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Yoga, Culture & Cuisine in Cambodia
DATES

30 Jun 2018 - 07 Jul 2018
*NEW ROOM RELEASED - GET IN QUICK!


RATES
from NZD$3650 per person
Single rate from NZD$4300

Hover over rates for other currencies.

*Rates are per person based on Twin Share or Single Room.
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
*This Hosted Retreat departs with a minimum of 6 guests. If numbers fall below 6 guests, we will offer the Retreat at a reconfigured rate.
*A 'Willing to Share' may be possible on this tour. Please enquire. 
*International Airfares are not included. Please ask for a Quote.
*Please ask about pre-or-post Tour extensions.


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Yoga, Culture & Cuisine in Cambodia

YOGA, CULTURE & CUISINE - CAMBODIA

 

Leave everyday life behind, relax & recharge. This retreat in magical Siem Reap, Cambodia is a perfect combination of a Yoga Sanctuary & Cultural Experience. This incredible combination of a spiritual and cultural destination, and a gorgeous resort, offers an exceptional yoga retreat that is restorative for the body, mind and soul. Immersing yourself in an environment where you can truly restore and rebalance is no longer an indulgence, but an investment in yourself.

Templation Boutique Hotel is in the peaceful rural outskirts of Siem Reap. Not only is this the perfect tranquil setting for a yoga holiday, it’s also close to Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s world famous temple complex.

Siem Reap is a gateway to an ancient world, alluring, mysterious and full of surprises - and this retreat gives a great insight into the culture, history and stunning landscapes of this amazing Asian Kingdom. 

The perfect, tranquil setting for a yoga holiday, enjoy daily yoga classes and meditation sessions and immerse in a sublime cultural experience. You will explore UNESCO Angkor temples shrouded by jungle and sip G&T’s on ancient Angkorian moats. You learn the nuances of Khmer Cooking and witness a Circus to rival the best in the world. Ride on Vespas and tuk-tuks, wander night markets filled with local wares, meet talented Artisans and soak up the tranquil surroundings of quaint countryside villas. Be pampered in world class spas, savour amazing Khmer cuisine and while the morning away in the pool. 

This retreat is designed for all levels of experience – including beginners who want to take up yoga or experience the joys of meditation for the first time. It is an escape that will leave you feeling fully rejuvenated, recharged and renewed.

Tour Overview
Duration
7 Nights - JUNE 2018
Start Point
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Finish Point
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tour Style
Escorted Retreat
Accommodation
Boutique 4* Accommodation
Meals
As per itinerary
Transport
Private air-con vehicle. Tuk Tuks. Vespas.
Max Group Size
Min 6, Max 10 guests
Tour Inclusions
  • Arrival & departure transfers *if on recommended flights.
  • x 7 nights Boutique accommodation at Templation Hotel in a Twin or Single room
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
  • Farewell Dinner at a private countryside Villa
  • Siem Reap Foodie Tour by Vespa
  • Khmer Cooking Class + lunch
  • Dinner at Marum, a 'Tree of Life' NGO training restaurant
  • Other meals as stated
  • All entrances to all sites as per itinerary
  • x5 Morning Group Yoga Classes
  • x1 Optional Morning Yoga Class (departure day)
  • x1 Evening Yoga Class
  • x2 Evening Meditation Sessions
  • x1 60 minute Spa session at Bodia Spa
  • Yoga mats provided
  • The Temples of Siem Reap
  • Monk blessing
  • Sunset drinks on the Angkor Thom moat
  • Angkor Archeological Park Entry Pass
  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat 
  • Morning of Artisans visits 
  • Phare Cambodian Circus 
  • Golden Silk Pheach Farm
  • Co-Hosted by CJ; Moksha Yoga owner of Moksha Yoga
  • Co-Hosted by Jemma Wilson: owner of Mai Journeys 
  • National English Speaking Guide(s)
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles for transfers
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Private van, Tuk Tuk & Vespa tours
Tour Highlights
  • Daily Yoga sessions led by CJ
  • Meditation sessions led by CJ
  • Morning visiting local Artisans
  • Countryside Villa Dinner in Siem Reap 
  • A Monk Blessing in a countryside pagoda
  • Ox Cart ride through villages & a visit to the Western Baray
  • Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
  • Angkor Wat Sunrise 
  • Gondola ride & Sundowners on the Angkor Thom moat
  • Phare Cambodian Circus
  • Foodie Tour in Siem Reap 
  • Khmer Cooking Class
  • Amazing Food
  • Heavenly Templation Boutique Resort

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 - ARRIVE SIEM REAP - Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
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Welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia!
You are met at airport & transferred to the hotel. Check in and take time to relax in your gorgeous surroundings.

