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Day 1: Phnom Penh

Welcome to Cambodia! Upon arrival in airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of day is free for you to explore. Phnom Penh, known at one time as the most beautiful city in the Orient, is an appealing riverside capital of frenetic marketplaces and inviting sidewalk cafes. This evening, we will enjoy welcome dinner in local restaurant along the riverside. Overnight- Ohana Hotel

Day 2: Phnom Penh

Cycling 40km Odong - Kampong Chhanng After breakfast we are transferred 15km out of the city where we being our ride. We cycle on the back roads to visit Udong, the former capital of Cambodia(18 Centrury). There remains some of the previous king stupa stand high on the hill. We have lunch at the base of the hill before we continue our ride to Kompong Chhang. Kompong Chhnang, as its name suggests is famous of its unique symbol of claypots (Chhnang in Khmer) largely produced by the locals and sold throughout Cambodia. Surrounded by water for most of the time, the town is home to many floating villages along the river as well as some tremendous temple ruins. Overnight - Sovann Phum Hotel

Day 3:

KAMPONG CHHANNG- Cycling 60km Kampong Chhanng – Krakor We start our cycling about 20 mins transfer out oftown on the dirt road to Kdol. We stop to visit the local village in Kdol before continuing our cycling trip via a 4km challenging dirt road (some potholes and a small stream) We stop for lunch in the local village Bomnok. After lunch, we hit the dirt road again as we ride onto Krakor. We stop in the Krakor town to regroup before crossing the National Road No.5 and ride vai the back roads to visit the floating village in Kampong Luong. We finish our cycling for the day after visiting the floating village and transfer the last 30 minutes to Pursat (avoid cycling on the busy roads) for the evening. Overnight- Phnom Pech Hotel

Day 4:

PURSAT PROVINCIAL TOWN- Cycling 89km Krakor – Moung Roessei After breakfast, we start cycling straight from the hotel to Damnak Ampil.We follow one of the longest man made canals in Cambodia, about 60km. Made during during the Khmer Rouge regime where people were evacuated from the city to the countryside and forced to work hard in the fields from sunrise to sunset to reach their high targets of rice production. During this terrible time workers were underfed and as the result there were almost 3 million people died of starvation, diseases and mass killings. After arriving at Prek Chik, we turn right to Moung Roussei where we spend the night. Overnight- Guesthouse

A lady fishing in the river at Kompong Thom

Day 5: - Battambang

MOUNG ROUSSEI- Cycling 78km Moung Roessei - Battambang On our last long day of cycling we continue to Battambang, a province of Cambodia that is nestled in the northwest of the country boarding with Thailand. Known as the largest rice-producing province, its economy relies heavily on agricultural industry. On arrival, you will have chance to explore the Angkorian temples and sites ranging from magnificent temples to waterfalls. This afternoon on arrival in Battambang, you have free time to discover beautiful small town. Overnight Stung Sangke Hotel

Battambang street life by Greg Headley

Day 6: Battambang - Siem Reap

BATTAMBANG After breakfast we are transferred via the support vehicle to Siem Reap. On arrival we start cycling to Kampong Phluk, a cluster of three villages of stilts houses built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap lake about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap. The flooded mangrove forest that surrounds the areas is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. On the way back to Siem Reap, we will stop to visit Bakong Orphanage Center before returning to the hotel for dinner. Overnight- Angkor Paradise

Day 7: Siem Reap

Today we will enter the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple and marvel the wonders of the eerie Bayon, the terrace of Elephants and terrace of Leper King. Ta Prohm Temple unlike most of the other Angkor temples has been left just it was found. This afternoon we visit the famous Angkor Wat, built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. It is the largest and best-preserved temple at the site and the only temple to have remained a significant religious centre—first Hindu, then Buddhist—since its foundation. We enjoy a breathtaking sunset before heading back to our hotel. This evening, we will celebrate with our guide with a farewell dinner in local restaurant Overnight- Angkor Paradise

Day 8: Siem Reap

After Breakfast is free time until our arrangements end with a departure transfer to the airport.