Extraordinary Dining Experience at Villa Chandara

4 HoursEnglish


  • A journey through beautiful and authentic rural Cambodia, far from the tourist crowds.
  • Sunset cocktails as the sun sets over the rice paddies at our charming exclusive villa.
  • A discovery of Khmer celebratory cuisine, 9 dishes served over 4 course, prepared onsite by our chef using local ingredients and methods.


Beyond the temples lies a rural landscape which is often little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. To depart Siem Reap having seen only the temple ruins is to miss contemporary Khmer culture. As infrastructure and technology encroaches upon the countryside this opportunity will soon be lost.

After a short drive from Siem Reap visit a colourful contemporary pagoda to learn more about the importance of Buddhism in rural communities and seek a *blessing from the monks*.

This evening is situated in a beautiful and tranquil village to the north of the *Western Baray*. An impressive engineering feat, this man-made reservoir was once integral to the complex Angkorian rice irrigation system. You will travel by boat (depending on water level) late this afternoon.

To relax here a while is an opportunity to slow down and just watch, cold drink in hand. The tempo of the Cambodian countryside is truly meditation in motion. At the end of the day you will likely see ox-carts returning from the fields, children washing their water buffalos, or playing and laughing as they jump from the bridge into the stream.

While our chef prepares your dinner you can wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir. Listen to the elegance of *traditional Khmer music* played by local musicians, before being seated for your evening meal.

Return to the hotel at your leisure in your private vehicle. Most guests depart around 8:30 or 9pm.

- Pickup and return transfers in private vehicle
- Boat journey across the ancient West Baray
- Welcome glass of prosecco
- Free-flow sunset cocktails, beers and wines.
- Fine dining (4 courses, 11 dishes)
- Free-flow beverages: red-white wines, local beers, cocktails, soft drinks, chilled mineral waters.

Other important information:
- Dining is in the open air and naturally there are bugs attracted to the lighting. While we take every care to limit the effects through specialist lighting you should take note and dress accordingly.
Anti-bug spray is provided.
- Sensible footwear is recommended for walking in the countryside. Climbing in and out of boats is necessary and there is a short ladder staircase from the boat out of the Baray.
- Pick up at your hotel at 15:45 (tour will be canceled for departures later than 16:15)


  • Transfer included
  • Private activity
  • Operated by a company
  • Fixed time
  • Senior friendly
  • Kids friendly
  • Meal included
  • Restroom available
  • Water included
per adult
per child

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No Hidden Fees

Min 2 persons

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4.6 stars out of 5

Based on 7 reviews

Justin Belluccini
This was an amazing experience all around. We took a visually stunning boat ride across the West Baray to the north side of the reservoir where the village was located & the dinner was to be held. The ingredients, meat & produce for the dinner were all from the village itself & we were also shown some of the herbs that they grew. While waiting for our dinner we were seated with the sunset in the background. I suggest walking around the village before dinner is served & having a chance to see life & interacting with the people. The food was amazing. It was my first time trying khmer cuisine & it had the most simple & perfect amalgamation of flavours & freshness. The staff were also very accommodating, kind and generous. Thank you to everyone who made this experience memorable for us.

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Paul Amundrud

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