Trek, Cycle and Sightsee
FROM: USD $2,145

Cycle Cambodia - 14 days

This leisurely cycling tour of Cambodia offers the opportunity to experience the very best of Cambodia, from Angkor Wat to the Cardamom Mountains. Explore backroads and village trails amongst the breathtaking temples of the Angkor Complex, ride through national parks and jungle trails, enjoy some R&R in Kampot and end your adventure with a sunset cruise on the Mekong in Phnom Penh.

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Siem Reap - cycle amongst the amazing temples at the Angkor Complex including iconic Angkor Wat
Cruise on the Kampot River with the option to kayak
Phnom Penh - visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum on a guided tour and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong River
Ride through the rural heart of Cambodia, taking in Battambang, Kampong Chhnang, Kirirom National Park, Chi Phat and the Cardamom Mountains
Kep - free day to enjoy the beach on the island of Koh Tonsay (aka Rabbit Island)

Included

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners.
11 nights hotels, guesthouses and bungalows, 2 nights homestay
10 days of biking - 20% off road - 90% vehicle supported. Covering 260 kms (163 miles)
A support vehicle and driver
All other transportation by car and boat as required
A local English-speaking professional cycle guide
A single timed group arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 14 (please refer to the trip notes for further information)
Bike hire - a Trek 3700 (or Giant equivalent) mountain bike
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Group size: minimum: 6 / maximum: 15

Not Included

International flights and visa
Cycling helmet (bring your own)
Tip for your tour and cycle guides. Please refer to the tipping information in the Trip Notes for information. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: Approx. USD$100

Itinerary

Day 1

Siem Reap

Arrive into Siem Reap Airport and make your way to the hotel. A single group airport transfer is offered, usually in the late morning (please refer to the Trip Notes for details). Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Siem Reap. Siem Reap is the gateway to Cambodia’s vast and spectacular Angkor Temple Complex, which is undoubtedly one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. The town itself is a popular tourist destination which is easily navigated on foot, with colourful and bustling markets, lots of bars and restaurants.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Dinner

Day 2

Cycle to Banteay Srei

During our time in Siem Reap we'll enjoy several bike excursions, exploring the Angkor Complex and beyond. Today we ride out to Banteay Srey, one of the most unusual temples of Angkor. It lies 23km north east of Angkor Wat and is built largely of red sandstone, which is covered with elaborate and intricate carvings.

After we've explored the temple and had lunch, we take a short bus ride and then walk beside one of the tributaries of the Siem Reap River to the site known as the ‘Thousand Lingas River’. Rocks on either side of the stream and even under the water have been intricately carved. The carvings represent epic Hindu themes; including Shiva, Nandi (Shiva’s bull), as well as the innumerable phalluses. A refreshing dip in a waterfall is the ideal way to end the day.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Angkor Wat

Today we cycle to the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. This architectural master piece was built in the 12th century, took 30 years to complete and represents the Khmer civilization at its grandest. Covering 81 hectares, it is one of the largest religious monuments ever built. We will spend some time looking around the site and then, at sunset, we will climb the pyramid at Pre Rup. As the sun goes down, the majestic reddish hues of the temple are intensified and views of the surrounding rice fields of the Eastern Barray are quite stunning.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Rural ride to the Roluos temples

Today, we cycle through the countryside, past several small villages, to the Roluos Temples. These are some of the earliest temples built by the Khmers (between 877 and 889) and mark the dawn of Khmer classical art. Amongst the most important temples in this group are: Lolei, Preah Ko, Bakong and the little-known Chao Srei Vibol. We explore the temple of Bakong, which is one of the most remote of the temples. There’s lots to see here, including an active Buddhist monastery at one of the entrances. We will have lunch at a traditional Khmer house in the countryside. In the afternoon, we will cycle back to Siem Reap.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Angkor Thom

This morning we cycle to Angkor Thom, a monumental fortified city which is encircled by a 100m wide moat and is famed for the huge statue heads that glare down from every angle. In Angkor Thom we will see the fabulous Bayon Temple with its metre-high, stone-carved faces of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

After lunch we have the opportunity to visit the lesser known sites hidden in the forest on foot and by bike. The Phimeanakas Temple is reached by a short walk through the jungle and is a 3-tiered laterite pyramid. At dinner this evening we'll be entertained by traditional Khmer Apsara dancers.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Tonle Sap to Battambang

Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake - Battambang. This morning we travel to Tonle Sap Lake, where we board the public speedboat which takes us on the Sangkae River to Battambang. Tonle Sap is the largest lake in South-East Asia and it's home to several floating villages with stilted houses. Travelling by boat is a simple, yet rewarding way to gain an insight into the lifestyles of the Cambodian people, whose livelihoods are dependant on the lake and river. Depending on water levels, our journey takes between 6 and 8 hours. We spend the night at a hotel in Battambang.
Overnight: Battambang  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Kampong Chhnang

