Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Cycling Cambodia

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Trip code: 
MOD
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Road Cycling
Group size:
6–18
Min age:
16

Discover the real Cambodia by bike!

Discover the real Cambodia on this 10 day cycling adventure that will see you pedal through some of the land's most rural and scenic landscapes. Starting off in the historic capital of Phnom Penh, we first pause to learn of the country's tragic history before embarking on bike to uncover the many varied and beautiful layers Cambodia has to offer. Cycling through the port town of Kampong Chhang and colonial Battambang, we also ride through remote villages, across gentle rivers and along quiet rural paths that dot the countryside. Expect to be warmly welcomed by the locals as we ride before ending our rewarding journey in Siem Reap to explore the magnificent Angkor Wat by bike!

Highlights

  • Cycle through Cambodia's rural villages and countryside
  • Discover Angkor Wat by bike
  • Visit the sobering Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison in Phnom Penh
  • Uncover the colonial charm of Battambang
  • Vibrant Siem Reap

 

Key information

  • 9 nights comfortable hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 8 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 70% tarmac, 30% dirt roads, mostly flat
  • Local bike hire included
  • Countries visited: Cambodia

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival and departure transfers for all flights (must be booked in advance)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (available on request- 8 nights only)
Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailor made trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Moderate

Terrain:

Mostly flat: 70% tarmac, 30% dirt roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 225.0km/15.0miles
Day 355.0km/34.0miles
Day 470.0km/43.0miles
Day 535.0km/21.0miles
Day 667.0km/42.0miles
Day 769.0km/43.0miles
Day 830.0km/19.0miles
Day 945.0km/28.0miles

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Itinerary

Phnom Penh
to
Siem Reap
  • Day 1

    Start Phnom Penh

    Sua s'dei! Welcome to Cambodia. Phnom Penh is set at the meeting point of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, it was once known as the "Pearl of Asia" and considered one of the loveliest French-built cities during colonial-era in the region. And life centres around the lively river-front area where the locals come to take in the air, snack on the street hawker’s food and enjoy impromptu waterside entertainment.

    Please note, the official check-in time is 2:00pm, early check-in will be subject to availability.

    There will be a group meeting and briefing in the evening with your leader followed by an optional group dinner for those that would like to join.

    Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Half day cycling tour to Mekong island; afternoon S21 & Killing Fields tour

    This morning is an early start to begin today's adventures by private transfer (approx. 30 minutes) to our cycling start point. We hop on the bikes for a short ride, crossing the river by local ferry boat, and then ride through the villages on an island in the Mekong River. The island is famous for silk weaving, agriculture and aquaculture. Stop to see locals at work in the village and enjoy cycling on quiet roads through orchards and rice paddies (depends on season). On your return, we take a scenic route along the Mekong River and have a great opportunity for local interaction as we cycle past many fishing villages and then take a ferry across the river to our finish point and transfer back to Phnom Penh.

    In the afternoon we take a tour by private vehicle to Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek to learn the story of the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. The former school of Tuol Sleng served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre, and it’s estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here. The Choeung Ek Memorial is home to stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls, marking the site of the infamous Killing Fields. This was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng, and standing in this peaceful setting it’s almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9,000 corpses have been exhumed from the area.

    Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Cycle and transfer to Kampong Chhnang

    After breakfast, we bid farewell to Phnom Penh and transfer to Prev Phnov bridge, where the bikes will be ready for us to start our ride towards Udong Mountain. Upon arrival, there will be the opportunity to visit the Udong Mountain site (by foot) to admire the views of the surrounding region. We then continue our cycle; stopping at Kampong Luong silver smith village, riding along the Tonle sap river to Longvek before stopping for lunch and then our transfer to Kampong Chhnang. We pass through some lovely countryside today and as we go, the villages become more remote and simpler. We spend some of the ride on dirt roads today.

    You will finish today's ride with a transfer of approximately 1 hour to our hotel. Depending on the journey time we may be able to head out on an optional afternoon walk to explore the city of Kampong Chhnang. The town of Kampong Chhnang is set on the Tonle Sap River and has a busy port and market area. Set back from the port is a quieter area with a pretty park and former colonial buildings. In many towns you will see carts loaded with terracotta pottery, (charcoal burners, pots and other items), on their long journey from their home village at Kompong Chhnang (clay pot port) to take their goods door to door. Families might be on the road for a month or more until they have sold all the items and can make their way home.

