Rainbow Ride Cycle Tour - 7D

Additional Info

  • Holiday Style: Cycling
  • Durations: 5 - 8 days
  • Destination: Stung Treng
  • Tour Code: RAINBOW PNHSR-7D

This 7-day tour is the perfect balance of cycling and sightseeing for a unique Cambodian adventure. During the whole trip we are using gay-friendly guides, drivers and accommodations to ensure an unforgettable holiday experience.

You will cycle through traditional wood and thatch villages that seemingly have remained unchanged for centuries, witness locals tilling their vibrant rice fields, watch barefoot children herding the family cow, and of course exchange greetings as you pass the many Khmers whose bicycle is their only form of transport. You will certainly be viewed with curiosity by the friendly smiling villagers and encouraged on your way by a chorus of 'Hello' called out by amazed, giggling children.

Explore the major highlights of Cambodia during this tour such as the charming capital city of Phnom Penh, learn more about the turbulent history of Cambodia, and visit stunning Angkor temples. Then cruise on the largest lake in Southeast-Asia, Tonle Sap Lake, to see the charming floating villages and immerse yourself in rural Cambodian life.

After experiencing Phnom Penh firsthand, you can admire the beauty of Cambodia's country side as you bicycle on quiet roads bordered by rice paddies and traditional Khmer villages. You are heading to the 17th century capital of Oudong, if possible you can have lunch with monks at a pagoda then overnight in Kompong Thom Provincial Town. After arriving in Siem Reap you will discover the secrets of the mysterious Angkor temples of the mighty Khmer Empire and take a relaxing cruise. 

Rainbow Ride Cambodia Cycle Tour
Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Cyclo Tour of Phnom Penh
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Drop off your luggage and meet your cyclo driver for a fun tour in the city's traditional mode of transport. Your first stop will be the National Museum, home to a comprehensive collection of Khmer artifacts. Continue to the nearby Royal Palace on the banks of the Mekong River. Explore the neighboring Silver Pagoda, named for its floor, which it is claimed is made up of over 4,000 silver tiles! Your cyclo driver will then take you to a local restaurant for lunch, after which you will be pedaled to the impressive, ochre-colored art-deco Central Market, an iconic Phnom Penh landmark. Wander around the stalls and bargain for souvenirs. When you are haggled out your cyclo driver will take you to the historic French Quarter and Wat Phnom, the inconspicuous hill after which the city is named. Return on your cyclo to your hotel, where you are free to spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Meals included: L

Day 2: Phnom Penh's Dark Past
This morning you will learn about the dark side of Cambodia and explore its more recent harrowing history. Start at the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, located in the infamous Khmer Rouge prison and torture center. Hear about the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime, before driving to the Killing Fields, where Toul Sleng prisoners were forcibly marched to be executed. Return to Phnom Penh and visit the Russian Market, where some good cafés provide a perfect spot for lunch. The Russian Market is an excellent place for picking up Khmer antique reproductions, colorful silks, or incredibly cheap clothes. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel, where you will have time to freshen up before visiting a local restaurant for dinner.

Meals included: B, D

Day 3: Phnom Penh to Kompong Thom
Today is an early morning start by transfer to north of Phnom Penh to Wat Por One, where you start biking on unpaved roads passing local villages and rice fields. You head towards the ancient capital of Oudong, where Oudong Mountain is still home to many of the old Royal Palaces. After exploring the area, you have lunch and take a short rest, then cycle 9 kilometers (6 miles) to Prek Kdam and cross a new bridge. You will then continue biking further 9 kilometers on a bumpy, dusty road before turning left at new irrigation dam built by the Korean Government. After cycling 13 kilometers (8 miles) past rice fields, you reach National Road No 6 where you can appreciate riding on smooth pavement for a while. The route takes you north once again past a cashew nut plantation before arriving at the bustling town of Skoun, lying at the crossroads between the north and east of the country. Skoun's local delicacy is tasty sauté garlic tarantula! You are surrounded once more by paddy fields and huge open plains, the scenery broken only by sugar palms, wooden huts and pagodas. This is a mentally challenging leg of the challenge as the long road stretches out ahead of you. You can then rest during a transfer 91 kilometers (57 miles) to Kompong Thom, enjoying the views of Samtuk Mountain in the distance. You will arrive in Kompong Thom, a small but energetic town with a fascinating market for dinner and overnight in Kompong Thom.

