Cambodia Cycle Adventure 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I thought of that while riding my bike.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Albert Einstein; on the theory of relativity
                                                                 

Day 1 | Arrival day in Siem Reap.

The group will be met on arrival in Siem Reap by yours truly and transport to hotel. The drive to the hotel is only 20 minutes or so. In the later afternoon we will have a bike fitting and briefing, followed by our welcome to Cambodia dinner. 

Hotel | Strung Siem Reap Hotel  - Deluxe room.

Meals included | Dinner.

Day 2 | Angkor Wat 30km.

 An early start today as we head out to see one of the most impressive monuments in Asia. After breakfast , we take advantage of cool temperatures, soft light and minimal other visitors to explore the temple with a local guide. 

The riding is on the road as well as back trails and paths through shady forest and small villages, popping our once in a while at a temple. We take in the highlight temples of  Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prom and the Royal baths, Sra Srang as well as some other, less known temples. 

We lunch at the temples at a local restaurant and then return to town by bike. 

Hotel | Strung Siem Reap - Deluxe room.

Meals included | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3 | - Cycle Beng Melea 70km, Transfer to Kampong Thom.

The ride today takes us out to Beng Melea temple, a structure from the Angkor period that has become a tumbled collection of ruins, covered in moss. The ride to reach Beng Melea is the kind of ride that lets you stretch out, get the heart rate up and enjoy some open road with hardly any traffic. We are on a mix of hard packed dirt and sealed road for the duration. After the temple visit, we have lunch at a local restaurant, then drive for around 3 hours to reach the provincial town of Kampong Thom, our home for the night. 

Hotel | Kampong Thom Village - Standard room.

Meals included | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4 | - Transfer & Cycle to Kampong Cham 78.95km.

The day starts with a quick drive of around 40 minutes to clear the traffic. We then set out on an almost deserted dirt road through the Casava plantations and towards the Mekong. We ride through a variety of landscapes today, some a little built up, others wide open expanses and then some more closed in forest. After lunch we ride along the Mekong River where we can enjoy some pleasant breezes. It is a challenging, but rewarding day.

Hotel | Monorom VIP -

Meals included | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 5 | -  Cycle around Koh Paen to Phnom Penh 45km

Start early from our hotel in Kampong Cham, We cycle over to explore Koh Paen and to see local life on the Mekong island..We follow the Mekong River again today. The inhabitants of the riverbank villages are mostly muslim, Cham people, descendants of the former Kingdom of Champa that occupied much of what is south/central Vietnam these days. The villages are typically made up of small, wooden stilt houses. The families in these communities raise cattle and catch fish from the river. As the water level drops, they make use of the fertile soil on the banks to grow chilli peppers, sesame and peanuts. We have a mixture of terrain. Mostly well made, recently paved roads, but one section of rougher dirt and gravel. We load our bikes on the truck when reaching the main road and transfer to Cambodia's vibrant capital Phnom Penh. (Happy Hour O'clock!)

Hotel | -  TBA          Deluxe room.

Meals included | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6 |  Phnom Penh.

Sadly, off the bikes today to freshen up.
Morning local guided tour to S21 and the Killing Fields. Free afternoon to massage, shop, relax by the pool or explore the "Never a dull moment" Phnom Penh.

Hotel |  TBA            - Deluxe room.

Meals included | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 | Transfer & Cycle to Kep 78.92km

Today, we will again hit the bikes and take a very enjoyable ride on hard packed dirt roads without much traffic at all and with small villages dotted here and there. Limestone hills appear as we progress through the day and when you see the pepper farms, you know we are getting close to our destination. Kep is a seaside town famous for it’s Kampot Pepper Crab, so there is a fair chance you will get to try this local specialty. (oh, yeah!!)

Hotel | Rock Royal - Deluxe room.

Meals included | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 8 | Cycle & Transfer to Sihanoukville 79.1km

A day of open road as we first cycle through Kampot and around the base of the imposing Bokor Mountain. We pass fishing villages as we travel westwards. We cycle until we meet the main highway. Here we transfer to the beach and our awesome hotel in Sihanoukville. The ride is done and it’s time to relax and enjoy the finishing party!

Hotel | Independence Hotel - Deluxe room.

Meals included | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9 |Sihanoukville

Free day to relax by the beach! Massage anybody?

Hotel | Independence Hotel

Meals included- Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10 | - Departure day.

The bus will leave for the Phnom Penh depending on your flight arrangements..If anyone wishes to remain in Sihanoukville, there are lots of options for accommodation and exit travel arrangements. 

Meals included | Breakfast.

 

  1. Inclusions:

    • ●  Western tour leader - The one and only­ Mr. Alan Crocker.

    • ●  Quality Mountain Bike. (i'll see if i can find fast one for Lucy!)

    • ●  Local English speaking guide.

    • ●  Mechanic to maintain bikes after daily ride.

    • ●  All accommodation as noted or similar standard.

    • ●  All meals as indicated.

    • ●  Water, snacks and fresh fruits while cycling.

    • ●  Vehicle support while cycling.

    • ●  01 Day Angkor Pass.

    • ●  Admission fees where applicable as noted on the tour itinerary.

      Exclusions:

    • ●  Country entry visas.

    • ●  Air tickets (International)

    • ●  Travel insurance (compulsory to join the bike tour)

    • ●  Helmets. 

    • ●  Drink at meals.

    • ●  Tips for local tour crew.