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Cambodia Heritage by Bicycle

  • Touring
  • Cambodia
  • 6 Nights
  • 4* Accommodation

On this bike tour we explore the history and culture of Cambodia by bicycle, starting as far back as the 7th Century. Our cycling adventure starts in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia since the French colonisation of Indochina, once known as the "Pearl of Asia." We ride through the scenery of Cambodia's countryside to Oudong, exploring villages and getting a feel for local life away from the sights and sounds of the city. Then on to the hills of Phnom Oudong to see a variety of chedis and stupas built in traditional Khmer style.Read more Spending the day cycling from temple to temple, we visit one of the oldest temple complexes of Cambodia in Sambor Prey Kuk. Then we transfer to Siem Reap and enter the symbol of Cambodia, Angkor Wat. We'll immerse ourselves in the 12th century when the Khmer empire was at its height. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, we'll explore the high classical Khmer architecture and how it is the best preserved temple complex of both Hinduism and Buddhism. Our journey of discovery will continue beyond the main temple complex to Banteay Srey and Kbal Spean. Riding our bikes through the countryside, we'll be greeted by friendly locals and get a deeper understanding of their lives. On our last night, we'll enjoy a sunset cruise on Tonle Sap lake.We cycle a total of 238 km on mixture of tarmac and dirt roads through Cambodias tucked away countryside, taking in the sights, smells, and tastes of rural Cambodia. Mingling with locals in the countryside and exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this tour is the perfect mix of Cambodia's must see spots and venturing off the tourist track.


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  • 7 days/6 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • 7 x Cycling Days (Av.34 kms)
  • Ride a total of 238 kms
  • Small back roads with little traffic
  • Oudong - Cambodia;s former capital between 1618 - 1866
  • See chides and stupas in traditional Khmer style
  • UNESCO world heritage site of Angkor Wat
  • Sunset cruise on Tonle Sap
  • Experienced local cycling guide
  • Quality MTB hire included
  • E-bike Hire available (on request)
  • Support Vehicle and Luggage Transfer
  • Meals Included (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Snacks and drinks on the ride
  • Hotel pick up / drop off
  • SpiceRoads Jersey
  • Tour can be customised/privatised.

TRIP PROFILE

We ride 238 km, mostly on a mixture of tarmac roads in reasonable repair and vehicle-width dirt trails. Most of the rides are on flat terrain, through some very pretty and interesting countryside. Outside of Phnom Penh, traffic is light, and we often share the roads with ox carts and other cyclists. The riding is mainly on quiet back roads, and we try to avoid the highways where possible. The trip is fully supported by an air-con minibus that will shadow us for the entire journey.

You will be staying in two superb hotels that are well located so you can wander easily out to see more sites or shop. In Phnom Penh, our boutique hotel has a lovely garden and pool, and each room has a unique design and furniture, reflecting local styles. In Siem Reap, our hotel is an oasis with a large pool and garden to relax in after a day of riding.

Suitability: This trip has been designed to be an easy trip on flat terrain. This trip can is possible for anyone with a reasonable fitness level. A support vehicle is always available to help when required.

Biking Conditions: The daily distances are short with an emphasis on the sites being visited. Roads are a mixture of tarmac, broken tarmac, and vehicle-width dirt roads. Heat and humidity can be a factor, so when possible, riding is done early in the day with afternoons off.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Phnom Penh

We meet in the morning for a bicycle tour of Cambodia's capital city that has managed to retain its colonial charm. Taking advantage of its location at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonlé Sap rivers, we start along the colourful riverfront to the Royal Palace. Dating back to 1866, it was the last palace built during the French colonial period. We also visit the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. We move on to the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style in 1917. After our visit here, we take a ferry across the river where the city has not yet reached. Here, we find modern temples and monasteries, as well as many artisans practicing their traditional crafts such as silk weaving. This is an idyllic place, far from Phnom Penh’s busy streets. We meet up for dinner at Friends Restaurant, where former street youth learn hospitality skills.

Frangipani Royal Palace

Lunch, Dinner

Ride 31km

+113m

-114m

Day 2 Phnom Penh - Oudong

We head out of the city by taking back roads for about 46 km to Oudong, where we branch off to Phnom Preah Reach or Oudong Mountain. Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital of Cambodia, built on the top of Phnom Udong. This hill comprises a series of stupas and shrines in a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, almost all the buildings that the Americans did not bomb (as collateral damage from the Vietnam War), the Khmer Rouge destroyed in the 1970s. The 400-plus steps to the top will get the legs working overtime, but the view is worth it! This ride gives us a chance to see rural Cambodia off the beaten track - stilted houses, rice paddies, ox carts, waving children, and, of course, the friendly Khmer people. We have a picnic lunch at a local Khmer house. In the afternoon, we transfer back to the city for a sombre visit to Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. We explore Cambodia’s recent dark history in this museum housed in a former school taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture centre. We have dinner at the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club restaurant.

