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Discover Culinary Cambodia

Discover Culinary Cambodia

4 days / 3 nights

from / to Siem Reap

Tour Highlights
• 4 days of private tour adventure
• Visit the famous Angkor complex
• Experience culinary delight with Khmer cuisines
• Daily flights and unlimited number of guests
Immerse into a unique culinary experience in this 4-day tour of Cambodia’s unique culinary experience. Satisfy your taste buds with delectable and genuine Khmer dishes while you tour the countryside and learn more about the country’s amazing history through its magnificent temples and ancient structures. Get an amazingly unique experience in the mesmerizing world of Cambodian cuisines and ancient history.

Itinerary

Day 1: Siem Reap to Angkor Complex (D)

The moment you arrive to Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by your English-speaking local guide and will be escorted to your hotel to check in. You may take your time to stretch and relax after your flight before you start your adventure in the afternoon.

Your first journey will be a 17-kilometer bike exploration of the charming Cambodian rural countryside. You will enjoy a fine blend of verdant scenery, lively and colorful villages, houses on stilts, concealed temples, and dusty country roads lined with sugar palms. Passing by Chreay Village, you will bike your way to Tonle Sap Lake, considered as Southeast Asia’s largest body of fresh water. During the rainy season, its size expands to about four times.

Enjoy a flash of colors as you travel down fertile red dirt tracks splashed with touches of a sparkling green flora. Your sense of smell will be tingled by sweet whiffs of lotus blossoms growing abundantly in Buddhist shrines. Catch your breath in the shady ancient temple of Wat Athvea. Spend some time to discover what this temple has to offer.

You continue your journey going to the rarely-visited Phnom Krom Hill. On top of the hill is a temple where you can take pleasure in the sight of the whole Tonle Sap Lake and the setting sun. Travel your way back to Siem Reap as the sun sets in the horizon.

Your evening will start with an authentic Khmer cuisine served at Touich restaurant. Chatter the night away in a warm ambience of an original Khmer hut. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2: Siem Reap to Banteay Srei and a Great Culinary Experience (B,L,D)

Savor the taste of genuine Khmer cuisine on your second day. From Siem Reap, you will travel 35 kilometers to a village along Banteay Srei. There you will be welcomed by Mrs Kethana Dunnet to her exquisite country home where you will spend half a day learning her cooking techniques.

Kethana is a well-known Cambodia chef who founded and owns Sugar Palm restaurants in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. She had worked with a number of world-renown chefs like Luke Nguyen and Gordon Ramsay. She spent her younger days in Cambodia and later on moved to New Zealand to study. It is in kiwi country where she met her husband Bruce. It was in her stint in the “West” where she discovered her love for Khmer cuisine and developed her cooking techniques in spite of the lack of traditional Khmer ingredients.

During your three-hour cooking experience, Kethana will guide you through different dishes served at her restaurants as she helps you distinguish the uniqueness of Khmer cuisines compared to other regional dishes. You will also learn the craft of Khmer cooking that you can try when you get back home. The experience will be highlighted by tasting the two starters and two main courses that you have prepared.

After you bid adieus, you will hit the road again on your way to Golden Silk Peach Farm. This farm is managed by a local NGO that aims to revitalize the ancient Khmer silk trade and provide employment to over 100 local residents. You will take a guided tour of the mulberry plantation, farm area, and weaving ateliers.

High-quality craftwork enthusiasts will have a field day at Golden Silk as the products they produce take months or even years to complete. Each product is completely unique and the main silk material comes from indigent Cambodian yellow silkworms.

Next stop is the “Citadel of the Women” temple of Banteay Srei, considered as the treasure of the Angkor region. Marvel at this most preserved Khmer architecture where you will find astounding bas-reliefs and details of classical Cambodian art. The structure itself is really unique as it is the only temple in the Angkor area made of pink sandstone.

Before the day ends, you will travel back to Kethana’s farmhouse for a glass of champagne while you watch the sun set over the rice fields—the most appropriate way of capping the day of adventure to Khmer history, culture, and cuisine.

