Bees Unlimited Tour; A Temple Alternative Tour in Siem Reap

Bees Unlimited Tour; A Temple Alternative Tour in Siem Reap

When I was planning our visit to Siem Reap, one thing I was sure of was we definitely didn’t want to rush in and visit the temples on a flying visit (I wouldn’t recommend doing this with kids, you can read all about the temples we visited in this post) – I really wanted to think about our time in Siem Reap carefully. So, I went on the hunt for a temple alternative tour in Siem Reap.

There are couple of different tour companies in Siem Reap offering culture/country tours as an alternative tour to all the temples. After researching we decided on a Combo Tour with Dani from Bees Unlimited – and boy aren’t I glad we did!  I can’t recommend Dani enough for this day tour – if you don’t believe me you can have a read of the amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. Dani is a long term resident and is a great source of knowledge.

There are lots of photos in this post which really tell the story of what we experienced.

Bees Unlimited, your temple alternative tour in Siem Reap

It was really simple to book our tour online with Dani and he was more than happy to answer all of my questions about suitability etc for the kids in the lead up to our tour.

The night before our tour, Dani met us at our hotel for a met and greet and to talk though the tour and our likes and dislikes. We talked through some of the Siem Reap points of interest and a brief overview of some of the things we may experience. Dani has a number of activities and sights he loves to showcase on his tours but at the same time he is very flexible and if there is something along the way that interests you he is more than happy to stop and explore.  At that stage we were the only ones booked on the tour, which was great.

The next morning, bright and early we met Dani out the front of our hotel. His tours run using his nephews tuk tuk which was spotless and comfortable – it even had a hammock to attach across the middle – little miss Olive enjoyed a little sleep in the middle of the day. I’m sure I would have had a sleep myself if I could fit! Dani said that most kids do fall asleep at some stage during the tour – a combination of food, heat and activities.

Hill Tribe Travels sitting in Dani's tuk tuk on the Bee's Unlimited countryside tour around Siem Reap

Olive enjoying her hammock ride in the tuk tuk

The tuk tuk was great for our family of 4 plus Dani, but if you had any more than this or another adult then Dani will arrange another tuk tuk and driver, otherwise it would just be too uncomfortable.

We travelled about 10/15 minutes to the local market for our first stop. This was definitely a locals market and we would not have ventured here on our own.  Dani had warned us that we would be doing lots of eating throughout the day and everything he eats is hot and fresh so we shouldn’t be concerned about getting sick. There was only a couple of food items we paid for, the rest was included in the cost of the tour (small notes are necessary but Dani will take you to a great money exchange before the market). The first thing we bought was piping hot corn at the entrance to the market (the fresh bread here smelt and looked amazing also), a few more steps and there was a lovely lady selling what looked like doughnuts – they were in fact doughnuts and we bought a few – delicious!

We then walked a few metres more to our ‘breakfast’ stop. Fresh noodles – about 75 cents per serve. Cambodians don’t really eat at home, that’s why you see so many food stalls around.

A plate of noodles Hill Tribe Travels enjoyed whilst on their countryside tour with Bees Unlimited whilst exploring Siem Reap with kids

Breakfast at the market in Siem Reap

We then spent some time walking around the market.  Ned was absolutely fascinated – I was trying to hold his hand all the time and Olive was on Ross’s back – it was crazy busy with people and motorbikes and so much to look at.

The craziness of the local market in Siem Reap. People and motorbikes everywhere. Hill Tribe Travels visited this market on our Template Alternative Tour in Siem Reap with Bees Unlimited.

The craziness of the market

Dani had warned us that some people find the market very full on but the kids loved it! From the fresh fruit and vegetables, to the pigs heads, fish (jumping out and escaping the tanks and flapping around on the ground – Ned could have stood looking at them for hours!), flies, blood and guts, crabs, and we loved the sugar cane juice!

Fresh meat, guts and flies on display at the local market in Siem Reap. Hill Tribe Travels visited the local market on a countryside tour with Dani from Bees Unlimited who runs temple alternative tours

Fresh meat, guts and flies

We also tried boiled peanuts and some lotus seeds.

Bees Unlimited, temple alternative tour in Siem Reap - local seeds to buy

Peanuts at the market

 

Lotus Seeds - fresh and dried on display. Hill Tribe Travels visited the local market on our Bees Unlimited temple alternative tour, Siem Reap

Lotus Seeds – fresh and dried

We headed back to the tuk tuk and out into the country side. We had a number of stops throughout the day and they were all fascinating. Dani has a number of things he wanted to show us but will also stop anywhere if there is something of interest.

We watched fresh rice noodles being made, cooked and packaged up ready for delivery to the local restaurants. A wooden lever is used to push the noodles through a sieve with tiny holes. We ate these off big leaves sitting next to the family making the noodles.

Making rice noodles - like a giant play doh toy!!! Hill Tribe Travels stopped and watched and tasted on our temple alternative tour with Dani from Bees Unlimited

Making rice noodles – like a giant play doh toy!!!