Your accommodation for the next 7 nights is the stunning Templation Hotel.  Located on the outskirts of Siem Reap town near Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Templation Hotel delivers the level of luxury and relaxation that you’d expect from a hotel of this calibre but it maintains an exceptional level of traditional Cambodian charm, and you’ll fall in love with each and every one of the design choices that have been made throughout the hotel’s stunning communal areas and in the hotel rooms themselves.

This afternoon, CJ will take us through a soft Yoga class. This class is intended to just stretch our bodies and iron out any creaks we may have after a long flight.

We will meet early evening in the Lounge/Bar for a Cocktail & to meet everyone before our 'Welcome Dinner'. Dinner will be a set Asian menu at the hotel.

Overnight Templation Hotel. (Welcome Cocktail & Welcome Dinner)

Day 2 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Arts Trail, Angkor Thom & Sunset Drinks on the Moat
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This morning we have our first morning Yoga class led by CJ.

After breakfast we depart on a mini Arts trail. The slightly hidden away Hup Guan street has emerged as a shopping destination and home to some of the most interesting, innovative new stores in Siem Reap. For house-wares and textiles visit Louise Loubatieres; contemporary custom made clothing and accessories for men and women can be found at Siri Van and Shop 676; and for a range of clothing, quirky Cambodian vintage items and house-wares, stop by Trunkh. Start or end your shopping journey with a snack at Common Grounds, an espresso at the Little Red Fox or some oils from Frangipani Spa.

Also included are AHA Fair Trade Village & Khmer Ceramics Fine Arts centre.

We continue to the Artisans d’Angkor Centre, one of the finest workshops in town, with excellent quality sandstone, silver, wood, and silk products. Gain insight into the remarkable skill and techniques required in producing traditional handicrafts as you are guided round the flagship workshop and showroom where artisans fastidiously form delicate crafts.

Lunch: We will grab lunch en-route.
Back to the hotel for rest/relaxation. 

PM: We travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. We can walk a little way along the path along the 8m high laterite city wall (500m) that heads to the Death Gate.

We then enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride in Venetian style boats on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with G & T in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song. 

Return to the hotel. Evening free.
Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, Sunset Drinks)

Day 3 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Khmer Cooking Class, Spa, Meditation
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Early morning Yoga class led by CJ.
Breakfast.

AM: Learn to Cook Khmer. This morning we discover the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine during a half-day cooking class. This is a hand on Cambodian Cooking Class in a bamboo pavilion. We will learn to make three Cambodian dishes - Amok fish or chicken, Khmer mango salad, and sticky rice four balls with palm sugar (aka husband-killing cake) - with a head chef and then enjoy our creation following the class. We also have a short visit to a local family to learn about food customs and beliefs within the village.

Return to the hotel for rest, relaxation and Spa. This afternoon we will have a gorgeous spa session at Templation's Bodia Spa. Our choice will be from a 60 minute Templation Classic Aromatherapy Massage or a 60 minute traditional Khmer Body Scrub.

Early evening will be our first Meditation session with CJ.

Evening free.
Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, L - Cooking Class)

Day 4 - SIEM REAP - Angkor Wat Sunrise, Ta Prohm, Yoga, Vespa Foodie Tour
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Early AM: (04.45am-11.00am) Angkor Wat Sunrise and Exploration. 

A sunrise tour starts at pre-dawn to witness the breathtaking view of the tropical sun emerging from behind the iconic lotus towers of Angkor Wat. Constructed over a period of 30 years during the reign of King Suryavarman II [AD1113], by some measures it is the largest religious complex in the world. Originally a Hindu mountain temple aligned to the spring equinox, around the C16th it was converted to a Theravada Buddhist monument, a capacity in which it continues today. 

We then continue to visit Ta Prohm (*think Tomb Raider), where we can take our time walking through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance to meet again with our driver (walk 1–2 km). 

We will pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further.

