Train to the Coast
This is a brand new service – re-introduced after years of being absent. Totally refurbished rolling stock from the 1960s offers train buffs – and others – a unique experience of getting from the capital city to the coast. It stops in Takeo and Kampot on its route to Sihanoukville.
The trains only run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but have food and drinks on-board and are a great alternative to the normal four hour or so road trip down to Sihanoukville. Coaches are air-conditioned, toilets are clean and announcements are made in Khmer and English. It offers passengers a wonderfully peaceful way to watch the countryside go past as you go from the flat topography around the capital to the mountains near the coast.
The trip takes about seven hours and costs only US$7 per person! This is a trip not to be missed by train buffs wanting to experience train travel from a bygone era!!
Vespa Food Tours
This activity is definitely best suited for the “culinary adventurous”! It is an evening adventure and will cap a day of touring the temples or visiting the lake. You will be picked up at your hotel on the back of a Vespa by an experienced driver and then proceed to travel around Siem Reap from place to place and introduced to a myriad of alternative food and drink experiences.
You will visit pubs, restaurants, markets and roadside stalls where you will have the opportunity to learn about some of the more obscure Khmer eating habits and traditions. You will sample some local brews and rice wine cocktails, you will encounter a range of very different fruits and vegetables and eat some really strange things such as beetles, silkworms, frogs, snakes and other unusual foods (to the western palate anyway!!)
All of this while accompanied by your own driver (so you can eat and drink as much as you like in total safety) and a knowledgeable tour guide who will take through this unusual experience and expand your knowledge.
There are a number of companies offering quad biking activities in the different parts of the country. Many of them are situated in Siem Reap – the adventure capital of Cambodia – but they are also offered elsewhere in the country.
You don’t need to be an experienced quad-biker as guides accompany you to help out. There are short trips taking an hour or two as well as those lasting all day. You do sunset trips, temple trips and trips into the paddy fields and jungles if you wish.
Horse Riding in the Sea
This is an option offered at the coast outside Sihanoukville where you can choose to do a sunrise ride or a sunset ride or anything in-between. You can ride through paddy fields, local countryside and Khmer villages or on the beach and in the sea!
Whether you are an experienced rider or a beginner there is a horse and an adventure for you!
Sundowner Cruise on the Mekong River
The Mekong River dominates life in Phnom Penh (not to mention other parts of the country) and a wonderful way to experience it is to take a cruise on the river. The ideal way to do this is on an evening sundowner cruise where you can watch the city drift past with a cold drink in your hand. This cruise takes a couple of hours and you will get to view the Royal Palace, National Museum and various other city sights as you float on by.
Longer cruises from a couple of days to a week or more are also an option and you can even take a cruise from Tonlé Sap Lake to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Captain Kem’s Caribbean Adventure
A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours while on Koh Rong Samloem is to hop onto Captain Kem’s boat and head out of Saracen Bay to the north of the island. Here you will get to spend an hour snorkelling in fairly shallow water seeing a whole range of fish and coral life in beautiful warm, calm water.
You are then transferred to a nearby fishing village where you get have the opportunity for drinks while watching the sun set in a beautiful pub on the water followed by a fantastic buffet dinner.
On the way home (in the dark!) you will have the amazing experience of being able to jump back into the ocean and experience swimming amongst bioluminescent plankton, before being dropped off right opposite your resort at about 9pm.
Khmer Cooking Courses
There are numerous places in Cambodia to take part in a cooking class and learn all about Khmer cooking. There are many different choices available and these range from simple to sophisticated. Some include visits to local markets, classes in local restaurants, vegetarian cooking and food presentation.
Kick Boxing and Khmer Martial Arts
For those interested in the tougher stuff there are opportunities in Siem Reap to get involved in kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts with international instructors. There are also opportunities to experience and learn the ancient Khmer martial art called Bokator – which means “strike like a lion” – under a Grand Master.