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Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

1. Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia and is of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists. Visit this sacred site and  discover it's beauty. The tour starts with a drive to the foot of the Kulen mountain, the birthplace of the great Khmer Empire in AD 802. Enjoy the breathtaking drive up the mountain, exploring the abundant greenery and the Kulen Waterfall. Take a dip if you wish, or sit back and watch the local families in their sacred homeland. Make your way up the mountain by foot to the River of a Thousand Lingas, a gorgeous river with sophisticated Shiva Linga carvings covering its floor. Get a blessing in the Cambodian way, with the holy water from this sacred river. Continue up to the tip of the mountain to discover the beautiful Pagoda and its world-famous Reclining Buddha at rest. Enjoy your own packed lunch for the day or purchase a traditional lunch at the basic food stalls located near the park. 

Siem Reap: Eco-Quad Bike Experience

2. Siem Reap: Eco-Quad Bike Experience

Start your adventure journey after a short safety brief for a thrilling quad bike adventure on a tour through the local villages. Head out of the city and discover the beautiful scenery just outside of Siem Reap on-board an easy-to-drive quad. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way as you pass by buffalos resting in water, kids running home from school, or local vendors selling food from their living rooms. Interact with the charming local people on this authentic adventure. All rides are accompanied by professional guides. Your tour finishes back in our office. After you wash the mud off your feet and take a refreshing drink, you will be brought back to your accommodation in Siem Reap.

Angkor Wat: Tuk Tuk and Walking Tour

3. Angkor Wat: Tuk Tuk and Walking Tour

Approach the western gate of Angkor Wat by tuk tuk, and take a short walk to Angkor Thom. Hop on the tuk tuk again for a drive to the Bayon temple and then to the eastern gates, as your full-day tour continues. Climb to the top of the city wall and walk along the length of the wall. Along the way, stop at the second of the eastern gates, and at Prasat Chrung. End your wall walk at the northern gate, then head to a local restaurant for lunch (at your own expense). Board the tuk tuk and head to jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm – one of the most atmospheric of all temples in Angkor. Continue to Angkor Wat, the world’s largest sacred building.

From Siem Reap: Phnom Bok Mountain Temple Tour

4. From Siem Reap: Phnom Bok Mountain Temple Tour

This full-day tour takes you to Banteay Samre to visit one of the superb Hindu temples of the Khmer rulers, Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II. Constructed in the mid 9th-Century, very few tours visit the temple as it involves climbing up 640 steps of a steep mountain. But the view from the top is magical and offers 360-degree views of Angkor Wat and the Kulen Mountains. Ideal for adventure travelers with a moderate level of fitness, the tour takes you to Phnom Bok Mountain, approximately 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Siem Reap. On the way, you will make a detour to Banteay Samre. The style of the towers and balustrades of the Hindu temple bear strong resemblance to those at Angkor Wat, and even more so to the temples of Phimai in Thailand. Many of its carvings are in excellent condition. Proceed to the base of Phnom Bok and climb to the top of the hill to a very flat summit. Here you can enjoy views of the ivy clad sandstone temples that date back to the 9th-Century. The area was once occupied by the Khmer Rouge and old artillery guns and machine guns still in place serve as a reminder. The tour departs Siem Reap daily at 08:00, and includes a free lunch before you return to Siem Reap in the afternoon.

