BANGOK TO ANGKOR WAT

Our Thailand and Cambodia adventure is a fantastically varied cycle odyssey. We cycle from the seaside in Thailand over the border with Cambodia to the foothills of the Cardamon mountains, then we ride deep into the Khmer heartland to explore the rural countryside. Discover the fading colonial outpost of Battambang and journey by boat across the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), which is the beating heart of agricultural Cambodia.

The highlight is, of course, riding amongst a thousand years of history at Angkor and we take three days to explore the extraordinary temple complexes. The ancient Khmer capital of Angkor is today one of the most remarkable and impressive sights in all of Asia. For much of its 600 years, the Angkor empire's regional power was unmatched, and under a number of its 'god-kings' such as Jayavarman the 7th the artistic exploits of the Khmer kingdom were unrivaled.

In meeting the people in the countryside, you will begin to know the real Cambodia and the extraordinary and beautiful people of this fascinating country. Cambodia's recent embittered history contrasts starkly with the grandeur of the Angkorian past. Our journey shows you the cultural heritage and scenic highlights of Cambodia.

Trip Profile

The terrain is almost all flat, with some rolling hills in the foothills of the Cardomom Mountains. Although we cover some long distances we usually only ride for four or five hours a day. There is a lot to see along the way as we ride alongside rivers and rice fields. Traffic is generally light and we share the roads with ox carts and other cyclists more often than cars.

Suitability:

This trip has been designed to be an easy trip with only one day that is relatively hard. There are some undulations on days 2 & 3, but nothing too difficult. This trip can be done by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. A support truck is always available to help when required.

Biking Conditions:

The roads are a mixture of tarmac, broken tarmac and vehicle width dirt roads.

bangkok to angkor wat

Day to day program

Day 1: Bangkok - Soi Dao (L/D)
We depart from our meeting point in Bangkok and transfer down to Soi Dao a very scenic area, in Chantaburi province, that borders Cambodia with only the Cardamon Mountains separating the two countries. This area is great for biking and we have a chance to ride to help blow away those travelling cobwebs. Overnight at Soi Dao Highland Resort.

Ride 25 km.

Day 2: Soi Dao - Pailin (B/L/D)
Today we ride about 40 km to the border, we pass through some beautiful countryside on our way. This is an area where very few foreigners visit and the pace of life is slow and relaxed – just right for a bike trip. Once immigration and custom formalities have been taken care off we cross into Cambodia and ride 17 km to Pailin set in the attractive Chour Phnom Kravanh (Cardamom) foothills. The ride has some undulating sections, nothing to difficult, and the views of the mountains make for a very pretty ride. Pailin is now a home to former Khmer Rouge leaders and also famous for its ruby mines. Overnight at Memoria Palace.

Ride 57 km.

Day 3: Pailin - Battambang (B/L/D)
We saddle up and ride east to Battambang. This is really rural Cambodia with lots of mango orchard, corn, peanut and of course paddy fields. We’ll ride over good tarmac roads today with some of the best views of the Cardamom mountains, one the wildest areas in Cambodia. We have lunch at Wat Phnom Sampeau and after eating we have a chance to visit the temple which is atop a limestone outcrop. Finally we reach Battambang, Cambodia’s second city, a sleepy backwater full of a faded colonial buildings and charm. Overnight at Steung Sangke Hotel.

Ride 85 km.

Day 4: Battambang - Siem Reap (B/L/D)
If water levels permit (usually from July to February), today‘s journey is by boat as we cross the Tonle Sap towards the lost city of Angkor. The Great Lake is the beating heart of Cambodia and we cruise past floating villages and sunken forests before arriving at Siem Reap. If water levels are too low we'll take a short but fun journey on the infamous bamboo train before transferring to Siem Reap. Overnight at Steung Siem Reap Hotel.

Day 5: Angkor Wat (B/L)
This morning we ride to the Angkor Temple complex entering from south gate then traverse up portions of tarmac road and jungle paths until we reach our first temple of today, Tah Prohm. After our visit here we’ll carry on through the jungle and toward the eastern gate of Angkor Thom, ancient capital of the Khmer Empire. In the near center of this massive enclosure, we’ll find the enigmatic temple of Bayon. This temple is known for its many smiling faces. As the sun reaches its zenith now, we’ll take a short rest and lunch, before visiting the grandest temple of them all Angkor Wat. Depending upon the time, we can choose to return to Siem Reap after our visit to Angkor Wat for a brief rest before returning to the Angkor complex where we’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset in the Angkor Park before return to our hotel. Overnight at Steung Siem Reap Hotel.

Ride 30 km.

