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Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Stilted Village Half-Day Tour

1. Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Stilted 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.

Cambodian Cooking Class from Siem Reap

2. 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: Angkor Wat & Floating Village 2-Day Private Tour

3. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat & Floating Village 2-Day Private Tour

Explore the most exciting of Siem Reap's attractions, including several temples and the floating villages, on a two-day guided excursion with meals included. Day 1: Full-Day Angkor Sunrise Tour Start with an early morning to witness the sunrise at the extraordinary Angkor Wat and travel through the vast collection of ancient temples. Go through the central complex and learn about the history and symbolism of the temple. Once you've finished discovering Angkor Wat and had breakfast, head out into the center of Angkor Thom and enter the city through the Ancient Gate. From here, continue to Bayon Temple, known for the enigmatic towers representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. Continue to Ta Prohm Temple, which has been surrounded by jungle trees and vines, resulting in one of the most photogenic temples in the entire Angkor site. After all, that walking, enjoy lunch with a large spread of local dishes. As the day heats up, we drive back to your hotel. Day 2: Floating Village and Sunset Boat RideHead south of Siem Reap through the picturesque Cambodian countryside. Stop at a local family house surrounded by rice paddies and farms. Enjoy some cold coconut water or juice, meet the family, and spend time with them to learn about their farming life. Head over to Tonle Sap Lake and tour the floating villages by boat. Your guide will tell you about the phenomenon that creates a depth variance of up to eight meters and why this lake is vital to Cambodia’s survival. Finish off the adventure by taking a boat ride with local delicacies at sunset.

Siem Reap: Floating Village Exploration Tour

4. Siem Reap: Floating Village Exploration Tour

Go aboard our minivan to the great Tonle Sap Lake (the biggest fresh water lake in South-east Asia) and gain fascinating insight into true Cambodian life. Be picked up from a Siem Reap hotel and be brought to the pier. Take a private boat to the floating village, located outside Siem Reap. Discover the tall, stilted houses, floating hospital, fishery, old lifestyle of the country and the natural landscape of the flooded Mangrove Forest. Enjoy an optional tour going through the flooded Mangroves forest on a small boat, a great break on the way to Tonle Sap to experience local fauna and flora. End the day by admiring the sunset over the lake.

Siem Reap: Morning Countryside Bike Tour

5. 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.

Banteay Srei and Grand Temple Tour from Siem Reap

6. Banteay Srei and Grand Temple Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap and journey in comfort to the vast Angkor complex of temple ruins from the days of the Khmer Empire. Embark on a trip back in time as you marvel at the remains of the medieval city. Go to the small but charming temple of Pre Rup, one of the few remaining complete structures in the complex. Continue to the intricate, pink-colored temple of Banteay Srei (Citadel of Women), thought by many to be the work of the women of the Khmer Empire. Marvel at the ornate carvings on the tiny temples, located near the hill of Phnom Dei.  Make your way to one of the nearby restaurants and soak up your surroundings as you fill up on traditional curries, soups, or stir fries at your own expense. Then, spend the afternoon exploring the unique East Mebon, Ta Som, and Preah Khan temples, all built at different periods. Get a glimpse into the lives and rituals of the people that once inhabited this extraordinary space.   

From Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Floating Village Tour

7. From Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Floating Village Tour

Get a unique experience while in Siem Reap as you head for the Tonle Sap Lake to explore the famous floating villages. Immerse yourself in an intriguing atmosphere and watch the locals go about their daily life in their extraordinary aquatic environment. On route to the port we will have an opportunity to stop and take some photos of the lotus flowers which are a deeply important flower in Buddhism. Visit one of the largest of the floating villages located on the Tonle Sap Lake, traveling by boat with a private guide. Home to Khmer and ethnic Vietnamese and Cham communities, let your guide explain how life evolved around the lake, how life continues to this day and what threats the communities and their dwellings face. Visit the floating crocodile and fish farm (depending on current water levels) and then onto the famous Queen Tara in the heart of the floating village for lunch and a couple of free drinks. Look out for the local bird life. The reserve is home to a bird sanctuary and attracts a rich array of birds, from painted stork to a large colony of spot billed pelicans. Departure time 10:00. Each tour lasts approximately 4 hours door-to-door, taking you from your Siem Reap accommodation to the heart of the “Great Lake” as it is popularly called.

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.

