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Temples & Countryside by Bicycle
Travelling by bicycle, head out of Siem Reap to explore picturesque countryside, rural communities and peaceful temples. Enjoy a picnic lunch by a reservoir, where you will have a chance to cool off with a refreshing swim in the water.
Start your adventure with a car journey to the northwest of Siem Reap, stopping at a local market on the way should this be of interest. Pick up your bikes and cycle to Wat Svay Romeat; an 11th century pagoda. Here you can meet a local monk, who will be able to explain more about Buddhism, and the role the pagoda plays in the community (translated by your English-speaking guide). Should you wish, you can also receive a private blessing from the monk.
From here you will continue along a country path to West Baray, a large reservoir built during the Angkor rule. Travelling by boat or overland (depending on water levels), arrive at the West Mebon. This temple is currently under construction, but still worth visiting, and there are usually very few tourists. You will return to the mainland where you can enjoy a picnic lunch, and you will also have the opportunity to go for a quick swim in the reservoir (there are Western bathrooms nearby for changing).
After lunch, continue your journey through the countryside to a rural village, where you can sample krolan (sticky rice cooked in bamboo), a Cambodian delicacy made by a local family. From here you will head back to Wat Svay Romeat, where a car will be waiting to take you back into Siem Reap.
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