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Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

1. Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

Hear the sounds of water lapping up against the side of the boat and watch in awe as the incredible floating village rises against the backdrop of the great Tonle Sap Lake. In this idyllic village less than 10miles (15km) from Siem Reap, explore the village on this fantastic Sunset Tour. Departing from your hotel or guesthouse around 15.30, take a comfortable air-conditioned car or minibus drive with your knowledgeable guide, who will be able to help point out the culture and life all around you in English (and Khmer, of course!). See this incredible village in a very special way. Pass by rice paddies and lotus fields for the opportunity to stop and take photographs of the lotus flower, highly important in Buddhist culture (please note that depending on the time of year, the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary). Upon arrival at the port, transfer to a mini Tara boat driven by an experienced driver. Once on the water, stop at the Crocodile and Fish Farm (depending on current water levels) and learn about some of the trades practiced by those living on the lake. Visit the souvenir shop to purchase gifts or snap some photos from the viewing deck. After this visit, return to the boat and head through the floating village for a glimpse of the local Cambodians going about their daily life. After a tranquil glide through the town, arrive at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village. Here, enjoy a well deserved full buffet meal and all inclusive drinks. Finally, the reason you've come: the sunset. Relax with a drink in your hand and soak in the beauty around you. After the last bit of light fades, head back to your guest house or hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.

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.

Kompong Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

3. Kompong Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

Your full-day tour to visit the remote fishing village of Kompong Khleang begins with a morning drive in air-conditioned comfort to the great Tonle Sap Lake and continues on with a journey up the Kleang River aboard our private river craft. Our English-speaking guide will meet you at your Siem Reap guest house or hotel. As you travel to Tonle Sap Lake you’ll pass by markets and small villages and along the causeway to the lake’s edge. When we reach the Khleang River, we’ll transfer to a private river craft for the next phase of our trip – a peaceful ride that takes us past many flooded forest, and then on to Kompong Khleang village. On reaching the village, you’ll note that many of the homes are built on stilts, some standing as tall as 10 meters. With your guide, you’ll visit the village’s floating school where you can hand out school supplies to the teachers and students. This is one of the ways that Tara Riverboat helps the local people. At a local restaurant in Kompong Khleang you’ll enjoy a free lunch and drinks and have time to relax and appreciate the peaceful natural environment. As not many tourists make the trip to this remote village, you will enjoy an exclusive chance to see how abundant the native bird life is here! This is relaxing chance to enjoy the scenery and cool breezes and to take a break from touring Cambodia’s many temples. At the end of the tour we will make our way back to Siem Reap and drop you off at your guest house or hotel.

Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

4. 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.

Siem Reap Private 3-Day Exploration of Temples and Tonle Sap

5. Siem Reap Private 3-Day Exploration of Temples and Tonle Sap

Day one: Fishing Village of Tonle Sap Lake and Roulous Temples Group Begin your day with a pickup at your accommodation around 8:00 AM and journey through the countryside to the world’s second largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap Lake, which swells to 12,000 kilometers squared. During the dry half of the year, the lake shrinks to 2,500 kilometers squared, draining into the Tonle Sap River. Take a boat trip to Kampong Phluk, a collection of three small fishing villages in an atmospheric flooded forest setting. Enjoy your lunch at your own expense and have a short rest. Continue your afternoon visit to the Roulos group of temples. This collection of monuments were built in the late 9th-century as a capital city for King Jayavarman II. Take time out here to explore the temples including Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei. Day two: Angkor Thom, Bayon Neak Pean, Bantreay Srei, and Pre Rup Temple This morning head to Angkor Thom. This majestic site once served as the Khmer Empire's glistening capital city. Take a moment to consider its grandiosity before venturing inside the city. Arrive at the temple at Bayon and appreciate its beautifully crafted central towers covered in more than 200 enormous faces. Move to Neak Pean, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Jayatataka Baray. Visit the well-preserved Banteay Srei. The detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest, most skillfully crafted in Cambodia. One the way back, make a brief stop at well-preserved Banteay Samre, a laterite structure that once featured internal moats. Finish your discoveries of the temples of Angkor with sunset at the Pre Rub temple.  Day three: Temples of Angkor at Sunrise Depart before dawn to see the sunrise outside Angkor Wat. Soak up the atmosphere from the edge of one of the ancient library pools. Then explore the interior of the great temple. Spend a thorough two hours discovering the corridors, central chambers, and upper terraces of this truly great temple. Continue to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. At the end of the morning return to your accommodation for lunch then in the afternoon drive to Ta Nei. This is a late 12th-century stone temple in Angkor that was dedicated to the Buddha. Set out for the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, which is one of the most atmospheric of all the temples in Angkor. This long but fulfilling day will leave you with lifetime memories of some of the most impressive monuments built by mankind.

From Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Floating Village Tour

6. 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: 6-Hour Easy Rider Motorbike Tour

7. Siem Reap: 6-Hour Easy Rider Motorbike Tour

Saddle up to explore the lush scenery surrounding Siem Reap on board a safe and comfortable motorbike. The 6-hour tour will take you to parts of the city's surrounds that few visitors ever get to see, and includes a local lunch in magnificent rustic countryside. Following a hotel pick-up and brief training session, your guide will take you past traditional villages, where you can experience the rural culture of Cambodia up close. Visit the remote monastery of Chai Village, once a stronghold of the Khmer Rouge fighters. Now this peaceful sanctuary, with views of Phnom Bok mountain is a tranquil place set among the beauty of the rice fields for monks, nuns, and locals to visit during religious festivities. As your motorbike adventure continues, you will stop at a traditional market and a Buddhist pagoda, where you’ll see the monks in their robes.

Siem Reap: Countryside Cycle and Local Village Life Tour

8. 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.

Floating Village and Tonlé Sap Sunset Tour

9. Floating Village and Tonlé Sap Sunset Tour

Experience real Cambodian life on the water! Mey Chrey is one of the area's least visited floating villages, which is why it is so beloved by the very few who get to experience it! Located a 45-minute drive through some of Siem Reap's most beautiful countryside, you will head to the boat dock where you will begin your journey on the water. Enjoy a 30-minute motorboat ride along the small waterways before reaching the village where you will have the chance to hop-off, and meet a local family. Life in a floating village is entirely different to living on land and this is your chance to engage with some wonderful people, using your guide as a translator. Back on board, enjoy a spectacular sunset over the water from the comfort of your motorboat before returning to land.

Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

10. Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap and travel south-east through rural villages and rice fields to reach Tonlé Sap Lake. Go as far as you can by road to board a boat, and then sail down the Kompong Phluk River. Arrive at a Khmer village of about 3,000 inhabitants who mainly make a living from fishing and farming. Depending on the weather and tidal conditions, sail along the main street or explore on foot and experience up close what life is like in rural Cambodia. Visit a few schools and see the large pagoda temple, along with many stilted homes, some up to 10 meters tall. Connect with a less hectic lifestyle and soak up the peace and quiet. Relax as you are rowed by small boat through the flooded forest to Tonlé Sap Lake, where the level can vary by up to 10 meters depending on the season. Make your way back down river to the minivan that will take you back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

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What people are saying about Siem Reap Province

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 must do for anybody visiting Siempre Reap. The class was not only informative but it was a great change from the mostly touristed areas. We were able to visit a local market and enjoy a variety of local fruits. Truly a can’t miss experience. You won’t be disappointed if you take part in one of their classes. I have dietary restrictions and they were able to accommodate. They were extremely communicative in helping to make sure my meal was safe.

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.

Amazing experience!!! Could not recommend more!! Riding through the Cambodian countryside was such a beautiful, special experience that I recommend everyone do! Our guide, Sohkha made our experience extra special - he spoke excellent English and really personalised the tour. We got to made some really special memories and I could not recommend him more. Thanks Sohkha - 10/10 experience!!

The best tour in all of Angkor Wat! It was on a Jeep too!!!