If your time allows, spend a few days to explore the surrounding countryside of Siem Reap to get a glimpse into rural life in Cambodia: hard yet full of joys and delights.
You will enjoy its picturesque sceneries with lush rice paddies dotted with palms, endless sky, little stilt houses and beautiful lakes. Cambodian people are known for their friendliness and warmhearted smiles despite their extreme poverty. Excited children cycling on the dirt track, buffalos soaking in water, famers working on the fields, all will capture your heart.
There are a number of ways to visit Siem Reap countryside: by 4WD, ATVs, motorcycle, bicycle, ox cart or even on foot.
Tip: Make sure your clothes are not afraid of dust. Do not wear jewelry and it is best to have a guide as some areas are still subject to live landmines.