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

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 12

Fly-In

REP

Highlights

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Angkor wat

A peek into history, at the Angkor Wat temple complex

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

DayPlacecasual Inns or similarMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1Siem ReapSteung SiemreapD
DAY 2Siem ReapSteung SiemreapB,L30km / 18micycling
DAY 3Kampong ThomSambor VillageB,L,D55km / 33micycling
DAY 4Kampong ChamLBN Asian HotelB,L,D60km / 36micycling
DAY 5Phnom PenhDuong Chan HotelB,L,D70km / 42micycling
DAY 6Phnom PenhDuong Chan HotelB,L
DAY 7Ta KeoMeas HomestayB,L,D80km / 50micycling
DAY 8KepSabbay KepB,L60km / 36micycling
DAY 9KampotOld Hotel CinemaB,L,D25km / 15micycling
DAY 10DepartureB

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Siem Reap

Arrive and settle at your hotel. Local history, architecture, and aesthetics unfold in front of you as you enter Siem Reap. We leave the day free for you to relax after you arrive at Siem Reap.

Our guide meets you post-lunch at 2 pm at your hotel for a bike fit followed by a brief walking tour of Siem Reap and ending with dinner.

Meals: D
Accommodation: Steung Siemreap
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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. Siem Reap-ANgkor.PNG

Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 30km / 18mi
Accommodation: Steung Siemreap
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Day 3: 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. Kampong Thom-Sien Reap.PNG

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 55km / 33mi
Accommodation: Sambor Village
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Day 4: 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. Kampong Cham-Kampong Thom.PNG

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: LBN Asian Hotel
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Day 5: 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. phnom penh-Kampong Cham.PNG

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 42mi
Accommodation: Duong Chan Hotel
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Day 6: 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.

Meals: B,L
Accommodation: Duong Chan Hotel
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Day 7: 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. Takeo-Phnom penh.PNG

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 80km / 50mi
Accommodation: Meas Homestay
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Day 8: 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. Kep-Takeo(Chhuk).PNG

Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Sabbay Kep
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Day 9: 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. Kep-Kampot.png

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 25km / 15mi
Accommodation: Old Hotel Cinema
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Day 10: Departure

We recommend combining this bike tour with some beach time at Koh Rong Island, Cambodia, or Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, or departing in our support vehicle to Phnom Penh. Surcharge may apply.

Meals: B

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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

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

bike

Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

shuttle

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

meals

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

refreshments

Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.

entrance

Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.

E-bikes

E-bikes are available (subject to availability) on this trip at a surcharge.

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

Beverages

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

Gratuity

Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.

Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consist of the below bikes as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.

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Cannondale Trail 4 or similar

mountain

Included in your trip price

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Senior or similar

ebike

Available at a surcharge

Weather

Cambodia is a year-round cycling destination on account of its pleasant tropical climate. April and May can be hot, but for the rest of the year, the temperature hovers around 30°C. There is moderate rainfall from May to early November but it settles soon, leaving the weather cool and the countryside looking lush. November to February are the best time for cycling in South Vietnam with warm weather, clear blue skies, and a light ocean breeze blowing in from the Pacific.

January

Best

February

Best

March

Best

April

Good

May

Good

June

Good

July

Good

August

Good

September

Good

October

Good

November

Best

December

Best

Best

Good

Mixed

Offseason

Visa

Cambodia has three international gateways for arrival by air – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville – and a large number of land borders with neighboring Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. Formalities at Cambodia’s international airports are generally smooth.

Travelers can get a Cambodia visa upon arrival at the airport with a valid passport for 6 months and no longer need to have a pre-arrival COVID-19 test, present a full COVID-19 vaccination card/certificate, or a passenger's health declaration form on arrival in Cambodia. Remote electronic temperature-checking systems remain at the entry and exit gates for Immigration officers to check and advise passengers who may have COVID-19 symptoms.

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