This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken on a 30-minute drive to Tonlé Sap Lake. On the way, you’ll stop and visit a small school in a rural village community. While you’re there you’ll be able to see the difference in school life from your home country to that of schools in the Cambodian countryside.
While at the school, if you wish you can take lesson with the school children and perhaps teach them an English children’s song. The joy this will bring both you and the children is immeasurable, and you may even find it hard to leave!After visiting the school you will head to the village pagoda, where your whole family can take part in a monk blessing ceremony, to wish you luck and a safe onwards journey.
From here, you’ll continue to Kampong Phluk, a floating village on the mighty Tonlé Sap Lake. The village is completely built on stilts, and is submerged during the monsoon season.
On arrival, you will take an interesting boat trip around Tonlé Sap Lake, giving you the opportunity to learn about life on the lake and the symbiosis of the local people with the vast water source. Tonlé Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, though its size varies greatly depending on the season, increasing by approximately 400% during the monsoon season.
On your tour, you’ll pass floating villages, complete with floating hospitals, floating schools and even a floating basketball court!Please Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However, if this trip is unavailable, a tour of an alternative floating village (Chong Kneas) can be arranged instead).You will then return to Siem Reap and are then free to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Or you can add any of the following four activities to your tour*:Optional: Ride the Plains of the Wild East on HorsebackSee the picturesque plains of Cambodia on horseback! You’ll head to Happy Ranch outside Siem Reap, a western style horse ranch. You will have the chance to get acquainted with your horse, a Cambodian pureblood, and a descendant of the Mongolian wild horses. During the two-hour trail ride you will be able to reach places far outside the tourist areas, through the rice fields and local villages to the rarely visited temple of Wat Atvea, a truly authentic experience.Optional: Quad-bike Around Siem ReapEnjoy an unforgettable experience as you ride a quad bike on the off-road terrain, through the beautiful countryside of the Siem Reap Province. This 12-km guided quad bike tour will take you to see nearby villages, ideal places to learn about the way of life in rural Cambodia. You’ll also have the chance to meet and chat with the friendly locals. The highlight of the two-hour tour is seeing the sun set over the rice fields - a truly magical moment.Optional: Raider of the Lost TombTake a walking tour around the quiet region of Beng Mealea, located around 80 minutes’ drive from Siem Reap. Once there, you’ll enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and feel like Indiana Jones when you discover the overgrown temple hidden in the lush greenery. Having remained undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and is still unrestored. It is one of the few temples in Cambodia that visitors are actually permitted to climb and explore.Optional: Smooth as SilkFor something different, why not visit a local silk farm? Your route to the farm will take you through the local countryside, around the Western Baray where you can spot water buffalos relaxing swampy ponds and kids riding to and from school. The Angkor Silk Farm lies 15-km west of Siem Reap, and here you can witness the entire process of silk creation. Starting with the growing and harvesting mulberry as food for the silkworms, you’ll also learn about the breeding process and lifecycle of the worms as well as the techniques used to spin the silk, the dying process and finally see how the beautiful silk weavings are crafted by hand on wooden looms. If you wish, you can even feed the silk worms - a fun experience and something you’ve probably never done before!*Extra activities are available at supplementary charges. Please contact us for more details and price information.