Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
Cambodia Culinary trip to explore the most highlighted attractions of Cambodia and gain insight on Cambodian cuisine. There are cooking class hosted by the passionate chef in Phnom Penh, an exciting street food tour in Siem Reap and the visit to rural village Bong Thom where you will hand on making rice noodle and preparing your own breakfast in traditional way. Paying a visit to the Angkor stunning Temples, the Royal Palace, the National Museum and so on enhances your understand on cultures and culinary of this country.
Welcome to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia featured by Khmer and Colonial cultures and architectures. In this city, you can find remain war relics and revolution impacts, alluring cuisine, inspiring arts and traditions.
Your driver and local guide will welcome you and transfer from Phnom Penh Airport to city for hotel check in and relax.
This morning, you will meet up with your local host and pay a visit to local market to select the ingredients for your cooking session. Also, you can see further on Khmer culinary, mainly used vegetable and Asian exotic spices. Head to the cooking studio set up nicely in an antiquated café. The passionate chef Nara will guide and sharing the recipes on how to make 3 Khmer dishes. After handing on the cooking, you will sit down and delight in your meal.
In the afternoon, you will begin the city exploration. Enter the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda which situate in the same premise. There are precious and treasures are on display in these places like the 90 kilos gold Buddha encrusted with over 9,000 diamonds, the crystal buddha. There, you also have chance to know more about a national figure Norodom Sihanouk. Next, you will visit the National Museum, a terracotta style design built in 1917. This museum house the finest Angkorian sculpture with artifacts in diverse materials like sandstone, bronze, wood, ceramic, etc. introducing the gracefulness of Khmer arts. Then on, stroll around Russian market whose situation is at the south of French’s Quarter. There, you can see the local life, buy the souvenir and have a glimpse of Colonial architectures.
After breakfast, you will have some time to relax and prepare for check-out. At good time, kick off your energetic day with a cycling to silk island in Phnom Penh. Traverse to the pier, you will cross Mekong river to reach cycling starting point on Diamond Island. Getting through the local villages, you will take the second river cross by ferry for Koh Oknha Tei tranquil island. Discover the narrow paths, Buddhist pagoda, farm plantations on this island till a bridge leading to Koh Dach or the Silk Island of Phnom Penh City. Visiting the local houses and learn on their traditional ways of silk weaving as well as get to know the famous Krama, a Cambodia scarf. Return to Phnom Penh city center for lunch, you will have a rest and then travel to airport for the flight to Siem Reap.
Welcomed by your local tour guide, you will travel from Siem Reap airport to city center for check-in. Have free & easy time till rest of the day.
In the morning, leave the busy Siem Reap behind and enter the world of Angkorian temples. The road with verdant green huge trees gradually reveals the mysterious masterpieces. Among the must to see Angkor Temples, Bayon is the first one as it is located right behind Angkor Thom which mean the big city. As an intriguing edifice with 54 massive towers emerging roundabout, Bayon temple is renown with smiling faces carved on 4 facets of each tower. Carry on, you will walk toward Baphuon temple built earlier in 11th century. Getting a bit out of the lush jungle, you can spot the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants where was the square for Royal announcement or public ceremonies.
Afternoon, visit the most well-known and the largest temple Angkor Wat. Far from the axis leading to central towers, you can realize how huge the place is. Walking around or under the corridors, you will find artistic sculptures and meaningful images of Khmer culture and religions factors. The last temple is Ta Prohm which appeared in the movie “Tom Raider” with the famous scenes of Angela Jolie. From the parking place, you will tread under the jungle trees, then explore each corner of Ta Prohm temple being eaten by the tropical nature.
Spending this morning in a local village, you will experience the village life and have a further interaction to local cultures. During the journey, you can learn how to make the rice noodle in local way, make a traditional breakfast bowl, learn from handicraft works, enjoy the delicious snacks and call at sugar palm stalls to see different ways of processing the fruits. Afterward, travel back to Siem Reap city with a stop to visit enticing Banteay Srei Temple or the Citadel of Women. This is among the smallest Angkor Temples, but characterizes unique stone hue as well as the finest carvings.
This late afternoon, embark on Siem Reap street food tour with your guide to feel atmospheric local ambience, observe the Cambodian street life and their culture. Hopping on local tuk tuk, you will hunt for the districts with best Siem Reap and Cambodia delicacies. There are chances to sample the sweet desserts, BBQ meat skews, tropical fruits, fried bugs, etc. and try local drinks like beer or fusion juice.
After breakfast, you will spend your time to relax and chill out at hotel till your transfer to airport and fly to next destination.
Accommodation in double/twin sharing basic
Daily breakfast at hotel and meals as indicated in the program
Private air-conditioned transfer
Excellent English-speaking guide (other language on request)
Entrance fee, boat trip, cycling for sightseeing as mentioned
Cooking class and street food tour as mentioned
2 bottles of water per person per day
International and domestic flights
Tips and gratuities for guide, driver, etc.
Personal expenses and services not mentioned
11 days 10 nights
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