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“Sally J. " Great experience away from the tourist mecca of Siem Reap"”

Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Established in 2001, We provide sustainable day & multi-day cultural (Angkor, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Battembong), Adventure (4WD, dirt bike, walking, trekking, camping), ecotourism on the lake , incentive / corporate and humanitarian holiday packages & tailor made tours catering for individuals, small and large groups & families, throughout the country.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Gold Coast, Australia
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“Sally J. " Great experience away from the tourist mecca of Siem Reap"”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

Following the recommendation of our daughter who has been on 2 Hidden Cambodia Dirt Bike Tours, my husband and I went on a 1 night /2 day tour to the border of Cambodia and Thailand to visit the temple Prasat Preah Vihear. The trip was organised by email before our arrival in Cambodia and then we met with Paul, the owner of Hidden Cambodia, a couple of days before heading off for our adventure finalise details. Everything was taken care of including my request to be in a 4 wheel drive rather than on the Kawasaki 250cc bike due to my complete lack of experience with bike riding! Although braver souls can apparently be taught the skills of tearing along red dirt roads in remote parts of Cambodia on these 2 wheeled unsteady looking things.
My husband set off with Mr Slim, an experienced and passionate dirt bike rider and thanks to Vannrith my accommodating driver where possible I was not far behind in the 4 wheel drive with the camera at the ready. It was a wonderful trip, seeing the countryside, stopping at places along the way for coffee or food and certainly gave us the chance to see a different side of Cambodia. The temples were as interesting as those around Siem Reap and with far less people - in fact none others at some! Mr Slim and Vannrith were informative guides and good company as well. I can highly recommend Hidden Cambodia if you are interested in getting off the beaten track, and if not they also do tours closer to Siem Reap.

Visited July 2014
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luxlady, Manager at Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Greetings Sally, Many thanks for taking the time to drop a line. Our non dirt bike section and cultural tours emerged in 2002 when we were refusing many guest enquiries from amongst those who wished to travel to these remote towns and temples outside of Siem Reap but could not ride a dirt bike, Thus the powerful car minibus and four wheel drive section was opened for guests. Love combining what you wanted to do, combined with what you husband wanted to do - him dirt biking with a guide and you in a 4WD with both of you accompanied professional English speaking, staff tour leaders. It was wonderful that you did get to go on the "off the beaten track tour" you were looking for, away for the masses, with a chance to immerse yourself with the people in the countryside and with the culture and visit and see these remote temple locations in a safe and secure way . All the small stops in random locations for random conversations with local communities in always a great way to meet and hear local stories as well as having the back up from your guide to further explain. Many thanks for travelling with us.
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“My Kampong Khleang tour was the highlight of my trip!!! :)”
Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

We did a day tour to the Kampong Khleang fishing village. I had been warned about the villages being tourist traps where you constantly have to pay more money, but hidden Cambodia took care of everything!!!! From a comfortable air conditioned van to take us from our hotel in siem reap, to a wonderfully knowledgable and English speaking tour guide who gave us tons of interesting information, to a wonderful home cooked meal, the entire experience was unforgettable!! The village itself is just unreal. Not a touristy village at all, so it's a great way to immerse yourself in the day to day life of the Cambodian people. We got to see the houses high up on stilts as well as some floating houses further out on the lake! Our tour guide even bought me an amazing coffee from a floating coffee shop boat!!!! If you are interested in visiting a fishing village, this tour is a must!!!!

