4-day Experience Siem Reap like a local

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

Receive a blessing from a local monk
  • Enjoy dinner at a Khmer BBQ restaurant
  • Catch a glimpse of local life as you cruise the waterways
  • Visit Cambodia's most famous temple, Angkor Wat
  • View the amazing stilted houses built along Tonle Sap Lake

tour details

Begin with a blessing from a local monk before visiting Ta Prohm. You’ll then travel to Sra Srang Village for lunch and a countryside bike tour. End your day with a local dinner before discovering Siem Reap’s nightlife! The next day you’ll visit the Khmer countryside, the holy Kulen Mountain and a reclining Buddha. You’ll then continue to Angkor Wat & Kompong Khleang floating village to enjoy dinner with a local family and settle down for your local home stay.Your last few days are very busy! Enjoy a village visit, cruise Tonle Sap Lake, take an ox-cart ride, visit Banteay Srei temple and see local palm sugar production. You’ll also visit the Land Mine Museum and enjoy dinner at a beer garden. Conclude your tour with a kuyon ride to Angkor Thom, exploring the South Gate and Bayon Temple.

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Start your visit in Siem Reap with a Monk Blessing at a local pagoda in the Temple Complex.
Visit Ta Prohm, one of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.
Lunch prepared by a family in Sra Srang Village.
Afternoon biking tour in the country side and villages.
Dinner at local Khmer BBQ restaurant.
After dinner stroll around in Pub Street and discover the night life of Siem Reap.
Accommodation not included.
Breakfast not included.
Morning, drive through the typical Khmer countryside to the holy Kulen Mountain range which provided some of the stones used to build the Angkor temples. With beautiful sceneries to admire on the way up, our vehicle will bring us on a steep dirt road to the top of the mountain. There first see the site of the Lingas carved in the riverbed by successive kings of the Angkor period, a walk further will bring you to the site of a huge natural rock with on top a big reclining Buddha carved in the rock. The walk will also bring you to a waterfall, where you can join the locals and swim! More carvings in the riverbed can be discovered above the waterfall. This is a very popular place for Khmer people to come and enjoy their weekend with a picnic.
Have picnic lunch with grilled chicken, fish and rice like the locals.
Then visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Drive to the village of Kompong Khleang near Siem Reap.
This permanent community is one of the largest on the Tonle Sap Lake, home to over 20,000 people living in gigantic stilt houses with an economy based on fishing.
Have dinner with a local family at their house and home stay in a stilt house.
Breakfast prepared by the family at their house.
Enjoy the spectacular site and board a private boat to visit a small island at the centre of the village to see its market, school and brightly painted pagodas. Continue by boat to see the life on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake.
Note: During the high water season from August to January the water level rises to within one or two meters of the buildings. During this time of year the village becomes a lively place with floating houses scattering in the vicinity of Kompong Khleang on the lake. The dry season reveals a spectacular site as the stilt houses rise up to ten meters into the sky. The floating houses are now on the open lake and can be visited with a scenic boat ride.

Drive to Eastern part of Roluos, take an ox-cart and have a look at the families making palm-leaves boxes. Be welcomed by the family with a fresh coconut drink and a delicious homemade lunch.

In the afternoon drive to Banteay Srei temple, regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar.
Visit Land Mine Museum with an informative display on the curse of landmines in Cambodia and an extensive collection of mortars, guns and weaponry used during the civil war.
Dinner at a Beer Garden in town.
Accommodation not included.
Breakfast not included.
In the morning, take a Kuyon (big remork) and visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with
over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Lunch not included.
Time at leisure at the local market (if time permits).
Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.


  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles


  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa fees
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme


Ideally a tour to the Tonle Sap Lake is only done during the high-water-level months of July to possibly mid of February. When the water is low boats may get stuck and also the distances to the floating villages increase.
    Tour code: REPDSLL1

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