Grantourismo was the source of most of my Cambodia “intel” when I first visited Siem Reap back in 2013 and Lara especially has always been there to offer advice on where to eat, drink, shop and visit via Twitter or over a martini at Miss Wongs. It is safe to say my Siem Reap experiences would have been very different without their recommendations.
Now you can go one step further and book a space on their upcoming Travel Writing and Photography Retreat here in Siem Reap and Battambang this May.
Lara and Terrence have put together an incredible itinerary which combines writing and photography workshops with “behind the scenes” tours of two local NGOs, one a training school and restaurant for disadvantaged youths, the other a bakery that helps to train young women to be able to work in professional pastry kitchens.
You will get to eat at some of Siem Reaps best restaurants and interview the chefs behind them, as well as have the opportunity to take a Cambodian cooking class yourselves, along with an introductory lesson to the Khmer language.
Of course there will still be time for sightseeing and they will take you off the beaten path to discover some of the lesser visited temples, as well as a guided tour of Angkor Wat and some of the archaeological parks more famous temples including Bayon and Ta Prohm.
Accommodation will be offered at Maison Polanka, one of Siem Reaps prettiest boutique hotels where you will sleep in beautifully decorated traditional Cambodian wooden houses, as well as the secret hideaway that is the River Garden, whilst your time in Battambang will be spent eating at Jaan Bai, drinking coffee from some of Cambodia’s best baristas at Kinyei and relaxing at Maisons Wat Kor as well as getting a unique insight into local life and culinary traditions,
Bookings can be made via their website and if you mention my blog and quote CTWPR-BGA you will receive a Cambodian Culinary Gift Pack (worth $25) I will definitely be aiming to attend some of the Siem Reap based activities so hopefully I’ll see you there!
*All photos are courtesy of Terrence Carter http://www.terencecarterphotography.com