    Sovannaphum Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Ride and longer drive to Battambang

    Today a flat and dusty road takes you to the town of Battambang. Depending on the condition of the road it may be quite a bumpy ride past a pottery village, rice paddies and local farms. Not many European visitors stop in Battambang so you will find there is less English spoken and locals may be very interested to see you. The region is famous for its oranges. Today is a combination of cycling and some driving of approximately a total of 3.5 to 4 hours in total.

    This evening enjoy a walk around this peaceful and pleasant town where we spend the next 2 nights. The main parts of the city are situated close to the Sangker River, a tranquil, small body of water that winds its way through areas of the town. It is a nice, picturesque setting and as with much of Cambodia, the French architecture is an attractive bonus of the town.

    Classy Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Half day cycle around beautiful Battambang countryside and rural villages

    This morning you’ll enjoy a half-day bike trip through the beautiful surrounding countryside of Battambang. Stop along the way to discover the local rural way of life, discovering small cottage industries producing sticky rice, noodles, and fish paste.

    Today, we will ride the countryside roads and pass by a rural Muslim village. Here, we will visit families to learn about their everyday life, family history, and traditions. After, we will weave our way along the river roads to a village full of traditional houses. Here you'll learn about the traditional way of living and the changes happening in the Cambodian countryside before returning to Battambang for the remainder of the to relax or explore at leisure.

    Classy Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Scenic ride to Pailin

    Once more the scenery we encounter on today's ride is completely different. We hop on the bikes directly from the hotel and start cycling through other areas of Battambang towards Banon temple and Pailin. The start of the route again is quiet, before joining back onto the main road; a great way to see the real Cambodia. Passing rice fields, we may be greeted by local children all eager to say hello as we pass by before transferring by private bus to Pailin province to check into our hotel.

    Upon arrival at our hotel and after checking in, there will be the option to relax or perhaps take a short ride to explore the area.

    Memoria Palace & Spa or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Rural cycle and transfer onto Siem Reap

    We take a transfer out in the early morning to Siem Reap province and experience more rural sights and sounds as we cycle along limitless jungle. We will break for lunch after our ride transfer the rest of the way to Siem Reap. Due to years of civil war, Cambodia is poorer and less developed than its neighbours. Apart from growth in the capital and around Siem Reap, the way of life in the countryside is still very much the same as it has been for centuries.

    Tonight, your leader will accompany the group on a visit to night market; a must see when visiting Siem Reap. Even if you're not looking for souvenirs; wandering through the stalls and surrounding shops the silks, cottons, silver and statues are a riot of colour and a feast for the eyes.

    Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Full day tour to explore Angkor Wat by bike

    Today it is advisable to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide area and are linked by shady avenues; meandering our way between them by bike gives us a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromager trees clinging to the ancient stones, Angkor Thom with the famous Bayon temple of 37 towers (originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king, and of course the incredible Angkor Wat, with its huge moat, long causeway and massive towers - it is the largest temple complex in Asia.

    Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Half day cycle and visit Banteay Srei temple; farewell dinner

    On our last ride, we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th Century and contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in exquisite carvings.

    In the afternoon we transfer by vehicle back to Siem Reap and can stop and visit a few of the less visited Angkor temples on the way. Siem Reap town is pleasant to wander around; the market has plenty of interest and excellent shopping if you wish to visit it again and there is a vibrant nightlife scene. This afternoon there may also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, which is a branch of the Mekong River. This optional trip includes a boat ride to see the floating fishing villages.

    Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together at a special local restaurant overlooking the river where there is a passion to restore Cambodian cuisine to its former glory and put Cambodia back on the map as a culinary destination.

    Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 10

    End Siem Reap

    For land only clients, the tour ends this morning after breakfast. Please note, all clients (land only and flight inclusive) have a free late check out today (6pm) at the hotel included today. Please note, this may not apply if booking extra nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Cambodia

Arriving By Flight:

An electronic visa (e-Visa) facility is available via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website at the cost of $37.

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Arriving Overland:

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Important advice regarding E-Visas

Please be advised, e-Visas are not accepted at all border check points when travelling overland. This applies to the following borders/trips:

Tinh Bien, Vietnam/ Phnom Den, Takeo, Cambodia border: AOX- Thai Indochina Explorer and AOG- Thai Indochina Grand Tour

Xa Xia, Vietnam/ Prek Chak, Cambodia (Ha Tien crossing): FIJ- South East Asia Adventure

You can only purchase a tourist visa on arrival at these borders as e-Visas will not be accepted. More information can be found at: 

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/information/port_entry/3

 

Vaccinations

Cambodia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Food is cheap in Cambodia and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Cambodia's food is all about the contrasts—sweet and bitter, salty and sour, fresh and cooked. It shares many dishes with its neighbours, and you'll find noodle soup similar to Vietnamese pho, Thailand's refreshing salads and sour soups, Indian-inspired curries, and noodles and stir fries handed down from years of Chinese migration. From Cambodia's days as a French Indochina colony, there's a national love of coffee, pate, and good bread. Baguettes are served with soup, made into sandwiches, and sold by men riding bicycles carrying baskets of long loaves. Western food is also available in most of the places visited.

