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Cambodia Cycling Tour – 13 Days

Cambodia Cycling Tour starts in Siem Reap where mountain bikes are prepared and the guide will brief on the cycling tour. Discover Angkor temple complex both on the back road and shady road with tree lines. There are one temple in every km, so it won’t be boring. From Siem Reap, we will cross Tonle Sap lake by boat to see the floating village. During the Cambodia Adventure trip, you will be able to have local experience taking the bamboo train in Kampong Chhnang, then cycle the beautiful part of the countryside to Phnom Penh. We ride approximately 517 km mostly on off roads and sometimes broken road or vehicle-width dirt roads, which may be smooth, gritty, stony, rocky, rutted, loose or hard-packed. The trip is one of the best trip to explore the whole Cambodia on the 2 wheels. We visit not just the Angkor historical park but also Phnom Penh and the southern part of Takeo, the former capital of Khmer Empire in the first century then the beach from Kep, Kampot to Sihanuk Ville.

Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap  ( D )
Arrive at Siem Reap airport and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner at the restaurant in Siem Reap .

Day 2 : Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (30km by bicycle) ( B , L )
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 (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. 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. Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the 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 (45 minutes-1 hour). 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) ( B , L )
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 by your own account and overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 4 : Beng Mealea and Village Experience (59km) ( B  , L , D )
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. Return back to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 5 : Siem Reap-Kampong Chhnang (18km) ( B , L , D )
Early morning, transfer to board the speedboat on Tonle Sap to Kampong Chhnang. Visit the floating village and then cycling to town. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, take a ride on a bamboo train, a local way of transportation to carry people. Then visit the traditional village where they make pottery. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Chhnang.

Day 6 : Kampong Chhnang-Phnom Penh (90km)  ( B , L , D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Cycle through one of the most beautiful countryside. Take the bamboo train and cycle to visit Udong, the former capital of Cambodia in 18 century. There remains some of the previous king stupa stand high on the hill. Enjoy picnic lunch at the food of the hill. Afternoon, transfer the last 30 minutes to Phnom Penh to avoid the busy traffic. Dinner & overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 7 : Phnom Penh City Tour (35 km by van) ( B , L )
Explore this bustling city’s major sights by van, including Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. In the afternoon cycle to the Independence Monument, Tuol Sleng Museum and Choeung Ek killing fields.

Day 8 : Phnom Penh – Takeo (85 km by bicycle) ( B , L , D)
Cycle to Tonle Bati for a picnic lunch before heading to Phnom Chiso. The summit can be reached via a 180-step climb and offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Later we arrive at Takeo for the night.

Day 9 : Takeo – Kep (80 km by bicycle) ( B , L , D )
Breakfast in Takeo. We transfer to start cycling off road along the villages, the countryside, the rice fields to enjoy the scenery when it keep changing from village to village and from one water stop to another. All the chidren are cheering along the routes. We stop for lunch along the way. Late afternoon, we cycle the final 11km on paved road toward the beach. Dinner and over night in Kep.

Day 10: Kep – Kampot (25 km by bicycle) ( B , L , D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Here we take a boat trip to the beautiful Rabbit Island for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. After lunch, we board the boat back to the mainland about 30minutes. Then cycle 25km to Kampot. We have a water stop at Phnom Sia limestone caves before arriving at Kampot, the town of pepper and durian. Dinner and overnight in Kampot.

Day 11: Kampot – Bokor – Sihanoukville (53 km) ( B , L )
Drive through the fertile Bokor National Park with its abandoned hill station, stopping for lunch at Po Pok Vil Waterfalls for some respite. Cycle on the quiet road from Bokor to Veal Rihn, the junction of the National Road No.4. From here, it is getting busier, be caution for the traffic. In the afternoon we arrive at the quiet beach resort town of Sihanoukville.

Day 12: Sihanoukville – Ream (56km) ( B , L , D )
Today we cycle to the Ream Maritime National Park with mangrove forests, offshore coral reefs and fishing villages. Explore the jungles and mangrove swamps by boat, a fishing village and a small tropical island. Later we boat back to port and cycle to Sihanoukville.

Day 13: Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh Departure ( B )
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the swimming and walking on the calm beach before transfer to Phnom Penh for departure flight.

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Tour Included
* English Speaking tour leader (other languages upon requests)
* All accommodations base on twin-share at hotel , guesthouse , homestay
* Meals detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast , L = Lunches ,D = Dinners)
* A/C transfers and transportation.
* Boat trip mention in itinerary
* Mountain bicycle and helmet
* Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
* Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
* Spare bike
* Cold water box, small fresh towel.
* Mineral water drinking.
* Seasonal fruits.
* Snacks

Tour Excluded:
* International airfares
* Travel insurance
* Accommodation not in tour
* Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
* Mineral water beyond that supplied
* Optional excursions
* Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
* Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
* Visa fees
* Departure taxes
* Tipping for guiding

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