Biking Beyond the Spires of Angkor Wat
While Angkor Archaeological Park is the main attraction for people traveling to Siem Reap, the rural countryside and small village communities that surround the town provide a window into a way of life that has changed little in the last century.
Join Khiri Travel for a bike ride into the surrounding villages, where you will encounter friendly local people and enjoy their hospitality, while learning age-old methods of preparing food; passed down from one generation to the next.
Riding our mountain bikes you will make use of local roads and follow quiet trails through wooded areas and rice fields that are used primarily by local people to travel back and forth between Siem Reap town and their villages.
On the ride, visit a local market with colorful stalls to shop for ingredients to create our lunch, your guide will help you select vegetables, fish, and other ingredients that we’ll need from the friendly stallholders. Our hosts will assist you in getting a good price for your goods.
Then, we’ll bike back to our host’s house, where we will prepare our ingredients and cook up a number of their local Khmer dishes. Guiding you through the process the local ‘chef’ and his wife will show you how the food is parceled up with sticky rice and wrapped in banana leaves to eat later.
Take a short walk through the village to the local temple, where you will then offer alms to the resident Buddhist monks. These monks live an austere life away from their families and depend on the goodwill of local villagers. Present them with a food offering and in return, you will receive their blessing. With your guide translating, you can then chat with them and ask any questions you may have about the Buddhist way of life.
With the temple visit over, return to the family home and sit down to enjoy the lunch you made earlier. There’s also time to relax and take in the sights of the village. Try some local drinks such as sugarcane juice, a refreshingly sweet drink served on ice. It’s a popular refreshment among Khmers, especially in rural areas.
With renewed energy return to Siem Reap, where you can reflect on the gentle, friendly nature of these village people and their simple way of life.
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