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More About This Experience
The tour you see before you today was born as a result of the amazing hospitality of our host, Mr Sophean and the spontaneity of our local team. While on a recent visit to Kouk Doung Village, 16 km from Siem Reap, to learn and try our hands at traditional rice husking methods, we found ourselves having the most amazing unplanned day out in the village. There was nothing that prepared us for the richness of the experience at Kouk Doung.
The idea of getting out of Siem Reap and into the countryside might not be appealing to most as the comfort and familiarity of the main town holds us back. However, there is a certain quintessential element about exploring the Cambodian countryside - an experience few indulge in but one that surely everyone would find great appreciation for. After all, it is how most Cambodians live - in tight-knit farming communities as the one we found in Kouk Doung.
We encourage everyone to get out into the countryside, if not this particular tour, try another, but go. And you will easily see why the charm and beauty of the countryside is as appealing as the rest of Cambodia's attractions. The best part is, you don't have to go far, a 30 minutes drive from the main town will get you well into the countryside.
For this tour, we have an interesting itinerary prepared which guests can choose to customize. From learning about the significance of rice husking with a pestle to fishing and hunting crabs in the streams that water the fields - there is just an abundance of things to do and see. You will have ample opportunities to interact with the locals and have loads of fun along the way. The host himself is an active community builder - having started a private school for underprivileged children and revived and introduced traditional rice husking methods to the community. He will delight as he shows you his village in this personal, intimate journey into the heart of the country.
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Pickup from hotel and transfer to Kuok Doung
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM: Traditional fishing and hunting crabs
10:30 AM-11:15 AM: Traditional rice husking activity
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM: Rice Farming/ Rice Harvesting (seasonal)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch prepared at the host's house
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Tour the village to see local life and visit the handicraft market
2: 15 PM - 2:45 PM: Transfer back to hotel
Pick-up and drop-off service is included in this tour. You will be asked to enter your pick up address upon checkout
Recommended to bring: Camera, sunscreen, sunhat/cap, sunglasses, extra set of clothes
Recommended to wear: Comfortable clothes and shoes/sandals
This is a kid friendly activity
Kindly indicate your dietary requirements upon checkout
This activity is not recommended for guest with walking disability, heart problem or other related medical conditions
Note: Timing of the tour could vary if guests have a particular interest in a certain activity and spend longer on it. The itinerary laid out in the description is a rough guide only
Kuok Doung Community team is the young group of students from Kouk Doung village. We have a idea to help our commune to get more income from our natural resource by creating the idea for tourists to visit our commu...
We visited Kok Dong Village yesterday and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip in Siam Reap. Our host Sophean is a humble but most remarkable person we met. He has selflessly dedicated himself to bring his community together to improve their lives through education. We had the opportunity to meet several children and their bright smiles and warm hospitality really made us feel truly welcomed. The time we spent at the village was the most meaningful throughout our trip here. We are looking forward to returning to the village.
19 May, 2019
This was the highlight of our visit to Siem Reap and our whole trip to Cambodia! And that's saying a lot - given how much we loved Angkor Wat. This experience was so authentic. Sophean gave so much of his time and energy sharing his community with us - speaking of Cambodia's history and current affairs, showing us how to treat/prepare rice, hunting crabs with us, weaving baskets and showing us his schools. My family has not stopped talking about this experience and we continue to share it with others in France. If you want to have a taste of what life is really like in Cambodia, if you are at all interested in an authentic experience, if you want to be inspired and lifted by someone doing his very best for his community (and meet his students whose English is amazing!), then this is by far the experience for you. We were so moved by our day with Sophean that we are planning to return!
7 Apr, 2019
This was a very important addition to our short Cambodia experience. It was an eye opening taste of rural Vambodian life as well as being lots of fun.
Kit L Malaysia
15 Jan, 2019
An authentic experience - the Unseen Cambodia
One of the highlights of my short getaway: experiencing local village lifestyle, thanks to Backstreet Academy's recommendation and collaboration with the KuokDong Village Community. Yukheng - the Backstreet rep I communicated with - was responsive with the info I needed to know, what more on short notice. Thanks Yukheng! Back to the day trip (8am-3pm, door to door) we were treated to a fun yet education experience of village life: had the chance to try catching/digging for local produce (for our awesome lunch), rice millilng, rattan weaving and interacting with the village kids who were having their English language lessons (it was a week day when we went for our day trip). We commend our host, Sophean, and his team for taking good care of us. He was engaging, hospitable and knowledgeable - his own stories of growing up in his own country added to the authenticity.