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Real Food Adventure - Cambodia

8 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices 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.

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.

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.

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.
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800-680-2858 800-680-2858 All This Included
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.
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Transportation: Bicycle, Bus, Cyclo, Private minibus, Remork
  • Angkor Wat - Guided tour, Banteay Chhmar Rice Pounding, Local Guide Half day PHN Apsara Service, Phnom Penh - Guided tour Choeung Ek (Killing fields), Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Siem Reap - 3 day Angkor pass
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • 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
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Accommodation with meal (1 nt)
Homestay (1 nt)
Hotel (5 nts)
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • A single supplement is available on this trip at time of booking.
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12
  • Ages: Min 15
  • Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
  • Allow USD $180 for meals not included.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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