Location

Departs Siem Reap

Difficulty

4

Length

10

Trip Cost

$2999
twin share

Overview

Join this cycle challenge and help to raise valuable funds for Project Futures and get to experience Cambodia on a bike.

This is a ride through the length of Cambodia, taking in all the famous sights but also venturing off the beaten track to experience the vibrant village life that is the true soul of the country.

We start off with experiencing the huge ancient city of Angkor Wat, a well traveled attraction in Cambodia. After Siem Reap we continue on to the friendly city of Battambang and the Oudong Mountain before putting our feet up at the beautiful coastal town of Kep Sur Mer. Our cycling adventure finishes in the bustling and vibrant capital of Phnom Penh.

This is a real journey of discovery pedalling along back roads and passing through  sleepy villages. You will see the beauty of rural Cambodia up close and experience the pace of life that has not changed much since the time of the Khmers. Our cycling route is varied and fascinating and you will experience a side of Cambodia seen by few others; a superb way to experience one of Asia’s most captivating countries.

The terrain makes for moderate cycling with some longer days but this trip is fully supported by air-conditioned vehicle, so you can ride as much or as little as you want. When you rest each evening, you’ll enjoy excellent local food and the very best accommodation available.

Itinerary

Day 1 – 3 Jul 2017: Arrive Siem Reap

Arrival into Siem Reap. This afternoon we will have a group briefing, followed by bike fitting where you can try out your bike for size and add any items you may have brought. After this an authentic culinary journey awaits to introduce you to Cambodia.

Meals: D

Day 2 – 4 Jul 2017: Angkor Sunrise Cycle (25km)

It’s an early start this morning, but one that will provide an unforgettable memory. As the rooster begins to crow and the dogs of the village stir, you will be standing in front of the most important religious monument in Cambodia, Angkor Wat. This is the best time of day to see this amazing structure and to explore its extensive grounds and interior. We make the most of the soft light and cooler temperatures to fully explore the temples of Angkor Wat. Afternoon is free to explore Siem Reap.

Meals: B L D

Day 3 – 5 Jul 2017: Transfer to Battambang and Countryside Cycle (20km)

We leave Siem Reap early this morning and drive for a few hours to reach Battambang. After enjoying a local lunch, we jump on our bikes for an afternoon cycle out to the Bamboo Train, a famously quirky rail system that is one of the most famous aspects of Battambang. We take a short trip on this grassroots transport system and visit a brick kiln village before riding back into town.

Meals: B L D

Day 4 – 6 Jul 2017: Cycle Battambang (30km) and CCT visit

It’s another early morning today. After stopping at a few French colonial architecture sites in town, we’ll ride the countryside roads stopping off at villages and visiting local families to learn about their everyday life, history and traditions. Just as you’re starting to build a healthy appetite, we’ll drop into Jaan Bai, a social enterprise restaurant, for a delicious lunch. Remainder of the afternoon will be spent at the Cambodian Children’s Trust centre in Battambang, where we learn more about their valuable work.

Meals: B L D

Day 5 – 7 Jul 2017: Cycle & Transfer to Kampong Chhnang (60km)

This morning we take an exciting cycle through villages to learn about the cottage industry that supports the economy of this area. For this we meet up with a local university student who will show us around the villages just outside Battambang. The ride is on a lovely route along the river with lots of shade. We stop to see rice paper making, banana drying, rice wine and prahok production, as well as a stop at the best snack stop in all Cambodia, the kralanh shop. After returning to town, we drive to Kampong Chhnang where we take a pleasant trip on a rowboat through the floating villages before we settle down for the night in this small town.

Meals: B L D

Day 6 – 8 Jul 2017: Transfer to Oudong Mountain & Cycle to Kampong Speu (65km)

We start off by exploring pottery villages of Kampong Chhnang before transferring to the former capital of Cambodia, Oudong mountain. After visiting the mountain top temple, we jump on our bikes and ride along quiet country trails and back-roads all the way to the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The city is not our final stop today though, so we push on past the metro area and southwards to the small town of Kampong Speu, where a modest and friendly guesthouse awaits.

Meals: B L D

Day 7 – 9 Jul 2017: Transfer & Cycle to Kep (80km)

We have a long distance to cover today so we start early with a transfer past the busier roads to make up some ground. After reaching our starting point for the day we’ll hit the bikes again, cycling through beautiful forest and country lanes towards the seaside town of Kep. Our trip takes us around the back of the Elephant mountains for some peaceful and shady riding in one of Cambodia’s least developed areas. We continue on and pass the Bokor mountain, the largest of the range, which has an exciting past as a colonial retreat for the former king. The day’s riding ends with us rolling into the sleepy coastal town of Kep sur Mer.

Meals: B L D

Day 8 – 10 Jul 2017: Cycle & Transfer to Phnom Penh (80km)

This is our last day of cycling, starting from the doorstep of our accommodation. We head back to the inland trails and cycle towards Phnom Penh, passing by endless rice fields, pepper farms and waving children. After a solid day on the bike our cycling finishes up and we’ll transfer the last part into Phnom Penh to avoid city traffic.

Meals: B L D

Day 9 – 11 Jul 2017: Free Day in Phnom Penh

You will have a free morning and afternoon to look around the sights of the capital city. Phnom Penh is a fascinating city that still retains a lot of its colonial charm from its days as the French capital of Indochina. The sights of Phnom Penh include the National Museum, Royal Palace, Killing Fields and S21 Museum. Dinner tonight will be at the Tom Dy Centre with our AFESIP Scholarship Holders who PROJECT FUTURES support. It will also be a celebratory dinner to mark the end of the trip.

Meals: B L D

Day 10 – 12 Jul 2017: Depart Phnom Penh – Tour Conclusion

Our cycling adventure concludes today after breakfast.

Meals: B

Dates

Pay from $2999 (price is dependant on group size) and fundraise $3000 to join this once in a lifetime challenge.

Price is based on a group size of 20 people. Should the numbers fall below this, the trip cost is subject to revision.

Start date
03 Jul 2017
End date
12 Jul 2017
Price
$2999
Availability
Available

Inclusions

 

  • RAW Travel leader
  • Local English speaking guide & support crew
  • All accommodation (twin share)
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Top quality mountain bikes
  • Water, snacks and fresh fruits while cycling
  • Air conditioned vehicle support while cycling
  • Admission fees where applicable as noted on the tour itinerary
  • RAW Cycling Jersey

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Cambodia entry visas
  • Travel insurance (Compulsory)
  • Helmet (Compulsory)
  • Drinks at meals
  • Tips for local hotels, restaurant staffs and tour crew

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