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Cambodia

CAMBODIA: Cuisine & Culture Tour

Destinations: Cambodia

Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility

Tour Commences In: Siem Reap

Number of Days: 4 days / 3 nights

Accommodation: Deluxe Boutique Hotel

Leaders: Australian Tour Manager & Chef & professional specialised guide

Tour Concludes In: Siem reap

Tour Style: Deluxe Escorted Small Group Tour

Meals: Breakfast; 4: Lunch; 2: Dinner; 2:

Transportation: Luxury air-conditioned chauffeur driven minibus & Tuk Tuks

Tour Summary

Boutique Tours & Travel together with Diana Marsland Cooking welcomes the opportunity to join with our host in Cambodia, Australian Chef Deb Saunders. Deb’s culinary expertise on the local foods and produce defines much about the people and culture in Cambodia. We take time Explore local markets with our expert guides and introduce you to local fruits, vegetables and plants used in foods and as herbal remedies. Participate in a cooking class presented by our Cambodian chefs who will demonstrate many of the unique flavours of Khmer cuisine. Come join us as a solo traveller, couple or with a group of friends and immerse yourself in this wonderful culinary and cultural experience.

Tour Highlights

• Participate in cooking classes

• Experience fruit &  vegetable Markets

• Experience the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat and the Angkor Thom 

• Smile back at the 216 faces of the Bayon 

• Witness Ta Prohm’s nature covered ruins

• Explore the arts and crafts of Cambodia in Siem Reap and get a unique insight into the lives of the native artisans

• Experience the diverse flavours of Cambodia as you explore the historical attractions of Siem Reap

• Enjoy a fabulous variety of wonderful cuisine and regional delicacies

and much, much more... 

Tour Inclusions

  • Exclusive private airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
  • 4 star Boutique Hotel
  • Internal Airfare – Economy Class: - Hanoi / Siem Reap
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Daily buffet breakfasts "B" "L" for Lunch and "D" for Dinner
  • Australian Tour Manager and Chef
  • Private Services of one or more professional local guides
  • Deluxe air–conditioned car/minibus
  • Deluxe private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Admission fees to all tourist sites and shows
  • Organising of any ‘luggage delivery’ via FedEx or postal services
  • An exclusive information travel package
  • Bottled water

Brief Itinerary

  • DAY 1:    27th May 2014:    Arrive Siem Reap   
  • DAY 2:    28th May 2014:    Siem Reap:
  • DAY 3:    29th May 2014:    Siem Reap: 
  • DAY 4:    30th May 2014:    Depart Siem Reap:

Country Information

Cambodia & Vietnam  - Travel Information


Accommodation:

Our hotel The River Garden is an excellent four star boutique hotel. We highly recommend this hotel as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double & two twin beds. Triple share accommodation may also be available and consists of two single beds plus a rollaway/fold-up bed.

Climate & Clothing:

The climate in Cambodia is tropical and is warm to hot all year around. The rainy season is June till October. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.

Currency & Money Matters:

Riel (KHR) is the official currency of Cambodia and is divided into 100 sen. It is similar to the Australian system where $1=100cents. The current exchange rate is approximately AU$1.00 = 3,500KHR. We recommend that you take a combination of cash, credit cards and travellers’ cheques. Only a limited number of places take major foreign credit cards.

Electricity:

The electrical current in Cambodia is 220 volts AC. 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are the most common plug.

Insurance:

You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking.

Language:

Khmer is the official language. French is also spoken but English is fast becoming the language of the younger generation.

Meals:

Our hotel offers a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals.

Medical Services & Facilities:

Our hotel has access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in Cambodia are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.

Passports & Visas:

To enter Cambodia you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. A visa is required for most guests and will be organised prior to departure.

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:

Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed. We have negotiated special overnight rates at this hotel for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please ask for details at time of booking. Local tour guides are also available on request.

Solo Traveller:

We welcome single travellers and we are able to arrange single accommodation. We negotiate strongly to keep single supplements at a reasonable cost. If you wish to share a room, we will endeavour to match you with another single guest and adjust the costs accordingly and refund any costs after you return home. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of a room partner.

Special Requests:

Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.

Time Zone:

Cambodian standard time is GMT +7.

Tour Group:

Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.

Transport:

We generally use local tuk tuks for local tours and modern deluxe minibuses for tours further afield. We also walk where and when it’s suitable.

Water & Beverages:

Our hotel offers bottled water, and soft drinks and bottled water are provided throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour except for ‘welcome cocktails’ on the first evening.

UNESCO

Siem Reap

Full Itinerary

DAY 1:    27th May 2014:    Arrive Siem Reap    (L/D)

On arrival, you will be met by your tour director and driver and transferred to your hotel via an orientation tour of Siem Reap town. Enjoy a Khmer style lunch from our restaurant menu. Depending on arrival time choose from one of the following options; shopping in the Old and Centre markets or visit the Artisans Stone and Wood centre. Your day one activities are dependent on your arrival time and of course your interests. We will happily discuss all options when you arrive. This evening we travel to one of our specially selected sunset spots overlooking the rice paddies near Tonle Sap Lake or a secluded temple. Enjoy our Gourmet Sunset pack of wine, cheese, olives finger foods and nibbles.

 

DAY 2:    28th May 2014:    Siem Reap:    (B/L/D)

Today, enjoy sunrise at one of our favourite temples and with a Breakfast Pack before setting off with your private temple guide to Angkor Wat. Explore this incredible monument at your leisure, and gain an insight into the Khmer Empire. Our guides are some of the most experienced in Siem Reap, and are committed to ensuring you get the very best out of your Angkor experience. Explore the famous Bayon, Phimeanakas, Royal Palace, Kleangs, Preah Pithu Group, and unlock the secrets of the Terrace of the Leper King and Elephant Terrace. Your guide will ensure you see all the best well known sights as well as those that many miss. Your guide and driver will discuss with you the best times to miss the crowds, and will work with you to establish a plan that suits your individual needs. Please note these temples are suggestions and we will work with you closely on where to go, and what to see. In the evening we escort you to one of the more interesting or unusual cafes or restaurants around town for a dining experience.

 

DAY 3:    29th May 2014:    Siem Reap:    (B/L/D)

We prepare for you a selection of local market treats for breakfast that maybe you have seen but have been unsure about trying. Well here is your chance - sample a selection of local food delicacies and treats prepared by our chef especially for you. Later this morning you join "Cooks in Tuk Tuks". This adventure takes you to one of the very large local markets not generally frequented by tourists to introduce you to the amazing and unusual array of fresh local produce. Your guide will talk about how the locals use the fruits, vegetables and herbs that you see to prepare local dishes. Learn a bit about the medicinal qualities of many of the herbs and methods of preparing the produce. Then its time for a hands on cooking demonstration by our chefs and enjoy the fruits of your labour for lunch. After an interesting and busy day enjoy an aromatherapy massage in the privacy of your room. This evening enjoying a "Cambodian flavours" Gourmet dinner in our restaurant.

 

 

DAY 4:    30th May 2014:    Depart Siem Reap:   (B)

After breakfast enjoy some free time before transferring to the airport for your onward or homebound journey.

Tour Hotels

CITY LUXURY DELUXE BOUTIQUE
SIEM REAP:   The River Garden Hotel  

 

You may choose to mix your hotels; if so please contact us for a new quote.

 

Salary Packaging:

If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals.

Contact us to discuss this further.

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