Charismatic Cambodia Bike Tour

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Overview

The land of the majestic Angkor Wat and home to some of the most pristine and untouched sceneries on earth, Cambodia is sure to leave you wonderstruck. Ride through the ‘Temple City’ under blue skies, swim around riverine islands and along virgin beaches on your journey through Cambodia. Enjoy pulsating history stored in its vivid monuments, local culture rife on its river banks, warm and welcoming people, and awesome food.

Start

Siem Reap | 14:00hrs

Finish

Phnom Penh

Lodging

casual

Level

easy

Avg. dist. cycled

50km or 30mi

Suitable for

Age: 13+

Highlights

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Angkor wat

A peek into history, at the Angkor Wat temple complex

Itinerary

DAY 1Siem ReapD

Day 1: Siem Reap

We leave the day free for you to relax after your arrival at Siem Reap. Arrive here and check into Raffles Grand d’hôtel. Local history, architecture, and aesthetics unfold in front of you as you enter Raffles. The hotel is located in the atmospheric French Quarter of the city with a slight infusion of Angkorian architecture.

Our guide meets you post-lunch, 2 pm, at your hotel for a bike fit and later takes you on a short walking tour of Siem Reap.

DAY 2Siem ReapB,L,D30km / 18micycling

Day 2: Siem Reap

Visit Angkor and witness the magnificent views in the backdrop of sunrise. The Angkor temple complex is synonymous with Cambodia, so a ride around the temple is essential. We start riding directly from the hotel and reach the moat of Angkor Wat. Exquisite sculptures, tall towers, and maze-like trails flanked by large banyan roots, you might want to spend ample time photographing as you would have seen nothing like this before. We will loop back to Angkor Wat for a detailed tour at the end of our ride.

Continue riding towards Angkor Thom and enter the city from the South gate. Beat the crowd and climb the surrounding wall of the city and ride on top of it. Take a break here for a rich fascinating account of the city from our guide. A further ride through East gate takes us to Bayon, a richly decorated face temple within the Angkor complex is one of the highlights here. Exit from the second East gate of the city and ride towards jungle-clad TA Prohm. Our guide shares historical anecdotes and walks you through temples along the way.

The Angkor Wat requires more than a morning, so we loop back for a more detailed guided tour. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the largest religious complexes in the world and it’s bound to enthrall you. If time permits, climb Phnom Bakheng for a classic view of Angkor during sunset.

In the evening, explore some of the local food in the cafes that flank the narrow roads.

DAY 3Siem ReapB,L60km / 36mi*cycling

Day 3: Siem Reap

A short transfer today brings us to the countryside of Siem Reap. Ride along the river past Barays and reach Rolous Group of temples, north of Tonlé Sap. Rolous group marks the beginning of a classical period of Khmer civilization, dating from the late 9th century. Some were totally built with bricks, others partially with laterite or sandstone.

After an informative walk of the temples, head north towards Banteay Srei by bike. Stop off at the village en-route to experience everyday Cambodian country life and taste some sugar palm tree sweets famous for this region. Visit the decorated temple of Banteay Srei, the jewel of the era, intricately carved from pink sandstone, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. We shuttle back & explore Preah Khanor (Sacred Sword) temple en-route.

DAY 4Kampong ThomB,L,D55km / 33mi*cycling

Day 4: Kampong Thom

An early start today, travel to Beng Mealea (~65km), a sprawling mass of a temple hidden in the jungle which has only recently become accessible. After exploration, ride through the bucolic countryside with a spectacular view of paddy fields. End ride at Makak Dam, a man-made dam built during Khmer Rouges regime and is useful even today. After a short break, take a shuttle transfer to Kampong Thom, a picturesque town on the banks of the Stung Sen River.

DAY 5Kampong ChamB,L,D60km / 36micycling

Day 5: Kampong Cham

In the morning, ride around Kampong Thom’s Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex, which predates Angkor Wat by at least 200 years.

Later ride past varied plantation landscape consisting of rubber, cashew, and cotton. We also ride along the Mekong river bank and arrive at Kompong Cham.

