Raffles Hotels and Resorts Journey Through Khmer Culture
Raffles Hotels and Resorts in conjunction with Hanuman Travel is offering a new twist to the fascinating tour through this historic country. This six-day journey takes travellers into the culture and artistic heritage alongside the traditional historic sites. The tour is based at Cambodia’s only two luxury hotels that date back to the early 20th century Indochine era. It explores Khmer culture both past and present, through the eyes of the people who have lived it and are now writing the next chapter. In recent years the Cambodian people have strived to reignite Khmer art and craft traditions and today there is an exciting new energy that surrounds the traditional arts scene.
Meet Eric Raisina, one of Cambodia’s leading fashion designers, adored by Lulu de la Falaise and Christian Lacroix, who is raising the profile of Cambodian silk on the international fashion scene. Witness Chhim Sothy at work, a painter whose intricate paintings of the Ramayana era have been exhibited around the world. Learn from iconic Arts Master, Mann Kosal who has breathed new life into the ancient tradition of shadow puppetry. Discover the original recipes from the Royal Palace of Cambodia and find out how charitable projects are teaching young people the skills they need for a brighter future through working at the Lotus Blanc restaurant in Phnom Penh or at the Artisans d’Angkor’s Silk Farm in Siem Reap.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts are well qualified to lead this experience as both Raffles hotels in Cambodia have played a part in the country’s eventful history since they opened in the 1920’s.They are the only hotels in Cambodia allowed to display the Royal crest above the door and serve original Khmer dishes, having been granted permission from the late King Father Norodom to use the Royal Palace of Cambodia’s recipes.
A Journey Through Khmer Culture starts from USD 3,187 (GBP 2,073) per person based on two people. This includes 5 nights’ accommodation in Landmark Rooms with Raffles Hotels & Resorts on a bed and breakfast basis, butler service, all activity options and additional meals stated in the itinerary, entrance fees, English speaking local guide and transfers. A 5 Night Suite option (Balcony Suite in Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Personality Suite in Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor starts from USD 4,230 (GBP 2,752).
A Journey Through Khmer Culture can be booked through Raffles Hotels & Resorts at www.raffles.com