Cambodia Culture & Cuisine

Cambodia Culture & Cuisine

7 Days / 6 Nights Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Price from$2,834

• Phnom Penh • Spa treatment • Battambang • Angkor Wat • Cooking Class • Siem Reap

Our Cambodia Culture & Cuisine tour is the perfect holiday package for those aspiring to learn about the country's history, tradition, and cooking. In this tour, you will dine in some of the best restaurants Cambodia has to offer with one featuring a Cambodian puppet show and dance. Float over Angkor Wat on a helium balloon and visit museums portraying Cambodian history. Then learn about local ingredients and preparation techniques with a hands-on Cambodian cooking class.

Khmer recipes go back to the days before the introduction of the chilli, so are consequently much milder than most Asian food.

There is also an opportunity to shop for beautiful silk garments or perhaps even have some clothes tailor-made for you at very affordable prices.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh (D) Upon arrival into Phnom Penh you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. (The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Relax and unwind after flight as you will get pampered with a relaxing massage at Bodia Spa.

This evening, indulge yourself in a delicious Welcome Dinner at Malis Restaurant, one of Phnom Penh's top addresses for authentic Khmer cuisine.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: White Mansion Hotel - Deluxe Room 4 star: Amanjaya Hotel - Junior Suite 5 star: Raffles Hotel Le Royal - State Room

Day 2: Phnom Penh (B,L,D) This morning you will start out from your hotel by cyclo for a three hour tour through the streets of Phnom Penh to admire the mix of Khmer and French colonial architecture. A local professional escort will explain the history, structure and style of the buildings such as the Old Post Office, the Railway Station and the Central Market. Some of the buildings you are able to enter and explore the interior in more depth while others can only be observed from the outside. Cambodia's most famous architect, H.E. Vann Molyvann had a big hand in developing many of the structures you admire today.

Enjoy lunch at Romdeng restaurant.

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. They were initially constructed in 1866 by the French. The Royal Palace is home to the current King Sihamoni. The neighboring Silver Pagoda stands out in its own distinctive way. The floor consists of 5,329 solid silver tiles to which the building owes its name. The building houses many gold and jeweled Buddha statues including the highly prized 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha. Other important buildings that can be found within the compound include Wat Preah Keo Morokat, where Royal ceremonies are performed, and stupas such as King Ang Doung Stupa - the burial site of former King Norodom. (Open from 8.00 am to 10:30 am and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Women should cover their shoulders and both men and women should cover their knees).

Dinner is served at a Khmer Surin restaurant.

Spend this evening at the Sovanna Phoum Theatre & Art Gallery for a Shadow puppet theatre and classical dance performance. (Note: Shadow puppet performances are only held on Fridays and Saturdays. On other days, visit the Royal Arts School for a traditional Apsara dance performance).

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: White Mansion Hotel - Deluxe Room 4 star: Amanjaya Hotel - Junior Suite 5 star: Raffles Hotel Le Royal - State Room

Day 3: Phnom Penh > Battambang (B,L,D) Depart from Phnom Penh by road, traveling through the beautiful Cambodian countryside and rural villages to Battambang (transfer time 5 hours). You will be taken directly to your hotel for check in.

Battambang's countryside makes this pleasant town a real treat. It is situated along the Sangker River, a quiet body of water that winds its way through Battambang Province and connects the Cardamom Mountains with Tonle Sap Lake and feeds the paddy fields with water on the way, which results in Cambodia's best rice that can be found here, in Battambang Province.

This afternoon, you will be taken to some of the many cultural villages around Battambang, where you will learn how the locals produce rice paper, prahoc (typical Cambodian fish paste), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo), and other Cambodian treats. You will also visit a weaving and handicraft center.

Visit the village of Wat Kor, considered as the tourism village, but less visited. It has a lot of very old traditional Khmer houses dated from 1900s. The house Kor Sang (name of the house) is one of the traditional houses in the village aged over 100 years old. Many artefacts including traditional mirror, table, chair, wardrobe, cases were still left in the house to witness. Around the house, are many types of trees including sapodilla tree (97 years old), golden plum trees (97 years old) and so forth. Today Kor Sang is owned and occupied by her former builder's grandchildren. It's a good chance to pay a visit at this house and interact with landlord and landlady. Take a tour around the house and its surroundings.

Lunch and Dinner today are at local restaurants.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Bambu Hotel - Standard Room 4 star: Bambu Hotel - Suite 5 star: Bambu Hotel - Suite

Day 4: Battambang > Siem Reap (B,L,D) This morning drive to Phnom Banan and walk up the mountain to the top of the ruins. Reach the 12th Century Prasat Banan Temple where you will enjoy breath-taking views over the surrounding plains. Return to town and stop at the vineyard for wine tasting; Battambang is home to the only vineyards in Cambodia. Lunch will be served at the local restaurant. After lunch drive to Siem Reap.

