Sabai Adventures Origin Tour
Group 7 Slorkram village, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Meet a monk and learn the martial art of BokatorSabai Adventures, which is best known for its moto tours through the countryside, also runs a half-day morning or afternoon Origin Tour that offers a taste of Cambodia's traditional culture, religion, arts, and crafts. The tour by tuk-tuk with a local guide first visits a pagoda where you learn about Buddhism and get a chance to chat to a monk, which is followed by a stop at a generations-old stonemasonry where you can watch carvers at work, while picking the brain of your guide about the history of the craft which dates back to Khmer Empire times. Finally, you visit the Bokator school to learn about this medieval martial art, and can even try your hand at this traditional sport, which is gaining in popularity amongst young people in Cambodia. Or you can simply watch the experts go through the moves. Tips: you'll need to wear long trousers or a below-the-knee skirt and cover your shoulders for the pagoda visit, however, you should take some loose comfy clothes if you're planning to get in the Bokator ring.