There are countless impressive temples in Angkor Wat but if you want to feel like Indiana Jones discovering a long list civilization, head to Beng Mealea, located 40km east of the main group of temples. Nature has taken over this mysterious temple, making it a sight to behold.
Another exciting way to experience the Cambodian countryside is going off terrain on a quad biking adventure. The highlight? Watching the sun setting over the rice fields. Gorgeous!
There’s nothing quite like an ox-cart ride to get a glimpse of Cambodia’s countryside life. Head out towards Kompheim Village, which is located 25 minutes outside of Siem Reap and from there hop aboard an ox cart (you can even learn to drive it!) and admire the countryside: rice paddy fields, palm trees, village and smiling locals. Further enhance the experience by partaking in countryside activities such as rice planting, weaving thatch roofs, planting or harvesting crops…
Bring back a taste of Cambodia to your hometown by joining a cooking class. To make the experience even more wonderful, Lightfoot Travel can organise this course in the countryside home of a well-known restaurant entrepreneur. She will teach with you to prepare two starts and two main courses and explain the differences between Khmer and other regional cuisines. Of course, you’ll be able to sample the fruits of your labour once the course is done. A tasty experience.
For animal lovers, this is definitely a wonderful way of interacting with wildlife and helping out a worthy cause. The Free the Bears Program takes places in Phnom Tamao Wildlife Park, just over an hour away from Phnom Penh. All the animals in the sanctuary were rescued from poachers or abusive owners and receive a second chance at a better life. Take a day tour of the facilities and see how the sanctuary cares for the animals, of if you have more time, take part in the week long volunteering program.