4 Days Exquisite Experiences in Siem Reap

4 Days Exquisite
Experiences in Siem Reap

The magnificence of Angkor translated into a Siem Reap culinary adventure of similar proportions.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Stemming from a culture dating back 3,000 years, Khmer cuisine is one of the oldest in the world. The street food of today is influenced by regional neighbours but it remains uniquely Cambodian. Favourites include lort cha, a stir-fried dish of beef, noodles, bean sprouts, broccoli and chives. For a closer to home experience, try the num pang baguette which was brought by the French during the Indochina colonization period. This is typically served with pate, ham, cucumber, carrots and onions. For desert, Bamboo sticky rice, known as Kralan, is a delicious mix of sticky rice, black beans and grated coconut.

 The alluring historical of Siem Reap, with the Angkor temples taking a predominantly position, is offered with a different twist: its fabulous architecture from centuries ago moves away from wandering the temple ruins and entwines with time-honoured recipes of a local kind. Guests are immersed with what is labelled as stable food for the locals at a dining venue that may raise some eyebrows at first, but will be an elation of new haute cuisine heights once getting a taste of our version of Exquisite Experiences in Siem Reap.

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4 Days Exquisite Experiences in Siem Reap

DAY 1

Guests will be warmly welcomed upon their arrival at Siem Reap’s International Airport our own Asian Trails’ representative before guided to their air-conditioned vehicle. Complementing your exquisite stay in Siem Reap, fast track services will guide guests swiftly past Cambodia’s immigration. It is of the greatest importance that our guests will complete the required paper work, alongside one pass photo, prior to arrival for smooth visa-on-arrival services by our Asian Trails team. Immigration requirements specify that at least 2 empty pages in one’s passport are needed for accurate visa administrative matters. Assisted by our English-speaking guide, the transfer from the airport to the Amansara will not take more than 20 minutes.

Angkor’s ruins are the last vestige of the Khmer Empire and Amansara’s strategic location near the archaeological park provides the opportunity to explore over 1,000 temples, including the famed Angkor Wat, Bayon and Banteay Srei temples. Housed around elegant central lawns on the former guesthouse estate of King Norodom Sihanouk, Amansara’s 24 suites feature subtle Khmer touches such as sandstone reliefs that duplicate the ruins of nearby Angkor. Expansive glass doors open onto a private garden courtyard with sun loungers and a reflection pond. The signature Aman Spa and an award-winning restaurant greet guests as they check-into Cambodia’s cultural capital.

Private check-in procedures from the Amansara team is followed by an afternoon completely at leisure. Depending on your guests’ arrival flight, an oasis of peace flows through the whole resort, amplified by the spacious suites and knowing that guests are cared for from the moment of arrival until their last night in the Kingdom.

Accommodation is offered at one of the sanctuary’s suites.

DAY 2

Just before the first sun rays peek over the horizon, your English-speaking Asian Trails’ guide awaits your arrival at the reception area of the Amansara. A slightly different approach, yet aligned with true local Khmer hospitality, we move away from the choices of your overnight address as we head out towards Srah Srang, a small settlement inside the Angkor compound by Remork (tuk tuk). It is here where breakfast will be served: the venue for an exquisite breakfast experience this morning is housed inside a traditional Khmer stilted house, overlooking the royal bathing pool, dating back to the 10th century. Your palate will be oozing with local noodles and generation-long cherished recipes of an authentic Khmer meal. The delights of simplicity, poured and seasoned the way local Cambodians start the day, will be engraved in your memory.

We thank you hosts for sharing a part of their heritage with us, as we move on back towards Siem Reap. Morning markets are a cornucopia of smells and colours, where daily rhythms of trading fill the air, and Siem Reap’s Psar Leu market is where the action is happening. A short guided walk with your guide through the buzz in the morning sun brings out the foodie in all. We return back to the Amansara where you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Few superlatives can actually describe the size and the architecture of 300-plus square kilometres of Angkor. With dozens of temple ruins scattered around Siem Reap, maintaining the splendour and grandeur of one of UNESCO’s finest examples of historical heritage. It is not uncommon that local government offices run numerous projects in keeping the ancient heritage alive via renovation projects. Such marvels do require the attention to be maintained to also be admired by generations to come.

The complexity of the Angkor Historical Site, its vastness of stories, myths and sagas of firmly putting Siem Reap as the centre of the earth, totally fades away as soon as you allow yourself to disconnect from your daily rhythm and enter Amansara. The former grounds of King Sihanouk’s guest residence are now the home of one of the country’s leading sanctuaries, highlighting the importance of serene surroundings.

A day, where doing absolutely nothing can be obligatory. Where you may increase your level of relaxation at the resorts’ spa or perhaps warm up and try out what lies in store the coming day for culinary exploration of the authentic kind. With its central location and Asian Trails on the spot, filling in your voids and wish list must-do’s in Siem Reap is an easy feat.

Prior to turning in for the night, recommend to take a stroll over the local night market, a colourful combination of souvenirs and the presence of local delicacies. Tucking in for the night at the well-appointed suites marks the end of your first full day in Siem Reap.

Accommodation is offered at one of the sanctuary’s suites.

DAY 3

Blending with the philosophy of using fresh ingredients to create simplicity in its dishes, breakfast at Amansara’s sole restaurant assures the perfect start of your final full day in Siem Reap. Early morning delectable delicacies, prepared by the kitchen team of the resort, are included in your stay, accompanied by the fact that you zip your coffee in a true historical setting.

You may have the urge to venture deep into the heart of the essence of Siem Reap – be it an early ‘remork’ tour to see the sun rising above the former centre of the Jayavarman Kings and their vision of building an empire, filled with spirituality. Or you may find yourself moving away from centuries of Khmer history, guided by off-the-beaten tracks towards local villages or an organic cooking class, turning your zest for a foodie-filled 4 days into reality. It is all for you to decide, as long as you return back before night falls for us to guide you into culinary heaven.

Guests are warmly welcomed at the reception area of the Amansara, your English-speaking guide for an evening of a rather challenging dining experience, yet are as Cambodian as the Angkor temples themselves.

We’re not referring to your ‘average’ fly in your soup when we serve bugs on the menu. Serving a delectable selection of uniquely-created ‘tapas’, the Bugs Cafe in Siem Reap continues to satisfy a desire for innovatively served insects – a snack commonly found across Asia. A growing demand from travellers looking for a single place to taste various insects has made this one of the recommendations of Asian Trails for a ‘delicious adventure’. This fabulous restaurant offers menu features all kinds of insects, from feta and tarantula samosas to Mediterranean feuilletés with ants. It also offers an extensive list cocktail and shake list to wash down the creepy crawlies.

This curious introduction of a tasteful experience has to come to an end, and accompanied by your guide and driver, the evening ends with a comfortable, air-conditioned ride back to Amansara for the night over.

Accommodation is offered at one of the sanctuary’s suites.

DAY 4

Matching breakfast with your scheduled departure time from Amansara to our next destination will be something worth considering on the final day of this culinary package. Following the resort’s check-out times and conditions, the deluxe vehicle, accompanied by an Asian Trails representative, will be waiting for you at the resort to bring you in comfort back to Siem Reap’s International Airport.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours and transfers with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at mentioned accommodation as outlined in the itinerary
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages for every single entry in and out of the country. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this tour; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • This food-themed tour along local restaurants and food stalls may not be suitable for customers who are vegetarians or have specific food allergies.
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power.
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control.

4 Days Exquisite Experiences in Siem Reap

Evening Yaowarat Foodie
Walk and Culture Tour

The beating culinary heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown is a feast for taste buds. An evening exploration of Yaowarat Road
brings the foodie out of everyone and nothing short of sampling what Thai-Chinese food is all about.
Recommend to keep an empty stomach!

WHY THIS TOUR?

Yaowarat Road, Chinatown’s main access road in one of Bangkok’s oldest parts is almost a world on its own. The real charm of this rich in culture and iconic part of the Thai capital really blooms after sunset when the narrow walkways along the main aorta that is Yaowarat turn into an open-air food parade of exceptional proportions. Winding alleys are packed with chefs, where smoke from boiling hot woks and pots turn raw ingredients into delicious dishes. If you follow us, we will not only satisfy your hunger for exploration but leave you at the end of the trip craving for more. Dazzle your taste buds on this evening tour through vibrant Chinatown, passing seafood street chefs and family-run food corners.

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Evening Yaowarat Foodie Walk and Culture Tour

18:30 - 21:00

You will meet your fellow foodies at 18:00 hrs with your guide at the subway exit number 4 of Hua Lamphong MRT Station, right in front of the Bangkok Center Hotel (transfer from your hotel to the MRT station is on own arrangement), which is nearby Yaowarat Road, Chinatown’s main road and paradise for local food aficionados. We kindly advise you to arrive before 18:00 hrs to start the tour on time. An early evening adventure commences with walking from this point towards 200-year old Bangkok’s Chinatown. A huge ceremonial Chinese gate draws visitors into a world of gold shops and purveyors of traditional Chinese health cures assures that you are on the right track. The array of sights and smells takes tourists to a bygone age in which glittering temples provide a backdrop to roadside bartering.

It is not long before we hit our first of seven local eateries, varying from kerbside street vendors to renowned Thai –Chinese dining establishments. There is much more than meets the eye and your guide will explain in detail the history, symbolism and culture aspects before another noodle shop or fruit salesman passes the venue. Landmarks and sights of a more religious theme are pointed out as you try to grasp the explosion of flavours of yet another example of deliciousness. Chinatown is alive and lives throughout the night, giving the people of Bangkok and visitors alike the chance to sample what makes Yaowarat such a vibrant and thriving centre of culinary delights. At around 21:30 hrs, we head back to the meeting point at Hua Lamphong MRT station where you will make you way back to your booked hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • An evening tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Various meals and snacks en route during the tour
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Meals and snacks as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Return transfers from / to your booked accommodation from / to the indicated meeting point. Should you wish to include transfers, supplements apply
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private as well as on joined / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking guide.
  • Customers who book for the joined / Seat-in-Coach option are required to transfer on own arrangement to the start of the experience; no transfers are included.
  • Should you have booked a joint / Seat-In-Coach excursion, we are unable to communicate with you with accurate participation numbers, as these may change until the very last moment.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • This excursion includes obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users. The obstacles comprise of unpaved roads, and insufficient facilities to provide a comfortable sightseeing tour. Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues.
  • Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • This tour is not suitable for customers who are strict vegetarian, cannot eat pork and/or have allergies / are unable to consume oyster sauce, fish sauce or MSG; the localness of this tour prevents from preparing suitable alternatives.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to reach the meeting point for this excursion at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of this excursion. Failure to do so may result in missing the guide and the other participants.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Families with children under this age may be denied participating based on the terms and conditions of this tour.

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