Our comprehensive Eat Pray Love Holiday Tour Package in Cambodia is a perfect way to experience some of Southeast Asia’s most famous attractions. Indulge in a cooking class, floating villages by jeep and water blessing ceremony and Buddhism meditation and massage at Retreat. Enjoy a tranquil journey through the majestic temple of Angkor Wat with Off roaders.
Itinerary in Details
You’ll continue your trip to The Royal Palace complex and connected ‘Silver Pagoda’ compound, which includes various buildings, structures, and gardens set inside 500×800 metre walled grounds overlooking a riverside park. The towering sculpted wall and golden spired Chanchhaya Pavilion, which mark the approach to the Palace, stand out against the riverside skyline. The towering walls of the Palace grounds muffle city noises, while the different Royal palaces rise like beautiful islands from the serene, maintained tropical gardens.
After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel at 9:30am where your cooking class begins by firstly visiting the local market to buy some ingredients.
You will be taught hands-on experience of the daily dishes with instruction by the Khmer cooking class team. Everything will be provided on the day so you don’t need to bring anything but you will have fun cooking Khmer traditional food by raw ingredients.
Your class will last 3h30mins and after your cooking, it is time to enjoy eating your Cambodian famous Khmer dishes in a relaxed and friendly environment.
You will be transferred back to the hotel after your lunch.
At 5:30pm ,you’ll be taken for a dinner cruise along the mighty Mekong River. As the day winds down, you will travel past quaint floating villages and local fishermen before watching the spectacular sunset over the Phnom Penh skyline and royal palace; the perfect way to end your trip. After the cruise, you’ll go straight back to the hotel for your rest.
After breakfast, you will take a coach transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Along the way you will pause at Skun to sample some deep-fried tarantulas and also to grab some snacks before you stop again a little bit later for the late lunch (own guest account).
You’ll arrive in Siem Reap late in the afternoon. We will then transport you to your hotel for check-in, where you will enjoy the remainder of the day to adjust to your new surroundings.
Today, you start your buddhism meditation with a local buddhist monk who will lead you to a complete soul rest – free. A Buddhist monk will do the chanting for 5 minutes before the meditation begins and it will last for about an hour.
After meditation, you deserve a complete relaxation with 90 minutes of a massage and healing retreat before ending your day.
We depart town as we venture towards an unspoiled floating community called Kampong Phluk by jeep; known for its stilted-house villages and flooded forest. Along the way we will stop to have a look around the Rolous Market.
This is a great chance to glimpse the everyday life of locals selling indigenously grown vegetables, different fish species and other local produce. We will also see one of the bridges on the Rolous River, built during the period of French dominance in Cambodia.
We then board a boat and begin sailing down the river, eventually arriving at the floating community of Kampong Phluk where we will experience a truly unique way of life. Inside the community, you will cross schools and houses standing on 8 to 10m high stilts, as well as fish farms and an island pagoda. As we venture beyond the villages we will head into the flooded forest; home to some of Cambodia’s water-bird species. The boat will then set off for the largest freshwater lake in SE Asia, Tonle Sap , where we will explore before heading back to the mainland and returning you back to your hotel for your rest..
You’ll be picked up this afternoon for water blessings, a traditional Cambodian ceremony that stretches back to ancient times. There are two primary types of water blessings that you might engage in today. The first is a blessing with a small sprinkle of water, while the second is a lengthy ritual in which you will be covered with water blessed by monks.
You can change into a sarong during this ceremony to keep your garments dry. Both blessings will last around 30 minutes and will be accompanied by holy chanting. We begin the day by visiting the Pagoda at Wat Athvea Temple.
We’ll meet the monks who will perform your blessing here. At the conclusion of the blessing, your wrist is decked with beautiful crimson ribbons that represent the blessing. You will also have time to explore the area before returning to the hotel.