 

Noodles being prepared and place onto big leaves. Hill Tribe Travels stopped and watched the family making the noodles on temple alternative tour with Dani from Bees Unlimited

Noodle preparation

 

Ross from Hill Tribe Travels eating noodles on temple alternative tour with Bees Unlimited Siem Reap

Ross enjoying his noodles

We stopped to try some fruit that Dani was sure we hadn’t tried before (we hadn’t!) – you put the whole thing in your mouth and bite down and the liquid oozes out – very bizarre!

Ross from Hill Tribe Travels waiting to sample some different fruit. On our temple alternative tour in Siem Reap with Dani from Bees Unlimited

Waiting to try some different fruit – red dirt, dusty and very jungle like

We spent some time visiting a family home and trying fresh sugar cane out of a bucket and we were invited into their home upstairs which the kids found fascinating.

Outdoor kitchen - Hill Tribe Travels visited a local hour on their temple alternative tour in Siem Reap with Dani from Bees Unlimited

Outdoor kitchen

 

Upstairs of a local house - very neat and tidy with clothes hanging up - Hill Tribe Travels visited on temple alternative tour with Bees Unlimited

Upstairs of a local house we visited

 

Olive dipping her fingers into the bucket of the fresh sugar cane - she went back a number of times. Hill Tribe Travels on our Bees Unlimited temple alternative tour

Olive enjoying the fresh sugar cane – she went back a number of times

We stopped and watched a 90 year old lady making incense. Unfortunately, we couldn’t buy any as we wouldn’t have been able to bring it back into Australia. We also saw many different herbs drying in the sun.

A few different types of herbs drying in the sun - Hill Tribe Travels on temple alternative tour of Siem Reap with Dani from Bees Unlimited

Herbs drying in the sun

We had a quick stop at a local primary school and Olive went straight to the swings and a little girl was happily pushing her. The kids were gorgeous.

Amber and Olive from HIll Tribe Travels standing with a group of school kids on our temple alternative tour with Dani from Bees Unlimited

School visit

 

Olive from Hill Tribe Travels being pushed on the swings at a local school we visited on our temple alternative tour with Bees Unlimited

Olive making friends on the swings

A local pagoda was next to the school and we had a quick visit inside to lie and look at the painted ceilings.

Hill Tribe Travels lying and looking at the ceiling in the pagoda on temple alternative tour Siem Reap with Bees Unlimited

Taking 5 where it was slightly cooler

Lunch on the tour (not that we felt like lunch with all the little snacks) was as at a road side stall and we ate rice noodle wraps. They were absolutely delicious and about 70 cents each. Again, this was just something that we would not have experienced had we not gone on this tour.

Lunch on our temple alternative tour with Bees Unlimited - vegetarian rice wraps

The finished lunch product

Dani normally stops at a local ‘cupping’ house but we passed up on this option. We also drove past a house selling dog meat, and saw it being cooked on the bbq out the front, we didn’t stop for photo’s though.

We also bought about half a kilo of fresh mango leather – awesome! The last food item was sticky banana rice – one of Ross’s favourite things.

We were back at the hotel about 1.30pm. Dani does tailor the trip to your needs and I think being back around 1.30pm was plenty long enough for us – but if you wanted to explore a little longer Dani would have made it happen for you.

I recommend getting in touch with Dani from Bees Unlimited for a tour while you are staying in Siem Reap – you won’t regret it – it’s an amazing temple alternative tour in Siem Reap.

Together with the Combo tour that we took, Dani also offers a couple of different tour options. Including a market tour only, countryside tour only and a village visit tour.

If you have been on any other countryside tours in Siem Reap that you loved, please let me know below!

By | 2018-02-21T09:08:33+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Cambodia|6 Comments

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6 Comments

  1. Golden triangle tour 2 nights 3 days February 17, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    These photographs are really very nice and amazing. This place is really worth visiting. Thanks for sharing this post.

    • Amber February 18, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Hi, thanks for stopping by for a read. It was an amazing place and a fantastic tour with Dani – we all loved it!

  2. Yasmine March 4, 2018 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Looks like a great trip! Cambodia is high on my bucketlist, so thanks for all the tips. Also loved how you visited a school. I always try and volunteer abroad or at least get some local experiences to help me understand a country better xx

    • Amber March 4, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Hi Yasmine, thanks for stopping by for a read. It was awesome. The kids were talking yesterday in the car about going on a round the world trip and the first place they want to go to is back to Cambodia! Visiting the local community is always a great experience and an eye opener for the kids x

  3. Marie skillicorn March 6, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Very informative article. I love seeing the real side, not the tourist areas. I’ll tag this for when we arrive in Cambodia! Looks great for the kids. Thanks

    • Amber March 7, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Hi Marie, thanks for the comment. Yes, please do get in touch with Dani for the tour. He was fantastic and happy to tailor the trip with things you are interested in seeing. Highly recommended!

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