highlights: Blacksmith Sticky Rice, bamboo cake, Killing field (Wat Samrong Khnong), The Cambodian Cheese Factory (fish paste), countryside, rice paper, banana chip, Ek phnom (old temple), local lunch, bamboo train, suspension bridge, fishing village and Muslim Community.
pickup time: 8:00AM
duration: 10 hours
Firstly, we take our bike along the small road (dirty road) to see one of the activities which is called Blacksmith.
Here we can have a look at how they make knives, sickle, axes,hoes…etc. then We keep going on the same road line for few km until our second stop at the factory which is called Sticky rice bamboo cake (khrolan). Here we can see how they are made using fresh ingredients like Sticky rice, coconut milk, sugar,salt,Black soy beans cook it in the Bamboo …..and so on. Then we have an opportunity to taste this delicious snack.
After this we turn around and enter the pagoda,killing field (Wat Samrong Khnong) nearby. This is the oldest pagoda in Battambang, more than 300 years old. And you will get to know more about Buddhism and the history of Khmer Rouge from our tour, It is possible to take pictures inside.
Then after that, we move on to the countryside where we can see nice scenery and the activities of growing and harvesting rice depending on the season And learn how to grow /harvest it by the farmer as available. There are some more sights to enjoy on the way such as, local school(public primary school), fruit farm…etc.
So next stop, we ride across the ruined bridge to visit the Cambodian cheese factory (fish paste) There is a lot involved in the fish making process like smoke fish,dry fish,fish paste etc! It is a very important ingredient in local cooking, and without it , the food is would just not be the same! It is an incredibly strong smell that you may not have experienced before.
Let’s take a break for a while. Now we have time to relax at the place which is called Rice paper Making .You can see the rice paper being made for fresh spring rolls and deep fried spring rolls and learn how to make them from the owner. Then sit down and enjoy some of them freshly made .Delicious .After about 10 more minutes,we reach the banana chip (dry banana) You can see how they make dried banana from one family who is working together with children. You will be able to try it and learn how to make it by following them and after that is our lunch break at local village about 1 hour and after lunch we are continue to ride our bicycle to the bamboo train . you can ride on it if you want (Note: it will cost you 5$ Each ) after that we’re taking by a small beautiful village to see Suspension Bridge ( it’s look like a small Cambodian Golden Gate Bridge) then we’re continue with the village road to see fishing village and Muslim Community and Finally, we finish our tour and ride the bicycle back to the hotel.
–Bicycle with local hat
-Free pick up and drop off
-Free water and snack on the way
-English speaking tour guide
– Bamboo train ticket
NOTE: If you feel so inclined, donations/tips at various stops help the local people to continue to stay in business, as they depend on this revenue for their livelihood.