DAY 6Phnom PenhB,L,D70km / 42mi*cycling

Day 6: Phnom Penh

It’s a classic ride today along the Mekong River to Phnom Penh, and through a tropical plantation landscape consisting of rubber, cashew, and cotton. Today’s ride takes us through remote bucolic villages, and past beautiful wats and riverside towns. The last stretch of ride is covered in the shuttle to avoid busy traffic. Arrive at the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, at the edge of the Mekong River. Historical splendors are spread in every corner whether it’s the local palace or the horrific remnants of the Khmer atrocities.

In the evening, taste some local Khmer cuisine at one of Phnom Penh’s finest dining place Romdeng. End day with a walk or tuk-tuk ride back to the hotel.

DAY 7Phnom PenhB,Lcycling

Day 7: Phnom Penh

Today get ready to be immersed in the Cambodian culture and history of the city as we kick off our walking tour from Independence Monument. Enjoy walking along the Tonle Sap river, considered the lifeline of the region. Continue towards the National Museum, which houses several national treasures from three different eras: Pre-Angkorian, Angkorian, and Post-Angkorian, giving the flavor of diverse culture and architecture. The last leg of our walk takes us to the gilded Royal Palace, shimmering with silver tiles and sculptures of Buddha, which gives an insight into Cambodian Royal Life. After the museum, hike up the steps of a small hill to see Wat Phnom Temple, the birthplace of Phnom Penh.

We insist that you step outside for dinner after a short break, to enjoy the local nightlife and enjoy the street food. Traditional dishes like amok (coconut fish curry served in a banana leaf), bobor (rice porridge), and lok lak (stir-fried beef) are easy to find by the streets.

DAY 8Ta KeoB,L,D80km / 50mi*cycling

Day 8: Ta Keo

Get up early and start with a shuttle transfer to Killing Fields. An essential on the itinerary due to the historic hook and for understanding the country better, we walk through the killing fields. Experience the painful story of a country that leads to the death of 2 million Cambodian people between 1974-1979. A short shuttle transfer from here brings us to Preah Theat Pagoda, our starting point for a bike ride towards the Angkor era Ta Prohm temple, located in Tonle Bati. Take a quick tour of the temple and continue riding to Phnom Chiso Temple, situated on the top of a hill with 400 steps to climb up. Continue riding towards Takeo past some amazing lake scenery surrounded by paddy fields and lotus farms. Ta Keo is a small town situated amidst beautiful lakes. Enjoy the rest of the evening walking around the town.

DAY 9KepB,L,D60km / 36mi*cycling

Day 9: Kep

After a good breakfast, we take a short transfer to our starting point. We then start riding the back roads past villages. The topography that will be forever etched in your mind is that of a sprawling countryside of fields, palm trees, and lotus farms. We ride slowly, taking pictures along the way and taking in the stunning vistas.

Kep’s seaside front is the perfect place for weary legs to feel rejuvenated. Earthy colors and breezy wind make for the perfect ambiance to unwind.

DAY 10KampotB,L,D60km / 36mi*cycling

Day 10: Kampot

Another stretch of riverside villages and exquisite countryside awaits the cyclists today. We ride to the quaint riverside town of Kampot. We ride on small trails then minor roads past ‘Secret Lake’, also known as “Brateak Krola Lake”, a man-made reservoir. Along the way, visit the stunning cave temple of Phnom Chhnork and pepper plantations. After lunch at a beautiful riverside restaurant, step out to discover local life at Kampot. Enough anecdotes and local street food flow to keep us engaged. Enjoy a sunset cruise behind Bokor Mountain as you chug upstream. Do try the pungent Durian fruit, famous of this place. Kampot is also known for its salt and pepper production.

DAY 11Koh Rong IslandB,L30km / 18mi*cycling

Day 11: Koh Rong Island

After breakfast, we transfer to Sihanoukville airport where we’ll hit the bikes and cycle to the beach through pleasant little fishing villages with colorful boats bobbing in the gentle swell. We ride over a hill and on the hard-packed beach sands at one point as we near Ores Beach. A low hill or two make for a last-day challenge. We break for lunch and then take and boat to Koh Rong Island.

DAY 12Koh Rong IslandBcycling

Day 12: Koh Rong Island

Spend the day at leisure admiring beautiful sea views all around.

DAY 13Koh Rong IslandBcycling

Day 13: Koh Rong Island

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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details (subject to availability). All options are personally reviewed.

shuttle

A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.

refreshments

Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

entrance

Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.

bike

Immaculately maintianed bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

meals

Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.