Siem Reap Khmer foods Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour
Cambodia

Amazing Cambodia with flavorful cuisine in 7 days

Duration
7D6N
Tour Code
VIC.02
Tour Style
Culinary, Culture

Overview

location_on Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Angkor

Traveling to Cambodia is a journey chosen by many travelers because of its famous architecture and friendly locals. Moreover, Cambodia is the land of hundreds of delicious dishes. So what are the specialties that you should not miss in your journey to discover and enjoy Cambodian cuisine? Pack your bags and hit the road with Viland Travel, your Culinary Tour in Cambodia need to start right now!

Trip highlights

  • Learn about the historical stories behind the famous attractions in the capital, Phnom Penh.
  • Take two cooking classes in two of Cambodia’s most popular cities to learn about the differences in local cuisine.
  • Try the street food, especially the deep-fried tarantula at Spiderville.
  • Learn about the glorious period of the Khmer Dynasty through Angkor’s architecture.

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Soo-a sdei Cambodia! Hello Cambodia!

Phnom Penh is the largest city, the most populous, and the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Phnom Penh is at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac rivers, a short distance from the Mekong Delta, considered the cradle of Buddhist beliefs, as well as a place to record a dramatic history of Cambodians. Nowadays, the city is noted for its historical architecture and tourist attractions.

Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, process the immigration procedure (visa on arrival is available or obtained in advance via Cambodia E-visa ), then get your luggage and walk straight to the Exit Gate where our driver and guide are waiting. The city stands at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac, and Tonle Sap Rivers, combining big-city elegance with provincial charm. Trees line the lanes and frame French colonial mansions. Fishing boats move with the river current in search of filling their nets. You settle into the comforts of your selected hotel at the heart of the city, offering you the remainder of the day at leisure.

Stay overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: none.


Phnom Penh city in the night

Join a half-day cooking class, including visiting the local market. Markets in Cambodia are most interesting in the morning hours, when fresh produce arrives and most Cambodians do their shopping. After preparing the ingredients, the chef will give you recipe formulas to create two Cambodian dishes. Zip across the city in a Tuk Tuk and discover the best Cambodian cuisine at four food stalls and one craft beer bar. On this trip, you will learn how deep Cambodian cuisine reaches within Southeast Asian culture.

In the afternoon, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum; the notorious Killing Fields of Choeung Ek are must-sees. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful-bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. In the late afternoon, explore the Russian Market for silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, T-shirts, CDs, and other souvenirs.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Phnom Penh cooking class

After breakfast, head to Wat Phnom temple, the founding place of the city on a small hilltop. Then continue along the riverfront to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple, you will see a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Your next stop is the National Museum, built in the traditional Khmer style. It houses the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom’s cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

We will stop at Central Market, located in the heart of Phnom Penh. The Khmer name of the market is Phsar Thmei, which means the new market. The Central Market was built in 1937 during the French colonial period, in the Art Deco style, and is painted in bright ochre. In the late afternoon, enjoy an atmospheric sunset river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront comes to life in the early evening, with a coconut juice degustation on board.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast.


Phnom Penh sunset river cruise

After breakfast, travel by road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. On route, you will witness the everyday lives of Cambodians as you pass through interesting provincial towns, bucolic villages, and delightful scenery. This is no ‘freeway dash’ as you will often slow down to let cows and water buffalo wander across the road, pass horse-drawn carriages, and school kids walking and cycling to/from school.

En route, you stop in Skin, also known as Spiderville, for the local delicacy of deep-fried tarantula. Stop off in Kompong Kdei to look at Spean Pratos, an ancient Angkorian bridge. Before arriving in Siem Reap, you board a local boat to Kampong Khleang, meaning the village of the stilts, a lively commercial fishing village located south on the edge of the Tonle Sap lake. All houses are stilted, and some are up to four & five meters tall. Enter the stilted village, now flooded, and travel through this large town to a more separate Vietnamese village on the edge of the Tonle Sap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will check into your hotel.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast.


Siem Reap Kampong Khleang

This morning, you will visit the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom. First on the agenda is Ta Prohm, a ruined and mysterious temple with its own story about giant tree roots and strange shapes. This mystery attracts both domestic tourists and overseas explorers to set foot in Cambodia. Continue to Banteay Kdei (the citadel of Chambers), the Victory Gate, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Royal Palace, Baphuon, and Bayon.

Bayon Temple is considered the heart of the Angkor Thom Complex. It is a massive temple, built in the 12th century, and played an important role in the Khmer’s spiritual life. One of the most curious things at Bayon Temple is the almost 200 smiling faces carved into the walls. Some of the carving details on the temple have been damaged by time and climate. However, the soul of this ancient Khmer architecture remains.

The afternoon tour gives you time to explore Angkor Wat, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The temple architecture is modeled after the great Meru Mountain of India. The highest central tower is 65m, representing the legendary Mount Meru, and its five towers correspond to the peaks of Meru. The entire structure has been built from sandstone and honeycomb. The magic is that the giant blocks of stone are stacked on top of each other without any binders or reinforced concrete.

After touring, you get dropped off at your hotel. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Siem Rep Banteay Kdei

Khmer Food Lovers is a cooking class for individuals and groups, where participants learn how to prepare Khmer dishes, including a guideline for choosing products at a local market. These courses are designed and taught by chefs, who make every effort to ensure you have a good time. Once you have completed your cooking class, you are comfortably seated on the terrace in their garden to enjoy the food you have cooked.

In the late afternoon, a Tuk Tuk rider will meet you at your hotel and take you to the local night market, offering a variety of local foods, snacks, and tropical fruits. Wander around the night market, get an overview of Cambodian street food, and sample special Cambodian snacks such as grasshoppers, spiders, cockroaches, or crickets. Continue your ride to a local restaurant to try local dishes.

Stay overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


After breakfast, your private transfer meets you at your hotel and escorts you to the airport. You board the plane filled with mixed emotions. You’re ready to journey home, but you know that you will miss Cambodia. Luckily, the memories will last a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast.


Siem Reap International Airport

Useful Information

This sample itinerary was created by our travel experts as inspiration for your next trip. Ready for your customization. You pick to suit your budget, desires, and cultural experiences. The price of this trip will vary, depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and the availability of ground services. Please click on Inquire Now (above) and give us the necessary information to enable us to send you a FREE personalized quote within 48 hours if not sooner!

Our Service Include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned.
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply).
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Drinking water while touring.
  • Tax & service charge.

Our Service exclude:

  • Other non-mentioned meals.
  • Other non-mentioned services.
  • International Flights to Phnom Penh and from Siem Reap.
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures.
  • Tips, Travel insurance.

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