True Cambodia with Deana Saukam

One Departure Only | November 11 - 19, 2018

9 Days, 8 Nights

Siem Reap, temples of Angkor, Phnom Penh, Kep

November 11 - 19, 2018

Limited to 18 travelers and likely to sell out.

$4,500*

*per person, based on double occupancy. $4,800 after Aug 10
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True Cambodia with Deana Saukam

We’re deeply honored to experience Cambodia alongside a woman whose passion for this country and its culture – the ancient traditions and emerging sophistication – is as inspired as it is inspiring.

Deana’s grandfather, Saukam Khoy, was the last president of Cambodia before the country fell to the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Fortunate to escape the genocide that killed millions of Cambodians, her parents fled and settled in Houston, Texas, where Deana grew up. Though her parents didn’t often talk about the country they left behind, they did keep Deana connected to Cambodia through language, culture, religion and – perhaps most critically – through food.

Deana returned to Cambodia for the first time in 2015, spending two months reconnecting with the people and culture that help to define her. So many of the connections were through food. She sought out old classics like her mother once prepared and hunted down recipes from home cooks and local chefs. “My whole focus is food and travel. I love to showcase experiences that I’m really excited about.”

Deana will take us to the places that inspire her: We’ll travel with Deana from the crab markets of Kep to the street stalls of Phnom Penh. We’ll meet and cook with local chefs, explore the famous temples of Angkor, track down the best rooftop cocktail bars and the most exotic night markets. We’ll eat humble street food and dine at the country’s top restaurants. We’ll travel by scooter, rickshaw, tuk tuk and fishing boat and leave with an appreciation and celebration of true Cambodia. “This trip will be a real experience of how I see Cambodia, and how I believe people should see Cambodia.”

Explore

Angkor Wat, street markets, royal palaces, pagodas

Savor

Traditional street food, award-winning restaurants, the best local dishes

Honor

Buddhist culture, Khmer traditions, Cambodian hospitality

Celebrate

The people we’ll meet, the amazing food we’ll eat, our journey together

Deana Saukam

Photographer, food and travel writer, cultural ambassador

An adventurer through and through, Deana isn’t afraid to dive in and experience the places she visits on a more personal level, shirking the idea of ‘traditional’ tourist traps in favor of more authentic encounters.

Deana’s passions are food and travel. And photography. And art. And fashion. She’s bilingual in English and Khmer. Home is Austin, Texas, and she’s on the road frequently in Europe and Asia, hunting through street-cart vendors and markets in search of treasure. She’s forever wanting to share her knowledge. Just like your very first childhood friend, she’s the kind of woman that’ll split her own cookie with you just to show you what it tastes like.

She’s also working on a Cambodian cookbook. We’re salivating over the possibility of preparing our own comforting curries and noodle soups from her recipes. Take just one look at Deana’s Instagram to see why she’s our favorite cross-cultural ambassador and possibly the most qualified human on Planet Earth to lead us on a discovery of true Cambodia.

Meet Deana Saukam

Deana Saukam

Photographer, food and travel writer, cultural ambassador

An adventurer through and through, Deana isn’t afraid to dive in and experience the places she visits on a more personal level, shirking the idea of ‘traditional’ tourist traps in favor of more authentic encounters.

Deana’s passions are food and travel. And photography. And art. And fashion. She’s bilingual in English and Khmer. Home is Austin, Texas, and she’s on the road frequently in Europe and Asia, hunting through street-cart vendors and markets in search of treasure. She’s forever wanting to share her knowledge. Just like your very first childhood friend, she’s the kind of woman that’ll split her own cookie with you just to show you what it tastes like.

She’s also working on a Cambodian cookbook. We’re salivating over the possibility of preparing our own comforting curries and noodle soups from her recipes. Take just one look at Deana’s Instagram to see why she’s our favorite cross-cultural ambassador and possibly the most qualified human on Planet Earth to lead us on a discovery of true Cambodia.

