Food Writing Retreat in Cambodia

Food. Writing. Photography. Cambodia. Some of my favourite things in the world, and the makings of a fabulous creative and cultural experience.

My mates Lara and Terence at Grandtourismo are the hosts of the Cambodia Culinary Travel Writing and Photography Retreat, which really sounds like my kind of holiday.

Cambodia Culinary Writing and Photography Retreat

Cambodian fresh noodle soup, dumplings and tea in Battambang. Photo by Terence Carter.

I’ve followed Lara and Terence’s travel, food and photography adventures online for years. They are among my all-time favourite bloggers, and they really know their stuff. They’re based in Siem Reap, where they immerse themselves in all things culinary.

They will share their knowledge of Cambodia and its food and people during a 10-day creative retreat which begins in Siem Reap, home to the beautiful and mysterious temples of Angkor Wat. The retreat also includes three days in Battambang and some excursions to the countryside.

The first retreat was a great success, and this year they’re planning another from May 22-31.

A vendor grills his chicken in Siem Reap. Photo by Terence Carter.

A vendor grills his chicken in Siem Reap. Photo by Terence Carter.

If you’d like to see more details of the writing retreat, read Lara’s post here. I am counting my pennies and eyeing a spot on their October retreat.

I want to find about more about Cambodian cuisine, and meet people like this dessert maker in Battambang.

The last of her kind

The last of her kind


There’s still time to sign up for the May retreat. The total package includes:

* 10 nights accommodation
* daily breakfast
* nine lunches
* nine dinners
* snacks/tastings
* all tours, excursions, activities and experiences
* classes
* transport
* guides
* some entry fees (as specified in the itinerary)
* tuition
* writing/ photography workshops
* one-on-one consultations with Lara and/or Terence

Prices start from US$1,205 per person.

If you use the code CTWPR-DOD when booking, you’ll receive a gift packs of gourmet goodies from Cambodia. If you can’t take food home, you’ll get a massage and/or spa products instead.

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8 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  1. lara dunston says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this news, Barbara. Apologies for the delay in extending my appreciation, however, we’ve been on the road for a month in Myanmar and Bangkok.

    We still have some spots available for May and we’ll be announcing dates for October very soon. Happy to answer any questions your readers might have.

    And congratulations on the success of the launch of your Vietnam book. Well done! About to start reading it!
    lara dunston recently posted..Discover Cambodian Cuisine, Asia’s Most Misunderstood Cuisine

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