Guaranteed Departure Dates: 15 to 30 November, 2011
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Cambodia Explorer 16 Days/ 15 Nights (Price: USD1,657 Per Person)
The trip will start in Bangkok with a transfer to the border where mountain bikes are prepared and the guide will brief on the cycling tour. We ride and walk approximately 484 km mostly on asphalt roads and sometimes broken road or vehicle-width dirt roads, which may be smooth, gritty, stony, rocky, rutted, loose or hard-packed. The 85km from Pailin to Battambang is probably the worst road with dirt and potholes but still interesting things to see along the road. From Bttambang to Siem Reap, we cross Tonle Sap lake. The hard final part is when we approach Sihanuk Ville as there are some climbs.
The trip is one of the best trip to explore whole Cambodia on the 2 wheels. We visit not just the Angkor historical park but also the former Khmer Rouge stronghold, Pailin, Phnom Penh and the southern beach from Kep, Kampot, to Sihanuk Ville and home-stay, to experience rural Cambodia at its most authentic with trekking at Kirirom National Park while discovering the breathtaking nature and landscape, 40m high water fall, variety of plants and animals.
Day 1: Bangkok-Pailin (Cycling 20km)
Arrive in Bangkok. Meet and transfer to the Cambodia border. After the immigration, lunch at local restaurant. Then set up the bike with a briefing to begin cycling 20km to the Pailin town located on the foothills of the scenic Cardamom mountains. Pailin used to be Khmer Rouge Strong-hold survived by trading gem stones. Until 1998, Khmer Rouge has demobilized their forces into the government army, then the town had got completely peace. The town is now home to some of the former Khmer Rouge leaders who are now in jail awaiting for international tribunal. After cycling on the dirt red bumpy road, we arrive in the small dusty town of Pailin. View sunset at Phnom Yat to overlook Pailin. This temple on Phnom Yat hill is more for Kula Muslim minority who earn their living with gem stone business. The Muslim minority made up 5% of the whole population in Cambodia. Return back to the hotel for shower and welcome dinner. Overnight in Pailin.
Day 2: Pailin-Battambang (85km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Fill the water and briefing on the road condition and water stop. After the town, there are a few climbs and then down hill. Watch for large potholes, and cows might be crossing the road with the string so there might a trap. We cycle along this Cadarmom mountain range passing the rice field and we won't be tired as the kids like to say hello and waving from their houses. Recently, the road from Pailin to Battambang has been improved. We stop for water, snack and drink under a big shad of a tree. Then continue cycling another 20km before stopping for lunch in Sneung overlooked a nearby a temple near the road.
A little rest on the mat would be good. After lunch we cycle another 20km to Phnom Sampov, overlook the hilltop pagoda and the cave. Just 15km to Battambang, we do a bit of transfer as to avoid the busy traffic in town. Battambang used to be second biggest city but now become a relaxed town where Siem Reap is getting more boom. Situated on the bank of Sangker River, Battambang has many French colonial building and traditional Cambodian house. It is worth to take the Bamboo train as the local railway is running only twice a week for passenger train and cargo train is running more often. So local people enjoy taking more bamboo train. Overnight in Battambang. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Battambang-Siem Reap (15km)
An early breakfast before cycling for 15 minutes to board on the boat to Siem Reap. The boat has toilet and life jacket and takes about 6 - 7 hours. It is one of the best boat trip in Cambodia to cross the Sangker river viewing the fishermen and all their activities on the river. Then crossing Tonle Sap lake (South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake). It is the main reserve for water when the Mekong is flooded, without the lake, Cambodia will be flooded every year. In rainy season, the water reaches 10,000 square Km when it is only 5,000 square Km in dry season.
The lake is as important as for the human-being and the fish, birds and other wild animals. One hour before reaching the dock, the boat passes Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary home and breeding area for some thousands of water birds. After crossing Tonle Sap lake, we arrive at Chong Kneas floating village. The village combines of Cambodian, Muslim and Vietnamese and they move up and down depends on the season. All the houses are floating with support of the bamboo. After arrival at the dock, get off and prepare to ride bicycle 15km to our hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (25km by bicycle)
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother.
While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples.Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the temples. Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodia's great king, Jayavarman VII. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Banteay Srei & River of Thousand Lingas (90km) (B,L,D)
Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2km before turn right to the rural road. The road is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Srei before lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as women citadel (built in 967 A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some of temple are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration.
Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and still an excellent state of preservation. Continue cycling to visit Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas, lying under the river bed, people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows to Siem Reap. Walk 1,200meters to visit the Lingas and enjoy lunch and the water fall. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira. Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors' donation to fund his work. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 6: Siem Reap-Phnom Penh (18km)
Early morning, cycle to Tonle Sap lake to board the speedboat to Phnom Penh (7h00-13h00). Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon, free at leisure to wander around the capital city by your own. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Phnom Penh (35 km by bicycle)
Explore this bustling city’s major sights by bike, including Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. In the afternoon cycle to the Independence Monument, Tuol Sleng Museum and Choeung Ek killing fields. (BLD)
Day 8: Phnom Penh – Takeo (60 km by bicycle)
Cycle to Tonle Bati for a picnic lunch before heading to Phnom Chiso. The summit can be reached via a 180-step climb and offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Later we arrive at Takeo for the night. (BLD)
Day 9: Takeo – Kep (70 km by bicycle)
Breakfast at the hotel. Take the boat driver on Takeo lake 30 minutes to visit the hill top Phnom Da temple built in the early century of the Khmer Civilization in Funan period. Return to the dock to begin cycle to Kep passing Ta Mok's house, the former General Commander of Khmer Rouge. Arrive in Kep late afternoon, Kep is a quiet beach town. Board on the boat to Rabbit Island to stay overnight in home-stay. (BLD)
Day 10: Kep - Kampot (35 km by bicycle)
Early morning, swim, snorkeling and relaxing. After breakfast, board on the boat to Kep for lunch. Then cycle to visit Phnom Sia limestone caves before arriving at the quiet town of Kampot. There are still some colonial building charm and Kempot is famous for its local pepper and durian. Dinner and overnight in Kampot. (BLD)
Day 11: Kampot – Bokor National Park – Sihanoukville (53 km)
Drive through the fertile Bokor National Park with its abandoned hill station, stopping for lunch at Po Pok Vil Waterfalls for some respite. In the afternoon we arrive at the quiet beach resort town of Sihanoukville. (BLD).
Day 12: Sihanoukville – Ream (56km)
Today we cycle to the Ream Maritime National Park with mangrove forests, offshore coral reefs and fishing villages. Explore the jungles and mangrove swamps by boat, a fishing village and a small tropical island. Later we boat back to port and cycle to Sihanoukville. (BLD)
Day 13: Sihanoukville
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure to relax at the beach. Overnight in Sihanuk Vile.
Day 14: Sihanuk Ville-Kirirom National Park (8km)
After breakfast, transfer to Kirirom National Park to hike 2-3 hours on Dat Chivit Mountain, to visit the area with the ranger. Enjoy variety of different attractions including a 40m high water fall, variety of plants and animals while discovering the breathtaking nature and landscape. Return to Chambok to stay overnight at home-stay and experience rural Cambodia at its most authentic. (B,L,D)
Day 15: Kirirom – Phnom Penh (4km)
After breakfast, visit Chombok community activities with the representative of the project to learn about the indigenous culture and the history of the area and the daily life of the people living in the community before driving back to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
Day 16: Phnom Penh Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Phnom Penh for departure flight.
| Tour Cost
|| USD1,657 Per Person - Single Supplement USD285
|| USD160 (Trek 4300-4500) Extra
| Total Distance
|| Less than 500 km
| Number of cycling days
|| 11 full days (cycling) & 2 days (Trekking)
| Road Surface
|| This tour mostly follows asphalt roads, and one dirt road passing the countryside and the rice field. The back road along the river and village is small but good enough for cycling, less busy. A little bit sandy.
|| Support van including spare part, cool box and back up service
| Group Size
|| Minimum 2. Maximum 15.
|| Groups of 6 or more, a Cycling Tour Leader, plus English-speaking cycling guide, drivers and assistants. Groups of 4-5 will be led by our local guide and our local support team.
|| All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Tour Price Includes
- Accommodation 3* stars & home-stays
- Support van, cool box, back up service
- Water & snack, cold drink (Coke light etc.,)
- Cycling experienced guide
- Full board meals (breakfasts, lunch and dinner)
- All boat tickets and boat trips
- All entrance fee and temple pass
- International Flights
- Departure Tax $25 (international)
- Visa Fees $20 (issued on arrival)
- Alcoholic, and other beverages
- Tips for guides.
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary