Really the only worthwhile way to travel from Bangkok to Angkor. Diverse scenery, great riding and delicious food make this an unmissable experience. This trip runs Bangkok to Siem Reap.
Why fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap and miss the scenery and the friendly folk in between? Give a bike ride a try instead and discover a diverse patch of South East Asia. Cycle along the coast, through orchards, gem mining towns, and the third largest city in Cambodia with its well preserved French architecture. Charming, engaging locals and some lovely accommodation all found on one of the less trodden paths through South East Asia. There is so much to see in such a relatively short ride.
Easy and pleasant rides and making effective use of the support vehicle allow us to make the credible claim that anyone who enjoys a ride on a bike can do this ride. It’s far better than flying and so much much better than taking the bus. .
Day 1 : Bangkok Transfer & Cycle to Chanthaburi 50km ( B , L )
After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok it is a 3 hour drive to reach the starting point of the ride. This is a sleepy beach far from the bustle of Bangkok. There is time for a quick swim and we are then on the bikes for a lovely ride along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. At times a few small hills provide nice views out over the water and just as your mind starts to drift into communication with your stomach, we discover our lunch stop where a the first of many great meals awaits you. We ride into the regional town of Chanthaburi in the mid afternoon where our friendly host awaits to introduce you to his cosy guesthouse and his vegetable garden, two things he is very passionate about.
Day 2 : Cycle & Transfer to Pailin 60km ( B , L , D )
Leaving Chantaburi we pass through the old town area and the Catholic quarter and then into the orchards surrounding the town. We are on well made, back roads today with hardly a car in sight. A little before lunch time, we pack up and drive a busier section to our next stop on the food adventure. It’s then just another thirty minutes in the car to the Cambodian border. After completing formalities, we ride onto the hotel, set among the gem riddled hills of Pailin, a town famous not only for gems, but also for harbouring a number of senior members of the Khmer Rouge for many years after the fall of the tyrannous regime. With these characters now long gone, Pailin is now hoping to put itself on the tourist map a little by providing hospitality to those passing through.
Day 3 : Cycle & Transfer to Battambang 40km ( B , L , D )
Today we leave the paved surface and ride on some fun dirt roads and trails through the villages up behind Pailin town. Despite a steady trickle of foreign travellers through this area, you will still be the centre of much attention in the villages as friendly locals want to know what it is you are doing. We rejoin the main road after an hour and a half or so and then enjoy some rolling hills down out of the highlands onto the plains. As the day heats up, we drive to Phnom Sampou where a tasty meal awaits and a great view can be seen from the hilltop temple. Once the sun gets a little lower in the sky, we take to the bikes again and ride to the most famous of Battambang peculiarities, the Bamboo Train. After a ride on this rickety, but highly enjoyable Cambodian invention, we check into our centrally located accommodation and have some time to explore this charming town.
Day 4 The Village Industries Tour 25km & Transfer to Siem Reap ( B , L , D )
Soksabike is a program created by a local vocational training NGO named Kinyei. This morning we will enjoy this tour led by students of Kinyei. This pedal around the suburbs and villages of Battambang introduces us to the many village products that are made here. These are predominantly food, so any hopes of losing weight on this tour will be firmly extinguished by this stage. We get a great insight into how people here live and survive. We see how rice wine, dried bananas and a tasty snack called Kralanh are made before we return to town for lunch. We have a three hour drive to Siem Reap this afternoon. Upon arrival, there will be an option to see the sun set over the largest lake in South East Asia, Tonle Sap, from a small mountain on the shore.
Day 5 Angkor Sunrise Discovery 25km ( B , L )
As the roosters crow, you will be out at the most important religious monument in Cambodia, watching the sun rise over the triple towers of Angkor Wat. Even in the wet season, this is a magical time to see Angkor. As the crowds thin, take an unforgettable walk through the temple, where the soft light and cool temperatures present Angkor at its best. A short pedal away a delicious breakfast spread awaits. After breakfast we ride around the hidden trails of the Angkor complex to visit some of the best kept secrets and the iconic temples of the Bayon, Tha Prom and The Elephant Terrace. As the day heats up we lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake and then return to your hotel by vehicle around 2pm. This tour is the essential introduction to the Angkor park and will give you not only a great historical overview, but also a geographic initiation so that if you wish to stay on in Siem Reap, you can explore on your own. A late checkout of 4pm is included. You could safely book flights out of Siem Reap from 6pm if you intend to leave on this evening
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:
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
6 .Some Cash
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