14 Days Angkor Wat to Sihanoukville Cycling Holiday in Cambodia

Fantastic Cycling Holiday Cambodia

In this cycling holiday, you will experience a real visit starting from Siem Reap and concluding at the beach in Sihanoukville. Angkor to the Coast aims to deliver unique travel experiences by bicycles covering most of the inevitable places in Cambodia. For those who would love to Explore Real Cambodia, cycling Angkor to the Coast is the best way to explore Cambodia as there are no other ways that can get you close to the people than cycling.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills) to moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat, mountainous
  • Total Distance: 339 miles / 545 Kilometers
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike

Highlights

  • Scenic cycling rides
  • Explore the highlights of Angkor
  • Encounter Cambodian culture, art, history, and lifestyle
  • Cycle quiet backroads from Siem Reap to Southern of Cambodia
  • Spend a few days on the southern coast, relaxing on the beach
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Support vehicle

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


11 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Siem Reap International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will be provided 13 nights of accommodation based on twin sharing rooms. You will stay in three or four-stars hotels in the touristy towns. All hotels are regularly inspected by Siem Reaper's team to ensure they keep to the very high standards the clients have come to expect. The accommodations are high-quality hotels with very good facilities for a city-center property.

Accommodation venues

  • 4 nights in Siem Reap at Central Blanc D'Angkor
  • 1 night in Kompong Thom at Sambor Village
  • 1 night in Kompong Cham at LBN Asian Hotel
  • 2 nights in Phnom Penh at Frangipani Hotel
  • 1 night in Takeo at Alise Hotel
  • 1 night in Kep at Rock Royal Resort
  • 1 night in Kampot at Makk Hotel Kampot
  • 2 nights in Sihanouk Ville at OC Resort

Program

Visiting the archaeological park is sure to inspire and impress, but it will also take you with a curiosity to learn about what lies beyond the remnants of the ancient Kingdom of Angkor. This is a pleasant, easily achievable cycling that will let you explore the interior, the lakes, rivers, and also in the best way possible, at handlebar height.

You will pedal mostly on flat routes through the heart of Cambodia visiting some untouched temple ruins and meeting the friendly Khmer people and children that live throughout the remote countryside. You can also kick your bike with some undulating parts just as before reaching Sihanoukville.

Beside Angkor and white sandy beach, covering the bustling vibrancy of Phnom Penh, the French architecture of Kampot, the relaxed seaside vibe of Kep, and minor villages with beautiful rice paddies along the way are all the memorable highlights of this great adventure.

Meeting your guide and driver

You will be met by your tour guide and driver at your arrival point. They will be holding a Siem Reaper name board with your name on it. It is possible you will be a little bleary-eyed after a long flight and there are also likely to be a large number of meeting boards being displayed, so please take your time to locate them.

Fitness levels

This tour is tailor-made to suit cyclists of all levels of experience, fitness, and all ages with different backgrounds. Siem Reaper require all of cyclists to enjoy the challenges but should respect everyone’s limits of cycling. The tours are designed so everyone can go at their own pace, and bear in mind that this is not a race.

Bike and personal equipment

It is strongly recommended that you ride a mountain bike, and not any other types of bike since this cycling trip will be on asphalt, dirt, and back roads that some are sandy and rocky. However, Siem Reaper can provide mountain bike or road bike, as if you wish to do the tour with them on the well-surfaced roads.

If you are much more comfortable with your own staffs, it is highly suggested bringing such as pedal, saddle, helmets, and water bottle. A mechanic will adjust to your bikes.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap

You will arrive in Siem Reap and be met by your driver and transfer to the hotel. You will be met by your tour leader in order to conduct a briefing on your trip, after which you can try out your bike for size and make any necessary adjustments. Dinner is included on this day.

Day 2: Cycle the Angkor Temples (30 kilometers / 18 miles)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start biking the morning temple exploration at the most illustrious temple with fewer crowds. First, you will visit Ta Prohm which is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground.

This makes the so-called Tomb Raider Temple, as it was used during the filming of the movie, one of the most picturesque and memorable temples of the Angkor complex. You will then head out to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, and enter the city through the ancient Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces.

