Culture and Arts Tours

At Adventurous Asia, we want to connect travelers to an infinite number of local experiences Cambodia has to offer through the arts, culture, music, food and adventure. And through all these facets of a city, are the local hosts at Adventurous Asia who can truly enrich the ‘local experience’.

We want to see new friendships forged, new experiences gained, new skills learnt and new memories created.  Stories are special and everlasting. The often inaccessible backstreets are a rare glimpse for a traveler, but we are changing that, one story at a time.

Apsara Dance: A Khmer classical dance!!!  At the ancient time this dance was a blessing that performed during specific ceremonies in the Royal Palace and temples of Angkor. Today the dances performed at any requested areas to highlight the daily lives of the people and in various ceremonies in order for social reflection and narrate classical myths or religious stories.

The dances are mostly played by young women who have trained since they were little girls, sewn into tight-fitting traditional dress, with graceful, sinuous gestures.

Initiations do not require any specific physical ability as they can be adapted to your own fitness level. Costumes/uniforms are also provided. The lessons are private and will help you gain a deeper

Carvings: Carving course an interesting activity for travelers. In Cambodia there are three main curses of carving, wood, stone and animal skin carvings.  There most of  carving schools are in Siem Reap region, nearby Angkor temples, some of them are located in pagoda where craftsman trained by local monks where they reflect the mazing arts of the Khmer during the Angkor period and  famous characters of the people. 

Paintings: our host enjoyed sharing his craftsmanship with our guests. we do have varieties of painting, stretching on with iron pencil, using oil for any water color or you decide to have all courses.  Beautiful handmade souvenirs were made as a token of memory of their time in Cambodia. We hope to welcome you guys to make your experience one in unforgettable life time.

Weavings: Silk weaving is a tradition that traces its origins back to the 13th century, as a result of the influence of the Silk Road in South Asia. It became an exclusive vocation for the women of rural villages who produced among others, one of the most famous Cambodian fabrics called “Hol Lboeuk” they still use traditional technique, we revive this ancient technique in Cambodia in its very traditional way. 

Our weaving course helps travelers earn a fantastic experience with our weaving host. The travelers can   choose their preferred colors, learnt how to use the looms and weaved through the patterns before going home with scarves or any equipment created by their own hands!

Silva Making: Silver was made into a variety of items, including weaponry, coins, ceremonial objects used in funerary and religious rituals, and betel boxes. During Cambodia's colonial period, artisans at the School of Fine Art produced celebrated silverwork. Today, silverwork is popular for boxes, jewelry, and souvenir items; these are often adorned with fruit, fire, and Angkor-inspired motifs. Men produce most of the forms for such work, but women often complete the intricate filigree.

Traditional Khmer Music:  Just indulge yourself in the traditional Khmer Musical instruments with local musicians in a local music theater. Simply put, both host and guests had a delightful time sharing and experiencing the connection between different cultures.

Cooking Class: Adventurous Asia provides a wide range of fantastic community and village experiences ideal for both male and female, single traveler and group.  Any activity you prefer can offer a range of unique experiences within the Cambodian countryside.   This activity works with the local community to ensure you have a meaningful experience and learn more about real life of locals.

This activity is to an in depth and meaningful experience for foreigners visiting Cambodia.  First you do village market tour and then learn about food preparation in a Khmer home. Finally learn about the typical ingredients in Cambodian cooking and have the opportunity to see Cambodian cooking first hand.

Khmer Boxing  (Pradal Serey): Pradal Serey  "free fighting" Kick boxing . The sport consists of standing up striking and clinches fighting where the objective is to knock an opponent out, force a technical knockout, or win a match by points. Pradal Serey is most well-known for its kicking technique, which generates power from your hip rotation rather than snapping the leg.  Pradal Serey consists of four types of strikes: punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. You can use all the four skills or any effective skill based on the weakness point of your defender. Cambodian fighters tend to utilize more elbow strikes than that of other martial arts in the region. In Pradal Serey, more victories come by way of an elbow technique than any other strikes. The way you used elbow is the way you save more energy as the flight last four rounds and spend your whole entire energy.

Ceramics: Cambodian pottery traditions date to 5000 BCE. Ceramics were mostly used for domestic purposes such as holding food and water. At the Ancient time the ceramics had been used at different ceremonies. Khmer people used them for daily life.  As evidence, Khmer ceramics were locally made here and ever exported to other countries as well.

Whatever shape you like to make,  your favorite you can make any ceramics in the shape of birds, elephants, rabbits, and other animals were popular between the 11th and 13th centuries and today also still used  everywhere, in the village and communities, the Royal Palace, monastery, luxury hotels and restaurants and noble residences.  

You make it either on a pottery wheel or use shaping tools such as paddles and anvils. Firing was done in clay kilns, which could reach high enough temperatures. Our host will guide you and show you how to make them.

Knife Making: Traditional knife making is becoming a rare art these days as products from blacksmiths are being replaced by manufactured goods. There are however still traces of age old methods of smiting still seen in the Adventurous Asia backstreets. Knife making is an essential skill for Cambodian people as they are farmers and need to know how to make and repair their own tools. We want you do all process, to learn how to cut the metal, create the shape, solder the parts, creating the knife handle with bamboo and understand the whole process of crafting tools before going home with your own hand-crafted knives, which we are absolutely proud of!

 

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