A Cycle Cambodia Adventure Near Siem Reap Beyond Angkor Wat. Go beyond Angkor Wat to cycle tour hidden temples, explore tropical forests, spot wildlife and ride amazing single tracks in the Siem Reap region. Enjoy a unique tour of Cambodia while also making a meaningful financial contribution to conservation in the Kingdom of Wonder. This a bicycle adventure tour near Siem Reap which takes you to the Angkor temples and beyond.
If you are a fan of open skies and country landscapes, if you are looking for something truly removed from the norm, then this is the trip for you. Balancing exquisite accommodation with cycling and exploration into the truly wild parts of Cambodia, all within relatively easy reach of Siem Reap, this is a trip of contrast and discovery.
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Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap & Dinner
You will be greeted on arrival by a driver and taken to your centrally located hotel. After a chance to familiarize yourself with your charming and very comfortable accommodation, your guide will meet you to discuss the trip ahead, to fit your bike for you and to begin the adventure on a culinary level. This evening we eat at one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants where the menu changes weekly to ensure that we enjoy the best seasonal produce available. Your guide can offer a great insight into the background and context of the meal and will also provide an overview of Cambodia and its customs, traditions, history and current state of affairs. This is a great introduction to Cambodia and the adventure ahead.
Day 2: Angkor Sunrise Discovery
Riding: 25km cycling – It’s an early start this morning, but one that will provide you an unforgettable memory. As the roosters begin to crow and the dogs of the village stir, you will be standing in front of the most important religious monument in Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Take in the colors of sunrise over the spires of this sacred temple from a quiet viewing spot, then explore the grounds in the glowing morning light and cool temperatures as the crowds fade. Learn about the history of this impressive UNESCO World Heritage structure before you enjoy a delicious breakfast spread close by in a quiet jungle spot.
We then continue by bike through the Angkor Park on back trails through the forest, at times cycling on levees and walls built by the great kings of the Khmer Kingdom or more precisely, their laborers and artisans. We take in the iconic faces of Bayon temple, jungle-swallowed Ta Prohm and then a few lesser known temples, all the while avoiding the main throng of tourists. As the day heats up, we sit down to lunch overlooking one of the smaller reservoirs of the complex, Sra Srang. When you have eaten to contentment, it’s just a short ride in the car back to the hotel. This evening is free time for you to explore the town on your own.
Day 3: Biking the Kulen Ranges
Riding: 80km cycling – After starting out with a drive to reach the foot of the Kulen Ranges, we take a challenging ride up through the varying layers of vegetation to reach the waterfall area on the plateau. After a refreshing dip in the water and a bite to eat, we pedal on through fantastic undulating single track, made mostly from walking trails, guided by a ranger from the National Park.
In the afternoon we enter more remote areas where the stunning forest of deciduous dipterocarp is home to various wildlife. A sharp descent down an escarpment brings us to our campsite for the evening, set up for us by the nearby villagers. After a rest, we take a hike up to the nearby hilltop for a breathtaking view out over the valley. A great meal then a bed under the stars, tops off a great day on the bike. This is a day of true adventure in the Cambodian wilderness.
After dinner, there is the option of a night walk to see if we can find any of the wild residents of the area, such as giant flying squirrels, civets, muntjacs, mouse deer, leopard cats, macaques, langurs, gibbons and even bears.
Day 4: Cycle to Kbal Spean, Transfer to Siem Reap
Riding: 40km cycling – After a hearty breakfast, it’s back on the bikes. We have some more undulations and a steep climb before we descend into the next valley on a rough, yet very enjoyable, trail. As we reach the flatlands, we find ourselves among dry forest and sandier conditions. We cycle to the ACCB Wildlife Conservation Centre near Kbal Spean late morning and have a tour of this facility. Here we see enormous birds, cheeky langur monkeys, gibbons and more, and we can often hear hornbills overhead.
We return to Siem Reap late afternoon by car to find that a spa treatment awaits. This will iron out those tight muscles and aches accumulated over the last few days. Dinner is in relaxed surroundings this evening.
Day 5: Kayak Prek Toul & the Floating Villages
Today it’s time to swap the bike for a kayak. After shuttling out on a motor-boat, we enter the Prek Toul Sanctuary on Asia’s largest lake, the Tonle Sap. Here we take to the kayaks and explore the sanctuary in a low impact and highly enjoyable way. This area hosts one of the largest breeding colonies of water birds in South East Asia and is a real treat, even for those who would not consider themselves bird-watchers. After exiting the sanctuary, we paddle through the small floating communities that live on the lake and derive their incomes from fishing. This is a fascinating glimpse into authentic Cambodian life on the lake.
We return to Siem Reap late afternoon and have one last great dinner in this town of great variety.
Day 6: Tour Concludes
The tour concludes today after breakfast. A driver will be ready to take you to the airport as required. Should you wish to remain in Siem Reap or explore Cambodia further, our team can assist with any travel advice.
2019 Dates & Prices
Departs Siem Reap daily
5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Airport transfers, Hotel Transfer to starting point of the ride & Cannondale CX3
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
5 nights accommodation
Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:
Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking. * Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.