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Travel through the time of charm and generous spirit of Cambodia on this journey through ancient lost capitals and modern city! On this tour, you will experience peeling back the layers of centuries-old culture and heritage through beautifully choreographed performance as well as participate in a Khmer cooking class and experience local street food tours in Cambodia. Siem Reaper’s selective guides are full of personality with a passion to share authentic local experiences.
You will be accommodated in 4-star hotels in the touristy towns; 4 nigts at Central Corner d’Angkor in Siem Reap and 2 nights at Frangipani Palace Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Central Corner d’Angkor features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a shared lounge in Siem Reap. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The pool area is a private oasis and though it is small, it was always quiet to relax.
This hotel features two swimming pools that include a rooftop saltwater pool and guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Room service is provided 24 hours.
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide, who will transfer you to your hotel. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.
Today, you will start your food journey of Siem Reap with an evening street food tour. The tour begins with an exhilarating ride aboard Siem Reap’s most common form of transport, the tuk-tuk. As you whizz through the bright lights and bustling streets of the city, you will be enticed by an infusion of tempting aromas. Your expert guide will then lead you on a culinary journey through Siem Reap’s street food. The first stop is the local restaurant where you will taste fruits, spring rolls, tofu, and barbecued snails.
You will then go to the night market, where you can try some bugs, fantastic barbecued chicken, whilst enjoying a cold beverage sitting on a mattress alongside the street market. You will have the opportunity to sample some of Cambodia’s favorite local snacks, including Khmer rice cake and yellow bean cake, before continuing on to a local fruit market.
After having breakfast, you’ll start your tour with a visit to Angkor Wat temple, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. Then, head out to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, enter the city through the ancient gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. From here, continue to Bayon Temple, found in the center of the city famed as the enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.
Lunch is Khmer-style in a local restaurant. Regain your energy by enjoying a sumptuous Khmer feast near Sras Srang. Enjoy a spread of great local food followed by a nap lazing in a hammock, or explore to see the traditional way of life and say hello to the Cambodians living here.
After having lunch, continue to visit Ta Prohm which is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found - overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the so-called Tomb Raider Temple, as it was used during the filming of the movie, one of the most picturesque and memorable temples of the Angkor complex.
Today, discover the great landscape of the Tonle Sap lake. This is a unique experience offering a great outdoor adventure into Siem Reap’s countryside by exploring a floating village of Kompong Phluk and seeing first hand the livelihoods of the Cambodian people.
You will be taken on the Siem Reap countryside in order to explore the local ways of life in Siem Reap. You will be greeted by friendly locals and get a deeper understanding of their lives and traditions. The journey will end at the Tonle Sap lake, where you will experience the livelihoods of Cambodian people living in the floating villages, offering you the opportunity to see how families adapt their life to be able to live on the water.
After lunch at the village, you will head back to town. You will have time to rest before going to catch an evening performance at Phar Circus, where their shows tell stories of Cambodian history through a mix of music, dance, and acrobats, in addition to meeting the talented performers. This is a unique thing to do in Siem Reap that you should not miss it.
Today, you take a trip to the remote villages to explore the local culture as well as show off your cooking skills with this hands-on culinary adventure. You’ll whip up a three-course gourmet meal, get to experience local village life, and best of all, eat your culinary creations. This cooking experience is very hands-on and teaches you a few tricks and techniques on preparing the ingredients, but everything is done by you. You’ll prepare a starter, a main, and a dessert. In the end, you will enjoy the food with the host family before being transferred back to your hotel.
In the early morning, depart from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by private vehicle. Taking approximately 7-8 hours, you’ll pass through provincial towns, villages, and roadside hamlets offering you an insight into life away from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. There will be the opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy a coffee in Kampong Thom and stop at Skun Village, famous for its deep-fried tarantulas if you wish to try.
Upon arrival, transfer directly to your hotel. Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the orient and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a certain colonial charm. Your afternoon is at leisure until 16:30 when you will be met by your guide in a tuk-tuk, your transportation for the evening tour in Phnom Penh, for a memorable food-focused experience.
You will visit the attracting local diners with typical Khmer food such as Banh Chheu, chicken rice porridge, and beef skewers. Choose what you wish to eat, pull up a plastic stool alongside the locals, and soak up the atmosphere. Next, and your final food stop for the evening, is the popular seafood stalls where you can enjoy freshly barbecued seafood before returning to your hotel.
After a great breakfast at your hotel, you go ahead to Royal Palace. This king palace dates back to 1866 and house silver pagoda for over 5000 heavy silver piece or the locals always called Wat Prakeo, meaning the temple of Emerald Buddha, and the building also regarded as the museum storing room of Buddha statues.
Your next destination is to stop at the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It is the houses of the collected ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artefacts from the early 4th – 12th century.
Head out south of the main center of tourist side to Toul Sleng. Toul Sleng was a former high school which was used as Security Prison 21 or (S21) under the control of Khmer Rouge from 1975 until 1979. The school was converted into a prison during the victory of Khmer Rouge fighting against the government.
This afternoon, you will be treated to a relaxed lunch at a local Khmer styled restaurant where you have a chance to test a traditional Khmer cuisine. After the lunch break, continue your tour to the most remarkable Killing Field Genocide Museum. Spend one hour to take a tour of the complex before returning to your hotel to relax at the pool. This evening, it is free for your own dinner at the local or foreign restaurant along the Mekong River.
Your tour comes to an end this morning. There are no activities on your final day and you are free to leave at any time. Your time is at leisure until your transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your onward flight and says goodbye to your tour leader.
Sokvuth has joined the Siem Reaper team to learn the trade of guiding. Through his hard work and skill, he is now one of our outstanding tour guides. He loves introducing people to new experiences, cultures and little-known places. He believes guiding offers him the opportunity to meet new people from all corners of the world and share his story with travellers.
Siem Reaper’s tour leader and a cycling enthusiast. With his wealth of experience and passion, he sets up himself to share the wonders of his beautiful country and connect people from all over the world. He is an excellent tour guide as he has a desire to share stories of his country. Cycling and travelling are his passions.
This culinary and culture trip will start at Siem Reap and end in Pnom Penh.
During your stay, you will be offered daily meals as mentioned in the itinerary. Six breakfasts, five lunches, and two dinners are included in the package. Local fruits, snacks, pure drinking water, and coffee will also be provided.
Siem Reap International Airport (Angkor Int'l)
Please book your flight to arrive at Siem Reap International Airport (REP). Airport transfer from this airport is included, as well as airport drop-off to Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH).
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