences. Continue the international theme with a trip to Le Wok for lunch, which serves excellent Asian fusion cuisine. Hop in a cyclo this afternoon to further see the city. Your first stop will be the National Museum where over 5000 Khmer artifacts are displayed, covering almost 1000 years of the Kingdom’s history. Next is the 19th century Royal Palace, which houses a collection of Buddha images; as well as the Silver Pagoda, the floor of which is covered entirely in heavy silver tiles. Cyclo back to your hotel and freshen up in time for dinner. This evening you’ll dine at Le Lotus Blanc; a restaurant which teaches former street children the principles of hospitality, giving them a chance to support themselves.

    After dinner, head to the Sovanna Phoum Theater and Art Gallery to see a performance of classical dance and shadow puppet theatre. Note: Shadow puppet performances are held on Fridays and Saturdays. On other days, visit the Royal Arts School to see a traditional Apsara dance performance.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 3: Battambang

    Leave early today for the five hour drive to Battambang. Go past villages and through the scenic Cambodian countryside to this province, which is famous for growing the best rice in all of Cambodia. Learn about local life this afternoon as you visit some of the villages of Battambang. See how rice-paper is produced, along with Cambodian specialty foods including prahoc, the fermented fish paste which lends its unique flavor to much Cambodian cuisine. You’ll also get the chance to see traditional weaving skills at a weaving and handicraft centre.

    Dine this evening at the authentic Smoking Pot Restaurant.

    Overnight in Battambang

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Dinner

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  • Day 4: Battambang - Siem Reap

    Today travel by private boat from Battambang to Siem Reap. This is a stunning boat trip which offers marvellous views of the Cambodian countryside. A packed lunch will be provided on board.

    Cruise down the Stung Sangker River to the Prek Toal bird sanctuary; a breeding ground for many kinds of water bird.

    After this you’ll reach Tonle Sap Lake, arriving in charming Siem Reap in the afternoon. Note: This boat trip is only possible during the rainy season as water levels are too low during the dry season. Alternative transport is by road. This afternoon, visit the Angkor National Museum, which uses multimedia technology to bring to life the Golden Age of the Khmer Empire. In the evening you’ll dine at Abacus Restaurant, which serves delectable Cambodian influenced French cuisine al fresco in a beautiful, relaxed garden setting.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    motercycle-people-town-Battambang-CambodiaCambodian Floating Village
  • Day 5: Siem Reap

    Today take a cooking class at The Sugar Palm. First meet your cook who will take you to the local market and introduce you to the herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables of Cambodian cooking. Spend time with your cook learning how to make some classic Cambodian dishes, which you’ll then get to try for lunch. After lunch, hop in a tuk tuk and head for Ta Phrom. This iconic temple is twined with incredible tree-roots, as nature has slowly reclaimed it over the centuries. Originally constructed as a Mahayana buddhist temple in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII, it apparently took 80,000 people to look after it and has been left as it was discovered in the 19th century. Though well-known, it can still make the visitor feel like an explorer of old; the crumbling masonry and overgrowth of vines, trees and roots conveying the wonder of a true lost civilization. Also near here are the 12th century Buddhist monastery of Banteay Kdei, and the old bathing pond of Sra Srang; a tranquil area where Khmer Royalty used to bathe. Next, head to the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire; the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Enter through the South Gate, carved with four giant faces and look around this perfectly-square ancient walled-city. Bayon temple sits exactly in the centre of the city, a magnificent masterpiece of 12th century Khmer craftsmanship. Its 54 towers represent the 54 provinces of the Khmer empire, and the temple also has amazing, detailed bas-reliefs at The Terrace of The Leper King and The Terrace of The Elephants. Your evening is free at leisure to further explore Siem Reap or relax at your hotel.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Day 6: Siem Reap

    This morning, revisit the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. A marvel of nature, Tonle Sap Lake swells to almost five-times its normal size during the rainy season and supports a huge number of fish, which in turn support numerous communities. Pass flooded forests and floating houses along the way, witnessing how people adapt to life on this fertile body of water. Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March, but we can arrange an overland visit to Kamphong Phluck that is an equally interesting experience, as you can walk among the stilted houses. You have a chance to further explore the countryside this afternoon with a trip to the Western Baray (reservoir) area. Here you’ll see everyday Cambodian life; from water buffaloes bathing and oxen pulling carts to farmers working in their fields and children cycling to school. Visit the Angkor Silk Farm where you can see the whole process of silk creation, from the rearing of silkworm right though to the finished silk items.

    Later, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat. Said to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people, the temple was built in the early 12th century during the reign of King Suryavaman II; and some of the wars he fought are depicted in the bas-reliefs and stone carvings which cover the walls. Hindu mythology also features heavily in the designs, along with the beautiful forms of over 2,000 Apsara dancers; representations of feminine grace and beauty.

    The crowds disperse before sunset; and this is a great time to be at Angkor Wat, as the Apsaras are illuminated by the setting sun’s golden rays. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at Cuisine Wat Damnak. This famous restaurant serves authentic, first-rate Khmer cuisine in a tasteful setting.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 7: Siem Reap Departure

    After breakfast, your day is at leisure until you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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