Cambodia Cycling Adventure | Siem Reap to Kampot via Phnom Penh

Cambodia Cycling Adventure | Siem Reap to Kampot via Phnom Penh

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Cambodia Cycling Adventure | Siem Reap to Kampot via Phnom Penh

11 Days Starting in Siem Reap and ending in Phnom Penh

Visiting: Krong Siem Reap, Krong Battambang, Krong Pursat, Phnom Penh, Krong Kampot

Tour operator:

Social Cycles

Tour code:

CAM11

Recommended For:

50 plus, Couples

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 10

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

21-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, Eco Conscious

Activities:

Cycling, Walking

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Tour Overview

Cycle from Siem Reap to Kampot via Phnom Penh over 11 incredible days! The pace of our ride is relaxed and casual. There’s always time to stop for a photo and we rarely cycle more than 2 days in a row. When the journey is just as good as the destination, there’s no need to rush! You'll take in the famous temples of Angkor, travel by boat through the wetlands of the Tonle Sap to Battambang and cycle into the capital of Phnom Penh. In Kampot, you have the chance to cycle up Bokor Mountain, eat fresh seafood at Kep crab-market, learn from the community living and working at the salt fields and tour the local pepper farms. This adventure suits open-minded travellers that want to escape the tourist bubble and learn more about the real Cambodia, via our local NGO network partners. The ride is completely flat and fully supported with a van that trails behind, should you want to shorten your cycling day. The small group policy of ten people ensures it's a relaxed and fun ride. In the evenings, we choose to stay in comfortable, boutique hotels and dine in social enterprise based restaurants where possible.

Highlights

  • Learn about social issues from a variety of local experts at NGOs along the way

  • Eat and enjoy great food from social enterprise based restaurants

  • Enjoy the comfort and security of a fully supported ride, with a van following the ride at all times

Places You'll See

Cycle Angkor Wat At Sunrise

Challenge Yourself To Cycle Up Bokor Mountain Near Kampot

Cycle Along The Coast Near Kep, Close To The Vietnam Border

Temples Ruins Aren't Just In Siem Reap

Enjoy A Local Dinner At Our Lead Guides House, Hoem

Learn From The Community Livng And Working The Salt Fields In Kampot

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival Day And Welcome Dinner
Location: Krong Siem Reap
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

We arrive and stay in the heart of the cosmopolitan lifestyle that has been thrust on Siem Reap since the country has opened up to the outside world.
After we pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel, take some time to relax or explore the city before we meet for a welcome dinner.
Dinner is at one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants, Marum. It’s part of the Friends International social enterprise projects, providing vocational training for marginalized youth.

Day 2 : Sunrise Cycling Around The Temples Of Angkor
Location: Krong Siem Reap
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunrise is from 4.30am as we hit the bikes for the first time, but it is so worth it. Sunrise over Angkor Wat is a bucket list achievement for good reason.
From here we’ll venture on to other, and arguably more impressive, temples in the area for the remainder of the morning.
In the early afternoon, we’ll have the chance to visit our first NGO of the trip. We will spend time with these incredibly inspirational people that have dedicated their lives to helping others.
Hear their stories and understand what the real issues of the country are.
We often dine at Hoem's house, with his family, for dinner. Hoem is the host for the tour.

Day 3 : River Riding, Local Villages And Coffee Stops
Location: Krong Battambang
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We ride out of Siem Reap to the boat port (20km). Travelling across the wetlands and navigating our way around Tonle Sap river is an experience you will never forget.
The road soon turns to single track as we get more and more remote. We farewell our support van and venture on into the rural and barren lands of Cambodia.
Few villages exist out here, supporting themselves through sustainable fishing methods. After the boat, it’s another 20-30km to Battambang, depending on the river levels.
Battambang is great for shopping, with colonial-style streets and hidden secrets where bric-a-brac abounds. Dinner is in another social enterprise based restaurant, Jann Bai, that is often hailed as the best dinner in Cambodia!

Day 4 : Battambang To Banan By Bike
Location: Krong Pursat
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way along the dusty red back roads to the nearby local attraction of Banan Temple. We’ll cycle back to the town of Battambang to explore a little more and grab lunch at leisure.
We’ll get to the town of Pursat by early afternoon and into our hotel to enjoy the swimming pool and on-site massage spa. We’ll get a great experience from an amazing NGO, Sustainable Cambodia. A full presentation by the executives in their office and a tour of their facilities.
See the difference the NGO makes first hand. Be inspired by the real difference made by real people.