Travel back at Siem Reap where you will spend the night again, you will experience a distinctive dinner at a local restaurant as you are entertained by an Apsara Dance Performance.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3: Angkor Complex Bicycle Tour (B,L,D)

Energize yourself with a hefty breakfast in your hotel as your third day will be a physically challenging 30-kilometer bike ride.

After your morning meal, you will explore the mystifying beauty of Angkor aboard a bike. Going through the back roads en route to Angkor Thom, you will visit the last known capital of the Great Cambodian Empire under the rule of Jayavarman VII. This ancient city is enveloped by eight-meter high walls and is situated in a perfect-square compound.

You will start your exploration through the South Gate adorned by four giant faces and elephant carvings. The entrance path is lined with 54 images of demigods holding aloft the holy snake Naga. You will travel your way to the heart of the city to Bayon Temple where you will be amazed by the grandeur of the structures. This temple is popular for its 54 towers, each one depicting mysterious faces and is believed to be a symbol of each province of the Empire. Find your way to the Terrace of the Leper King and Terrace of the Elephants whose elaborate bas-relief are simply attention-grabbing.

Wrap up your day at the world-renowned Angkor Wat, the flagship of the ancient Khmer empire. This Cambodian historical landmark was constructed over a period of 30 years during the time of King Suryayarman II in the 12th century. Its design was patterned from Mount Meru which was considered as the home of the gods. The walls of the structure are adorned with bas-reliefs and stone carvings portraying the war exploits of the king and different stories of the Hindu mythology. If that isn’t lavish enough, get enthralled with 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the walls of the temple. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of Cambodia’s national flag symbolizing the essence of the Khmers.

Your last stop is the Ta Prohm temple. This ancient structure was erected from the 12th to the 13th century. After it was abandoned, it was covered by vines and jungles and most sections of the temple crumbled to the ground. Part of its appeal today is the fact that most of it is still covered with dense vegetation, pretty similar to when it was first rediscovered.

To celebrate your last night in Cambodia, you will enjoy an authentic Khmer dinner at Cuisine Wat Damnak. This famous restaurant is owned and managed by top chef Joannès Rivière. The menus of this food establishment are based on seasonally-available local ingredients, thus providing a variety of food all throughout the year. Rivière is a revered Cambodian chef and author of the “Cambodian Cooking”, a pioneering cookbook of the Khmer cuisines.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 4: Siem Reap and Departure (B,L)

Before you fly out of Cambodia, you will have a chance to tour the famous Tonle Sap Lake.

Aboard a boat, you will visit houses on stilts at Kampong Phluck village. Interestingly, these houses appear to be floating on water during the rainy season as most part of the stilts is submerged in water. You will also get a glimpse of flooded forests, a picturesque image of life on water. Back at Siem Reap, you can spend the rest of the time before your departure to visit Siem Reap’s local markets.

A must-visit place is the Artisans d’Angkor situated at the heart of the town. Artisans d’Angkor specializes in traditional Khmer art and was established in 1992 to provide employment and revival of traditional Khmer arts and crafts. You can drop by different workshops displaying silk processing, gilding, stone lacquering, and wood or stone carvings.

Disclaimer: Itinerary mentioned may change depending on the weather condition, number of guests per group, and other unforeseen circumstances. We will maintain the set schedule as circumstances will permit, but we will not be held liable for any changes brought by uncontrollable factors. Your tour guide will have the last word should there be any changes in the scheduled tour.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.10.2015 – 15.04.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 620 947 60
Hotel Category Superior 720 1.124 139
Hotel Category First Class 858 1.422 298
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and some nights from January to March 2016. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Rates: 16.04.2016 – 30.09.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 611 926 50
Hotel Category Superior 700 1.085 119
Hotel Category First Class 799 1.303 238
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and some nights from January to March 2016. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

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Services included in our rates:
accommodation incl. breakfast (B)
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• all transfers
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
• meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Hotel Category Standard:
Siem Reap: Claremont Angkor Boutique Hotel *** –  (Superior)
Hotel Categor Superior:
Siem Reap: Pavillon D’Orient Boutique Hotel ***(*) (Deluxe)
Hotel Category First Class:
Siem Reap: Angkor Village Hotel **** (Garden View)

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