Breakfast at hotel
This morning, sleep in a little or enjoy breakfast a little longer, then go on an exclusive tour and discover the "Behind the Scenes", inaccessible to the public, of a great social enterprise.
Artisans Angkor, created in 1992 when the country was faced with the challenge of rebuilding its economy, has developed from the ambitious belief that it is possible to revive ancient Cambodian Arts & Crafts while improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas.
Not only are they committed to the preservation of Cambodia's cultural legacy, but they also want to empower individuals by helping them secure their future by the means of education and welfare.
Today, it has 48 workshops (of silk, stone and wood carving, lacquerware, gilding, ceramics, silver plating, silk painting, and jewellery) operating in 12 sites located in Siem Reap province and provides employment to over 1100 people, including about 800 artisans, many of which, over the last few years, had the privilege to be selected for the restoration of several parts of the historical Angkor site. You will visit 3 special workshops and learn about all the facets of their creations.
You will be picked-up at your hotel around 09:30am and taken to your first hidden workshop which is one of the ceramics, followed by a lacquer workshop. Observe in details the fine and delicate work it is to create a piece and learn about each process explained by your personal Artisans d'Angkor expert.
Continue to Puok, where Artisans d'Angkor Silk Farm is located and visit a stone carving workshop which is also the location where special project are realized. You will be able to see both up-close but as these are private individual's orders, and some may be very confidential, no photos or videos of special projects are allowed.
You will continue to the main location of Artisans d'Angkor, in the city center where you can have a glimpse at the Chantiers-Ecoles, where students are trained to become artisans and end your experience in the Prestige Room with a glass of wine with sparkles'85
Lunch and afternoon at leisure
This evening, enjoy a stunning sunset over the rice fields followed by a romantic dinner, a magical experience where you will enjoy destination dining to its fullest.
The Village of Chhreav is located approximately 20min south-east of Siem Reap City Center and is surrounded by rice fields and farming lands. The contrasts between the red soil and the green lands is mesmerizing. From the road, a wooden path-bridge crosses the rice field and takes you to a charming little hut especially decorated for your romantic evening. Enjoy a drink and canapes while watching the sun set over the rice fields which will be followed by a delicious Khmer dinner and accompanied by traditional music.
Best time of the year: thanks to a great irrigation, this experience can be done all year long.
Although rice is planted during the rainy season, around mid-June and harvested between mid-November and mid-January, the fields stay green during the dry season, mostly covered by grass.
Departure from your hotel: recommended 05:00pm
Departure from Chhreav Village: around 08h00
Accommodation at Phum Baitang