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Cambodian Cultural Village: Our most recommended tours and activities

Siem Reap: Phare, the Cambodian Circus

1. Siem Reap: Phare, the Cambodian Circus

Enjoy an amazing blend of traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, all beautifully choreographed and performed at a Siem Reap circus show. “Phare: The Cambodian Circus” is an offshoot project of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS Association), which translates as “Brightness of the Arts.” The PPS Association is a Cambodian non-profit, non-governmental association, founded in 1994 by 8 young Cambodian ex-refugee artists from Anchanh Village, Ochar Commune in Battambang Province. Together, they help develop the careers of Cambodian artists, with the aim of reviving the nation’s art scene, making worldwide connections, and contributing to artistic, educational, and social programs. With this 1-hour show, experience the bright new future of Cambodian arts.

Day in a Life Cambodian Village Experience

2. Day in a Life Cambodian Village Experience

Located around 18 kilometres (10 miles) from Siem Reap, Kompheim is a small rural village made up of farmers and itinerant workers. Our Day in a Life experience aims to work mostly with these families. On every tour a host family looks after the group. This host family will welcome you into their home and life for the day. The host family receives a small payment for their involvement, and a larger contribution is made to a village fund used for special village projects such as water filters and water wells. Activities on the full-day tour may include planting rice, and harvesting or transplanting rice depending on the season. Other activities include weaving thatch for roof repairs, weaving wall panels, planting vegetable crops, planting trees, and making prahoc or rice wine. Each tour is different, and activities will depend on the time of year, family needs, and what’s occurring in the village. Learn about life in a typical village, and visit the local temple and school if possible. Learn about village customs and culture, and gain new insights into traditional rural Cambodia. A picnic lunch is provided as part of your tour and a traditional Khmer dish is provided for the host family. You’ll eat lunch with the host family, but please note that due to lack of electricity and proper sanitation we cannot source food from the village. We prepare all meals in town and provide them for the tour. This program is part of the Beyond Responsible Tourism Initiative. Your participation directly helps poor Cambodian families. It is extremely important that you do not hand out gifts, candy, or money to the families or the children, no matter how dire the situation seems. Providing gifts can cause problems within the village and jealousy among families and relatives. Should you wish to help, please talk to our team. You will notice that many children suffer poor dental hygiene. Please do not buy or hand out candy, as this only contributes to the problem.

Back to Basics: Siem Reap Village Tour in Cambodia

3. Back to Basics: Siem Reap Village Tour in Cambodia

Travel is the chance to experience the other, to step into another's culture and experience the wonders of the world around you. Cultural tourism is a delicate industry, and this tour strives to present you to a local village in a thoughtful and careful way, so as not to disturb their native way of life, while giving you an inclusive experience you will never forget! On this tour, have the chance to explore and experience a unique village from the perspective of the villagers themselves. Take you deep into the communities around Siem Reap for a hands on experience, including detailed conversations during lunch and your day in the village. The best thing about the tour is the commitment to bring you this experience in a non-destructive way. Many tour operators bring groups to villages, but this is special -- your guide was born in this village and works with the village chief to ensure your experience is one you cannot find anywhere else. Have the chance to snap photos and meet the locals, but in a way that most other tour groups fail to find -- with the permission and good will of those you are visiting. The tour begins at 9:00 AM from your local guest house, where your expert guide will meet you and transport you via air-conditioned car or minivan to this amazing village approximately 25 miles (40km) from Siem Reap. Along the way, you will be given a detailed description of what awaits, with a detailed understanding of the villages you will visit. Learn how the communities work together, helping each other with daily activities and neighborly advice, and your expert guide will be there to answer any of your questions. Once you arrive, enter into a working village where you can meet the local families who still weave baskets, dig wells, and make rice wine all by hand as they have done for centuries. Share lunch with your host family. It is a truly immersive experience. As you continue your journey, you may have the chance to meet with a local teacher, or builder who is working to bring clean water to the community. The goal is to share with you the culture in a unique and appropriate way, and you will leave with a much deeper appreciation of these magnificent cultures around Siem Reap.