At 8 a.m., you leave for the intriguing and magnificent temple of Bayon. We can escape the throng and view the temple at its quietest if we start our visit here. This temple, located in the heart of Angkor Thom, is a quirky manifestation of Cambodia’s most famed king’s artistic talent and inflated ego. Its 54 towers are crowned with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), who bears a striking similarity to the king himself. These giant heads look down from every angle, oozing power and authority with a touch of compassion, precisely the right combination to maintain control of such a huge empire.
You continue your investigation of the walled city of Angkor Thom, King Jayavarman VII’s masterwork. Following the Cham conquest of Angkor from 1177 to 1181, the new monarch resolved to construct an impenetrable citadel at the center of his realm. The causeway is flanked by an ornate bridge portraying the churning of the ocean of milk from Hindu mythology, in which devas (gods) and asuras (devils) battle a naga (seven-headed snake) for the elixir of immortality.
The Terrace of the Leper King is our next site in Angkor Thom. This finely carved platform served as the royal funeral, and the figure that was formerly considered to represent the leper king is now thought to be Yama, the deity of death. The Terrace of Elephants is next, which was originally utilized as a viewing gallery for the monarch to preside over parades, performances, and traditional sports. The Baphuon, one of the most exquisite temples of Angkor, is located at the southern end and was erected during the reign of Uditayavarman in the 11th century. It has undergone extensive renovations and is now open for inspection.
You next proceed to the Mother of all Temples, Angkor Wat, which is thought to be the world’s biggest religious structure. This temple is the epitome of symbolism and symmetry, and it is a source of great pride for all Khmers. We begin by deciphering the riddles of the bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the glory of the Khmer monarchy. These complex sculptures stretch for over one kilometre and are contenders for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art. We next go to the highest levels of the inner sanctuary, following in the footsteps of the devout and the destructive who came before us.
The last stairs to Angkor’s top terrace are the steepest of all, as pilgrims used to kneel on their way to meet the Gods. As a result, we have arrived at the apex and holy center of Angkor Wat, a mix of spirituality and symmetry so exquisite that few moments can compare.
We discover a Buddhist monk who constantly meditates within the temple, and you will get the opportunity to join him for a 1-hour meditation as well. Normally, 2 minutes of chanting will begin before the meditation to gather and thank all good spirits to assist collect your soul for a profound meditation thereafter.
We next proceed to the Ta Prohm temple. A structure that has been let to rot. The temple serves as a strong reminder that, as empires rise and fall, nature’s raucous might marches on, blind to human history’s tragedies. The tentacle-like tree roots here, left as discovered by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, are slowly strangling the remaining stones that man first overcame nature to construct.
We will next stop for a late lunch at a nearby restaurant (lunch is on the client’s expense) before proceeding to our final temple, Banteay Kdei. The name translates to ‘Citadel of Chambers,’ and because the temple is on one level, it is simple to explore the towers and passageways and the magnificent sculptures. The temple’s design had been modified several times since its original ideas, resulting in a noticeable lack of coherence. Having said that, the temple’s result is outstanding. Banteay Kdei provides a tranquil and peaceful finale to our journey because it is significantly less trafficked than its neighbouring big attractions. Following the trip, we will return you to your hotel.
Today you are free until you get picked up from your hotel and transferred to Siem Reap International Airport with plenty of time before your domestic flight to Sihanoukville.
On your arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by our team and he will transfer you straight to Kep. Once you arrive, you’ll be checked-in and have time to rest your day free.
After breakfast, you will begin your excursions today by experiencing the lush rural landscapes as you ride a’moto’ (powered scooter) or Tuk Tuk through breathtaking scenery and immerse yourself in Cambodia’s countryside rhythm.
There are no typical “tourist” attractions along this road, but we may stop anytime we see farmers working in the fields or at lovely spots for a rest, a snapshot, and perhaps a quick discussion with a local over a drink. If you can ride a motorcycle and have an appreciation for the little things in life, this journey is for you.
Today you are free to enjoy your time as you wish.
Today you are free to enjoy your time as you wish.
Today you’ll be picked up from the hotel and head out to the capital city, Phnom Penh. Once you arrive, you will be straight to Phnom Penh International Airport for your departing flight back home.