Team up with a socially-conscious tour operator on this trip of a lifetime
Take on the challenging ride up Bokor Mountain
Get up early and enjoy a magnificent cycle around the ancient temples
Enjoy the challenges along the way on this unique tour of Cambodia
Discover this charming country with an experienced tour operator
Enjoy the wonderful array of cuisine on offer during the tour

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Via Kampot

Duration
11 days
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Journey through Cambodia on an 11 day cycling adventure taking you into the country's heartland as you learn about the local NGOs along the route. Cambodia is an amazing country to cycle across. From the chaos of the Phnom Penh to the calm of the countryside, Cambodia is easy to fall in love with. The days are long, the country is hot and the people are super friendly. From the constant and random “HELLO!!” from the children on the side of the road, to the Community Development programs set up by the truly selfless and unsung heroes of this world.

  • Category
    Multi-Activity
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    11 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    233 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    33.2 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    11 days
  • Main Destination
    Angkor Wat and Siem Reap
  • Distance
    233 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    33.2 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Siem Reap: Arrival day and welcome dinner

    You will arrive and stay in the heart of the cosmopolitan lifestyle that has been thrust on Siem Reap since the country has opened up to the outside world. After you are picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel, take some time to relax or explore the city before meeting for a welcome dinner. Dinner is at one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants, Marum. It’s part of the Friends International social enterprise projects, providing vocational training for marginalized youth.

    • Tanei Boutique Villa, Siem Reap
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2Siem Reap: Sunrise cycling around the temples of Angkor

    Sunrise is from 4.30am as you hit the bikes for the first time, but it is so worth it. Sunrise over Angkor Wat is a bucket list achievement for good reason. From here you’ll venture on to other, and arguably more impressive, temples in the area for the remainder of the morning. In the early afternoon you’ll have the chance to visit your first NGO of the trip. You will spend time with these incredibly inspirational people that have dedicated their lives to helping others. Hear their stories and understand what the real issues of the country are.

    NGO: This Life Cambodia

    • 18.6 miles
    • Tanei Boutique Villa, Siem Reap
    • Breakfast
  3. Day 3Battambang: River riding, local villages and coffee stops

    You will ride out of Siem Reap to the boat port (20km/12.4mi). Travelling across the wetlands and navigating your way around Tonle Sap river is an experience you will never forget. The road soon turns to single track as you get more and more remote. You will farewell the support van and venture on into the rural and barren lands of Cambodia. Few villages exist out here, supporting themselves through sustainable fishing methods. After around a 4hr boat ride, it’s another 20-30km (12.4-18.6mi) to Battambang, depending on the river levels. Battambang is great for shopping, with colonial style streets and hidden secrets where bric-a-brac abounds. Dinner is in another social enterprise based restaurant, Jann Bai, that is often hailed as the best dinner in Cambodia!

    Riding today is between 40-50km (25-31mi).

    • 24.9 miles
    • Holiday Hotel, Battambang
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Pursat: Battambang to Banan by bike

    After an early breakfast, you’ll make your way along the dusty red back roads to the nearby local attraction of Banan Temple. You’ll cycle back to the town of Battambang to explore a little more and grab lunch at leisure. You’ll get to the town of Pursat by early afternoon and into your hotel to enjoy the swimming pool and on site massage spa. You’ll get a great experience from an amazing NGO, Sustainable Cambodia. A full presentation by the executives in their office and a tour of their facilities. See the difference the NGO makes first hand. Be inspired by the real difference made by real people.

    • 31.1 miles
    • KM Hotel, Pursat
    • Breakfast
  5. Day 5Cycling into Phnom Penh, riverside villages and Tonle Sap

    You will start cycling 75km (46mi) out from Phnom Penh, and ride all the way up to the front door of the hotel. The back roads bring in some of the most spectacular scenery as you pass through villages living on Tonle Sap lake. The ride takes in great coffee stops, endless photo opportunities and a couple of ferries. For dinner, it’s a feast of tarantula’s and crickets at the famous Romdeng restaurant, a social enterprise restaurant from the friends International team.

    • 46.6 miles
    • Mito Hotel, Phnom Penh
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  6. Day 6Friends International, S-21 and BBQ

    You’ll start the day by meeting the incredible people at Friends International and learn about the wonderful work they do within the community. This is a great insight into REAL local everyday issues, from real local everyday heroes. You'll then venture towards the Russian market and move to Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21 Genocide Museum. This devastating chapter of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian history is emotionally challenging but strongly recommended. There is some free time in the afternoon to process your day, whilst you’ll meet again for a local Khmer BBQ dinner tonight and feast on a selection of local meats and vegetables, cooked at the group table on a communal BBQ.

    • Mito Hotel, Phnom Penh
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  7. Day 7Phnom Penh to Kampot

    Your cycling day takes you south of Phnom Penh to Chisaur Mountain Temple in rural Cambodia. You will casually cycle through remote villages and waterways, via narrow dirt tracks. This temple, at the top of a 130m (426ft)  'mountain' was built in the 11th century, about 200 years prior to Angkor Wat. You’ll have a late lunch at the base of the mountain and then jump in the van to get into Kampot for the early evening for you to explore the culinary delights of coastal Kampot at your leisure.

    • 40.4 miles
    • Vibola Guesthouse or similar, Kampot
    • Breakfast
  8. Day 8The Bokor Mountain Cycle Challenge

    Start the day with an (optional) mammoth Bokor Mountain cycle challenge! It’s 40km (24.8mi) to get to the top. The first 10km (6.2mi) is flat, then it just keeps on going up, and up, and up! If cycling uphill doesn’t rock your world, the tour operator can bring your bike in the van and you can cycle down! Whilst at the top, you can take some time to explore the French ghost town of Bokor Hill Station in Preah Monivong National Park. If you feel like taking some time off the bike, Kampot is a great town to caffeinate, people watch and relax.


    • 37.3 miles
    • Vibola Guesthouse or similar, Kampot
  9. Day 9Salt fields and ethical fashion

    In the morning, you’ll visit Chumkriel Language School (no children will be in attendance at the time of visiting). A fantastic NGO and inspirational human being, Mr Suthy has set up a very grassroots local school to give access to education for children of the salt field community. In the afternoon, you’ll partake in a cooking class, teaching you the best of Khmer cuisi ne!There's an optional 10km (6.2mi) cycle today to the salt fields.


    • 6.2 miles
    • Vibola Guesthouse or similar, Kampot
    • Dinner
  10. Day 10Pepper farms, crab markets and Vietnam

    Today you will cycle to the border of Vietnam, but not before discovering the wonderful province of Kep. Located just before the border, this town is famous for it’s fresh seafood, particularly crab. You’ll spend a couple of hours exploring the famous pepper plantations and salt lakes on the way.

    Navigating through the back roads, you’ll make your way around the National Park and to the border crossing into Ha Tien, Vietnam. From Ha Tien, you’ll jump in the van and head back to Mito Hotel in Phnom Penh arriving around 6pm.

    Terrain today is paved, gravel and track with lots of breaks.

    • 40.4 miles
    • Mito Hotel, Phnom Penh
    • Dinner
  11. Day 11Departure

    (Congratulations! You’ve cycled across Cambodia, covered almost 400km (248mi) in the saddle and more than scratched the surface as to what Cambodia about. You’ll enjoy a final breakfast together before you set off to the airport or your next adventure.

    Departure transfer not included, but can be arranged on request.

    • 49.7 miles
    • Breakfast