We end the morning at Angkor Wat by the quieter and less frequented Eastern causeway. The temple is busy at any time of day, but late morning is the quietest time for us to explore and admire this architectural wonder and the world class bas reliefs. Explore the well preserved central complex and detailed bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythologies and battles of the ancient empire. The beauty in balance and composition, combined with its sheer vast scale ensure Angkor Wat’s place as the crowning achievement in Khmer art and architecture. This is truly one of travel’s remaining great adventures. 

Return by road to Siem Reap.

Afternoon: Free time to relax. Option to visit the markets in Siem Reap, or enjoy another relaxing Bodia designed spa treatment or massage at Templation Spa; time to rest and relax following our early rise. 

Late afternoon: CJ will take us through a twighlight Yoga session.

Evening: This evening we embark on our Siem Reap Foodie Tour on Vespas (depart approx 5pm). Our evening tour takes us 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 sample everything from Cambodian soups and home-style cooking to 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 be acquainted with Siem Reap and Cambodian food. 

Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, D - Street Foods)

Day 5 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Silk Farm, Banteay Srei, Meditation
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Early morning Yoga class led by CJ. 
Breakfast.

This morning we drive to Banteay Srei. En-route we will stop at a Buddhist Pagoda where we’ll meet the monks to receive a personal blessing. This traditional Khmer ceremony involves being sprinkled with water and lotus flowers. The ceremony cleanses bad spirits from the past and brings good luck in the coming year. 

We visit the Golden Silk Pheach Farm, a local NGO which helps to revive the ancient Khmer know-how in silk activities and provides job opportunities to more than 100 local staff. The farm area, mulberry trees and weaving ateliers are part of our tour. Golden Silk products are ecologically produced from the yellow silkworm which is unique to Cambodia. Some of the silk products are months, or even years, in the making and each one is unique. This is one for the connoisseurs of high quality craftwork.

We then travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best-preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. 

We will lunch en-route. 

After, we transfer back to Siem Reap to our hotel. 

Early evening is a Meditation session led by CJ.

Evening is free.

OR:

Optional Night Out. 
First up, we will have a reservation for Cocktails at Miss Wongs. Miss Wong seems lifted from 1930s Shanghai, with apple-red walls, Chinese lanterns, and dark wood furniture. The Singapore Sling quotes the original Raffles Hotel recipe, though the bar’s signature Indochine martini (vodka, ginger-infused cognac liqueur, and a splash of pineapple juice) is a thoroughly modern tipple.
We will have a reservation at Malis Restaurant. Malis, set in a prime location next to the river, delivers wonders both architectural and culinary. Chef Meng takes great pride in his menu, which he describes as “living Cambodian cuisine”.
*Both Miss Wong's & Malis are optional & payable direct. 

Overnight Templation Hotel. (B)

Day 6 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Marum, Phare Circus
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Early morning Yoga session with CJ.
Breakfast.

Free morning. Shop, Spa, pool, relax, rest, rejuvenate - anything you want!

Early evening (approx 5pm) we will have a reservation at Marum Restaurant. Enjoy local delicacies featuring a winning mix of creative local tapas dishes, Marum is named after the Moringa, or 'Tree of life' - very appropriate, as you will be enjoying a fantastic dining experience that helps build a new life for the students in training there. All profits from TREE restaurants are invested in the students who train there and the social programs which support them on their journey to becoming a skilled & productive young people with a more secure future. There's also a Friends 'n' Stuff boutique on site where you can buy cool gifts made from recycled materials. *Set menu, drinks payable direct. 

Evening: Phare, The Cambodian Circus (20.00-21.00). Tightrope walkers, contortionists and acrobats take to the stage for a dynamic artistic spectacle. Blending visual arts, traditional music, modern dance and classic circus skills, this sister circus setup arose from the NGO, Phare Ponleu Selpak based in Battambang. They have toured internationally to critical acclaim, assuring an impressive and entertaining performance tonight. Our front row seats ensure we won’t miss a moment’s action. 

Return to the hotel.

Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, Late Lunch / Early Dinner *Set menu at Marum. Drinks payable direct)

Day 7 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Market Shopping, Chandara Villa Farewell Dinner
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Early morning Yoga session with CJ.
Breakfast.

Free morning for Market shopping.

PM: (2pm - 9pm) Countryside Senses – Farewell Dinner.
Beyond the temples lies a rural landscape which is often little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. We depart on a journey of discovery through the rural landscape to reach villages where mass tourism cannot follow; we will be led between rice paddies, through woodland and back gardens on foot, by ox-cart and boat to experience the very best of the countryside.