Day 5 : Cycling Into Phnom Penh
Location: Phnom Penh
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We start cycling 75km out from Phnom Penh, and ride all the way up to the front door of the hotel. The back roads bring in some of the most spectacular scenery as we pass through villages living on Tonle Sap lake.
The ride takes in great coffee stops, endless photo opportunities and a couple of ferries.
For dinner, it’s a feast of tarantula’s and crickets at the famous Romdeng restaurant, a social enterprise restaurant from the Friends International team.

Day 6 : Friends International, S-21 Genocide Museum And Khmer Bbq
Location: Phnom Penh
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We’ll start the day by meeting the incredible people at Friends International and learn about the wonderful work they do within the community. This is a great insight into REAL local everyday issues, from real local everyday heroes.
We then venture towards the Russian market and move to Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21 Genocide Museum. This devastating chapter of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian history is emotionally challenging but strongly recommended.
There is some free time in the afternoon to process your day, whilst we’ll meet again for a local Khmer BBQ dinner.

Day 7 : Chisaur Temple
Location: Krong Kampot
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

We cycle south of Phnom Penh to Chisaur Mountain Temple in rural Cambodia. It’s not really much of a mountain at 130m and the route is perfectly flat. We casually cycle through remote villages and waterways, via narrow dirt tracks. Chisaur Temple is where we’ll be for lunch as we have plenty of time to explore these ancient ruins which are 200 years older than Angkor Wat. From here, we’ll take the van down to the Cambodian coastal town of Kampot to enjoy the culinary delights on offer.

Day 8 : The Bokor Mountain Cycle Challenge
Location: Krong Kampot
Accommodation: Hotel

Start the day with an (optional) mammoth Bokor Mountain cycle challenge! It’s 30km to get to the top. The first 10km is flat, then it just keeps on going up, and up, and up! If cycling uphill doesn’t rock your world, we can bring your bike in the van and you can cycle down! If you feel like taking some time off the bike, Kampot is a great town to caffeinate, people watch and relax.

Day 9 : Salt Fields, Cls And Khmer Cooking Class
Location: Krong Kampot
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

In the morning, we’ll visit Chumkriel Language School (no children will be in attendance at the time of visiting). A fantastic NGO and inspirational human being, Mr Suthy has set up a very grass-root local school to give access to education for children of the salt field community. In the afternoon, we’ll partake in a cooking class, teaching us the best of Khmer cuisine!

Day 10 : Salt Lakes, Pepper Farms, Live Crab Markets And White Beaches
Location: Phnom Penh
Accommodation: Hotel

Today we cycle to the border of Vietnam, but not before we discover the wonderful province of Kep. Located just before the border, this town is famous for it’s fresh seafood, particularly crab. We’ll spend a couple of hours exploring the famous pepper plantations and salt lakes on the way. Navigating through the back roads, we’ll make our way around the National Park and to the border crossing of Ha Tien Vietnam.
From Ha Tien, we’ll jump in the van and head back to Mito Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 11 : Departure Day
Location: Phnom Penh
Meals Included: Breakfast

Congratulations! You’ve cycled across Cambodia, covered almost 300km in the saddle and more than scratched the surface as to what Cambodia about. We’ll enjoy a final breakfast together before you set off to the airport or your next adventure.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Three-star hotels (3 of 4 hotels have a pool).

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    Bike hire is included. We will also transit by boat and private van (also included).

  • Entrance Fees

    Angkor Wat one day pass, S-21 Genocide Museum, Kampot Pepper Farm Tour, Cooking Class

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Arrival transfers only

  • Meals – Half Board

    All breakfasts included, some dinners and lunches as per the itinerary.

  • Fully Guided

    Minimum two staff, one driver and one cyclist/mechanic. Both speak excellent English.

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

    The support van will always have unlimited filtered water available for riding days, plus fresh fruits.

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Drinks with Meals

Optional Extras

  • NGO Donation

    For every Social Cycles tour, all riders are requested to contribute a nominal sum for the purpose of a donation. Usually US$150 per rider. During the course of the tour, you are given the chance to engage with, and learn from, local NGOs. We visit no less than three NGOs during the Cambodia tour and spend some time learning about their projects, strategies and challenges. At the end of the tour, the riders are then empowered with new-found knowledge and have the opportunity to combine the allotted donation money and make an impact towards a project of their choosing. In addition to building a profile for our impact partners, Social Cycles also pays each NGO for their time and resources. We spend 1-2 hours with each NGO.

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Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, we will communicate all hotel names prior to departure.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, flights are not included.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Most people tip the local guides a total of US$100 between the team

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes, most days have a generous allowance of free time for people to explore. We also provide guides and advice for local attractions.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, we can book in accommodation at either end of the tour for local rates.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    No, there is no limit to luggage

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes. We have a driver and one to two cycling guides, depending on the size of the group. All members of the team speak fluent English and Khmer.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 10 people.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes, most travellers require a visa for Cambodia. Check your local consulate for advice

  • What if I can't cycle the whole way?

