Countryside Tour

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning / Afternoon

tour highlights

Take a ride on the back of a Vespa through scenic landscapes
  • Learn about colorful small house temples
  • Experience a blessing from a monk for good luck
  • Enjoy a Khmer picnic in the countryside
  • Visit a traditional village and see local life

tour details

Cambodia’s countryside offers a spectacular visual feast, with mellow riverside towns, pretty villages, lush paddies and a sprinkling of ancient temples. You’ll be picked up by Vespa and head through the pristine Angkor forest passing a shop selling colorful small house temples, and you’ll learn their meaning. We’ll then stop to explore a local market before heading to the Wat Svai Romiet Pagoda with its beautiful view of the lake. After refreshments, a monk will perform a special ceremony where you’ll be blessed for good luck. We’ll then head to the West Mebon temple and learn about the restoration project. Next, we’ll enjoy a delicious Khmer picnic, before experiencing traditional life as you visit locals and learn how they make a living selling handicrafts and food.

tour description

You are picked up at your hotel by our Vespa drivers.
Then we proceed to the north and ride through the pristine Angkor forest towards the area immediately West of Angkor, where the founder of the tour, Akim, was raised. She was born during the time Pol Pot was in power and schools were not available.
During this time her grandfather, Loung Sake, was the Grand Abbot of the Angkor complex and this is where she lived. It is unusual for a girl to be educated by monks, but as granddaughter she enjoyed that privilege and lived in the Wat Angkor Kang Chuong (Angkor Wat Pagoda). Under his guidance the monks at Angkor educated her in Sanskrit scriptures on bamboo scrolls, elaborate prayers and rites. Later when schools started to become available in town she traveled the many miles to claim her daily education.
Originally her family was a substantial landowner at the Angkor area and one of the tour stops is at the land where she grew up.
After this we proceed and pass by a shop selling colorful small house temples. Here it is explained why so many Khmer houses have such temples outside and what they mean.
Then we stop at a small local market that is only a few minutes' drive to get a feel for the atmosphere and what is on offer.
After the market we proceed ultimately over a country path to the parameter dike of Baray lake. There the passengers have to get off the bikes and walk for approx. 1 minute to overcome a small climb. From there we proceed on the embankment of the West Baray Lake.
Following the embankment we arrive at a Chinese cemetery of the Wat Svai Romiet Pagoda and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and see the difference in the Khmer and the Gregorian calendar. After a drink and fruit at the pagoda, a monk will perform a special ceremony at the main spiritual hall of the pagoda, where all present will be blessed for good luck.
Then the tour proceeds by boat (wet season) or by scooter (dry season) to the island in the middle of Baray lake, where the very special West Mebon temple is being restored. The significance of this temple and its special treasure will be explained and the ongoing restoration works observed. Frequently there is an old fortune teller present on the island and if he is there the visitors can have their fortunes told.
After visiting the island we proceed to a picnic place at a farm, exclusive to guests of Cambodia Vespa Tours and there a lunch with a selection of delicious typical Khmer foods and drinks are served. During and after lunch we will relax and enjoy the relaxing farm country environment.
The tour will proceed to make acquaintance with local families and other typical livelihoods. Life is poor, but everyone works hard to contribute to the family's daily income.
The first stop is near the picnic stop at a farm where the farmer's wife weaves baskets and various other wicker objects. All products are sold on the local markets or at road stalls.
The second stop is at a farm where sticky rice in bamboo is made. Sticky rice is sold in the country side markets, on roads and these days to the tourists at Angkor.
Then the tour comes to an end and you are safely returned to your hotel on the back of your Vespa.


  • Private transportation
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements)
  • Bottled water and cold towels


  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures such as drinks, souvenirs, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Tour code: REPCVCOU

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