Siem Reap to Bangkok Cycle Tour 09 Days

Additional Info

  • Holiday Style: Cycling
  • Durations: 9 - 14 days
  • Destination: Bangkok
  • Via: Battambang

Your cycle tour starts from Siem Reap after a few days of exploring the ancient of Angkor Wat. You will have a chance to experience a local life on the Tonle Sap River from Siem Reap to Battambang. You will cycle through rice field, villages and towards to the Thailand border, the landscape starts to become lush and green. Cycle pass temples and countless colorful pagodas, as you make your way across the peaceful land to the exotic and modern city of Bangkok.


Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap


    Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel. For the rest of the day you are free at leisure to relax and acclimatise. In the evening you will be taken to  local restaurant for a 'Welcome' dinner and your first taste of Khmer food.

    Meals included: D
  • Day 2: Explore Angkor Temple by bikes


    This morning, begin your cycle exploration of the incredible Angkor temples. Today you will focus on the Small Circuit, which features temple greats such as the Pyramid of Takeo, the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster “Tomb Raider,” and Sras Srang, known as the King's Bathing Pond. See the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom.

    After lunch, it is time to take on the majestic Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure to experience Siem Reap’s lively nightlife and fine restaurants.


    Meals included: B, L
    Distance cycled: 40km
  • Day 3: Cycle to Banteay Srei and Grand Circuit


    Pedal north towards Banteay Srei. During the trip you will see pleasant Cambodian countryside and friendly villagers. Stop off at a couple of villages to get a closer look at the wooden stilted homes and local life.

    On arrival at Banteay Srei, be struck by the delicate beauty of the elaborately-decorated temple, embellished with floral motifs and scenes from the Ramayana. Enjoy lunch at a local village nearby, after which you will cycle back towards Siem Reap. If there is still time left you can explore some of the temples on the Grand Circuit, such as Preah Khan, one of the largest temples at Angkor, and Neak Pean, surrounded by fountains and ponds; and Banteay Kdei.
    This evening, you will enjoy dinner show with Apsara dance performance.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycled: 80km
  • Day 4: Cruise from Siem Reap to Battambang


    OPTION 1: If water levels permitted

    Today we have another break from riding and visit the floating village before heading across the Tonle Sap to Battambang, Cambodia's second capital. Its a sleepy city full of faded colonial charm. Along the way we’ll see the local people going about their daily lives and if we’re lucky we can spot some wildlife on the banks.


    During the end of the dry season, lake levels may be too low to allow boat passage to Battambang. In this case, we’ll transfer by van, but don’t worry, once we arrive, we will take you to the most unique sight of today, the “bamboo train”. Originally, the bamboo train was set up by the villagers to transport goods but nowadays it is a popular tourist attraction. The train is very basic and consists of a bamboo platform on 4 wheels which is activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform, you travel to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies. On arrival, stop at the village, visit the brick factory and enjoy a refreshing drink before returning to the station. The adventure takes about an hour and you will travel 4 miles in total.

    If time allow, we will visit Phnom Sampeau, a hill with the Killing Caves of the Khmer Rouge, a few others caves adorned with Buddhist statues, and a monastery with two Buddhist Stupas on the hilltop. Your visit will last until dust – a time when millions of bats emerge from a cave and create patterns as they fly in tandem across the sky – a nightly spectacular show of nature. Return to hotel to freshen up yourself before dinner.

    Distance cycled: N/A

    OPTION 2: If water levels NOT permitted
    After breakfast, we drive 3-hour to Battambang, a unique charm among Cambodia’s larger urban centres. It seamlessly blends together the outlook of a modern city and small-town friendliness, set against the backdrop of some of Cambodia’s best-preserved colonial architecture.