Visited June 2014
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luxlady, Owner at Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours, responded to this review, November 16, 2016
Thanks you for your feedback on the tour. We are thrilled you enjoyed this 45 kms excursion, ( 90kms round trip) to Khampong Khleng from Siem Reap . Although we do travel from other points on the lake to Khampong Khleng and also offer overnight stays here at part of our multi-day tours, this is the only place we offer day lake tours, as it provides an real opportunity to understand community fishing, life on the lake and the ethnic monorities that live there. Stunningly beautiful, we have designed stops along the way that support local houses and families on the lake, a small women's handicraft group, the monastery/wat itself and we also enter other villages along this inlet to the lake, as Khampong is only one village along the way before the lake opens up like an ocean. The ethnic Vietnamese Khmers can see seen somewhat separately grouped in floating houses and during the morning time, there is always great coffee available! We are lucky to have a English speaking Ministry of Tourism Guide who was actually born and bred here and his family house there now stores farming equipment, with the whole family now living in Siem Reap. We will pass your compliments to our travelling cook who accompanied. Many thanks.
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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“Get away from the Temples for a fantastic trip”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

So, purely by chance a friend and I stumbled on Hidden Cambodia in 2009. We discovered that they did dirt bike tours around the region varying from one day trips to a few days away on the Thai/Cambodia Border.
It didnt take much convincing for us to book a one day excursion, a decision that was rewarded by rare sights into rural Cambodia interspersed with well timed visits to rarely seen temples and ruins, where you dont really see many people, let alone pale faced tourists. Topped off by a steady supply of adrenaline fueled on the back of an XR200 dirt bike whilst navigating an array of varying roads, river beds, goat tracks and erosion scars. Thoroughly enjoyable to say the least!!

Fast forward to May 2014, My wife and I decided to take our two young kids on a trip to SE Asia. Naturally I delicately (hopefully!) placed the option of popping into Hidden Cambodia to enquire about their ever expanding Bike tour options - Incidentally they are well equipped and actually deal with all types of tours all over Cambodia, not only bike tours, so if you need anything from a bus or a guided trip around the temples or tickets or even general information they will be pleased to help or point you in the right direction.

So, moving on - much of our stay in Siem Reap was arranged through them anyway so on the day we arrived in Siem Reap we went in to discuss the following days with Paul and Shiela (The owners) and discovered that we were able to at the last minute squeeze in a day on the bikes.

Obviously the kids couldnt travel on the bikes with us as the terrain was pretty challenging in places - this meant a logistical nightmare but they made the necessary arrangements and in the end the kids had their own little itinerary planned for a 4x4 excursion to Kulen Mountain and we had a couple of bikes and a very pleasant guide on his own bike and a very talented rider!

So we all set off , the kids in their 4x4 with 2 very pleasant ladies who work at Hidden Cambodia to accompany/babysit/escort them as the very accomplished Hidden Cambodia guide and driver Mr Slim, and us on our bikes. Again I was not disappointed with the route and terrain on which to ride.
My wife had not been on a dirt bike for some time but our guide was very patient and before long we were rounding sandy corners on narrow dirt tracks in clouds of dust and sliding back wheels, traversing dry river beds and crossing wobbly wooden bridges.
After approx 70km we all arrived at Kulen Mountain and met up with the kids to discover a National Park, River and waterfall of astounding beauty and of significant religious significance to the Cambodian People. We enjoyed a huge tasty Cambodian barbeque on the river banks prepared by the ladies and Mr Slim and then went swimming in the river, beneath the waterfall, joined by the monks from the local pagoda, also taking a break from the midday heat and cleansing themselves with the waters from the holy river.
After a great lunch and spiritual swim we all boarded our various means of transport and headed off for the journey back to Siem Reap in a cloud of dust and rising levels of welcomed adrenaline! We had fun, the kids had fun and it was the highlight of our stay.
All I can say is , email them and ask them what they can arrange for you - you wont regret it and its a far cry from pounding the same route as millions of others through the same places in Siem Reap.

Visited May 2014
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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7 reviews
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“Authentic taste of rural Cambodia”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

My family of five (kids aged 11, 8, and 6) did the "Kampong Khleang fishing village/Beng Melea VIP Combo" tour and loved our day trip with Hidden Cambodia. It was really nice to get outside the city and explore local ways of life! The first stop was to a traditional stilted house, complete with its own fishing pond, gardens, and livestock. Our kids loved the piglets, the baby calf, and feeding rice to the chicks!

