Backyard Travel, the online boutique Tour Operator specializing in unique, insider tours throughout Asia, today announced a new 3-day tour ‘Rural Cambodia Village Homestay’ showcasing the lush countryside and local culture of Cambodia.Immersing travelers in the slow-paced rural lifestyle of Banteay Chhmar in the west part of the country, highlights of this trip include a visit to the ancient ruins of Banteay Chhmar temple complex, peaceful picnics in scenic countryside, and expeditions to intriguing Angkor sites.
For the duration of the tour, travelers stay in a local village house in Banteay Chhmar, northwest Cambodia, just 20 kilometers from the border of Thailand. This serene, picturesque countryside is home to a 12th-century Angkorian temple complex – a site largely untouched for the last 800 years, slowly being reclaimed by the forest. Travelers will explore both this complex and a selection of other important historic sites, including Ta Phrom temple and Banteay Torp temple and pagoda, with gourmet picnics at each location.
While staying in the village, travelers get to learn firsthand about local customs and day-to-day life. Meals with the host family, agricultural demonstrations and exciting side-trips by ox-cart and tractor further enhance the Khmer village experience for a truly unique itinerary full of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
“Angkor Wat is undoubtedly a bucket list destination, but there’s so much more to explore in this beautiful Cambodian region,” says General Manager of Backyard Travel Maeve Nolan. “This homestay trip is the perfect extension to any Cambodian tour, as it provides a rarely seen glimpse of the lives of locals. It’s a truly authentic experience for travelers who want to go beyond the crowds of the more famous tourist sites and immerse themselves in traditional Khmer village life.”