From £1325 pp excl flights
13 Days
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Cycling round Cambodia is undoubtedly the best way to connect with the country and its people. Our fully-supported riding tours include a guide and all the equipment you need. Start with some easy cycling around the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat, before heading east to the Mekong River, which you follow down to the charming capital Phnom Penh. Visit the stunning Royal Palace and little known silk-weaving island of Koh Dach before pedalling south again through rice fields and traditional villages to the peaceful riverside town of Kampot. Your final leg takes you to Sihanoukville, where you can relax on the beaches and stunning islands and perhaps have a massage or two to soothe your weary legs. A unique and unforgettable way to see the real Cambodia!

Cambodia Cycling

13 Days: Kampong Thom, Phnom Penh, Takeo, Kampot, Sihanoukville

Activities: Biking 10-100 km per day

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap, meet your local guide and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to acclimatise if you’ve just come off the plane, before your first taste of Khmer cooking at dinner. (D)

Day 2: This morning you will be fitted with your high-quality mountain bike and begin exploring the world-famous temple sites. Cycle round the Small Circuit including Takeo, Sras Srang, Angkor Thom and the iconic Bayon temple, with its serene carved faces. After lunch, visit Angkor Wat itself and see its intricatly carved bas-reliefs. The evening is free to sample Siem Reap’s restaurants and nightlife or relax at the hotel. (B/L)

Day 3: Head north through local villages and see the daily life of Cambodia, stopping for a closer look at traditional stilt houses and trying some of the palm sugar sweets that are made in people’s front gardens along the way. You reach the elaborately decorated temple of Banteay Srei, where you eat lunch before heading back to Siem Reap. In the evening, enjoy a traditional aspara dance performance with dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Free day to visit some of the other sights of Siem Reap such as the Cultural Village or Landmine Museum, or the floating villages of Tonle Sap lake. Alternatively take it easy and treat yourself to a massage. (B)

Day 5: Today you bid farewell to Siem Reap and cycle along the ancient highway constructed by the Khmer empire. It takes you through the first town built by the Ankorian kings in the 8th and 9th century, past local villages, schools and Buddhist pagodas. Rest your legs and enjoy a packed lunch before cycling on to national highway 6, where the support van will pick you up and take you the remaining distance to Kampong Thom to check in for the night. (B/L)

Day 6: A smooth easy today as you ride though tropical farmlands where casava, sweet potatoes, peanuts and rubber are produced. Foreigners are extremely rare in these parts so expect a few surprised faces as you cycle through traditional villages where you will witness people busy with their everyday lives. After lunch, follow the course of the Mekong through riverside communities and local temples to Kampong Cham, before hopping in the van to Phnom Penh. Check in your hotel upon arrival. (B/L/D)

Day 7: It’s someone else’s turn to take the pedals today as you enjoy a city tour by rickshaw. The morning is dedicated to the National Museum, Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, so named for its 4000 solid silver floor tiles. After lunch you will be taken to the Toul Sleng genocide museum and the Russian Market. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Phnom Penh after dark. (B/L)

Day 8: Cross the river by ferry into another world, the small peaceful island of Koh Dach. On your gentle ride, you will meet the islanders, who are renowned for silk weaving on traditional looms underneath their stilted homes. The way back lies on small dirt roads to a ferry, which takes you back into town for a free evening. (B/L)

Day 9: On your bike again for an early ride out to the infamous Killing Fields, now a memorial site in a beautiful tranquil setting. Then continue south to Tonle Bati to explore little-known picturesque temples, before arriving in Takeo for the night. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Leave Takeo and strike out for the coastal mountains – don’t worry you’ll go round them, not over them! Ride through limestone karsts, cute villages and endless rice fields to Kampot, a sleepy old colonial town with a relaxed ambience and friendly locals. In the evening, rest your legs and watch the sun slip behind the nearby mountains from a riverfront café. (B/L)

Day 11: After 7 days’ cycling you’ll be in top condition for the last stage, 105km to Sihanoukville. Cycle along the coastal road and picnic beside a lake before the final challenge - a couple of hill climbs into town. Tough, but it’s worth it as you freewheel down the other side straight to the beach and jump into the sea. Check in and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner to celebrate your success! (B/L/D)

Day 12: Today is all yours to enjoy and reflect on the sights, sounds, smells and friendly Khmer people you encountered along the way. Sit back and relax on the beach or charter a boat out to the almost deserted islands just offshore for a slice of tropical paradise… (B)

Day 13: Sadly, all good things come to an end. Today you travel back to Phnom Penh in the support vehicle (4-5 hours), from where you are free to continue your onward journey, taking with you a host of unforgettable memories. (B)

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Price: From £1325 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide.
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Note: stops can be extended, added or cut - just ask us!

Best Time To Travel

The temperature in Cambodia is warm to hot year-round. November to February is warm and dry, March to May is very hot and dry, June to August is very hot and rainy and September and October are warm and rainy. The rains during the rainy season are usually heavy and brief during the late afternoons. While it's easy to think the best time to travel is during the dry season, the rainy season has it's advantages. The rice paddies are full of water and green with young rice, the countryside is alive with growing season activity, boat travel on the rivers and lakes is easier with higher water levels, jungle vegetation is green and lush and the stone Angkor temples are at their most photogenic. Additionally, tourist sights are less crowded and prices are lower.

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