Don’t forget to set your alarm: pick-up time is between 8 am and 8.30 am at your hotel! Once everyone’s on board, we head out of Siem Reap (the city) and drive to the beautiful countryside area. There, we cycle along the red soil roads through some splendid villages (don’t worry, it’s a nice and peaceful ride and flat the whole way!). On our way, we stop by the local fish market where you can watch (and take part in?) traditional Khmer daily fish trading. After the ride, we take a small break to get a refreshing and well-deserved drink. The day is far from over though!
Our journey carries on with the visit of one of the most impressive floating village in Cambodia: Kompong Khleang. We will board a boat and discover the village and the astonishing flooded forest. At some point, your stomach will start rumbling… Worry not! That’s when we take you to a stilt house in the village to share a typical Khmer lunch with friendly locals.
After lunch, we get back aboard to reach a pagoda located on an island. We always have a great time there, walking by the monk school and watching monks in their day-to-day routine. After that, we’ll head to the Vietnamese floating village. The Vietnamese village is not like the rest of Kompong Khleang, in that it is not composed of stilt houses. The houses there are built on floating objects and therefore float on the Tonlé Sap. The Vietnamese village moves along the river (and sometimes up to the lake) according to the season and is something you’ve most likely never seen before. You’ll get to see the floating school, hospital and local shops (they even have a hairdresser!)… An amazing sight, we promise! We then get back to the bus and start driving back to Siem Reap through other rural villages. We stop in one of them so you can get to interact with villagers. When we’re lucky, we get to see some Cambodian famous water-bird species in rice paddies. We’re generally back in Siem Reap around 5 pm. An amazing experience!