Tour Code: CTC C:01 Destination:Western Baray - ox cart drive - rice fields - village life. Duration: Duration: 6 hours
This is the perfect extension of your Angkor experience. Come with us to the countryside, where life seems to have stood still since Angkorian times. Transportation by REMORK and traditional ox-cart.
Beautiful Angkorian Countryside
Western Baray, ox cart drive, rice fields and village life In the morning, start by Remork (Tuk Tuk) with your experienced English speaking guide to the largest water basin of Angkorian history: the Western Baray, 8 km large and 2 km wide. The knowledge and the Scientifics’ discussion about the “hydraulic thesis” (Bernard-Philippe Groslier) is fundamental for understanding the Angkorian countryside. Enjoy your boat trip on the baray to see the Western Mebon (island).
On your walking tour through typical villages, you see sugar palmtrees, water buffaloes, traditional wodden houses - this is really a traditional village where western influences and acculturation have not (yet) arrived. We go further to rural areas where most tourists will not go and can only continue by oxcart. Enjoy this interesting drive in ox carts through the ricefields. We stop on different places to taste the fresh coconuts and other sweet tropical fruits (like Jakfruit, Mango, Langsat, Dragonfruit) depending on the season. Learn interesting backgrounds about ricecultivation techniques from the farmers. They also show you the different ways they use the sugar palms.
We have lunch in a traditional stilt house. See the typical way people live in their villages. This life doesn’t seem to have much changed since Angkorian times (as it is depicted on the famous bas-reliefs of Bayon temple). In the afternoon, visit the “Ta Som Sustainability Project” with a Khmer school, where you have the chance to get in contact with a teacher of this school, to see and ask everything you want to.
Transfer by Remork (Tuk-Tuk) back to Siem Reap. End of services.