A short drive from Siem Reap  and we will take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by an easy walk to bring us to the vast Western Baray. We will travel by boat (depending on water level) to Chandara, a country villa surrounded by rice paddies. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks.

While the chef prepares our dinner, we can take a wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before being seated for our evening meal.

Return to the hotel for a Cocktail in the bar.

Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, Farewell Dinner)

Day 8 - Departure - Yoga
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Today is departure day.

CJ will hold an optional early morning Yoga session in preparation for our flight home. 

Transfer to the airport. Depart.

About this tour

Templation Hotel, Siem Reap: Templation Hotel has fantastic eco-credentials, attentive service and savvy design - which all adds up to a sophisticated oasis on the fringes of Siem Reap. From the young receptionists to the experienced head barman, the local staff provide gracious service throughout. The resort offers a surprising number of facilities including a library, a mini-gym, a lifestyle shop and best of all, a divine spa delivering expert massages for jet-lagged guests. The interior design features Japanese simplicity and mid-century furnishing brought together with a palette of warm orange, taupe and natural teak. The restaurant serves a menu of local Khmer dishes and Western food. The bar stocks a reasonable selection of world wines and a range of beers including a locally produced craft brew. The main swimming pool, one of the largest in Siem Reap and designed like a secret lake, is only a few steps away……

Boasting 33 suites and villas, this small but perfectly formed resort is wonderfully situated within a beautiful swathe of tropical fauna including palm trees and an abundance of eye-catching plant life.

The Templation Spa is a collaboration with Bodia, a renowned line of spa treatments and nature-based oils and lotions, inspired by traditional healing in Cambodia. Indulge in traditional Khmer treatments, and choose from a variety of scrubs, facials, wraps and massages to experience how our local ingredients can benefit your body and soul.

Enjoy yoga and meditation, treat yourselves to a detox, be pampered in the spa, savour Khmer cuisine, or relax around the incredible pool. Pure bliss!

Open on three sides, the lounge and bar area keeps you close to the natural surroundings while you are enjoying a drink or a snack. The main swimming pool, one of the largest in Siem Reap and designed like a secret lake, is only a few steps away. The barman has contributed to the art of mixology with several original cocktails you may want to sample during your stay, including the Banteay Srey, where dragon fruit provides the leading flavor. 

CJ & Yoga: CJ has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and is trained in the style of Vinyasa. However, through her years of practicing and teaching she has adapted her classes to be more of a fusion style which she can tailor to the individual, catering to  absolute beginners, the very experienced and everyone in between. She teaches intuitively, reading the students bodies in front of her and teaching what she sees rather than what has already been sequenced. She breaks the “yoga mould” teaching in a modern, relatable way delivering her classes with a smile and a sense of humour.

Vinyasa Yoga: In Vinyasa yoga movement is synchronised to the breath. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the fluid way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath is a vital component because movement from one pose to the next follows an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit to mean “connection.” The term vinyasa also refers to a specific series of movements that are frequently done between each pose in a series. This is a variation of the Sun Salutations.

Meditation: All of CJ’s classes have a beautiful meditation woven through them. Meditation can come in the form of movement by just following breath and the yoga sequence. It is also offered in the form of a led meditation at the end of each class while you lie still enjoying the soothing tones of CJ’s voice. She enjoys using therapeutic essential oils to enhance the meditation experience which helps participants to totally relax and unwind.  CJ is also trained to deliver Yoga Nidra (also known as the sleep of yogi’s). This is usually a 45 minute guided meditation that follows a set process allowing the body to relax, the senses to withdraw and the mind to settle. All of these styles of meditation leave the participant feeling grounded, calm and happy of mind and heart.

 

Practicalities

Seasons: Cambodia generally has a two-season weather pattern. The weather patterns are influenced by the wet and dry seasonal winds of Southeast Asia, which create two distinct seasons - dry and wet (also known as Green Season because of the vibrant colour the rains bring). For tranquil, crowd-free travel we travel outside of the peak, dry season months of November to March; but you may need to consider your tolerance of temperatures and humidity - often high by Western standards.

Green Season (May - October) - May and June bring moisture laden air from the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand, bringing greenery back to the region´s countryside. Don't be concerned by the season's showers; the rains form a predictable pattern - clear, sunny mornings and a 60% chance of showers in the mid to late afternoon-and bring green into the countryside. The humidity and temperatures drop to a low around October when the weather can feel almost Mediterranean. The early months of the wet season (May to July) remain very hot and rainfall is often short lived, whilst in the latter months (late July until September) the rains become more constant and can be heavy at times.

