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Start by choosing the material for your laptop sleeve, tote, or messenger bag. If you have ideas for other designs, consult your seamstress to discover what is possible during the class. With a wide variety of tools and material available, you are encouraged to get creative. Select from options like the classic cement bag with the elephant design as well as fish feed or fertilizer bags—or use a bit of everything.
Next, indicate your laptop size and cut out a cardboard template. Under the guidance of a patient seamstress, cut the recycled material and then sew the pieces of the template together to make your final laptop sleeve. You are encouraged to get creative with a wide variety of tools and materials available. Read More close
Aspara dance is one of the finest art forms in Cambodia, classified by UNESCO as one of the great intangible cultural assets of the world. Learn about the incredible history of Cambodian classical dance, revived between the 18th and 20th centuries, based in part on carved depictions of dancers at Angkor temples.
During the 20th century, the dance was almost wiped out by the Khmer Rouge, as leaders sought to eliminate traditional art and culture. A small band of dancers defied death and preserved the art form for the modern era. Gain a new appreciation for this dance, learning from a local master. The workshop is held in a beautiful forest setting, perfect for find the necessary quiet for learning. Read More close
1 hour 30 minutes
Meet your instructors and get a quick overview of your day's project. Then, begin designing your very own bracelet on paper before carving it into a flat piece of metal. Your masterful smithy helps you with the next steps where you chisel, cut, hammer, shine, and wash the metal until you arrive at the final product.
With the finishing touches done to your bracelet, you gain a new appreciation for the labor that goes into the jewelry you see at markets along the streets of Siem Reap. Thank your hosts, and take your handmade souvenir home with you for memories of an incredible experience. Read More close
Your class is led by Muy Seu Bel, an undeniable talent in the jewelry-making realm. Muy developed a passion for jewelry after a Filipino volunteer he once worked with taught him how to make it. He now operates his own workshop to share his craft with travelers from around the world, opening their eyes to the world of jewelry creation.
All materials are included, and Muy's instruction is patient, clear, and engaging. Let your imagination run wild as you design and create a copper wire bracelet that's unique to your tastes and personality. Bring it home as a remembrance of a rewarding experience. Read More close
After you’re picked up from your hotel in Siem Reap, ride the 30 minutes or so north to the mystic ruins of Angkor Wat, a breathtaking, 12th-century temple complex surrounded by a moat built to represent the home of the gods on earth. Get fitted for a harness and a helmet, listen as your guides talk you through a short safety briefing, and then make your way to the zipline course to start your adventure.
Steel your nerves on the edge of the first of 21 platforms, and then take a leap of faith to cruise over the treetops to the next checkpoint. Scramble across 4 hanging sky bridges, and keep your eyes on the branches around you to see if you can spot the park’s resident gibbons perched above the forest floor. Feel the rush during a rappel descent, and follow your guide on a nature walk along a trail that gives you an up-close look at the lush flora of the jungle that’s constantly creeping in on the stone edifices of this spiritual landmark.
All that excitement is sure to work up an appetite, so head to the nearby Palmboo restaurant to refuel over a delicious spread of traditional Cambodian cuisine. After filling up on dishes like fried spring rolls, Khmer chicken curry with rice, and fresh fruit, sit back for the quick ride back to your hotel. Read More close
Enjoy plenty of time to admire the picturesque Cambodian countryside with tranquil villages, traditional markets, rice fields, and country roads. During the tour, stop at several villages along the way. In one of the villages, you visit a basket craft shop and in another town you have a chance to learn about the art of leather carving.
In the middle of your day in the country, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before you hop back on the quad bike and ride through more villages to visit schools and help kids practice their English. Make sure you bring your camera along to capture the many photo opportunities. After your adventure, wash the mud off your feet and enjoy a refreshing drink before a ride back to your Siem Reap hotel. Read More close
Once you meet your guide, climb aboard your easy-to-ride Honda scooter and strike out along woodland paths into the country. Learn about the ancient history behind the region as you ride past charming villages and visit the remains of temples that are even older than the famous Angkor Wat.
The tour also takes you to an incredible 150-year-old pagoda, one of the few to survive the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Enjoy lunch in the countryside and get some spectacular photos of the beautiful landscapes before you ride back to Siem Reap at the tour's end. Read More close
Your countryside excursion starts as a tuk-tuk picks you up from your hotel in Siem Reap. After a safety briefing and a training ride to get familiar with your quad bike, follow your professional guides on motorbikes and head to the farming communities surrounding Siem Reap. As you travel along the road, admire scenic rice fields, houses on stilts, and banana plantations along the way.
