Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy Ranch Siem Reap

Ready to Go
While we were in Siem Reap we decided to go to the Happy Ranch Horse Farm  for a scenic horseback ride away from town and into the rice fields. Happy ranch is a great place to visit. We made the reservations on the internet first and it’s very easy. Remember, Happy Ranch only takes cash, not credit cards.

We had an excellent 3 hour ride in the morning. A Tuk Tuk picked us up at the hotel and we got to the stables quickly. Before we knew it we were on the trail.

On the trail
The Happy Ranch Horse Farm was built and established in 2002. The ranch is located 2 km (1.2 Mi) from the center of Siem Reap and is the only western style horse ranch in Cambodia. Most of the horses and ponies are crossbred with Arabian horses; many are born and bred at the stables.

Angkor Era Temple Ruins
Temple Interior with Offerings from Locals
The ride on well trained horses took us through rice fields, villages and out to a ruined temple that’s still in use by the local people. The views along the way are magnificent. You can see houses on stilts, schools and the very friendly local kids and adults smiling and waving to you everywhere. 

Tami leads her horse Abba with no bridle
Our guide was excellent. He had a professional attitude as well as being easy to talk to and have a laugh with. We enjoyed seeing the sights on the ride. It gives you a real insight into what rural Cambodia is like. 

Highly recommended! 

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