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A captivating encounter with rural Cambodia
Cover more of captivating Cambodia's scenic sights on this countryside e-bike tour from Siem Reap. Ride out of the city and skirt the ancient site of the Angkor temples before making your way towards a weaving workshop, local house, the Angkor period West Baray Lake, as well as stopping for a water blessing from a Buddhist monk and meeting with a local medicine man.
Begin your day tour by riding through Siem Reap's winding streets, just as the city is beginning its day. Pedal towards the outskirts of town and see how the streets become quieter and greener. Keep cycling until you reach dirt paths that will lead you around the outer parts of Angkor Archeological Park, where 72 major temples of the Khmer Empire remain preserved, along with numerous other ruins and shrines.
Continue through the countryside, passing fields of rice paddies and buffalo as you ride. Densely forested slopes form the distant horizon adding to the verdancy of this stretch of the Cambodian countryside. Your route leads you to the workshop of a master weaver. Weaving has long been an important cottage industry in Cambodia, particularly for producing mats and baskets. Watch the master weaver as they dexterously transform reeds into usable works of art, and give the technique a go yourself.
Hop back in the saddle and ride on until you reach a small house where your gracious host awaits. They'll welcome you inside their home which has been built and decorated in the traditional rural Cambodian style and will invite you to sit with them. Enjoy a drink and snacks, and listen as they talk about the rhythms and routines of life in their village, the challenges of modernization, and the enduring traditions they preserve.
Next, you'll make your way to West Baray, a man-made lake dating back to Angkorian times. Construction of this reservoir began in the 11th century, and though it is thought it originally served mainly symbolic functions, today, humans and nature make good use of its bountiful produce. Watch fishermen hauling in their nets and birds wheeling overhead as you cycle along its banks.
You'll stop to admire the Svay Romiet Pagoda, a monastery on the southern edge of the lake with an impressive golden stupa and rich ornamentation. Here, a monk will offer you a water blessing which will introduce you to the long spiritual significance of this lake for the monks who live upon its banks. You'll also have the opportunity to visit a local medicine man who practices traditional Cambodian healing remedies and remains the primary source of advice for many local people in the rural villages around Siem Reap about their illnesses, worries, and moral concerns.
Take a moment in the tranquil atmosphere of the lake to contemplate all that you have seen, tasted, and learned on this immersive day tour into authentic rural Cambodia, before hopping back in the saddle and returning to town. To visit the Angkor Park temples, take the Angkor Sunrise Bike Tour to witness daybreak over some of the world's most impressive ancient temples.
Days Start Finish Daily 7:30 am ~12:00 pm
Please arrive for the tour 15 minutes before departure time.
Rate USD Adult $49
This tour is recommended for adults only.
Weaving workshop, Local house, West Baray Lake, Svay Romiet Pagoda, Water blessing from a Buddhist monk, Meeting with a local medicine man
- E-bike and helmet rental
- English-speaking guide
An Angkor pass is required for this tour and must be purchased separately.
Meeting place & directions
Discova Siem Reap Bike Shop
9B Benoit Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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