Visit Cambodia on a food tour from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Forget any resemblance to the cuisines of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos; Cambodia has a unique and ancient food culture that is truly exotic. Using pepper rather than chilli to add spice, Cambodian cuisine is laden with fresh herbs, spices, rice, freshwater fish and condiments. And while there are influences from French and Thai cooking, Cambodian food has a style and flavour all its own. While travelling from Phnom Penh through to Siem Reap, discover the sights, sounds and flavours of Kampot, Battambang, Banteay Chhmar and Angkor Wat, and marvel at a cuisine, culture and population so special that you will very quickly be won over for life.

Start
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Finish
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Countries
Cambodia
Themes
Food
Code
TKZP
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
177kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Taste modern Cambodian dishes prepared by street kids turned master chefs
  • Sip Angkor beer – or tarantula wine (if you’re brave!)
  • Visit the food stalls at Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace
  • Prepare a traditional meal with a Khmer family
  • Create a Khmer banquet at a Siem Reap cooking class
  • Watch the sun rise over the majestic Angkor Wat ruins

Itinerary

Arrive in the Pearl of Asia: Cambodia. After a welcome meeting with your group, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and hospitality school, set up to provide vocational training to former street kids.
Visit the haunting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, discovering Cambodia’s tragic history on a guided tour. Afterwards, continue on to the pretty town of Kampot, famous for its pepper trade and somewhat smelly durian plantations. Head to a local bar in the evening to sample some popular Khmer drinks, from Angkor beer to tarantula wine. Cheers to that.
Watch as fishing boats return to port early this morning with their catch of seafood, then call into a small bakery, famous for making some of Cambodia’s most delicious baguettes. Visit the Kampot Pepper Project, enjoy a walk through rice fields to the Phnom Chhnork limetone caves, then hit up the lively Kep Crab markets.
Return to Phnom Penh for a cyclo tour, taking in the spicy, pungent and sweet smells and sights of the city, including the art deco-designed Central Market. Then visit the food stalls at the Royal Palace for a street food snack, perhaps sampling a crispy fried cricket or two.
Cycle through the countryside, starting from the timeless French-period city of Battambang, 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.
Join locals for a ride on the famous bamboo train – less a train and more a raft on rails – then head to the ancient Angkor temple, Banteay Chhmar. Explore the tranquil ruins before joining a local family for an overnight stay in a Khmer stilted house. Enjoy dinner by torchlight in the temple grounds.
Wake early to watch the sun rise over the spectacular Angkor Wat ruins, a breathtaking World Heritage site that astounds the senses.
Enjoy a guided tour of the city this morning, followed by an afternoon of free time. Perhaps hire a bike and cycle out to the countryside, or take high tea at the Raffles Grand Hotel. Meet your group in the evening for a street food tour of markets and backstreets to sample some of the country’s unusual delicacies.
Join a Khmer cooking class to master classic dishes such as amok trey (fish curry), mee kola (vegetarian noodles) and pleah (beef salad), before enjoying your banquet with the group.
Your culinary tour of Cambodia ends this morning.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Bus, Cyclo, Private minibus
Accommodation
Hotel (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Banteay Chhmar - Market tour and cooking class
  • Kampot - Evening Drinks Tour
  • Kampot - Food tour and lunch
  • Kampot - Phnom Chhnork
  • Phnom Penh - Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) / Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Guided Tour of Choeung Ek
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Khmer Cooking Class
  • Siem Reap - Street Food By Night Tour

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Real Food Adventure - Cambodia , December 2015

Real Food Adventure - Cambodia , December 2015