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STOP 1: AGRICULTURE
You’ll start off with an introduction to the day-to-day routines of rice farming and other agricultural sectors. Many of our tour guides have personal experience in this subject, having worked for a few years in rice paddies in between school and university. We’re confident that this tranquil ride will dissolve any clinging stress from your travels, and teach you a great deal about the local people’s livelihoods.
STOP 2: RATTAN BASKET MAKING
As with the Off the Beaten Track tour, you will stop for a while to learn about rural Cambodian basket making. This is a unique and intricate craft, which has been passed down from parent to child for centuries. You may have seen this beautiful work before in a luxurious hotel, without knowing about the quaint industry behind it that provides thousands with a livelihood.
STOP 3: LOCAL MARKET
After your lesson in Rattam basket making, you’ll come to the local market, which will be bustling with the sights and sounds of villagers buying and selling local produce. Here, you’ll have some time to see dozens of intriguing products you can’t find anywhere else in the world, and learn a little about the conventions of rural mercantile. As you walk amongst the stalls, your tour guide will tell you a bit about the history and operations of the market, and just how many people depend on this centre of community.
STOP 4: LOCAL LUNCH AND COOKING CLASS
After the Pagoda stop, we’ll take a long, relaxing ride back towards Siem Reap, where our lunch will already be cooking in the homes of a few of the locals. If we arrive in time, and you’re confident in your cooking skills, you may want to help with the preparation, learning even more about Cambodian cuisine in the process.
STOP 5: PAGODA
After leaving the market, your tour will deviate south towards Pagoda. Almost immediately you’ll notice a significant change in the landscape and fauna here compared to Battambang, which will give you a visual aid if you are interested in Cambodia’s complex geography. In the rainy season, when the Tonle Sap River rises greatly, the stilted homes along its banks look like a floating village! Along the way, you’ll pass many spots of cultural significance, where your tour guide will stop to teach you about Cambodian religion, legends and custom.
STOP 6: KHMER NOODLE
Khmer noodles have been a symbol of the Cambodian countryside for centuries, and have become a staple in dozens of popular dishes all over the country. One such recipe is commonly known as “lied cakes” meaning “cakes which show you how to eat.” This strange label comes from an ancient Battambang legend, which your tour guide will be more than happy to retell.
STOP 7: RICE WINE
Rice wine is a well-known drink, enjoyed all over Cambodia. While it’s certainly become a major part in the locals’ recreational time, it also has many curative purposes, and is used in small doses to help cure a variety of illnesses. Your tour guide will talk you through the distilling process and how the trade in rice wine brings money into rural communities.
+ Morning tour: 7.20 am – 1.00 pm
+ Afternoon tour: 1.40 pm – 5.00 pm
33.00 (per person)