Cambodia is known for its impressive ruins of Angkor, yet that's not all Cambodia has to offer. Peaceful beaches, dense jungles in the mountains and an unpretentious rural way of life, guarantee an exotic Southeast Asian experience.Read moreOn this multi day bike tour in Cambodia, we will cycle away from the hustle bustle of Phnom Penh, to find peace and harmony in the south of Cambodia. Cycle through small countryside villages, visit ancient Khmer temples along the way before arriving at Cambodia's coastal city of Kep. This town was once was a famous holiday spot for French colonialists.We continue on to explore the laid-back atmosphere of riverside Kampot and discover why black pepper from the region was a prized specialty crop in French restaurants during the 19th Century as we taste and smell its unique flavour.
- 4 days/3 nights accommodation in a quality 3 star hotels
- 4 x Cycling Days (Av.48kms)
- Ride a total of 190 kms mostly on quiet paved roads
- Escape the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh
- Cycle through small countryside villages
- Visit ancient Khmer temples
- Explore Cambodia's coastal town of Key
- Relax at the riverside location of Kampot
- Experienced local cycling guide
- MTB or Hybrid Bike and helmet included
- Support Vehicle and Luggage Transfer
- Meals Included (as indicated in itinerary)
- Snacks and drinks on the ride
- Hotel pick up / drop off.
We ride just 190 km, mostly on a mixture of flat tarmac and dirt road in the countryside, except on day 4 when there will be some climbs on a newly sealed road for 11 km. The average distance is 50 km a day. Outside of Phnom Penh traffic is light and we often share the roads with ox carts and local cyclists. The trip is point-to-point and fully supported by air-con minibus that will shadow us for the entire journey.
Suitability: This trip has been designed to be an easy trip with some climbing on day 4, but nothing too difficult. This trip can be done by anyone of a reasonable fitness level. A support truck is always available to help where required.
Biking Conditions: The roads are a mixture of tarmac, broken tarmac and vehicle-width dirt roads.
Day 1 Phnom Penh - Takeo
We will pick you up from the hotel in Phnom Penh for a short transfer and stop to visit the Killing Fields, an extermination camp for political prisoners during the terror reign of the Khmer Rouge. We then start riding through Takeo province which is littered with pre-Angkor temples, a few of which we will visit. Taking back roads, we pass through small villages, alongside rice paddy fields before we reach Tonle Bati, a small lake popular among locals as a picnic spot. Situated nearby are two Angkorian Temples, Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau, both were built during the same period as Bayon and Angkor Thom in Siem Reap. We cycle on to visit a silk handloom weaving in a village where you can learn how to make one! After lunch at a local restaurant we'll walk up to visit an ancient Angkorian temple built during 11th century, on the top of Chisor Mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of the countryside. We then transfer to Takeo to our overnight at a local guesthouse.
Alice Villa Guesthouse
Day 2 Takeo - Kep
A short 30-km transfer from Takeo city takes us to the start of our cycle south to the sea. We spend the day cycling, sharing the roads with local people on their live vehicles, cows and buffaloes, as we peacefully ride through farms and villages. After our lunch that will no doubt include at least one dish with pepper as an ingredient, we'll go to visit a pepper plantation. 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 transfer to the old colonial coastal town of Kep, which once was a French holiday destination before the civil war in 1965 left behind the remains of abandoned villas scattered around the town. After a full day of cycling and discovering the real cambodia, we overnight at a beautiful resort with views over the Gulf of Thailand.
Legend Kep Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Kep - Kampot
Today we will start our ride on a tarmac road, then continue on dirt and gravel to reach Phnom Chhnork, a limestone cave which contains a well-preserved pre-Angkorian ruin -- a 7th century small brick temple, inside the main chamber. It's a climb to the top, but the view is worth the effort. Back on the saddle we ride to Steung Keo River at the base of Bokor Mountain before transferring to the town of Kampot. Here we'll check into our Bungalows, located on the bank of the river with a wonderful view of Bokor National Park.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Kampot - Phnom Penh
It's uphill today, but we drive the majority of it and start riding from the Black Palace to the abandoned buildings of the former French hill station. We ride for 11 km on a newly paved tarmac road to the top where the view of the sea is stunning. We visit the newly renovated French Colonial Casino, then make our way to the nearby waterfall for a picnic. The waterfall, even when dry, is a truly rewarding prize. Here we take in the beauty of Bokor, and have one last meal together before the end of our Cambodia bicycle tour. We'll backtrack to the Black Palace, and then transfer to Kampot to shower at the hotel before we drive back to Phnom Penh. Experienced cyclists will have the option to cycle the entire 23 km down to Kampot. Those looking to extend their time in Cambodia can explore the picturesque Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei temple complexes. .
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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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