Pakse to Siem Reap by bike

Additional Info

  • Country: Cambodia, Lao
  • Holiday Style: Cycling
  • Durations: 14 days
  • Destination: Siem Reap
  • Tour Code: PKSR-14D

This adventurous itinerary combines cycling through timeless villages, with ample opportunity to experience life along the river up close and personal where the way of life has evolved among the villagers that have lived on or beside the river for centuries.

Tour Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrival in Pakse

    On arrival Pakse airport you will meet your tour guide to welcome you the Southern Laos and transfer to the hotel, after check into the hotel free at your leisure until 4pm we have bike fitting drive around the center about 6 km, before welcome dinner and briefing for the tour.

    Meals included: D
    Overnight at Athena Hotel
  • Day 2: Pakse – Paksong

    A steady climb on a nicely paved road will bring you up to the bolovan plateau, an area known for its cooler temperatures stunning waterfalls, and world class coffee.   Cycling in this area is a real treat, not only for the scenery, and comfortable weather, but also because it is still off of the usual tourist circuit through Laos. After visiting several majestic waterfalls, we will stop for lunch at Tad (waterfall) Yueang, before riding on to the small town of Pak Song, which lies at the heart of the bolovan plateau.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycling: 50km
    Overnight at Phouthevada Hotel
  • Day 3: Paksong – Attapeu

    A long, steady descent will bring you back down to sea level. Continue on to the small town of Attapue which nestled on a curve in the Mekong river. If the distance is too far, just jump in the support vehicle and take a rest.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycling: 112 km
    Overnight at Hoang Anh Hotel
  • Day 4: Attapue – Beung Kiat Ngong

    The route today is small dirt road that passes through small villages inhabited by a number of different ethnic minorities. This is not a heavily traveled road, and in the rainy season it is pretty much impassible, but when the weather is right, it is an amazing day on the bike. A special feeling of going to a place where the vast majority of people don't get the chance to see. Overnight in a beautiful ecolodge.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycling: 108 km
    Overnight at Kingfisher Eco Lodge
  • Day 5: Beung Kiat Ngong – Wat Phu – Soukhouma

    Ferry across the Mekong and cycle to the historic Wat (temple) Phu. The surviving structures here date back to the 11 century, making this one of the oldest and most important places of worship for Buddhists in Laos. Continue on back roads to the small village of Soukhouma. Overnight in a Guest house.    

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycling: 65 km
    Overnight at Yensabai Guesthouse
  • Day 6: Soukhouma – Don Khong

    Today we will cycle along the Mekong River on dirt roads, and through small river side villages, we cross to Don San and continue to Don Khong, we stop for the lunch before ride to the hotel and free at your leisure
    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycling: 45 km
    Overnight at Arena Hotel
  • Day 7: Don Khog Don Det Don Khone

    Today we island hop! We’ll have an early start and ride around Don Khong and along the banks of the river to the ferry, stopping along the way to see locals making palm sugar. When we reach the ferry it's only 200m to the island of Don Som, one of the longest islands in the Mekong that stretches about 12 km to where it meets the tip of Don Det. It's another quick ferry ride to Don Det and we cycle along a dirt path to the old French Railway Bridge and cross over to Don Khone where we'll ride straight to boats for a leisurely cruise in search of the nearly extinct Irrawaddy dolphins. We then ride the 4 km to our riverside hotel. A varied ride over four islands on narrow dirt tracks means there’ll be no vehicle support, but we will still stop for water and snack breaks.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycling: 45 km
    Overnight in Don Det
  • Day 8: Arrival in Stung Treng, Cambodia Lao border

    After the formality at the border, meet Cambodian guide, who will accompany us for the remainder of the journey to allow the best local knowledge. From here, we start cycle over silent roads through green fields and forests towards O’Svay community. Get a true taste of rural life with lunch with a local family, a unique opportunity to experience Khmer hospitality. Continue along rural roads to Stung Treng, wedged between the Sekong and Mekong Rivers. We arrive at the hotel and settle down for a shower and prepare ourselves for dinner.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycle: 60 km
    Overnight in Stung Treng
  • Day 9: Stung Treng - Kratie

