Upon your arrival in the morning our driver and your English-speaking guide will pick you up from the airport and they will transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Then, cycle to local silk weaving enterprise where the client can take part in the process.
Golden Silk Pheach Farm, a local NGO that helps to revive the ancient Khmer know-how in silk activities and provides job opportunities to more than 100 local staff. The farm area, mulberry trees and weaving ateliers can be seen as part of the guided tour. Golden Silk products are ecologically produced from the yellow silkworm which is unique to Cambodia. Some of the silk products are months, or even years, in the making and each one is unique. This is one for the connoisseurs of high quality craftwork.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at Banteay Srei Pagoda before setting out to explore the temple itself.
The pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
Enjoy dinner at the renowned Cuisine Wat Damnak (closed Sunday/Monday in low season and Monday in high season). Cuisine Wat Damnak was founded on the simple concept of using only local fresh seasonal produce with which to create exquisite Cambodian food. The Head Chef and owner Joannès Rivière has a reputation as one of the top chefs in Cambodia and is the author of the book, ‘Cambodian Cooking’, one of the first cookbooks on Khmer cuisine.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
After breakfast at your hotel set out on the next part of your adventure.
Start your day by cycling to the Roluos Group and visit the stone carving. You will learn the ancient art of stone carving from expert carvers. This half-day learning experience takes you to a stone and wood carving workshop about 16km out of Siem Reap. You have a personal stone carving lesson, and then you can take your stone carving work of art with you. Tour and lesson starts at 09:00, and lasts about 3 hours.
Enjoy a local picnic Lunch close to Roluos Pagoda.
After lunch, cycle back to Siem Reap and join a locally based curator for a tour of local galleries for an introspective look at the contemporary Khmer art scene.
Tonight dinner will be at Sugar Palm Restaurant. Set in a classic Khmer style house serving authentic Khmer cuisine.
Overnight in Siem Reap
This morning bike to visit a Bokator demonstration, a Cambodian martial art that includes close hand-to-hand combat, ground techniques and weapons. Possibly the oldest existing fighting system in Cambodia, oral tradition indicates that bokator or an early form thereof was the close quarter combat system used by the armies of Angkor 1000 years ago.
Enjoy a late lunch at Viroth’s Restaurant an open air garden that serves contemporary Khmer cuisine.
After lunch, we continue by bike to explore around the market and head to Wat Damnak, home to the Centre of Khmer Studies, an independent institution promoting a greater understanding of Khmer culture.
After an intellectual experience we cycle to the alternative to Angkor Wat, called the Wat Athvea . It was built on top of an ancient temple during the 12th century. It is believed that this was the training ground for Angkorian workers.
Enjoy the serenity of this temple as the sun sets behind the sugar palm trees.
Dinner tonight will be at Madame Butterfly, a quiet and post colonial house serving both Khmer and French fare.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Enjoy the day at leisure until transfer out.
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