Biking The Historical & Ancient Capitals 11 Days
This biking trip is our new cycling tour starts and finishes in Siem Reap. This new trip suits all level of riders and not only the cyclists who just visit Cambodia for the first time but also for the riders who have already visited Cambodia before and would like to return for another new fun and enjoyable cycling routes. Cambodia Cycling professional team have carefully designed our routes which have not been done by the others. We cycle 606km, the cycling routes for this trip are 70 to 80% off road and back roads through the countryside, the rice fields, passing the remote villages seeing the wonderful smile of the children. The cycling routes for this trip is relatively flat, the average altitude is about 150m high. Only two places have higher altitude along the Dang Rek mountain range at Anlung Veang and Preah Vihear. When we arrive at these two places, we cycle up the hills for the sunset view if we still have got the energy.
This cycling trip has got the most historical & cultural interests. Starting in Siem Reap, where we cycle through the countryside to take the boat trip on Tonle Sap lake to visit the floating village. Then we chronologically visit Pre-Angkoran Rolous Group before Angkor temple and the beautiful Banteay Srei and One Thousand Lingas. On the way, we stop to visit The Land Mines Museum of Mr. Akira to understand the landmines issue in Cambodia. From Siem Reap, we cycle to Beng Mealea, the lost temple of Indiana Jones and Koh Ker temple complex which been the capital of the King Jayavarman IV, reigned 928AD. From Koh Ker, we cycle off road to Anlung Veang, the former Khmer Rouge last strong hold where Pol Pot, their top leader died there in 1998 to end the Khmer Rouge. Then we cycle to visit Preah Vihear hill top temple located very close to the Thais border. Cambodia and Thailand has recently dispute over this temple when this temple is registered as the World Heritage Site under Cambodia. The dispute is over now and re-open for the tourists. From there, we cycle to the provincial capital of Preah Vihear for overnight. Then visit the last ancient capital en route, Preah Khan temple. This quiet and remote temple hidden in the jungles and stay away from the crowded Angkor complex. It was founded in 11th century, by the King Suryavarman I and it was the royal residence of the King Suryavarman II. The great King of Angkor, Jayavarman VII has lived there during the war with Champa Kingdom to recapture Angkor campital back from the Chams invading in 1181.
Tour Price Includes
– Accommodation 3* stars in Siem Reap. Best available accommodation in other places (3 nights 2*, 1 night guesthouse and 1 night home-stay)
– Support van, cool box, back up service
– Water & snack, cold drink (Coke light etc.,)
– Cycling experienced guide
– Full board meals (breakfasts, lunch and dinner)
– All boat tickets and boat trips
– All entrance fee and temple pass
– International Flights
– Departure Tax $25 (international)
– Visa Fees $30 (issued on arrival)
– Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
– Tips for guides.
– Personal travel insurance
– Any services not mentioned in itinerary
Day 1: Siem Reap – Arrival
Arrive in Siem Reap. Welcome by our cycling guide. Transfer to your hotel for check in. Bike fitting and tour briefing. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Rolous Group & Tonle Sap Lake (50km)
Depart from the hotel, crossing the bridge at Old Market to cycle 15km toward Rolous Group. The first 2km, is on the tarmac road toward the bus station. Then, passing the rice field and the village. Rolous Group was the first capital of Angkor Empire during 800 A.D. Visit the Pre-Angkorian temples including Preak Ko, Bakong and Lo Lei. Afternoon, cycling to Tonle Sap Lake. Turn left at the crocodiles farm crossing the bridge. Then cycle on small road along the river through villages, pagodas and schools. This road is good for cycling as to avoid the busy traffic. After cycling 8km, turn right across the bridge to the main road as there is no further access on the small road. Continue cycling toward the hill about 3km (July-December) where the boat stop. (Note: January-June, the water is low and the boat will stop further 3km). Board on the boat to visit the floating village, floating school, fishing farm. After 1 hour boat drive. Return the Siem Reap on the main road to avoid cycling the same road. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (30km by bicycle)
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples.
Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the temples. Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodia’s great king, Jayavarman VII. After lunch, extensively visit Angkor Wat, the 7th Wonder of the World. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Banteay Srei and River of Thousand Lingas (90km)
Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2km before turn right to the rural road. The road is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Srei before lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as women citadel (built in 967 A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some of temple are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and still an excellent state of preservation.
