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Cambodia Heritage by Bicycle
The Khmers of Cambodia have a rich and varied history that bloomed between the 9th and 14th century during the Angkor period. Left behind are an impressive array of reminders of the grandeur of Khmer arts and culture that you'll explore on this cycle tour through ancient temples. As you ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap you'll learn about the local way of life, and be humbled by the friendliness of the people and the bucolic rural landscapes which make Cambodia a fascinating country to cycle through.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level1 - Easy
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance147.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance21.1 miles
- Day 1Meet in Phnom Penh
Meet in the morning for a bicycle tour of Cambodia's capital city, which has managed to retain its colonial charm. You begin your cycle along the colourful riverfront to the Royal Palace, then continue to the National Museum where you'll get a superb introduction to Khmer history.
- 18.6 miles
- -3.3 ft
- Day 2Phnom Penh – Oudong
Head to Phnom Preah Reach, or Oudong Mountain, once the capital of Cambodia. This ride gives you a chance to see rural Cambodia; it's followed by a picnic lunch at a local Khmer house. Then, explore the recent dark history of Cambodia in Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide.
- 28 miles
- 210 ft
- Day 3Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom – Siem Reap
Transfer to Kampong Thom where you'll cycle through the ancient temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk. Visit one of the oldest temple sites in Cambodia, constructed in the 7th century, and have a beautiful ride through rice paddy fields and small villages, with many locals greeting you as you cycle by.
- 22.4 miles
- -65.6 ft
- Day 4Siem Reap – Angkor Complex
Today you'll immerse yourself in the 12th Century, when the reign of the Khmers extended far and wide. Cycle to the entrance of Angkor Wat and start your visit of the many temples at Ta Prohm, famous from the film Tomb Raider, deliberately left by French conservationists in the same condition as it was discovered.
- 15.5 miles
- Day 5Siem Reap – Banteay Srey – Kbal Spean
Cycle through rural countryside to Banteay Srei temple, which has the best preserved bas-reliefs and other stone carvings in Cambodia. After a local lunch put the bike aside for a moderate 3 km (1.9 mi) trek uphill through the jungle to a river bed with submersed carvings and a beautiful waterfall.
- 34.8 miles
- 580.7 ft
- Day 6Siem Reap – Rolous group – Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise
Rise early to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, then start riding to the Rolous group. You have the afternoon free to explore the old market, or to rest by the pool at your hotel. Meet up with the group in the late afternoon for a sunset cruise to see the floating village.
- 15.5 miles
- -32.8 ft
- Day 7Siem Reap – Departure
After breakfast go for a short cycle through bucolic scenery of Siem Reap Countryside to the Silk Farm of Phouk, a fascinating farm/workshop where you can see the entire silk creation process. You'll return to the hotel by vehicle and say your final good byes after lunch.
- 12.4 miles