During the tour you visit ruins of Prasat Prei Monti, one of the oldest temples of ancient Angkor. You get a chance to stop at a couple of local farms and workshops. Passing Kork Srok village, you are able to see Khmer bats sleeping on trees in their natural habitat. After you wash mud off your feet and enjoy a refreshing drink, get a convenient ride back to your hotel in Siem Reap. Read More close
Local artist Reoum Bunhak discovered a new form of art one day while he was burning palm leaves. He was intrigued by the distinct patterns the flames created on the surface of the leaves before they turned to ash. From repeated observation and experimentation, he perfected the craft over time until it could be used to sketch virtually any shape.
See first-hand how Bunhak uses a specialized tool, which he refers to as an "iron pencil," to draw fine imagery on custom-made canvases made from palm leaves. It is truly remarkable that this art form—which has been technologically feasible since ancient times—has gone undiscovered until now. Witness Bunhak's eyes light up as he shares his art with you in a totally unique cultural experience. Read More close
The development of steel tools and weaponry was a major milestone in human history, enabling us to rise above the animals, build farms, and establish ourselves as a dominant species throughout history. The smithing families in the Siem Reap area have been honing their knife-skills craft for centuries, and the next generation will most likely continue the tradition.
In a small group of no more than 6 students, enjoy the opportunity to feel like a true blacksmith responsible for making weapons for kings and knights. Design and create a special blade just for yourself, discovering what it was like to fill the all-important position of blacksmith.
Styles of blades you may choose from include the machete or hilt, made from a deer's horn. If you're interested in farming tools, try your hand at making a sickle, hoe, or something of your own vision. Creating and using your own customized blade is incredibly rewarding, and this course is your first step. Read More close
Custom make your own palm hat with Ms Mom and discover her traditional technique of making palm hats—functional, fashionable, and durable for 2 to 3 years. Start with a fascinating use of palm tree fibers as twine to secure the frame of your hat together.
Once you finish constructing the frame, sew the palm leaves together to secure them on the frame. This is the tricky part and determines the outcome of your hat. After finishing the sewing work, choose your favorite color cloth for your hat’s border. And within a matter of 3 hours, you have constructed your own handmade palm hat. Read More close
Many artists say the pencil helped lay the foundation for nearly all forms of art, from simple sketches to advanced sculptures. When used to its fullest advantage, it brings out depth, gradients, and complex lighting, all within a single piece of work. Let Mr. Em enlighten you to these concepts—his passion to his craft is simply undeniable.
In a small group of 4 or fewer people, learn about some of the techniques practiced by Renaissance artists hundreds of years ago, including methods for drawing faces and still life. Your fiercely passionate teacher opens your eyes to the world of artistic wonder that can be tapped into with this simple instrument. Read More close
Meet up with your guide outside your Siem Reap hotel and hop into the back of a 3-wheeled, open-air tuk-tuk. Zoom through the city's bustling streets to reach the outskirts Angkor Wat. Head inside on foot to check out stunning examples of Khmer architecture and learn about the temples' transformation from Hinduism to Buddhism.
Continue on to the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, where you can climb onto the back of a gentle elephant to go through the gate in style. Take the afternoon to admire the faces on the Bayon temple, snap photos of the stone pachyderms at the Terrace of the Elephants, and grab a quick lunch at a locally loved restaurant.
Swing by the overgrown temples at Preah Khan, dip into the jungle to see what remains of Ta Prohm temple, and find out how this long neglected site is now being preserved to maintain its eerie, abandoned appearance before you catch a lift back to Siem Reap and your hotel. Read More close
Get picked up from your hotel in an authentic tuk-tuk and chat with your local guide as you head to a nearby street market. Get tips on the best vendors to check out and follow their experienced palate as you pop between vendors offering freshly prepared Khmer specialties.
While stops vary, you might tuck into savory bites of fried beef, slurp down coconut curry, or consider tackling some of the city's more adventurous flavors like fried crickets, red ants and spiders. After your final tastings, pick up some insider advice from your guide on other places to dine around town and then enjoy a comfortable trip back to your hotel in your open-air tuk-tuk. Read More close
Meet up with your tour guide at your hotel lobby, settle into your comfortable coach, and set off on your journey to the lost temple of Beng Mealea. The unrestored ruins depict how nature reclaims all as the massive stone buildings have succumbed to jungle overgrowth. The temple was once the center of a major Angkor town dating back to the 12th century, but little is now known of its elusive history.
