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Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

1. Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

Start with hotel pick-up or go to the meeting point to board your vehicle, a shared air-conditioned mini-bus with a tour guide, or private vehicle (with optional guide), according to the option chosen. Kompong Phluk is 30 kilometers south-east of Siem Reap. Visit the pagoda or local market first, then go by motorized boat on a tour of the stilted buildings. See where the people have courageously adapted to some of the most unimaginable conditions, all with a big smile on their faces. Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in this one-of-a-kind village from the comfort of the boats. The guide, if present, explains the history, culture, and lifestyle of the villagers. The villages are surrounded by mangrove forest. Take an optional side-trip of the flooded forest on a rowing boat, available October to January. The motorboat stops at a small floating cafe, a good place to see the sun go down. After this awe-inspiring experience, you will return to the hotel around 1:30 pm for your own leisure time.

Siem Reap: Morning Countryside Bike Tour

2. Siem Reap: Morning Countryside Bike Tour

Escape the bustle of city life and take a bike tour in Siem Reap's lush countryside. See how the locals live as you cycle to rice fields, mushroom farms, temples, markets, and more. Meet your guide and head to the bike shop to be fitted with a bike and helmet. Go over the safety rules and tour details before heading off through the back roads of Siem Reap. Cross the rural landscape and make your way into the small villages to learn how locals live, first-hand. Throughout the morning stop at rice fields, a market, mushroom farms, a rice wine distillery, Buddhist temples, and lotus farms. Browse village handicrafts and try regional snacks and fruits before heading back into Siem Reap.

Angkor Wat: Guided Jeep Tour Inclusive lunch at local house

3. Angkor Wat: Guided Jeep Tour Inclusive lunch at local house

The tour begins with pickup in the morning and heads to the first stop of the day, the ancient city of Angkor Thom, entering through the ancient stone carved gate which features elephants and giant faces. From here, continue onto Bayon Temple, which is located in the center of the city and known as the ‘Giant Face Temple’. Throughout the trip, listen to fascinating information and stories about the temples, their rich history, as well as their importance and symbolism to the local people.  Next, drive to Ta Prohm. Overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground, Ta Prohm has largely been left as it was found, making it one of the most picturesque and memorable temples in the complex. Enjoy a short break to eat some refreshing Cambodian snacks and fruits, then travel deeper into the Angkor Kingdom as you explore more and more of this incredible temple complex. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite from your adventure, stop by a local house for a tasty lunch with fresh atmosphere and quiet place, this will give you a good time to relax after enjoy your meal. After lunch, drive to Angkor Wat. Your experienced temple guide will be memorized by the rich history and symbolism of this unique ancient temple. Your experienced temple guide will be memorized by the rich history and symbolism of this unique ancient temple. You're approximately back to your accommodation at 4:00pm.

Cambodian Cooking Class from Siem Reap

4. Cambodian Cooking Class from Siem Reap

Try your hand at making delicious and authentic Cambodian meals, and learn the tips and tricks of the country’s traditional cuisine from your expert local chefs. Leaving from Siem Reap aboard a tuk tuk, you’ll arrive at a rural village after a short trip outside the city. Each cooking class starts with a visit to a local family. Along the way you'll learn about the herbs and vegetables that are grown at most Khmer households and are used in daily cooking. Then, visit a local family's home and take the opportunity to learn about food preparation in a Khmer home. Following this visit, head to a nearby pavilion to get your cooking class started. Together with your chef and guide you will create several dishes that you can then re-produce at home. Learn about the typical ingredients in Cambodian cooking and get the opportunity to experience Cambodian cooking first hand. Classes are completely hands-on. Everyone will have his or her own cooking station and equipment. Classes include a number of Cambodian different dishes, and a recipe card will be provided. At the end of the class you can sit back in the wooden pavilion, perched over a charming pond filled. Your dishes will be served to you one by one, letting you enjoy and compare dishes accompanied by a complimentary ice-cold beer, soft drink, or bottled water. After you have enjoyed your meal, a waiting tuk-tuk will return you to the centrally located tour office. Learn to create some (or all) of these delicious dishes! Morning Class Menu: Cambodian Mango Salad – Using fresh and light ingredients, this is a salad everyone will enjoy. A perfect tropical feast. Fish Amok – Amok is on every visitors 'must do' list. Cooked in a young coconut, Amok is a smooth curry that can be made with either fish, chicken, or tofu. Sticky Rice Balls with Palm Sugar and Grated Young Coconut Afternoon Class Menu: Prahet Chien – Minced fish on sugar cane Cambodian Curry – Unlike its Thai neighbor, Cambodian foods do not tend to be hot and spicy, relying instead on layers of fragrant spices. Nom Tong Noun – Khmer brandy snaps  This delicious, slightly sweet treat is impossible to resist.

