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“Great Free Tour, Fascinating Learning Experience”
Review of Angkor Silk Farm

Angkor Silk Farm
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$83.00*
and up
Private Tour: Siem Reap City Tour Full Day
Ranked #19 of 182 things to do in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Angkor Silk Farm belongs to Artisans Angkor, a social-business enterprise aiming at reviving Khmer cultural heritage while giving job opportunities to young Cambodians living in rural areas.Free guided tours through the eight hectare farm give a unique insight into the different stages involved in silk production, from the mulberry tree orchards, silkworm breeding, the spinning mills and the dying and weaving processes in the very traditional way. A shop is there for visitors as well. Tours are in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean,Japanese or Khmer.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 25, 2013

I honestly don't know how anyone could not enjoy a visit to the Angkor Silk Farm. There is a free van ride at 0930 and 1330 (first come first served) from the Artisans d'Angkor and, once you arrive, they give you a free tour of the facilities! The guide begins by talking about the life cycle of the silk worm and showing how they are raised. After that, you visit the location where they turn the silk into thread, where they dye the silk, and where the silk is being weaver into beautiful patterns, by hand. It is simply fascinating to watch them work, and amazing to find out that an entire days work only produces .5 m of a 2 m long scarf. The only thing keeping the prices affordable is the fact the workers only earn $100 a month, which for them is a very livable wage. Our tour guide, Sokhen, didn't have the best English in the world but he took the time to repeat things to make sure we understood and, more importantly, he gave us time at each location to look around, take pictures, and ask questions. The tour ends at their shop where you can buy numerous silk items at comparatively affordable prices. Everything in the shop here costs around 50% less than a similar item purchased at the Jim Thompson house in Bangkok. If you are sick of the temples and don't want to spend your day in a musty museum I would highly recommend the Artisans d'Angkor and their silk farm tour. Fascinating, authentic, and free.

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Beautiful oasis out in the country. We had a free afternoon, and it was a pleasant and interesting visit. We took a tuk tuk out to the farm, but would recommend the free shuttle from Artisans d'Angkor in Siem Reap. The workshop is only minimally staffed on Sunday, and the guide seemed like he'd rather be off, too. However, his explanation was still fascinating, and we learned so much about silk! If you have more than 72 hours in the area, or if you are a little overloaded on temples, consider this attraction!

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Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Well worth a visit. We had a very informative guide who had a good sense of humour and was easy to understand. The process of making silk is fascinating, and we were amazed at the skills of the workers. Some lovely souvenirs in the shop.

1  Thank Sarah M
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

The visit itself leaves much to be desired both in terms of the guide (inadequate English and quick to move from one exhibit to the other) and presentation and the place looks drab. Unless you have time to spare, don't bother and if you want to find out about how silk is made there's better stuff on YouTube. The silk shop is a more interesting experience and excellent silk articles (in Vietnam and Cambodia one has to be careful that make sure that when silk is mentioned it is genuine) can be had for a fraction of the prices in America and Europe.

Thank Viphil M
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This free tour is a very nice way to see how silk fabric is made. I loved it because it was so informative and nicely made. All of the stages in the process was explained very good by the Cambodian guide. His English was in fact very good! It's very worth the trip!

Thank mutvik
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