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Siem Reap Cycling To Vientiane – 10 days

Siem Reap Cycling To Vientiane  .Tour starts from Angkor, Cambodia to cycle through eastern part of Thailand and finishes in Vientiane, the Laos capital. We start cycling to visit Angkor complex and former Khmer Rouge strong hold, then to Surin. From there, we cycle to visit the Elephant Village and cycle on the most beatiful rural part of Thailand to enjoy the scenery, the endless sugar cane farm and casava. We aim to take tourists to see REAL Cambodia, Thailand through the northeastern part of Thailand UNTOUCHED by tourists. This trip is suitable for both road bike and mountain bike as the rural roads in Thailand is very small but nicely paved and in good conditions comparing to the rural roads in neighboring Cambodia and Laos. The cycling routes for this trip is relatively flat with maximum altitude 180m high.

Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival
Pick you up from Siem Reap airport and transfer to hotel for check in . O / N in Siem Reap .

Day 2 :  Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (30km by bikes ) ( 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 and overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 4 : Landmines Museum – Anlung Veang (80km) ( B , L , D )
Depart from the hotel on the main road. After a few Km, we cycle on rural road which is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda, the scenery is one of the beautiful to see REAL life in Cambodia. We make water stop at the Landmines Museum to see Akira museum to learn about the recent history of the civil war in Cambdia. During the war which started in 1970s and the Khmer Rouge regime took control from 1975 to 1979, there were almost 3 millions people died. Most of the them because the Khmer Rouge killed them, and they starved the people and so many people died of sickness too. The civil war was lasted in 1998 when Pol Pot died and during this 3 decades of civil war, there were 10 millions mines in Cambodia. The population by that time was 10 million. Mr. Akira. Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors’ donation to fund his work. So far, more than 60% of the landmines have been de-mined. The second water stop is lunch. Then we cycle to Anlung Veang, the last strong hold of the Khmer Rouge. Overnight in Anlung Veng.

Day 5 : Anlung Veng – Surin (85km) ( B , L , D )
After breakfast, we prepare to cycle to cross the border from Cambodia to Thailand. We make a quick visit to Ta Mok’s house the former Khmer Rouge General Commander who died in prison in Phnom Penh. At km10, we cycle up hill about 5km to visit Pol Pot’s grave, the former top leader of the Khmer Rouge who died in 1998 at this last strong hold. Then we reach to the Cambodia – Thailand border. We say goodbye to Cambodia driver and make the immigration process. In Thailand, we have to cycle on the left and the route from the border is steep down hill with some sharp curves. After the down hill, we make a water stop. From there, the route is relatively flat. We stop for lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, we continue cycling until 85km and transfer 30minutes to Surin town to avoid the busy traffic. Dinner and overnight in Surin.

Day 6 : Surin to Roi Et (80km) ( B , L , D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Get ready and start cycling from our hotel by taking back road. Soon we get to quiet small road which is suitable for cycling. We stop for water and visit “Ban Chang” means Elephant Village and learn how elephants connect with the people in the village. The villagers should to take good care of the elephants but not riding. Afternoon, we continue cycling on the quiet road to complete 80km. Dinner and overnight in Roi Et.

Day 7 : Roi Et to Khon Kaen (79km) ( B , L , D )
Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer about 30 minutes from the busy part of the town, then set off our bikes to cycle off the main road along the beatiful rice fields. This part of Surin and Khon Kaen are the biggest part to produce rice where the road to Udon Thani has more farming of sugar canes and casava. We stop for lunch about Km 50 and after lunch we cycle the last 29km to our hotel to relax at the pool. Dinner and overnight in Khon Kaen.

Day 8 : Khon Kaen to Udon Thani (85km) ( B , L , D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we cycle on the most beautiful part of rural Thailand from one villages to another and we stop to take photos quite often. Afternoon, we cycle through many nice scenery starting with rice fields, endless sugar palm farm and casava. Then we reach to the villages and out to the farms and fields again as the scenery keep changing. There are a bit of down hills and up hills but not much climb just about 150m to 300m high. Dinner and overnight in Khon Kaen.

Day 9 : Udon Thani to Vientiane (90km) ( B , L , D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we cycle straight from the hotel. Watch out for the traffic for the first 5 to 10km. Then we get to the quiet road through the countryside. Today cycling route is relatively flat with maximum altitude 150m high. We cycle on some of the very small roads through the countryside and the villages in the remote areas. Then we reach out to Nong Khai, the border town separated Nong Khai (Thailand) and Vientiane (Laos) by the Mekong River. Late afternoon, proceed to the border crossing point at the foot of the bridge. We get our lugguages and put of the bus as we change the support vehicle. Then stamp out at Thailand immigration and cross the 2km bridge and get the visa on arrival USD35 per person with 1 photo at Laos side. Then continue our journey to Vientiane which is 15km from the border. Farewell dinner and overnight in Vientiane.

Day 10: Depart Vientiane
Breakfast at the hotel. Free untill your own departure – or connecting another tour with us to Luang Prabang …

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Tour Included
* English Speaking tour leader (other languages upon requests)
* All accommodations base on twin-share
* 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 and bike helmet (compulsory)
* Items of a personal nature
* 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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