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Cambodia

Itinerary


Day 1: Phnom Penh

From the UK we recommend taking the Thai Airways flight via Bangkok which arrives in Phnom Penh at around 9am. You will be met at the airport in Phnom Penh and transferred to your hotel. You have a free afternoon to visit some of the city's highlights and enjoy your first experience of Khmer culture.  There will be a group briefing at 17.00 at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel (D)


Day 2: Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville

This morning we will transfer to the Ream National Park. The park is unique in Cambodia and home to mangrove swamp, forest, waterfalls and white sand coastline. Many species of wildlife inhabit the area. After lunch we will sort out our bikes and have a gentle ride to stretch our legs. Our route will take you along the beach, and through small Cambodian villages with rice paddys onward to Sihanoukville. Founded by King Sihanouk and once a sleepy port and beach town it is now a popular resort situated on the magnificent coastline along the gulf of Thailand. You will have time for an early evening swim or stroll along the white sand beach before dinner.

Cycling Distance: 35km (22 miles)                                                                                                                    Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 3: Sihanoukville - Kampot

Today is our first full day on the bikes. We follow the coast to the quiet colonial town of Kampot, passing through beautiful countryside and scenic fishing villages with their colourful boats, along our way. The region is reputed to have the best seafood in the country.

Cycling Distance: 106km (66 miles)                                                                                                                    Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


 Day 4: Kampot to Kep

Today we head to the former French colonial town of Kep. A modern beach resort has emerged alongside the ruins of its colonial past. Set in beautiful countryside and tree covered hills, Kep is renowned for its idyllic surroundings and the local delicacy: crab, which is served in many restaurants. We take a boat trip before lunch to visit Koh Tansey (Rabbit Island), a stunning tropical Island with four beautiful beaches. This afternoon you can swim, relax and explore the area. We will return to Kep at around 3pm.

Cycling Distance: 35km (22 miles)                                                                                                                      Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 5: Kep to Takeo

We make an early start, heading away from Kep, cycling along sealed roads travelling onto red dirt tracks for a few hours as we pass through small villages where the main forms of transport are ox drawn carts and water buffalo.

Cycling Distance: 108km (67 miles)                                                                                                                      Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 6: Takeo to Phnom Penh

From our hotel we cycle to visit Ta Mok house located in the middle of Takeo Lake. Ta Mok was the general commander of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979. He continued to control the Khmer Rouge army until 1998 when Pol Pot died and all Khmer Rouge forces were demobilized into government forces. Ta Mok died in prison a few years later following his arrest. We continue our journey on quiet back road through beautiful Cambodian countryside, stopping for lunch at Tonle Bati Lake. This afternoon we ride the last 30km to the killing fields, a harrowing reminder of the Khmer Rouge atrocities. After spending some time here we transfer the last 15km to your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Cycling Distance: 75km (46.5 miles)                                                                                     Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


 Day 7: Phnom Penh Rest Day

Today you are free to explore Phnom Penh. You can visit the sumptuous Silver Pagoda with 5000 silver floor tiles, located in the Royal Complex, the Royal Palace or the ancient Wat Phnom temple, set apart from the bustling streets. The city's Psar Tuol Tom Pong (Russian Market) or the art-deco Psar Thmei (Central Market) offer the opportunity to do some bartering. 

Accommodation: Hotel (B)


Day 8: Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham

This morning there is the option to transfer out of Phnom Penh for 35km or to cycle from our hotel. We leave the city centre and take a ferry across the Mekong, then ride on narrow trail along the river bank to a village where we meet with those who've taken the vehicle transfer. There is a 20km stretch on dirt road, too narrow for the support vehicle but not a difficult cycle. The vehicle will meet us again when we re-join wider road. We pass through traditional villages with wood houses on stilts. Local children race over to greet us. The small quiet roads are a real pleasure to cycle on. Kampong Cham is a charming city givieng the flavour of the real¯ Cambodia. Traces of French colonial rule mix with modern development. Once we reach our hotel there is the option to ride around the city along the river. We stay in a guest house overlooking the Mekong River.

Cycling Distance: 65km(40miles) or 100km(62miles)                                                                                                        Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 9: Kampong Cham to Kampong Thom

Today we enjoy a beautiful ride along the Mekong River and over an impressive wooden bridge before arriving into Kampong Thom, a lovely town on the banks of the Stung Sen River. There are two main temples in the town; Sambor and Prei Kuk.

Cycling Distance: 80km (50 miles)                                                                                                                                 Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 10: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

We cycle this morning to the Prei Kuk temple near Kampong Thom city, you have time to look around Prei Kuk and the surrounding area. The central part of the temple is divided into three main areas. Each section is located in a square lay out surrounded by a brick wall. We will cycle on a short distance to our lunch spot. After lunch, we transfer to Siem Reap.

Cycling Distance: 55km (34 miles)                                                                                                                        Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 11: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat

You will be collected from the hotel at around 04.30 and transferred to Angkor Watt for a magical sunrise. There is a guided tour around the temple which takes about an hour before breakfast in the shade of the trees surrounding the temple. This morning we explore other watts in the area on the bikes. This is a beautiful ride with green fields, vibrant villages and the incomparable spectacle of the many temples. The cycling ends around 2.30 pm so you will have time for a siesta this afternoon to compensate for the early start.

Cycling Distance: 35km (22 miles)                                                                                                                      Accommodation: Hotel (B,L)


Day 12: Siem Reap

This morning we cycle to Kampong Phluk. We take an early morning boat trip on the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) the largest freshwater lake in Asia. You will have time this afternoon to do some shopping and sightseeing. This evening there is a celebratory meal together to mark the end of the cycling.

Cycling Distance: 45km (28 miles)                                                                                                                        Accommodation: Hotel (B,L)


Day 13: Siem Reap Rest Day

Siem Reap is a popular tourist destination, a riverside town with colonial architecture and the famous temple ruins of Angkor nearby. There is a military museum and arts & craft markets to explore. At 6pm you can go out to enjoy a final Cambodian sunset at Bakong Temple.



Accommodation: Hotel (B)


Day 14: Home

The tour officially ends this morning. Hotel check out time is midday. We will arrange a free transfer from the hotel to the airport (Siem Reap) for your international flight home.

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