Mountain Biking & Sunrise Birdwatching Cruise

Additional Info

  • Country: Cambodia
  • Holiday Style: Cycling
  • Durations: 4 days
  • Destination: Cardamom Mountain
  • Tour Code: CMBSR-4D

This 4-day tour combines a mixture of exercise, nature and relaxation in the remote village of Chi Pat, located in the Cardamom Mountains. Discover the Burial Jar mountain bike trail, enjoy a relaxing sunrise cruise while spotting birdlife and wildlife along secluded rivers, and spend time swimming in the cool waters.

Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains are one of the last places in South East Asia with large expanses of intact lowland rainforest, where contiguous forest connects mountaintops to the ocean, pristine rivers cascade to the sea, and wildlife is still in relative abundance.

Asia Adventures, in partnership with Wildlife Alliance, offers a series of multi-day treks and mountain bike tours into the unspoiled, forested Cardamom Mountains. You can find various natural and cultural sites in the forest such as waterfalls, ancient burial jars, bat caves, and wildlife animals like elephants, hornbills or flying squirrels. These multi-day tours lead you deep into the forest and include sleeping under the stars.

Mountain Biking & Sunrise Birdwatching Cruise 4D3N

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: Phnom Penh to Chi Phat

    Early start as you leave Phnom Penh and transfer by public bus about 190 kilometers (118 miles, 5 hours) to the riverside community of Andoung Teuk. Board the Chi Phat Community boat for a 2 hour upstream journey along the Preak Piphot River. During this ride, be on the lookout for birds and mammals coming to the water's edge to drink. Upon arrival in the small, remote community of Chi Phat you meet the eco-tourism staff and get a short introduction regarding their hard work within the community. Afterwards have lunch and discuss the activities for the following days. Then check-in to your home-stay, a traditional Khmer home with basic facilities (mosquito net, fan, toilet, bathing area), and meet your host family. You will then walk to the nearby Chhay Chrey rapids with a local guide (about 2km, 1 mile) where you can relax in the cool refreshing waters. On return to the village you will have dinner after which it is an early night to be prepared for an early start the following day.

    Meals included: D
    Distance cycled: n.a.
  • Day 2: Burial Jar Trail Mountain Biking

    After an early breakfast you meet your cycle guide and the mountain bike gets fitted. Once you have stocked up with water, you head north through a village. Cycle along single tracks and pass many banana plants before coming to Steung Chhay Chrey, your first river crossing. Spin along old logging trails which are reclaimed by the surrounded vegetation. Stop-off at Chruos Chhay Tekveth, a wide, curved waterfall, a perfect spot for a break. You continue along the trail passing through a mix of open meadow, bamboo thickets, lowland rainforest, and being treated to fine views over the surrounding forested hills. Close to the Burial Jar site the terrain becomes more rocky and steep and you will leave the bikes for the final short climb to a rock outcrop where you will discover the mystical ancient burial jars, and small wooden coffins. This rock outcrop looks out over the forested valley below and is a delightful spot to enjoy your picnic lunch and relax for a while. Afterwards, follow the same trail back to Chi Phat and cycle to the 'hidden' waterfall of O'Spot which you can walk behind and explore the 'bat cave'. This waterfall is perfect for taking a refreshing shower and jumping into the plunge pool! Just before reaching the village you once again cross the wide Steung Chhay Chrey River, a great opportunity for a late afternoon swim if you wish. Depending on how much energy you have left after returning to the village you may wish to cycle a few more kilometers to the top of Phnom Tra Ngoarl or 'Bald Mountain', a perfect sunset location with 360 degree views of the surrounding Cardamom mountains. After freshening up a tasty dinner will be served at the Community Ecotourism Office. The rest of the evening is free at leisure to wander around the village and experience rural community night life.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycled: 45km (28 miles)
  • Day 3: Sunrise cruise, bird- & wildlife spotting

    Waking up early whilst it is still dark you board you motorboat and cruise along the cool waters with the early morning mists rising from them. As the sun rises and you are entertained with the skies changing colors, you can enjoy your packed breakfast. Soon you turn off the Preak Piphot River and sail up the secluded and winding Pruit River. After an hour the motorboat cuts its engines and you transfer to a traditional row boat and continue upstream. Now being engine-less you can really appreciate the stillness of your surroundings and hear the birds calling from the thick forests lining the river. This is the ideal opportunity to see the area's birdlife as well as watching out for other wildlife such as monkeys and flying squirrels. Eventually the rowboats arrive at a small clearing where you can disembark for a while to stretch your legs. On return your row boat stops in a delightfully shady spot where you can spend some time swimming in the refreshing waters before heading back to Chi Phat village. In the afternoon you are free at leisure to further explore the village, or maybe hire a bicycle to relax beside the nearby river rapids. In the evening you enjoy another tasty dinner at the Community Ecotourism Office.

    Meals included: B, L, D
    Distance cycled: n.a.
  • Day 4: Chi Phat to Phnom Penh

    You may wish to rise early this morning in order to walk down to the river and watch the magical sunrise and the villagers slowly waking up. After breakfast you bid farewell to Chi Phat as you journey back by motorbike taxi to Andoung Teuk. On arrival at Andoung Teuk you will catch bus and return to Phnom Penh, allowing you time to reflect on the wonderful and unique Cardamom Mountain trekking experience you have enjoyed in the seldom visited mountains of Cambodia, and taking away very fond memories.

    Meals included: B
  • What's included?

    • All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
    • Community Guides (limited English)
    • Accommodation in Chi Phat (basic no a/c)
    • All necessary entrance fees
    • All necessary boat trips
    • Mountain bike & helmet hire
    • Daily drinking water
    • All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

    • Services not detailed in the above itinerary
    • Travel to tour start location (Phnom Penh)
    • Cambodian Visa fees
    • Expenditure of a personal nature
    • Drinks with included meals
    • Discretionary tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Any payment / money transfer charges 

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