Siem Reap: Guided Authentic and Unique Street Food Tour

5. Siem Reap: Guided Authentic and Unique Street Food Tour

You will be picked up from your accommodation at between 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm by Tuk Tuk and explore food store, fruit store at the largest Siem Reap’s Night Market. Enjoy of taste authentic Cambodian street food like spring rolls and, and sweet desserts, savoring the flavor of skewered meat, fried crickets, fried spider and soft-boiled duck eggs – they’re tastier than you expect. Digest your bounteous banquet and we transfer you back to your accommodation in a comfortable transport.

Siem Reap: Khmer Cooking Class at a Local's Home

6. Siem Reap: Khmer Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in Khmer culinary traditions with this Cambodian cooking class and see for yourself why Siem Reap is known for its fascinating cuisine and colorful dishes. Start the class with pickup from your hotel in a traditional tuk-tuk and head to your first stop, a local market. Here, meet the locals and haggle for the fresh ingredients for your meal before heading to your local guide's home. At the house, roll up your sleeves and get stuck into your lesson. Learn to prepare 4 traditional dishes, including the savory Fish Amok and renowned Tom Yum. Pick up some useful tips and tricks for your expert guide. After the lesson, sit down to enjoy your 4-course meal before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

7. Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

You will be picked you up from your hotel at 8:00 am and take you to purchase a ticket of Kulen Mountain. We will then head to Phnom Kulen National Park for approximately 1 hour. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop off at the Palm Sugar Village and witness how Cambodian people make their own sugar to supply their families and villages. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD. In the afternoon, we will have lunch at the local restaurant before heading to Beng Melea, the mysterious 12th-century temple in the middle of the jungle. This temple is heavily overgrown with vegetation, trees, lianas, and mosses. This temple is surrounded by a rainforest due to it being abundant for over 300 years. When it is not fully restored, many local and international tourists fall in love with the area. Continue to take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating village of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island. Drop you off at your hotel.

Siem Reap: Quad Bike Tour of Local Villages

8. Siem Reap: Quad Bike Tour of Local Villages

You will be picked up at the starting point of your tour where you will get on your quad bike and head out of the city using local roads and passing a traditional Khmer village with your professional guide. You will arrive in time at the rice paddy to watch the sunset. After the sun goes down you can still see more rice paddies with water buffalo grazing and other wildlife on the way back to the starting point of the tour. Transportation will be waiting for you to bring you back to your hotel.

Kampong Phluk: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour By Jeep

9. Kampong Phluk: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour By Jeep

Following a pickup at your hotel by jeep, head south of Siem Reap through the picturesque Cambodian countryside. Stop at a local family house surrounded by rice paddies where you can sip on cold coconut or a local juice, meet the family, and spend time learning about their farming life. The next stops on the itinerary include a local mushroom farm and factory where you’ll learn how mushrooms are grown using technical methods, and a rice wine distillery where you can try local rice wine. Continue the drive to the floating villages at Tonle Sap lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Here you’ll get a fascinating insight into local life in this region and your guide will describe in more detail the phenomenon of this lake and why it is vital to Cambodia’s survival. You’ll gain a more in-depth perspective on Cambodia as you cruise along the river. To complete the evening, take a spectacular boat ride with views of Tonle Sap lake at twilight. Taste local delicacies accompanied by soft drinks and other cold beverages while enjoying your surroundings before returning to Siem Reap around 7 PM.

Siem Reap: Countryside Cycle and Local Village Life Tour

10. Siem Reap: Countryside Cycle and Local Village Life Tour

As part of a small group or on your own private guided tour, journey beyond the city of Siem Reap on a trail bike where the paths get smaller and the air gets fresher. Starting with a convenient pickup from your hotel, head to the outskirts of the city by bike as the busy roads give way to tranquil rice fields. Your 4-hour cycling tour takes you to a typical Cambodian village where you will make many stops to gain a true insight into local village life. Your guide will lead you through the stunning countryside to a village where you will stop to meet the local people. Experience life as a local farmer when you visit a duck farm, learn all about the growth of rice — Cambodia's staple food — and sample local palm wine. Finish your tour at a lotus field as the sun is setting before returning to Siem Reap.

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What people are saying about Siem Reap

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 463 reviews

My wife and I had a great day with our tour guide Sareik Phok and our competent driver. Sareik was very knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and he spoke an excellent english. The landscape was beautiful and we enjoyed every minute of the tour, from the first stop at the village in the morning to taste some local delicacies to the beautiful sunset at Sonle Lap lake in the evening . Cambodia is a beautiful country, and Sareik a great guide. We highly recommend this tour !

Although it is a jeep tour, there is a lot or walking. The tour guide was academically very knowledgeable about everything regarding the history of Angkor Wat. Young children may be bored and tired as it is a long day. Currently a one day ticket gets you two day access, so you could go back on your own to soak in the culture of the sites.

Really enjoyed the floating village tour. Touch our tour guide was very informative and gave an interesting insight into the everyday live living in the floating village Highly recommended this tour.

Our guide Youk makara and driver ngik were exceptional. One of our best tours and experience..

After Angkor Wat this is the tour you must do.from Siem reap.Just amazing!!!!!!