Immerse Yourself in the Local Cambodian Culture
A Khmer cart driver with his oxen
On the bustling streets of Siem Reap sits The Aviary Hotel, a quiet and sophisticated retreat with 25 eco-friendly rooms featuring designs inspired by the myriad of local birds. Stepping outside of this oasis, guests of The Aviary can take their stay deeper into the Cambodian way of life with the new The Aviary Escape Package, available till 31st October 2019. Experience community-based tourism and meet Cambodian locals before returning to a cool and quiet stay in the heart of Siem Reap.
Guests of the The Aviary Escape Package are taken on a series of adventures to Siem Reap’s countryside to learn about its local communities and history. Partake in sustainable tourism with Buffalo Tours by spending a full day with the rural Knapor Community in the Chansor Village and witness first hand their way of life from the local crafts they sell at the market to school improvement projects.
Moving from land to water, continue your discovery of Siem Reap’s countryside with Buffalo Tours by traveling to the banks of Cambodia’s picturesque Tonlé Sap Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, to meet either the Kompong Phluk or Chong Kneas communities living on the water. Made up from ethnic Vietnamese, Khmer, and Cham, who were stripped of their Cambodian identity under the Khmer Rouge regime, they have since settled and have made fishing their bread and butter. Living in stilt houses that sit at least 6 metres above water, explore the communities’ ecosystem with its connecting platforms where villagers grow their own vegetables, run markets, and travel by boat between houses. Glide on the lake in a wooden canoe beneath the lush green canopies surrounded by the sounds of birds and other wildlife and get a glimpse of how living on the water has changed the lives of these locals.
By experiencing its lesser-known heritage sites and cultural activities, guests will have the chance to explore spots beyond the popular temples of Angkor Wat. Guests will travel by ox-cart from the Knapor Community to a hidden jungle temple taken over by nature but not forgotten by its people. Explore the ancient Khmer ruins away from the crowds of Angkor Wat and learn about the history of the Khmer civilization. Guests are also invited to participate in a traditional Khmer monk blessing in a local Buddhist temple and observe the sacred rituals that are still practised today.
Guests can also get a taste of local, Khmer-style cuisine with The Aviary Escape Package. Share a Khmer-style meal created from local produce and spiced to delight the senses with the Knapor Community and enjoy local dishes for lunch. Upon returning to the hotel, guests can overlook the lively city streets from The Aviary’s rooftop at The Glide Bar and enjoy a 4-course set dinner for two and two complimentary cocktails.
The Aviary Hotel’s The Aviary Escape package is priced at US$695 during high season and includes a 3-night stay for two guests with WiFi access, daily breakfast, and roundtrip airport transfers at the hotel. To make a reservation, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax the hotel at +855 63 767 875 (reservations by phone will not be accepted). For bookings through The Aviary’s website, please head to their reservations page and input your preferred dates of stay.