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Cambodia - Siem Reap & Angkor Wat Cycling
One of the places people just must visit in Southeast Asia is Angkor Wat, the world famous temple complex just outside the town of Siem Reap and the largest religious monument in the world. We offer a 2 night and 4 night cycling tour option that makes a perfect add-on to another of our SE Asia cycling tours. Longer, custom tours here are possible. The longer 4 night version explores more of the temples that make up the complex and visits the countryside around Siem Reap for more than just a temple visit, but also some experience with local Cambodian life in the villages of Tonle Sap, visit the ancient ruins at Beng Melea and visit the pre-Angkor temples at Roluos group temple complex. Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire and its row of 54 gods and demons followed by the Bayon Temple and its 54 towers with 'enigmatic' faces are yet a few more of the incredible masterpiece of ancient architecture you will experience, quite possibly at a deep and personal level.
This Angkor Wat cycling trip is available all year long, and is mostly intended as an add-on to another of our SE Asia tours but can booked on its own, any dates on request.

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Day 1:  Arrive Siem Reap (Cycling distance: Up to 25km)

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap (Cycling distance: Up to 25km)

This morning arrive at Siem Reap International Airport. Our guide will be waiting for us just outside. We’ll get fitted to the bikes, and then begin our cycling journey to the famous Angkor Wat. We’ll cycle away from the city and take back roads and quiet paths to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. An eight meter high wall draws a perfect square around the city ruin. Enter through the ancient East Gate. On each side of the entrance path a row of fifty-four gods and demons hold the sacred Naga snake of Hindu lore. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its fifty-four towers with enigmatic faces representing the fifty-four provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Return later to the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Lunch and dinner included today.

Tara Angkor Hotel

Siem Reap

Tara Angkor HotelOur stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap's accommodation sector. Our facilities include 206 magnificent rooms and suites, Two Restaurants, a Lobby Bar, and a Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi, Fitness and a Sauna. Further to this, we provide additional services and facilities designed to ensure your stay is both pleasurable and memorable.

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Day 2:  Siem Reap (cycling distance up to 45km)

Day 2: Siem Reap (cycling distance up to 45km)

After breakfast this morning, we’ll meet with the guides and prepare for our journey through the jungles of Angkor. We begin with a visit to Prasat Kravan, a unique brick temple in the Angkor Complex. Our next stop is a stark contrastto the first: Ta Prohm temple (a setting of one of the Tomb Raider films), built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle, trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. The next stop on the grand circuit today is the beautiful temple of Pre Roup. Thi beautiful temple lies at the edge of an ancient Khmer reservoir. We’ll cycle onward from here, passing several temples as we go. If there is time, we can stop and explore each one. The final stop on today’s tour is the gorgeous Preah Kahn sitting at the outskirts of Angkor Thom. Once we finish here we’ll cycle past a few familiar temples from yesterday’s excursion, before returning to the city. We’ll say goodbye to our guide and driver this evening. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Tara Angkor Hotel

Siem Reap

Tara Angkor HotelOur stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap's accommodation sector. Our facilities include 206 magnificent rooms and suites, Two Restaurants, a Lobby Bar, and a Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi, Fitness and a Sauna. Further to this, we provide additional services and facilities designed to ensure your stay is both pleasurable and memorable.

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Day 3:  Siem Reap to Tonle Sap (cycling up to 30km)

Day 3: Siem Reap to Tonle Sap (cycling up to 30km)

After breakfast this morning we’ll begin with a ride to Tonle Sap. Today will be memorable as you pass through the many small villages that skirt the city of Siem Reap. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and the sound of the breeze in the trees. Out here, the children are often eager to practice a little bit of English and will shout hellos as we pass by. We'll board a boat this morning, and carry over water to Kampong Phluk, just one of many floating villages in the area. Here, the people have learned to adapt to the amazing rise and fall of Tonle Sap (up to 9 meters throughout the year in some areas!). We’ll stop at a local home and enjoy a packed lunch before returning back to where we started. On the way back we’ll stop at the Roluos Group, a series of Pre-Angkor temples about fifteen kilometers east of Siem Reap. We can stop here and get a good feel for what country-life is like. At the temples as well, we can see clear differences and similarities between those at Angkor Wat, which makes this group of temples very interesting. In dry season, when the water is too low to traverse by boat, we will instead cycle to Roluos and then the temple of Chau Srei Vibol, a ruins that is often skipped by most visitors to Siem Reap. From here we can choose to cycle back to town or transfer back by vehicle. Breakfast and lunch included.

If you are only doing a 2 night stay, then today is your departure day. You can return to Siem Reap airport on your own, via taxi transfer at your leisure after breakfast.

Tara Angkor Hotel

Siem Reap

Tara Angkor HotelOur stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap's accommodation sector. Our facilities include 206 magnificent rooms and suites, Two Restaurants, a Lobby Bar, and a Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi, Fitness and a Sauna. Further to this, we provide additional services and facilities designed to ensure your stay is both pleasurable and memorable.

