Cycle Angkor + Wildlife Explorer

From Heritage Site to the wildlife sanctuary and birth watching

From: $1,685

6 days / 5 nights

Collection: Classic

Level: 2

Trip Highlights

  • Pedal through the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat temples and the hidden trails of Angkor archaeology park
  • Discover awe-inspiring ancient monuments of Bayon, the Terrace of the Elephants and Ta Promh temple,  and hear fascinating insights into the history of the Khmer Empire from your expert guide
  • Cycle the National Park of Kulen Mountain for a remote exploration and see the natural habitat of Elephants sanctuary
  • Meet the people in the countryside, you will begin to know the real Cambodia and the extraordinary and beautiful people of this fascinating country
  • Kayaking in expansive aerial of Tonle Sap lake, explore the lives surrounding the area and bird watching

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 1: Arrive in Siem Reap, Countryside Explorer + Village Dining

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, 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: 15 Km (9 miles)
Accommodations: Viroth’s Hotel

Day 2: Sunrise at Angkor Wat + Cycle to Banteay Srei

Today, wake early to watch the sunrise over the spires of Angkor Wat, 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.

After exploring the Angkor Wat temple, we’ll then cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 35km from Siem Reap town. The trail takes you past paddy fields, orchard 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. In the afternoon as we cycle back to Siem Reap we can stop and visit a few of the less visited Angkor temples.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 45 Km (27 miles)
Accommodations: Viroth’s Hotel

Day 3: Cycle Angkor Park

Today’s ride will begin early with a trip up 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 the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the ancient stones, 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 visiting the ruins this morning we transfer back to Siem Reap in time for lunch. Your afternoon is at your own leisure.

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

Day 4: Ride to Kulen Mountain National Park + Elephant Forest Explorer

This morning, we cycle to Phnom Kulen, 60 km from Siem Reap town. Phnom Kulen 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 exploring this National Park, we’ll then pedal to Elephant Sanctuary where you will spend time learning about elephants as you follow them through their natural habitat, observing their relationships and behaviors. After all the crawling, you will appreciate a local lunch in the forest.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 60 km (37 miles)
Accommodations: Viroth’s Hotel

Day 5: Cycle to Mechrey + Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

Today we ride beyond the crowds, cycling through picturesque villages in the Siem Reap countryside. And we head toward the vast wetlands on the edge of Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap. It is time to swap the bike for a boat adventure down to explore the bird sanctuary. Prek Toal is the largest waterbird colony in South-East Asia. You’ll access to the bird colonies inside the core reserve also plays an important factor.

After exiting the sanctuary, we venture to visit the village that builds their houses on stilts, often up to ten metres high, but Mechrey is in fact a floating village. The entire village floats and moves with the receding or increasing waters thereby continually shifting location throughout the seasons. We’ll have the opportunity to cruise through the gently lapping waters of the village to witness and learn about the daily lifestyle of the local inhabitants. We’ll return to Siem Reap town in the late afternoon and have a great dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 40 km (24 miles)
Accommodations: Viroth’s Hotel

Day 6: Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast, enjoy your last few hours in Siem Reap, strolling through the city center, or snapping some final photographs of this beautiful part of Cambodia. Your guide will bid you farewell and driver will be ready to take you to the airport at any time.

Meals: Breakfast

Arrival Details

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

Departure Details

Airport City: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Drop-off Location: Siem Reap International Airport or Hotel

Inclusions + Details

Meals
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, nutritious snacks
  • Dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local beer, wine, or cocktails
Accommodations
  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers
Activities
  • All entrance fees to historic sites and Phnom Kulen national park
  • Elephant forest visit
  • Boat trip & entrance fee to the sanctuary
  • 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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