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Cambodian food, the most overlooked of all Asian cuisines, is largely unknown elsewhere in the world. Yet Cambodia's savory noodle dishes, fresh seafood, and tempting sweets, its street food and classic dishes, reflect the rich history and culture of this beautiful country. Let an experienced chef who’s cooked at one of Cambodia’s finest restaurants and a writer deeply immersed in local foodways help you explore the delicious nuances of Khmer cuisine. Come on a culinary adventure with Siem Reap Food Tours!
Siem Reap Food Tours provides personal guided morning and evening expeditions for one to four people through the heart of Siem Reap. The tours provide a unique opportunity to learn about Cambodian life and culture. You’ll sample authentic Khmer dishes in a variety of off-the-beaten-tourist-path settings, from street-side food stalls to busy local markets. We'll introduce you to popular Khmer market specialties and street snacks, plus a few of Cambodia's exotic tropical fruits.
Even the most intrepid travelers may be uncertain how to go about discovering the best things to eat in the Kingdom of Wonder and where to eat them. Siem Reap Food Tours takes the intimidation factor out of adventurous dining in Cambodia's cultural hub. We’ll act as your trusted guide, taking you to our favorite vendors and restaurants. We know the cuisine, we know the country, and from the safety of a friendly tuk tuk we’ll show you why we’ve fallen in love with Cambodia, its people, and its food.
On our morning tour we'll take you into the bustle of Siem Reap markets, then head through rice paddies and temples to a village in the shadow of the Angkorian temples that's home to a breakfast dish that's part of Khmer folklore. We return to Siem Reap for our final culinary adventure via one of the country's most scenic drives. On our last stop we'll taste an outstanding example of the famous (some say infamous) Khmer delicacy, prahok. The tour is an entertaining and informative visit to Cambodia's cultural heart.
Our evening tour takes you around Siem Reap to sample delicious Cambodian dishes in several different locations, from small local restaurants to night markets and bustling street-food stands. We start at 5 p.m. and sample everything from Cambodian BBQ to frogs stuffed with kroeung, a fragrant curry paste that is one of the defining ingredients of Khmer cuisine. We'll even throw in a few Cambodian beers if you're so inclined. The evening tour is a fun way to get acquainted with Siem Reap and Cambodian food.
Siem Reap Food Tours cost $75 per person. The cost for kids 5 to 11 is $45, and kids 4 and younger can come for free, as long as they can sit on their parent's lap in the tuk tuk. The price of the tour includes all of your food, drinks, and transportation during the tour. If you are a solo traveler, we ask that you pay a $30 solo supplement. We will refund you if others join your tour. We're also happy to help you arrange to join a tour with other guests, if you prefer.
In order to provide a truly personal in-depth experience, we usually limit our tours to small groups. For an additional fee, we can give you an entirely private tour, by prior arrangement. We can also organize private tours for larger groups.
Please book in advance! We only set up tours on days that we have bookings. We have a limit of four guests per tour, so please book well in advance if you'd like to tour on a particular day.
Tours last between three and four hours. Morning tours start every day at 8:00 a.m. and are over by noon. Evening tours start at 5 p.m. and are over by 9:00 p.m. If you're staying in central Siem Reap we will pick you up from your hotel by tuk tuk at the start of your tour.
We are happy to accommodate vegetarian -- our morning tour offers the most options for vegetarians. Pescatarians and flexitarians will have no problems at all. When you make a booking, please give us as much detail as possible about how vegetarian you are!
Yes, it's possible to organize a gluten-free tour or a tour without pork, or red meat. Please let us know in advance about your gluten sensitivity or other dietary requirements and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. However, certain food allergies may not be compatible with a tour in Cambodia due to the risk of cross-contamination, and we cannot be held responsible for those with severe allergies. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us before making a booking.
Siem Reap Food Tours takes guests only to vendors and restaurants that we visit often and in whose hygiene standards we have full confidence. It's true that many travelers experience an upset stomach when they first come to Cambodia, but you're just as likely to experience this after dining at a fancy hotel as at a street-food stall. We recommend washing your hands regularly during your visit to Cambodia and taking all ordinary precautions to avoid becoming ill. But if you make the right choices — and on our tours we do — there's no reason to deny yourself the pleasures of eating like a local while you're in the Kingdom of Wonder.
Prahok is the fermented fish paste that's one of the distinctive flavors of Cambodian cuisine. Sometimes called "Cambodian cheese" because of its distinctive aroma, prahok in its strongest forms can be a challenging experience for Westerners. But many delicious dishes use prahok as a key ingredient. Don't worry, we've discovered delicious versions that even prahok virgins are sure to enjoy!
Siem Reap Food Tours is Steven Halcrow and Lina Goldberg, two Cambodia expats who are passionate about food and fearless explorers of Khmer foodways.
Steven is a chef from Scotland who has spent his time in Cambodia learning about local ingredients and cooking techniques and expanding his Khmer vocabulary. Before moving to Cambodia he cooked at a Michelin two-star restaurant in his home country and pursued his hobby of stand-up comedy. More recently he worked in the kitchen at Cuisine Wat Damnak in Siem Reap, which also happens to be Lina's favorite restaurant in Cambodia.
Lina is a food and travel writer from California who has written about Cambodia for CNN, the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, and VICE. She has made her home in Cambodia since 2010 and still devotes much of her spare time to exploring all aspects of Cambodian cuisine. She is the author of Move to Cambodia: A guide to living and working in the Kingdom of Wonder and maintains the Move to Cambodia blog, one of the most popular blogs among the Kingdom's expats and savvy tourists.