From here, you will continue to Bayon Temple, found in the center of the city famed as the enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

You will take a break at lunch and stop at the local restaurant to enjoy tasteful Cambodian dishes. Lastly, you will bike to the gem of the Angkor complex, Angkor Wat. Following your tour leader, you will be mesmerized by the rich history and symbolism of this unique ancient temple. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 3: Bike to Banteay Srey and Kbal Spean (60 kilometers / 37 miles)

You will depart from your hotel in the morning on the adventure ride through the scenic land all the way to Banteay Srei temple. Along the way, you will cycle past the local markets, schools, Buddhist temples, and the stylish Khmer wooden houses where you will gain more information about local ways of life in Siem Reap.

When you reach Banteay Srei temple, you will begin to explore this incredible temple famed as the “Citadel of the Women.” This remains the best-preserved temple in Siem Reap. Afterwards, you will enjoy your lunch at the local restaurant before taking a short transfer to Kbal Spean.

Then, you will trek uphill into the jungle trail for 3.5 kilometers to the waterfall and the River of Thousand Lingas. You can see the carvings on the river bed and waterfall before returning back to town in the evening. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 4: Cycle the hidden temple and visit the floating village (45 kilometers / 27 miles)

You will begin cycling in the morning about 15 kilometers to Rolous Group, the temple that was the center of Khmer civilization, built in the 8th century. The group consists of three main temples, Lolei, Bakong, and Preah Ko. You will visit the zone with an experienced tour guide, who will be with you every step of your journey.

You will have lunch at the temple complex before heading to the floating village. To reach the Tonle Sap lake, you will cycle down narrow dirt roads and take a boat to see the floating village life and the stilt houses. Here, you will see the different perspective of how people live on the water.

Then, you will take a boat ride through the floating forest to catch the glimpse of Tonle Sap lake whilst watching a sunset over the river. You will return to Siem Reap town in the late evening. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 5: Bike to the Lost Capital of Kampong Thom (60 kilometers / 37 miles)

On this day, you will take the early transfer to the rarely visited temple, Sambor Prei Kok, one of the most important Pre-Angkorian sites in Cambodia and soon become the next UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sam Bor temple was built in the Chenla period between 6th and 7th century. The duration of the transfer in the morning is about an hour to the starting point where you will have a great time pedaling through the remote countryside roads. Here, you will set up and warm up your legs for the first section of the tarmac road about 24 kilometers, before turning right into the rural paved road.

You will enjoy a short water break near the local house or at the shade of the trees, as you are served very well by your driver with the cool tower, snacks, and drinks and keep on riding straight to the Sambor temple. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 6: Slow roads to Kampong Cham (85 kilometers / 52 miles)

Following a transfer towards Kompong Tmor, you will be dropped off at the biking point and will end at the The Mighty Mekong with a great ride to Kampong Cham. On this day, you will cycle on the mixture of tarmac and dirt roads and eventually head along the river for a quiet way towards Kampong Cham.

The ride on this day will pass the town side of Chamkar Leu and rubber plantation, which is busy with motorbikes as the locals come to trade along the road. From here, you will turn left at the traffic that becomes a bit busy with overloaded trucks rumbling along with the weird and wonderful vehicles of every description.

You will pause to enjoy a refreshing picnic lunch in one of the most beautiful pagodas hidden in the shade of palm trees. Onwards to Kampong Cham along the Mekong River, this town is situated in the heart of the entire country. Take some time to relax before enjoying dinner near Mekong River restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 7: Kompong Cham to Phnom Penh (70 kilometers / 43 miles)

You will have an early start with a breakfast and fresh fruit and as well as hot coffee complimented by a riverside view, and your adventure will start with the ride along Mekong River south to Phnom Penh. You will start an early cycling from your hotel escaping down the river town of Kampong Cham through the rolling countryside and villages to Pem Chue Kong district.

After lunch at the local restaurant with sweeping views of the mighty river, continue along the bank of Mekong River until you reach the national road No. 6. Here, you will take a transfer to Phnom Penh. You will arrive in Phnom Penh city in the late afternoon. The city is considered as one of the most beautiful cities as it still retains a colonial charm flat.

