Siem Reap and Countryside Photo Tour will take you back in time

Siem Reap is a gateway to Angkorian temples since the time when French explorers discovered these magnificent religion Hindu and Buddhist sites. However, there are not just temples in Cambodia, but also amazing countryside with friendly people growing rice, different kind of fruits, vegetables and doing their old handicrafts.

There are perfect photo opportunities, which allows you to catch great moments and candid photographs of a real life. Cambodian countryside life will take you hundred of years back like a time machine and you won’t believe you are in the present world. It is like a magic and definitely something you don’t want to miss.

Cambodia countryside - A woman in rice field

Rainy season in Cambodia, that’s the time when you want to be there and shoot your pics. Colors of the countryside are beautiful at this time, rich green of the rice paddies,  trees, bushes and flowers blossoms and you won’t believe that such bright colors are real.

Photo paradise

It is a paradise for photographers not only because of lush vegetation and nature, but thanks to rain, there is much less dust in the air. The sky has many different blue color tones and it is covered with beautiful thick and fluffy clouds.

So, what is the right time to be there? I would recommend from the beginning of May till the end of November. It doesn’t mean that other months of a year are not worth to visit Cambodia countryside, but you have to expect that it will be different. Villagers do various jobs and they rather stay home and do some kind of handicrafts. It is not the time of planting and growing of rice, their main source of food, so they need to make some money in a different way.

 Not just a Photo Tour

This is not just a photo tour. You can also try how to do many different handicrafts with your own hands. The villagers are very friendly and they will appreciate that you are interested in their daily life. You can try how to make incense sticks, weaving boxes from palm leaves, boiling palm sugar, milling rice or make a rice wine, etc. There is plenty of work to try, but don’t expect that you will see all of it in one day.

This tour is not prepared just for you in advance, it is not an outdoor museum. Villagers live from day to day, so it is up to us to adapt ourselves to their life and not on the contrary. If we respect them, they will respect us and they will be happy to show us what does mean a real life.

The tour can be combined with a visit to two temples. Banteay Srey temple from the 10th century, the jewel of Khmer architecture. There is also Banteay Samre temple, which was built by the great king Suryavarman II., who built Angkor Wat as well. Both of these temples are small but worthy of a visit. In this case, you will need a valid Angkor pass.

Countryside Cambodia - How to make an incense sticks

Countryside Photo Tour Itinerary

We will pick you up at 6:30 am in your hotel. Then we go straight to Banteay Srei temple. It is really good to be there early in the morning before the big buses with a lot of visitors arrive in the temple and it starts to be crowded. We will stay there about one hour. Perhaps we can visit another small temple of Banteay Samre. It will depend on time, so no promises.

Later we will go to the villages, which are on the way, search what people do and shoot some nice pictures. You can do a lot of portraits and pictures with villagers doing different jobs, depends on the season. As I mentioned before, the most of these jobs you can try by your own hands. It is fun and villagers will be happy to see you try.

We will stay in the village till 11:00 am and then we go for lunch back to the city. We will pick you up from your hotel at 2:00 pm.

After the lunch, we will visit the largest market in Siem Reap and try to get some nice street photos. Later we will visit Buddhist monasteries in Siem Reap and finish with shooting pictures of chanting monks in the oldest pagoda in the city.

We will be back in your hotel around 6:00 pm.

Free service:

Would you like to go for a photo-tour and you don’t have your own camera? If you book one of our tours, we will lend you Canon 70D and lens Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 EX HSM.

Costs of one-day countryside and Siem Reap photo tour

Starts at 06:30 am till 06:00 pm

Starts at 05:00 am till 05:00 pm

1 or 2 persons – $140 US

3 to 5 persons – $60 US per person

Low Season discount – from April 1st till the end of October:
One day photo tour 1 or 2 persons = $100 US, $30 for each additional person  !!

We also run a half day tours

Starts at 07:00 am till 11:00 am

1 or 2 person – $70 US

3 to 5 person – $30 US per person

Note: We don’t run half-day countryside tours afternoon because villagers do the most of their jobs in the morning. But, you can choose Siem Reap photo tour only, which can be done in the morning as well as afternoon.

I also offer a basic photography workshop.

The workshop is $35 for an hour and it can be done in your hotel or hotel’s garden. It will increase your knowledge about handling your camera manually and getting better results from your photography.

 The tour doesn’t Include:

Transportation, food and drinks, insurances, and other personal expenses

Within Siem Reap city or countryside tour you don’t need to pay an entrance fee unless you decide to combine it with a temple visit.