A pre-dawn visit to Kampot Fish Market is an experience that few others will have in Cambodia. The fishing boats head out to sea in the late afternoon and return in the early morning before it gets light. Arrive at around 5.30am when there is enough light to see the action and take some beautiful photos of a market rarely visited by tourists. At around 7am the market is almost finished as the fish and seafood is sold off – time to return to your hotel for breakfast or back to bed…
Enjoy a walk around the ancient walls of Angkor Thom (distance 2-10km depending on your interest) along a sandy, forested path. You might hear local farmers at work or birds singing but you won’t be disturbed by tourist groups. After enjoying sunset at a hidden temple settle into a traditional carved, wooden boat and be rowed on the ‘Angkor Gondola’ back to your pick up. Champagne, wine and soft drinks can be provided to end a memorable day away from the crowds.
Enjoy a new community based initiative supporting local villagers whilst have some quiet moments rowing across Jayatataka, an artificial lake near Preak Khan temple. Arrive at Neak Poan temple for a visit in the same way ancient Khmer once did. Nature fans will appreciate early in the morning with the chance to see local birdlife and feel at one with nature.
Imagine having a candlelight dinner in front of a 12th century temple whilst the sun sets and traditional music plays…your dream can come true at Banteay Chhmar. The meal is a simple affair organized by the local village community and a great way to support their attempts to develop tourism in this rarely visited part of Cambodia.
Experience a special sunrise at Pre Rup, an atmospheric location that beats the crowds often seen at Angkor Wat. The light will change as the sun rises above the forest canopy.
After continue to a local wooden house near the royal bathing pool of Sra Srang and enjoy an energizing traditional breakfast.
An incredible way of seeing Angkor from above. Be amazed at the scale of the ruins and you can also fly over unique floating villages on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake. Flights start from $90 per person for 8 minutes for a flight around Angkor Wat but can be customised to suit your needs.
For those wanting to visit some of the temples located a long way from Siem Reap, a helicopter charter is ideal. Temples such as Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Preah Khan are easily reached by flight instead of long road journeys. A picnic in the jungle combines well on helicopter tours for a memorable day.
Learn about the one of the world’s oldest cuisines in a rural location. With fresh ingredients to create subtle flavours and textures spend a half day (or longer) to learn about Khmer cuisine. The class involves a walk through a village to see typical life beyond cooking at a specially built pavilion.
Receive an initiation into either Classic Dance or Khmer Martial Arts in an hour long private class by a teacher who has performed Apsara dancing for the late King Sihanouk or by a Yutakun Khom (Khmer martial art) teacher who is the son of the most famous master (kru) alive can both be provided.
Truly an unforgettable night…to wine and dine with the backdrop of one of the fabled Angkorian temples whilst an Apsara dance is performed. A dinner can be private or part of a gala group event. Though the cost can be high for this once in a lifetime experience and the rate depends on the temple, set up and permissions.
An eco-friendly adventure just a few minutes drive from the temples: fly over the forest canopy on ziplines, cross hanging bridges and finish by abseiling 50ft. Suitable for children and adults this is sure to get the adrenalin flowing and is an ideal contrast to cultural options in Siem Reap.