Private Tour: Siem Reap City Tour Full-Day

4. Private Tour: Siem Reap City Tour Full-Day

Following a hotel pick-up at 09:00 from Siem Reap City area hotel, your first stop will be Angkor Silk Farm. This silk farm is a worthwhile place to see a slice of Cambodian rural industry. Next, you head to Artisans Angkor, a semi-public company originally created to help young Cambodian people find work near their home village in Siem Reap province. You will visit the Cambodian Cultural Village, which is an amusement park in Siem Reap, where you can learn more about the Cambodian culture. Next up, you will visit The War Museum Cambodia. Civil War Museum, Siem Reap is one of the popular tourist attractions in Siem Reap. Visit this sightseeing spot to get a better insight into the history of the region. Continue to Wat Thmey (Killing Fields). At the pagoda Wat Thmey in Siem Reap you will find a small memorial stupa which contains the skulls and bones of victims killed during the regime of the Khmer Rouge during 1975–1979. After lunch at your own cost you will proceed to visit Psar Chaa to the Old Market. Bustling with energy and activity, Siem Reap’s Old Market is teeming with souvenir shops, pubs, bars, and restaurants catering to backpackers and tourists. Next you will visit Wat Bo Temple. Wat Bo is one of the oldest pagodas in Siem Reap, Cambodia and has a number of well-preserved wall paintings from the 19th century.  At approximately 17:00, you'll arrive back at your hotel in Siem Reap city area where the tour will end.

Siem Reap: 3-Day Discover of Angkor

5. Siem Reap: 3-Day Discover of Angkor

Discover Angkor Wat on a 3-day guided tour. Watch the sunrise, visit the waterfalls at Kulen Mountain National Park, and take a boat ride to Tonle Sap Lake and the floating village, before learning about local life in Siem Reap. Day 1: Get picked up at your accommodation and meet your guide. Depart and go to buy the Angkor pass and then head to the last ancient capital city of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom. Visit beautiful stone temples such as Bayon, the temple with many smiling faces. Admire the Terrace of Elephants, Royal Palace area, Terrace of Leper King, and Baphoun, considered the largest Hindu temple in Angkor Thom. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant in Angkor Park. After enjoying your lunch, Continue to explore the most spectacular Angkor Wat temple and sunset at Bakheng mountain before heading back to your accommodation. Day 2: Embark from the hotel to Kulen National Park. Arrive at the huge reclining Buddha stone statue that was built in the 16th century, walk to the largest waterfall in Cambodia, and admire the river of a thousand Shiva lingas. Stop on the way for lunch before finding the red sandstone temple, Banteay Srei ( Citadel of women), and taking a boat across Tonle Sap Lake and around the Floating Village. Pass by many remote villages and make stops along the way to take some photos with the local people. Day 3: Ask your hotel to pack you a takeaway breakfast, and depart early to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat temple. Avoid the big crowds and immediately arrive at Ta Prohm temple, also known for its role in the Tomb Raider movies. See other temples like Preah Khan, or the Father temple, and Pre Rup, known as the temple royal crematorium. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in front of the royal swimming pool, Sras Srang.

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What people are saying about Cambodian Cultural Village

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 333 reviews

We were recommended this show by a tour guide… and it absolutely blew us away. I recommend getting there early for dinner, the ambience is great. You get reserved seats so don’t need to fuss over getting there to get seats, just chill and enjoy. The show itself is one hour of nonstop fun. Worth every penny, and supports local communities and troubled youth. It was an event. Everyone at the show was so thrilled at the end with how it went. 10/10

Definitely a highlight of my trip. Runs about an hour. I splurged for a premium seat -- worth it! Store before circus if you want to shop. Food looks like snacks, saw popcorn. Indoor tent was blissfully air conditioned but they lent us fans. Performers were talented, funny and expressive. Gave 100% to all the photos at the end too!

If you are in Siem Reap don’t miss this. Very engaging troupe of players. I swear some of them could walk on a collegiate gymnastics team and do very well!

Amazing performances. Such a great night. Dinner, drinks and show. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Siem Reap

Very entertaining mixture of music, acrobatics and drama. Pitched as a story.