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Overview

Bike through Cambodia to discover a land steeped in history and archaeological wonders. This challenging three-day ride traverses countryside, jungles and wildlife reserves where few tourists venture. The hard work is rewarded with visits to incredible UNESCO Heritage sites and a deeper appreciation of local lifestyles.

Trip Highlights

Cycling The Ancient Wonders

Pedal through diverse natural landscapes

Appreciate the beauty of Cambodia with rides through bucolic countryside and lush jungles, from flat plains up to steep mountains.

Discover Cambodia’s UNESCO Heritage Sites by bike

Explore two of Cambodia’s most remarkable UNESCO Heritage sites- the 1200-year old Koh Ker monuments and the jungle-clad Preah Vihear.

Gain a deeper appreciation for Cambodian culture

Connect to Cambodia and its culture while biking miles of countryside, staying in remote villages and exploring historical sites.

Itinerary

1

Siem Reap - Beng Mealea Temple - Koh Ker Temple

Transfer from hotel to Dom Dek: 30 minutesCycling distance up to: 85kmDifficulty: Medium

After meeting the guide and preparing for the day, transport will be provided along the bustling highway of National Road 6, one of the main traffic arteries in Cambodia. The cycle’s start point is the town of Dam Dek, a busy crossroads that links the northeastern part of the country to the rest of the world. Once the cycle begins, the town drops away quickly. Small homes and farms replace the dusty buildings and quiet rice paddies overtake the noisy streets. This tree-lined road is an easy, tarmac cycle, which feeds directly to the first stop of this morning: Beng Mealea.  

Undiscovered for centuries, the overgrown Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible to visitors and remains unrestored. A wooden walkway soars through temple ruins to give travelers a unique, top-down view of the broken structures.

After visiting Beng Mealea, the road splits in two: looming to the left is the mountain of Phnom Kulen, birthplace of the Khmer Empire. It dominates the skyline around Beng Mealea but falls away rapidly among the gently rolling hills that typify the countryside around, Koh Ker.

Built around 922 AD. Koh Ker is an ensemble of around 70 temples and houses the highest pyramid style temple of Cambodia. This amazing archaeological site is on its way to being classified by UNESCO’s World Heritage.

After visiting, spend the night in simple accommodations and enjoy dinner cooked by a local family.

2

Koh Ker - Preah Vihear

Transfer from hotel to start point: 30 minutesTransfer from Preah Vihear Base to Summit and return: 30 minutesTransfer from Preah Vihear Base to Sra’em: 30 minutesCycling distance up to: 90kmDifficulty: Medium

Begin the morning with a short transfer from Koh Ker. Another large mountain towers off to the right, visible from the town of Kulean (not to be confused with Kulen from yesterday). This will be the first of two large mountains today, the second being the ridge atop which sits Preah Vihear temple.

The road passes through Kulen Prum Tep Wildlife Sanctuary. Few people live along this dry patch of earth, but where water begins to return, so does civilization. Nearby is the small village of Sra’em, which serves as the gateway city to Preah Vihear. Come to a stop a few kilometers away and trade bicycles for a 4WD vehicle… it’s time to ascend to the temple!

An ancient king built the temple of Preah Vihear on the top of the hill to better worship the Hindu gods. Fabulous views await over the fertile plains of Cambodia and Thailand from the top of the hill. The impressive ruins reach skyward to nearly 500 meters, perched on the edge of cliffs with some more amazing views. While the temple is not yet restored, it boasts spectacular carvings and lintels nearly as splendid as those at Banteay Srei. The temple’s spectacular location paired with a unique design is the reason UNESCO listed Preah Vihear as a World Heritage Site.

After visiting the temple, head back down the mountain (be prepared for a sharp descent!) and return to Sra’em for the evening.

3

Preah Vihear - Anlong Veng - Siem Reap

Transfer from Anlong Veng to Siem Reap: 2 hoursCycling distance up to: 80kmDifficulty: Medium

In the morning, follow the winding border roads to Anlong Veng province. Unlike the central and southern portions of Cambodia, this area had been under contention by the Khmer Rouge up until the 1990’s. The rebels have since traded in their weapons for ploughshares, living simple lives on the now peaceful land. It was in this region that the infamous Pol Pot resided (protected by his followers) until his death; he is currently buried here today. Among Pol Pot’s followers and protectors was Ta Mok, the general commander of the Khmer Rouge. Ta Mok went on to be arrested after Pol Pot’s death in 1998 and later died in prison. Stop for a brief visit to Ta Mok’s House, which once served as headquarters for the now defunct movement.

After a somber visit here, return to Siem Reap.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Luggage transfer
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • 1 Exo Adventure Certified English Speaking Guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 08-15 cyclist, 2 assistant guides for 16+ cyclists
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides

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