Location

Departs Siem Reap

Difficulty

4

Length

10

Trip Cost

$3500
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 – 12 Oct 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 – 13 Oct 2017: Angkor Sunrise Cycle (25km) and visits to AFESIP salons

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. Following this, you will visit various AFESIP salons, functioning business run by survivors following their rehabilitation and training in hope of gaining full independence and enjoying a successful life. A wonderful opportunity to see the true impact, and life changing work, of the AFESIP programs.

In the evening challengers share a meal with the survivor network at another great social enterprise eatery, learning of the challenges and triumphs survivors have endured and continue to face once integrated into the community, a confronting but powerful opportunity.

Meals: B L D

Day 3 – 14 Oct 2017: Transfer to Battambang and Bat Cave tour

We set out from Siem Reap, driving for around 3 hours to reach Battambang. After enjoying a local lunch, in the late afternoon, we will embark on a tour of the famous Battambang Bat Caves, where you will witness an amazing colony of bats in full flight, a natural wonder to behold. We then get a transfer back to Battambang.

Meals: B L D

Day 4 – 15 Oct 2017: Morning cycle, Visit Bamboo Train (50km)

An early 7:30am start this morning. After stopping at a few French colonial architecture sites in town, we’ll ride the countryside roads stopping off at villages and visiting families to learn about their everyday life, history, and traditions. Just as you’re starting to build a healthy appetite we’ll drop into a local restaurant for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we will cycle to the Bamboo Train, a quirky rail system that is one of the most famous attractions of Battambang. We take a short trip on this grassroots transport system and visit a village brick kiln, before riding back into town with a stop at the most popular afternoon snack shop in town.

Meals: B L D

Day 5 – 16 Oct 2017: Cycle & Transfer to Kampong Chhnang, Visit Floating Village (45km)

Morning transfer to the small town of Kampong Chanang. The drive is about 3 hours with a couple of stops. After a simple lunch, we hit the bikes and take a loop ride out through the pottery villages to a semi abandoned runway that was built by the Khmer Rouge as their main cargo airport. The pottery village is actually how Kampong Chanang got its name. The clay in the soil here made it an obvious choice as a local industry. For decades, if not longer the villagers of this area have been producing terracotta pots and various other products. These were distributed around the country on ox-drawn carts that travelled far and wide at a very slow pace. Progress has meant that an increasingly urbanised population no longer have a desire to purchase clay pots from ox carts, but a few families are still preserving this cottage industry and are branching out into more boutique items. The airport is also quite fascinating. It is literally large enough to land a 747 on, but its days of usefulness have passed for now. There is actually a secret bunker underneath it, where senior cadres were to hideout in the event of an invasion, but when it came they didn’t have the time to get there. As the sun gets low in the sky, we arrive back at the docks of the Tonle Sap. A boat is waiting here to take us out onto the lake to take a quick cruise past a continually shrinking community of floating houses. There are many such communities on the lake, but they are rapidly declining in numbers

Meals: B L D

Day 6 – 17 Oct 2017: Transfer to Oudong Mountain & cycle to Kampong Speu (72km)

This morning we take a little time to see the pottery villages of Kampong Chanang, before driving for approximately 1 hour to the former capital of Cambodia at Oudong.  After visiting the mountain top temple, we ride along quiet country trails and backroads all the way to the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The city is not for us today, 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 – 18 Oct 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 – 19 Oct 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 – 20 Oct 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 – 21 Oct 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 $3500 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
12 Oct 2017
End date
21 Oct 2017
Price
$3500
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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Reviews

Dhondup Tsering, October 2017
RAW Travel had a very knowledgeable and friendly local guide and a great support crew. They made my trip to Cambodia comfortable and I was very well looked after.

 

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RAW Travel had a very knowledgeable and friendly local guide and a great support crew. They made my trip to Cambodia comfortable and I was very well looked after.

Dhondup Tsering, October 2017

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