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– Cycling through the countryside, encounters with locals and cookibg class.
– Discover the Great Tonle Sap lake by traditionnal wooden boat.
– Workshop at Eco-Soap NGO & meet the HeroRats !
– Spend a hald day with elephants of the Kulen Elephant park.
– Discover the main archeological sites of Angkor: Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei
Day 1: SIEM REAP : Arrival – Siem Reap / Countryside & Tonle Sap
On your arrival to Siem Reap, you’ll be greeted by an English-speaking guide that will accompany you on this fun three-day tour of adventures and discoveries. After a quick transfer by vehicle, you will immediately set off to explore the countryside on mountain bikes (child seat and trailer available). Enjoy your ride along the laterite tracks, bordered by coconut and bamboo trees dotting the peaceful countryside of Siem Reap.
At the end of a sandy track, you will discover a true archeological treasure, a pagoda, and its small Angkorian temple!
Keeping up with the beautiful Cambodian architecture, you’ll reach a hamlet hidden in the middle of the rice fields. Stop at the village where you’ll witness the elders still wearing their unique traditional clothes and you’ll get to discover the artisanal basketry traditions.
Your journey continues with a culinary halt. Assisted by a Cambodian chef, you will prepare your lunch. The chef will introduce you to the preparation of typical dishes such as green mango salad, Amok, or even traditional soup.
At noon you will taste the delicious dishes you cooked.
In the afternoon, leave the bikes and take your vehicle to cross the flooded and fertile areas to reach the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. There, you’ll embark on a wooden boat to discover the lake and its floating houses in the lakeside village of Metchrey.
Learn the different fishing techniques and observe the unique breeding of crocodiles and fishes.
Enjoy the rest of your ride through the beautiful aquatic life of the region.
Dinner – Free – at your own expense.
Day 2: SIEM REAP / Temples & NGO
Departing in tuk-tuk from your hotel, reach the archaeological site of Angkor in the early morning and discover the great royal city. King Jayavarman VII built a laterite rampart forming a square of 3 kilometers on each side with an outer moat of one hundred meters wide to protect his city from invaders.
After admiring the enigmatic gates of this city, you’ll reach the Bayon, the central temple of this fortified city. At first sight, this mysterious temple appears as a disorder of blackened stones but it’s actually a magnificent tangle of some fifty towers, revealing faces as you come closer.
Walk around the site to explore the endless monuments including the Baphuon, one of the largest restoration projects ever undertaken by France, then the Phimeanakas located in the enclosure of the Royal Palace and finish at the Terrace of the Elephants where the king and his court attended the games and processions.
Then, reach the temple of Ta Prohm, “the ancestor Brahma”, to relish in the magical atmosphere of this temple. It’s an authentic place, partly left in its natural state to preserve the original memory of its discovery by the early explorers who revealed the city of Angkor to the West.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on the site.
The afternoon is consecrated to the discovery of two rather astonishing humanitarian organizations.
Discover Eco-Soap, a humanitarian and environmental non-profit organization that works to save, sanitize, and supply leftover soap from manufacturers and hotels for developing countries.
Through this workshop, you will learn about their work and how it meets both ecological and social objectives.
Eco-Soap doesn’t only contribute to the improvement of health and ecological well-being by providing highly cost-effective hygiene products and reduce the waste generated by industry. It also helps the local community, by affording livelihoods and free education to disadvantaged women with no other reliable source of income.
This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the various ways of reducing waste, poverty, and social disparities.
The second NGO is APOPO.
APOPO is a demining center that uses giant rats, nicknamed “HeroRATs”, trained to detect landmines, helping the team to get rid of the deadly devices and give back safe lands to the communities. Learn with APOPO about the downplayed issue of productive lands being still to this day endangered by explosive remnants of war and their unique process of safe demining.
Enjoy a demonstration video before getting back to your hotel.
Dinner – FREE – at your own expense.
Day 3: SIEM REAP / Elephant Sanctuary – Banteay Srei – Angkor Wat
Breakfast will be served in the village.
In the early morning (7 am), you will be driven to the foothills of Kulen Mountain, where lies the Bos Thom Community Forest, 1100 acres of protected forest, a sanctuary to the last elephants of Angkor.
At a short walking distance is the community base, where the group will receive instructions about the contact with some of the last captive elephants of the country and why, more than ever, the protection of this precious animal is crucial.
Out of 75 remaining captive elephants in Cambodia, you’ll meet the 14 elephants of the site, each having their unique name and roaming free and unburdened in their natural habitat.
Along with a local Cambodian guide, you’ll slowly get to approach these majestic animals, accompany them in a 1-hour walk and follow them in their bath. It will be the occasion to discover the various plantations and seasonal cultures scattered on the sanctuary and observe the team prepare the meal of the pachyderms.
Lunch will be served at the community base and you will have the chance of feeding the elephants.
Hopping back in the car, you’ll be driven with your guide to reach the small temple of Banteay Srei, a gem of 10th century Khmer art with beautiful carved pink sandstone.
This unforgettable day will end with the observation of the sunset over the most majestic Cambodian temple: Angkor Wat. From there, King Suryavarman II reigned over the Kingdom of Cambodia from 1113 to 1152. The pyramid plan of the temple, combined with the vast skillfully arranged perspectives reveals a mastery of architecture never equaled.
Dinner – FREE – at your own expense
Activity available everyday, departure 8am
Pick up at your Hotel