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Day in a Life Authentic Village Experience in Siem Reap provided by Beyond Unique Escapes

Day in a Life Authentic Village Experience in Siem Reap

Day in a Life Authentic Village Experience in Siem Reap
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This responsible travel initiative is your chance to experience an authentic 'Day in a Life' in a real Cambodian Village, supporting HUSK Cambodia; it's an opportunity not to be missed!. Join a local family and spend a few hours walking in their shoes; help with a harvest, try your hand at rice planting, stitch palm leaf to repair homes, learn to drive a bullock cart and plant a tree! This full day responsible tour directly helps HUSK Cambodia to support the village by providing a sustainable income year round.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Depart from Siem Reap and journey out to a local village where you will spend the day. The village sits around 16km from Siem Reap and consists of mostly farming families. Please note this is a real village not a replica set up for tourists to visit, as such you need to flexible, things can change, ceremonies may be running or events may be taking place in the village. We in no way want to impact on the traditional culture or practices in the village and so will adapt the tour if need be. Host Family Each tour works with one host family, who is a Type 1 Poor Family. Typically a type one family has no regular income source, and no savings. Families often miss meals and are very vulnerable to illness. Activities Activities on the tour may include planting rice, harvesting or transplanting rice depending on the time of year. Other activities include weaving thatch for roof repairs, weaving wall panels, planting vegetable crops, tree planting, making prahoc or rice wine. Every tour is different, activities will depend on the time of year, family needs and goings on in the village. On each tour you will also have the opportunity to plant a fruit tree for your host family. This will provide a future food and potential income source. Village Life Every tour welcomes you into the village. Learn about life in a typical village, visit the local Pagoda and school if possible. Find out about village customs and culture and gain new insights and experiences. Lunch A Khmer hot lunch is freshly prepared in the village, using ingredients prepared by our catering partner in Siem Reap. Your meal includes starter, main and fresh fruit for dessert. Lunch is normally enjoyed together with your host family, however sometimes they prefer to eat alone; please do not be offended by this. * *Please note due to lack of electricity and proper sanitation we cannot source food from the village. This Day in a Life Tour is part of Beyonds Responsible Tourism Initiative. Every tour directly helps a Type 1 village family. In addition every tour sets aside funding for projects in the village. Your participation directly helps Cambodian families. *Please note providing gifts is a wonderful gesture but can cause issues of jealousy and lead to a begging cycle. If you would like to help please discuss this with tour staff who can provide information on the best way to make a meaningful difference. You may also visit www.huskcambodia.org
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Depart from Siem Reap and journey out to a local village where you will spend the day. The village sits around 16km from Siem Reap and consists of mostly farming families. Please note this is a real village not a replica set up for tourists to visit, as such you need to flexible, things can change, ceremonies may be running or events may be taking place in the village. We in no way want to impact on the traditional culture or practices in the village and so will adapt the tour if need be. Host Family Each tour works with one host family, who is a Type 1 Poor Family. Typically a type one family has no regular income source, and no savings. Families often miss meals and are very vulnerable to illness. Activities Activities on the tour may include planting rice, harvesting or transplanting rice depending on the time of year. Other activities include weaving thatch for roof repairs, weaving wall panels, planting vegetable crops, tree planting, making prahoc or rice wine. Every tour is different, activities will depend on the time of year, family needs and goings on in the village. On each tour you will also have the opportunity to plant a fruit tree for your host family. This will provide a future food and potential income source. Village Life Every tour welcomes you into the village. Learn about life in a typical village, visit the local Pagoda and school if possible. Find out about village customs and culture and gain new insights and experiences. Lunch A Khmer hot lunch is freshly prepared in the village, using ingredients prepared by our catering partner in Siem Reap. Your meal includes starter, main and fresh fruit for dessert. Lunch is normally enjoyed together with your host family, however sometimes they prefer to eat alone; please do not be offended by this. * *Please note due to lack of electricity and proper sanitation we cannot source food from the village. This Day in a Life Tour is part of Beyonds Responsible Tourism Initiative. Every tour directly helps a Type 1 village family. In addition every tour sets aside funding for projects in the village. Your participation directly helps Cambodian families. *Please note providing gifts is a wonderful gesture but can cause issues of jealousy and lead to a begging cycle. If you would like to help please discuss this with tour staff who can provide information on the best way to make a meaningful difference. You may also visit www.huskcambodia.org
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 16544P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pickup, drop off at our centrally located office
  • Ox cart ride & all activities
  • Khmer hot lunch, freshly prepared
  • Donation to HUSK Cambodia
  • Bottled water and cold towels
  • Transport by private vehicle
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Hotel drop-off
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Location Name: Your Siem Reap hotel Return Location: The tour ends at our centrally located office; situated at the corner of Pub Street (Street 8) and Sivatha Boulevard, Old Market Area, Siem Reap
  • Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province
Additional information
  • Children 12-18 y.o must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise dietary requirements or allergies before arrival
  • Dress Code: Covered knees, covered shoulders and chest, sturdy footwear
  • Donations and handouts in the village are strictly forbidden; please discuss this with our staff or guide on the day
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pickup, drop off at our centrally located office
  • Ox cart ride & all activities
  • Khmer hot lunch, freshly prepared
  • Donation to HUSK Cambodia
  • Bottled water and cold towels
  • Transport by private vehicle
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Hotel drop-off
Departure details
  • Location Name: Your Siem Reap hotel Return Location: The tour ends at our centrally located office; situated at the corner of Pub Street (Street 8) and Sivatha Boulevard, Old Market Area, Siem Reap
  • Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Children 12-18 y.o must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise dietary requirements or allergies before arrival
  • Dress Code: Covered knees, covered shoulders and chest, sturdy footwear
  • Donations and handouts in the village are strictly forbidden; please discuss this with our staff or guide on the day
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
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ilaria g
6 contributions
Best experience ever
Jan 2020 • Couples
This visit worths the whole trip to Cambodia. I spent one day in a village near siem reap, touching the real life (and real suffering) of some Cambodian people. I also realized that good projects can bring hope and a bright future for the next generations. I visited the school and the monastry, I cooked a khmer specialty with a Cambodian lady and I learned how to build Palm roof: it was a complete plonge into Cambodian culture and society. Thank you HUSK for your great job, and a special thank to my wonderful guide lay Kimthet
Written 3 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Aussie Travelers
Sydney, Australia213 contributions
Worthwhile
Sep 2019
This is probably the best tour that I have been on as far as getting the opportunity to see the real Cambodia. What you would expect to see is far from reality, you will see Cambodians who are incredibly resilient and inspiring. I walked away from this tour so inspired and wanting to be a part of this incredible movement to help support their efforts in becoming self sufficient, it’s a reality, they’re doing the hard work.
Written 13 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