    After enjoying a local lunch, we cycle to the Bamboo train, one of the world's all-time classic rail journeys. From O Dambong, on the east bank 3.7km south of Battambang Old Stone Bridge, the train runs southeast to O Sra Lav, via half an hour of clicks and clacks along warped, misaligned rails and vertiginous bridges left by the French. We take a short trip on this transport system before continue to cycle to Phnom Sampeau, a hill with the Killing Caves of the Khmer Rouge, a few others caves adorned with Buddhist statues, and a monastery with two Buddhist Stupas on the hilltop. Your visit will last until dust – a time when millions of bats emerge from a cave and create patterns as they fly in tandem across the sky – a nightly spectacular show of nature. Drive back to your hotel to freshen up before dinner in a local restaurant.


    Distance cycled: 30KM

    Meals included: B, L, D
  • Day 5: Cycle from Battambang to Pailin


    Bike the short distance to the border crossing of Vietnam and Cambodia. After completing the customs formalities, meet your Cambodian cycling crew. Cycle along quiet coastal dirt roads, passing through salt flats and small villages. Your first port of call will be the coastal resort of Kep, where you will stop for lunch. Afterwards, bike the final 35 kilometers (22 miles) to Kampot, where you will check-in to your hotel.

    Meals included: B, L
    Distance cycled: 65km (40 miles)
    Level of difficulty: Intermediate 
  • Day 6: Cycle Pailin to Pong Nam Ron


    This morning you head west on the road less travelled pedaling towards the quiet Cambodian / Thai border crossing nestled in the foothills of the scenic Cardamom mountains. In times gone by this was strategically important as a life line for the Khmer Rouge, both for trading gems and receiving supplies, and as an escape route when threatened by the Cambodian army.

    Immediately on crossing the border you will notice the difference in the fortunes of these    neighboring countries as you leave the dirt roads of Cambodsia and cycle on the tarmac roads of Thailand. It is also very obvious how the concrete homes of Thailand give way to the wood and thatch shacks of Cambodia. On arrival in Pong Nam Ron the reward is the hotel's pool where you   can relax with a well-earned beer, overlooking the adjacent golf course with a backdrop of forested mountains.
    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycled: 65km
  • Day 7: Pong Nam Ron - Chaolao Beach


    A big day today as you spin through 110km with some steady climbs and descents at the start. As the day progresses you head to the coast and notice the scenery changing from forests and distant mountains to coastline. Again this ride is on small paved roads that have little traffic and are a joy to ride on. You are now in Chantaburi province which is well known for its fruit and you will see (and taste!) plenty as you pass by plantations, forests and lots of small local villages. You finish the ride right on the quiet beach of Chaolao. From here it is so easy to take a refreshing dip in the sea before dinner.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycled: 110km
  • Day 8: Chaolao Beach - Laem Mae Pim Beach


    Today the ride hugs the coastline as you pass from beach to beach on small local roads that are very quiet to traffic, the seascapes are marvellous. This is an interesting ride that lets you see the local Thai way of life, as you pass through local fishing villages, sea food markets and of course plenty of temples where you can stop for a well-earned rest and refreshments. The mangrove swamps and fruit plantations add a diversity to the scenery on this very picturesque of rides. You also take some short ferry crossings which help to save some distance by taking you directly across the estuaries. You end the day at the laidback and beautiful Laem Mae Phim Beach. Here you will have some free time to relax, and maybe even take a dip in the clear warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycled: 80km
  • Day 9: Laem Nae Pim Beach - Bangkok


    Today you get to relax on the beach before taking a short gentle ride around the area (optional). You will then transfer to Bangkok where you will have your final night and a farewell dinner.
    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycled: 30km
  • What's included?


    Inclusions:
    • All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
    • Accommodation as detailed
    • Private air conditioned support vehicle
    • English speaking local cycle guide
    • All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
    • Daily cold drinking water, snacks and cool face towels whilst cycling
    • All boats trips as detailed
    • All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

    Exclusions:
    • Services not detailed in the above itinerary
    • International flights to Vietnam / from Thailand
    • Vietnam & Cambodia and Thailand visa fees
    • Any airport taxes
    • Drinks with included meals
    • Bicycle, however it can be hired for USD130
    • Expenditure of a personal nature
    • Discretionary tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Any payment / money transfer charges 

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