Cambodia small group tour, a food adventure
Late availability on these dates: 10 Nov, 22 Dec, 29 Dec, 12 Jan
Description of Cambodia small group tour, a food adventure
Getting to the heart of a culture through its food, this small group tour focuses on Cambodiaís unique and ancient food culture. Deliciously different to neighbouring Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, Cambodiaís food uses pepper rather than chilli to add spice, and goes big on fresh herbs, spices, rice, freshwater fish and condiments.
You will travel from Phnom Penh through to Siem Reap, discovering the sights, sounds and flavours of Kampot, Battambang, Banteay Chhmar and Angkor Wat. Food tours and market trips in each location reveal local specialities, from street food snacks such as fried crickets, to fresh crab plucked from the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Kroeung (fragrant herb paste), prahok (Cambodian fish paste), lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, tamarind and the famous Kampot black pepper are just some of the flavours you will encounter. If itís fruit season, try Cambodia's best durian, rambuttan, lychee and green mango served with chilli and salt. Donít ignore the excellent French-influenced food, either, a legacy of colonialism. Baguettes are ubiquitous, often served with meat and salad as a snack for workers.
Eating isnít the only activity! Soak up Cambodiaís rich history, visiting the temple complex at Angkor Wat and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh. Meet the locals in markets, on public buses and on a homestay in a traditional Khmer house on stilts. Eating will unlock each location and enhance each moment of your trip. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you wonít be disappointed!
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3 Reviews of Cambodia small group tour, a food adventure
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2020 by Pat WillisWonderful, the group dynamic was lovely especially as I was a single traveller. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Dec 2017 by Amy CochranThe bike ride to the little villages was my most fun experience and to see how they make rice wine, rice paper, bamboo sticky rice, etc. Also really enjoyed the cooking class the last night. Fun to try so many different foods. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Apr 2016 by Lauren SuppleeBest bits: There were so many! The walks through food stalls, the cooking lessons, the impromptu stops of the bus to get more street food and going to a BBQ with locals at Siem Reap. Read full review
PlanetAs a global tour operator, we are committed to travelling responsibly and endeavour to practise sustainable tourism wherever we visit. We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip.
We take care in ensuring we use local transport throughout our tours, including cyclos, remorks and bicycles and we always travel in small groups Ė this tour has a maximum of 12 but our average is around 10 passengers Ė and this enables us to stay in locally owned, small accommodation, encouraging unique connections with local people. On this tour, we stay in a traditional Khmer wooden stilt house and help the family prepare dinner before dinning in the grounds of the 9th century Banteay Chhmar ruins. The experiences our travellers have here provide them with a unique insight into local life, encourage involvement in local activity and expose them to the traditions of Cambodian culture.
As a company, our responsibilities donít stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
We run three charities based in Cambodia, The Starfish Project; a community based humanitarian organisation assisting disadvantaged Cambodians, Ptea Teuk Dong; An organisation working to improve the lives of street families and abused girls by providing education, clothing, health care and training and Green Gecko; a centre based in Siem Reap dedicated to empowering the street children with education, training, health care counselling and creative workshops. We are passionate about helping disadvantaged Cambodians to achieve goals and give them a stable support system.
PeopleIn Cambodia dress standards are conservative, particularly outside of the major cities; we recommend that our travellers (both male and female) wear loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly when visiting religious sites. We encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs locally to support local businesses, contributing to the destination and to aid the economies of smaller villages. We visit a local village market to see, taste and purchase local ingredients, like galangal, turmeric, kaffir limes, lemongrass and more, for our Khmer cooking class. We take an evening cyclo tour of Phnom Penh and try some of the local street food, in particular, crickets; a sustainable food source and high in protein. Insects not only drive imperative financial support for locals from the travellersí interest in such a delicacy, but also a healthy diet option.
In Batambang, we visit local villages & meet local producers of rice paper, prahok [fish paste], rice wine and then stop at the best kralanh [sticky rice bamboo] stall in the district. On our tours, we try and incorporate real life experiences with the principles of responsible travel, by showing our travellers the back story of a destination. In Cambodia we visit a small family run palm sugar producer to learn and try out a new skill; you get to taste one of the treats made from the palm sugar, a sugary caramel a little like caramel fudge.
We aim to educate our travellers as we travel, so we eat for a cause at an inspirational hospitality school which provides vocational training for former street youths in Phnom Penh.