Angkor + Phnom Penh Bike Tour

Cycle tour Cambodia from ancient Angkor to the capital city

From: $1,895

7 days / 6 nights

Collection: Classic

Level: 2

Trip Highlights

  • The cycle journey through the ancient cities and rural landscapes of Cambodia
  • Cycle across a landscape of rolling low-lying plains. Meet a culture of people with broad smiles and warm hospitality
  • Pedal through the jungle and discover the wonderful Angkor archaeology park
  • Bike to the National Park of Kulen Mountain for a remote exploration
  • Tour to Phnom Penh city, explore the living life and history of Cambodia

Eat + Drink

Meals are characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, classic style of Cambodia.
Drink: Cambodia’s top beers include Angkor beer, Cambodia beer; local craft beer, coffee & tea, etc.

Sleep

Our top-range accommodation offers the best level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden and swimming pool.

Itinerary

Day to Day

Day 1: Welcome to Siem Reap, Cycle Siem Reap Backroads

Welcome to Cambodia! Your tour guide & driver will welcome you from the airport and transfer you straight to your accommodation for a few hours rest.

We venture from your hotel to spend the afternoon cycling quiet roads along Siem Reap River, observing the close connection between the river and those that live on its banks. We’ll soon find ourselves riding on a dirt road as we cycle in the countryside and in the middle of numerous rice paddy fields. With the guidance of one of our tour guides, Siem Reap is a perfect place to explore Cambodia’s rural way of life and interact with local people. We stop to visit a variety of local farms including a vegetable farm, lotus farm, and mushroom farm. We’ll then take another break at the local dining area, it’s time for watching the sunset while having dinner and tastes of Cambodia through the local cuisine.

Meals: Dinner
Accomplished: 20 km (12 miles)
Accommodations: Viroth’s Hotel

Day 2: Pedal to Angkor Archaeology Park

Today’s ride will begin early with a trip up to Angkor jungle trails. We start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of Angkor complex, 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 visit includes Angkor Wat temple, the largest religious monument ever built, and wander through the city’s mystical courtyards and jungle-covered temples, the best known and most breathtaking of all the sights and a highlight of any visit to Angkor. Spend the time exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat, the magnificent 12th-century capital of the Khmer Empire with our expert guide.

Afterwards, we cycle to the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the ancient stones. Next, visit Preah Khan’s the majestic temple complex is surrounded by a moat, and Angkor Thom with the famous Bayon temple of 37 towers topped with the four faces of the king. After our visits to these magnificent temples, we cycle back to Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 35 Km (21 miles)
Accommodations: Viroth’s Hotel

Day 3: Cycle to Meng Mealea + Kulen Mountain Range

Today, we spend more time in the saddle to visit further-flung temples. We cycle through rural countryside to Beng Mealea temple, built out of sandstone as a Hindu temple in the 12th century, Beng Mealea has been partly reclaimed by nature where remains of the towers and courtyards can be seen in the thick brush of the dense jungle.

From here, we continue cycling on rural roads, where we may have a chance to stop at a local village or school and learn about their way of life. Then we will head to Kulen Mountain which is one of Cambodia’s most sacred mountains with deeply revered pagodas and ruins on its high plateau which overlooks the plains below. There are quite a few steps up, but you’ll be able to pause to catch your breath and take in the excellent views. Having paid your respects at the Preach Ang Chup Pagoda, step into the jungle of Phnom Kulen National Path, on an old hunting trail that winds through the vine-covered trees until it reaches the River of 1000 Lingas, an array of unique riverbed carvings, and nearby Preah Ang Thom, a huge stone Buddha carved into the top of a rock set in a bustling but atmospheric temple complex. After we have freshened up, we then hop back into our van for a 2-hour transfer to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 65 Km (40 miles)
Accommodations: Viroth’s Hotel

Day 4: Ride to Roulous Group + Floating Village + Sunset Cruise

This morning, we embark on the Siem Reap backroads to the former Angkor city Roulous Group. The temple was the center of Khmer civilization and was built by Angkorian king in the 8th century. We explore the three main temples here – Lolei, Preah Ko, and Bakong. We’ll eat lunch at a local house before we continue another 12 km to Tonle Sap lake to take a short cruise to Kampong Phluk see the floating villages, where you have an opportunity to learn about the life on the water. Tonle Sap Lake is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and a unique way of life of those living on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, which is recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve .

After all crawling, we will catch the sunset on the lake with some snacks and cold beverages onboard. You will return back to the city by a private vehicle.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 35 Km (21 miles)
Accommodations: Viroth’s Hotel

Day 5: Depart Siem Reap, Kompong Thom - Phnom Penh

We start the day with a 2-hour drive to Kampong Thom, where hope on our bikes, riding through the ancient temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk. This temple was the capital during the Chenla period of the early 7th Century. Today the forests of the area are dotted with more than 100 temples, some of the oldest in the country. We finish cycling at this ancient temple, which we spend time exploring on foot, before continuing along the road in our van about 3 hours to Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 25 Km (15 miles)
Accommodations: Palace Gate Hotel & Residence

Day 6: Bike to the Silk Island + Phnom Penh History Tour

Today we escape from hustle and bustle city cross the river by ferry boat, making our way towards the north of Phnom Penh and the Silk Islands. The route will take us through weaving villages and past stilted houses. This charming backroads, secluded and sleepy island is small at just 30 square kilometres in size and offers a peaceful contrast to the bustle of Phnom Penh. Known locally as ‘Silk Island’ the ladies here weave silk scarves on wooden looms in their homes, for sale in the markets on the mainland.

After visit the island, we’ll then return to the capital in time for lunch. Our afternoon excursion is a stark reminder of the horrors endured by the Cambodian people under the tyranny of Pol Pot. The Tuol Sleng genocide museum and the ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek are a gruesome testament to life under the Khmer Rouge and you should be aware that many people find their visit quite distressing. Tuol Sleng genocide museum was once a high school which became the Khmer Rouge’s main torture and interrogation centre, detaining and processing the unfortunate souls who were to end their days in the ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek. During the years 1975 to 1978 something in the region of 17,000 men, women and children were murdered here and the memorial stupa is a huge glass tower filled with human skulls – a sombre reminder of the scale of Pol Pot’s atrocities.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 25 Km (15 miles)
Accommodations: Palace Gate Hotel & Residence

Day 7: Trip Ends in Phnom Penh

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Phnom Penh.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Phnom Penh at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today.

Meals: Breakfast

Arrival Details

Airport City: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Pick-Up Location: Viroth’s Hotel

Departure Details

Airport City: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Drop Off Location: Phnom Penh International Airport

Inclusions + Details

Meals
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, nutritious snacks
  • Dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
Accommodations
  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers
Activities
  • All entrance fees to historic sites and national park
  • Boat trip to Floating Village
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service
Gear
  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary gear including a Ride & Rad water bottles & cycling jersey to keep
Support
  • Expert English speaking guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
Bike

Exclusions

  • Internation and domestic flights
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Gratuities for a guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Ride & Rad

Essential Information

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TREK MARLIN 7 2020

INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE

ABOUT THE TREK MARLIN 7

Marlin 7 is where race-worthy mountain bikes begin. The smooth, lightweight and widest range of gearing in the Marlin family make this model the best choice for new riders who want a cross country hardtail with great parts that will hold its own against our higher-end race bikes.

COMPONENTS:

– 27.5″ or 29″ wheels
– Alpha Silver Aluminum frame is lightweight and responsive
– RockShox XC32 fork
– Shimano Altus 2×9 Speed
Available sizes (in): 13.5, 14.5, 15.5, 16.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5, 23

Terrains

The terrain is flat and we cycle on a mixture of tarmac roads and tracks. We mainly follow quiet backroads and sometimes you have to travel on busier roads when leaving the city. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the trip. We have graded the route as easy.

Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the tour guide and on the support vehicle. However, we cannot guarantee to have spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended. We do provide a helmet for every cyclist, but it is also imperative that you bring your own helmet and wear it at all times while cycling.

Safety

Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.

Clothes

Cambodia has two distinct seasons - wet and dry. Bear in mind that the area is tropical with high humidity. Lightweight clothing is needed all year round. Other additions that you may find useful are a swimming costume, cycle gloves, cycling shorts/trousers and quick drying cycle tops. Please note for the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat temple shorts are not permitted. Shoulders and knees must be covered and sarongs are not allowed.

Non-Rider

On most Ride & Rad trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Tour Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price.

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