Ancient Angkor by Bike, Boat and Boots

4 Days, 3 Nights

Cycle back in time on an adventure that explores majestic temple ruins, vast reservoirs, and the origins of the Khmer Empire on the sacred Mount Kulen. Encounter the jungle-choked ruins of Ta Prohm, study the enigmatic faces of Bayon Temple and peer up at the iconic spires of Angkor Wat. Go local with lunch hosted in a families home and explore the bustling town of Siem Reap. This biking-and-trekking adventure takes in all this and more before a final visit to the renowned Tonle Sap lake.

Trip Highlights

  • Cycle lesser known paths of single track through the ruins of Angkor
  • Explore rural village with their ox drawn carts and stilt houses along Tonle Sap Lake
  • Trek up the holy mountain of Kulen for a bird’s eye view of the Angkor plains
Price
$650 USD per person
Trip Activities
Cycling, trekking
Trip Length
4 Days, 3 Nights
Physical Level
Casual
Start/End
Siam Reap, Cambodia
Accommodation
Hotel (3 nights)
Age
Minimum 16 years of age
Meals not included
Lunch, Breakfast Day 1
Dinner Day 2
Dinner Day 3
Dinner Day 4
Flights Included
None

Day-by-day Itinerary

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Day 1
Activities
None
Transfers
None
Description

Arrive in Siem Reap, located just 7 kilometers from Angkor, the ancient seat of the Khmer Empire and the largest pre-industrial city in the world. Our guide will meet you at the airport and were a van will be waiting to escort you to the Frangipani Villa Hotel in Siem Reap.

Enjoy the rest of your day relaxing or exploring Siem Reap at your own pace. The town is home to about 230,000 local residents and caters to a booming tourist trade. This means you’ll find plenty of restaurants, cafes, handicraft shops and some lively nightlife, along with the usual crowd of touts and tourists.

For dinner, you’ll sample local Khmer cuisine at the Palate Restaurant.

Meals
  • Dinner
Day 2
Activities
  • Cycling: 40 km
Transfers
None
Description

We’ll spend all day exploring the beautiful Angkor temples by bicycle. First, we’ll take scenic back roads through the rural Cambodian countryside to Ta Prom Temple. Caught in the slow process of being swallowed by the jungle, the tree-and-vine choked towers of Ta Prohm make it one of the most atmospheric temples in Angkor.

Next, we’ll head to the many-faced edifice of Bayon temple located in the center of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This perfectly square, 9-kilometer-by-9-kilometer city is an astounding relic of Khmer stonework. To get there, we’ll cycle along a forest road, passing the 12th-century Hindu temple Thommanon on the way. We’ll enter Bayon by the North Gate of Angkor Thom, then cycle along the wall to Bayon temple.

After working up a healthy appetite, you’ll tuck into lunch at the home of a local family who will prepare a traditional Khmer meal. After lunch, saddle up again for a ride to Angkor Wat, the most famous Angkorian temple. Angkor Wat was built by several generations of Khmer engineers and laborers in the 12th century, evolving over the years from a Hindu place of worship to a Buddhist one. The temple is so beloved by the Khmer people and so symbolic of the Khmer spirit and culture that its distinctive silhouette is on the Cambodian flag. It’s the only building in the world to be featured on a national flag. Transfer by van back to the hotel.

Tonight is yours to explore or relax. To get away from the hustle and bustle, go for a quiet walk along the Siem Reap River or take a remork (a Cambodian tuk tuk) to the Angkor Silk Farm 20 minutes outside of town.

Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Activities
  • Cycling: 50 km
  • Trekking: 2 hours
Transfers
None
Description

Today you’ll explore Siem Reap and its verdant surroundings by bike and by foot. After breakfast, we’ll embark on a 36 kilometer ride to Kulen Mountain, a holy and historical site where King Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from the kingdom of Java in 802 CE and founded the first Khmer state. The mountain became the first capital of the Khmer Empire. You’ll ride on quiet forest paths and dirt roads edged by rice paddies and cashew plantations. Along the way, we’ll pass the hilltop temple of Phnom Bok.

Rattanak Tey Pagoda at the base of Mount Kulen is where we’ll drop off our bikes and continue our ascent on foot. After 88 steps, we’ll stop for a short break in the shade of Preah Chup, where you’ll encounter 16th-century Buddhist statues. We’ll continue for four more kilometers, crossing the “River of 1,000 Linga” (divine phallic figures), to arrive at the temple of Pres Ang Thom, which houses a startling, 17-meter-long reclining Buddha.

After you’ve explored the ruins of Pres Ang Thom and drunk in the spectacular views over the forest canopy, enjoy a picnic lunch by a rushing waterfall. Feel free to wade into the cool water or to jump right in for a dip. After you’re sated and refreshed, we’ll hike back to the pagoda where a car will be waiting to transfer us back to Siem Reap.

Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Activities
  • Cycling: 13 km
Transfers
None
Description

After breakfast, we’ll explore a different, watery side of rural Cambodia with a cycling trip to the floating village of Chong Kneas. Providing employment to a staggering 10 percent of the population of Cambodia, the Tonlé Sap Lake—the largest body of freshwater in Southeast Asia—is a bustling world of commerce. Our trail will meander through the countryside, and we can stop to visit some of the locals on the way if the mood takes you. As you ride, you’ll glimpse Cambodian farm life as you pass people working the rice fields. A friendly wave is sure to elicit a wave back. At the mighty Tonlé Sap, we’ll take the boat to visit the stilted houses and floating markets of Chong Kneas before returning to the hotel by van.

In the afternoon, we’ll wish you safe onward journey and transfer you to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight.

Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation
None

Trip Information

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Inclusions
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation on Double/Twin sharing room with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water, snacks for sightseeing
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
  • Mountain bike and helmet
  • First aid
  • Support truck
  • Support mechanic
  • Boat
Exclusions
  • International/domestic airfares & tax
  • Visa fees (US$30)
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters and project cost
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion