Cycling 7 days from Bangkok – Siem Reap. Spend a night in Thailand before crossing the border. Once we cross the sleepy border we ride into the Khmer heartland to explore rural Cambodia. Discover the fading colonial outpost of Battambang and journey by boat across the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), which is the beating heart of agricultural Cambodia, with the highlight being the 3 full days exploring the temple complexes and history of Angkor.
We depart from our meeting point in Bangkok and transfer down to Soi Dao a scenic area, in Chantaburi province, that borders Cambodia with only the Cardamon Mountains separating the two countries. This area is great for biking and we have a chance to ride to help blow away those travelling cobwebs.
Today we ride about 40 km to the border, this is an area where very few foreigners visit and the pace of life is slow and relaxed – just right for a bike trip. We cross into Cambodia and ride 17 km to Pailin set in the attractive Chour Phnom Kravanh (Cardamom) foothills. The views of the mountains make for a very pretty ride.
Ride east to Battambang. This is really rural Cambodia with lots of mango orchard, corn, and peanut and of course paddy fields. The ride itself has some great views as we ride along red dirt roads past the Cardamon mountains, one the wildest areas in Cambodia. We will cross streams and bridges and really get a feeling of riding into un-chartered territory. Lunch at Wat Phnom Sampeau and after eating we have a chance to visit the temple which is atop a limestone outcrop. Finally we reach Battambang, Cambodia’s second city, a sleepy backwater full of a faded colonial buildings and charm. This is a tough ride on an unpaved surface with lots of potholes – but we have full van support for anyone who does not wish to ride the whole way.
If water levels permit, today‘s journey is by boat as we cross the Tonle Sap towards the lost city of Angkor. The Great Lake is the beating heart of Cambodia and we cruise past floating villages and sunken forests before arriving at Siem Reap.
Ride to the Angkor Temple complex before starting the Grand Circuit which includes Angkor Thom, the South Gate, the Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. After a picnic lunch continue to cycle to Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm, and Ta Keo and back to Siem Reap. We do stop at each major temple area and you will have plenty of time to explore and take pictures. At sunset we return to the temples by car for a sunset view from Phnom Bakheng.
Leave Siem Reap by bike and enter the temple complex by an alternative route and much quieter gate. We then ride through the complex taking some smaller roads. Once we leave the main complex we enter into the countryside and we turn off the main tourist road to Banteay Srei. On the way we have a chance to visit Banteay Samre often missed but well worth a visit. This is one of the best rides on the tour. We stop at Banteay Srei for a well-earned rest before continuing on to Kbal Spean (River of 1,000 Lingas), hiking to the top to view the riverbed carvings. After a picnic lunch we transfer by bus back to Siem Reap.
This morning cycle to the small village of Kro Bey Real and another chance to ride in the countryside surrounding Siem Reap. After we head to the Tonle Sap and take a short cruise through the floating villages. (If water levels are too low to visit the floating village we will visit the Roulus group of temples). On the return ride we will ride on the opposite bank of the river passing through many of the local communities before arriving back in Siem Reap.
Group tour departures on Sundays
Private tours can be arranged
Accommodation and meals as specified; cycle hire; support by air conditioned vehicles; water and snacks whilst riding; entrance to museums and sites mentioned, Cambodian /English speaking guide.
Total Distance: 308 km
Number of cycling days: 3 full days and 3 half-days
Road Surface: This tour mostly follows asphalt roads and sometimes broken road or vehicle-width dirt roads, which may be smooth, gritty, stony, rocky, rutted, loose or hard- packed.
Support: Full vehicle support
Group: Minimum 4. Maximum 16.
Staff: Local staff English-speaking guides, drivers and assistants. Temple guide is also included when visiting temple complex.
Food: All meals are included from Lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7. Except dinner on day 5.
Children: Children under 18 years old are not allowed to join this tour.
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