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 elegantly add spice, Cambodia's unpretentious food is laden with fresh herbs, spices, rice, freshwater fish and condiments. And while there are influences from French and Thai cooking, Cambodian cuisine has a style and flavour all its own. While travelling from Phnom Penn through to Siem Reap, discover the sights, sounds and flavours of 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.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
177kg pp per trip


  • Trial modern Cambodian dishes created by street youths turned chefs
  • People watch as you dine alfresco in the busy streets of Phnom Penh
  • Discover the art of rice paper making and fruit drying in a local village
  • Prepare a traditional meal and stay with a local Khmer family
  • Explore the fresh food markets of Siem Reap
  • Witness the early morning sun peak over the majestic Angkor Wat
  • Pick local ingredients to later prepare in a Khmer cooking class


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 January 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2017

‘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.
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.
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.
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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7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Bus, Cyclo, Private minibus, Remork
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (6 nights)
Included activities
  • Banteay Chhmar - Home-cooked Experience
  • Battambang - Rural Food and Cycle Tour
  • Phnom Penh - Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Guided Tour of Choeung Ek
  • Siem Reap - Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Khmer Cooking Class
  • Siem Reap - Street Food By Night Tour
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass


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Real Food Adventure - Cambodia , October 2015

Real Food Adventure - Cambodia , October 2015