Angkor + Phnom Penh + Coast

This bike tour contains all the highlights of Cambodia

From: $3,195

12 days / 11 nights

Collection: Classic

Level: 2

Overviews

This bike tour includes all the highlights of Cambodia. Our bike tour begins in Siem Reap with one of Cambodia’s main attractions, the impressive temple city of Angkor Wat. In Kbal Spean we visit an eco-project that aims to preserve the rainforest and trek to the River of Thousand Lingas.

For the most part, we explore the area surrounding the landscape off the beaten path and then reach the coastal region via the capital Phnom Penh. Our bike tour in Cambodia ends with a few days on the Cambodian coast.

Trip Highlights

  • Our bike tour starts in Siem Reap with one of Cambodia’s main attractions, the impressive temple city of Angkor Wat
  • We visit Kulen Mountain National Park, an eco-project that aims to preserve the rainforest and the mangrove landscape
  • We mostly explore the surroundings of the landscape away from the tourist trails and then reach the coastal region via the capital Phnom Penh.
    This bike tour in Cambodia ends with a few days on the Cambodian coast

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap & Welcome dinner

When we arrive at the International Airport in Siem Reap, we are driven to our hotel. Siem Reap, which literally means “defeat of Siam”, is the most prosperous region in today’s Cambodia. After checking in we have free time at the pool or a walk through the old market.

There will be a group meeting and briefing in the evening with your leader followed by an optional group dinner for those that would like to join.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 2: Cycle to Angkor Temples

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 the 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: 40 Km (25 miles)
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 4: Boat tour on the Tonle Sap

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.

During the year, the lake has supplied the water to several provinces to do agriculture. In the rainy season, the lake serves as the big water storage and water flows out through its branches from the lake to the Mekong River down to China Ocean. En-route, we take the back road to Siem Reap. The road is the most peaceful part, and you will ride pass many stilted houses and pagodas to make this final ride of today full of joys.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 40 Km (25 miles)
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 5: Siem Reap - Kampong 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
Accomplished: 25 Km (15 miles)
Accommodations: Palace Gate Hotel & Residence

Day 6: Phnom Penh& Bike tour to the Silk Island

We cycle along the Tonle Sap River to Preak Leap, from where we take the ferry to Silk Island Koh Dach. On the way, we visit the great royal palace. Once on the island, we enjoy the bike tour through small villages with a view over the Mekong River, have insights into the daily life and activities of the Cambodians, and cycle past lush trees or orchards and vegetable gardens in the middle of the wonderful landscape of rural Cambodia.

After the lunch break, you cycle back to the ferry. The support vehicle brings us back to the hotel in Phnom Penh. We stop at Wat Phnom, the legendary founding place of Phnom Penh, which is still an active Buddhist monastery.

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

Day 7: Phnom Penh to the Chi Pat - Rainforest conservation area

Following the traces of Cambodia’s history, we visit the former orchard Cheung Ek and now a mass grave of the victims who were killed by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979 on the way to the National Park. We drive 17 km south of Phnom Penh to the famous “Killing Fields”, where the Khmer Rouge regime has executed millions of people.

After about four hours drive we reach Andong Teuk – there we get on the boat and drive upstream along with mangrove forests (approx. 2 hours) to the Chi Phat Eco-Tourism Lodge. We are sure to receive a warm welcome here. The Chi Phat community has set itself the goal of supporting the protection of the region’s natural and cultural resources and creating jobs and income opportunities for the villagers.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accommodations: Tra Vinh Lodge

Day 8: Cycling to Jar Sit and the waterfall

Narrow trails lead through the “jungle” and an ascent brings us to a place that was used as a burial site for 500 years, where people were buried in jugs. It was only discovered in 2007 deep in the “Cardamom Mountains”. We then enjoy lunch on a beautiful river nearby. The journey continues to the waterfall of the “Dragon Fish River”, in the vicinity of which we can visit a bat cave (approx. 42 km). If you don’t want to ride trails, you can take a 2-3 hour hike through the rainforest instead.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 50 Km (31 miles)

Day 09: Chi Pat to Kampot

In the morning we get on our bicycles and cycle to Andoung Teuk. Our vehicle is ready there – we drive to Kampot and explore the place by bike. The small town with almost 50,000 inhabitants was founded in the late 18th century as a port city. It is located on the banks of the Prek Kampong Bay River, about 30 km from the Vietnamese coast, right next to the Phnum Bokor National Park is one of the most scenic areas of Cambodia.

In 1950 the port was replaced by a larger port near Kompong Som. Kampot has the charm of a sleepy, somewhat secluded, quiet coastal town. Kampot is known for its fruits, seafood, sea salt and the famous Kampot pepper. The highlight is the French quarter of the former colonial city, located along the river promenade. We explore the place on foot.

In the afternoon we take a boat trip on the Kampot River. Then a kayak trip awaits us in the so-called “Green Loop”, a beautifully situated river loop.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 30 Km (15 miles)
Accommodations: The B Resort

Day 10: Cycle Kampot to Kep

The first topic today is pepper – we cycle to an organic pepper plantation, where we learn something about the production of pepper. On small side streets, you cycle to a cave system in the karst mountains with small shrines and temples. Along with salt fields, we reach the coastal town of Kep, which is known for its fresh seafood, on small farm paths.

The place was founded in 1908 during the French colonial rule and was then called Kep-sur-Mer. Many of the villas built in the French style were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge and now rebuilt (2 nights in Kep).

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 35 Km (22 miles)
Accommodations: Veranda Natural Resort

Day 11: Bathing day on Rabbit Island

In the morning we take a small fishing boat to “Rabbit Island”, which is known for its lonely beaches. Here we can review the exciting last two weeks and explore the small island with appropriate footwear. In the afternoon, it goes back to the mainland. In the evening we enjoy our last farewell meal in a nice local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Accommodations: Veranda Natural Resort

Day 12: Depart Kep

The morning is at leisure. For early risers, a nice little circular route through the adjacent national park (approx. 8km) is worthwhile. Especially in the early morning, you can see numerous monkeys in the trees. Around lunchtime, our van will take you to Phnom Penh Airport (approx. 4 hours driving time). Individual return travel – the flights usually go back in the evening.

Meals: 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 – bike to silk island
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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