Next, travel to the remote Angkor capital of Koh Ker, 70 miles (112 km) northeast of Siem Reap. The 10th-century capital features a vast collection of temples with the 98 foot (30 m) Prasat Thom towering above them all. Climb to the top of the temple for panoramic views of the lush tropical vegetation now growing atop most of the structures, slowly eroding the abandoned city.
Break for lunch after a day of exploring the Koh Ker ruins then conclude your tour with a hassle-free ride back to your Siem Reap accommodation. Read More close
Rendezvous with your professional guide at your hotel lobby and board a comfortable off-road vehicle en route to the ancient ruins of Kbal Spean, commonly referred to as The River of a Thousand Lingas. Marvel at hundreds of small symbolic sculptures carved into the sandstone riverbed in honor of the Hindu gods Vishnu and Shiva. The river flows into Tonle Sap Lake, where it once provided water to rice fields via a complex irrigation system. Centuries of jungle overgrowth buried the archaeological site until Jean Boulbet rediscovered it in 1969.
Continue onward to explore the Angkor temple of Banteay Srei, constructed in the 10th century in honor of Shiva. The red and pink sandstone structure is miniature in scale compared to other Angkor temples, but the elaborate sculptures delicately carved into the walls reveal a supreme level of masonry unlike any in the region.
Your final stop is Banteay Samre, another well preserved Ankor temple made of the same stone found in Banteay Srei though in a much larger scale. It features an interior moat lined with red laterite that creates an ethereal atmosphere when filled with water. The tour concludes with a return trip to your hotel. Read More close
Pack a sense of adventure as you meet up with your guide outside your Siem Reap hotel and climb into the cozy back seat of a tuk-tuk, an iconic 3-wheeled motorcycle often seen buzzing through Cambodia's heavily trafficked streets. Cruise out of town and reach the moat that borders the temple-blanketed grounds of Angkor Wat. Hop out of your eclectic ride and head inside to explore the intricate bas-reliefs, Khmer architecture, and porous sandstone domes of these incredible structures.
Listen to your guide explain how Angkor Wat transitioned from Hindu to Buddhist site after its construction in the 12th century, check out more sites through the Southern Gate, and admire the faces carved into the Bayon temple. Snap photos of the stone trunks at the Terrace of the Elephants and investigate the figures carved into the Terrace of the Leper King before jumping back in your tuk-tuk and returning to Siem Reap. Read More close
Rendezvous with your tour guide at your hotel lobby and board an air-conditioned vehicle en route to the fishing village of Kompong Khleang, 34 miles (55 km) from Siem Reap. Situated on the shore of Tonle Sap Lake much of the village is propped up on wooden stilts in preparation for the rainy season when the tides rise. During this season, the houses appear to be floating as water laps the verandas, establishing a picturesque landscape. In the dry season, between February and April, the lake drastically recedes revealing the village’s foundations and completely transforming the area into a barren field for children to play.
After exploring the village and interacting with the locals, break for lunch at a local restaurant, and then return to Siem Reap. Before arriving back at your hotel, make a short stop at the monuments of Roluos featuring large temples with classical Khmer art carved into the stone walls. Read More close
Rendezvous with your professional guide at your hotel lobby, and depart Siem Reap in an air-conditioned vehicle en route to the remote fishing village of Kompong Pluk. After passing through the countryside, disembark the vehicle to transfer onto an ox-cart ride to tour the rural villages. Here, you have the chance to browse the markets and interact with the locals. Make your way back to the vehicle and continue onward to Kompong Pluk.
Kompong Pluk is located on the shore of Tonle Sap Lake and rests on stilts to avoid rising tides that flood the surrounding forest during the rainy season. The rich lake-bed soil supports an abundance of wildlife and vegetation that further sustain the village. Encounter fishermen in flat bottom boats hoisting in the day’s catch while farmers tend to their floating gardens. The peaceful environment is a great escape from the busy urban life.
Proceed to the Wat Bo Krum village to enjoy a delicious lunch from a small restaurant and strike up a conversation with the locals to gain an appreciation for their fascinating culture. After lunch, make your way to the sacred Wat Athvea pagoda where you can witness Buddhist monks conduct their blessing ceremony to wish you good health and a safe journey as you conclude the tour with a return trip to Siem Reap. Read More close
Meet your tour guide at your hotel lobby and board an air-conditioned vehicle to ride along the Khmer countryside en route to the Kulen Mountain range. Locals consider the rocky jungle cliffs to be holy land as they became quarries for the 54 ancient stone temples built throughout the country. Your first stop is Kbal Spean, commonly referred to as the river of a thousand lingas. Hundreds of Hindu sculptures honoring Shiva were carved into the riverbed that flows down the mountains into Tonle Sap Lake.
