Bangkok Cycle To Cambodia Explorer – 16 days

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The trip will start in Bangkok with a transfer to the border where mountain bikes are prepared and the guide will brief on the cycling tour. We ride and walk approximately 484 km mostly on asphalt roads and sometimes broken road or vehicle-width dirt roads, which may be smooth, gritty, stony, rocky, rutted, loose or hard-packed. The 85km from Pailin to Battambang is probably the worst road with dirt and potholes but still interesting things to see along the road. From Bttambang to Siem Reap, we cross Tonle Sap lake. The hard final part is when we approach Sihanuk Ville as there are some climbs.

The trip is one of the best trip to explore whole Cambodia on the 2 wheels. We visit not just the Angkor historical park but also the former Khmer Rouge stronghold, Pailin, Phnom Penh and the southern beach from Kep, Kampot, to Sihanuk Ville and home-stay, to experience rural Cambodia at its most authentic with trekking at Kirirom National Park while discovering the breathtaking nature and landscape, 40m high water fall, variety of plants and animals

Day 1: Bangkok-Pailin (Cycling 20km)  ( L , D )
Arrive in Bangkok airport or from your hotel . Meet and transfer to the Cambodia border. After the immigration, lunch at local restaurant. Then set up the bike with a briefing to begin cycling 20km to the Pailin town located on the foothills of the scenic Cardamom mountains. Pailin used to be Khmer Rouge Strong-hold survived by trading gem stones.  Until 1998, Khmer Rouge has demobilized their forces into the government army, then the town had got completely peace. The town is now home to some of the former Khmer Rouge leaders who are now in jail awaiting for international tribunal. After cycling on the dirt red bumpy road, we arrive in the small dusty town of Pailin. View sunset at Phnom Yat to overlook Pailin. This temple on Phnom Yat hill is more for Kula Muslim minority who earn their living with gem stone business. The Muslim minority made up 5% of the whole population in Cambodia. Return back to the hotel for shower and welcome dinner .

Summary

Cycling Distance : 20 km

Meals : Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Pailin.

Day 2: Pailin-Battambang (85km) ( B , L ,D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Fill the water and briefing on the road condition and water stop. After the town, there are a few climbs and then down hill. Watch for large potholes, and cows might be crossing the road with the string so there might a trap. We cycle along this Cadarmom mountain range passing the rice field and we won’t be tired as the kids like to say hello and waving from their houses. Recently, the road from Pailin to Battambang has been improved. We stop for water,  snack and drink under a big shad of a tree. Then continue cycling another 20km before stopping for lunch in Sneung overlooked a nearby a temple near the road.

A little rest on the mat would be good. After lunch we cycle another 20km to Phnom Sampov, overlook the hilltop pagoda and the cave. Just 15km to Battambang, we do a bit of transfer as to avoid the busy traffic in town. Battambang used to be second biggest city but now become a relaxed town where Siem Reap is getting more boom. Situated on the bank of Sangker River, Battambang has many  French colonial building and traditional Cambodian house. It is worth to take the Bamboo train as the local railway is running only twice a week for passenger train and cargo train is running more often.  So local people enjoy taking more bamboo train. Overnight in Battambang.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 85 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Battambang

Day 3: Battambang – Siem Reap (15km) ( B , L , D )
An early breakfast before cycling for 15 minutes to board on the boat to Siem Reap. The boat has toilet and life jacket and takes about 6 – 7 hours. It is one of the best boat trip in Cambodia to cross the Sangker river viewing the fishermen and all their activities on the river. Then crossing Tonle Sap lake (South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake).   It is the main reserve for water when the Mekong is flooded, without the lake, Cambodia will be flooded every year. In rainy season, the water reaches 10,000 square Km when it is only 5,000 square Km in dry season.

The lake is as important as for the human-being and the fish, birds and other wild animals. One hour before reaching the dock, the boat passes Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary home and breeding area for some thousands of water birds. After crossing Tonle Sap lake, we arrive at Chong Kneas floating village. The village combines of Cambodian, Muslim and Vietnamese and they move up and down depends on the season. All the houses are floating with support of the bamboo. After arrival at the dock, get off and prepare to ride bicycle 15km to our hotel.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 15 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 4: Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (25km by bicycle)
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother.

While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples.Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the temples. Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodia’s great king, Jayavarman VII. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 25 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 5: Banteay Srei & River of Thousand Lingas (90km) (B,L,D)
Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2km before turn right to the rural road.  The road is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Srei before lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as women citadel (built in 967 A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some of temple are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration.

Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and still an excellent state of preservation. Continue cycling to visit Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas, lying under the river bed, people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows to Siem Reap. Walk 1,200meters to visit the Lingas and enjoy lunch and the water fall. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira.  Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors’ donation to fund his work. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 85 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 6: Siem Reap-Phnom Penh (18km) ( B , L , D )
Early morning, cycle to Tonle Sap lake to board the speedboat to Phnom Penh (7h00-13h00). Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon, free at leisure to wander around the capital city by your own. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 18 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 7: Phnom Penh (35 km by bicycle) ( B , L ,D )
Explore this bustling city’s major sights by bike, including Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. In the afternoon cycle to the Independence Monument, Tuol Sleng Museum and Choeung Ek killing fields.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 35 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 8: Phnom Penh – Takeo (65 km by bicycle) ( B , L,D)
Cycle to Tonle Bati for a picnic lunch before heading to Phnom Chiso. The summit can be reached via a 180-step climb and offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Later we arrive at Takeo for the night.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 65 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Takeo

Day 9: Takeo – Kep (70 km by bicycle) ( B , L ,D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Take the boat driver on Takeo lake 30 minutes to visit the hill top Phnom Da temple built in the early century of the Khmer Civilization in Funan period. Return to the dock to begin cycle to Kep passing Ta Mok’s house, the former General Commander of Khmer Rouge. Arrive in Kep late afternoon, Kep is a quiet beach town. Board on the boat to Rabbit Island to stay overnight in home-stay.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 70 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Homestay in Kep

Day 10: Kep – Kampot (35 km by bicycle) ( B , L,D )
Early morning, swim, snorkeling and relaxing. After breakfast, board on the boat to Kep for lunch. Then cycle to visit Phnom Sia limestone caves before arriving at the quiet town of Kampot. There are still some colonial building charm and Kempot is famous for its local pepper and durian. Dinner and overnight in Kampot.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 35 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Kampot

Day 11: Kampot – Bokor National Park – Sihanoukville (53 km) ( B ,L,D )
Drive through the fertile Bokor National Park with its abandoned hill station, stopping for lunch at Po Pok Vil Waterfalls for some respite. In the afternoon we arrive at the quiet beach resort town of Sihanoukville.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 53 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Sihanoukville.

Day 12: Sihanoukville – Ream (56km) (  B , L, D )
Today we cycle to the Ream Maritime National Park with mangrove forests, offshore coral reefs and fishing villages. Explore the jungles and mangrove swamps by boat, a fishing village and a small tropical island. Later we boat back to port and cycle to Sihanoukville.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 56 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Sihanoukville.

Day 13: Sihanoukville ( B )
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure to relax at the beach. Overnight in Sihanoukville.

Summary

Cycling Distance : None

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation :Hotel in Sihanoukville.

Day 14: Sihanuk Ville-Kirirom National Park (8km)( B , L , D)
After breakfast, transfer to Kirirom National Park to hike 2-3 hours on Dat Chivit Mountain, to visit the area with the ranger. Enjoy variety of different attractions including a 40m high water fall, variety of plants and animals while discovering the breathtaking nature and landscape. Return to Chambok to stay overnight at home-stay and experience rural Cambodia at its most authentic.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 8 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Guesthouse in The park

Day 15: Kirirom – Phnom Penh (40km) ( B , L , D )
After breakfast, visit Chombok community activities with the representative of the project to learn about the indigenous culture and the history of the area and the daily life of the people living in the community before driving back to Phnom Penh.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 40 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation :Hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 16: Phnom Penh Departure ( B )
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Phnom Penh for departure flight.

Summary

Meals : Breakfast

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Tour Package Includes

• Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy
• Meals as indicated in program B = breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
• Bikes (Trek) and helmet
• Support private van or bus  serving throughout the tour with Professional English Speaking Guide.
• All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
• Cold water and towel during the tour
• Snack and seasonal fruit
• We have vehicle through the tour, if you tours feel tired they can get on the vehicle.
• First Aid Kids

Tour Package Excludes
• Visa stamping fee
• Travel assurance
• Tips and gratuities
• Personal expenses
• Service which are not mentioned in the program
• International air ticket and airport departure taxes
• Meals and drinks not mentioned in program

Thing to be prepared:
1. Hat
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
4. Sunglasses
5. Gloves
6 .Some Cash
7.Camera
8.Personal drugs
9.Passport
10.Sunscreen

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