Kep crab market

Culinary Cambodia

Trip code
CLC001

What do you know about Cambodian cooking? Not a lot, we’ll wager — but you’re about to find out.

Cambodian cuisine is best-known for its coconutty fish amok, stir-fried beef loc lac, and tongue-tingling Kampot pepper — but it’s so much more than that. This itinerary is designed to get you beneath the surface of Khmer culture via its food, including a diverse range of experiences from street-food tours and cooking classes to BBQs and cocktail-making.

Pricing

Price based on 3* accommodation
From
$2,900
pp
Price based on 4* accommodation
From
$3,400
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Price based on 5* accommodation
From
$3,800
pp

Key facts

12 days / 11 nights
Savour the flavours of Cambodia with six food-and-drink experiences — an evening food tour and a rice wine and cocktail-making class in Siem Reap, a food production tour in Battambang, a cooking lesson in Kep, and a beach barbecue on Rabbit Island
Contrast rural and urban life as you enjoy countryside tours in Siem Reap and Battambang and a city tour in Phnom Penh
Delve into ancient and modern history as you spend two days exploring the temples of Angkor, and one at the genocide sites of of the capital
Go on a cycling trip through the countryside outside of Battambang
See the spectacular Phare Circus perform in Battambang
Enjoy two short cruises — one on the moat of Angkor Thom, and the other on the Mekong in Phnom Penh

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MAP LEFT MAP RIGHT DAY 1-4 SIEM REAP DAY 5-6 BATTAMBANG DAY 7-8 PHNOM PENH DAY 9-12 KEP
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DAY 1-4 SIEM REAP DAY 5-6 BATTAMBANG DAY 7-8 PHNOM PENH DAY 9-12 KEP

All transfers will be by private car.

What's great

This itinerary is packed full of guided experiences that’ll get you beneath the surface of the local culture

There’s a great balance of classic sites and more unusual destinations, giving you a rounded perspective on Cambodian life

You’ll get to see Cambodia in all its geographical diversity, including palm-fringed rice paddies, crumbling temple ruins, pretty towns and villages, and tropical coast and islands

As all your transfers are overland, you’ll see lots more of the country than you would by flying

Things to consider

This itinerary includes several long car journeys which, though scenic, might not be suitable if you don’t like spending time on the road

If you have mobility issues, let us know and we’ll adapt the trip to suit you

Cambodian cuisine is heavily reliant on meat and fish products, so this one’s not suitable for vegetarians or vegans

This is an action-packed itinerary, so if you prefer to explore at a more leisurely pace, let us know and we’ll adapt it

The experience

We designed this itinerary around the theme of food, but it’s just one of the ways to experience Cambodia. Want to travel your way? Tell us what you love, and we’ll put together a trip to suit you.

Day 1-4

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is all about the temples: magnificent, vine-strangled ruins dating back to the height of the Khmer Empire, when Angkor was the largest civilisation on Earth. Kick off your visit with a posh meal with wine pairings at the Embassy Restaurant, enjoy champagne and canapés on a gondola ride on the moat of Angkor Thom, eat Swiss-Khmer fusion at a garden restaurant in the suburbs, and spend an evening learning about rice wine production and cocktail-making in the heart of the city. One of our highlights of Siem Reap is a morning cooking class, which will have you browsing the markets for ingredients before whipping up your own Khmer delicacies in a village outside the city.

Temple face at Angkor Wat

Highlights

Wander the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor, including the crown jewel: Angkor Wat

Shop for ingredients at a local market, then learn to cook some authentic Khmer dishes with a local chef

Sample rice wines at a brewery, then head to a traditional house and learn how to make some Khmer cocktails

Food market in Cambodia

Day 5-6

Battambang

After a last wander around the morning markets of Siem Reap, it’s onwards to Battambang: a sleepy, colonial town that’s now a haven for contemporary arts. One of the joys of a stay here is how close you are to rural life, which you’ll experience on foot and by bike: passing through paddy fields and orchards, visiting a winery, seeing the production of sticky rice and fish paste, and watching from a hillside restaurant as millions of bats swarm across the sky at sunset. Battambang is also home to a world-class college that trains underprivileged kids in the arts, and a visit to one of their mind-boggling acrobatics shows is sure to be a highlight of your trip.

Bats at Battambang caves

Highlights

Witness the exodus of millions of bats as they emerge from their cave hideaways at dusk

Cycle through the rice fields to visit cottage industries in the countryside

Enjoy the spectacular acrobatics of Phare, The Cambodian Circus

Cycling in the countryside around Battambang

The finer detail

  • Breakfast every day
  • Five lunches; one at a local home within the Angkor archaeological park; one at a restaurant in Siem Reap, one as part of the cooking class in Siem Reap, one as part of the cooking class in Kep, one seafood barbeque on Rabbit Island
  • Four dinners: one at Embassy restaurant in Siem Reap; one as part of the food tour in Siem Reap; one at Jaan Bai restaurant in Battambang; one at Sovanna restaurant in Phnom Penh
  • Four full-day experiences: tour of the temples of Angkor; tour of the Siem Reap countryside and communities; Phnom Penh city tour; day trip to Rabbit Island
  • Five half-day experiences: cooking class in Siem Reap; food production tour in Siem Reap; countryside tour in Battambang; cycling tour in Battambang; countryside tour in Kep
  • Four evening experiences: food tour in Siem Reap; rice wine workshop & cocktail making in Siem Reap; Phare, The Cambodian Circus performance in Battambang, Mekong cruise in Phnom Penh
  • All accommodation
  • All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
  • All internal transport

Day 1:
Car transfer from Siem Reap airport to hotel (20 minutes)

Day 5:
Car transfer from Siem Reap to Battambang (3 hours)

Day 7:
Car transfer from Battambang to Phnom Penh (5 hours)

Day 9:
Car transfer from Phnom Penh to Kep (3 hours)

Day 12:
Car transfer from Kep to Phnom Penh airport (3 hours)

  • International flights
  • Any necessary visas
  • Any lunches or dinners unless stated
  • Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
  • Tipping and personal expenses