Angkor Cycling Back Roads 5 Days / 4 Nights
The starting point will be in Siem Reap, where mountain bike are prepared at the hotel. Our cycling guide will brief on the tour and do the bike fitting one day before the tour departure. Please consider your pre tour accommodation.
This tour will take mostly back road which is dirt but our bike, Trek 4300-4500 year 2009 & 2010 are suitable and durable for this kind of road. From the hotel, we cannot avoid the main road just a couple of Km to the check point where Angkor pass is purchased. Our cycling guide will assist and photo will be taken at the check point. All Angkor pass and entrance fees are included in below tour cost. We cycle about 265km on 4 full days with the last day free at leisure to explore the town by your own before transferring to the airport for departure flight. It is a fully supported cycling guide and van. The road is mostly flat and might be a bit sandy but enjoyable scenery of the country side, rice field, the mood around Angkor Thom city. The trip also includes the cycling on the back road on the east side of Siem Reap river to Tonle Sap lake, one of the biggest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia where we take boat trip to visit the famous floating village.
Day 1: Cycling Small Circuit (25km)
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. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 2: Rolous Group & Tonle Sap Lake (50km)
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. Rolous Group was the first capital of Angkor Empire during 800 A.D. Visit the Pre-Angkorian temples including Preak Ko, Bakong and Lo Lei. Afternoon, cycling to Tonle Sap Lake. Turn left at the crocodiles farm crossing the bridge. Then cycle on 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 hill 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 floating village, floating school, fishing farm. After 1 hour boat drive. Return the Siem Reap on the main road to avoid cycling the same road. Overnight in Siem Reap. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3: Banteay Srei, & Kbal Spean (River of Thousand Lingas) 90km
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 temple 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.
Continue cycling to visit Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas, lying under the river bed, people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows to Siem Reap. Walk 1,200meters to visit the Lingas and enjoy lunch and the water fall. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit 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. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 4:: Beng Mealea The lost temple of Indiana Jones (100km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we cycle on the back road through the countryside and the village to visit Beng Mealea temple. This trip will make special as we can escape from the crowded tourists in Angkor complex. This special temple was featured in the Lost Temples by Indiana Jones and The Two Brothers by a French movie maker, Jean Clake Annaud. Beng Mealea is located 50km from Siem Reap. It is an untouched 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. Overnight in Siem Reap. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 5: Free of cycling
Breakfast at your hotel. Free day to explore around Siem Reap on your own to the Silk Farm, Old Market until transfer for your departure flight. Meal includes: Breakfast only.
||USD499 Per Person (From April to September)
USD599 Per Person (From October to March)
|Single Room supplement
| Bike Rental
|| USD50 (Trek or Giant) Extra
| Total Distance
|| 265 km
| Number of cycling days
|| 4 full days
| Road Surface
|| This tour mostly follows back roads, and 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.
|| Fully supported van including cool box, spare parts, first aid kit
||Minimum 2. Maximum 15.
|| Start from 6 day cycling tour, groups of 6 or more, a Cycling Tour Leader, plus English-speaking cycling guide, drivers and assistants. Groups of 4-5 will be led by our local guide and our local support team.
|| All meals are included (5 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
Tour Price Includes
- Mountain bikes
- Accommodation 3* star in sharing room
- Cycling experienced guide
- Supported van including cool box, spare parts, first aid kits
- Full board meals (breakfasts, lunch and dinner)
- Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake
- 3 day Angkor pass
- Beng Mealea entrance fee
- Complementary message 30 minutes by REAL Spa Cambodia
- International Flights
- Departure Tax $25 (international)
- Visa Fees $20 (issued on arrival)
- Alcoholic, and drinks during meals
- Tips for guides.
- Personal travel insurance
- Services not mentioned in itinerary
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Mr. Chris and Clare Hozack (Australia)
Date: 25 to 30 November 2009
I just thought i'd quickly let you know that Sam Boeun (sorry i know i've spelt his name wrong) is such a great guide. i have never had a guide so knowledgable on every aspect of the tour - archeaology, history, government, law, everything! We are really looking forward to the next couple of days with him. We had the best time, and at a reasonable cost.
My husband Chris and I decided to split our honeymoon into two parts – beach in Thailand and adventure in Cambodia. We had a mediocre time in Phuket and left for Siam Reap after 7 days. Hun Socheat from Cambodia Cycling designed our itinerary especially for our fitness and interests, and tailored it to our budget and timetable. It was challenging and interesting, and our guide, Buoen, was incredible. His knowledge was bottomless as he explained Cambodian politics, history, and archeology.
The support vehicle provided plenty of water and snacks, and all meals were delicious. We were never hungry or in want of anything during the 5 days we spent with Cambodia Cycling. Despite experiencing exhaustion and discomfort (which were our own fault since we asked for that itinerary!), there was a euphoric sense of achievement when we finally finished. We were already discussing our next trip at dinner on the last night. We had a fantastic trip and recommend Cambodia Cycling for any adventurous people without reservations.
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