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Explore Real Cambodia By Bike – 10 Days

Explore Real Cambodia By Bike  – The trip will start in Phnom Penh where mountain bikes are prepared and the guide will brief on the cycling tour. We ride and hike approximately less than 300km mostly on tarmac road, there are some potholes and sandy road. The hiking is less than 50% climb and the rest is flat. We cross Tonle Sap lake from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. The trip is one of the best trip to explore whole Cambodia on the 2 wheels. We visit Angkor historical park, Phnom Penh and the southern beach from Kep, Kampot. Sleep in home-stay, to experience rural Cambodia at its most authentic with trekking at Kirirom National Park while discovering the breathtaking nature and landscape, 40m high water fall, variety of plants and animals.

Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh (35km by  van) ( D )
Arrive at Phnom Penh airport and transfer to your hotel. Explore this bustling city’s major sights by bike including National Museums of Khmer Arts, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide S21.

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Takeo – Kampot (60 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. Transfer to Kampot for overnight.

Day 3: Kampot – Kep (35 km by bicycle) ( B , L , D )
Leaving Kampot we head for the Phnom Sia limestone caves before arriving at the seaside town of Kep. Here we take a boat trip to the beautiful Rabbit Island for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. Overnight home-stay.

Day 4: Kep – Kirirom National Park (80km) ( B , L , D )
After breakfast, transfer to Kirirom National Park to hike 2-3 hours on Dat Chivit Mountain, to visit the area with the ranger. Enjoy variety of different attractions including a 40m high water fall, variety of plants and animals while discovering the breathtaking nature and landscape. Return to Chambok to stay overnight at home-stay and experience rural Cambodia at its most authentic.

Day 5: Kirirom – Phnom Penh (25km) ( B , L , D )
After breakfast, visit Chombok community activities with the representative of the project to learn about the indigenous culture and the history of the area and the daily life of the people living in the community before driving back to Phnom Penh. Visit Cheung Ek Killing Field by bike. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 6: Phnom Penh-Siem Reap (18km) ( B , L , D )
Early morning, transfer to board the speedboat on Tonle Sap lake to Siem Reap (7h00-13h00). Upon arrival, cycle 18km to check in at the hotel. Afternoon, free at leisure to wander around the town on your own. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: 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 8: 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 or enjoy complementary 30 minute massage and overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 9: Beng Mealea and Village Experience (65 km)  ( 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 10: Siem Reap Departure ( B )
After breakfast. Free until transfer 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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