For a free tasting

Would you like to discover Sombai with a free tasting?

We propose a free tasting session to enjoy all 8 flavours of Sombai directly at the workshop specially designed for this discovery.  The workshop & shop have been set up in a charming traditional Khmer house with a homy tasting lounge.  After the tasting,  you can quietly choose your bottles, whether hand-painted or with a label, which will be unique souvenirs from Siem Reap.

You are welcome individually or in group (up to 50 people) daily from 8am to 8pm. For large groups, it is safer to inform in advance.


  1. At the Sombai Workshop, #294 Salakamreuk Road, between Suorkear Boutique and Le Jardin d’Angkor Hotel only 3 minutes from the Old Market (see map). Daily from 8am to 8pm (upon reservation only).
  2. At the Made in Cambodia Market, you will find our stall with the 8 flavours of Sombai, the 3 flavours of Joe’s Kampot Pepper Liqueur and the amazing alcoholic jams. From noon to evening (22h).

How to book a tasting at the workshop?

Give a call in advance to book a tasting session.

  • English & French: +855 (0) 95 810 890
  • E-mail:

Also you can book a full visit of the workshop with local snacks for a minimal fee through Expedia or Viator/TripAdvisor to have a pick-up and get a priority treatment.

More details…

For more details you can read the reviews posted on Tripadvisor regarding the Sombai Workshop.


80 thoughts on “For a free tasting

  1. Hello: I would like to arrange a tasting for either Tuesday or Wednesday next week. What time and day is best for you? We would also very much like a tour of the infusing process and/or distillery, if that is possible? Thank you.

    1. Dear Kelly,

      We will welcome you with pleasure.
      Any day and any time of the day between 10 am and 6pm is convenient for us. Just confirm the time for your visit 1 day in advance by sending a message or calling 095 810 890.
      We also invite you to “like” our facebook page (


      Lionel & Joelle

  2. Hello,

    I would like to know if you will be open for tasting in the afternoon on Monday, 23rd December.

    Looking forward to discovering Sombai !

    Thank you,


  3. Hi,

    My mom and I will be visiting Siem Reap next month and we would love to come for a tasting tour at the shop! Is February 14th 1pm okay for you? Please let me know. Thank you 🙂


    1. Dear Rachel,

      Looks like we have a date on Valentine’s day 😉
      We will be delighted to receive you at our Sombai Lounge for this tasting. All is confirmed.

      Looking forward to meeting you

      Joëlle & Lionel

    1. Hi Gabor,

      We will be delighted to see you tomorrow. 5pm would work for you?
      May I ask how many people you will be?


  4. Hi Joëlle & Lionel,

    we are visiting Siem Reap and would like to book a tasting session on 9/5/14 at 5pm. Is that alright? Just my husband and I.

    1. Dear Jessica,

      Yes, it is alright.
      We are waiting for you tomorrow at 5pm.
      Take our phone number (095 810 890) and the instruction for the tuk-tuk with you as most of them don’t know how to come here.

      Kindest regards,

  5. Hi there,

    Myself and a friend would like to come for some tasting, you guys are only open 10am to 6pm right? We are thinking either 2nd Aug tomorrow night or 3rd Aug afternoon. Please do let us know via email if possible thanks.


    1. Hi Jason,

      Our workshop & shop is open for walk-ins daily from 9am to 5pm. But if you book your visit, we can open the shop for you as we live just nearby. Feel free to give us your time and we will arrange to have it opened for your visit.


    1. Hi David,
      You don’t need to book, but if you want to have a visit by the owners, it is better to book a time in order to be sure that they are here.
      Else there is always someone at the shop between 9am and 5pm for your tasting and shopping.


  6. Hello! My friend and I would like to visit for tasting. Can we come on September 4? Still not sure though if we would be visiting in the morning or in the afternoon.

    1. Hi,

      The Sombai Workshop & Shop is open everyday from 9am to 5pm.
      But if you book a specific time, we can arrange that the owners will be there at that time to handle the presentation and the tasting.


  7. Hi there! the two of us would like to visit for a tasting on the 20th of November, probably around 4pm? Thank you!

    1. Hi Jason,

      Thank you for your interest in Sombai.
      Your booking is confirmed.