You may find it beneficial to bring some 'cycling snacks' with you from home if you have high energy bars or gels that you like to use during a ride.

For those who wish to contribute, a kitty is normally arranged - fresh fruit will be provided along the way but most cycling groups find it very useful to contribute to a snack kitty for extra snacks, energy drinks and electrolytes. Whilst group sizes will vary, as a suggestion we suggest allowing from 10-15 USD per person if you wish to contribute to a snack kitty.

Vegetarian food is widely available, however the offering will be fairly similar in most places. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Weather

The weather will be hot and humid throughout with temperatures during the day usually between 28ºC and 34ºC. It is only a little cooler at nights. The dry season is late October to May and the monsoon is normally between May and October; though there is an obvious transitional time between those settled periods. The dry season is as it sounds, with hot days and generally clear skies, though you can expect the odd shower. The monsoon is characterised by short, sharp bursts of rain and is generally overcast all day though this does not detract from the enjoyment of the place; you just need to take an umbrella or buy a cheap local poncho!

Is this trip for you?

This trip is rated Activity Level 3- Moderate and classified Road.

8 days cycling, average 50-55 km/day (31-34 miles), 90% vehicle support.

Terrain and Route:
Road surfaces are mostly on good tarmac with some dirt roads. The route is predominantly flat with some undulation and anyone not wanting to cycle all day can use the support vehicle. This is a moderate graded cycling trip that is suitable for capable cyclists who wish to discover Cambodia by bike. There are some longer transfers during the trip when not cycling to allow us to cover certain distances and visit some of Cambodia's highlights combined with more rural, remote areas. Cambodia can be hot and humid but rests and water are readily available. You should be comfortable riding in traffic on some occasions. 

 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailor made trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Comfortable Hotels

You will spend 9 nights in comfortable hotels. All hotels have en suite facilities and either fans or air conditioning.

Please be advised that the accommodation listed in each location on the day to day itinerary are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

Single supplements are available (on request) and only available for 8 nights of the trip (single supplement is not available on day 6 in Pailin). Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you would like to request a single supplement.

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailor made trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed February 2019
    Adam Levy

    Beguiling Cambodia

    A superb trip, with variety, local colour, great cycling (if you like it hot!), and loads of smiling. Considering this was the first departure for this trip it was brilliant in its calm and organisation - Leader Khim was absolutely superb - we got a real feel for this slightly beleaguered country which is absolutely well worth a visit as a standalone destination. Its certainly a real adventure in the best possible way.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The visits to local businesses and the visit to Angkor Wat were great, and the cameraderie of the group and team members was really important, and the gentle rides by the river were lovely. The well placed stops for amazing snacks, fruit and all important plentiful cold drinks and water were marvellous. Cold beers at the end of the day were not to be forgotten as well!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely faultless, Khim and his team did so well considering this was the first trip of its kind, dealing with our different needs and expectations with consideration and great humour. Not bombarding us with facts - in no way did I feel 'templed out' - but answering all our questions and advice with candour and understanding and giving us a real background to the country's trials and tribulation both past and present. His insights into Buddhism and the complicated religious history of the sites was a real bonus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the heat - even with early starts the temperature soon rose impressively and we were regularly soaking scarves, buffs, and cotton caps in ice cold water to deal with the mid-morning and midday heat. The cycling is almost entirely flat, but don't be fooled by the seemingly low mileage. It's a grade 3 due to the heat and the road surfaces which were in some places pretty good, but more often were paths that varied from reasonably well surfaced, to rather gravelly, to pretty much no surface at all (basically just sand!). The bikes are brilliant and well-suited to the conditions and the need for the big tyres soon becomes very obvious. There is even a short stretch of real offroading through the sandy jungle around Angkor which was new to me and great fun once I got used to it. There are a few seemingly daunting stertches, but everyone was allowed to go at their own pace (although cycling with someone else always made it easier and the support from the second cyclist Hian was superb).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As many people write in these reviews, just go for it! It was a great trip, extremely satisfying and fun (and very cheap as well). Take a gel saddle cover, padded gloves, something to protect your head from the sun that you can douse in ice-cold water which fits under your cycling helmet, and a good attitude.

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