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Cycling is the perfect way to experience the majestic Temples of Angkor. Visit Angkor Wat & Bayon, lesser known Rolous group and experience stilted villages on the great Tonle Sap following our specialised crowd avoidence itinerary.


Join Siem Reap, cycle to Rolous Temples

Sua s’dei! Welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia. You will be greeted by your driver at Siem Reap International Airport and transferred to the hotel. Please look for the World Expeditions welcome sign as you exit the arrivals hall. In the afternoon, we cycle out for our first encounter with the great ancient Angkorian temples. Rolous Group is the perfect place to start, a collection of monuments which represent the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkor era Khmer Empire. The temples date back to the late ninth century and are believed to denote the beginning of the classic period in Khmer architecture. Bakong was the first of many mountain temples surrounded by a moat, representing the mythological Mount Meru. Note: Appropriate attire when visiting the Temples of Angkor are; bottoms to cover knees and tops to cover shoulders. These are sacred sites and revealing clothing is not allowed within the temple grounds. Visitors can and are frequently turned away from temples if not wearing appropriate attire.Cycling: ~30km Overnight: Treasure Oasis Hotel or similar

Cycle the Temples of Angkor, evening Phare Circus

Today is a full day to explore the most famous temple complex, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Archaeological Park by bike - the perfect way to experience this awe inspiring place. To beat the crowds we start early at Ta Prohm which unlike many other Angkorian temples has been left as it it was when first rediscovered - a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings. Continue on to the lofty heights of Ta Keo then through one of four mighty gatehouses into the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII and at the time was the most populous city in the world with 2m inhabitants. The crowning jewel of the city is Bayon at its epicentre. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur, its exterior gallery walls featuring world class bas-reliefs and its 54 towers, decorated with 216 gargantuan faces. We'll break for lunch before completing our day at the most incredible temple of them all, Angkor Wat - the ultimate expression of Khmer genius. The temple is in fact the largest religious structure in the world and has inspired visitors for centuries. This evening, enjoy a special treat with a performance from PHARE. The Cambodian Circus has long been famous for their performances, and this NGO teaching disadvantaged youths in performance arts is a regular at international circus conventions worldwide. Enjoy their interpretations of traditional folklore tales and modern life. Cycling: ~40kmOvernight: Treasure Oasis Hotel or similar

Cycle to Tonle Sap Stilted Village, trip concludes

After breakfast, we cyle south toward the vast wetlands on the edge of Asia's largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap. The lake's size and depth increases with the annual monsoon rains by as much as six times and local people have found ingenious ways to live with the ever changing water world. Kampong Kleang is a stilted village settlement of over 20,000 people where structures tower up to ten meters above the water. Here you can learn about the lives of the subsistence fishing families who call this water world home. Following the morning tour, we'll return to Siem Reap. A transfer to the airport for your outbound flight is provided. Trip concludesCycling distance: ~30km (one way)Note: Flight should not depart earlier than 16:00Note: From February to August, water levels on the Tonle Sap Lake can be decrease dramatically which may affect arrangements.

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This 3-day cycle tour of Angkor will acquaint you with the history and religions of this fascinating modern day region, along with the architecture and lifestyles of the past whilst enjoying an active journey. The flat roads around Angkor are ideally suited to travelling by bike. As we are cycling we can get off the normal tourist route and get a fantastic understanding of Cambodia and its people. The opportunity for spontaneous meetings with local people whilst cycling amongst this wonder of the world makes a bicycle one of the best ways to view the magnificent temples of Angkor. We visit the must see temples of Bayon with it’s 37 free standing towers, each with 4 carved faces, Ta Prohm with its jungle overgrowth and the magnificent Angkor Wat. We then visit the lesser known Rolous group which was the region's first capital before experiencing life in the stilted villages of the Tonle Sap Lake.

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