Cycle from place to place learning about the local community and enjoy the relaxing pace of village life. In the duration of 4 hours, you feel the relaxed village pace on this 19km Cycle Tour. Traverse through Donteay Village, famous for rice paper production. Learn about local banana agriculture, taste a quick rice wine drink and witness the making of Khmer noodles before biking down to Battambang’s largest fish paste market. Wind up your tour with bamboo rice cakes and a relaxing 19km bike ride.
Tour Itinerary – Battambang’s Traditions
Stop 1: Rice Paper
Donteay Village is nestled in the northern region of Battambang, roughly seven kilometres from the city. This village is well known for its unique hand-made products, including its production of rice paper—a fundamental ingredient in Asian cuisine!
Stop 2: Bananas for Bananas!
For our second stop, we will visit a veteran villager who has been involved in the dried banana trade for over 20 years! Learn more about this local agricultural activity and the ways it has continuously supported many families of the village.
Stop 3: Rice Wine
It’s Stop 3 and already time for a drink! On our next stop, we will take you to visit a local producer of rice wine. Learn more about the process involved in this local trade, and sample the taste of the sweet and smooth homemade liquor!
Stop 4: Khmer Noodles
After some rice wine, we hope you are still peddling steadily at this point! We will next take you to observe the making of Khmer noodles using a manual wheat pounder – a tool not often seen in urban areas. Learn more about the simple yet intriguing process of noodle-making, an activity that has been the cornerstone of many Asian societies.
Stop 5: Fish Paste Market
Up next, we will bike to the fish paste market – the largest market in Battambang. See and learn more about Cambodian fishery and the local livelihood that this industry supports. Be warned though: the smell of fish paste might be a little off-putting at first, but not to worry, we won’t linger for too long!
Stop 6: Bamboo Rice Cakes
We wind down our tour with a visit to the makers of bamboo rice cakes. Find out more about the processes involved in the making of this special countryside delicacy. As you head back to the city, enjoy the unspoiled views of the beautiful Battambang countryside!