Battambang - Kampong Chhnang. This morning we take a scenic ride through traditional riverside villages to the 11th century temple of Wat Ek, which is a popular pilgrimage and picnic site for Khmers. After lunch, we leave Battambang province and drive along the Tonle Sap to the easy-going town of Kampong Chhnang. Literally translated, Kampong Chhnang means ‘Clay Pot Port’ and it is famous for its distinctive pottery. In the late afternoon, we stroll to the river port, with its floating houses and numerous fishing boats and can get a real feel for traditional Cambodia.
Overnight: Kampong Chhnang  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Kirirom National Park

Kampong Chhnang - Kirirom National Park. This morning we take a ride through paddy fields and plantations fringed with palm trees, stopping at small villages along the way which produce pottery. In the afternoon, we leave the Kampong province and transfer to Kirirom National Park. With its lush and elevated location, the Kirirom National Park has a real escapism feel to it, with stunning views across to the Cardamom Mountains. We spend the night at a hillside resort in the park.
Overnight: Kirirom National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Kirirom park ride

Kirirom National Park - Chi Phat. After breakfast we explore the Kirirom National Park by bike, looking out for the resident monkeys, elephants and even leopards. This a challenging ride on tarmac roads and there is lot of ascent. The support vehicle is on hand if anyone needs to take a break. After our ride, we leave the park and travel by car and river-boat into the Cardamom Mountains. Our destination is the village of Chi Phat, in Koh Kong province. The village was once a forced labour camp until the regime of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. We overnight at a local community project homestay in Chi Phat.
Overnight: Chi Phat (homestay)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Chi Phat

Chi Phat is located at the heart of Southeast Asia’s largest remaining area of rainforest, in the southern Cardamom Mountains. Today we cycle on hidden trails through the jungle. It's a challenging ride and there are some sections where we will have to push our bikes. We also have the chance to swim in the clear waters of an idyllic natural pool below O’Malu Waterfall and visit the village of O’Kay, where elephants often feed. We spend a second night at the homestay in Chi Phat.
Overnight: Chi Phat (homestay)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Kampot River Cruise

Chi Phat - Kampot. This morning we bid farewell to our homestay hosts and cycle on a dirt trail to Andoung Teuk where we meet our vehicle and drive to the sleepy, riverside town of Kampot. Kampot is a former colonial settlement, 30kms from the coast, where beautifully-restored buildings stand side by side with crumbling French ruins. After lunch, we take a boat ride on the Kampot River, passing lush green palms, small villages and local fishermen, en route to our riverside bungalow accommodation. During the course of the day, we also have the chance to kayak on the quiet waters of the river.
Overnight: Kampot  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Beach time in Kep

Kampot - Koh Tonsay - Kampot. We say goodbye to the bikes today and have a short transfer to the laid-back, coastal town of Kep. Here, we find a fusion of faded French Indo-China and a real seaside atmosphere, set beside a tropical sea. From Kep, we take a 30 minute boat ride to Koh Tonsay, aka Rabbit Island, where we can enjoy some well deserved R&R on the 250 metre stretch of palm fringed beach. In the evening, we return to our bungalow accommodation at Kampot.
Overnight: Kampot  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Phnom Penh

Kampot - Phnom Penh. After breakfast, we travel to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. A guided tour takes in the highlights of the city including the distinctive Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Alternatively, the Russian and French markets can be an option for those keen to practice their haggling skills! At sunset, we take a boat ride on the Mekong, admiring the Phnom Penh skyline and its Royal Palace, as the sun goes down. Overnight at a hotel in Phnom Penh.
Overnight: Phnom Penh  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Phnom Penh

Our Cambodian adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. A single group transfer to Phnom Penh Airport is provided, usually shortly after midday (please refer to the Trip Notes for details).
Breakfast

Is This Holiday For You?

This holiday involves leisurely cycling on back roads and dirt trails between the temples and villages that we visit, this is our easiest biking holiday. We ride for an average of just 25km each day, with the emphasis on sightseeing. The most challenging days are in the Kirirom National Park and in the foothills of the Cardamom Mountains, where we will encounter some slightly more rolling terrain and easy forest tracks. The day in the Kirirom National Park involves a lot of ascent on a tarmac road. Clients finding this day to be difficult can take advantage of the support vehicle. Anyone who rides a bike occasionally will manage this holiday. Vehicle support is available for most of the route.

Bikes (Trek 3700 with front suspension, V-brakes and Shimano components) are provided locally within the cost of the holiday.

Please read the Trip Notes for further information about this cycling holiday, including the distance and duration that you'll be cycling each day, bike requirements and bike hire.

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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Siem Reap
Ends
Phnom Penh
Departs
Sundays - October to February
Hotel Rating
Simple hotels, guesthouses, homestays
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a cycle guide
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 11, Dinner: 12
Visiting
Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Chhnang, Kirirom National Park, Chi Phat, Kampot, Phnom Penh
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017