      Looking forward to meeting you soon,

      Lionel & Joëlle

  8. Hello,

    My husband and me would like to taste sombai today (our last day in Siem reap). Could we come by today say around 11am?


    1. Hi,

      Thank you for you (and your husband’s) interest in Sombai.
      You booking is confirmed. We will be waiting for you on Wednesday 11am.

      Have a very nice day

      Lionel & Joelle

  9. Hi,

    I would like to book a tasting for Sunday 15th at 5pm if that’s okay.

    Just one person right now but if more decide to come I’ll let you know.


    1. Dear Jennifer,

      Greetings from Sombai.
      As the workshop/shop closes at 5pm, would it be possible to come at 4:30pm instead?


      Lionel & Joëlle

  10. Hi,

    Four of us would like to book a free tasting on this upcoming Wednesday (15 Apr 2015), 12pm. Please let us know whether the slot is available. Thanks!


    1. Dear Belle,

      Your booking is confirmed. We are waiting for you 4 on Wednesday 12pm at our workshop.


  11. Hello there,

    I’m a solo traveller and would like to come by for a free tasting session on 19 April, Sunday, at around 1pm. Please kindly advise whether the time mentioned above is available. Many thanks:))))


  12. Hello,

    Could we come for a free tasting tomorrow, wednesday 25th november at 12 noon (2people)?

    We are staying at maison 557.

    Karin & Bruce

  13. Hello! I would like to book a cocktail tasting (with snacks) for 4 adults for January 3rd at 3PM. Actually, we would like to taste the wines on their own as well as some cocktails — not sure what the charge is for that? Also, is it okay for us to come with 2 children? Obviously, they will not be drinking 🙂 but we have no one to babysit them. Please let me know what you think and what the price will be for our group (4 adults, 2 non-drinking children). Thank you!

    1. Hi Preeta,

      Sorry for the late answer, I was checking if we will have staff able to make the cocktail on that day. And it is ok.


  14. Hello again! I am still awaiting a reply to my previous message, but I am wondering if we can change the date to December 21st instead? Cocktail tasting & wine tasting for 4 adults with snacks for 4 adults and 2 children. We are able to come at any time on December 21st, can you suggest a time?

    1. Dear Peetra,

      Yes, on 21st, it works for us. 3pm is a good time also if it works for you. Could you kindly confirm?

      Best regards,


  15. Hi Sombai,
    Can we do a visit with the tasting on 7th March 2016 about 2pm? We have 4 person here. Thanks.

    1. Hi,

      Your booking is confirmed.
      If ever the tuktuk driver cannot find the place, he can call the shop 063 555 0280 for the instructions in Khmer.



  16. Hello,

    Can I schedule a tasting for this Friday March 11 around 6pm? Let me know if this booking is confirmed please.

    Thank you,

  17. Hi ,good evening to you. I would like to schedule a tasting for tomorrow 6/5/16 at around 12 pm, with a tour of the infused process. May I know is that possible ? ThankQ.

    1. Hi Joy,

      Greetings from Sombai.
      The time slot tomorrow at noon is free. You can come for a tasting.



  18. Hi!
    I know it’s late notice and we’ll try to call from our hotel in the morning if I don’t get a reply back, but my husband and I would love to do a rice wine tasting tomorrow afternoon (22May2016) around 2pm, if possible….?
    Thank you!


  19. Hi there we would like to visit the workshop on august 27 we are 14 persons…how much is the entrance fee..i will give a message when we are in siem rep thank u

    1. Hi Angel,

      We have 2 options:
      One is just to book a free tasting.
      The other one is to have a VIP treatment, including tuktuk pick-up and return, a cold bottle of water and snacks during the tasting for $5 per pax.
      In any case, please book in advance as for a large group like that we have to keep the place only for you during 1 hour.



  20. Hi, four of us would be interested in come for a free tasting on Saturday around 4. Does that work? Thank you.

  21. Hi, I purchased a bottle at the PHARE Circus and it was taken at the airport. Is there any way to order and have a bottle shipped to the US? Thank you!!

