Khmer Cultural Immersion

Of Shadow Puppets & Classical Apsara Dance

$90.00 per guest


  • Experience in some depth about three distinct handpicked cultural art forms of Cambodia
  • Get an introduction to shadow puppetry and carve your own leather shadow puppet in a museum dedicated to this art
  • Learn and appreciate the elegant and graceful movements of the Apsara dance
  • End with a relaxing khmer spice cocktail class as you reflect on the day

Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Siem Reap
  • All tools & materials necessary
  • Traditional Apsara attire for the dance class
  • Lunch
  • English speaking guide

Not Inclusive of:

  • Personal expenses
$US 90.00 per guest
10 hours
1 - 4 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

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. Itinerary 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

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service is included in this tour. You will be asked to enter your pick up address during checkout
  • The Khmer Spice Cocktail class is not included in the price and requires selection from the add-ons
  • Wearing comfortable clothing is recommended
  • A bottle of water is recommended
  • This is a kid friendly activity
  • No previous experience needed

Upcoming availability

Thursday, May 23
Friday, May 24
Saturday, May 25

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Chetra Sopheak and Pari

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US$ 90.00 per guest