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Siem Reap: Apsara Dance Show & Dinner with Tuk-Tuk Transfers

1. Siem Reap: Apsara Dance Show & Dinner with Tuk-Tuk Transfers

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation by tuk-tuk, and then watch a traditional Apsara dance show to experience an authentic folk art from Cambodia. Embark on a unique cultural journey through Hindu and Buddhist mythologies that believe Apsaras are beautiful female creatures sent from heaven to enchant with their soft but mesmerizing dance moves. The hand gestures are a significant part of the dance, with each gesture signifying something different. Feast on a selection of Khmer food from the buffet dinner during the show. Sample typical fare, such as a classic Amok Cambodian curry and Khmer BBQ. International dishes are also available. Return to your accommodation by tuk-tuk at the end of an amazing night.

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.

Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

3. 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.

Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

4. 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.

Angkor Wat: Private Sunrise Tour with Champagne Breakfast

5. Angkor Wat: Private Sunrise Tour with Champagne Breakfast

Marvel as the sun rises over the spires of the largest religious structure in the world, Angkor Wat. Decipher the myriad of stories behind the bas-relief carvings at this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert local guide. Then, savor a Champagne breakfast before continuing your private guided tour to Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, and Ta Prohm. Begin with a pre-dawn pickup at your hotel in Siem Reap at around 4:30 AM, depending on your location. Watch an unforgettable sunrise, then explore the interior of this truly great temple, spending a thorough 2 hours discovering its corridors, central chambers, and upper terraces. As you go, get insight into life during the height of the Khmer Empire with your English-speaking guide. After exploring Angkor Wat, take your seat on a traditional Khmer boat set up with lotus flower centerpieces, and relish breakfast with Champagne and 1-hour of free-flowing drinks. Next, make your way to Angkor Thom, the majestic site that once served as the Khmer Empire's glistening capital city. Take a moment to consider its grandiosity before heading to the Bayon temple to appreciate its beautifully crafted central towers covered in more than 200 enormous faces. Finally, visit the beautiful Ta Prohm temple where massive tree roots and ancient temple stones entwine before returning to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Tonle Sap Cruise & Road Tour between Phnom Penh & Siem Reap

6. Tonle Sap Cruise & Road Tour between Phnom Penh & Siem Reap

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap to start your full-day cruise along the Tonle Sap River and experience the beauty of the landscape from a different perspective.  Journey by luxury cruiser designed to navigate the challenging waterway with ease. Get a welcome drink on boarding and enjoy a buffet lunch and soft drinks, served on board as you sail. Benefit from the unique double hull that allows the boat to travel closer to the riverbanks and explore the narrow waterways along the way. Travel the rest of the journey in the luxury of a private air-conditioned minivan, and take in the stunning scenery as you drive through pristine countryside and the traditional rural villages surrounding Tonle Sap Lake. Experience the unique river and rural life on land.

Back to Basics: Siem Reap Village Tour in Cambodia

7. Back to Basics: Siem Reap Village Tour in Cambodia

Travel is the chance to experience the other, to step into another's culture and experience the wonders of the world around you. Cultural tourism is a delicate industry, and this tour strives to present you to a local village in a thoughtful and careful way, so as not to disturb their native way of life, while giving you an inclusive experience you will never forget! On this tour, have the chance to explore and experience a unique village from the perspective of the villagers themselves. Take you deep into the communities around Siem Reap for a hands on experience, including detailed conversations during lunch and your day in the village. The best thing about the tour is the commitment to bring you this experience in a non-destructive way. Many tour operators bring groups to villages, but this is special -- your guide was born in this village and works with the village chief to ensure your experience is one you cannot find anywhere else. Have the chance to snap photos and meet the locals, but in a way that most other tour groups fail to find -- with the permission and good will of those you are visiting. The tour begins at 9:00 AM from your local guest house, where your expert guide will meet you and transport you via air-conditioned car or minivan to this amazing village approximately 25 miles (40km) from Siem Reap. Along the way, you will be given a detailed description of what awaits, with a detailed understanding of the villages you will visit. Learn how the communities work together, helping each other with daily activities and neighborly advice, and your expert guide will be there to answer any of your questions. Once you arrive, enter into a working village where you can meet the local families who still weave baskets, dig wells, and make rice wine all by hand as they have done for centuries. Share lunch with your host family. It is a truly immersive experience. As you continue your journey, you may have the chance to meet with a local teacher, or builder who is working to bring clean water to the community. The goal is to share with you the culture in a unique and appropriate way, and you will leave with a much deeper appreciation of these magnificent cultures around Siem Reap.

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.

Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

9. 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: Angkor Wat Temples Guided Tour by Jeep

10. 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.

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Our guide Sokha Kim turned up on time in the afternoon, with good quality bikes and helmets, he helped us adjust to fit, then we set off! Through the town and into the countryside was such a joyful experience. To then see the local community living life together, (including the Buddhist monks) and learning about their lives was a real treat- very insightful, and Our guide was very interesting to listen to. He was bright, bubbly and very happy to answer any questions we had, and very happy to stop each time we wanted to take a photo.! We loved sampling real Cambodian food (even snail and frog if you want!) at the real street food market used by locals, and stopping to watch the sunset with a cool drink! The cycle was Mainly Flat roads, and our guide was an expert to safely navigate us. He regularly checked on our welfare and taught us how to greet locals appropriately. It was such an interesting tour and one that I would recommend to all as a MUST when you are in Siem Reap! Thankyou!

It was such an informative and fun experience to go to the local markets and learn about all the different vegetables/meats that are local to Cambodia vs. imported and how they are used. The instructors were very friendly and professional and always checked to see if we were happy with what we cooked and by god was it fragrant and delicious. I know a lot of people do food tours but being able to cook some local dishes is invaluable knowledge you can then take back home with you and re-experience such a memorable trip. 100% recommend!

We had such a great morning with Sophia! As the only two booked on we were super lucky and had a special class just for us. We were picked up from our hotel and met her at the market. She was warm and helpful and took us through the stalls, then we travelled to their new lakeside location and spent the next few hours being taught how to cook by the team. They were so helpful and took us through at our own speed, and we loved every minute of it. If you’re hesitating to book - don’t! It’s worth every penny.

Fantastic tour. Family of 4 with 2 teen sons. Great food, and so much fun riding around on the vespas. Felt totally safe. And had a great time eating in some cool places. Food was amazing. Highly recommended.

Great food and locations I would not have been able to find on my own. It was really fun to see the town while riding the vespa. Had a wonderful evening. Don't miss the tour if you are in town!