My Village

Off the beaten path in the Cambodian countryside

Cambodian countryside connection

Escape the hustle and bustle of the tourist trail by getting out into the Cambodian countryside. Journey through lush rice fields and wander with a community guide, meeting local storytellers to learn about rural folklore and a centuries-old way of life. Try traditional handicrafts, join daily activities, and enjoy lunch with a host family – a unique opportunity to connect with Khmer culture.

Highlights

  • Meet generations of those living in the countryside and gain a meaningful insight into rural life
  • Enjoy a hearty lunch with a local family and learn about Khmer cuisine
  • Discover local superstitions, beliefs, and village folklore
  • Visit a rural pagoda and learn about Buddhism, Cambodia’s national religion
  • Connect with storytellers and artisans

The Details

  • Start time – 10am (flexible)
  • Finish time – approx. 3pm
  • Meeting place / pick up – collection from hotel in Siem Reap city
  • Cost – depends on group size. Please send us your booking enquiry.
  • Special notes – you will be visiting a rural village with traditional values and a pagoda, so please follow suitable dress code

Itinerary

This trip runs for half a day.

Meet your guide at 10am in Siem Reap and journey with him/her to the surrounding countryside. Despite such a short distance (approx. 40 minutes by tuktuk) from town, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can enter the heart of the picturesque Cambodian countryside – soon you’ll be driving through open fields and wandering around villages with thatched roofs.

Together you’ll explore the beautiful community pagoda and learn about the role of Buddhism in village life, such as culture, celebrations, and social development.

As you enter the village, you’ll get the chance to meet various local families practicing traditional countryside crafts, such as weaving and farming. Spend time with locals and learn about their life and unique skills. You’ll explore the surrounding farmlands and gain insight into agriculture and the interesting cycle of planting, harvesting, and preparing crops such as rice, tropical fruits, and vegetables.

Superstitions and ghosts play a big role in Cambodian culture, and nowhere are they more alive than in rural villages! Unfold ghost stories and other tales of Animist beliefs that play important roles in the way people live their lives.

Your countryside hosts will prepare a delicious home-cooked meal prepared on a traditional open fire (feel free to help out and have a go), washed down with a freshly plucked coconut. Your guide will return you to Siem Reap by tuktuk at around 3pm.

Impact

  • Learn from Locals – spend the day with a local expert
  • Cambodian cuisine is largely undiscovered, get to the heart of the country by sampling its flavours
  • Support rural livelihoods and contribute to community tourism as a form of supplementary income
  • Meet a variety of characters and storytellers

Testimonial

“Lovely day, I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a break from the touristy temple stuff” – Deepa, August 2016

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