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Departure: Everyday


Angkor to Sihanouk Ville 8 Days / 7 Nights (Price: USD721)     

Trip Profile:

This Cambodia cycle tour will start in Angkor, where the mountain bikes have been prepared. Our cycling guide will brief on the tour. Cycle is the best way to explore Cambodia as there is no other way to see more and get close to the people than cycling. Our guide will take you to cycle on the back road around Angkor complex. 

We cycle approximately 300 km mostly on tarmac roads on most of the days. From Siem Reap tow Phnom Penh, crossing Tonle Sap lake by boat. Getting around and out of Phnom Penh is probably the most busy traffic. So always keep single line. We might do a little bit transfer out the the town to avoid the busy traffic. The last 15km before approaching Sihanouk Ville, is uphill but we have support van to do transfer if needed. 

The trip combine 4 interest places to visit, Angkor, Phnom Penh, Kirirom National Park and Sihanouk Ville.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Siem Reap - Angkor Complex (25km)
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycle through Angkor pass check point. Cycle 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 cycle 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. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L,D)

Day 2: Banteay Srei & One Thousand Lingas (90km by bicycle)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2km before turn right to the rural road.  The road is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Srei before lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as women citadel (built in 967 A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some of temples are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and still an excellent state of preservation preservation. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Banteay Samre and Landmine Museum of 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. Overnight in Siem Reap (B,L,D)

Day 3: Siem Reap-Phnom Penh
Transfer for speedboat to Phnom Penh crossing Tonle Sap lake. One of the interesting boat trip on biggest fresh water latke in Southeast Asia. The boat takes about 6 hours which has toilet, air-con and life jacket. Afternoon, visit National Museum, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

4: Phnom Penh – Kirirom (60km)
Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to Treng Troyeung and start cycling on the back road to visit Kirirom National Park. After lunch, cycle to 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. Dinner and overnight at Kirirom Hillside Resort. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Kirirom-Sihanouk Ville (65km)
Early morning to see the bird and walking 1km to enjoy variety of different attractions including a 40m high water fall, variety of plants and animals while discovering the breathtaking nature and landscape. Cycle 15km on the back road before continuing on the dirt road. Enjoy packed lunch, then continue cycling to complete 65km before transferring to Sihanouk Ville. Dinner and overnight in Sihanouk Ville. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Sihanouk Ville – Ream National Park (50km)

Breakfast at the hotel and early morning enjoy swimming at the beach. Then cycle25km through on the back road through the jungle to Ream National Park to visit the mangrove forest. Relax at the quiet beach, or swim and walk along the beach. This is one of the best beach around Sihanouk Ville. After lunch hiking 45 minutes through the jungle to the fishing village where to observe patiently to see the dolphin. Return back to Sihanouk Ville for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Sihanouk Ville – Free Day
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to relax at the beach and explore the town on your own. (B)

Day 8: Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh
Breakfast at the hotel. Free until transfer to Phnom Penh. It takes about 3 hours.

TOUR INFORMATION
Tour Cost USD721 Per Person based on 2 people in sharing room
  Single Room Supplement USD96
Bike Rental USD70 (Trek 4300-4500)
Total Distance Approx 300 km
Number of cycling days 6 full days
Road Surface This tour mostly follows asphalt roads, and one dirt road passing the countryside and the rice field. The back road along the river and village is small but good enough for cycling, less busy. A little bit sandy.
Support Support van including spare part, cool box and back up service
Group Minimum 2. Maximum 15.
Staff Groups of 6 or more, a Cycling Tour Leader, plus English-speaking cycling guide, drivers and assistants. Groups below 4-5 will be led by our local guide and our local support team.
Food As mentioned in the above itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner)

Tour Price Includes
- Accommodation 4* & 3* star in sharing room
- Transportation for transfer and tour
- Support van, cool box, back up service
- Cycling experienced guide
- Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner)
- All boat trips & boat transfer
- All entrance fee and temple pass

Price Excludes
- International Flights
- Departure Tax $25 (international)
- Visa Fees $20 (issued on arrival)
- Alcoholic, and other beverages during meals 
- Tips for guides.
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary

View Feedback About This Trip:

We really loved the trip.  You guys made us feel safe without smothering us.  We liked the fact that sometimes we were just left to cycle on our own, but knew you weren't too far ahead and the van wasn't too far behind.

All the hotels were a lot better than we expected, and the one in Siem Reap, Tara Angkor Hotel, was one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.  We thought that you could have maybe offered a range of hotel options, as some people may have wanted to pay extra to stay in 5 star hotels or other may have been happier saving money and going for the 2 star option.

Food was also a big surprise.  All the restaurants were very good, although the food in the first one we ate at in Siem Reap (We think it was called Cafe Indochine) was a bit bland.  But we really did enjoy our picnic lunches!

But all in all it was one of the best holidays we have ever had, we are recommending you to our friends and we
hope to be able to see you again on a trip to Laos!ime.

Mr. Paul Aston & Ms. Carrie Lam (U.K)
Date: 10 to 17 November 2009 (Cycling Angkor to Sihanouk Ville)

We really had a great time on our trip.  It was great that you were able to work with our time frame of the random 11 days and work in as much as possible.  Highlights were the home stay, hike with the family dad, killing fields, Siem Reap hotel (Tara Angkor Hotel), Angkor wat and of course the biking.  Your planning and communication was really great before, and throughout the trip.  Thanks so much, we really had a great time on this personal tour, and have highly recommended you to other teacher friends that like to bike and travel to the countries you go to. 

Alissa Kruse

Thank you so much for the great care that you gave my wife, Lorna and my daughter, Alissa Kruse.  They had a wonderful time and thought very highly of you and all your hard work and efforts to make their cycling adventure a most memorable one!  They tell me that I would have enjoyed everything...Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much they appreciated your expertise and your personal efforts that helped make their trip so enjoyable!

With Sincere Appreciation!
Mr. Don Kruse

Ms. Alissa Kruse & Mrs. Lorna Kruse USA
Date: 3-13 August 2009 (Cycling Angkor to Sihanouk Ville)

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