Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap ( D )
When we arrive at the International Airport in Siem Reap, we are driven to your hotel. Siem Reap, which means “defeat of Siam”, is the most prosperous region in today’s Cambodia. After checking in we have free time at the pool or a walk through the old market. In the evening, we enjoy the creative local cuisine at Marum Restaurant (Marun is NGO that has been working with street children and other marginalized young people).
Day 2: Cycling to Angkor Archaeology Park ( B, L ) - 35 km biking
After breakfast at the hotel, you start biking the morning temple exploration at the most illustrious temple with fewer crowds. First, you will visit Ta Prohm which is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found- overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the so-called Tomb Raider Temple, as it was used during the filming of the movie, one of the most picturesque and memorable temples of the Angkor complex. You will then head out to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, and enter the city through the ancient Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. From here, continue to Bayon Temple, found in the center of the city famed for the enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. You will take a break at lunch and stop at the local restaurant to enjoy tasteful Cambodian dishes. Lastly, you will bike to the gem of the Angkor complex, Angkor Wat. Following your tour guide, you will be mesmerized by the rich history and symbolism of this unique ancient temple. Afterward, you will return to your hotel.
Day 3: Cycling to Banteay Srei & Kbal Spean ( B, L ) - 75 km biking
Today, our bike tour takes us on unpaved roads through rural villages. We continue on a flat road for about 7 km to the temple of Banteay Samre. From there it goes back on unpaved roads through attractive villages, along with rice fields, and to the temple Banteay Srey, which is located outside the actual temple city and is made of pink sandstone. The roads are peaceful, narrow, and very pretty to Bantey Srei. There are plenty of beautiful and real countryside views to see along the way as you cycle pass the local markets, schools, villages, and Buddhist temples. Take a water break under the shade of the tree before we reach Bantey Srei, which is known as the citadel of women. This red sandstone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings, which have been preserved remarkably well. Enjoy your lunch at the foot of the mountain before taking a short transfer to Kbal Span. Then trek uphill into the jungle trail for 3 km to the waterfall and the River of Thousand Lingas. You can see the carvings on the riverbed and waterfall and return to Siem Reap by transfer.
Day 4: Cycling & boat tour to the floating village ( B, L ) - 45 km biking
This morning, we embark on the Siem Reap backroads to the former Angkor city Roulous Group. The temple was the center of Khmer civilization and was built by the Angkorian king in the 8th century. We explore the three main temples here – Lolei, Preah Ko, and Bakong temple. We’ll eat lunch at a local house before we continue another 12 km to Tonle Sap lake to take a short cruise to Kampong Phluk to see the floating villages, where you have an opportunity to learn about life on the water. Tonle Sap Lake is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and a unique way of life for those living on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, which is recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. During the year, the lake has supplied the water to several provinces to do agriculture. In the rainy season, the lake serves as big water storage and water flows out through its branches from the lake to the Mekong River down To the China Ocean. En route, we take the back road to Siem Reap. The road is the most peaceful part, and you will ride pass many stilted houses and pagodas to make this final ride of today full of joys.
Day 5: Siem Reap cycle to Kampong Thom and Phnom Penh ( B, L ) - 45 km biking
Today, we start the day with a 2.5-hour drive to Kampong Thom, where hop on our bikes, and ride through the ancient temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk, one of the most important pre-Angkorian sites in Cambodia and soon become the next UNESCO world heritage Site. The temple was built in the Chenla period between the 6th and 7th centuries. After our guide will lead a tour through the temples, we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we have a beautiful ride through rice paddies and small villages with locals greeting us as we cycle by. We then hop back into our van for a 4-hour transfer to Phnom Penh, the city is considered one of the most beautiful cities as it still retains a colonial charm flat. Cambodia’s capital is the bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Lake. The city contains many colonial-era buildings that reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinated way.
