Few people are aware that during the golden ages of the Angkor empire, believed to be between the 9th and 14th century, there was a huge influence of culture from the Khmer empire that permeated much of Southeast Asia as we know today - most notably in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The cultural influences are most apparent in the temple ruins that are scattered throughout these countries. Similarities can be found in the temple architecture, art forms such as shadow puppetry, classical traditional dances and in many other facets of culture across the region. These cultural similarities evokes a strong inclination towards the might and influence of the Angkor empire in its unparalleled achievements in the arts, architecture, music and dance.
In this special cultural experience, we will gather around some of the most inspiring cultural facets of Cambodia that have lived on since the Angkorian times and indulge in its timeless influence in shaping modern day Cambodia.
We will start the tour with a master leather carver with whom you will get to carve shadow puppetry figures that are used to tell tales of the local folklore. Next, you will grace the stage where you will learn the elegant Apsara dance. The last but not least is you will have a Cambodian Spice Cocktail class in the evening.
0800 - 1100: Pick up from hotel and head to the leather carving workshop
1100 - 1300: Head for a local lunch
1300 - 1430: Apsara appreciation workshop
1430 - 1800: Drop off back to hotel
1800 - 1900: Khmer cocktail session at 6 pm