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Trips Asia Cambodia Angkor + Phnom Penh + Coast

Angkor + Phnom Penh + Coast

Duration
12
DAYS
Destination

CAMBODIA
  • DIFFICULTY LEVEL3 | Moderate
  • GROUP SIZE2 - 12 People
  • DISTANCEApprox. 435 Km
  • TRIP TYPEScheduled Tour
  • ACCOMMODATION4-Star Hotel
  • TOUR CODERR-APC

Trip Overview

This bike tour includes all the highlights of Cambodia.

We begin in Siem Reap, known for its impressive temple city of Angkor Wat. We will also 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 in Koh Rong.

Trip Highlights

  • Get a glimpse of the rich heritage of Cambodia by exploring Angkor and some hidden gems. Some of the most well-known temples are Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon Temple, Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, and lesser-known temples.
  • Take a boat trip to see the floating village and cruise along the flooding forest.
  • We mostly explore the surroundings of the landscape away from the tourist trails and then reach the coastal region via the capital, Phnom Penh.
  • Taste Cambodian cuisine’s wonderful flavors and visit colorful local communities to learn about Khmer culture.
  • Enjoy a Provençal meal at the lovely home of our local friend and taste vibrant southern dishes and seafood by the beachside in Kep.
  • Wake to a view of the coastal beach at our secluded boutique hotel.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap, welcome dinner

Welcome to Siem Reap! Your tour guide and driver will welcome you from the airport and transfer you straight to your accommodation for a few hours of rest. We will then hold a small meeting and brief you about the short trip. So you can spend the rest of your time indulging in your favorite activities. You will also get to enjoy a complimentary overnight stay, including a welcome dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 2: Cycle to the Angkor Archaeology Park

Today’s ride will begin early with a trip up to the 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 a 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 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, which is surrounded by a moat, and Angkor Thom, with the famous Bayon temple, which has 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 along 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 Temple & Floating Village

This morning, we embark on the Siem Reap backroads to the former Angkor city of 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 restaurant before we continue another 12 km to Tonle Sap lake to take a short cruise to Kampong Phluk to 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 offers 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 supplies water to several provinces for agriculture. In the rainy season, the lake serves as big water storage and water flows out through its branches from the lake to the Mekong River and down to the China Ocean. En-route, we take the back road to Siem Reap. The road is the most peaceful part, and you will ride past many stilted houses and pagodas, making this final ride of today full of joy.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 40 – 45 Km (24 – 27 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 we hop on our bikes and ride 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 for about 3 hours to Phnom Penh.

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

Day 6: Bike Tour of Phnom Penh and Silk Island

Today, 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, gain insights into the daily lives and activities of the Cambodians, and cycle past lush trees, 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 - Takeo

This morning we take a short transfer away from the early morning hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh to the Killing Fields, an extermination camp for political prisoners during the terror reign of the Khmer Rouge. We then start our ride through Takeo province, where we will have time to explore the small yet picturesque Angkorian temples of Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau. Enjoy lunch there before continuing south towards Takeo. En-route, visit Chiso Mountain, where you can climb a 180-step to the top of the mountain to explore the well-preserved ruins of a 10th-century Angkorian temple. Enjoy a panoramic view of the countryside, then transfer to Takeo for an overnight there.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 80 Km (50 miles)
Accommodations: Alice Villa Hotel

Day 8: Takeo - Kep

Today, we’ll hop on our bikes and begin the cycling journey to the charming coastal town of Kep. We then spend the day cycling through the back roads, passing villages, some beautiful limestone karst scenery, picturesque villages, including some ethnic Cham settlements, and endless rice fields. We then stop at Kampong Trach to visit the pagoda of Wat Kirisehla, set in the shadows of a karst limestone formation, and we continue to cycle to the famous Kampot Pepper plantation, for which the area is known. The region’s soil is well-suited for growing the plants, and the resulting crop of black, red, and white pepper is well-known for its aroma.

After our visit, we continue to the old colonial coastal town of Kep, where you’ll have the option to hike through the Kep National Park, trekking through trails over a small mountain range with stunning views of Kep’s beach.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 70 Km (43 miles)
Accommodations: Veranda Natural Resort

Day 9: Kep - Kampot

This morning, we’ll start our ride on a tarmac road, then continue on dirt and gravel to reach Secret Lake, a man-made reservoir. Then, we continue our ride to a pepper plantation located in a protected and privileged rural environment, with a breathtaking view and a luxurious tropical garden. Explore the farm with a local expert to learn more about the growing techniques and the origin of the different colors of peppercorns, as well as to understand the traditional and organic growing methods.

After taking some time to explore, we’ll have lunch at the farm before transferring to the town of Kampot and exploring Kampot town at our own leisure.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Accomplished: 35 Km (22 miles)
Accommodations: The B Resort

Day 10: Kampot - Sihanoukville & Koh Rong Island

Today we depart from the hotel in the southern direction for Sihanoukville. We ride on the tarmac road with the buzz of day-to-day life in Cambodia and the view of the coastline. The blue of the Gulf of Thailand at your left always wakes you up from the hot weather of today as the road is a bit wide open from the shade of the tree. We’ll have lunch at the local hut near the sleepy houses along the way, where your lunch will be offered with very tasty Khmer food.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Sihanoukville to catch the speed boat to Koh Rong Island. Today is the last day of your bike ride with your cycling guide, so spend the rest of the day at your leisure at the beach.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 50 Km (31 miles)
Accommodations: Sok San Beach Resort

Day 11: Free Day on the Koh Rong Island

Today is the free day of cycling. You can take the boat to explore life underneath the water and relax at the beach at your own leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Sok San Beach Resort

Day 12: Return to Phnom Penh and Tour Ends

Today, we gather for one final breakfast at our hotel, followed by goodbyes with your guides. Our tour concludes today with a transfer to Phnom Penh. Take the day to reflect upon the rewarding cycling, beautiful coastal views, and cultural immersion that this tour has provided!

Meal: Breakfast

Trip Gallery

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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 parks
  • Angkor Wat – All entrance fees to historical sites and national parks
  • 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
  • Pepper’s farm excursion in Kampot
  • Boat to Koh Rong 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

Terrain

The terrain is flat, and we cycle on a mixture of tarmac roads and tracks. We mainly follow quiet backroads, but 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 not 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.

Clothing

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 or trousers, and quick-drying cycle tops. Please note that for the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and the 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 and from these activities may not be included in the trip price.

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