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Food tours in Phnom Penh

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Food tours are all the rage in Southeast Asia and in January 2019 we tried out three Phnom Penh food tours to see what their take was on what Cambodian food has to offer.





One tour, UrbanForage, we had tried on a previous visit a few years ago, so we gave them a whirl again, along with two relative newcomers, Phnom Penh Food Tours and Lost Plate. An important disclaimer here, while all three tours were tried out on an anonymous basis, one of the people behind Phnom Penh Food Tours was a writer for Travelfish some years ago—she did not know we were doing the tour until after we had completed it. As always, we paid our own way with all three operations.

Hot and spicy. Photo taken in or around Food tours in Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Hot and spicy. Photo: Stuart McDonald

It’s easy to think of food tours of all being the same, with little to differentiate the offerings, but what we found were three very different operations, each choosing to put a different degree of influence on food, and each will appeal to a different type of traveller (or foodie).

Phnom Penh Food Tours The sister tour to the longer-running Siem Reap Food Tours, Phnom Penh Food Tours offers two choices—a morning tour and an evening tour. If you have a serious interest in Cambodian street food, this is absolutely the tour operator you should use.

What a great smile. Near Orussey market. Photo taken in or around Food tours in Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

What a great smile. Near Orussey market. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We opted for the morning tour which took us through a range of street food outlets, markets, one sit-down restaurant and a lot of random snacking. Our local guide, Vanarith, hails from Koh Kong province in the southwest of the country—“born into a banana leaf” he exclaimed at one stage, and he was more than capable, with an excellent grasp of English and a very good rapport with the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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