We will hit temperatures up to late 20's, early 30's.

The facts

Currency: 
- Riel is the currency of Cambodia but US dollars are widely used and most prices will be in US$. When receiving change from a dollar, the cents will be returned to you in Riel. Note that even slightly torn US dollar bills will not be accepted. Visa & MasterCard are accepted in most hotels, and some restaurants. ATMs are very common in every city and town.

Tipping:  Staff and Guides appreciate that tipping varies greatly between cultures and countries.

Visas:  Citizens of most countries can apply for a visa online or get one on arrival in Cambodia.
*e-Visa - The Cambodian government has a simple online application for an e-visa. It is a straightforward procedure and your visa is delivered electronically to you after around three days and costs $30 plus a $7 administration fee (total $37). You will not have to wait at the immigration desk and can proceed directly to passport control on arrival. This is the fastest and most efficient method, and what we recommend. The e-visa is currently valid at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports, as well as Poipet, Bavet (Sveireang) and Koh Kong (Chenyien) border crossings.

Visa On Arrival Cambodia - You can obtain a Visa on arrival at your port of entry. Fill in the arrival documents which you will receive in on the plane or at the border and provide one passport-size photograph. The fee is currently US$30 paid in cash and is valid for 30 days. You can extend the visa once you are here if necessary. Please note that you will need a blank page in your passport for the visa as well as at least 6 months validity on your passport. At peak arrival times there may be waiting time for the visa on arrival to be processed. 

Not Included:

  • International Airfares - *PLEASE ASK FOR A QUOTE
  • Transfers unless stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Phone calls
  • Visas
  • Laundry unless stated
  • Tips 
  • Excess baggage
  • Travel insurance - *PLEASE ASK FOR A QUOTE
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specifically described. 
  • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered
Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. You should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.

DATES

30 Jun 2018 - 07 Jul 2018
*NEW ROOM RELEASED - GET IN QUICK!


RATES
from NZD$3650 per person
Single rate from NZD$4300

Hover over rates for other currencies.

*Rates are per person based on Twin Share or Single Room.
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
*This Hosted Retreat departs with a minimum of 6 guests. If numbers fall below 6 guests, we will offer the Retreat at a reconfigured rate.
*A 'Willing to Share' may be possible on this tour. Please enquire. 
*International Airfares are not included. Please ask for a Quote.
*Please ask about pre-or-post Tour extensions.


Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - ARRIVE SIEM REAP - Welcome Cocktail & Dinner

Welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia!
You are met at airport & transferred to the hotel. Check in and take time to relax in your gorgeous surroundings.

Your accommodation for the next 7 nights is the stunning Templation Hotel.  Located on the outskirts of Siem Reap town near Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Templation Hotel delivers the level of luxury and relaxation that you’d expect from a hotel of this calibre but it maintains an exceptional level of traditional Cambodian charm, and you’ll fall in love with each and every one of the design choices that have been made throughout the hotel’s stunning communal areas and in the hotel rooms themselves.

This afternoon, CJ will take us through a soft Yoga class. This class is intended to just stretch our bodies and iron out any creaks we may have after a long flight.

We will meet early evening in the Lounge/Bar for a Cocktail & to meet everyone before our 'Welcome Dinner'. Dinner will be a set Asian menu at the hotel.

Overnight Templation Hotel. (Welcome Cocktail & Welcome Dinner)

Day 2 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Arts Trail, Angkor Thom & Sunset Drinks on the Moat

This morning we have our first morning Yoga class led by CJ.

After breakfast we depart on a mini Arts trail. The slightly hidden away Hup Guan street has emerged as a shopping destination and home to some of the most interesting, innovative new stores in Siem Reap. For house-wares and textiles visit Louise Loubatieres; contemporary custom made clothing and accessories for men and women can be found at Siri Van and Shop 676; and for a range of clothing, quirky Cambodian vintage items and house-wares, stop by Trunkh. Start or end your shopping journey with a snack at Common Grounds, an espresso at the Little Red Fox or some oils from Frangipani Spa.

Also included are AHA Fair Trade Village & Khmer Ceramics Fine Arts centre.

