Ever wonder what happens to a typical Cambodian at a typical town? Ever wanted to take in the common Cambodian atmosphere? Wat Amphil is the answer to those questions. Not too far from Siem Reap, you’ll be in the presence of your typical traditional village surrounded by a green sea of beautiful rice paddies. Witness the happenings here as you integrate yourself into the many activities of daily life in the Cambodian countryside.
Excited? Well, not to worry. It is only a short drive to Wat Amphil from Siem Reap. The drive itself is also quite scenic and a good preview of what’s to come; a small traditional village that is set amidst endless rice fields that extend all the way to the Tonle Sap. And amongst the clean and rural area and nearby a humble little temple, you’ll find your home for the night, a stylish tented camp.
Alright, get settled in and get ready to explore the town and its people. Freely interact with the locals and take part in their day to day activities. If you are lucky, there might even be a festival going on in the village! And you are more than welcome to join in. Then explore Tonle Sap Lake or River, depending on whether you are here during the rainy (lake) or dry (river) season.
Board a local boat and visit past floating villages and beautiful flooded forests. You’ll also see how Cambodians live by, in and on the water. portraying life on the water. Reach Phnom Krom and enjoy sunset cocktails on the prominent Phnom Krom hill with fantastic views of the Tonle Sap. Head back to camp and enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner! Sleep tight, cuz you’ll be waking up early the next morning.
And the reason being that you’ll witness monks at Wat Amphil performing their morning rituals. This is a great opportunity for you to interact with them and learn more about their lives and Buddha’s teachings. In turn, they will bless you and wish you good luck on your future endeavors.
Enjoy the rural scenery on bike and cycle through the typical countryside to the hidden Angkorian temple of Wat Athvea. Along the way, say hello to the locals, who’ll happily wave back at you and willing to have you try some of their local produce. Cycle further along a quiet river until you reach your hotel back in Siem Reap. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
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