Happy V Day From Urban Forage to You!

Today is the day of love and I thought I would write to you with 7 things I am loving about Cambodia (and how you can all get over here)!!!

I love that despite the quite recent horrific past of the Cambodian people there is the biggest, warmest, most beautiful smile everywhere I turn.
I love the adventures that are to be had and that there is so much more to this amazing country than temples.
I love that it is so freaking affordable - if you were a tight arse you could live on $10 a day (and still eat amaze balls food).
I love that I have had time to slow down, despite the frantic looking pace on the outside if you peel back a few layers Phnom Penh is one of the most  relaxed places I have experienced... you just need to give her time.
I love the food - come on - it had to get a mention. Aside from the delicious Khmer food Cambodia is home to a plethora of world class International   restaurants.
I love our new home, our apartment is like a little oasis and at the bargain price of USD250 per month.
I love and am very grateful for the new friendships I have made since our arrival and also importantly for all of this technology which makes it so easy to keep in touch with my old friends from around the world... how lucky are we...
Finally, I love that I get to experience this with my lover. Blessed...

I am also super excited to launch my very first ever Urban Forage Retreat. This is going to be an amazing trip!! Departing on July 25 for 12 days we are going to be experiencing the best of Cambodian cities, countryside, beaches and islands. This trip is a holiday not a tour, slow paced, plenty of time to stop and take it all in and importantly, relax. I want you to go home feeling refreshed and like you have had a holiday.

Below is the itinerary - drop a comment below in the comments section and let me know your thoughts and if you would like more details just reply to this email.

Happy V Day everyone.

Big love and smooches,

Ducky xoxo
Day 1 - Thursday July 25, 2013 (D)

Upon your arrival into Phnom Penh airport you will be greeted by your Urban Forage Retreats representative. You will then get your first taste of Cambodia with a Tuk Tuk ride into your Hotel. Hang on!!!

Free time to settle in (there will be a room available to shower and store your bags should you wish). We will then meet our local english speaking guide in the hotel reception at 10am for the mornings touring. Gain a valuable insight into the contrasts of Khmer history during visits to the Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields, a very confronting but important experience.

This afternoon is free time to explore this vibrant city or spend some time relaxing by the hotel pool. A list of our favourite boutiques will be available for those looking to shop or perhaps you would like to take in a Spa treatment?

We then invite you to meet at the hotel lobby at 6pm to be transferred to your welcome dinner. Dinner tonight will be held at Romdeng, an amazing restaurant that trains former street kids and marginalised youth in all arts of hospitality.
Accommodation - The Kabiki Hotel www.thekabiki.com

Day 2 - Friday July 26, 2013 (B,L)

This morning at we jump on a cyclo for an exciting trip to the countries namesake - Wat Phnom and then to learn about the plight of the local street children and what you can do to help at the ChildSafe Centre.

Optional lunch time yoga. Take in a yoga class at Yoga Phnom Penh with experienced instructors Alison and Oskar followed by a delicious lunch in the courtyard from ARTillery (organic, raw, vegan and vegetarian options available)

This evening you are free to join us at 5pm to depart for a sunset cocktail in Phnom Penh’s riverside precinct followed by a cooking class where you can learn the art of cooking Cambodia’s favourite dishes.

Accommodation - The Kabiki Hotel www.thekabiki.com

Day 3 - Saturday July 27, 2013 (B,D)

This morning is at leisure, for anyone wanting a very local experience we will be doing a trip to the BKK markets where you can sample some delicious street food.

We will depart from The Kabiki early afternoon for our scenic journey (3.5 hours) to the beautiful Vine Retreat, located in the countryside in the Kep province - our home for the next 2 days.

An amazing dinner will be served after our arrival. You can rest assured that much of what you eat at the Vine Retreat has been organically grown on site and what they do not grow themselves they try their best to source from local suppliers!

Accommodation - The Vine Retreat www.thevineretreat.com

Day 4 - Sunday July 28, 2013 (B,L,D)

Breakfast at your leisure. Today you can take as you please, there are bikes available to visit surrounding villages, you can opt for a half day mountain trek or perhaps the sunset trek or you may chose to just relax and enjoy the retreat’s facilities.

Accommodation - The Vine Retreat www.thevineretreat.com

Day 5 - Monday July 29, 2013 (B)

Breakfast at your leisure. This morning we depart Kep to Sihanoukville (3 hours drive) for our boat trip to Koh Rong (2 hours) - arguably Cambodia’s prettiest island, today is a long travel day however you will be rewarded upon your arrival with some of Cambodia’s best beaches.

Accommodation - TBA

Day 6 - Tuesday July 30, 2013 (B)

Day at leisure

Accommodation - TBA

Day 7 - Wednesday July 31, 2013 (B)

Day at leisure

Accommodation - TBA

Day 8 - Thursday August 1, 2013 (B)

Check out and transfer by boat (2 hours) to Otres Beach where your accommodation will be in rustic bungalows on the beach (please note that these bungalows are rustic with thatched roofs, fans and mozzie nets and have shared bathrooms but they are in the most amazing location!)

Accommodation - Sea Garden Bungalows

Day 9 - Friday August 2, 2013 (B,L)

Today (weather permitting) we will take a boat ride to Bamboo Island, we can try our hand at fishing or just enjoy swimming and snorkeling, an amazing BBQ lunch is included on the beach.

Depending on the weather you may be in for a treat tonight, try some night swimming and marvel as plankton illuminates all around you.

Accommodation - Sea Garden Bungalows

Day 10 - Saturday August 3, 2013 (B)

Day at Leisure

Tonight we can check out Otres beach markets - a chilled out, relaxed night to take in some amazing food and an open mic.

Accommodation - Sea Garden Bungalows

Day 11 - Sunday August 4, 2013 (B,D)

Enjoy your final morning of free time before checking out at noon for our transfer back to Phnom Penh (5 hours drive) and check into The Kabiki. We would love you to join us tonight for our farewell dinner at Friends International - another great training restaurant.

Accommodation - The Kabiki

Day 12 - Monday August 5, 2013 (B)

Breakfast at leisure before your included departure transfer to the airport for your onwards journey. Check out is at midday.

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