Next, we visited a remote (not overrun with tourists!) community of stilted houses near Tonle Sap lake. The lake itself expands and contracts based on the seasons; during wet season, water levels rise to within a meter of the house floors and recede to dry ground during dry season. Our tour guide Bunlem led us through his own village of Kampong Khleang (even pointing out the house he grew up in and bringing gifts to his mother) and then led us on a boat ride down the canal leading to the lake, where we passed by a floating Vietnamese village. Along the way, we saw many local fishermen and stopped to learn about the fish smoking process. Afterwards, we were served a delicious lunch in a stilted house.

From there, we visited a local school and got to distribute supplies to the children. We had also pre-arranged to donate water filters to some local families, and it felt good to give them a resource for clean water. They were so thankful to receive them, and I appreciated partnering with Hidden Cambodia's efforts to give back to local communities in real, tangible ways.

Last, we visited Beng Melea, which turned out to be my kids' favorite temple. They loved climbing around and over the jungle-hidden ruins, making their own paths! Finally, it was back in the car for the return drive past beautiful, rustic countryside to Siem Reap. Overall, a wonderful day spent with Hidden Cambodia! I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting an authentic taste of rural Cambodia.

Visited January 2014
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luxlady, Owner at Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours, responded to this review, December 5, 2014
Many thanks for the great description of one of our most popular day’s tours and the time it took you to detail it. This "Combo" tour combining the fishing community of Khampong Kleng, 45 kms outside of Siem Reap and Beng Melea Temple is a really fun packed and educational day and meets all the requirements of a great family day out as well. We have spent a great amount of time to find small households, families, small businesses, women’s groups and organizations to visit and to support in any way we can and for this trip to be authentic, even using a guide born and raised there. We especially love bringing guests into Beng Melea Temple from different gates and entrances as you did, as opposed to the main one , so they have a more pronounced sense of arrival and discovery. Generally by the afternoon anyway, there are fewer guests but it’s always nice to have some of it to yourself. We always, where possible, try for guests to see new ground or road on each part of any trip and generally we pass through small villages on the way back, keeping off the main highways. It is alwasy a breath of fresh air to get out of Siem Reap and in to the countryside.
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Palm Beach, Australia
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“3 Days of Excellence”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

In mid January 2014 I was accompanied by Mr Slim for a three day bike tour of temples up to the Cambodian-Thai border and back (to Siem Reap). I stayed in villages outside of the usual tourist path, ate from roadside stalls, drank too much Cambodian coffee and watched the sunset from the top of the pyramid outside Koh Ker. Mr Slim was a great motorbike guide, and a good guy to hang out with for three days. There was initial confusion when I got to HCAT as they had thought from their booking info that I was a man (no) and that I had recent dirt biking experience (no); however they changed the itinerary to accommodate this and all was well. A buzz around in a paddock to get used to the bike, and then off for three days of caffeine fuelled temple appreciation and village chicken avoidance.

Visited January 2014
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asiaactivetravel, Owner at Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours, responded to this review, April 7, 2017
Appreciated your report of your 3 day dirt bike trip with Mr Slim. We have been hosting and running many kinds of adventure & cultural tours since 2001 but for the dirt bikes section, the number of lady riders have been in the minority over the years. Glad to say lady riders with us is now on the increase . We are always in awe of them, handing such powerful, strong and potentially dangerous bikes from 250 to 400 CC. And with all the equipment and in the heat. Many of them are also solo travellers and riders, just coming and touring for the love of biking & the chance to get out in the rural countryside to discover the Kingdom. Thank you for trusting us with your security and safety during the tour. We are happy always to offer enduro training to riders who come in to hone their skills, from those starting to ride to those on a professional level. Do hope to welcome you again. Cold beer and strong coffee are often the big requests on dirt bike tours.
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