    An early rise this morning and a local breakfast before we start heading south and cycle along the Mekong River and experience a local life along the bank of Mekong river. We cycle until we reach a highway. From here, we transfer to Kampi and hop on a boat in hopes of seeing Irrawady dolphin. You then cycle to Kratie Town then board a ferry to Koh Trong where you will spend a night with homestay. Enjoy tasty Cambodian food with your hosted family.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycle: 85km
    Overnight in Kratie
  • Day 10: Kratie to Kampong Cham

    You transfer south through the town of Chhlong and take a ferry to the western bank of the Mekong to start riding from Phnom Han Chhey on quiet roads along the river, through small rural villages and scenic countryside. We stop for a drink and snack at the tiny town of Chhlong. The many French colonial houses in this town are amongst the most beautiful in Cambodia. It is a scenic ride as we pass many Cham communities which are predominantly Muslim. Buddhist pagodas form a pretty contrast with small mosques and the particularly friendly locals will welcome you warmly in each village you pass. We cycle up to Wat Han Chhey, a small hilltop pagoda that houses an 8th century pre-Angkorian temple and offers spectacular views over the Mekong. Here we can enjoy a well-deserved picnic lunch complimented by sweeping views of the Mekong. From here we will cycle the last 22 km to Kampong Cham.

    Meals included: B, L
    Distance cycle: 85km
    Overnight in Kampong Cham
  • Day 11: Kampong Cham – Kampong Thom

    We leave Kampong Cham over dirt and tarmac roads along the Mekong and eventually head for a quiet secondary highway towards Kampong Thom. You will be flanked by rubber plantations, paddy fields and typical Khmer villages on today’s ride. Kampong Thom is a picturesque town on the banks of the Stung Sen River, which hosts the magnificent Khmer temple site Sambo Preikuk.

    Meals included: B, L
    Distance cycle: 80km
    Overnight in Kampong Thom
  • Day 12: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

    After breakfast, we will have a beautiful ride to the ancient temple of Sambor Preikuk through the paddy fields and small villages. Sambor Preikuk temple is the lesser visited pre-Angkorian temple complex. Most temples in the complex brick between the years 615 and 650. Cycle through these magnificent ruins, which are connected by shady dirt paths.

    After exploring the temple of Sambor Preikuk temple, we continue to cycle to our lunch spot at Prey Pros, a man-made resort with a beautiful view of Cambodian countryside along the river which adds to the charm and beauty of the place The view of the surroundings is truly enhancing and the atmosphere is just the perfect one for the tired travelers to refresh. After which, we transfer to Siem Reap.

    We stop on the way to visit the Naga Bridge in Kampong Kdei, this bridge is one of the dry-jointed laterite block construction engineering wonders along NR6, is located about 45 km southeast of Siem Reap and is the highest and longest of the 800 year old ancient bridges, spanning approximately 85m and 14 m high. Check in your hotel upon arrival and rest of the day is free at leisure. - Asia Adventures Travel

    Meals included: B, L
    Distance cycle: 95km
    Overnight in Siem Reap
  • Day 13: Cycle Angkor Wat Temples

    This morning you will meet your specialist temple guide once you are ready you will begin your cycle exploration of these incredible 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’; Sras Srang known as the King's bathing pond; and 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. After lunch it is time to take on the majestic Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. After being initially inspired by its overall size you will explore in more detail, getting up close and personal to fully appreciate its architecture and intricately detailed bas-reliefs. After returning to the hotel you are free until be taken to local restaurant for a farewell dinner.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycle: 40km
  • Day 14: Siem Reap – Departure

    After breakfast you will be free till transfer to airport for your onward flight leaving the hidden charm of Vietnam and the Kingdom of Wonder of Cambodia with many cycling memories.
  • What's included?

    • All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
    • Air conditioned support vehicle
    Accommodation based on twin / double sharing
    • English speaking local cycle guide 
    • Quality bicycles hire
    Boat transfer as mentioned
    • All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
    • Daily drinking water & snacks whilst cycling
    • Meals as detailed in the above itinerary (L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

    • All International/domestic flights
    • Cambodian/Lao Visa fees
    • Drinks with included meals
    • Expenditure of a personal nature
    • Discretionary tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Any payment / money transfer charges

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