Arrive in Siem Reap later this afternoon. Drive to Abacus restaurant where you will enjoy an Asian-inspired French meal in a beautiful garden setting.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor Hotel - Superior 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 5: Siem Reap Cooking Class (B,L,D) Enjoy a private hands-on Cambodian cooking experience set in a purpose built bamboo village pavilion. You will learn how to make 3 Khmer dishes after a short walk through the village to learn about local cooking customs and ingredients and food superstitions. After the class, enjoy the fruits of your labors with a lunch or dinner of your personally prepared food.

Start exploring the stunning temples by tuk-tuk. Start with a visit to one of the wonders of the modern world, the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat. The temple still displays hundreds of fine carvings of Apsara and Hindu mythology in its bas-relief. Stroll around the massive hallways and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. You will be led by a Cambodian scholar who will help you to get a better understanding of Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilization. To end this eye-opening first visit to the complex of Angkor we rise 200 meters by a tethered helium balloon (if weather permits) from the plains to witness sunset over the temple and jungle. This evening, enjoy a simple home-cooked dinner with a typical Khmer family - enjoy the well-known Khmer hospitality and interact with family members.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor Hotel - Superior 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 6: Siem Reap > Kampong Kleang > Siem Reap (B,L,D) Drive to the floating village of Kampong Khleang, one of the largest settlements on the Tonle Sap Lake. Living on water is an art the Khmer people have mastered over the course of time. Board a local boat and visit a floating house where a catered lunch is set up for you. Observe the local customs and talk with your hosts about the differences they face living on the water. Continue after lunch exploring the small island, which is home to a bustling market, a pagoda, a school and a health centre before returning to Siem Reap (It is advisable to wear sturdy, walking shoes with a decent grip).

(*Note: boats cannot operate near the floating village in Apr-Jul due to water level. During these months, the transfer will be by car)

Visit to Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of Khmer Empire with its centre piece; the Bayon temple. As you approach, you will notice the enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII looking into every direction. Your guide will take you to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon complex. If time permits, continue to visit other temples in the area.

As this is your last day in Cambodia, an authentic Khmer Farewell dinner at the renowned Cuisine Wat Damnak Restaurant will crown your culinary experiences in Cambodia.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor Hotel - Superior 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 7: Depart Siem Reap (B) Free time at leisure until your private transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your departure flight. (The regular check-out time for all hotels is 12.00 pm. Late check-out is not included).

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap Upon arrival into Siem Reap you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. (The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor Hotel - Superior 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 2: Siem Reap Cooking Class (B,L,D) Enjoy a private hands-on Cambodian cooking experience set in a purpose built bamboo village pavilion. You will learn how to make 3 Khmer dishes after a short walk through the village to learn about local cooking customs and ingredients and food superstitions. After the class, enjoy the fruits of your labors with a lunch or dinner of your personally prepared food.

Start exploring the stunning temples by tuk-tuk. Start with a visit to one of the wonders of the modern world, the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat. The temple still displays hundreds of fine carvings of Apsara and Hindu mythology in its bas-relief. Stroll around the massive hallways and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. You will be led by a Cambodian scholar who will help you to get a better understanding of Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilization. To end this eye-opening first visit to the complex of Angkor we rise 200 meters by a tethered helium balloon (if weather permits) from the plains to witness sunset over the temple and jungle. This evening, enjoy a simple home-cooked dinner with a typical Khmer family - enjoy the well-known Khmer hospitality and interact with family members.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor Hotel - Superior 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 3: Siem Reap > Kampong Khleang > Siem Reap (B,L,D) Drive to the floating village of Kampong Khleang, one of the largest settlements on the Tonle Sap Lake. Living on water is an art the Khmer people have mastered over the course of time. Board a local boat and visit a floating house where a catered lunch is set up for you. Observe the local customs and talk with your hosts about the differences they face living on the water. Continue after lunch exploring the small island, which is home to a bustling market, a pagoda, a school and a health centre before returning to Siem Reap (It is advisable to wear sturdy, walking shoes with a decent grip).

Please Note: Boats cannot operate near the floating village in Apr- Jul due to water level. During these months, transfer will be by car.

Visit to Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of Khmer Empire with its centre piece; the Bayon temple. As you approach, you will notice the enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII looking into every direction. Your guide will take you to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon complex. If time permits, continue to visit other temples in the area.

As this is your last day in Cambodia, an authentic Khmer Farewell dinner at the renowned Cuisine Wat Damnak Restaurant will crown your culinary experiences in Cambodia.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor Hotel - Superior 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 4: Siem Reap > Battambang (B,L,D) After breakfast, leave Siem Reap and drive to Battambang (approximately 2 1/2 hours). En route , stop at the National Silk Centre in Puok District. Arrival Battambang early afternoon.

Battambang's countryside makes this pleasant town a real treat. It is situated along the Sangker River, a quiet body of water that winds its way through Battambang Province and connects the Cardamom Mountains with Tonle Sap Lake and feeds the paddy fields with water on the way, which results in Cambodia's best rice that can be found here, in Battambang Province.

