|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||36 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily, 2014 (groups of 2 or more)|
|Start city:||Siem Reap, Cambodia|
|End city:||Siem Reap, Cambodia|
Discover the Cambodian countryside and its many riches from ancient temples to floating villages by bike. Spend your first and last day exploring Siem Reap, including its Old Market Phsar Chas and the temples of Angkor on foot, and spend three days exploring the area cycling.
Cyclists with a taste for adventure and leaving the beaten track are discovering Cambodia, and loving what they find! Cycle tourism in Cambodia is a very new and an excellent way of leaving the tourists behind and exploring the real Cambodia by experiencing real interaction with the locals. You will cycle through traditional wood and thatch villages that seemingly have remained unchanged for centuries, witness locals tilling their vibrant rice fields, watch barefoot children herding the family cow, laugh as chickens scatter at you approach, and of course exchange greetings as you pass the many Khmers whose bicycle is their only form of transport.
You will certainly be viewed with curiosity by the friendly smiling villagers and encouraged on your way by a chorus of 'Hello' sung by amazed, giggling children.
This Angkor Wat Explorer 5-Day Cycle Tour is fully supported and fully guided. There is possibly no better way of discovering the ancient Angkor temples than cycling along forest tracks and emerging upon them.
This 5 day cycle tour allows you to fully explore the Angkor temples at a relaxed pace as well as enjoying a delightful cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake (the largest in South East Asia) and witnessing its fascinating floating villages. Plus in your free time you may wish to take advantage of the many excellent spas in Siem Reap and receive a soothing massage, your reward after a few days of cycling.
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Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap
Upon arrival at Siem Reap/Angkor International Airport meet your local guide and head to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, embark on an orientation tour of Siem Reap. Visit the Old Market (Phsar Chas) surrounded by elegant French Colonial colonnades and the old Buddhist pagodas of Wat Bo and Wat Keseram. In the evening enjoy a taste Khmer cuisine at a local restaurant. Dinner included.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Explore the Angkor Temples (25 miles/40 km)
Begin the day exploring the incredible Angkor temples by bike. See the pyramid of Takeo, the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Tomb Raider, Sras Srang, known as the King's bathing pond, and the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom. After lunch, cycle to the world’s biggest religious building: the majestic Angkor Wat. In the evening, experience Siem Reap’s vibrant nightlife at your own leisure. Breakfast and lunch included.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Roluos and Cruise around Tonle Sap (40 miles/65 km)
Bicycle east along small trails through Cambodia’s beautiful countryside and small villages en route to the hilltop temple Wat Trak. After lunch bike south to the Roluos group of temples, the oldest of all Angkorian temples, and explore the temples of Preah Kost and the pyramid of Bakong. Cycle back towards Siem Reap River and bike along the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. Step on board a cruise in Siem Reap to visit the traditional floating bamboo village of Chong Khneas. Breakfast and lunch included.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Banteay Srei & the Grand Circuit (44 miles/70 km)
Head north towards Banteay Srei by bike. Stop off at villages en-route to experience everyday Cambodian country life and taste some sugar palm tree sweets famous for this region. Visit the decorated temple of Banteasy Srei carved from pink sandstone, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Cycle back to Siem Reap and explore temples en route including Preah Khanor (Sacred Sword). In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner and a mesmerizing Apsara dance performance. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 5: Departure
Enjoy the day at your own leisure. Explore Siem Reap’s markets or treat yourself to a massage and spa to relax after 3 days of cycling, before taking your transfer to Siem Reap Angkor International Airport. Breakfast included.
This is a sample hotel and may vary based on accommodation.
Royal Crown Hotel (3-star)
The tour company offers Cannondale Trail SLR bicycles, which are included in this tour package.
50% sealed roads, 50% dirt roads. Road conditions in Cambodia have improved considerably over the past few years. This trip is on a variety of fascinating back roads and trails. Roads are mostly in good condition, but with some pot-holes, sand and boggy sections.
We are well away from traffic for the majority of this ride which is a huge advantage as the highways of Asia are no fun. We have dedicated much time and effort to find the best cycling routes through the region that we call home. In general this is a very flat ride.
One month single entry visas can be easily obtained upon entry to Cambodia. Visas on arrival cost US$20 and require one passport photo. You can obtain a visa in your own country if you wish. Before you travel check your passport to ensure that there is room for a visa and entry/exit stamps (at least 3 pages) and that it has at least 6 months validation remaining.
We recommend vaccinations including typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A & B. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days. Please consult with your doctor for most up to date information.
Anyone travelling on a cycling holiday in Southeast Asia should go to see their doctor for a check-up prior to the trip. Some countries will require specific vaccinations and your doctor will have access to the most up to date information about this.
You should carry a well stocked first aid kit with you when you travel. Here is a sample list:
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel, however, the US dollar serves as a second currency and can be used in all situations. When going to Cambodia it is best to bring small denomination US dollars cash along with travellers cheques as your main form of money. Around Siem Reap Thai Baht can also be used. Credit cards can be used in a few major centres, however, they should not be relied on as the main way you will access your money. There are now ATMs in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville which dispense US dollars, however, this should not be relied on as your sole source of money.
We recommend that you allow approximately US$20 for food and general living costs per day. Shopping money should be considered extra to this amount. It is customary to tip the guides and drivers in Asia. You should allow approximately US$30 for tips. Note: this is a guide only, feel free to tip more or less (or nothing) depending on your satisfaction. If you think your tour leader has done a good job you may also tip him/her. Again this is completely up to you.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Siem Reap, Cambodia
An integral part of traveling is to have a positive impact on the country that you are visiting. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.
Cambodia is still quite a conservative country. In rural areas and temples overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you on the bike to put on over the top such as long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong. A good solution to this is 'shy shorts' which combine cycling shorts with loose long shorts over the top. When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Sleeveless tops are not acceptable in temples.
A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people that you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak English but away from these areas it is great to learn a few words of Khmer. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.
Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving items away to local people can create an expectation that a visiting foreigner equals free give aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to Asia Adventures which we will then pass on to development organisations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed by those working in the communities who understand better the local needs.
There is an enormous amount of poverty in Cambodia which you will see, particularly in tourist areas. If you choose to give something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. Many beggars can earn more than those who work unskilled jobs. There are organizations in Cambodia who are working to alleviate this poverty issue and may be able to do more good with donations that you might like to make. Your Tour Leader will be able to provide more information about this.
Cambodia is classic tropical climates with generally warm to hot days and warm nights. You won't need any warm clothing on this tour. The coolest months are November to January.
During the wet season (May-Oct) it does rain most days but the rain generally falls in the late afternoon or night - after we have finished our cycling. The wet season is actually a fantastic time to visit Cambodia as the rain brings the fields and country to life. Endless green rice fields are a feature of this time of year.
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