Meet Deana Saukam

Your Experience

“My favorite Cambodian noodle soup is from Phnom Penh. It is THE dish that we eat for breakfast. It's the best that I've ever had.”
Deana Saukam

November 11 - 19, 2018
Siem Reap | Phnom Penh | Kep

“I am an adventurous eater. I eat pretty much anything and everything.”
Deana Saukam

Day by Day

True Cambodia with Deana Saukam. The temples of Angkor, Siem Reap’s food scene, Phnom Penh’s nightlife, the unhurried rhythm of Kep and coastal Cambodia.

Day 1 | November 11

We start at our hotel in the heart of Siem Reap, and kick off the trip with a food-lover’s introduction to Cambodia at the city’s colorful, chaotic outdoor market. In the afternoon we visit the famous temples of Angkor, a vast and majestic empire of ruined roads, canals and small lakes. Angkor Wat itself is arguably the world’s most famous temple ruin. We’ll explore in late-afternoon light, finishing up with a cold coconut juice and the joyful experience of sunset over the temple.

Deana will take us on a short walk through a local night market – this is your chance to sample fried or stuffed frog, or maybe fried crickets – before dinner at one of Siem Reap’s finest modern restaurants, headed by Cambodia’s only master chef in a tranquil outdoor setting.

Day 2 | November 12

We’ll travel into the countryside by tuk tuk for a hands-on cooking class hosted by chef Mork Mengly, one of Cambodia’s rising culinary stars and famous for transforming humble ‘countryside food’ into haute cuisine. We’ll have the added privilege of meeting Joannès Rivière, renowned chef of Cuisine Wat Damnak, to share his passion for authentic Cambodian flavors and French culinary techniques.

After lunch we visit a local pagoda to experience a traditional water blessing led by Buddhist monks. Then it’s off to Phare Ponleu Selpak (Khmer Modern Circus), originally set up in refugee camps to help displaced Cambodian express themselves through art. The non-profit has earned numerous awards for its work and mission. We’ll catch a late afternoon performance before returning to our hotel with the evening to explore on our own, with a thoughtful list of dining recommendations to guide us.

Day 3 | November 13

Sunrise at Angkor. We rise early, cruise through the still pre-dawn streets of Siem Reap, and climb the steep steps of Pre Rup temple as the morning mist is pierced by the sun rising gracefully above Angkor’s rice fields and temples. We’ll slurp a traditional Khmer breakfast of green curry noodles with fresh greens at a local village, then head to the jungle-clad ruins of Ta Prohm, one of Angkor’s most photogenic temples, and the Bayon Temple, at the center of the ancient city.

The afternoon is yours to relax, enjoy the hotel pool and spa, or explore Siem Reap. We’ll reconvene in the evening for a pre-dinner aperitif of infused rice wine in a traditional stilt home. Dinner is at Chef Somontha Oeng’s award-winning restaurant, Khmer Touch, easily one of Siem Reap’s top dining spots.

True Cambodia with Deana Saukam

Select Number of Passengers

$4,500

Per Person,
Based on Double Occupancy

So many questions, right?

That’s OK, we have answers. Read our FAQs below. Or call us at +1 (855) 219-8018 to speak with a Modern Adventure Trip Specialist.

  1. What does the price include?

    Eight nights of four- and five-star hotel and resort lodgings; most meals; food tastings, cooking classes, and all guided activities as noted; private in-country group transportation from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh to Kep, and back to Phnom Penh; luggage transfers.

  2. What is not included?

    Air transportation to/from Cambodia; airport transfers; one lunch and one dinner; alcoholic beverages (except at included wine tastings); entrance fees, meals, and all personal items during leisure time; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; gratuities and items of a personal nature; personal services in hotels (telephone, laundry, room service).

  3. How many people on the trip?

    We limit the group to no more than 18 fellow adventurers.

  4. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel up to 91 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between 90 and 61 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee. Within 60 days or less of departure there is a 100% cancellation fee. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details.)

  5. Do I pay a supplement for a single room?

    Yes, there is a $1050 supplement for solo travelers, to be paid after your booking is confirmed.

  6. Do I need a travel visa?

    For U.S. citizens and citizens of most countries, your Cambodian tourist visa is obtainable upon arrival at the Siem Reap International Airport. You’ll need to bring a passport photo and $30 in cash. Visas are valid for up to one month stay in Cambodia.

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