Along with my Inside Siem Reap itineraries crafted around your interests, I’m also offering food focused Savour Siem Reap itineraries, introductions and a city orientation aimed at foodies, food writers, chefs, and restaurant owners.
My Savour Siem Reap experiences are specifically aimed at people who don’t want to waste a meal in Siem Reap, people for whom food forms an important part of their travels, whether it’s sampling street food at markets and local stalls or savouring gastronomic meals in the best restaurants, or doing cooking classes and street food tours.
Unbeknownst to most visitors to Siem Reap, there is plenty here to satisfy food-lovers – fragrant markets, authentic street food, cooking lessons, street food tours, restaurants serving up refined versions of Cambodian cuisine, off the beaten track eateries, laneway cafés and bars, Khmer cocktail making classes, and shops selling covetable culinary objects, from kitchen utensils made from coconut shells and handmade basketry to Cambodian pepper, spices and coffee, and cotton kramas that make cool table runners.
Why Savour Siem Reap with Lara
Wasting a meal is easy to do in Siem Reap unfortunately. Just take a look at the Trip Advisor listings. You’ll invariably find everything in the top ten but Cambodian cuisine, from German to Brazilian, Indian to Italian. Yet what most visitors to Siem Reap want to try when they’re in town is authentic Cambodian and Khmer cuisine, one of the most misunderstood cuisines in the region.
Strangely enough, the best Cambodian restaurants aren’t at the top of Trip Advisor’s list and some are bewilderingly buried deep within the listings. The best local food stalls don’t even make it to the list. Guidebooks don’t always provide the best advice either. Some of the most popular recommended restaurants for travellers are serving up a sort of Thai-Cambodian fusion because they think tourists won’t understand Cambodian food and they’re more familiar with Thai. They’re right. But that’s no reason to pass off Thai as Cambodian. Cambodian food is infinitely more interesting.
As food and travel writers, Terence and I spend much of our time working on food stories and researching Cambodian cuisine. That means we’ve eaten at almost every restaurant in Siem Reap, and drank at almost every bar, and we have our finger on the pulse. That means I can help you to eat and drink well while you’re here. Because we all know, there are few things more disappointing when we travel than a bad meal.
How it works
Book my Savour Siem Reap experience on Vayable. Contact me via Vayable to let me know what your requirements are before you leave home and I’ll work with you to create a bespoke food-focused itinerary just for you. Just let me know what your interests are, whether it’s learning about local produce, cooking or trying authentic Cambodian cuisine, sampling street food and home-style cooking, Khmer desserts, contemporary Khmer cuisine, or even Khmer cocktails, and I’ll suggest an itinerary around your interests. If you’re a professional, I can also introduce you to chefs and organize cooking experiences.
If you simply want to eat great food, and not necessarily Cambodian, whether it’s Italian, Russian, French or Japanese, you’re travelling with kids, or you have dietary restrictions I can help there too. I can provide you with a list of suitable eateries, suggest tour companies or local guides to match your budget and interests, and make introductions. Or if you prefer to go it alone, I can recommend local tuk tuk drivers and craft self-guided experiences you can do independently.
What the experience includes
In addition to the bespoke itinerary, when you arrive I’ll meet you at your hotel and take you on a tuk tuk ride to orientate you to the town, so you can hit the ground running. Then we’ll head to my favorite café or bar to introduce you to Siem Reap, Cambodian cuisine and customs. I’ll share my strategies for dealing with tuk tuk drivers, bargaining at markets, and eating street food safely, and I can answer your questions so you don’t waste a meal.
What the experience does not include: if you want me to take the extra step to make bookings for you, I am happy to make those arrangements if I have the time, however, that will incur an additional fee.
How to make a booking
Feel free to make enquiries and leave questions in the comments below, however, if you want to make a booking, head directly to my page on Vayable to book my Savour Siem Reap experience. Note: the current rate is a special introductory low season rate which will rise in high season (December). Book now for high season and you’ll still pay that rate.
If you use my special friends’ invitation code when you join Vayable you’ll get $10 off your booking.
If you want more of a general experience or an itinerary crafted around other interests, check out my Inside Siem Reap experience.
See you in Siem Reap!