Cambodia Backroads by Bike

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Cycle and explore Angkor Wat and pedal through landscapes of lush green rice fields and untouched villages to Phnom Penh


Duration: 14 Days
Starts in: Cambodia
Group Size: 6-16

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World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.


Arrive in Siem Reap

If you are arriving on day 1 you will be met and transferred to the group hotel. Please look for the WORLD EXPEDITIONS welcome sign in the arrivals hall. This late afternoon, your tour guide will meet you at the hotel where a trip briefing will be held in the hotel lobby. In the evening, we will have welcome dinner with Traditional Apsara Dance Show in a local restaurant and an opportunity to sample specialty dishes of the Khmer. Overnight in Siem Reap

Angkor Temples (Cycling distance: 40 km)

Today we have a full day exploring Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples on our bikes following what is known as the ‘short circuit’. In the morning, we cycle to the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple and marvel the wonders of the eerie Bayon, Phimeanakas, the terrace of Elephants and terrace of Leper King. Afterwards, we continue to visit Ta Prohm temple, shrouded in jungle and left just it was founded by French explorers in 1850s. In the afternoon, we continue explore the Angkor Wat Temple complex. The architectural master piece was built in the 12th century, took 30 years to complete and represents the Khmer civilization at its grandest. Covering 81 hectares, it is one of the largest religious monuments ever built. Angkor Wat (the biggest Hindu temple in the world and the one of the largest religious monument in the world, built in between the 9th - 13th century, its general view are five ancients towers’ figure that embroidered or printed to the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Flag now. Cycle back to our hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Cycling distance: 40 km Overnight in Siem Reap. Note: Appropriate attire when visiting temples in Angkor Wat is long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover shoulders. Skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed within temple grounds. Visitors can and are frequently turned away from temples when wearing revealing clothing.

To Battambang (Cycling distance: 15 km)

Today we take one of Cambodia’s most scenic boat journeys (if water level permits), from Siem Reap to Battambang along the Tonlé Sap Lake. It’s a long boat ride, but we’ll have the chance to observe daily life in the local Khmer floating stilt villages that we pass along the way. From here we continue on to the charming small city of Battambang. Set on the tranquil Sangkae River, this elegant riverside town is blessed with a laid-back pace and some of Cambodia’s best-preserved French colonial architecture. We’ll then explore Battambang with a cycle along the Sangkae River, after which the rest of the day will be free at leisure. Cycling distance: 15 km Overnight in Battambang. Note: In dry season, you will have a boating from Chong Kneas to Mae Srey, then take a drive to Battambang

To Kampong Chiang (Cycling distance: 65 km)

Today we head towards the fertile Kampong Chiang province, taking the first part of the journey in our support vehicle. Once in Pursat province we’ll hop on our bikes and cycle along dirt roads to the remote floating village of Kampong Luong. We continue our cycle and from Krakor we hit a 4km stretch of challenging dirt track with some potholes and, if we’re there in the rainy season, a small stream crossing. We continue on through the village of Kdol before reaching the busy fishing town of Kampong Chiang. Cycling distance: 65 km Overnight in Kampong Chhnang.

To Phnom Penh (Cycling distance: 80 km)

Today you will follow Highway 5 until you reach the town of Oudong, where you'll cycle 3km to Phnom Prah Reach Trap (Oudong Mountain), once the royal capital of Cambodia. Here you will have a traditional Khmer lunch in a picnic hut at the bottom of the mountain, and you can take an ox cart ride past rice fields and local farms – an iconic way to experience the Cambodian countryside. Climb to the top of Oudong Mountain to enjoy magnificent views over the surrounding plains. Continue on delightful rural roads to Phnom Penh - this is quintessential Cambodia, quiet villages with wooden stilt houses, red dirt tracks and green fields. End the day with a delicious Khmer welcome dinner at Romdeng. A charity restaurant housed in a restored colonial building where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality Overnight in Phnom Penh Cycling distance approx. 80 km

Phnom Penh: Cycle to Silk Island (Cycling distance: 15km)

This morning, transfer to the riverbanks to catch a ferry to Koh Dach, known as Silk Island. Pedal through rustic scenic villages, silk weaving workshops, pagodas and meet friendly local people along the way. Drive back to Phnom Penh. Spend the afternoon, you explore the main sights including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda facing the Mekong River, and its adjoining Silver Pagoda built in 1962 famous for its lavish decorations of silver paved floor and several Buddha statues made from precious metals & stones. National Museum, the museum we gather and keep the statue since Angkorian period. National Museum: also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. Scale the steps up this small hill to see Wat Phnom Temple, the birthplace of Phnom Penh. Cycling distance: approx. 15km (in the morning only) Note: To see the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, visitors are required to wear appropriated clothes. Guests wearing short pans (above knee level) and sleeveless tops are not permitted.

To Sen Monorom (Cycling distance: 50 km)

Today we head to the rural town of Sen Monorum in the remote Mondulkiri province. Although the provincial capital, Sen Monorum is relaxed and undeveloped; it’s mostly rural, and noticeably cooler thanks to its higher altitude. Due to the long distance from Phnom Penh, we’ll break today’s journey up with a ride in our support vehicle, hopping on our bikes once we reach Snoul. From here, we cycle alongside rolling green rural scenery on our way to Sen Monorum. Cycling distance: 50 km (with option for additional 35 km) Overnight in Sen Monorom.