    1. Hi Angela,

      So sorry to heard that.
      I guess you took the 200ml bottles. At the airport, these bottles need to be checked-in as it is more than 100ml (we also sell 100ml at the Circus which are fit-for-carry-on-luggage size).
      Regarding sending to the US, unfortunately none of the shipping company here accept to send alcohol.
      The only option I now is to find an US expat here in Siem Reap who would be about to fly back to the US and to find an arrangement with him/her to take a bottle in their check-in luggage.
      Try to post here, as they are the most active:



  22. Hi, We are visiting Siem Reap and would like to book a free tasting session on 20th July at 5pm. Is that alright? Just two of us.

  23. Can we please come for a cocktail tasting tomorrow August 21st at 12 pm? Please let us know if that time works. Thank you!

    1. Hi Lindsay,

      Greetings from Sombai!
      Actually the tasting is only on the liqueur (not the cocktails). Should you need a pick-up and a VIP service, we can book a driver for you ($5 per pax).
      For the cocktail, you should book a cocktail class (daily only at 5pm for $25).
      And also today is already August 21st, so I guess you want it tomorrow 22nd August (Monday?).

      Could you please confirm, and I will do it for you.



  24. Great. Yes, we would just like to do the tasting today then at 12. I believe we can find our ride to your place. It will be for two people. Thank you!

  25. Hi, two of us would like to come for rice wine tasting on August 28th at 5pm. Please let us know if that time works. Thank you.

    1. Hi,

      You can come today at any time from 9am to 7pm. But it is better for you to indicate your time so we can do our best to have you alone at the workshop during the tasting.


  26. I must apologise that we must cancel our 1 pm today. Our tuk tuk driver could not find it and stopped to try to get directions several times.

  27. How would we carry the glass liqueur bottles with us on the flight? Do you pack it for us so we can check it in with our luggage.We are not allowed to carry bottled liquid as cabin luggage.
    What is the miminum number of bottles to purchase if you pack it for us for check-in luggage plse. Tq

    1. Hi Christina,

      First we do have some fit for carry-on luggage bottles (100ml size is allowed in cabin).
      Second, all our painted bottles come in a palm leaf box that protect it.
      Third, you can also buy extra palm leaf boxes for $0.5 to $1 for non-painted bottles.
      Fourth, for larger purchases, we can also put the bottles in a carton box with protection.

      So, you will not have to worry. Our bottles have travelled all around the world for the past 5 years. The only case of problem was when people forgot to check-in bottles larger than 100ml.

      Feel free to inform when you expect to come.

      See you soon


  28. Hi Lionel,
    I have read so many wonderful reviews & would be very disappointed to miss out on Sombai while in
    Siem Reap. My friend Jenny & I will be arriving in Siem Reap on 24th Feb 2017 at 8am.
    Could we attend your 10am workshop on the same day please.
    We are booked into Golden Temple Hotel ,7 Makara road, or Angkor High School road , Siem Reap.Telephone: +855 (0)12 756 655
    Would you be able to arrange for a tuk tuk to pick us up at our hotel on 24th Feb at 9.45am please & advise us of the cost plus a return trip to the hotel.
    Your kind assistance is greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Christina,

      We can organise a pick-up including VIP treatment (tasting with snacks) during your visit at 10am if you book through Viator:,%20Cambodge&categories=Food%20%26%20Drink

      If you want more we also propose a full package with cocktail class, visit and tasting in the afternoon (by 5pm to 7pm):,%20Cambodge&categories=Food%20%26%20Drink

      I hope that we will not disappoint you 🙂


  29. Hi, two of us would like to come for the wine tasting on February 9th. Please let us know what time is the best for us to visit. Thank you.

  30. We are visiting in April and all 4 of us would like to see the actual workshop. Please can you tell me if we can have a tour of the workshop as well as the tasting?
    We have looked at the tour on Expedia but the latest one is at noon and we would rather visit later eg 6pm. Is this time possible?

    1. Hi Jane,

      Yes sure, you can also book directly for 6pm, but since we have more booking in the evening in general, I need to check availability first. On which day in April do you plan to come?

  31. This sounds like a great thing to do. I always love to sample the local products and you make it easy with your free tastings.

  32. I know this is short notice but could I drop by around 6p for a tasting and perhaps tour?

    1. Hi Leighton,

      6pm is fine to come for a tasting.
      You can ask the driver to call 063 555 0280 if he cannot find the way.


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