Continue cycling to visit Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas, lying under the river bed, people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows to Siem Reap. Walk 1,200meters to visit the Lingas and enjoy lunch and the water fall. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira. Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors’ donation to fund his work. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 5: Beng Mealea & Koh Ker (76km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we cycle on the back road through the countryside and the village to visit Beng Mealea temple. This trip will make special as we can escape from the crowded tourists in Angkor complex. This special temple was featured in the Lost Temples by Indiana Jones and The Two Brothers by a French movie maker, Jean Clake Annaud. Beng Mealea is located 50km from Siem Reap. It is an untouched temple hidden in the jungle surrounded by its mood 900 meters by 1,200 meters. Beng Mealea is a beautiful, charming temple. It has it own character which cannot be found in any other temple. We can feel very peaceful sitting inside the temple as we can get rid of the many tourists at Angkor area. After visit Beng Mealea temple, we cycle another 20km and then transfer to Koh Ker temple complex. Overnight in Sayong Village.
Day 6: Anlung Veang (former Khmer Rouge Strong Hold) (70km)
Early morning, we have localbeakfast at the guesthouse and have some fresh fruits. Then we visit the temples in Koh Ker complex. Koh Ker was the former capital of the King Jayavarman IV, reigned 928AD, when he moved the capital from Angkor to Koh Ker. Angkor period refers to the period from the year 800 when the first capital was settled in Rolous Groups and lasted in the year 1,432. The capital in Koh Ker remained for 20 years before it has been moved back to Angkor area and was settled at Phnom Bakheng where people climbed for the sunset. Visit the temples in the complex including the Pyramid style Prasat Thom, Prasat Chen, Prasat Kraham, Prasat Damrei, Prasat Neang Kmau and Rohal. After the visit, we cycle through the deep jungle track passing 1 village. (best December-April). The deep jungle track is 25km without the support vehicle and the van will meet us at another section of the dirt road. We stop for lunch in Ou Akok. Then continue cycling on the dirt track to Anlung Veang. Overnight in Anlung Veang.
Day 7: Preah Vihear temple (80km)
In the morning, we visit Ta Mok’s house and his head quarter. Ta Mok was the general commander of the Khmer Rouge. He was arrested in 1998 after Pol Pot died and later on died in the prison. Then visit Pol Pot’s grave on the hill side. Pol Pot was the top leader of the Khmer Rouge. Then we cycle down hill toward Preah Vihear temple. The routes again are enjoyable off road with quiet, nice and enjoyable pace to see REAL Cambodia along the way. We stop for lunch half way before reaching Preah Vihear temple. The temple is located on the hill top. The ancient King liked to build the temple on the hill top as to get the great position for worship to the God of Hindu. Most temple was built in rectangular shape but Preah Vihear was built along the hill shape facing to the east over 500 meter high. After visiting the temple, we cycle down the hill to stay overnight in Sa Em village.
Day 8: Tbeng Mean Chey (70km)
After breakfast, we cycle to the provincial capital of Preah Vihear which is called Tbeng Mean Chey. It is a kind of break day from the temple visit but we have to pass through this town before reaching to another ancient capital of Preah Khan Kampong Svay. As normal, we make our stop for water every 20 to 30km to enjoy the snack of fresh fruit and cold drink. We stop for near Tmart Boey, the place of Giant Ibis and we might be able to see a few birds flying by but the birding place is located further more in the jungle. After lunch, we cycle to Tbeng Mean Chey. This provincial capital now is the half way connection between Siem Reap and Pakse, the southern city of Laos. Although it is a quiet town at the moment but it will becoming a potential tourist stop over in the future. Overnight in Tbeng Mean Chey. Dinner and overnight in Tbeng Mean Chey.
Day 9: Preah Khan (Kampong Svay) (75km)
Breakfast outside the hotel. Today, the cycling route is divided into 2 section of paved road and dirt track. We cycle 35km on the paved road but quiet and enjoy the scenery of Tbeng hills along side passing some farms of casava and corns and other crops. After a snack stop at the junction, we turn right off road to cycle on another 30km dirt track. We enjoy lunch half way in the village. Afternoon, we arrive at Preah Khan Kampong Svay and visit the temple complex. This quiet and remote temple hidden in the jungles and stay away from the crowded Angkor complex. It was founded in 11th century, by the King Suryavarman I and it was the royal residence of the King Suryavarman II. The great King of Angkor, Jayavarman VII has lived there during the war with Champa Kingdom to recapture Angkor campital back from the Chams invading in 1181. Overnight home-stay in Ta Seng Village.
Day 10: Siem Reap (65km)
Breakfast at the home-stay. Today, we enjoy one of the most scenic bike ride through the countryside and the villages back to Siem Reap. We cycle pass some of the remote villages and stop to chat with some local people and say hello to the children. They have wondeful smile and do not see tourists pass by before. They love pens and pencils and see their photo in the digital camera as non of this exists in the village. Again, we stop for lunch in front of a Buddhist temple and have a quick visit inside the temple. Please take off your shoes and helmet. After lunch, we cycle the last section of the dirt track before reaching to the National Road No.6. Then we transfer 90km about 1 hour 15 minutes back to Siem Reap. Farewell dinner and overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 11: Siem Reap Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight in Siem Reap. Tour Ends
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