Follow the river upstream to the summit of the Holy Kulen Mountain where the famous Reclining Buddha awaits. The massive gold leafed statue resides inside a 16th-century Buddhist monastery and continues to serve as a place of worship. Nearby is the Chup Preah stream that flows down the mountain valley and forms into 2 waterfalls that cascade into large pools during the rainy season.
Stop by a local restaurant for a delicious lunch before visiting the Landmine Museum to learn of the country’s brutal civil war during the Khmer Rouge. Trained professionals continue to collaborate with locals to identify and diffuse old war mines in order to safeguard the people. After touring the museum, return to your Siem Reap hotel. Read More close
Meet with your tour guide at your hotel lobby then depart Siem Reap for the Prek Toal Biosphere, home to some of the world’s most endangered birds. Arrive in Phnom Krom to transfer onto a small boat for a short trip to the biosphere. Don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars to view these birds from afar in their natural habitat.
Located on the northeastern tip of Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal is a vast bird sanctuary featuring a submerged forest that draws thousands of birds annually to mate during the dry season. Making it an ideal place to watch storks, adjutants, and pelicans in their natural environment. In the afternoon, break for a picnic lunch before making a return trip to your Siem Reap accommodation. Read More close
Meet your instructor and listen closely as they go over the process of making and history of using shadow puppets. Gain invaluable insight into this wonderful cultural art form that nearly perished during the Khmer Rouge regime when the government sought to purge society of all forms of art.
To make your puppet begin with a blank sheet of leather material, tracing your design onto the backside of the hide. Then you are shown how to cut around the edges and to poke holes into the puppet to give it more depth. The process is slow and meticulous, but after you've attached your sticks to put the finishing touches on your project, you are sure to have a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home with you. Read More close
Pack a light jacket and a sense of adventure as you meet up with your guide directly outside your hotel, ready to head to your first site in a 3-wheeled, open-air tuk tuk. Ride in this traditional vehicle to the largest religious monument on earth at Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th-century, this Khmer-style complex is bordered by dramatic courtyards and filled with ornate temples adorned with thousands of intricate carvings. Send some time wandering between structures and snapping photos, and then continue on to Angkor Thom, grabbing a tasty lunch along the way.
When you arrive at Angkor Thom, cross over murky moats and listen as your guide shares commentary about the Bayon-style of temple that fills this 12th-century site. Look for the carved trunks in the Terrace of the Elephants, uncover the facial expressions depicted in bas relieve sculptures, and soak up the tranquil atmosphere before you jump back in your tuk tuk one last time for the return ride to Siem Reap. Read More close
After visiting the Angkor temples and seeing countless intricate carvings on the walls, you may be overwhelmed by the majestic craftsmanship. During this popular course, get a hands-on lesson to understand stone masonry, the meaning behind the details, and traditional techniques that have never been shown to visitors.
Nothing beats holding a chisel and mallet when you are learning about the art of stone carving. See what it takes to sculpt stone—and how much time, concentration, and effort went into carving the temples—under the guidance of a stone master with more than a decade of experience.
Shape materials like the ever-popular red sandstone and whatever design you choose at the workshop, one of the most alluring courses available in Siem Reap, your patient instructor helps ensure that you can get your work done. Read More close
In a small group of no more than 3, engage in a fascinating discussion about some of the efforts people around the world are putting into place to increase sustainability. Learn why discarded vehicle tires are one of the greatest threats to the environment, and different ways society can use them for other purposes.
Next, it's time to work with your knowledgeable host to design and create one of the strongest, most durable bags you'll ever use. Rubber from tires that were once used to carry vehicles across miles of rugged terrain is now repurposed into a useful, everyday item you can take home with you and enjoy for years to come.
The new bag you help create breathes new life into old resources, and is designed to survive through the ages with minimal wear and tear. It's an educational and rewarding experience with information you can enjoy sharing with others. Read More close
Discover how traditional Cambodian music is a beautiful and simple art form with cultural influences of India, China, and the Khmer civilization. Appreciate the subtle interactions of the instruments, exuding a fundamental sound you might recognize as a precursor to the modern guitar or piano. This enticing sound captures the soul in a way that is new and yet familiar.
Learn the basic way of playing 3 kinds of instruments—the wooden xylophone, various drums, and the ring of bells. The host introduces you to different musical styles performed in Cambodia today including music played during royal ceremonies, at weddings, and songs for entertainment. Read More close
1 hour 30 minutes