VIDEO: Rural Battambang Tour

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One of the absolute highlights of visiting Battambang (and easily one of the top things we’ve done in Cambodia) was taking a rural countryside tour of Battambang where we had the opportunity to eat fried crickets, devour sticky bamboo coconut bean rice and visit local fish markets. One of the factors that made this trip so wonderful was our tour guide – an outgoing, knowledgeable and friendly man. On his tuk-tuk we passed rurals villages, local markets, fascinating covered bridges and rice fields. Samuel tried eating crickets for the first time in his life. The overall verdict was that they were surprisingly tasty – especially salty and sweet. Both Audrey and Samuel ate bamboo coconut bean sticky rice which was made from a bamboo wrap cooked over an open fire. The sweet rice was a delicious snack that we thoroughly enjoyed. We highly recommend taking the time to get outside of the city limits of Battambang to explore the rural areas. You’ll be rewarded by warm and friendly locals, exotic treats and an experience you won’t forget anytime soon.

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So we’re taking a rural countryside tour today of Battambang. We’re going to be buying some sticky rice wrapped up in a bamboo wrapper.

Once it has been cooked you just kind of crack the bamboo and peel it down and there you have the rice that has been mixed with coconut cream and some black beans. It looks good. It smells great.

Take a bite. How do you like it? It’s delicious. It’s like you can totally tell it has been made with coconut but there hasn’t been a lot of extra sugar, so it is definitely a little bit sweet but it is not too sweet. I really like it.

So this lovely snack is only sixty US cents. Not bad.

Alright brave man going to eat a little cricket there. Time to have a cricket and this is my first time eating one. Cheers. Okay, big bite. Stick it in your mouth. You try one as well? Oh, no no no. It’s actually really good. Wow! It’s salty and a little bit sweet too. Oh yeah, that’s good stuff. One more. Here we go.

We’re here at the fish market now and we can certainly smell all the fish all around here. It is just overwhelming and we’re going to just check out to see what is here. So here is a form of preserve of fermented fish that our guide just told us tasted a little bit like cheese.

So what is this here? Fish eggs that they’re fermented here. It has a lot of salt. That is ready to eat? Yes, you take the salt out and the fish is inside.

If you wrap a plastic bag around the insect can not bite it. Oh, so there is plastic wrapped around these guava fruits to prevent insects from eating them.

These fill up inside the pillows and mattress. It looks very soft. Yeah, you can touch. These are the seeds for new plants? Yes, when you plant. It comes from the tree right there? It’s the big one over there. Okay.

Rural tour of the Cambodian countryside in Battambang

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