Who is this workshop for?
Food bloggers, food writers and food and travel photographers at all skill levels. Writers and bloggers who want to add to their skill set and create more compelling on-site and styled food images, food bloggers who want to pursue a freelancing career and/or write and photograph a book, aspiring food and travel photographers with an interest in writing about food and those wanting to improve their skills in creating food and/or travel related content for websitest will all benefit from this workshop.
Classes/instruction combined with hands-on photographic practice in the field AND private coaching/workshop sessions with photography and writing instructors will enable participants to maximize and tailor their experience to their individual needs and goals.
What should I bring?
Your camera, extra memory cards, batteries and charger and a laptop computer for viewing and editing photos and for short in-class writing assignments. Notebooks and pens. (David will send out a detailed photographic packing list 1 month before the workshop.)
Cambodia is an inexpensive place to travel and shop so, aside from camera equipment, you’ll be able to purchase almost anything you might have forgotten to pack.
Can I bring my spouse/partner/friend?
Yes! We have room for 4 workshop participants to bring a non-participating partner who will share your room (with a double bed) and join us for all meals. Non-participating partners will not join us for photography, writing or cooking instruction/lunch or — due to space considerations and the need to give workshop participants plenty of room to work — on excursions other than to meals.
But never fear — Siem Reap offers endless diversions to keep your partner busy while you work! Beyond Angkor Wat (a private tuk-tuk to tour temples can be hired for as little as U$20 a day) there are food outings offered by Siem Reap Food Tours, shopping in and around Siem Reap and many other activities. He or she will also enjoy hanging out by the pool at the hotel.
The cost to bring a non-participating partner (see our Accomodations and Costs page for details) covers your partner’s accommodation in your room, their breakfast every morning at the hotel and group meals and associated transport.
Do I need a visa?
Probably. Citizens of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) member countries may be exempt from visas — check with the Cambodian embassy in your country.
Most other travellers need a visa to enter Cambodia, which is available on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap (or Phnom Penh) for U$30; bring a passport photo and clean, undamaged bills. There is also an ATM machine at the airport next to the visa counter.
How will I get to Siem Reap and the hotel?
Many regional airlines including Malaysia Air, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Air, Bangkok Airway, Thai Airways and budget carriers like AsiaAir and TigerAir fly to Siem Reap. You can also reach Siem Reap by luxury bus from Phnom Penh, or by private taxi (5 to 6 hours) from Bangkok.
Siem Reap is a small town and the hotel is about 20 minutes from the airport. You can book a taxi on arrival at the airport (the taxi window is outside the terminal, to your left as you exit international arrivals) for U$10, or contact the hotel directly to arrange a private transfer in their funky vintage Mercedes (not included in the price of the workshop — about U$20).
Can I arrive before the workshop begins and/or stay on in Siem Reap after it finishes?
Of course. If you wish to arrive early or stay late at our venue please book directly with Viroth’s Hotel only for the extra nights you plan to stay. (Booking on the website is easy, here.) If you let us know that you have booked extra days we can contact the hotel and try to secure the room you’ll have for the workshop, so that you don’t have to move.
If you wish to explore more of Cambodia before or after the workshop — Phnom Penh, the coastal towns of Kep (for crab!) and Kampot, or the rustic arts center of Battambang — check out the website Move to Cambodia , a trove of food- and travel-related information.
What should I wear?
Expect hot weather and probably (but not guaranteed) rain. Shorts are perfectly acceptable, and washable shoes are advised for tromping around food markets. Siem Reap is casual; dress up for our dinners out if you wish, or wear shorts. None of our dining venues will be air conditioned.
While Cambodia is not particularly conservative please show respect when visiting temples by covering your knees and shoulders.
You can have laundry done fairly inexpensively at the hotel (not included in workshop price), or at any of the many private laundries in town (much cheaper).
What about currency? Do I need to change money when I arrive?
While Cambodia has its own currency, the riel, the local currency of choice is US dollars. Almost everything is priced in dollars, including tuk-tuk rides. You can pay in riel for things like street food and tuk-tuks (and you may get change in riel at stores), figured at the current exchange rate (about 4,000 riel per US dollar as of January 2016). But there is really no need to change money because US dollars are accepted everywhere.
Cambodians will not accept badly soiled or ripped dollar bills; bring clean bills and plenty of single dollar bills. You can also get dollars from the ATMs around Siem Reap.
Anything else I should know?
Like most other countries in south east Asia, Cambodia has a problem with dengue fever. Bring good mosquito repellent with plenty of DEET (we favour REI’s Jungle Juice) and consider lightweight trousers for evenings out.
Purchase good travel insurance before departing for the workshop! Please note that we are not responsible for injuries or illness incurred during the course of the workshop.
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