    Not to fear! We have a support van on all tours that will not only carry your bags but you as well should you want to take a rest for a while. Sometimes the van will follow right behind us, other times it will meet us at certain points up ahead. You can ask your tour leader about the type of terrain and time it will take for that particular leg and they can advise you accordingly.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Most people tip the local guides a total of US$100 between the team. Although it is greatly accepted, it is not expected.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    We stay in three star hotels in every town/city. Most hotels have a pool.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes, most travellers require a visa for Cambodia. Check your

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Cambodia is a cash economy, accepting all forms of USD.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Most people tip the local guides a

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, children aged 12 years and older are able to join the tour. It can be a physically demanding tour for some, but a support van is available at all times.

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    The support van is air-conditioned.

  • What if I'm too slow on the bike and hold the group back?

    We have a very relaxed attitude to the cycling experience. There’s plenty of tours out there for ‘cyclists’ who want to re-enact the Tour de France. I can assure you that we are NOT one of them. For me, it’s all about the experience. We use the bike as a means of travel. To get off the beaten track. That’s where you’ll get the best photos, eat the most amazing food and meet true local people.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No, riders will need to apply and obtain their own visa on arrival.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Arrival transfers are included in the price. Departure transfers are not included but can be arranged.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, solo travellers can get there own room for an additional US$200. However, this is not enforced if you are happy to share with a fellow same-sex traveller. If we cannot match you, then you will not pay for your own room.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes, all hotels have wifi. We can also assist with local sim cards for national 4G access.

  • Company Instant Book

    Yes, this tour can be booked instantly but requires a minimum of two participants to run.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    We advise each participant to seek medical advice. Some rides choose to take malaria tablets.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Entrances admission to Angkor Wat and S-21 Genocide museum is included.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Our local team and hosts will be with you throughout the tour.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    A moderate amount of fitness is required to make the most of the tour. The cycling is not difficult as the terrain is flat and generally sealed or compact gravel. It is fully supported with a van if riders choose to skip particular arts of the riding day.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Our general demographic include people from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We often get travellers from Dubai and parts of Asia.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    The minimum group number is only two people. If this is not reached, we'll reach out to the single guest to discuss options.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Adam Turville  

Another wonderful trip....

21-Aug-2020

Another wonderful trip.... my recent Siem Reap to Phnom Penh ride is now etched in my memory as one of the greatest adventures of my life." If you would like to embark on a challenging and rewarding holiday/adventure then do a Social Cycles ride.

Cathy  

Enjoyed both our social cycle tours.

01-Aug-2019

Enjoyed both our social cycle tours. Cambodia was a real eye-opener for our 14 year old son. The riding on the Cambodia tour was a lot easier than the Cambodia to Vietnam tour, but personally I enjoyed the variation of the second tour more. I highly recommend Social Cycles, an adventure, a challenge, life long memories!

Cathy  

Enjoyed both our social cycle tours.

01-Aug-2019

Enjoyed both our social cycle tours. Cambodia was a real eye-opener for our 14 year old son. The riding on the Cambodia tour was a lot easier than the Cambodia to Vietnam tour, but personally I enjoyed the variation of the second tour more. I highly recommend Social Cycles, an adventure, a challenge, life long memories!

Anders  

A Huge Experience!

06-Feb-2020

My wife and I made this tour early February, and I think it was a huge experience! Cycling through the remote areas makes you see so much more, and on some occasions make you interact with locals. It was fun, and sometimes also challenging. The NGO presentations/meetings we had really made an impression. How impressive these people are that are SO dedicated in their mission! We really learnt a lot, and will keep om spreading the word. Buntry and Heom were great companions to make our journey as pleasant

Ellie  

Great Guides

16-Jan-2020

Buntree and Mr. Hom (guides) were both wonderful. Buntree in particular went out of his way on every step of the trip to make us laugh, to make us feel at home and to share his deep knowledge. I cannot say enough how much I appreciated his work.

Kate B  

Far exceeded my expectations

17-Jan-2019

This cycling tour far exceeded my expectations. Incredible! It was such a different travel experience to any other holiday I have had. I loved cycling 'off the beaten track' through rural Cambodia and Vietnam as it provided a totally different perspective to these cultures. It was wonderful to hear first hand from the NGO's that are helping to improve the lives of the local people. I would highly recommend the Siem Reap to Saigon cycling tour.

Read all 6 reviews

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