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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.

Siem Reap: Floating Village Exploration Tour

2. 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.

Back to Basics: Village Life Tour from Siem Reap

3. Back to Basics: Village Life Tour from Siem Reap

Get back to the basics with this incredible, authentic look at daily life in Siem Reap. From gathering firewood to pumping water, the traditional ways of life are still very much alive in these vibrant and bustling communities, and today you can experience this simplicity with an informative and culturally sensitive chance to experience this life for yourself. As you step into the village, you'll be greeted with friendly villagers happy to help you learn the ways of their world. You'll see families weaving, making baskets, digging wells, and making rice wine. As you walk through the village, you'll be treated to a local's perspective – because your guide was born there! Along the way, snap photos, listen to Khmer music, and learn the basic needs of clean water, employment, and sustainable development from those most affected by these political issues. You will also visit the school and village Pergola, the town's local Buddhist temple. It will be a day for you to remember, and hopefully you'll understand a bit more about this delicate and flourishing community deep in the countryside near Siem Reap.

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: 6-Hour Easy Rider Motorbike Tour

5. 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: Cambodian Cooking Class at a Local's Home

6. Siem Reap: Cambodian 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: Floating Village Bike Tour and Sunset Cruise

7. Siem Reap: Floating Village Bike Tour and Sunset Cruise

Escape to the countryside on a bike tour from Siem Reap with lunch. Get to know the locals, try delicious food, stop at the floating village of Kampong Phluk, and end your day with a sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake. Get picked up in the morning and taken to the local partner's office to meet your guide. Here, receive a safety briefing, learn about the itinerary for the day, and be fitted with a mountain bike and helmet. Then start your tour by cycling down interesting dirt roads through Siem Reap’s countryside. Along the way, your guide will take you to local farms and village activities. Learn about the everyday lives of the Cambodian villagers. Stop for lunch and taste all sorts of local flavors. Enjoy fresh coconuts and lounge in a hammock. After lunch, head to the floating village of Kampong Phluk and walk around the area to explore the housing. The houses are built on stilts, adapted to withstand flooding, experienced during the rainy season. Get to know the daily life and area from your guide. Take a boat and further discover the village life from the water. See schools, a market, and a pagoda. At the end of the day, watch the sunset on Tonle Sap Lake with some snacks and cold beverages. Return back to the city by private vehicle in the late evening.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples Guided Tour by Jeep

8. 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.

From Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Floating Village Tour

9. 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: Floating Village Half-Day Tour

10. Siem Reap: Floating Village Half-Day Tour

Explore the floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake on a half-day guided tour from Siem Reap. The tour is the perfect option if you don't have time to visit Prek Toal or Kompong Phluk. Following a pick-up from your hotel or guesthouse, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Port near Phnom Krom. Your English and Khmer-speaking guide will point out areas of local interest along the way and answer any questions you may have. Pass rice paddies and fields of lotus flowers - a deeply important flower in Buddhism. Please note: the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary depending on the time of year. Continue to a crocodile and fish farm on the lake (depending on current water levels). Learn about some of the trades of the people on the lake. If catfish, crocodiles and large snakes don't interest you, there is a souvenir shop and viewing deck on board where you can purchase souvenirs and take some stunning photographs of the views. During the boat ride through the floating village, watch the locals going about their daily life. Briefly enter the edge of the Great Lake before docking at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village. Enjoy a well-deserved meal and 2 free drinks. After lunch, take a seat on the viewing deck and watch the world go by. Depart the Queen Tara and journey back to the port. Here, an air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel or guesthouse in Siem Reap.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 463 reviews

Our tour guide's name was Vuthy, a young, energytic and enthusiastic tour guide. We were very pleased to have him on the tour for the first three days in Siem Reap. Without him, we couldn't have had so much knowledge and valuable memories of Angkor City. Definitely highly recommended. 1. He was very patient, structured and very clear in introducing and explaining the history of Siem Reap. 2. We liked the way how he told histories of one temple and associated to the other temples, so tourists can remember which historic monument came first and why. I'd say, it was a fun history class out in the nature :) 3. He took us to the most, untouristic, yet beautiful foto spots to take pictures of us. 4. Gave us restaurants and food recommendations but did not put pressure on hard-sale. 5. My husband felt a bit sick on the third day. Vuthy and driver were flexible enough and took us back the hotel and changed the schedule to the afternoon instead early morning+midday schedule.

This trip was amazing! If you are interested in the everyday country life in Siem Reap this tour is highly recommended. Mr. Chen, our guide, was nice, knowledgeable, and spoke very good English. He was the best guide we ever have had! He, and the other driver, ms. Somantra drove carefully. We felt very safe even if the pathways sometimes we're a bit slippery due to the heavy rain the evening before. We went to a local market, and several local people’s houses, to learn about what they do for getting income to their everyday lives. This was very interesting. We have been traveling a lot in Asia, but never had an experience so authentic as this tour. I can not recommend this tour highly enough!

We were lucky to have a private experience today with Bun who was an amazing guide. Before going out on the boat we saw a local market and experienced fruit and food from the countryside. Instead of just seeing Kampong Phluk from the boat, we walked through the village and met with the locals. As we went out on the lake we had a little bit of rain which made for a more interesting atmosphere and experience. Later-on on the way back we explored the village by boat as well - we loved the vibe and the people.

I just spent 3 amazing, adventurous and exciting days enjoying this private tour with my tour guide Mr. Sa and my driver Mr. Ya. The tour is absolutely satisfactory and includes a large number of extraordinary temples in the Siem Reap area, as well as a boat ride along the floating village. Mr. Sa was extremely nice, kind, helpful, punctual and provided a lot of interesting information. I highly recommend this tour that helped me appreciate the unique beauties and the history of the Khmer civilization.

I was the only one join the course. They picked up fm the hotel on time. Before start cooking visited local market. I cooked 4 easy and delicious dishes. I recommend all people visiting Seamreap if u feel had enough of Angkor wat. Nice family own place. Thank you very much.