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Introduction

A Journey Through Khmer Culture
6 days/5 nights
Book through Raffles Hotels & Resorts www.raffles.com or through Hanuman
   
   
A Journey Through Khmer Culture. Meet one of Cambodia's eminent artists, discover the secrets behind shadow puppetry from an iconic Arts Master, learn to cook the original recipes from the Royal Palace of Cambodia and find out how charitable projects are teaching young people the skills they need for a brighter future through working at the Lotus Blanc restaurant in Phnom Penh or at the Artisans d'Angkor's Silk Farm in Siem Reap. These are just some of the incredible experiences included in Raffles Hotels & Resorts inspirational new trip. Atmospheric and authentic, the Raffles Hotel Le Royal and the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor are the perfect backdrop to a journey through Khmer culture.
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Unique Experiences

A Journey Through Khmer Culture
6 days/5 nights
Book through Raffles Hotels & Resorts www.raffles.com



Two nights at Raffles Hotel Le Royal (Phnom Penh):
  • A visit to the National Museum and Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • A tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in the company of a survivor, plus a visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
  • A visit to For the Smile of a Child Vocational Training Centre and lunch at Lotus Blanc
  • A shadow puppet workshop with Sovanna Phoum's Mann Kosal, a classical dance masterclass with royal dancer Em Theay or a visit to Chhim Sothy's art studio
  • Personalised dinner served on suite's balcony from Chef Steve Van Remoortel on the final evening
  • A Femme Fatale cocktail at the renowned Elephant Bar upon arrival.
Three nights at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor (Siem Reap):
  • Royal Khmer Cookery lessons with Chef Wade James
  • A visit to Artisans d'Angkor's Silk Farm and, subject to availability, a visit to Eric Raisina's Workshop to see weaving and colour dyeing
  • An enchanting performance of traditional Khmer dancing and martial arts on the Apsara Terrace, followed by BBQ dinner
  • Traditional Khmer Herbal Body Wrap which uses local natural ingredients such as tumeric, phlai, galangal and lemongrass
  • A helicopter flight over Angkor, a dawn visit to Ta Prohm and a sunrise visit to Angkor Wat
  • An afternoon exploration of the walled city of Angkor Thom with an expert archaeologist
  • Professional photography workshop with leading Siem Reap-based photographer John McDermott
  • For Charitable Options there is the Angkor Hospital for Children and a visit to the Cambodia Landmine Museum.
* All accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis unless meals are specifically stated. The accommodation costs are also exclusive of local taxes and service charge.

In Detail

A Journey Through Khmer Culture
6 days/5 nights
Book through Raffles Hotels & Resorts www.raffles.com



Khmer is the original culture of Cambodia and can be traced back to the 9th century AD and the rule of King Jayavaraman II. However, during the civil war, the Khmer Rouge, under Pol Pot's leadership, destroyed not only the lives of the Cambodian people, but also obliterated all traces of its culinary, artistic and musical heritage. Since its demise, the Cambodian people have strived to reignite the Khmer Arts and today there is an exciting new energy which surrounds the traditional arts scene. This six-day journey is based at Cambodia's only two luxury hotels which date back to the Indochine era of the early 20th century. It explores Khmer culture both past and present, through the eyes of the people who have lived through it all and are now writing the next chapter.

Meet Eric Raisina, one of Cambodia's leading fashion designers, adored by Lulu de la Falaise and Christian Lacroix, who is taking Cambodian silk to the next level on the international fashion scene. Witness Chhim Sothy at work, a painter whose intricate paintings of the Ramayana era have been exhibited around the world. Learn from iconic Arts Master, Mann Kosal who has breathed new life into the ancient tradition of shadow puppetry. These are just some of the extraordinary people who will be met along the journey.

Raffles Hotels & Resorts are supremely qualified to lead this experience as both Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor and Raffles Hotel Le Royal have played a part in this incredibly fascinating country's history from the 1920's when they opened, through the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge regime to the present day, when they too have been lovingly restored to contribute to a new chapter. They are the only hotels in Cambodia allowed to display the Royal crest above the door and serve original Khmer dishes, having been granted permission from the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk to use the Royal Palace of Cambodia's recipes. Atmospheric and authentic, these hotels are the perfect backdrop to a journey through Khmer culture. Raffles is working with leading Cambodian destination management company Hanuman (www.hanuman.travel) to make these unique experiences possible.

A Journey Through Khmer Culture includes 5 nights' accommodation in Landmark Rooms with Raffles Hotels & Resorts on a bed and breakfast basis, legendary Raffles Butler Service, all activity options and additional meals stated in the itinerary, entrance fees, English speaking local guide and transfers. A 5 Night Suite option (Balcony Suite in Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Personality Suite in Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor) is also available. A Journey Through Khmer Culture can be booked through Raffles Hotels & Resorts at www.raffles.com.

 
     
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