Siem Reap: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

9. Siem Reap: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

Day 1 Following an early morning pickup by your driver, head to the sprawling jungle temple of Beng Mealea. Here, you can marvel at the flora and fauna of the area. Then, enjoy a local lunch at a restaurant where your guide will give you important details for the rest of your tour. In the afternoon, stop at Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. At around 4:30 PM, purchase a 3-day temple pass at your own expense for the upcoming days. Then, drive to Phnom Bakheng to watch the beautiful sunset before heading back to your accommodation in Siem Reap. Day 2 Start your day at 08:30 AM with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. First explore the major sights including South Gate Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang, and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples off the beaten track such as Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Savor a delicious lunch at a restaurant before heading to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, the filming location of the Tomb Raider movie. Afterward, return to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day 3 Journey out at 08:30 AM and head to Preah Khan to explore this vast monastic complex. Next, visit the temple of Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei. Stop for lunch before heading to Angkor Wat. Enjoy some free time to explore this fascinating monument at your own pace, before returning to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day 4 Head out in the early morning to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat for the experience of a lifetime. Then continue the tour to marvel at the Angkor's most intricately carved temples Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei. Arrive before the masses of crowds and enjoy a visit to a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar plantation. The nearby Landmine Museum can be visited for a cost of $5 per person. In the afternoon, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Roluos Temple Group. Here, admire the selection of monuments and temples representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Khmer Empire. Return to your accommodation at the end of the day.

Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

10. Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

Day One:  Get picked up from your accommodation at 8:00 am by your driver and tour guide and travel directly to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple that covers over one square kilometer. Enjoy the adventurous and mysterious feeling of exploring a temple complex largely overrun by vegetation and off the beaten tourist path. Discuss your lunch preferences with your guide before stopping at a local restaurant. Afterwards, head to the floating village Kampong Phluk on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Enjoy a guided boat trip through the floating village. Then get dropped off back at your accommodation. Day Two:  Get picked up again at 8:00 am and purchase a 3-day temple pass before heading to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Visit some small temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Then head to the jungle temple Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Refuel afterwards with lunch at a local restaurant. Then make your way to the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Gain insight into the history of the powerful Khmer Empire before heading to Phnom Bakheng to see a gorgeous sunset. Day Three:  Get an early start at 5:00 am on the final day of the tour. Get picked up and see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Following this, you can choose to visit more temples including Pre Rup and Banteay Samre. Then head to Banteay Srey, arriving before most of the crowds. Marvel at the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor. Afterwards, see a traditional Khmer village and learn about palm sugar production. If you are interested, visit the Landmine Museum and learn how decades of conflict, foreign occupation, and brutal civil war and genocide have impacted Cambodia.  Afterwards, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back, stop at a few more temples such as East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, and Preah Khan, a fascinating vast monastic complex. The return trip will take you through many beautiful villages and provide you with great photo opportunities. Get dropped off back at your accommodation at the end of your day.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 463 reviews

Guide Mr Sa and driver Mr Ya took us on an amazing three-day trip, exploring the temples of the Angkor region, including a guided boat tour of the stilt houses and floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Mr Sa is very knowledgeable and provides a lot of background information about Cambodia and everyday life here. He is an experienced guide who not only describes the temples, but also dives into the Hindu mythology depicted, helping you to understand what exactly you are seeing. Mr Sa is flexible in adapting the tour to your interests and preferences, and he is a gifted photographer (thanks for the lovely pictures!) who knows all the best picture spots. Transport was by SUV: very comfortable (the airco was a nice break from the heat). Mr Ya is a safe driver and provided cold water for us during the trip. We definitely recommend this trip!

A wonderful opportunity to learn more about the culture of Cambodia. Guides not only show how to cook Khmer dishes, but also talk about the traditions of their country. Everything was organized at a high level. Everything was on time and without a hitch. The guides are wonderful, very nice and attentive. Time flew by very quickly. Thank you for such an interesting experience. I liked it all very much.

A great tour in a mini van then by boat to discover the peculiarities of local life. Local walk, visit of a floating village, boat trip in the mangrove for volunteers, magnificent sunset in a peaceful atmosphere on the Tonle Sep lake. Back at nightfall. Noi is a great guide who wants to share what he knows! The driver was perfect too, very attentive! Great tour over half a day, a great time

A very interesting tour with a great guide Pat in the countryside around Siam Rep. The bike allows a slightly different approach to local life and it is very pleasant. We discovered different activities on the corner: local market, cultivation of lotuses, rice fields of course, production of rice alcohol and cultivation of mushrooms. Another look at Siem Reap!

Really nice laid back tour through the villages around Siem Reap. The scooters provided were surprisingly capable off road!