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Real Food Adventure - Cambodia

Pick local ingredients to later prepare in a Khmer cooking class
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Forget any resemblance to the cuisines of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, Cambodia has a unique and ancient food culture that is truly exotic.

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Discover the art of rice paper making and fruit drying in a local village
  • Explore the fresh food markets of Siem Reap
  • Learn about Cambodia’s tragic history and learn about one of the world’s most lethal dictators
  • People watch as you dine alfresco in the busy streets of Phnom Penh
  • Pick local ingredients to later prepare in a Khmer cooking class
  • Prepare a traditional meal and stay with a local Khmer family
  • Treat your taste buds on an urban food safari
  • Witness the early morning sun peak over the majestic Angkor Wat

Holiday Type

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What's included
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: Homestay (1 night), Hotel (6 nights)
  • Transport: Bus, Cyclo, Private minibus, Remork
  • Activities: Angkor Archaeological Site - Guided Tour, Local Guide half day Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh - Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek
  • Activities: Phnom Penh - Guided Tour of Choeung Ek, Siem Reap - Khmer Cooking Class, Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
Need to know
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12
  • Ages: Min 15
Your route
Intrepid: Real Food Adventure Cambodia Map Siem Reap Phnom Penh Battambang Banteay Chhmar

Itinerary

Days 1-2
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

‘The Pearl of Asia’ has not diminished in beauty since the French colonised this capital city. Stroll the famous Sisowath Quay, witness the Emerald Buddha at the Silver Pagoda or take a history lesson at the National Museum. In the evening, street kids turned master chefs will provide dinner at an inspirational hospitality school for the underprivileged. The next day, take a guided tour of the humbling Tuol Sleng prison and Choeung Ek Memorial, witnessing the infamous Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. To revive the spirit, breathe in the lively atmosphere of the central market and local food stalls, tasting sumptuous snacks and exchanging smiles with vendors.

Day 3
Battambang

Battambang

Cycle through the countryside, starting from the timeless French-period city, Battambang. Pedal downstream beneath the shady trees, stopping at local villages along the way. See how the timeless Cambodian classic prahok (fish paste) is made and how translucent sheets of rice paper are turned into noodles before joining hospitable Cambodians for a shot of homemade rice wine.

Day 4
Banteay Chhmar

Banteay Chhmar

Witness trees pushing through ancient rock and vines clinging to walls at Banteay Chhmar – an ancient Angkorian temple. Explore the tranquil temple ruins before joining a local family for an overnight stay. Sleep by torchlight in a Khmer stilted house and help the owners prepare a meal using traditional cooking methods and ingredients.

Days 5-8
Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

Wake early for a spectacular sunrise at Angkor Wat before raiding tombs like Lara Croft. World Heritage-listed site turned movie set, the mind-blowing symmetry and manpower that created this colossal kingdom is something to rival the pyramids and Petra in archaeological perfection. Sample Cambodia’s best-hidden street food and try a banquet of unusual delicacies. Then, join a Khmer cooking class to master classic dishes like amok trey (fish curry), mee kola (vegetarian noodles) and pleah (beef salad) while chatting to village locals. For some down time, Siem Reap has heaps on offer, so consider a Khmer massage or high tea at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. For the more adventurous, grab a bike or kayak and head into the countryside for the day.

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