We continue to the Artisans d’Angkor Centre, one of the finest workshops in town, with excellent quality sandstone, silver, wood, and silk products. Gain insight into the remarkable skill and techniques required in producing traditional handicrafts as you are guided round the flagship workshop and showroom where artisans fastidiously form delicate crafts.

Lunch: We will grab lunch en-route.
Back to the hotel for rest/relaxation. 

PM: We travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. We can walk a little way along the path along the 8m high laterite city wall (500m) that heads to the Death Gate.

We then enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride in Venetian style boats on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with G & T in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song. 

Return to the hotel. Evening free.
Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, Sunset Drinks)

Day 3 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Khmer Cooking Class, Spa, Meditation

Early morning Yoga class led by CJ.
Breakfast.

AM: Learn to Cook Khmer. This morning we discover the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine during a half-day cooking class. This is a hand on Cambodian Cooking Class in a bamboo pavilion. We will learn to make three Cambodian dishes - Amok fish or chicken, Khmer mango salad, and sticky rice four balls with palm sugar (aka husband-killing cake) - with a head chef and then enjoy our creation following the class. We also have a short visit to a local family to learn about food customs and beliefs within the village.

Return to the hotel for rest, relaxation and Spa. This afternoon we will have a gorgeous spa session at Templation's Bodia Spa. Our choice will be from a 60 minute Templation Classic Aromatherapy Massage or a 60 minute traditional Khmer Body Scrub.

Early evening will be our first Meditation session with CJ.

Evening free.
Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, L - Cooking Class)

Day 4 - SIEM REAP - Angkor Wat Sunrise, Ta Prohm, Yoga, Vespa Foodie Tour

Early AM: (04.45am-11.00am) Angkor Wat Sunrise and Exploration. 

A sunrise tour starts at pre-dawn to witness the breathtaking view of the tropical sun emerging from behind the iconic lotus towers of Angkor Wat. Constructed over a period of 30 years during the reign of King Suryavarman II [AD1113], by some measures it is the largest religious complex in the world. Originally a Hindu mountain temple aligned to the spring equinox, around the C16th it was converted to a Theravada Buddhist monument, a capacity in which it continues today. 

We then continue to visit Ta Prohm (*think Tomb Raider), where we can take our time walking through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance to meet again with our driver (walk 1–2 km). 

We will pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further.

We end the morning at Angkor Wat by the quieter and less frequented Eastern causeway. The temple is busy at any time of day, but late morning is the quietest time for us to explore and admire this architectural wonder and the world class bas reliefs. Explore the well preserved central complex and detailed bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythologies and battles of the ancient empire. The beauty in balance and composition, combined with its sheer vast scale ensure Angkor Wat’s place as the crowning achievement in Khmer art and architecture. This is truly one of travel’s remaining great adventures. 

Return by road to Siem Reap.

Afternoon: Free time to relax. Option to visit the markets in Siem Reap, or enjoy another relaxing Bodia designed spa treatment or massage at Templation Spa; time to rest and relax following our early rise. 

Late afternoon: CJ will take us through a twighlight Yoga session.

Evening: This evening we embark on our Siem Reap Foodie Tour on Vespas (depart approx 5pm). Our evening tour takes us 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 sample everything from Cambodian soups and home-style cooking to 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 be acquainted with Siem Reap and Cambodian food. 

Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, D - Street Foods)

Day 5 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Silk Farm, Banteay Srei, Meditation

Early morning Yoga class led by CJ. 
Breakfast.

This morning we drive to Banteay Srei. En-route we will stop at a Buddhist Pagoda where we’ll meet the monks to receive a personal blessing. This traditional Khmer ceremony involves being sprinkled with water and lotus flowers. The ceremony cleanses bad spirits from the past and brings good luck in the coming year. 

We visit the Golden Silk Pheach Farm, a local NGO which helps to revive the ancient Khmer know-how in silk activities and provides job opportunities to more than 100 local staff. The farm area, mulberry trees and weaving ateliers are part of our tour. Golden Silk products are ecologically produced from the yellow silkworm which is unique to Cambodia. Some of the silk products are months, or even years, in the making and each one is unique. This is one for the connoisseurs of high quality craftwork.

We then travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best-preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. 

We will lunch en-route. 

After, we transfer back to Siem Reap to our hotel. 

Early evening is a Meditation session led by CJ.

Evening is free.

