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Real Food Adventure - Cambodia Itinerary
Sink your teeth into an unmissable Cambodian food adventure, visiting Battambang, Banteay Chhmar and Angkor Wat. Get to know this unique, time-honoured cuisine that bursts with spice, flavour and freshness.
Days 1-2 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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Day 3 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.
ACCOM: Accommodation with meal - 1
Day 4 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.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1
Days 5-8 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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3
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