The first time I’d even heard of Cambodia was when I watched the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider for the first time. I was probably around 11 or 12, and apart from Angelina Jolie’s fierce badassery, what most had an impression on me were the Temples of Angkor, where some of the scenes were shot. Add to that, Angkor Wat’s ties to ancient Indian mythology (another fascination of mine) had firmly fixed its place on my ‘bucket list’ of places to visit before I die. Sounds morbid, but that’s how I roll.
I firmly believe that the best way to immerse yourself into a culture is through its food and so this October, I will be embarking on an epicurean journey through Siem Reap, Battambang, and the countryside of Cambodia with GranTourismo Travels. I could not be more excited, having heard wonderful things from Arva of Frying Pan Adventures – whose culinary tour of Dubai changed my life.
Cambodia Culinary Tour with GranTourismo
The Cambodia Culinary Tour will take a hands-on approach at understanding Cambodian food -which draws influences from a handful of its Asiatic neighbours. There will be cooking classes, field trips to nearby villages and Angkor Archaeological Park, street food tours, market walks, exclusive interactions with artisan producers and craftsmen, and even meals at Cambodia’s finest restaurants. Personally, I can’t wait to dive into Cambodian cuisine and culture!
One of the major reasons I chose GranTourismo, is because they work exclusively with Cambodian locals and tour operators. This way the experience is not only much more authentic, but also helps support their local economy – something I am more than happy to contribute to.
Accommodation will be at two beautiful and intimate boutique properties (Templation in Siem Reap and Maisons Wat Kor in Battambang) hand-picked by GranTourismo, with plenty of amenities including free Wi-Fi. The total tour package includes 10 nights accommodation, daily breakfasts, nine lunches, nine dinners, and plenty of snacks/tastings; all tours, excursions, activities, experiences, classes, transport, guides, and some entry fees as specified in the itinerary. The tour price does not include flights, visas, insurance, airport transfers, Angkor Park temple passes, and hotel incidentals.
Find out more about the Culinary Cambodia Tour specifics, inclusions and pricing here. *
Lara Dunston & Terence Carter are an Australian-born, Asia-based writer/photographer couple with years of experience and accomplishments under their collective belt. Based in Siem Reap, together they run GranTourismo, a blog that focuses on experiential travel, with an emphasis on food. Having contributed to over 100 publications globally, including The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, CNN, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Delicious, Feast, Wanderlust, Lonely Planet, Footprint, Dorling Kindersley and others – they have also authored several guidebooks and are currently working on a Cambodian Cookbook.
Find out more about them here.
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