OR:

Optional Night Out. 
First up, we will have a reservation for Cocktails at Miss Wongs. Miss Wong seems lifted from 1930s Shanghai, with apple-red walls, Chinese lanterns, and dark wood furniture. The Singapore Sling quotes the original Raffles Hotel recipe, though the bar’s signature Indochine martini (vodka, ginger-infused cognac liqueur, and a splash of pineapple juice) is a thoroughly modern tipple.
We will have a reservation at Malis Restaurant. Malis, set in a prime location next to the river, delivers wonders both architectural and culinary. Chef Meng takes great pride in his menu, which he describes as “living Cambodian cuisine”.
*Both Miss Wong's & Malis are optional & payable direct. 

Overnight Templation Hotel. (B)

Day 6 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Marum, Phare Circus

Early morning Yoga session with CJ.
Breakfast.

Free morning. Shop, Spa, pool, relax, rest, rejuvenate - anything you want!

Early evening (approx 5pm) we will have a reservation at Marum Restaurant. Enjoy local delicacies featuring a winning mix of creative local tapas dishes, Marum is named after the Moringa, or 'Tree of life' - very appropriate, as you will be enjoying a fantastic dining experience that helps build a new life for the students in training there. All profits from TREE restaurants are invested in the students who train there and the social programs which support them on their journey to becoming a skilled & productive young people with a more secure future. There's also a Friends 'n' Stuff boutique on site where you can buy cool gifts made from recycled materials. *Set menu, drinks payable direct. 

Evening: Phare, The Cambodian Circus (20.00-21.00). Tightrope walkers, contortionists and acrobats take to the stage for a dynamic artistic spectacle. Blending visual arts, traditional music, modern dance and classic circus skills, this sister circus setup arose from the NGO, Phare Ponleu Selpak based in Battambang. They have toured internationally to critical acclaim, assuring an impressive and entertaining performance tonight. Our front row seats ensure we won’t miss a moment’s action. 

Return to the hotel.

Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, Late Lunch / Early Dinner *Set menu at Marum. Drinks payable direct)

Day 7 - SIEM REAP - Yoga, Market Shopping, Chandara Villa Farewell Dinner

Early morning Yoga session with CJ.
Breakfast.

Free morning for Market shopping.

PM: (2pm - 9pm) Countryside Senses – Farewell Dinner.
Beyond the temples lies a rural landscape which is often little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. We depart on a journey of discovery through the rural landscape to reach villages where mass tourism cannot follow; we will be led between rice paddies, through woodland and back gardens on foot, by ox-cart and boat to experience the very best of the countryside.

A short drive from Siem Reap  and we will take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by an easy walk to bring us to the vast Western Baray. We will travel by boat (depending on water level) to Chandara, a country villa surrounded by rice paddies. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks.

While the chef prepares our dinner, we can take a wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before being seated for our evening meal.

Return to the hotel for a Cocktail in the bar.

Overnight Templation Hotel. (B, Farewell Dinner)

Day 8 - Departure - Yoga

Today is departure day.

CJ will hold an optional early morning Yoga session in preparation for our flight home. 

Transfer to the airport. Depart.

About this tour

Templation Hotel, Siem Reap: Templation Hotel has fantastic eco-credentials, attentive service and savvy design - which all adds up to a sophisticated oasis on the fringes of Siem Reap. From the young receptionists to the experienced head barman, the local staff provide gracious service throughout. The resort offers a surprising number of facilities including a library, a mini-gym, a lifestyle shop and best of all, a divine spa delivering expert massages for jet-lagged guests. The interior design features Japanese simplicity and mid-century furnishing brought together with a palette of warm orange, taupe and natural teak. The restaurant serves a menu of local Khmer dishes and Western food. The bar stocks a reasonable selection of world wines and a range of beers including a locally produced craft brew. The main swimming pool, one of the largest in Siem Reap and designed like a secret lake, is only a few steps away……

Boasting 33 suites and villas, this small but perfectly formed resort is wonderfully situated within a beautiful swathe of tropical fauna including palm trees and an abundance of eye-catching plant life.

The Templation Spa is a collaboration with Bodia, a renowned line of spa treatments and nature-based oils and lotions, inspired by traditional healing in Cambodia. Indulge in traditional Khmer treatments, and choose from a variety of scrubs, facials, wraps and massages to experience how our local ingredients can benefit your body and soul.

Enjoy yoga and meditation, treat yourselves to a detox, be pampered in the spa, savour Khmer cuisine, or relax around the incredible pool. Pure bliss!