This afternoon, you will be taken to some of the many cultural villages around Battambang, where you will learn how the locals produce rice paper, prahoc (typical Cambodian fish paste), grolan (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo), and other Cambodian treats. You will also visit a weaving and handicraft center.

Visit the village of Wat Kor, considered as the tourism village, but less visited. It has a lot of very old traditional Khmer houses dated from 1900's. The house Kor Sang (name of the house) is one of the traditional houses in the village aged over 100 years old. Many artifacts including a traditional mirror, table, chair were left in the house. Around the house, are many types of trees including a sapodilla tree (97 years old) and golden plum trees (97 years old). Today Kor Sang is owned and occupied by her former builder's grandchildren. It's a good chance to pay a visit at this house and interact with landlord and landlady. Take a tour around the house and its surroundings.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Bambu Hotel - Standard Room 4 star: Bambu Hotel - Suite 5 star: Bambu Hotel - Suite

Day 5: Battambang > Phnom Penh (B,L,D) This morning visit the 12th century-old Prasat Banan Temple, climb its 358 steps and enjoy breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside. On your way back, stop for a unique experience and have a wine tasting session at the only vineyard in Cambodia: Phnom Banan Vineyard. Return to Phnom Penh and visit the port city of Kampong Chhnang on the way. This city is famous for its red pottery and floating villages. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before transferring to a local restaurant for dinner.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: White Mansion Hotel - Deluxe Room 4 star: Amanjaya Hotel - Junior Suite 5 star: Raffles Hotel Le Royal - State Room

Day 6: Phnom Penh (B,L,D) This morning you will start out from your hotel by cyclo for a three hour tour through the streets of Phnom Penh to admire the mix of Khmer and French colonial architecture. A local professional escort will explain the history, structure and style of the buildings such as the Old Post Office, the Railway Station and the Central Market. Some of the buildings you are able to enter and explore the interior in more depth while others can only be observed from the outside. Cambodia's most famous architect, H.E. Vann Molyvann had a big hand in developing many of the structures you admire today.

Enjoy lunch at Romdeng restaurant.

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. They were initially constructed in 1866 by the French. The Royal Palace is home to the current King Sihamoni. The neighboring Silver Pagoda stands out in its own distinctive way. The floor consists of 5,329 solid silver tiles to which the building owes its name. The building houses many gold and jeweled Buddha statues including the highly prized 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha. Other important buildings that can be found within the compound include Wat Preah Keo Morokat, where Royal ceremonies are performed, and stupas such as King Ang Doung Stupa - the burial site of former King Norodom. (Open from 8.00 am to 10:30 am and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Women should cover their shoulders and both men and women should cover their knees).

Dinner is served at a Khmer Surin restaurant.

Spend this evening at the Sovanna Phoum Theatre & Art Gallery for a Shadow puppet theatre and classical dance performance. (Note: Shadow puppet performances are only held on Fridays and Saturdays. On other days, visit the Royal Arts School for a traditional Apsara dance performance).

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: White Mansion Hotel - Deluxe Room 4 star: Amanjaya Hotel - Junior Suite 5 star: Raffles Hotel Le Royal - State Room

Day 7: Depart Phnom Penh (B) Free time at leisure until your private transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for your departure flight. (The regular check-out time for all hotels is 12.00 pm. Late check-out is not included).

• Tailor-made journey with local English speaking guides • 6 nights in selected category of accommodation • Transfers and transport • Sightseeing and entrance fees • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

3 1/2 star

1 Jan - 31 Mar

1 Apr - 30 Sep

4 star

1 Jan - 31 Mar

1 Apr - 30 Sep

5 star

1 Jan - 31 Mar

1 Apr - 30 Sep

-

-

$2,884

$2,834

-

$3,275

$3,140

-

$4,151

$3,874

-

-

$4,791

$4,674

-

$5,540

$5,269

-

$7,330

$6,779

Departs

2017 Daily

Booking conditions

• Surcharges apply during Chaul Chnam Thmey, the Cambodian New Year 13-15 Apr 2017 • Surcharges apply for 1 - 30 Nov; 19 - 31 Dec 2016: 1 - 4 Jan; 26 - 31 Jan; 1 - 5 Feb 2017 • Compulsory Gala Dinner 24, 31 Dec 2016

If travelling during Chaul Chnam Thmey, the Cambodian New Year. In Cambodia, many shops, restaurants & businesses are closed during this period or may operate on a limited schedule. Departing Phnom Penh or Siem Reap by road may be difficult during this period since many locals will travel over the holiday as well. Flying between cities should be fine, although please allow for some delays and more traffic than usual. Local attractions in the countryside and around Phnom Penh will be crowded with domestic visitors, who usually travel with their entire family. It is recommended that during the Khmer New Year period, smaller local attractions like streams, waterfalls and parks are avoided as they will be very overcrowded with locals on holiday

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

Cambodia visa