Day 6: Angkor Wat (B/L/D)
Leaving Siem Reap by bike we strike out for the countryside. Our initial destination this morning is the village of Damdek, which lies not far from the temple complex. Once we pass through this quaint little village, we’ll cycle down a narrow tarmac lane to Banteay Samre. Now we start getting deeper into the Cambodian countryside and pass many local villages and schools and people going about their day to day business. Ahead of us, the great sandstone ridge of Phnom Kulen rises up from the countryside. At the base of this mountain, we will stop for lunch and take a short 3km trek to Kbal Spean. Here we can see ancient riverbed carvings of Hindu gods in the “River of 1,000 Lingas”. Once we finish here, we’ll load up our bikes and transfer to Banteay Srei the gem of the Angkor area known for its exquisite bas relief carvings. Afterward, transfer to your back to Siem Reap. Overnight at Steung Siem Reap Hotel.

Ride 57 km.

Day 7: Siem Reap Countryside (B/L)
Leave after breakfast to cycle to the small village of Kro Bey Real and another chance to ride in the countryside surrounding Siem Reap. After we head to the Tonle Sap and take a short cruise through the floating villages. (If water levels are too low to visit the floating village we will visit the Roulus group of temples). On the return ride we will ride on the opposite bank of the river passing through many of the local communities before arriving back in Siem Reap.

Ride 45 km.

Price in USD from 01 jul 2017 to 01 jan 2019
Pr person in double room                    1800-
Single supplement                                   225,-
Bike hire                                                     140,-

Our services include:
• Accommodation in selected hotels.
• Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
• English speaking bike guide and support vehicle.
• Goody bag that includes a water bottle and a bike jersey.
• Water, fruit, soft drinks and snacks during the ride

Our services do not include:
• Other meals than mentioned.
• Other services than mentioned.
• International and domestic flights.
• Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature.
• Tips for guide, travel insurance.

Important notes:
• Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to peak season surcharges and surcharges for compulsory Gala dinners on 24th and 31st december.
• Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
• Please note that all the above services & package tours have not been booked yet, they are proposed for your information only. We will not begin any reservation before we receive your confirmation.
• If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the time of booking, we will try to arrange similar service(s) in order to avoid as many important changes as possible.
• The itinerary may at times be altered by our guides due to local conditions, the skill of participants and other unexpected circumstances. Our priority is always the experience and safety of our clients.

Departure Dates

 2017

16 Jul – 22 Jul
10 Sep – 16 Sep
15 Oct – 21 Oct
12 Nov – 18 Nov
24 Dec – 30 Dec

 2018

14 jan – 20 Jan
18 Feb – 24 Feb
11 Mar – 17 Mar
13 May – 19 May
10 Jun – 16 Jun
15 Jul – 21 Jul
9 Sep – 15 Sep
14 Oct – 20 Oct
11 Nov – 17 Nov
23 Dec – 29 Dec

Nuts & Bolts

Bikes:
The bikes you will be riding are Trek mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension.

Bike Repairs:
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Safety:
Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.

Support:
We will be supported by an air-conditioned vehicle for transfers and back up as per itinerary.

Guides:
You will be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 9 people or more we will add another guide to the tour. All our guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.

The Nitty Gritty

Arriving & Departing:
This tour starts in Bangkok, Thailand and ends in Siem Reap, Cambodia. International and domestic flights to and from there are not included in the tour price.

Passports & Visas:
- Thailand Visa: If staying less than 30 days then a visa in advance is not required by European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of Thailand to be eligible for the visa on arrival. This is strictly enforced. - Cambodia Visa: All nationalities require a visa. A 30-day visa on arrival is available at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports and at some land border crossings. You can also obtain a visa online through e-Visa. The e-Visa page provides a list of which checkpoints accept which type of visas. For a list of consulates/embassies abroad go to this page.

Health:
We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days.

Weather:
Eastern Thailand, Laos and Cambodia share a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 27 and 40C, with night temperatures in the 20s. The rainy season is from June to October. The cooler season, is from November to February, with average temperatures between 20 and 30C.

Food:
Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are local and feature noodles, curries and soups and we make sure you sample as much variety as possible. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.

Drink:
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Beer is freely available everywhere, but is NOT included in the price.

Solo travelers:
We do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Extra Expenses:
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, for incidentals.

Money:
Thai baht and US dollars are widely used in Cambodia, especially in larger cities and towns. In smaller towns and villages, riel is usually preferred in Cambodia. There are ATMs in Siem Reap, however, machines dispense US dollars. Spend all your riel before departing Cambodia as no one will exchange them for you once you leave.

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