Open on three sides, the lounge and bar area keeps you close to the natural surroundings while you are enjoying a drink or a snack. The main swimming pool, one of the largest in Siem Reap and designed like a secret lake, is only a few steps away. The barman has contributed to the art of mixology with several original cocktails you may want to sample during your stay, including the Banteay Srey, where dragon fruit provides the leading flavor. 

CJ & Yoga: CJ has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and is trained in the style of Vinyasa. However, through her years of practicing and teaching she has adapted her classes to be more of a fusion style which she can tailor to the individual, catering to  absolute beginners, the very experienced and everyone in between. She teaches intuitively, reading the students bodies in front of her and teaching what she sees rather than what has already been sequenced. She breaks the “yoga mould” teaching in a modern, relatable way delivering her classes with a smile and a sense of humour.

Vinyasa Yoga: In Vinyasa yoga movement is synchronised to the breath. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the fluid way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath is a vital component because movement from one pose to the next follows an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit to mean “connection.” The term vinyasa also refers to a specific series of movements that are frequently done between each pose in a series. This is a variation of the Sun Salutations.

Meditation: All of CJ’s classes have a beautiful meditation woven through them. Meditation can come in the form of movement by just following breath and the yoga sequence. It is also offered in the form of a led meditation at the end of each class while you lie still enjoying the soothing tones of CJ’s voice. She enjoys using therapeutic essential oils to enhance the meditation experience which helps participants to totally relax and unwind.  CJ is also trained to deliver Yoga Nidra (also known as the sleep of yogi’s). This is usually a 45 minute guided meditation that follows a set process allowing the body to relax, the senses to withdraw and the mind to settle. All of these styles of meditation leave the participant feeling grounded, calm and happy of mind and heart.

 

Practicalities

Seasons: Cambodia generally has a two-season weather pattern. The weather patterns are influenced by the wet and dry seasonal winds of Southeast Asia, which create two distinct seasons - dry and wet (also known as Green Season because of the vibrant colour the rains bring). For tranquil, crowd-free travel we travel outside of the peak, dry season months of November to March; but you may need to consider your tolerance of temperatures and humidity - often high by Western standards.

Green Season (May - October) - May and June bring moisture laden air from the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand, bringing greenery back to the region´s countryside. Don't be concerned by the season's showers; the rains form a predictable pattern - clear, sunny mornings and a 60% chance of showers in the mid to late afternoon-and bring green into the countryside. The humidity and temperatures drop to a low around October when the weather can feel almost Mediterranean. The early months of the wet season (May to July) remain very hot and rainfall is often short lived, whilst in the latter months (late July until September) the rains become more constant and can be heavy at times.

We will hit temperatures up to late 20's, early 30's.

The facts

Currency: 
- Riel is the currency of Cambodia but US dollars are widely used and most prices will be in US$. When receiving change from a dollar, the cents will be returned to you in Riel. Note that even slightly torn US dollar bills will not be accepted. Visa & MasterCard are accepted in most hotels, and some restaurants. ATMs are very common in every city and town.

Tipping:  Staff and Guides appreciate that tipping varies greatly between cultures and countries.

Visas:  Citizens of most countries can apply for a visa online or get one on arrival in Cambodia.
*e-Visa - The Cambodian government has a simple online application for an e-visa. It is a straightforward procedure and your visa is delivered electronically to you after around three days and costs $30 plus a $7 administration fee (total $37). You will not have to wait at the immigration desk and can proceed directly to passport control on arrival. This is the fastest and most efficient method, and what we recommend. The e-visa is currently valid at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports, as well as Poipet, Bavet (Sveireang) and Koh Kong (Chenyien) border crossings.

Visa On Arrival Cambodia - You can obtain a Visa on arrival at your port of entry. Fill in the arrival documents which you will receive in on the plane or at the border and provide one passport-size photograph. The fee is currently US$30 paid in cash and is valid for 30 days. You can extend the visa once you are here if necessary. Please note that you will need a blank page in your passport for the visa as well as at least 6 months validity on your passport. At peak arrival times there may be waiting time for the visa on arrival to be processed. 

Not Included:

  • International Airfares - *PLEASE ASK FOR A QUOTE
  • Transfers unless stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Phone calls
  • Visas
  • Laundry unless stated
  • Tips 
  • Excess baggage
  • Travel insurance - *PLEASE ASK FOR A QUOTE
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specifically described. 
  • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered
Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. You should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.