Cambodia’s capital is the bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Lake. The city contains many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinated way. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 8: Discover Phnom Penh City (20 kilometers / 12 miles)

After a great breakfast and coffee at your hotel, you will go ahead to Royal Palace. This king palace dates back to 1866 and houses silver pagodas for over 5000 heavy silver piece or the locals always called Wat Prakeo, meaning the temple of Emerald Buddha. The building also regarded as the museum storing room of Buddha status.

Your next destination is to stop at the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It is the house of the collected ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the early 4th to 12th century. You will head out south of the main center of tourist side to Toul Sleng.

Toul Sleng was a former high school which was used as Security Prison 21 or (S21) under the control of Khmer Rouge from 1975 till 1979. The school was converted into a prison during the victory of Khmer Rouge fighting against the government.

In the afternoon, you will be treated to a relaxed lunch at local Khmer styled restaurant where you have a chance to test a traditional Khmer cuisine. After the lunch break, you will continue your tour to the most remarkable Killing Field Genocide Museum. You will spend one hour to take a tour of the complex before returning to your hotel to relax at the pool.

This evening, you will have your own dinner at the local or foreign restaurant along Mekong River. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 9: Cycle from Phnom Penh to Takeo Province (70 kilometers / 43 miles)

You will leave out of the city by van to avoid the busy traffic to the starting point. On this day, you will take a ride through the countryside of Cambodia with lots of rice paddy fields. The ride makes some great view of the dirt roads to Takeo province.

For the first ride-stop, you will visit the ruined temple in the province. The temple was built by one of the famous Khmer King Jayavarman VII. You will visit the complex and enjoy the snacks and drinks before going ahead on to the Chisor Mountain.

After lunch at the local restaurant with the warm greeting of the students nearby, you will trek uphill to see another temple that was built in the 11th century. At the top of the mountain is the best spot to view down to the ground and surroundings with the bird-eye views.

As soon as you have spotted the countryside view at the bottom, your guide will ask you to walk down to get on your bike to exercise your legs onward to Takeo province. This quiet town is situated 88 kilometers from the main road from Phnom Penh. Take some time to relax on your own to explore the town by walking, before you enjoy dinner at the restaurant near the river. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 10: Cycle to Kep (22 kilometers / 13 miles)

On this day the ride will lead you to backtrack to the beach town of Kep. The town is full of attractive sandy beach and natural raining forest. After breakfast at the local restaurant with fresh fruit and hot coffee, you will ride 22 kilometers on the tarmac road. The road connects to highway No.2 to Vietnam border.

Turn right to avoid the traffic and your first stop is at the local house as your guide allows you to talk to the villagers. Most of the wooden houses in this village are built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the past.

Lunch will be at the local restaurant of Kampong Trach district before moving on to Kep. You will arrive in Kep in the late afternoon. Cambodia’s prestigious beach resort of the 1960s is now awakening to its former glory. In the evening, you will enjoy a dinner of the local at the sea restaurant with sweeping sea views at your table and relax in the rustic charm of your surroundings.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 11: Biking, trekking, and boat ride to Kampot (28 kilometers / 17 miles)

On this day, you will embark on the river town of Kampot. Early in the morning, you can have a chance to take a local boat to the Rabbit Island. Now, you are ready for a boat ride and visit the island, only 45 minutes away from the mainland. You will arrive on the island and spend 30 minutes trekking around the area with your guide and spotting to the view of a natural forest.

This unique place is often visited by tourists for its most beautiful beach line and crystal wave of the ocean. You will spend almost the whole morning touring on the island and return for lunch at Psar Kdam with the sound of the wave of the sea. This afternoon, you will make up your ride of the morning on the tarmac road south to Kampot.

This is a nice cycling along the coastline and beautiful landscape of the Bokor Mountain. You will spend the rest of this late afternoon visiting Phnom Chhngorkcave side. It is one of the well-preserved brick temples that was built in the 7th century.

