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Cambodia Cycle Tour: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Cambodia is a fascinating, sensory overload destination that will leave you with incredible memories. The unique part of this tour is that it’s not all about the cycling. This Cambodia Cycle Tour includes an ‘away from the crowds’ fully guided experience at UNESCO listed Angkor Wat. This is an experience in itself, and worth coming to Cambodia for on its own. Learn the fascinating story of these ancient temples, see the sunrise over the pagodas and visit less touristy temples on this inspiring visit. Learn the secrets of Asian cooking with an exclusive group cooking class. Start with a market visit to buy produce which is always great fun.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance139.8 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance28 miles
When the sun rises over Angkor Wat, it's easy to understand why the citizens of the ancient city of Angkor considered their leaders to be gods. The rising sun reflects off the massive stone temple complex and the thick green jungle that surrounds it, creating awesome hues of purple and blue and an almost otherworldly glow. Angkor Wat attracts two million visitors every year. But the incredible ancient site isn't the only site worth visiting in Cambodia. In fact, this South East Asian country is so full of wonder, it should go right to the top of your bucket list.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument ever built. It is, quite simply, breathtaking. While Angkor Wat is certainly the most iconic temple in Cambodia, you don't just go to see Angkor Wat, you go to visit the whole ancient city of Angkor, the capital of the Khmer empire from the 9th to 15th century. Having the advantage of bikes, you are able to escape the crowds and are free to wander less explored ruins. Angkor is a UNESCO listed World Heritage site, and it's easy to see why; every ruin is intricately carved and impressively constructed. The amazing Bayon, the central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, contains 216 massive stone heads whose faces stare down at temple-goers from every direction. Trees grow directly out of the stones and roots sprawl over structures at Ta Prohm, the so-called "Tomb Raider" temple. These, along with all the other ruins and the jungle itself, are magnificent sights to behold.
Riding from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, you will visit rural villages with smiling locals, along the way. Take a ride on a ferry with the bikes over Lake Tonle Sap and experience real life in Asia. You will also learn about some of the darker histories of Cambodia with guided Killing Fields tours whilst in Phnom Penh.
This Cambodia Cycle trip is great value with breakfast and dinner included in the tour. Be surprised by the food and beverage offerings, tasting an incredible French inspired degustation, South East Asian style stir fries, home cooked traditional Khmer dishes & more. The Champey Cooking Class is the original and one of the most popular cooking classes in Cambodia. You will spend an afternoon learning how to make delicious and authentic Khmer food which includes a trip to the Old Market to buy the ingredients, which you will need for cooking. This firsthand experience of a local market is exciting in itself, but you also get to go back to the "Champey Cooking School" where you'll be taught how to prepare a local dish by a professional chef.
The cycling component has been specifically developed for recreational cyclists, averaging around 45kms (27mi) per day on flat and easy terrain. The tour is fully guided with a friendly and knowledgeable guide and supported with a van never far away. The tour operator has carefully timed the tour dates to take advantage of favourable Cambodia weather at that time of year. Not too hot, and not too wet.