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Review of Angkor Silk Farm

Angkor Silk Farm
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Private Tour: Siem Reap City Tour Full Day
Ranked #18 of 181 things to do in Siem Reap
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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
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“Very Educational”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

I'd visited a silk factory in China, but this is different. This is an actual farm where they grow silkworms and cultivate groves of mulberry bushes to feed the worms.

Admission is free, and you're provided a free tour guide when you arrive, but our guide was pretty useless. He wandered far ahead of us, and we had to hunt him down if we wanted to ask a question. I couldn't even find him at the end of the tour to leave a tip.

As is typical at Cambodia's tourist attractions, there's no air conditioning here (except in the gift shop), so it's hot when you tour. Go early or late to avoid the most intense heat of the day.

It's very interesting watching people work at each phase of silk manufacturing. You'll see actual silkworm hatchlings 8 days old through 25 days, when they spin their cocoons. You can watch each phase of silk production, from boiling the sticky cocoon goo off the threads, collecting it into individual strands, spinning it into spools, the dying process, etc. The wooden looms they use are fascinating - so old fashioned but perfectly functional, like the kind my great grandmother used to use to weave rag rugs back in the 1960s.

You can also read some history of the silk industry in Cambodia. At the end of the tour is a gift shop with shelves full of beautiful silk clothing, scarves, handbags, pillows, etc. You can buy locally made souvenirs like tea, aromatic oils, Cambodian coffee beans, etc.

It's quite a ride from downtown Siem Reap, especially via tuk tuk ... maybe 25-30 minutes. But we were glad we took the time to see this.

Visited April 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Now I understand and value silk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

I had no idea how much effort is required to make silk fabric. The tour guide was excellent, worthy of his tip at the end. No pressure to go into the shop or to buy. However, beautiful products are available at great-value prices; not to be missed. I am delighted with my gorgeous fuschia/aubergine dress and shawl. Thank you to Pan for her excellent service and advice.

Visited March 2014
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“Good tour, but good bit outside of city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

The tour is free and it was interesting to see the silk farm and the old equipment they use. I knew nothing about silk prior to it and learned a good bit from tour. My tour only lasted about 20 minutes and it took about 15 minutes to get there by tuk tuk. If you have the time, I recommend it, but if you are short on time, do not worry about it.

Visited March 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“interesting visit to this cottage industry”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

interesting and educational visit of silk farming and spinning of silk yarn and hand weaving of raw and pure silk and organic dyeing of the same .

Visited March 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

This tour is great and free!
Very informative learning about the silk process. Guide provided was excellent. Well worth doing

Visited March 2014
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