Monastery Experience in Siem Reap


Have you ever wondered about the serene orange-clad monks who walk the streets of Siem Reap? Have you wondered about life in their sandals? What must it be like, their vows, and how they survive not eating after noon? Now is your chance to experience the life of a monk.

This is a magical experience, where your guide is a former monk for more than seven years. You visit two pagodas where the monk used to work, and he will share stories about his life and experience in the temple. You will meet the head monk of the pagoda and be offered a traditional water blessing. No worries, you won't get too wet, but make sure your camera is covered! You can see the temple in operation, cooking, cleaning, and find out just what it is like to live life, obeying the five major precepts of a Cambodian Buddhist Monk.

The tour continues to the second pagoda, where you will be introduced to the monk in charge of meditation. Here you have a chance to learn about the art, and depending on the time and schedule, and you can take part in a meditation session. If there is a time at the end of the experience, we will visit a local market to see the hustle and bustle of daily life in Cambodia.

Type of Experience

Walking Tour

Included in price

Drinks (water)
Local guide

Additional services

Temple Pass Lolei Temple

Please note, this tour goes to a temple adjacent to ancient Angkorian ruins. The cost of a temple pass is not included in the above price and the temple is not part of the tour. Should you wish to add a visit to Lolei temple, please let us know and either bring your pass with you, or we can arrange for you to buy one prior to going to the site.


per person



Our tour guides were lovely, great conversation and taught us a lot. Sounds like they are doing so much good for their community, very admirable. Accommodating when we had a last minute change of plans due to flight delays. Great to see firsthand and more of a “local” experience. The meditation was amazing, will stay with me for a long time, highly recommend this experience!!!


What a great experience we had! It was really wonderful. Thanks so much!

Laura Sampson

This experience at the Buddhist monastery was a highlight on our trip. Being able to interact with the monks and ask questions about their daily life was incredible and really gave us insight into their chosen path. We got a chance to meditate with an 82-year-old nun who was so open and warm when I asked questions (through our translator). What a cool, unique day! I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to get a glimpse into the life of a monk/nun.

Tammy Leitner

It was a very special experience! In the last year we have already seen so many temples, monasteries and pagodas, but we never had the opportunity to get insight into the life of the people in there, like with this experience. So valuable! We were allowed to see a cleaning ritual and why they were doing it. Afterward I also received a short blessing. Very special. The meditation was also interesting and made me think (maybe I should research this a bit further). Thanks a lot!

Daisy Scholte
The Netherlands

It was a very cool, interesting and valuable experience. Our guide explained everything very well and answered all our questions. We are very grateful that we had the opportunity to have this experience! Thanks a lot!!

Hong Kong

I've had a very nice experience during my activity and booking through I-likelocal. I've booked one day in advanced and that was no problem. The next day I got picked up 8 o'clock in the morning to visit the monasteries. A very unique experience I would recommend to everybody who is interested in Buddhism and in the life of the monks and nuns. There is not really a time rush and a lot of space to ask questions and even participate in their activities. I got a lot of information and even a short meditation course by a nun who was 82 years old. Really amazing!

Jeroen van Lange
the Netherlands

My sister and I booked this experience whilst on a short stay in Siem Reap. I must admit I was originally quite cautious on how authentic this experience would be. Well, all I can say it we enjoyed the authenticity of the trip and it completely took us by surprise. We loved it! The Monastery experience was so interesting, authentic, and enlightening. We spent some time helping them with their English and this really allowed us to enjoy our blessing in return. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, don't miss out!

Kevin Scott

It was great experience! I and my friends were very happy. Thank you very much!

Vladislav Jelisejev

This was a very special and impressive experience! It was wonderful to see how the rituals are done. We got much more insight into Buddhism. The guide was also very kind, knowledgable and spoke English well. Sometimes it was a bit difficult to follow as we were distracted by the things happening around us and that we didn't always understand everything. In general it was very clear and we learned a lot. The meditation teacher was also a very pleasant guy. As we requested a long meditation, this was definitely the case. It was a very special morning! Thank you.

The Netherlands

What a great trip. Sensitive, informative, interesting, insightful. We thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you

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Yothin Y.

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Jumreap sooa! We are a group of formers monks here in Siem Reap and we would love to show you what life is like at our monastery. We will take you to various pagodas in the area and tell you everything about the art displays and our daily activities. We will even introduce you to the head monk here at the monastery. You can ask him whatever questions you might have…and if you'd like, you can even participate in a meditation session. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy: Flexible

> If the traveler cancels more than 2 day(s) before the start of the experience, he is reimbursed 100 % of the amount paid
> If the traveler cancels less than 2 day(s) before the start of the experience, he is reimbursed 0 % of the amount paid

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Duration: 3h 00m

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