In Sen Monorom (Cycling distance: 80 km)

Pedaling through untouched countryside some 40kms out of Sen Monorom, you will visit Cambodia’s largest waterfall, Boo Sra. You will do a short ride to a hilltop to admire the scene of forest-clad rolling hills, resembling ocean waves and thus commonly known as “sea forest”. Close out the day from the top of Phnom Dak Reimon for an excellent sunset view of Sen Monorom before going back to your hotel. Overnight in Sen Monorom Cycling distance: 80 km

Cycle to Kratie (Cycling distance: 90 km)

Today you will cycle towards Kratie, stopping to do a small boat trip for the chance to see the remarkable Kratie Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins. From Kratie, you take a boat for a true taste of life on the Mekong River. Koh Trong Island, midstream in the Mekong opposite Kratie, has a 9km loop around the island ideal for leisurely bicycling. Passing through traditional Khmer villages, fruit orchards and rice fields, you will see the rhythms and routines of daily village life. Overnight on Koh Trong Island in Kratie Cycling distance: 90 km

To Kompong Cham (Cycling distance: 80 km)

After spending the night on the island, we cycle south along the river, passing temples and plantations, before crossing back over to the mainland and continuing on to the sleepy riverside town of Chhlong, 30 km south of Kratie. Chhlong is home to some of Cambodia’s most beautiful French colonial mansions, in particular the old governor’s residence. After stopping for a break, we’ll cycle up to Wat Han Chhey, an ancient hilltop pagoda with stunning views over the Mekong. After a well-deserved picnic lunch, we cycle the remaining 22km to the peaceful riverside town of Kompong Cham, where we can explore the town by bike or visit the 11th century Wat Norkor temple. Cycling distance: 80 km Overnight in Kompong Cham

To Kompong Thom (Cycling distance: 80 km)

Today we cycle to Kompong Thom, our base for exploring the ancient ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk. We’ll pass through farms and plantations and scattered Khmer villages, cycling along a combination of dirt roads and quiet secondary highways. The remainder of the day will be free to relax or explore Kompong Thom. Cycling distance: 80 km Overnight in Kompong Thom.

To Siem Reap (Cycling distance: 60 km)

After breakfast at hotel, we continue our riding journey to Siem Reap. We stop en route to discover the temple complex of Sambor PreiKuk; this complex features 3 pre-Angkorian temples dedicated to Shiva. It was built in the 7th century, abandoned, rediscovered and restored in 1980. Here, our guide introduces us to Hinduism; Hinduism has strongly influenced pre-Angkorian and Angkorian civilizations; its impact and artistic testimony is worth focusing on. Buddhist & Hindu influences on pre Angkorian and Angkorian arts. We continue riding to Siem Reap and we will get on support vehicle 40Km before reaching Siem Reap. We will arrive at Siem Reap and check in hotel in the evening. Overnight in Siem Reap

In Siem Reap (Cycling distance: 70 km)

This morning after breakfast we cycle to Banteay Srei, which is considered by many to be the jewel in the Khmer crown. The temple is located around 35 km from Siem Reap and our lunch today will be in a local restaurant after our exploration at Banteay Srei. On the way return to Siem Reap, we will visit Pre Rup, which was traditionally believed to be a funerary temple, but in fact was the state temple of Rajendravarman II. Next we head to Mebon, an architectural and artistic temple-mountain which has some beautifully carved false doors on the upper level, where we enjoy the excellent views of the surrounding countryside. We continue with a visit to Neak Pean, which means ‘coiled serpents’, named for the en-coiled ‘nagas’ that encircle the temple. The temple is faced by a statue of the horse, Balaha, saving drowning sailors. Tonight, we will enjoy our final dinner together in one of the local restaurants Overnight in Siem Reap Cycling distance approx. 70 km

In Siem Reap, trip concludes

Today after breakfast our trip concludes. If you are flying home today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure.

Additional Information

If you’re looking for an active adventure exploring the depth and beauty of Cambodia, this is the journey for you! Cycling is one of the best ways to experience the diverse scenery of Southeast Asia, and this adventure combines the best of Cambodia into one exciting itinerary. Our journey begins and ends in Siem Reap where we have plenty of time to explore the glorious ancient temples, pagodas and terraces of Angkor by bike. As well as the magnificent ruins of Angkor, we have time to explore the beautiful and less-frequented temple complex of Banteay Srei. We take a boat ride among floating stilt villages on the Tonlé Sap Lake and relax among French colonial architecture in the charming river town of Battambang. We cycle on back roads through the scattered Khmer villages and fertile farmlands of Kampong Chhnang and Mondulkiri provinces, enjoy the sleepy pace of Kratie and Koh Trong Island, and soak up the ambiance, architecture and world-class food scene of Phnom Penh. Our comfortable geared bikes, support crew and steady pace mean that you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery along the way, with our backup vehicle available to give tired riders a break at any time. The combination of stunning scenery, back roads adventuring and engagement with local culture makes this an ideal trip for anyone looking for an active and engaging journey in Cambodia.


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