Day 12: Cycle through the beach side of Sihanouk Ville (65 kilometers / 40 miles)

After waking of the sound of the given morning from the locals and having a good breakfast, it is the time to start your adventure to Sihanouk Ville. On this day, you will leave your hotel in the southern direction for Shihanouk Ville. From there, you will ride on the tarmac road again with the buzz of the day-to-day life in Cambodia of the view of the coastline.

The blue of the Gulf of Thailand at your left will wake you up from hot weather of today as the road is a bit wide open from the shade of the tree. Water break will be at the fishing village and you will be treated to a delicious view of the ocean and fish and pig farm on the stream. You can pay a visit to the village about few minutes to recover from the hot heat.

You will be moving on this quiet road to National Road No.4 for lunch at the local hut to the sleepy houses along the way as your lunch will be offered, which is a very tasty Khmer food. After lunch, you will be transferred to Sihanouk Ville. For the rest of day, you can enjoy at your own leisure at the beach as this day is the last day of the bike ride with your cycling guide or his assistant (if the group is big).

You will arrive at the beach, enjoy beers and swimming, and relax at the most popular beach of Cambodia. You will end the day with enjoyable and beautiful sunset on your own at the beach. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 13: Free day to explore by your own

This day is a free day on your own at the beach and you will enjoy meals on your own at the romantic restaurant near the sea. Breakfast is included.

Day 14: Departure

You will enjoy the day at your own leisure until the transfer to Phnom Penh by private vehicle. The tour ends this day, and your overnight stay will be arranged at your own hotel of choice. Siem Reaper can arrange the post stay for you in Phnom Penh city at the same hotel with reasonable price. Breakfast is included on this day.

Included excursions

  • Boat ride through the floating forest for a glimpse of the Tonle Sap
  • Museum tours
  • Short water break near the local house or at the shade of the trees on the way to Sam Bor
  • Temple visits
  • Trek uphill into the jungle trail for 3.5 kilometers to the waterfall and the River of Thousand Lingas
  • Trekking in Rabbit Island

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Cambodia. It will cover places including Siem Reap, Angkor Temples, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei temple, Kbal Spean, River of Thousand Lingas, Tonle Sap Lake, Sambor Prei Kok, Kompong Tmor, Kampong Cham, Mekong River, Phnom Penh, Pem Chue Kong district, Takeo province, Chisor Mountain, Kep,Kampong Trach district, Kampot, Rabbit Island, Bokor Mountain, Phnom Chhngorkcave, Sihanouk Ville, and Phnom Penh.

Food

The package includes meals as mentioned in the itinerary, plenty of water per person per cycling day, local fruits, and snacks. Meals included are mentioned in the itinerary. The meals are characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, classic style of Cambodia.

If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform in advance so that Siem Reaper can provide a notice to the restaurant or hotel where you will be served. It is recommended that you do not drink tap water during your trip. Bottled water is available at all times and is a safer option.

Cambodia food and dietary requirement

Just like in many Asian countries, the staple food of the Cambodian diet is rice. Food usually serves with salted fish, chicken, beef, or pork. Fish is often fresh from the Great Lake, Tonle Sap, and is normally eaten with a spicy peanut sauce called “teuk trey”.

The most popular Cambodian food is Amok, a soup of boneless fish with coconut and spices. In Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Western food is widely available. If you wish to enjoy the western you can enjoy this option on your request. Let Siem Reaper know well in advance if you are a vegetarian or have other dietary requirements.

It is not usually a problem for them to provide since the office operator takes note and pass it in advance to the restaurants or hotels where you will be served. Meals may not be as varied as you are used to and if you know there are plenty of food you cannot eat, you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All cycling tour
  • Airpot pick up and drop off
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Mountain bike hire and helmet
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Plenty of water per person per cycling day
  • Local fruits and snacks
  • Services of an English-speaking tour leader
  • Services of a local tour guide
  • Village visit fee
  • Boat ride to the island
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Support vehicle (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available)

What's not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa or visa arrangements
  • 3 days Angkor Wat pass
  • Soft drinks or other beverages beyond water
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hats, and protective clothing
  • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive Siem Reap International Airport (REP). Transfers from and to the airport is included. Siem Reaper will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Siem Reap International Airport Airport transfer included: Siem Reap International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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