Countryside Tour with Local Student | 1 Day | BATTAMBANG, CAMBODIA

(4 customer reviews)

$30.00

  • Explore the countryside and local villages of Battambang on this full-day tour that combines both tuk-tuk tour and cycling. Your guide is the friendly local university student, Savet Vuth who loves to show people around his hometown!
  • Tour highlights: In the morning we will start the tour by visiting the Bamboo train and a local village. In the afternoon we will see how the local people make different handicrafts in a village where we will also stop for lunch. In the evening we will travel to Phnom Sompov mountain where we will climb to the top to see the harrowing killing cave, spot monkeys and reflect on the beautiful views of the countryside. Finally, at the bottom of the cave, we will watch millions of bats flying from the cave at sunset!
  • By taking this tour you are supporting a young local entrepreneur.
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  • Departure time: 9 am
  • Return time: 6 pm
  • Pick up Location: From your Hotel or another arranged venue
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours

Your Guide: Hello my name is Savet. I am 25 years old. Recently, I graduated from University and after working as an English teacher for a few years, I decide to do something different. Now I have just started my own business as a tuk-tuk driver and a tour guide in my hometown of Battambang. If you want to explore Battambang, I am very happy to show you the local side of Cambodia!

Basic Itinerary: Battambang Countryside Tuk Tuk & Cycle Tour

Morning: 9 am – 12 pm

STOP 1: Bamboo Train – $5 USD per person

Since the war, until very recently, the famous bamboo train of Battambang was used by the local people to transport, goods, animals, rice and people. In later years it became famous as a fun ride for tourists! The ride takes about one hour to go and come back from Odambang village to Osrolau village.

STOP 2: Village Life

Cycling is the best way to get out in the countryside and see the real Cambodia and the local way of life. I have been living here for my whole life and I am so I am happy to show you the real way of our people living. It is a special village where we will enjoy the riding through the beautiful jungle and nature. So in this activity, if you can not ride the bike so don’t worry too much we can use Tuk Tuk but just let us know before.

STOP 3: Countryside (Rice Season)

It is the best time to see the beautiful countryside. Battambang produces the largest and best rice in Cambodia. We will go to the rice fields so you can see a very nice countryside. You can take pictures as much as you can. Please note that we can do this activity only during the rice season so people grow rice one time per year so the best time to do is from October to December.

Afternoon – Tuk Tuk Tour: 12 pm to 3:30 pm

STOP 4: Making Rice Paper

Have you ever wondered how the rice paper for fresh spring rolls is made? Today, you will find out! We will visit a family who have a small rice paper business and we will witness how the skills that have passed down through the generations is used to make this delicate product, over a real fire.

STOP 5: Making Rice Wine

Rice wine is a homemade alcohol that has been made by local families for generations. It is made using rice and yeast following age-old traditional methods, then fermented for few days in clay jars before being distilled.

STOP 6: Khmer Scarf Making

Khmer scarves are made using large wooden manual looms. Watch the locals create the detailed patterns on scarves, weaving cotton threads together, quickly and with great skill. You can have a try at weaving yourself and get to wear a traditional Khmer scarf.

STOP 7: Making Dried Bananas

Dried bananas are a delicious and nutritious snack! Watch the locals patiently slice the bananas into thin pieces and dry them under the sun. This is a family business, where everyone helps in the process of selling the products to locals.

STOP 8: Making Fish Paste (Prohok)

For Cambodians, and many people in Southeast Asia, fish paste is a vital ingredient of many local dishes. Here at the market, we will find out how it is made. To create the distinct, strong flavour, the paste has to be stored in large pots and preserved for many months. We will also see the locals drying other kinds of colourful fish.

STOP 9: Making Bamboo Sticky Rice (Kro Lan)

This well-known snack, cooked in pieces of fresh bamboo, is enjoyed by local travellers and farmers all over Southeast Asia. It is often seen for sale on roadside stalls. You will find out how it is cooked using natural ingredients such as raw sticky rice, black beans, coconut and sugar before being cooked over a charcoal fire for several hours. Taste this delicious local snack yourself!

