Enjoy Rural Cambodia!
We offer day long trips northwest, northeast and east of Phnom Penh where one can experience Cambodia's village life up close
Phnom Penh is a relatively small city with rural life being visible only a few kilometres from the city. Our day trips will take you through typical countryside villages, where you will witness every day rural life
Kandal-Prey Veng or Kandal-Kampong Cham
An alternative to the Kandal-Kampong Speu trip is to cross the Mekong River by ferry and go northeast of Phnom Penh. You will meander along the Mekong through Kandal and then either northeast onto Kampong Cham or east to Prey Veng before returning to Phnom Penh. Unlike the Kandal-Kampong Speu trip, you are very unlikely to see another tourist on your day out
On these trips one will have the opportunity to see various cottage industries including water jars being made, tofu skin, brickworks, mat weaving, silk and cotton weaving, blacksmiths, rice noodle making, bamboo blind industry and many other activities which the locals are engaged in
You may stop at an old temple where pre Angkorian stupas still stand and one will see thousands of beautiful lotus lilies in wetland areas
In Prey Veng you will first follow the Mekong before meeting up with a tributary called the Tonle Touitt. One will see fish farms, hand operated ferries, dried fish as well as 'normal' village life. You may see the plant that makes jute growing in the fields, being spun into jute before then being used as the warp for mat weaving. You will have the opportunity to see many of the various agricultural products such as mango nurseries, sesame and mung beans being grown, papaya and banana fields along the way
Another alternative trip includes a ferry ride over the Mekong and a visit to Souen's family's village and surrounding area. Despite being only a few kilometres from the city, dirt roads are gradually being replaced but a rural way of life is still practiced. You will see mango and papaya plantations, lemon grass and other vegetables being cultivated and local food being sold on the roadside. You may be interested in visiting a local temple and hearing the monks chant prior to their meal, see the mat weaving process in a nearby village as well as meet some of Souen's relatives
As with all our day trips, lunch is included. We offer either a Khmer lunch in a restaurant or a Khmer picnic lunch freshly prepared by Cambodia Uncovered and served in home made sugar palm containers which act as your plate. If on a picnic, you will eat in a rice field or hill top or under a tree. All drinks, snacks, lunch, entry fees (where applicable), transportation and english speaking guide are included in all day long trips
Cambodia Uncovered tours, will help you plan an interesting trip to suit your interests. Just let us know what you like to do (and what you don't like doing) and we can help you organise a trip of a lifetime
Ask for a Quote for any of these day trips to Kandal, Kampong Speu, Kampong Cham or Prey Veng. For those with limited time, a half day trip can be arranged to Souen's village (and may be combined with city site tour also) but other trips will be for the entire day
'.....Thank you for this incredible, absolutely amazing experience! I need to pinch myself to believe I was really there, and am grateful to have had the good fortune to witness some of these great Khmer sights with my own two eyes, and experience everyday Cambodian life with Frances and Souen“an exclusive tour”.....'
An old blind lady employed by Cambodia Uncovered to make the sugar palm leaf plates used for our day trip picnics - see photo above
See colourful mat weaving
'.....Much of what we saw was NOT on the usual tourist agendas and was accessible only because Souen is Khmer, can speak to the villagers in their own language, put them at ease, and gain their approval to welcome visitors into their village. This is an incredible authentic experience not open to most who visit this area.....'
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