Siem Reap classes and workshops can be a great part of your Cambodia holiday experience. Many non-Khmer – visitors and expats alike – enjoy Khmer food. It is generally not spicy as other Southeast Asian cuisines, and home-cooked Khmer food is quite delicious.

That’s why taking cooking lessons to learn how to prepare authentic Khmer dishes are popular in Siem Reap. Several hotels and restaurants offer such cooking classes, and we present a few of them here. You may also participate in various other fun yet insightful activities and learn something new about the local Cambodian food and culture while on holiday!

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    Khmer Ceramics & Fine Arts Centre offers 2-hour classes where you can learn the ancient art of Khmer pottery. In a typical class, you are guided by Khmer potters and no prior experience is necessary for you to be able to create your own personal ceramic work of art. 

    After your class, they often offer to deliver your fired and glazed masterpiece to your place in Siem Reap within 24 hours. Free pick up from your hotel is also often part of the package, too.

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    Location: 130 Vithey Charles de Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Open: Daily from 8am to 8pm

    Phone: +855 17 843 014


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    Artisans d’Angkor Silk Painting and Weaving

    Artisans d’Angkor Silk Painting and Weaving
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    Artisans d’Angkor offers silk painting classes that are quite popular in Siem Reap. As a participant, you can learn how to mix colours and how to paint a modern or traditional Cambodian scene on such a unique medium. The classes are led by local artists who also teach you painting techniques so that you can produce your own designs.

    You can also learn how to weave silk cloth using silk produced at their own silk farm. The class features pre-warped looms, ready for weaving, and individual instruction by a master weaver. You can later bring home your woven pieces as a souvenir. Lessons are from about US$20 per person and by reservation only. You should contact beforehand on class availability.

    Location: Chantiers-Ecoles Stung Thmey, Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Open: Daily from 7.30am to 6.30pm

    Phone: +855 63 963 330


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    Cooking Class at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

    Cooking Class at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
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    The cooking class at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa can introduce you to the world of traditional Khmer cuisine. The cooking class usually lasts up to 4 hours, and you can choose from 3 different set menus. The class typically starts with a trip to a local market to learn about and buy ingredients, with the chef accompanying you as your guide.

    After the class, you can sample what you have prepared together with a glass of wine. Lessons can start at any time, but reservations need to be made a day in advance. The minimum number of students in a class is 2, and the maximum is 10.

    Location: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Sivatha Rd, Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Phone: +855 63 760 428

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    Cooking Class at Le Tigre de Papier

    Cooking Class at Le Tigre de Papier
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    The cooking class at Le Tigre de Papier lets you learn the art of Khmer cooking. The classes usually start at 10am, 1pm, and 5pm, and each class typically lasts up to 4 hours. The cooking class usually starts with a shopping trip to a local market where you’ll source the fresh local ingredients needed for your cooking back at the restaurant’s kitchen.

    You can choose from a wide variety of dishes on the restaurant’s Khmer menu. At the end of the class, you can enjoy the great Khmer dishes that you’ve enthusiastically prepared. They also offer vegetarian cooking classes, as well.

    Location: Mondulkiri Village, Street 08, Siem Reap 17252, Cambodia

    Phone: +855 85 657 465


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Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveller