Part of our specialty is working with local people to bring you a unique cultural experience for the time you spend in Siem Reap. Whether that means visiting a local market or spending a totally different evening in a typical Cambodian beer garden, we can guarantee you the kind of experience you would usually only have as a local. Our team of local guides are all about giving you the best of the unique experiences to be had in Siem Reap. After all, what's the point in visiting a place if you don't get to see the true heart of it?
We get it, you're busy tripping around Southeast Asia and there's not much to see in Siem Reap besides temples right? Wrong! There is so much to see and do in Siem Reap that we couldn't possibly list it all here for you! Every adventure in Siem Reap is planned at our travel desk specifically to suit your tastes and budget. So to get you started in adventure, here are a few adventures you might like to line up before you arrive...
This tour takes you beyond the beaten path of Siem Reap and into a local community. Visit a village 15km from the heart of Siem Reap where you will have the opportunity to see and experience the local village trades including basket weaving, farming and rice wine production. Enjoy meeting local friends and families along the way who are happy to engage with you - usually via your local guide - who will act as a translator for you. This is a wonderful insight into life in Cambodia. If you are interested in purchasing local handicrafts and maybe even sampling some of the local booze, then this tour is the way to do it! By buying direct from the people who produce these items, you will be paying significantly less than the retail price and helping them to earn more!
Cycle through Siem Reap city until the roads give way to small tracks and the expanse of the city's stunning countryside. Reach the village where you will meet the local residents and learn a little about village life before visiting your hosts. Take a trip to the market where you will shop for the ingredients for this afternoon's meal, before returning home to begin cooking. Work side by side with your host and learn a little about the traditional style of Cambodian cooking to prepare your lunch for today. Sit together an enjoy a family-style lunch before hopping back on your bike to return to Siem Reap with a full belly!
Phare - The Cambodian Circus is one of the highlights of visiting Siem Reap! This is a 1 hour, high energy acrobatic show that will tell you a story in a way that could only be compared to Cirque de Solai (at a fraction of the price)! The circus in Siem Reap is a social enterprise supporting Phare Ponleu Selapak, an arts school in nearby Battambang that educates over 1200 children in the arts every year, for free! Your night out will not only provide you with a thrilling display of Cambodian artistry, but you will also be supporting an organization created by Cambodians to educate Cambodians. This is one of our ‘not to be missed’ activities in Siem Reap!
Tickets from $18USD per person
Journey beyond the city of Siem Reap on a trail bike. As you reach the outskirts of the city, busy roads begin to give way to tranquil rice fields, the paths get smaller and the air gets fresher. Your tour guide will lead you through a local village, stopping along the way to chat to the locals and experience the true village life. Stop by a local pagoda and see how the monks live to get the true feel of peace and tranquility. As the sun begins to set your guide will help you to make your way to the perfect sunset location, setting you up for the perfect end to a leisurely day. Enjoy a refreshing beer with some snacks as the sun goes down. Once the sun has faded you will make your journey back to Siem Reap.
Journey 30km to the north-east of Siem Reap where you will find a newly established eco-tourism community called Trav Kod. The community is centered around a lush, natural lake offering views of Phnom Kulen and Phnom Bok mountains. Explore the area on foot whilst your guide prepares your kayaks before jumping in the water for a paddle. Enjoy an easy paddle to the lotus field that has taken residence in the northern part of the lake and follow as your guide shows you the many uses of the lotus in Cambodia. Along the way you may catch a glimpse or even have an up close encounter with the family of water buffalo that lives around here! Relax in the lovely lakeside hammocks with some snacks and a refreshing drink before returning to Siem Reap.
Spend an afternoon like the locals, visiting Siem Reap's largest water reservoir. Take a boat cruise on the water, passing by the island temple known as West Mebon. Those with a temple pass can be dropped on the shore to visit the temple, others can just enjoy a relaxing cruise around the island. Others can simply enjoy their time on the boat with their local guide taking in the stunning and peaceful surroundings. On the banks of West Baray, you will find an inland beach atmosphere where you can relax in a hammock and take in your surroundings. Feast on local-style BBQ and enjoy a few drinks whilst the sun slowly sinks into the water. This is the perfect afternoon - away from the tourist crowds to chill and enjoy!
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Mey Chrey is one of Siem Reap’s least visited floating villages, which is why we love it! Located a 45 minute drive through some of Siem Reap’s most beautiful countryside to the boat dock where you will begin your journey. Enjoy a 30 minute motorboat ride through the waterways to reach the village where you will have the chance to get off the boat and meet the local families who live here. Life in a floating village is entirely different to living on the land and this is your chance to engage with some wonderful people, using your guide as a translator. Motor on out of the village to the stunning open water of Tonle Sap Lake where you can relax on board and watch the magical sunset and take in the relaxed vibe of the area.
Cambodian tastes and flavors differ somewhat from the Western palate, but when it comes to market snacks, Cambodia really shines! This tour will take you to the very local Road 60 which is set up every evening as a local night market. Wander through stalls selling everything from homewares to clothing along the way, sampling the local delicacies. Your guide will escort you and explain the foods that you are eating when required, but in the case of crickets, silkworms and other assorted bugs, the explanation will become more about the flavors these are marinated in. Continue on to the evening fun fair and step back to your childhood days playing games you would usually find at your local fair. This is a great night out, doing it like the locals do!
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