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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
On this tour you explore the history and culture of Cambodia by bicycle, starting as far back as the 7th Century. Your ride starts in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia since the French colonization of Indochina, once known as the "Pearl of Asia." From here you ride through the scenery of Cambodia's countryside to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia from 1618 to 1866. Next you ride to the hills of Phnom Oudong to see a variety of chedis and stupas built in traditional Khmer style.
The next day you'll cycle from temple to temple and visit one of the oldest temple complexes of Cambodia, in Sambor Prey Kuk. Then transfer to Siem Reap and enter the symbol of Cambodia, Angkor Wat. You'll immerse yourself in the 12th century, when the Khmer empire was at its height. At this UNESCO World Heritage site you'll explore the high classical Khmer architecture and have a chance to see that it is the best preserved temple complex of both Hinduism and Buddhism.
Your journey of discovery will continue beyond the main temple complex to Banteay Srey and to Kbal Spean. Riding your bike through the countryside, you'll be greeted by friendly locals and get a deeper understanding of their lives. On your last night you'll enjoy a sunset cruise on Tonle Sap lake.
You'll cycle a total of 237 km (147 mi) mostly on a mixture of tarmac and dirt roads through some very pretty and interesting countryside, taking in a wonderful experience of Cambodia.