Day 6: Phnom Penh, Bike tour to the Silk Island ( B, L ) - 28 km biking
Today we escape from hustle and bustle city and cross the river by ferry boat, making our way towards the north of Phnom Penh and the Silk Islands. After arriving on land, We will bike through orchards and vegetable farms, enjoying the peaceful farmland and learning about the lives of the people who call the Silk Islands home. Along the way, we will park our bikes for some interesting cultural stops as we check out traditional village industries and get a better sense of authentic Cambodian life on these islands. The cooling calm of the island is not only a great respite: it’s also a fun way to learn more about Cambodia’s silk weaving history, stroll through quiet villages, relax on the river or go for a dip. In the afternoon, we enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the city. Your afternoon will be leisure until set off on a sunset cruise along the Phnom Penh riverfront. Take in the sights and sip cocktails, beer, or soft drinks as you get a unique overview of Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Phnom Penh Cycling To Takeo ( B, L ) - 65 km biking
This morning we take a short transfer away from the early morning hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh to Killing Fields, an extermination camp for political prisoners during the terror reign of the Khmer Rouge. We then start our ride through Takeo province where we will have time to explore the small yet picturesque Angkorian temples of Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau. Enjoy lunch there before continuing south towards Takeo, en-route, visit Chiso Mountain, where you can climb a 180-step to the top of the mountain to explore the well-preserved ruins of a 10th-century Angkorian temple. Enjoy a panoramic view of the countryside, then we transfer to Takeo to our overnight there.
Day 8: Takeo Cycling to Kep ( B, L ) - 75 km biking
Today, We’ll hop on our bikes and begin the cycling journey to the charming coastal town of Kep. We then spend the day cycling through the back roads pass villages and some beautiful limestone karst scenery, picturesque villages including some ethnic Cham settlements and endless rice fields. We then stop at Kampong Trach to visit the pagoda of Wat Kirisehla, set in the shadows of a karst limestone formation and we continue to cycle to the famous Kampot Pepper plantation for which the area is known. The region’s soil is well-suited for growing the plants and the resulting crop of black, red, and white pepper is well-known for its aroma. After our visit, we continue to the old colonial coastal town of Kep and you’ll have the option to hike through the Kep National Park, trekking through trails over a small mountain range with stunning views of Kep’s beach.
Day 9: Kep Cycling to Kampot ( B, L ) - 35 km biking
This morning, we’ll start our ride on a tarmac road, then continue on dirt and gravel to reach Secret Lake – a man-made reservoir. Then, we continue our ride to the pepper plantation located in a protected and privileged rural environment, with a breathtaking view and luxurious tropical garden. Explore the farm with a local expert to learn more about the growing techniques and the origin of the different colors of peppercorns as well as to understand the traditional and organic growing methods. After taking some time to explore, we’ll have lunch at the farm before transferring to the town of Kampot and exploring Kampot town at our leisure.
Day 10: Kampot cycling & kayaking tour ( B, L ) - 25 km biking
After breakfast, we cycle along the river enabling you to enjoy peaceful Kampot to its fullest and to take in its natural surroundings and local livelihoods. You’ll meet locals who create baskets made out of raw materials and then head to the river. After cycling along the water, you’ll make your way across the river with your bike via boat! Finish the tour off by kayaking on a river and a chance to go swimming.
Day 11: Kampot to Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Island ( B, L ) - 55 km biking
Today we depart from the hotel in the southern direction for Sihanoukville. We ride on the tarmac road with the buzz of day-to-day life in Cambodia of the view of the coastline. The blue of the Gulf of Thailand at your left always wakes you up from the hot weather of today as the road is a bit wide open from the shade of the tree. We’ll have lunch at the local hut to the sleepy houses along the way as your lunch will be offered very tasty Khmer food. After lunch, you will be transferred to Sihanoukville to catch up on the speed boat to Koh Rong Island. For the rest of the day, enjoy your leisure at the beach as today is the last day of a bike ride with your cycling guide.
Day 12: Free day on the beautiful Island ( B )
Today is the free day of cycling. You can take the boat to explore life underneath the water and relax at the beach at your leisure.
Day 13: Transfer to Phnom Penh - Departure ( B )
Today, gather for one final breakfast at our hotel, followed by goodbyes with your guides. Our tour concludes today with a transfer to Phnom Penh. Take the day to reflect upon the rewarding cycling, beautiful coastal views, and cultural immersion this tour has provided! We can transfer you to the airport for departure or drop you in Phnom Penh city for more adventure ( also you can stay longer on the beach or continue to Vietnam ) and END THE TOUR.
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