Cambodia, Yoga Adventure Tour - 6 Day Tour
Join us on a cultural adventure in the Kingdom of Wonder!
View the deeply moving and spiritual Angkor Wat temple at sunrise, spend time exploring the history of the ancient Angkor empire, immerse yourself in the local culture, visit a centuries old floating village, learn to cook some of the local cuisine, and practice your asanas.
Type of Event
10% discount for all bookings prior to 31 August 2016!
Bookings and prices are locked in and confirmed once a 50% deposit is paid.
- 6 nights accommodation at Lemongrass & Ginger Hotel
- Return transfer from Airport
- Daily breakfast and lunch (vegetarian optional)
- Daily tours with English speaking guides
- Entrance fee to the Angkor Archeological Park
- Daily gentle yoga/relaxation classes
Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and check into Lemongrass & Ginger Hotel. This afternoon we’ll enjoy welcome cocktails and an induction confirming the final details of the tour. This evening our group will take a short tour through town to a local restaurant where we’ll experience some gourmet food and Cambodian hospitality!
Wake up and greet the world with an early morning yoga session followed by a refreshing home-made fresh breakfast.
This morning we’ll make a visit to the Angkor National Museum. Over the next 2 hours you’ll wander through the exhibits and learn about one of the most powerful and ancient empires that you probably never knew existed! A visit to the museum is highly recommended prior to visiting the temples as it allows you to better appreciate the significance of the ruins you’ll be exploring.
After a quick stop at the Angkor Archeological Park ticket booth where we will arrange entry for the following day we continue on to have lunch which is a selection of tasty and healthy foods prepared by some very talented local Khmer cooks.
This afternoon you’ll participate in a Dru Yoga presentation and relaxation. This is an opportunity to learn some techniques that can open up your heart, mind and your body. A graceful and potent form of yoga it concentrates on building a positive feeling while being deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.
Visiting Cambodia is partly a step back in time and partly an eye opening experience. Our next stop for today is a little of both - a visit to the War Museum. This, slightly confronting experience, will help to explain the recent turbulent history of the country. You’ll see the remnants of war machines and hear the stories of terror firsthand from a guide who was a soldier during the war.
This activity is an important reminder about the atrocities of war and why we should never forget history lest it repeat itself.
This evening we have a wonderful optional activity planned. Watch and listen to the culture and history of the Khmer people unfold in front of you through one of the famous Apsara shows. The ornate and colorful traditional costumes combine with singing and dancing to retell stories from across the centuries. An enormous buffet dinner is included as part of the show.
Today starts early! You’ll need to rise before dawn in order to catch the best light rising above magnificent Angkor Wat.
Our guide for the day will walk you through the world’s largest religious monument ever to have existed. You’ll learn about the history of Hinduism and Buddhism in Cambodia and how they’ve been crucial to developing its culture over the centuries. See the beauty of the intricately carved sculptures throughout this massive complex. Marvel at the 600m of bas relief carvings produced to tell the stories of ancient mythology in graphic detail. And for those who want a challenge you can try to identify each of the nearly 2,000 unique apsara dancers carved into the sandstone throughout the temple!
We’ll enjoy breakfast in the surrounds of Angkor Wat before moving on to see Angkor Thom. At one time the capital city of the ancient Angkor Empire this massive walled city contains one of Cambodia’s most photogenic temples – Bayon.
With close to 200 massive faces of Buddha carved into the towers and spires of this temple it is unique amongst all the ruins of Angkor.
Next up is a real cultural take-away experience! You’ll travel a short distance to a local restaurant where you’ll participate in a gourmet cooking class whilst overlooking the nearly 1,000 year old Sras Srang lake.
Here you’ll learn about some of the traditional foods used in Khmer cooking and how to create some of the tastiest dishes available in this part of the world.
After lunch we’ll return to your hotel and prepare for your daily yoga session.
This evening our highly recommended optional activity is a massage at the beautiful Sokkhak Spa. This is a wonderfully relaxing way to end such a long day.
For those who prefer another gourmet experience we’ve arranged an optional dinner at a very successful training restaurant - Marum. Be wined and dined by the very warm and welcoming staff. You’ll notice they often approach guests in pairs. This is because one staff member is the student and the other is the teacher. It’s a great way for new staff to learn their skill and ensures guests receive excellent service at all times.
