Discover the wonders of Cambodian food by going to a village cooking class in Siem Reap. Prepare to visit local markets, village life, and landmarks while whipping up delicious dishes. Cook with a private chef in their countryside kitchen, whilst learning the cultural traditions of several small rural villages. For authentic local food, vibrant village life, and amazing people, this tour is the way to go! It will probably be one of the highlights of your trip to Cambodia.
What makes it unique and memorable is the opportunity to learn how Cambodian spirit beliefs are connected to food experience and tasting incredible dishes whilst guided by our local guide.
Following pickup by our driver from your hotel, you will be greeted by a local English-speaking guide and transferred out of the heart of the city.
Then, you will begin your journey to explore the village life through the lush paddy fields and surrounding countryside landscape. You will get a chance to meet locals, stop for photo opportunities and immerse yourself in the local ways of life in the countryside. We will stop off to see the local activities such as vegetable plantation, traditional basket weaving and local market. Our tour guide is always with you to entertain culture and educational experience throughout the tour.
We will then visit the local family where you’ll learn how to cook Cambodian food. The host will prepare a few regional dishes and you are welcome to be your own chief. At the end, we will enjoy the food with the host family before being transferred back to your hotel.
Note: If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform in advance so that we can provide a notice to our tour guide. If you are a food lover, we can be your culinary guide and provide you with the opportunity to savour local food.
Camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, wear comfortable cycling clothes, small backpack, etc.
We are happy to offer full refunds for our tour if the reservation is cancelled more than 24 hours before the scheduled tour.
Our tours run rain or shine, and we have raincoat available at our office or during the tour for anyone that needs them. We encourage all guests to consult the weather forecast and to dress accordingly.
All scheduled tours are in English, but private tours can be scheduled in other languages as you request.
Yes! If you want a totally private tour and we ensure no one else joins your tour, please contact us
Yes, It is. The bathroom is available at every stop we visit.
Each activity comes with an experienced tour guide responsible for offering local insight, pursuing great experiences and make every tour exceptional.
Our guides are trained to make your trip fun & knowledgeable. We know that it’s the unexpected surprises that make a trip memorable. That’s why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.
Went on their food tour and cooking class and both were wonderful authentic experiences that made our trip to Siem Reap all the more memorable. And proved that Siem Reap isn’t only about the awesome temples! The guides, Vatthana and Seha, at Siem Reaper are fun, energetic and very engaging,and we learnt a lot about what it means to be a Siem Reaper, and Cambodian, from them.
Excellent tour! Startup company run by young and passionate people. Siem reap is not just about Angkor Wat. And the Siem Reaper will show you exactly that.
My friend & I did the Siem Reaper Village Ox Cart Ride Food Tour 2 weeks ago. We were pleasantly surprised that this turned out to be our favourite experience of our entire Cambodia trip, apart from of course seeing the Angkor Wat sunrise. The experience, was immersive, thoughtful, and clearly driven by a huge passion and love for this country by the company’s founders and employees.
Siem Reaper is a fairly young company, run by an energetic, passionate, and considerate group of young employees. My friend and I have been on many food tours in other countries, and we were struck by the maturity and professionalism of this young crew, wise beyond their years. And that is not to mention of fun and engrossing the activities were!
First we were picked up by tuk-tuk at our hotel and taken to visit the small but cozy Siem Reaper office (a short ride away) to kick off the days activities. Payment was made up front, some instructions/guidance was given, and then we had a very nice 10-minute meet & greet with our guides. This is one difference that makes Siem Reaper stand out from other tours I’ve taken. The company’s philosophy is centered around connecting people, sharing culture through activity (sight-seeing, riding, food, etc.), and great conversations.
I was touched that our 2 guides Vat and George took the time to try and get to know us, and share some of their own background and motivations. Some customers may want to get right away to the food, but some of the talks we had along the way with these 2 exceptional young men. But do not worry, they sprinkle these conversations in with the activities well, so there is plenty of learning, cooking, and eating also!
Next we took a tuk-tuk ride to the village where the activities would take place. The ox cart was already setup for us, and we took a slow, leisurely ride around the village. We got to see the entire village, with Vat and George sprinkling in tidbits about how village life was typically like, how it had changed over time, etc.
We stopped off at a local market to sample some delicious Cambodian breakfast foods and treats. We strolled around the market looking at the goods, with Vat and George pointing out interesting local fruits, vegetables, etc. We had a surprise visitor, when upon rummaging through some vegetables, a huge Praying Mantis jumped on Vat’s hands and frightened the beejezus out of him! It was an impromptu, hilarious moment. Afterwards we each took pictures with the Mantis perched on our hands!
We then walked over to a local family that Vat was close with. We got to speak with them a little, with Vat describing their lives and how they made a living basket-weaving. We got to see some of their wares, and my friend even bought some beautiful items from them. Note that this was completely of her own choice, never did the family nor Vat or George try to push any sale or even suggest it.
Finally, we walked over to the local community centre (just a small and comfortable series of huts in an enclosed complex) for our cooking class! We first took a quick refresher with some fresh coconut juice and washed up.
The chef had already prepared some ingredients prior to our arrival, and all the cooking utensils were laid out in advance. It was very organized and efficient. We helped the chef cut, slice, and dice vegetables. Then we mixed everything into their respective woks, and cooked away under her guidance and care! Everything smelled so good during the entire process.
We made 3 dishes – Korko Soup, Amok Trey, and Bok Choi.
Afterwards, we set everything on a large tray, with pot of white rice, and some watermelon slices for dessert later, and laid it all out in the dining area. The dining area was a sheltered hut at the back of the complex, raised from the ground slightly and with comfortable mats and pillows around a low table, shaded from the sun.
This was undoubtedbly the best part of the day. Getting to eat the rewards of your labour and having good conversation with friends. Our hosts / guides were extremely gracious as they ate with us, colouring us with stories about traditional family customs and village life, and Cambodian eating customs.
And of course the food was *FANTASTIC*. The best we had in our time in Cambodia, better than any restaurant food for local fare. Nothing beats home-cooking :).
After filling our bellies to our hearts content, we relaxed in the shade and just shared our lives, our travels, our hopes & dreams. It was a nice quiet afternoon. What touched me most was the love for this country you could hear from Wat and George. They really are on a mission to show others that despite its tragic and bloody past, Cambodia is about a lot more than what we hear in the news. They spoke deeply about their respect & love for their family, their culture, and their country. Two very upstanding young men and I wish them all the best in the world.
Afterwards, we took the tuk-tuk back to our hotel where we said farewell to our hosts.
To summarize, if you are looking for a different kind of food tour than what you are used to, and you’re seeking to really get a feel of local living is like, and you are all about sharing across cultures, then this is definitely the tour for you.
Thanks again Vat and George!
~Brandon (and Megan says Hi!)