This half-day bicycle tour sets out early in the morning and takes you from Battambang city to the beautiful Ek Phnom temple. Ek Phnom is an ancient Buddhist temple built in 1027AD and is located in the forest that surrounds Tkov Village. En route to Ek Phnom, we will take you through small villages, where you will get to meet friendly locals getting about their day to day activities.
First up, we will cycle to the Battambang countryside, where we will meet a local rice paper maker. Check out the processes involved in the making and trade of the delicate rice paper, a staple that can be found in many Asian cuisines such as spring rolls.
Next, we will stop at a scarf workshop. Here, we will learn about the craftsmanship involved in this trade. Pick up some tips on the different ways of wearing the Cambodian scarf, which can denote a Khmer person’s profession and status in certain circles of society. You will also have the opportunity to browse and purchase the many scarfs that are on display.
After scarf shopping, we will now cycle towards Ek Phnom temple. We will stop here to walk around the temple grounds as your guides tell you more about the temple’s history, including the events surrounding the Khmer Rouge regime. This is a wonderful opportunity to photograph the temple, which is surrounded by many old banyan trees.
After visiting Ek Phnom temple, we will cycle through vast areas of rice fields. Like many other Southeast Asian nations, rice is a major staple and economic commodity for Cambodia.
For our final stop, we will head to a pagoda. Besides holding great significance to the Cambodian-Buddhist community, this particular pagoda is historically rich; learn more about the pagoda’s history, particularly its events during the Pol Pot regime.
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