Cycling is the best way to see real Cambodia. For this duration of 13 days,it would allow you to see most parts of Camboida,thus will provide you an inside of Cambodia’s life.
We cycle 680km on mostly back road through the countryside. Less than 50% of the road is dirt, with gravels and road along the Mekong river. The rest of the road is paved but we transfer on the highway to avoid the busy traffic.
Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap
Arrive in Siem Reap. Welcome by our Countryside Adventures Leader. Transfer to the hotels.
Afternoon, bit fitting and tour briefing. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (30km by bicycle)
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom .
While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples.
Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit . Angkor Thom built by Cambodia’s great king, Jayavarman VII. An eight-meter high wall encloses this ten square kilometre city, which is encircled by a moat. The famous Bayon, in the geographical heart of Angkor Thom, is a remarkable 54 tower temple. Initially the temple appears to be a shapeless mass of grey and brown stone, but it is only as you get closer that you realize every tower has the carved face of Avalokiteshvara on it.
After the visit, cycle to Angkor Wat to finish the small circuit. Stop at South Gate of Angkor Thom for taking photo. Access via a causeway over the moat that are flanked by statues of Gods on the left and devils on the right. Then visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. Angkor Wat is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in the form of massive ‘temple mountain’ dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Tonle Sap Lake – Kampong Phluk (50km)
Depart from the hotel, crossing the bridge at Old Market to cycle 15km toward Rolous Group. The first 2km, is on the tarmac road toward the bus station. Then, passing the rice field and the village. cycling to Tonle Sap Lake passing small road along the river through villages, pagodas and schools. This road is good for cycling as to avoid the busy traffic. After cycling 8km, turn right across the bridge to the main road as there is no further access on the small road. Continue cycling toward the lake about 3km (July-December) where the boat stop. (Note: January-June, the water is low and the boat will stop further 3km). Board on the boat to visit the village on water, school, fishing farm. After 1 hour boat drive. Return the Siem Reap on the main road to avoid cycling the same road. Afternoon, free at leisure to relax and enjoy complementary 30 minute massage. Dinner and overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Village Experience – Beng Mealea – Kampong Thom (60km)
Start cycling straight way and the highlight of the tour will be the villages, the enjoyable off road track, the people, the wonderfull smile of the children. The basket weaving, the palm trees useful for our farmers as they make their roof from the sugar palm leaves, they drink sugar palm juice and they can eat and cook the sugar palm fruit.
Arrive in the village community center. Meet with the community representative and local guide who share their free time from farming to help teaching the children and extra work in the community. Take the ox-cart riding to the rice field. Cambodian people use ox-cart to go to the rice field and carry the rice to their village. Meet with the farmer in the rice field to learn the rice planting process. In 2016, Cambodia has exported 550,000 Tones of rice. It is one of the main source of economy in Cambodia apart from tourism and garment industry. Normally it takes 3 months for the farmer to grow the rice. Exprience the rice harvesting with the farmers using the traditional rice cutter.
After the rice harvesting, walk through the rice field to see the vegetable planted by the farmers. Visit the farmer house to learn about traditional rice mill processing. Experience the traditional rice mill processing with the local farmer. Visit the local school. While their parents are working in the rice field, their children study at school.
After the visit, we cycle to local restaurant for lunch near Beng Mealea. Visit Beng Mealea temple hidden in the jungle surrounded by its mood 900 meters by 1,200 meters. Beng Mealea is a beautiful, charming temple. It has it own character which cannot be found in any other temple. We can feel very peaceful sitting inside the temple as we can get rid of the many tourists at Angkor area. Transfer on the National Road No.6 to Kampong Thom. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Thom.
Day 5: Kampong Thom – Kampong Cham (93km)
After breakfast, we transfer 45 minutes on the National Road No.6 to avoid busy traffic. Then we start cycling from Kampong Thmor 28km through many farming of casava, sweet potatos, peanuts and rubber plantation. Turn left at Chamkar Leu district town to cycle another 32km on quiet sealed road through the pagodas, and villages. Lunch in Stung Trong, the ferry town on the Mekong River. Afternoon, cycle a bit on the dirt road to follow the Mekong River before reaching the sealed road again where we stop at Han Chey hilltop temple where remained massgrave from the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). After the water and snack stop, we cycle to complete the last 33km in the afternoon to our hotel where we enjoy the swimming pool and cold Angkor beers. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Cham.
