Siem Reap Meet the locals

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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: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

2. 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: Morning Countryside Bike Tour

3. 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.

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.

Floating Village and Tonlé Sap Sunset Tour

5. 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.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples Guided Tour by Jeep

6. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples Guided Tour by Jeep

The tour begins with pickup in the morning and heads to the first stop of the day, 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. Next, drive to 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.  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 restaurant for a tasty lunch. After lunch, follow your guide off-the-beaten-track until you reach a community-based tourism center where you can experience first-hand the everyday life of Cambodians.

Siem Reap: Quad Bike Tour of Local Villages

7. 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: Evening Food Tour - Inclusive 10 Local Tastings

8. Siem Reap: Evening Food Tour - Inclusive 10 Local Tastings

5:00 pm pick up from you accommodation. our evening food tour begins with a pickup from your hotel. The first is the lort cha’s house where you can test the cambodian Stir-fried Rice Pin Noodle with delicious stir-fry techniques and simple steps you can learn. Step-by-step photos and a recipe video are allow. 6:00 PM - 7:00 pm Second stop, You will visit Made in Cambodia Market is the marketplace selling locally made handicrafts, jewelry & silk scarves. . 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm next stop is the local restaurant where you will taste fruits, spring rolls, tofu, and bbg snails. After you will continue to the phum num banh chok where you can test the authentic cambodian noodle with chicken curry, yellow and red fish soup. 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm after, we will go to the local night market, where you can try some bugs and fantastic barbecued chicken, whilst enjoying a cold beverage while sitting on a mattress alongside the street market. a note here, your guide is very careful to make sure everything you eat is clean and well-cooked. 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm at the last stop, you will visit Long's Bar, where you can enjoy drinking a couple of beers in a relaxing atmosphere and fresh beers.

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

9. 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: 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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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 463 reviews

It was a great experience! We were picked up from the hotel and taken to a local market. There we met our tour guide and cooking Chef, Sorya. After the market we went to straight to the cooking studio where we met the rest of the team. The studio was a relaxing and very clean place. We really had a lot of fun and a spectacular time. The whole team was very friendly and warm-hearted. We were allowed to choose our menu individually. Cooking with locals was a special and extraordinary experience and the food was amazing. I would highly recommend this place. Cooking with Sorya and her Family is a MUST when traveling to Siem Reap. Thank you

This was one of my favourite experiences in Siem Reap. Sorya and her team are so welcoming. The class was incredibly authentic, with a visit to the local market and a walk through the home herb garden. There are a number of dishes to choose from, all very delicious and Sorya takes into account all dietary requirements. The knowledge, care and attention was faultless and it is clear to see the impact this work has on the whole community. Such a brilliant class!

Everything about this experience was perfectly timed and run - I learnt so much about both Cambodian life and also cooking and will be able to take these recipes home to spread the news about how delicious the Cambodian cuisine is! the family that run this are so friendly and kind. I highly recommend this tour.

our guided tour went very well. we were lucky to have good weather when we went to see the floating villages (rainy season) the guide was very nice .and everything was explained wonderfully. I highly recommend for those who want to see the floating villages !

Wow wow wow this tour was the absolute best - our guide was amazing he was funny kind and looked after us - the tour itself was probably one of the most amazing tours I have ever done - 100% worth the money - A memory that will last a life time