Siem Reap Cooking and Temple Adventure by Bike
While the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex is by far the biggest attraction for those visiting Siem Reap, the beauty of the rural countryside and the small village communities surrounding the town offer some real insight into the Khmer way of life that in many ways has not changed for centuries.
Join Khiri Travel Cambodia’s bike ride into these rural communities, where you meet the friendly locals face-to-face and enjoy their hospitality as you learn from them age-old ways and methods of preparing and cooking food that have been passed down through the centuries from generation to generation.
You will be met by your local guide early in the morning at your hotel with the high-quality mountain bikes that you will use for this ride through the Siem Reap countryside. While we make use of local roads during this bike adventure, we also follow quiet trails and tracks through wooded areas and rice fields that only local people use to travel back and forth between town and market.
During the ride we will also visit a local market to shop for produce that you will then use to make your lunch. Your guide will advise you on what vegetables, fish and other meats to buy and help you to barter with local vendors as you pass among the colorful stalls and friendly, curious faces.
We then cycle on to the house of a local family, who has been waiting in anticipation of your arrival. They will use your groceries to help you cook a number of their local Khmer signature dishes – demonstrating and guiding you in the process. After the various dishes are prepared, the local ‘chef’ and his wife will show you how the food can also be parcelled up with sticky rice and folded in banana leaves to eat later.
We will then take a short walk from the village to a local pagoda and temple where you will offer alms to the local monks living there. As in many parts of Southeast Asia, these monks live a solitary life away from their families and depend on the faith and charity of local villagers. You will present a food offering to the monks and in return they will give you their blessing. You can then chat with the monks and ask them any questions you have about Khmer culture and Buddhism.
We then return to the family home to sit down and eat the lunch prepared earlier. Afterwards there’s time to relax and take in the scenes of village life. You will also be invited to try some local drinks such as sugarcane juice, a refreshingly sweet drink served on ice. It’s a popular drink among Khmers, especially in the countryside.
With a renewed boost of energy, it’s then time to say goodbye and return to Siem Reap, reflecting on the gentle, friendly nature of these village people and their simple way of life.
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