Angkor + Phnom Penh Bike Tour

Cycle tour Cambodia from ancient Angkor to the capital city

From: $1,795

7 days / 6 nights

Collection: Classic

Level: 2

Trip Overviews

Our cycling adventure starts in Siem Reap, we’ll immerse ourselves in the temple of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a completely guided bike tour. Learn about the interesting history of these ancient temples and visit less touristy temples.

Continue beyond the main temple complex to Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean. We also spend the day cycling from temple to temple to Sambor Prey Kuk, one of Cambodia’s oldest temple complexes. Then we move to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city has become recognized as the “Pearl of Asia”. We’ll cycle to Oudong through the countryside of Cambodia, visiting villages and having a sense of local life away from the city’s sights and sounds. Then it’s off to Phnom Oudong’s hills to see a variety of ancient Khmer-style chedis and stupas.

Trip Highlights

  • The cycling component has been specifically developed for recreational cyclists, averaging around 45 km per day on flat and easy terrain
  • Pedal through the jungle and discover the wonderful Angkor Archaeology Park
  • Cycle to the Floating Village and enjoy a sunset cruise on Tonle Sap lake
  • Tour to Phnom Penh city, explore the living life and history of Cambodia
  • Visit the sobering Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison in Phnom Penh
  • This tour is the perfect mix of Cambodia’s must-see spots and venturing off the tourist track

Itinerary

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)
Accommodation: Tara Angkor 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.

Afterward, 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 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
Accomplished: 35 Km (21 miles)
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 3: Cycle to Banteay Srei & Kbal Spean

Today, we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 35 km 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.

After exploring this iconic temple, we’ll enjoy our lunch at the foot of the mountain before taking a short transfer to Kbal Span. Then trek uphill into the jungle trail for 3 km to the waterfall and the River of Thousand Lingas. You can see the carvings on the riverbed and waterfall and return to Siem Reap by transfer.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 60 Km (37 miles)
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 4: Ride to Rolous 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 the 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 life on the water. Tonle Sap Lake is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and a unique way of life for 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 on board. You will return back to the city by private vehicle.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 35 Km (21 miles)
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

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

We start the day with a 2-hour drive to Kampong Thom, where hop 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 Odong Trails

Today, we escape from hustle and bustle and cycle through the rice paddies and small village communities around the town of Udong. We’ll stop along the way and you’ll learn a little about the lives of the people who call this area home and enjoy some delicious local snacks. We’ll make our way to Udong Mountain where we’ll stop to enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch before heading to the top of the mountain, and the temple that is located there. This towering temple is perched on Phnom Udon, a mountain that was the capital of Cambodia for around 200 years until it was moved to what is now Phnom Penh. After taking some time to explore,  we return to Phnom Penh by vehicle.

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

Day 7: Half Day City Tour

Today, we take a morning excursion to a stark reminder of the horrors endured by the Cambodian people under the tyranny of Pol Pot.  Explore the 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 a 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.

There are no activities planned for the afternoon, 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.

Meal: Breakfast

Arrival Details

Airport City: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Pick-Up Location: Siem Reap International Airport

Departure Details

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

Inclusions + Details

Meals
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, nutritious snacks
  • Daily drinking water
Accommodations
  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers
Activities
  • All entrance fees to historic sites and national park
  • Angkor Wat – All entrance fees to historical sites and national park
  • Sambor Prei Kok – Entrance fee and local guided tour
  • Kampong Phluk – Boat excursion
  • Phnom Penh – Visit the Killing Fields
  • Phnom Penh – Odong bike tour
Gear
  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
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

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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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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