Compared to yesterday’s early start you’ll almost have the chance to sleep in this morning! Your yoga session starts at 7am but we’ll need to leave the hotel earlier in order to get to our destination in the Angkor Archeological Park.
Afterwards you’ll enjoy a breakfast at Khmer Cooking Empire followed by more temple exploring in nearby ruins.
You’ll marvel at the beauty of Ta Prohm temple and how it withstood almost 500 years of encroaching jungle. It’s here that you can really imagine yourself as a modern day archeologist and explorer being surrounded by dense jungle and stumbling across a once mighty temple.
If time permits you’ll also explore nearby Banteay Kdei. This ruin is smaller in size but no less substantial in its intricate design.
Lunch is at a nearby local restaurant in Sras Srang.
This afternoon you’ll be taken to a very special and important revival of Cambodia’s cultural skills. At the Artisans d’Angkor workshop you’ll see firsthand how many of the artworks that adorn some of the most palatial hotels and houses are created. From lacquered paintings, to hand carved stone statues, and finely crafted silk clothes your guide at the workshops will explain the processes to you. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to take home a memento of your visit or simply browse through their display shop.
This evening we have another 2 special optional activities for you. Firstly, dinner at Banlle restaurant. This is a relatively new addition to the Siem Reap foodie scene but one that excels at creating wonderful, tasty, and elegant vegetarian dishes. Definitely a meal not to be missed!
Afterwards we highly recommend a visit to Phare Circus. This magnificent attraction was formed with the vision of taking underprivileged and homeless people off the streets and giving them education, skills, and training that allows them to perform as world class acrobats and entertainers. Phare has become so famous they regularly send a troupe of performers to locations around the world to show off their skills.
After breakfast we travel a short distance to visit a local school.
This morning will be spent teaching the kids some yoga poses. It’s a lot of fun seeing these happy and carefree kids get involved and participate in some exercise!
As this part of the tour involves interacting with children it is a requirement that all participants strictly abide by the instructions from the guide and tour leader. Under no circumstances should participants leave the group whilst at the school.
Our next stop is the Cambodian Cultural Village. This themed cultural attraction recreates many aspects of Cambodian history both past and present. Your guide will walk you around the Village explaining each display and it’s significance to Cambodian life. Numerous performances and shows are scheduled throughout the day at various theatres and we will attempt to coincide our visit with their schedule.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant in town.
We travel a few kilometres out of town to visit the Silk Farm. This business is part of the Artisans d’Angkor group and is a commercial silk producing facility.
You’ll be taken on a tour of the grounds where you’ll learn about the lifecycle of silk worms, and the production process required to create silk thread. A museum of the history of silk production in Cambodia is on display where you’ll see some of the fashions inspired by silk throughout the decades. A gift shop will allow you to update your wardrobe!
This evening has another 2 optional activities to choose from. For those who crave more history and culture we recommend a visit to The Smile of Angkor. A cabaret show that might be described as a “light and sound spectacular” will teach you about the ancient history of Angkor and answer the question of “Why does Buddha smile?” A buffet dinner is included before the show.
Alternatively, for those of you who would like to experience Cambodian fine dining we highly suggest an evening at Malis restaurant. One of the newest additions to Siem Reap’s epicurean offering, Malis comes highly recommended by everyone who has dined there. Although not the cheapest of meals its an experience that won’t be forgotten.
On our final day of the tour we’d like to make sure you leave with a sense of the ‘real’ Cambodia.
After today’s yoga session you’ll be driven to a village about an hour outside of town. There your guide will take you on a bicycle ride through a rural area to visit a local school and market. Here, you’ll get a very real and up-close look at daily life for anyone who lives in rural Cambodia. The market alone will give you many photo opportunities to show your friends and family back home!
Continuing your journey for the day you’ll visit one of Cambodia’s floating villages. This is another cultural experience that you won’t forget and one that allows you to compare village life to city life.
This evening we’ve got a special farewell dinner planned. Join us at Lemongrass & Ginger Hotel for a special set menu prepared by our talented kitchen staff and enjoy the evening while you swap stories and reminisce about your Siem Reap Yoga Adventure!
Note: All optional activities are at additional costs.