Siem Reap: Farm, Cook, and Taste Countryside Cycling Tour

5. Siem Reap: Farm, Cook, and Taste Countryside Cycling Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and ride through the charming backroads to the scenic countryside on this easy-paced bike excursion from Siem Reap. Stop along the way to meet the locals, pick produce, and sample typical Cambodian cuisine during a cooking class. After pickup at your accommodation, meet your guide and get fitted with a bicycle and helmet. From here, cycle through the picturesque Siem Reap vegetable village where most of the vegetables and herbs you find in dishes served throughout Siem Reap are grown. Once at the vegetable village, you can put your farming skills to the test and pick your own veggies, which you’ll later use to prepare your lunch. Next, visit the outdoor market where the locals shop for their fresh ingredients. You’ll get to discover a local specialty and choose the best local snacks and fruits to try. Later you’ll leave the tarmac behind, pedaling down small dirt paths through the scenic countryside and watch as the local farmers cultivate, care for, and harvest their produce. Spot lots of water buffaloes lounging about in the mud and take advantage of endless photo opportunities. Expect greetings from locals as they go about their daily activities. For lunch, visit a local family where you’ll learn how to cook Cambodian food using the ingredients you collected throughout the tour. Enjoy individual cooking stations and a hands-on lesson led by a local chef. After cooking, indulge in your made-by-you main course alongside a Cambodian welcome drink, served up in a tropical garden. With a full stomach, head back Siem Reap in the afternoon.

Kompong Phluk: 2 Villages and Sunset Tour

6. Kompong Phluk: 2 Villages and Sunset Tour

This tour is only available through Tara tours and is the best way to experience 2 very different  villages, while also enjoying a full buffet dinner and all-inclusive drinks on board the famous Queen Tara, (Queen Tara is the largest riverboat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia). You will depart your hotel just before 1:00 PM and head to the docking station of Kompong Phluk, where the long tail traditional boat will be waiting to cruise you through the floating village and onto the township of Kompong Phluk. You will visit the actual town and also the pergola and monks training school. Then you will head onto either "Our Lady Tara" or "Princess Tara" and onto the flooded forest. Depending on the time of year, you will either row in small boats through the flooded forest, or if there is no water, you can walk into the forest. You will then re-board for the lake crossing and re-join Queen Tara for a full buffet dinner, with all drinks included. While you watch the best sunsets on the great lake, you can chill in the hammocks, or watch the sunset from the top deck, observing the best views of the lake.  Cruise through the floating villages before heading back to Siem Reap, and return to your hotel by 19:30.

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Superbe excursion grâce à notre chauffeur David et notre excellente guide Chenda qui nous a parlé du Cambodge et nous a raconté en détails l’histoire de la rivière aux 1000 lingas. Toute la journée il a répondu à nos nombreuses questions et a pris de très belles photos de nous. Au sommet de la montagne nous avons vu l’impressionnant Bouddha sculpté à même la pierre et son empreinte gravée, où les locaux font des offrandes. Sur les marches qui mènent au temple, Chenda nous arrêté à un petit stand de locaux qui vendent d’excellents beignets à 1000 riels, qu’on avait vu nul part ailleurs. Nous sommes allés nous baigner dans la cascade sur l’heure du déjeuner pour éviter le monde et c’était génial d’être seuls dans l’eau. Chenda nous avait bien montré par où passer car le courant est fort pendant la saison des pluies. La journée se termine avec un déjeuner tardif dans un restaurant aux prix assez élevés mais les plats sont bons. L’une des meilleurs journée de notre séjour !

This was a great tour, and a nice addition to the traditional temple tours. Left and came back on time. We couldn't swim at the waterfall as the rain made it strong during the day, but we did enjoy the scene and water splash from proximity. Sok was a great guide. Very engaging, funny and informative. Making sure we're always safe and entertained, and not missing on any specialities or local experiences or nice photo ops. Restaurant on the way back did not seem of great quality and value (there aren't many options on the way), so we opted to have a late lunch in the city. Overall, I do recommend this tour and Sok as a guide, for anyone coming to siem reap.

Chenda was an amazing guide. He thoroughly explained about the Kulen Waterfall and 1000 lingas. He also has an extensive knowledge about Cambodia. His love for nature really shows in the way he talks about the mountain. He also takes beautiful photographs and knows just the right angles to take. Thank you the amazing day Chenda!

Wonderful experience and our tour guide Chenda was incredible! So knowledgeable, went at a great pace, and made it special by incorporating local food and other cultural touches. A must do and great value for money! He’s also a wonderful photographer, so get ready for some epic photos!

This was a fantastic tour. Sok was an amazing guide, spoke good English, sharing with us some incredible and fascinating stories about himself and Cambodia culture.