Meals included: L, D
Distance cycled: 70km (44 miles)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Day 4: Kompong Thom to Siem Reap
After breakfast you will be transferred by van 90km to a town of Kompong Kdei in Siem Reap Province where you resume cycling. You will bike on a tree-shaded red soil road with beautiful villages along the way. This area is just 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Siem Reap Town, but few tourists come here. Your first break is at Makak Water Reservoir, which was constructed during the Pol Pot regime. Some survivors from the regime still come to this place to recall their hard time. From there, you continue biking to the village of Kvao. Here you will see very few villages, only jungle. After Kvao village you will cycle on an 800 year-old ancient road, passing through an area which used to be the front line of the Khmer Rouge in the 1980s. Signs of war and the subsequent de-mining campaign become more prevalent, hitting home how much has changed in this country in only the last few years. Soon you will arrive at Beng Mealea Temple, and after a quick look around the temple you will bike for the last part to a town of Damdek, then finally transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap Town.

Meals included: B, L
Distance cycled: 60 - 100km (37 - 62 miles)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate - Advanced

Day 5: The Small Circuit & Angkor Thom
This morning you will explore the Small Circuit. This tour allows you to explore some great temples such as: the huge pyramid temple of Takeo; the jungle-clad Ta Prohm made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster 'Tomb Raider'; Sras Srang known as the King's bathing pond; Banteay Kdei; and Prasat Kravan, an elegant brick temple. After lunch you discover the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces smiling beguilingly down at you. You will also visit other important sites in this immense walled city, including the pyramid of Baphuon, Phimeanakas and the royal viewing stands known as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. If you have the time your guide will take you to an excellent spot for watching a mesmerising Angkor Wat sunset. The evening is free at your leisure.

Meals included: B, L

Day 6: Banteay Srei & the Grand Circuit
This morning you head 30 kilometers (19 miles) north to visit the captivating and beautiful temple of Banteay Srei or 'Fortress of the Women'. The journey allows you to experience the beautiful Cambodian countryside as you pass through small typical villages, on-route you will visit Banteay Samrei. Banteay Srei is an elaborately decorated temple, embellished with floral motifs and scenes from the Ramayana, all carved from pink sandstone. You will return to town for lunch. Afterwards you continue your Angkor encounter with a visit to the spectacular temples of the Grand Circuit such as: Preah Khan or 'Sacred Sword', one of the largest temples at Angkor; Neak Pean surrounded by fountains and ponds; Ta Som and its famous strangler fig tree; and Pre Rup, which is a pleasant spot to experience another Angkor sunset if you wish. This evening you will enjoy dinner and a fascinating Apsara dance show at a local restaurant.

Meals included: B, D

Day 7: Angkor Wat, Floating Villages & Local Crafts
Today, take an optional trip to watch the sun rise from behind Angkor Wat's 5 carved towers. Then it is time to explore the world's largest religious building at Angkor Wat. Return to town for lunch, and head south to Tonle Sap Lake. On the way, you will call in at Artisans d'Angkor, a boutique workshop where you can observe young Cambodians learning traditional Khmer handicraft techniques, such as stone and wood carving, and lacquering and gilding. As you get closer to the lake, you will see the large hill of Phnom Krom looming closer. A walk up the hill provides superb views of Angkor temples. Upon arrival at the largest lake in Southeast Asia, board a boat and cruise past the traditional floating village Kompong Pluk. Watch the residents going about their daily life, and marvel at entire villages made out of bamboo, complete with homes, gas stations, schools, hair dressers and karaoke bars that float on the lake. Head out into the vast expanse of the lake to experience the setting sun silently disappearing into the lake. You will then be transferred to Siem Reap/Angkor International Airport for your onward flight, leaving Cambodia with many fascinating memories.

Meals included: B 

• All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
• All accommodation as detailed
• Air conditioned support vehicle
• English speaking local guide
• English speaking local cycle guide / mechanic
• Quality bicycles rental
• All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
• Daily drinking water, cool face towels, seasonal fruit & snacks whilst cycling
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• International flights to / from Cambodia
• Cambodian Visa fees
• Drinks with included meals
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Discretionary tips
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges

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