yrebeccalam
Saint John, IN34 contributions
Wonderful educational well organized tour
Our guide, Mr Lee, was very professional, knowledgeable, thoughtful and passionate tour guide. We have many tours in southeast asia and this is by far the most meaningful tour we had. It was everything we expected and some more. We felt that it really gave us a real glimpse into the everyday life of khmer people in the rural area.

The tour started at a visit to a monastery. We then rode an ox cart and visited a local family where we planted fruit trees and learned how to weave thatches. Afterwards we learned about the HUSK program which provides jobs, school and safe housing for local communities. They are also very environmentally conscious. We saw the people who were hand-making the product for sale. It feels good to be buying things when you can really see someone making it there and knowing that they will benefit from it.

For lunch, we were at another local family that cooked for us. We also learned how to make curry. The curry dish was delicious. Our last stop was to visit the HUSK school. One of the teacher was taught through the program 8 years ago and now became a teacher there.

We have learned a lot from Mr Lee as he was a wealth of knowledge. He was very thoughtful and perceptive towards many problems in his country. If you are looking to learn more about the Cambodian life, this is a must do tour.
Written 22 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AJL
11 contributions
Fantastic, The Real Siem Reap; Strongly Recommend
Feb 2019 • Couples
This was outstanding! Our guide Fazy is exceptional. He really cares about the community and wants to share it with everyone! He picked us up in the morning. During the car ride, he gave us some background about the tour, his own experience and the HUSK organization.