Lunch and Relax (2 pm to 3:30 pm)

STOP 10: You will have the experience to eat our local food. So my wife will prepare it for you. After lunch, you can rest a little bit in a hammock and use our free Wi-Fi. here.  (Please tell us before if you are vegetarian.)

Evening: 4 pm to 6 pm

STOP 11: Phnom Sompov mountain

On our visit to Phnom Sompov, you have the option of walking the path to the top of the mountain or you can hire a motorbike driver (or car) to take you to the top. (A lift with a motorbike costs $3, a car $12).

Pagoda: After a 20-minute stroll through the forest, we will reach the pagoda at the middle of the mountain. Enjoy the many beautiful paintings that tell the story of the Buddha.

Killing Cave: Many people were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Many innocent people were marched up to the top of the mountain and plunged to their death into this cave. It is a very sombre experience to recount this dark period of Cambodia’s history.

Watch out for the monkeys: You will see many monkeys jumping through the trees and playing on the ground.

The beautiful views: At the top of the mountain you will see the beautiful panoramic landscape of the Battambang region and its extensive green rice paddies.

STOP 12: Bat Cave

Every evening, millions of bats fly to the nearby Tonle Sap Lake to feed on mosquitoes and insects, before returning in the morning to their cave. At the very bottom of the mountain, we will wait to watch this spectacle as the bats take flight. It is incredible to watch the long line of bats as they fly out from the cave. Lastly, we will catch the sunset and return to the hotel.

Please note:

  • If you are  a couple traveler you can choose the option of the private or group tour.
  • If you are a solo traveler you can choose the option of the group tour.
  • If you are a family with kids you must choose the private tour.

What's Included

Included:

  • Tuk Tuk
  • Bike
  • Hat
  • Tour Guide
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks &Water
  • Phnom Sompov Entrance Fee
  • Free WiFi (Use it at Lunch place)

Not Included:

  • Bamboo Train Fee: $5 US per person
  • Take motorbike or Car to top of Phnom Sompov Mountain (Optional)

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.

Operator

Real Cambodia Tour

We offer the unique and best tour to travellers who want to see the real local way of living in Battambang, Cambodia. This full-day tour is the best tour that you will experience the different interesting activities such as countryside, village life, local handicrafts, Local Lunch and Battambang tourism attractions.  We use bikes and tuk-tuks as our transportation.

4 reviews for Countryside Tour with Local Student | 1 Day | BATTAMBANG, CAMBODIA

  1. Alex & Emma

    We’ve had a fantastic day with Savet. It was such a joy getting close to local life and seeing the traditional craftsmanship up close. We had a lot of fun and have learnt a lot! Savets experience as a teacher really shines through. Would definitely recommend!

  2. Tessa Holt

    Savet gives you a very personal tour of Battambang touring around his home village, including the home he grew up in and lunch and relaxation in his home deliciously prepared by his wife. You also see all of the highlights like the bamboo train and bat caves. The visits in the village learning about the handcrafts was my favourite, seeing how things are made and getting to sample everything. The banana chips were so good! Savet was good to answer any questions and loved to make us think about what we were seeing and give guesses before explaining. Very much enjoyed our day!

  3. Rhea

    We enjoyed the day so much, the program was nicely designed and very varied, the lunch was tasty, we could ask anything we wanted about the country and we learned so much! I would definitely recommend this tour 🙂 thank you for a very memorable day!

  4. Nadine

    Yesterday I had a very good day with Savet. He showed me around the touristic parts but also showed me the real life of Cambodia and invited me to his home to have lunch made by his wife.

    He did a full day tour and explained everything to me. His English is very good and he answer all my questions and make me feel really good.

    Savet thank you again for the lovely day and good luck for the future for you and your lovely family!

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