Lots of travelers have been to Thailand, China, and Japan, to experience the food. Cambodia however, seems to be off the radar for many. Cambodia has a highly under-rated yet rich culture of cuisine and food traditions, and I’m headed on a Cambodian culinary tour to learn all about it!
A Cambodian Culinary Tour Escorted by Experts
In late October, I’ll be flying to Siem Reap to meet up with Australians Lara Dunston and Terence Carter, food and travel writers and photographers extraordinaire. If you are a reader of travel articles or guides, and you’ve not read any of Lara’s wonderful prose, or seen a sample of Terence’s magnificent portfolio, then you must have been living under a rock. The truth is, you probably have come across this creative (and prolific) couple’s oeuvre, but just didn’t know it. Their website www.grantourismotravels.com has been read by hundreds of thousands of people, and is considered by some to be the insider’s resource for slow, local, experiential travel.
Lara and Terence have lived and traveled the world on assignment, and had their work showcased in innumerable magazines and newspapers spanning the globe. They have authored over 60 guidebooks, been published in dozens of international publications and inspired countless people to make their “journeys more meaningful and memorable.” They literally have seen and done it all, and could live any place they want. But these globetrotters have chosen to settle in Cambodia, making it their home base for their continuing world travels and work.
A Food Tour, with Emphasis on Writing and Photography
This Sydney couple has fallen in love with the rich and complex cuisine of Cambodia, and are now sharing their insider experience exclusively with a handful of lucky travelers. When these former nomads are not jetting off on an assignment for The Guardian, AFAR, Conde Nast, CNN Travel or the National Geographic Traveler, they offer small personalized travel writing and photography retreats, amid the tropical jungles, bustling villages, and otherworldly monuments of Cambodia. The couple found during their last tour in spring of 2016 that even though the focus was on improving their guests’ photo and journalistic skills, everyone just wanted to eat! Deciding that there wasn’t enough time to do it all, the couple has reduced the agenda this fall to focus purely on the culinary journey around Siem Reap and Battambang. You can read more about it here: http://siemreapretreats.com/
Not to completely ignore, however, whatever creative inclinations their guests may have, Lara and Terence offer a special two-day intensive writing and photography “bookend” component (for a small additional fee) the day before and after the 9-day culinary tour around Siem Reap and Battambang. In this extra session, they’ll lend instruction and feedback to the group members who’d like that extra polish on what they’ve produced during their visit to the country.
Immerse Yourself in the Culinary and Cultural Experience
I’ll be joining them for both the 9 day culinary tour, as well as the creative session. Lest you think all the tour does is eat 24/7, rest assured you won’t leave Cambodia without experiencing the most significant cultural and historical monuments along the way. Your immersive experience will be both culinary and cultural.
The delicious, and fascinating, itinerary includes visits to temples and ruins, including the iconic Angkor Wat, cooking classes, strolling through colonial French neighborhoods, and witnessing the centuries-old process of hand-pulled noodles and making rice paper. You’ll visit rice paddies and pagodas, explore neighborhood markets and taste authentic Cambodian cuisine at riverside stalls and night markets, and be blessed by Buddhist monks. Lara promised me we’ll have gin & tonics under the shade of sugar palms, ride the Bamboo Train, dine at both traditional eateries as well as 4-star Cambodian restaurants, and meet the celebrity chefs who are serving the country’s best contemporary cuisines, as well as ones passionate about preserving age-old Khmer cuisine. Sounds divine, doesn’t it? I’m salivating just writing this!
Rice fields surround Battambang town.
Picture Yourself Riding a Tuk-Tuk…and dining on Khmer specialties
Can you imagine yourself riding in a tuk tuk through the bucolic countryside and rural villages, on your way to eat at a family owned traditional Cambodian restaurant? Yes? Well then, come join me! I think there are only a handful of spots left on the trip. Lara has promised me that if any of my EatTravelCook readers sign on, they’ll get a special gift upon arrival. All of the details can be found here. Just remember, you have to mention you heard about this tour from me, and give Lara my special code CTWPR-SD in order to guarantee your exclusive gift. What is it? I haven’t the slightest idea, but Lara said if I sent one of my readers to them, I’d get one too! So hurry up!
This extraordinary trip is an opportunity of a lifetime. Not just to see, taste, eat, and experience the deep and fascinating culinary traditions of Cambodia but to do it through the experienced and trained eyes of two very accomplished creatives who know and love the area. Come join me on this Cambodian culinary tour! What are you waiting for?
You can find more information on both Lara and Terence here:
- Edited to add: Terence and Lara will soon be announcing tour dates for 2017! Both the Cambodian culinary tour and instructional retreats are planned, so head over to their site http://siemreapretreats.com/ and check them out. And, Lara has kindly offered to extend the special incentive for EatTravelCook readers to book through me using the code CTWPR-SD, and still receive a special gift upon their arrival! So, even if you can’t join me this fall, then you can still go and experience Cambodia accompanied by Lara and Terance.
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