We did a brief tour of the temple, took a buffalo ride, worked with a local family and helped prepare lunch with another family. These were some of the most hospitable people on the planet! After lunch Fazy took us to a local after school program, where we got to interact with some kids and watch them as they had English lessons.

It was very inspiring and something we will never forget. A wonderful experience not to be missed. We highly recommend!
Written 18 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

samndan2000
Singapore, Singapore381 contributions
Brilliant! Highly Recommended
This is an outstanding guided tour. Our guide Farzi, had excellent English and an in-depth knowledge and passion for his homeland, Cambodia. Farzi’s own personal experiences and loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge were a sad but fascinating learning experience for all of us including the children.

The tour heads by bus out to a small road side village and market, stopping along the way to try the local bamboo-fired rice (delicious).

We then went through a village of houses, built around the mangroves and rice padi’s, each rising higher on stilts as they got closer to the river and the potential for flooding.

Finally onto a wonderful old working boat that took us on a gentle meander along the river and into the lake....and then back to town, the way we came.

You have to experience this for yourself and this company are the team to take you!! Highly recommended.
Written 7 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Borris69
Surrey Hills, Australia12 contributions
Great way to appreciate how most Cambodians still lice
This group has the local community in mind. They sponsor the local villages through NGO such as HUSK and there separate holiday businesses using as much local produce sand staff as possible
Most of our Cambodian holiday was arrange by Beyond and the affiliates with private guide tours in temples walk and Angkor by bicycle and Cambodian cooking. But the day in the life was most sobering to see many villagers still living below the poverty line. Our family “helped” to sew palm leaves panels for a roof for a future kitchen. It makes you appreciate how fortunate we are being able to travel and not worry about poverty. It is also great to see tour companies like Beyond and their NGO’s affiliates put back to the community with things like water sanitation, free English language teaching for village children and reskilling of villagers where farming is no longer viable
Definitely well worth the experience. It is out in the elements but this gives you so much more appreciation when experiencing their daily lives!
Written 29 December 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Awesome class, awesome instructors
My daughter and I took this class. It was awesome. It was a small group and the two instructors did a great job.
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Fantastic
Fantastic!!! Highly recommend! The experienced was one I’ll remember forever :) I can’t believe how great my cookin
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Delightful cooking class
I took part in a class as part of an optional excursion organised by my tour company APT. It was a delightful exper
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Truly unique experience
This was a truly wonderful experience. It was very unique, and my guide was very thorough. I chose the water blessi
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Siem Reap Discovery
We did a private tour (with guide & driver), it was amazing and we learnt and saw so much. Our guide and driver wer
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Try you won't be dissapointed!
Took a Phnom Penh city day tour. Very pleasent safe driver and an excellent tour guide. Air-conditioned car. Pick u
Chitten
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Excellent experience
My wife and I were fortunate to be the only students during our lesson. Our teachers were knowledgeable and spoke g
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Excellent Cambodian Cooking Experience
We had a lovely morning learning to prepare several Cambodian dishes. Well organized and planned experience. The
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Great people and food
I had a great time at the cooking class. The instructors were organized and warm, the space was bright and inviting
yachtchefdan2020
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Great experience
Had a loverly afternoon with a friend doing a cooking class, we booked last minute and was just the two us, was all
ValBunker
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An excellent tour with an excellent tour company!
If you are thinking of visiting Cambodia, the time is now, while it is still relatively unspoiled by tourism. We h
kikirob
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Unbelievable cooking experience
One of the best classes I’ve ever done and I’ve traveled the world! Beautiful location, amazing staff, wonderful d
28mapt
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The best choice!
On the last day of our 5 days in Siem Reap we booked with Cambodian Village cooking class and completely satisfied
kelleyc14
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Great cooking experience
I have never had Khmer food before coming to Siem Reap. It was a great experience for me. It was interesting to see
Ashley_Ashley00
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Great experience!
This was totally worth it! We made curry, fish pops and a yummy crunchy dessert that I can’t remember the name of
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