Day 6: Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh (91km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today the scenery of the route is one of the best as we cycle to follow along the Mekong River all the way. We passes many villages to see the people and the children who always like to come out and say hello. After cycling 30km on a mixed sealed and dirt road, we make stop in another ferry town Peam Chikong located on the Mekong River. The route after is all the way dirt with mixed gravels and can be mud during rainy season. We enjoy picnic lunch in one of the village along the Mekong River. After the 50km on the dirt road, we cycle the final 11km on a small sealed road. Then we reach the National Road No.6 again and we transfer 45 minutes to Phnom Penh to avoid the busy traffic. Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Phnom Penh City Tour (No Cycling)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day for Cambodian cyclists who join Tour de Cambodia. For Interanational cyclists, explore this bustling city’s major sights including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Afternoon, visit Toul Sleng genocide museum and Stung Mean Chey pagoda located on the outskirt where the monks help children with HIV/AIDS and their family. Late afternoon, visit Choeung Ek killing fields located near the project site. Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh. (BLD)
Day 8: Phnom Penh – Takeo (63km)
Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer 30 minutes out off the busy traffic in Phnom Penh. We start cycling from the Killing Field 9km on the sealed road but not onthe National Road. Then follow the canal on the dirt road.Today the cycling is on mixed sealed road and dirt road but it is good as we get rid of the busy traffic and we enjoy cycling more through the countryside which is perfectly green from May to December. Afer cycling 27km, we arrive at Tonle Bati where we stop to visit the 12th century Ta Phrom and Yeay Pov temples. Then we cycle another 16km to visit the hilltop Phnom Chisor temple built in 11th Century. It has a nice panaromic view on the top of the hill. Picnic lunch at the hilltop. After lunch, we cycle to enjoy another 10km through the countryside and the villages before arriving at the lodge. Dinner and overnight in Takeo.
Day 9: Takeo-Kep (86km)
After breakfast. We cycle to visit Ta Mok house located in the middle of Takeo lake. Ta Mok was the general commander of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979. He continued to control the Khmer Rouge army until 1998 when Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge top leader died and all the Khmer Rouge forces have been demobilized into the government foces. He died in prison a few year laters after he was arrested in 1998. Today, we cycle through other scenery passing the cement factory, Tany town. We have lunch in Kampong Trach district. Afternoon, we turn left at Damnak Chang Eu and continue to cycle to the beach town Kep. Dinner and overnight in Kep.
Day 10: Kep – Kampot (25km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we cycle a few Km to take the boat to the off-shore Rabbit island. The boat takes 20 minutes, we enjoy swmming and realxing at the beach before having sea food for lunch. After lunch, walk along the beach. Kep is a less travel beach town and the beach at Rabbit island is nice. Afternoon, we transfer by boat to the mainland and cycle to Kampot, the province of salt, pepper and durian. Dinner and overnight in Kampot.
Day 11: Kampot – Sihanouk Ville (105km)
Breakfast at the hotel. After an easy and relax the day before, today is our final challenge to cycle 57km on a good sealed road but not busy. The scenery along the road is good as we cycle along Bokor Mountain range. We leave the mountains in the backdrop, then we stop for lunch in Veal Rinh town before turning left to the National Road No.4. The last 48 km is on the main road and we have a police motorbike to lead. The first 33km is more flat but the last 15km is uphills. Finally we arrive at our bungalow to enjoy the cold beers and it has private beach. Dinner to celebrate and overnight in Sihanouk Ville.
Day 12: Sihanouk Ville – Free Day
Breakfast at the bungalow. Free day to enjoy the swimming and relaxing at the beach.
Day 13: Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh
Breakfast at the bungalow. Free until transfer to Phnom Penh for departure flight.
Package cost in U.S dollar per person:
Group size: 02 -04: $ 1450
Group size: 05 -08: $ 1350
Group size: 09 -12: $ 1250
Tour Price Includes
– Accommodation 3* & 4* stars in sharing room, nice guesthouse in Takeo
– Support van, cool box, back up service
– Water & snack, cold drink (Coke light etc.,)
– Cycling experienced guide
– Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (breakfasts, lunch and dinner)
– All boat tickets and boat trips
– All entrance fee and temple pass
– International Flights
– Departure Tax $25 (international)
– Visa Fees $30 (issued on arrival)
– Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
– Tips for guides.
– Personal travel insurance
– Any services not mentioned in itinerary