Frangipani Royal Palace

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 46km

+210m

-147m

Day 3 Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

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. We ride between temples constructed in the 7th century to function as the capital of the Chenla Empire. It is one of the oldest temple sites in Cambodia, mostly covered in vegetation. After our guide-assisted tour through the temples, we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we have a beautiful ride through rice paddies and small villages with locals greeting us as we cycle by. We then hop back into our van for a 2-hour transfer to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat. After we have freshened up, we have dinner at a restaurant inside a traditional Khmer house.

Steung Siemreap Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 38km

+114m

-134m

Day 4 Siem Reap - Angkor Complex

We immerse ourselves into the 12th century, when the Khmer’s reign extended far and wide. We cycle to the Angkor Wat complex and start our visit of the many temples at Ta Prohm, famous from the film Tomb Raider, and deliberately left by French conservationists in the same condition as discovered: overgrown by strangler fig and silk-cotton trees, giving the temple a mystical and romantic appeal. We continue to Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, and the Terrace of the Elephants. We break for lunch at a local restaurant before we explore the biggest religious Hindu edifice in the world - Angkor Wat. Considered the masterpiece of Khmer architecture, this Vishnuite temple is the King’s funerary temple, which is why the temple faces west. Inside the temple, the walls are covered by carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. After our visits to these magnificent temples, we cycle back to Siem Reap.

Steung Siemreap Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 30km

+137m

-137m

Day 5 Siem Reap - Banteay Srey - Kbal Spean

We spend more time in the saddle to visit further flung temples. We cycle through rural countryside to Banteay Srei Temple, with the best-preserved bas-reliefs and stone carvings in Cambodia. The temple is small but of huge significance in understanding the Angkor Era. 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. If time permits, we'll visit the Landmine Museum, which promotes mine awareness and is run by a former Khmer Rouge child soldier who now works as a de-miner. We take a lunch break before we reach Kbal Spean, also known as the Valley of 1,000 Lingas. We have a moderate 3-km trek uphill through the jungle to a river bed with submersed carvings and a beautiful waterfall (in rainy season only). After our visit, we return to Siem Reap by vehicle.

Steung Siemreap Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 48km

+353m

-176m

Day 6 Siem Reap - Rolous group - Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise

We have a day filled with sunrises and sunsets. We rise early to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat and then start riding to the Rolous. Rolous was the first town created by the kings of Cambodia. The first edifice built was the temple of Preah Ko, composed of six brick towers still partly covered by stucco and dedicated to Jayavarman II. The second temple of the Rolous is Bakong Temple, built in 881 AD, the state temple and the largest of the city. The temple is the representation of Mount Meru, home of the gods. We head back to our hotel, and the late morning and afternoon are free to explore the old market or to just rest by the pool. We meet again late afternoon to transfer to Tonle Sap for a sunset cruise and to see a floating village. (If water levels are low, we'll go to Phnom Krom to watch sunset). Transfer back to town for our farewell dinner.

Steung Siemreap Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 25km

+63m

-73m

Day 7 Siem Reap - Departure

After breakfast, we go for a short cycle through picturesque, bucolic scenery of rice paddies with wallowing water buffalo, countryside pagodas, and villages comprised of traditional stilted houses. We ride to the Silk Farm of Phouk, a fascinating farm/workshop where you can see the entire silk creation process, including mulberry bushes grown to feed the silk worms and worm breeding. We return to the hotel by vehicle and say our final goodbyes.

Breakfast

Ride 20km

+58m

-58m

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  • 7 days/6 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • 7 x Cycling Days (Av.34 kms)
  • Ride a total of 238 kms
  • Small back roads with little traffic
  • Oudong - Cambodia;s former capital between 1618 - 1866
  • See chides and stupas in traditional Khmer style
  • UNESCO world heritage site of Angkor Wat
  • Sunset cruise on Tonle Sap
  • Experienced local cycling guide
  • Quality MTB hire included
  • E-bike Hire available (on request)
  • Support Vehicle and Luggage Transfer
  • Meals Included (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Snacks and drinks on the ride
  • Hotel pick up / drop off
  • SpiceRoads Jersey
  • Tour can be customised/privatised.

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We believe there's no better way to see the world than by bicycle. Because travel is about the journey and everything it encompasses, never just the destination. Experiencing the moment and place intensely, not chasing the next must-see sight. Discovering new things about the world, and yourself. Then returning home with experiences that remind you of what it means to be alive. Since 1995 we've been sharing our passion for travelling by bicycle. Curating extraordinary cycle adventures in over 30 countries that give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with remarkable cultures, characters and landscapes in a way that no ordinary tour could.

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