This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for a tuk-tuk drive through the beautiful countryside to Meanchey Commune. Make a stop along the way at Bakong temple – one of the oldest temple city near Siem Reap to get some beautiful photos and a brief background on the temple’s history. Continue onto Wat Roka- a large rural pagoda with three distinct buildings. En-route, you also visit some local handicraft makers to observe their unique traditional skills. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through a local market.
When you are at Wat Roka, you have a chance to get to know more the Buddhist culture as well as the various uses of different buildings and structures around the region. Afterward, a relaxing ox-cart ride will take you through beautiful countryside and the nearby village. This traditional form of transportation is a great way to take in the rustic sites of the countryside, traditional buildings and local life at a slower pace. Do not forget to get your camera ready to capture this fascinating moment. You will then get off the ox-cart and take a walk through fields of rural Cambodia.
The field is an authentic farmland of the locals. You may get a special opportunity to see first-hand rural farming techniques from preparation, planting, tending or harvesting depending on the timing and season you visit. You could even get the real experience by joining the farming activities with the locals. Our guide will explain about farming methods as well as introduce various fresh goods produced in the region.
During the walk, there is also a stop at a small rural farm that grows various fresh produce. The place could be a stop for lunch today. Take a seat in the shady farmland and enjoy a great selection of traditional Cambodian dishes and taste some locally-grown fruits. You also enjoy a complimentary fresh coconut refreshment. There is a chance to take a quick break to wander the farm.
In the nearby village of Cheasmorn you can find the JB Foundation. Pay a visit to the site to get to know more the way rural Cambodians are supported by profits from tours. You may see the free English school in operation. If you wish, you could even join and share your own skills.
After the visit, hop on a bike and paddle through the villages and countryside of Meanchey Commune. The rural scenery is just great and you also have another chance to observe the authentic countryside life. There are various stops for you to take photos as you cross bridges and pass through different villages on the narrow dirty roads.
As approaching back in the village of Cheasmorn, end of your bike ride and take a tuk-tuk to Siem Reap.
Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap