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Adventure Cycling Tour Cambodia

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Join this cycling tour from Angkor to Phnom Penh! Explore Cambodia by bike and immerse yourself in the ways of life of its residents. Enjoy an adventure experience on your bike through Cambodia's beautiful hinterland. Take insightful tours of the Cambodian capital to learn of its ancient history and tragic from the historic ruins of Angkor to the modern capital of Cambodia through this bike tour.

Key information

Trip type: Guided

  • Type of transportation: Cycling and boat
  • Terrain: Jungle trails, off the beaten tracks, dirt roads, and paved road
  • Starts in: Siem Reap
  • Ends in: Phnom Penh
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46 - 80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 230 miles / 370 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • 12 participants

Meet the instructors

Sokvuth
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Highlights

  • 7 days of cycling
  • Tonlé Sap Lake visit
  • Trekking to the waterfall and The River of a Thousand Lingas
  • Mountain bike hire and support vehicle during the tour
  • Services of an experienced local tour guide
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


7 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 seven nights of accommodation based on twin sharing rooms. You will stay in three or four-star 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.

You will stay for three nights in Siem Reap at Central Corner d’Angkor, one night in Kampong Thom at Sambor Village, one night in Kampong Cham at LBN Asian Hotel, and two nights in Phnom Penh at Frangipani Hotel.

Program

Let Siem Reaper takes you to escape the crowds and the busy roads at Angkor. You will cycle on the quiet back roads and jungle trails to explore the breathtaking temples and friendly Cambodian countryside along the minor roads to see different views of the country. Not just only cycling beneath towering fig trees among a thousand years of Khmer history at Angkor, but it also takes you through the inevitable provinces that you can pedal safely along the dirt roads and endeavor by friendly and hospitable smiles of the Cambodian people.

You will also be exposed to an unpretentious rural way of life, and this can guarantee an exotic experience to Cambodia. There will be water stops for each 15 - 20 kilometers for refreshments with the cold beverage and fresh fruit for you to maintain your energy to kick the bikes further to the bustling city of Phnom Penh to learn some history about the Khmer Rouge and discover the royal gems!

Itinerary

Day 1: Angkor Wat cycling (19 miles / 30 kilometers)

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel, you will start biking and exploring 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, enter the city through the ancient gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. From here, 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 lunchtime 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. Afterward, you will return to your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 2: Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean adventure (37 miles / 60 kilometers)

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’ll 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 Women, this remains the best-preserved temple in Siem Reap. Afterward, 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 three and a half kilometers to the waterfall and The River of a Thousand Lingas. You can see the carvings on the river bed and waterfall before returning back to the town in the evening.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Discover Cambodian countryside and floating village (28 miles / 45 kilometers)

Today, the adventure incorporates a bit of everything, from stunning views of the landscape, exploring historic sites to understanding the local way of life. This tour rides out into the villages outside of Siem Reap town, along with off the beaten tracks to various destinations.

You will have lunch at the local restaurant before heading to the floating village. To reach the Tonlé 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. In the evening, you'll catch the sunset on the lake with some snacks and cold beverages. You will return back to the city by a private vehicle in the late evening.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Biking the lost capital of Kampong Thom (37 miles / 60 kilometers)

Today, take the early transfer to the rarely visited temple, Sambor Prei Kuk, one of the most important pre-Angkorian sites in Cambodia and soon become the next UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sambor temple was built in the Chenla period between the sixth and seventh 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, set up and warm up your legs for the first section on the tarmac road about 24 kilometers before turning right into the rural paved road.

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. After lunch at a local restaurant, it is a great time to explore the temple site accompanied by the local temple guide who will lead you into the temple complex. This afternoon, set out your ride to Kampong Thom city. This section, you will cycle on the dusty roads that lead you through villages to villages.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Slow roads to Kampong Cham (53 miles / 85 kilometers)

Following a transfer towards Kampong Thmor, you will be dropped off at the biking point and ends the mighty Mekong today with a great ride to Kampong Cham. Today 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 today passes 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, turn left at the traffic which becomes a bit busy with overloaded trucks rumbling by along with the weird and wonderful vehicles of every description.

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Kampong Cham to Phnom Penh adventure (44 miles / 70 kilometers)

An early start with a breakfast and fresh fruit as well as hot coffee complimented by a riverside view, your adventure start with the ride along Mekong River south to Phnom Penh. Startup 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 6. Here, takes a transfer to Phnom Penh.

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 Tonlé Sap Lake. The city contains many colonial-era buildings reflecting the glorious days and add to the allure of the city where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinated way.

When you arrive at the hotel, you will be greeted by the hotel staff with a welcome drink and check in to your room. Explore the city by walking to your restaurant for dinner and enjoy your own leisure time after dinner to see the city at nighttime.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Discover Phnom Penh city (12 miles / 20 kilometers)

After a great breakfast and hotel coffee at your hotel, you will go ahead to the Royal Palace. This king palace dates back to 1866 and houses silver pagoda for over 5,000 heavy silver piece or the locals always called Wat Preah Keo, meaning the Temple of the Emerald-Crystal Buddha and the building also regarded as the museum storing room of Buddha status.

Your next destination is to stop at the National Museum of Cambodia, built in traditional Khmer style. It is the houses of the collected ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the early 4th - 12th century. Head out south of the main center of tourist side to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum 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.

This afternoon, you will be treated to a relaxed lunch at the local Khmer-styled restaurant where you have a chance to test a traditional Khmer cuisine. After the lunch break, continue your tour to the most remarkable Killing Fields genocide museum. Spend one hour to take a tour into the complex, before returning to your hotel to relax at the pool. This evening, it is free for your own dinner at the local or foreign restaurant along the Mekong River.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8: Phnom Penh - departure transfer

You are free in the morning after breakfast at your hotel till Siem Reaper transfers you to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Skill level

Advanced:

  • can cycle for 5 - 6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • Tonlé Sap Lake visit
  • Trekking to the waterfall and The River of a Thousand Lingas
  • Village visit

Instructors

Sokvuth Pon
Sokvuth or call him George has a background in hospitality and has worked in the hotel industry. He has joined the Siem Reaper team to learn the trade of guiding. Through his hard work and skill, he is now one of their tour guides. He loves introducing people to new experiences, cultures and little-known places. He believes guiding offers him the opportunity to meet new people from all corners of the world and share his story with travelers.

Location

This cycling tour 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, Tonlé Sap Lake, Sambor Prei Kuk, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Mekong River, and Phnom Penh.

Food

The tour includes eight breakfasts, seven lunches, and two dinners with plenty of water per person per cycling day, local fruits, and snacks. 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 days of cycling
  • Tonlé Sap Lake visit
  • Trekking to the waterfall and The River of a Thousand Lingas
  • Mountain bike hire and helmet
  • Support vehicle (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available)
  • Services of an English-speaking tour leader
  • Services of a local tour guide
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Plenty of water per person per cycling day
  • Local fruits and snacks
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Village visit fee

What's not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa or visa arrangements
  • 3 days' Angkor Wat pass (72 USD)
  • Soft drinks or other beverages beyond water
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hats, and protective clothing
  • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary

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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