A Day in Rural Cambodia, Siem Reap

Today’s full-day tour starts with an early morning visit to Ta Brak village. Sit down with a local family and enjoy breakfast (take-away from your hotel) while watching the village come to life. You’ll take an ox cart ride, a traditional countryside method of transporting people and goods, through the village to the local market. Explore the colourful displays of vegetables and herbs, and mingle with the shoppers who come every morning to buy fresh ingredients.

Continue on foot through the village, chatting to the friendly locals along the way. Depending on the time of year, they may be planting rice, weaving thatch coverings for their roofs or harvesting vegetables, or other similar tasks. Why not lend a hand for the full experience? Before leaving the village, you’ll take part in a special Buddhist tradition whereby local monks will impart wishes of good luck and success in a solemn, age-old ceremony.

Continue your tour to Tonlé Sap Lake, often referred to as Cambodia’s beating heart. Stop en-route at Bakong Temple, the site of which was once the centre of the 9th century Khmer civilisation. Upon reaching the lake, you’ll travel to the rarely visited village of Kampong Phluck, and explore the waterways of the huge lake, passing flooded mangrove forests and entire villages built on stilts. Stopping at a family house for lunch, you’ll gain a better understanding of life on the water while dining inside their floating home, and enjoy views of the lake from a different perspective.

Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However, an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead.

Highlights

  • Visit local villages and colourful markets

  • Dine with a local family

  • Receive a blessing from a local monk

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