When you visit a country where life is so different than from where you come from and you’re curious to find out more about the local ways but don’t speak the language, it’s probably a good idea to join a tour and let a local person guide you.
I’m not a fan of guided tours in general, those that are too standardized, show people a “manufactured” reality or only a specific selection of what the local life is really all about and make you feel too comfortable, in the sense that things seem too relatable and not completely authentic.
Joining a biking tour around Battambang with Butterfly Day Tours, we experienced the opposite of the above. We got what I like to call “the real deal”. Our guide Sopheap took us just outside Battambang, one of the main cities in Cambodia, to understand how local people in the countryside make a living. This tour, named “Traditional Livelihoods” allowed us an insight into Cambodian’s life that we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise, as one wouldn’t even know where to start!
This video shows some of the highlights from this bycicle ride around Battambang: the landscapes, the people and the local lifestyle!