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Charming Locals

Created with Sketch. Battambang, Cambodia
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Duration

1 Night 2 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

8 people

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Overview

Join us on our overnight bicycle tour that takes you on a wonderful journey to meet members of the local Battambang community! Learn and observe their lives and livelihoods, and in turn, gain a deeper understanding of Khmer culture, customs, and tradition.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rice Paper
  • Bananas for Bananas
  • Rice Wine
  • Khmer Noodles
  • Fish Paste Making
  • Homestay and Cooking Class
  • Memorial Site
  • Bamboo Rice Cakes
  • Traditional Handmade Mat
  • Ek Phnom Temple
  • Rice Paddies

Itinerary

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Stop 1: Rice Paper

Our first stop is to Donteav Village, roughly located 7 kilometers from the town center. Amidst Cambodia's development in tourism, this little village has built a reputation for its quaint, handmade and home-grown products. At Donteav, we will check out the processes involved in the making of rice paper, a staple that can be found in many Asian cuisines such as spring rolls.

Stop 2: Bananas for Bananas!

Next, we find out more about the humble banana—a fruit native to Battambang. We will meet a local villager who has been involved in the dried banana trade for over 20 years and discovers how this simple trade has sustained the lives of many in the village.

Stop 3: Rice Wine

We will next head over to a local rice wine distillery where you will get to observe the processes involved in the production of this local favorite. And yes—if you are wondering—you will get to sample a taste!

Stop 4: Khmer Noodles

Next up, we will visit a local noodle maker. Here, you’ll learn about another important staple in Cambodian cuisine. Be sure to check out (and try) the manual pounder, a unique device that is still used in noodle making!

Stop 5: Fish Paste Making

After our oodles and noodles experience, we will hop back on our bikes again and make our way towards the local fish paste market. The smell may be slightly overwhelming for some, but we’re sure you’ll find this stop fascinating! As you watch the processes of fish paste making, you’ll learn about the fishing culture of the local area and the community that depends on the sea for its sustenance.

Stop 6: Homestay and Cooking Class

At this point, we would have been cycling for the whole afternoon, so it’s time for a much-needed rest! Your guides will lead you to your local homestay, where you may opt to take a cooling bucket bath—Cambodian style! Dinner will also be prepared at this point, and you can choose tag along with your local cook who will be headed to the market to purchase cooking ingredients for the evening. Upon returning from the market, we will commence our very fun Cambodian cooking class! We will all share dinner together before calling it an early night.

Stop 7: Memorial Site

First up, we will bike to a local memorial site dedicated to Khmer Rouge victims. We will fill you in about this difficult period of Cambodia’s history, but will also speak about its effect on modern-day Cambodian society.

Stop 8: Bamboo Rice Cakes

Moving on from our fishy business, your guides will now share a special countryside delicacy with you: bamboo rice cakes! You are free to sample a taste!

Stop 9: Traditional Handmade Mat

Such a creative and complex handmade product! You might never be seen how locally made their sleeping mat from tittle water plan nearby Tonle Sap lake. As Battambang is one of the five provinces neighboring to the basin of Mekong river (the low Mekong—Tonle Sap), with your local guides, they will help you find out more about their livelihoods and how these products are being made.

Stop 10: Ek Phnom Temple

One of the 11th-century temples was built on the soil of Battambang which the province has widely known throughout the country as the province of rice production. Yet, there is much more to discover on this beautiful hinterland—getting to the place where locals people visiting their free times, Ek Phnom is an interesting stop to learn about Cambodian ancient time.

Stop 11: Rice Paddies

Paddy fields widely spread almost everywhere in Cambodia. As our local guides were born in the countryside, they will help explain to you clearly about rice agriculture. Taking fresh airs on the field and enjoy taking photos of the stunning view of rice field.

Included/Exclude

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Senior Local guides
  • Local lunch & cooking class
  • Homestay
  • Mountain bikes, helmets, and a full set of first aid kits
  • Snacks and drinking water
  • Cold towel after your ride
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expense

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Battambang, Cambodia

FAQs

Where to start a tour?
We start the tour at Butterfly Tours' office in Battambang. Day 1: Our tuk-tuk picks up at your hotel at 2:30 PM and Day 2: finishes at 12:00 PM
How can I pay for the tour?
You have two choices: (1) book online with us and deposit 30% and pay the rest at our office or pay 100% through our booking platform. (2) if you contact a local agency, you can either pay at the agency or pay directly at Butterfly Tours' office.
Do you offer tour for family with children?
We offer private tour for family. Parents must come along with kid(s). Children from 7 to 17 years old (discount 20%) and infant from 0-6 years old (discount 40%).
Why tour's price is different from the brochure?
We would like to apologize for different pricing on each tour. On the brochure design, we didn't include (VAT-10%) therefore, the price on the website is different according to the increase of 10% on each tour.
How do you contribute the tour's income to the local community?
Our company's philosophy to help the local economy by taking tourist to see their day-to-day living. Yet, while disturbing time as some tourists might take part in experiencing those activities, so we have decided to give them a small compensation which is included in the tour's price.
Cancellation Policy
- Prior to the start of your tour, your booking must be confirmed by Butterfly Tours
- If you have booked our tour through a travel agent, hotel, guesthouse, or any of our partners, please bring the receipt of your payment to our office on the day of your tour
- If you are incapable of riding your bike or choose to quit halfway through the tour, your tour payment will not be refunded
- If you cannot continue riding for the full length of tour and you decide to return, you will have to cover the cost of your transportation fee
- If cancellation is made more than 5 days before the date of departure, we will fully refund your deposit
- If cancellation is made less than 2 to 4 days before the date of departure, we will refund 50% of your deposit.
- If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the date of departure, you will not be entitled to a refund
- Turning up late at the start of your tour for whatever reason is considered a late cancellation. You will not be entitled to a refund.
- No refund will be made should you voluntarily leave the tour early for any reason, including not being of adequate ability to ride a bicycle during the tour

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