Siem Reap countryside half day bike tour – chance to experience a real Cambodia

For many tourists, Cambodia is always wonderful destination to experience and discover. Cambodia does not have many asphalted roads and Siem Reap is no exception. However the countryside is criss crossed with sandy paths in the dry season and muddy tracks during the rains which means the best way to explore is by mountain bike.

A path through the Siem Reap countryside

A path through the Siem Reap countryside

This Siem Reap countryside bike tour brings tourists many chances to see real Cambodia. Even you have only half day but you can enjoy the scenery of the countryside including the villages, the rice fields, the people, their culture and their wonderful smile of the children. In this tour, you will ride mountain bikes in the countryside of Siem Reap and interact with local villagers as you help them plant rice and watch them weave baskets; and learn to weave a basket yourself, then relax in a hammock after a barbecue lunch. Visit Siem Reap with Indochina tours Cambodia.

The half-day tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel in Siem Reap, or at the agreed meeting point. Then, you will pick up your own personal mountain bike, and after a quick lesson on the gears, you will be ready to pedal out to the Cambodian countryside. Departing Siem Reap, you will cycle through paddy fields to the reservoir lake at West Baray. Along the way, tourists can stop to chat with local villagers and watch them working the rice fields and farming the fertile Cambodian countryside. You also have time to visit a local market to refresh yourself with fresh sugarcane juice, and pause to visit a family that earns a living out of making handicrafts. Specially, you can also get a massage the traditional way, using cups. Tours in Cambodia

West Baray full at the end of the rainy season

West Baray full at the end of the rainy season

Upon arrival at West Baray, you will have chance to explore the ancient reservoir, which was built in the 11th century and then enjoy lunch inside a grass hut, where you will feast on a simple but sublime meal of barbecue chicken and freshwater fish straight from the lake. After lunch, the time is yours to laze on the beach, or swim around the lake. You can go for a stroll, or simply relax in a hammock with a good book. There will also be an opportunity to take an optional sail over the lake by small boat to explore an island.

Join villagers and plant rice in the wet season

Join villagers and plant rice in the wet season

After a couple of relaxation hours, you will return to Siem Reap by bike. You can stop en route at another family home, where you will meet a woman who suffers from poliomyelitis. She manages to survive by making small fishing materials as souvenirs, and will give you a demonstration on how she makes them.

Visit the handicraft family to watch how they make baskets

Visit the handicraft family to watch how they make baskets

With Siem Reap countryside half day bike tour, you will chance to experience and discovery a real Cambodia by cycling through the countryside of Siem Reap, pedaling past paddy fields and small villages, visit a local market to refresh yourself with sugarcane fruit, see local villagers who earn a living making baskets, and learn how to weave one of your own, etc. Siem Reap countryside half day bike tour will bring you many wonderful and memorable experiences.

The Indochina Voyages team.

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