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Day 4:  Siem Reap to Beng Melea (cycling up to 65km)

Day 4: Siem Reap to Beng Melea (cycling up to 65km)

We’ll transfer this morning to the edge of town and begin cycling toward the ancient ruins of Beng Melea. Along the way we’ll pass through the typical Cambodian countryside filled with palm trees, rice fields, and happy children waving and shouting hello as you pass by. A portion of this cycling travels some stretches of local highway, though traffic should not be heavy. Undiscovered and untouched for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains unrestored. Similar in ways to Tah Prohm of Angkor, but the style of this temples is remarkable different than that of its distance cousin. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Tara Angkor Hotel

Siem Reap

Tara Angkor HotelOur stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap's accommodation sector. Our facilities include 206 magnificent rooms and suites, Two Restaurants, a Lobby Bar, and a Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi, Fitness and a Sauna. Further to this, we provide additional services and facilities designed to ensure your stay is both pleasurable and memorable.

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Swimming Pool Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 5:  Departure Day

Day 5: Departure Day

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the airport under your own arrangement. We are available to book additional stays or onward travel to neighboring countries.
+ Rates

Cambodia Trip Price Options; per person in double occupancy:

4 Night / 5 Day Version

 
First Class Hotel
Superior Class hotel
2 Persons $815USD $897USD
4 Persons $695USD $755USD
6 Persons $652USD $729USD
single supplement $183USD $254USD
bike rental included included
Other Options:TBDTBD

2 Night / 3 Day Version

 
First Class Hotel
Superior Class hotel
2 Persons $445USD $488USD
4 Persons $392USD$435USD
6 Persons $366USD $410
single supplement $91USD $107USD
bike rental included included
Other Options:TBDTBD

Deluxe level rooms included in both hotel category quoted.

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+ What's Included?

• Luggage transfer
• Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
• Bike rental, helmet, 1 biking water bottle
• 3 liters of water per person per cycling day
• Snacks including local fruit
• 1 assistant guide for 08 – 16 cyclists, 2 assistant guides for 17 cyclists
• 1 first aid kit per guide
• Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
• Cold Towel
• Spare parts: spare tubes, chain lube, rags, 1 bottle of chain degreaser, 1 peddle wrench, 1 floor pump, 1 spare bike
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
• Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
• Accommodation as listed above.
• Flight reconfirmation


Lodging

All nights in either the 2 night or 4 night version stay at one hotel:


First Class Category: Angkor Holiday - Deluxe Room

Superior Category: Tara Angkor - Deluxe Room.

See the itinerary tab for hotel details for superior option, Tara Angkor. 

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
-Angkor Wat - world famous, largest religious site worldwide
- Angkor Thom, and many surround sites of incredible history
- guided rides and support
- Local markets, local foods

Need to Know:
- Travel dates: Travel year round
- Moderate level cycling is on paved & dirt surface
- All rides are supported by a local specialist to help navigate and show highlights
- this trip is mostly supported/guided, but functions like a self guided trip from minimum 2 persons

Duration: 2 nights / 3 days or 4 nights / 5 days
This trip is 'supported'; our guide is there for navigation, transportation, luggage handling and showing the site; usually by support vehicle; not cycling. Contact us for questions. 


Average rides: from min 10 to max 60km the rides are around 25-45km per day.


Level: Moderate+ Level 2+ to 3

 
Dates: You can go any date subject to hotel availability. We can also organize custom trips for any private group; please inquire
 


Options

- book cycling in Thailand, Myanmar, or Vietnam in combination

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  • Local Coordinator

    This is a ride supported and lightly guided trip for as few as 2 persons. Our local Cambodian guide will help you navigate the rides and learn all about the important temple complexes as well as the Cambodian life of the countryside around Angkor Wat. Meet Vong Rattanak; or “Nak”, as he prefers to be called,  from Siem Reap province and has been an officially  licensed tour guide since 2000. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Siem Reap as well and has spent almost his  entire career in the tourism industry. Nak began touring as a cycling guide about six years ago. As he says, “I find that  cycling is a very good hobby and great exercise”. In addition to guiding by pedal, he also leads trekking trips into the  wilderness around Siem Reap and is a great dirt bike enthusiast. As such, he is well acquainted not only with the local  area of Siem Reap but many other distant parts of Cambodia. Among tour guides, his overall knowledge of Cambodia  is well respected. But not only is Nak passionate about the outdoors and sporting, he is also passionate about his  home, Cambodia. On tour he loves to share with his clients about Khmer culture and history. 

    + Bikes & Gear
     
    Bike rental options for this tour:

    Mountain Bike - Trek X-Caliber 7 Specs

    About the Trek rental: A lightweight hardtail mountain bike, this is a great ride for the paved and unpaved roads of northern Thailand; as well as for some of the 'fat tire' exploring you will do in the towns and villages. Trek says: "Nothing beats the efficiency, simplicity, and straight-up fun!" These bikes are 27 speed; 3x9 Shimano Acera drivetrain. Bike rentals include helmet, flat tire repair kit, lock, bottle cages and bottles, and flat pedals; you may want to bring your own pedals.

     
     
     
     
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    Cambodia - Siem Reap & Angkor Wat Cycling

    Tour Type: Hybrid MTB Cycling Level 2-3
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    Distance: 25-65km
    Duration: 4 nights / 5 Days (Shorter 2 Night/3 Day option)
    Availability: Any day, all year
    Cost: Starting at US$393





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