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Overview

Embrace the spirit of southern Cambodia. Bike from the modern capital to rural villages untouched by time. Pedal to historic sites for a glimpse in to the past and experience Khmer culture while cruising through the seaside towns of Kep and Kampot.

Trip Highlights

Cambodia South Coast Cycling

Bike from Phnom Penh to the Coast

Experience Cambodia’s contrasts of old and new with an adventurous bike ride from the buzzing capital to the sleepy coast.

Explore charming Kampot and its environs

Bike along Kampot’s riverside to the town’s outskirts to explore pepper plantations, caves and mountains.

Encounter Cambodian history and culture

Be immersed in Cambodian culture and history, pedalling through villages and to important landmarks.

Itinerary

1

Phnom Penh

Transfer from Airport to Hotel: 20 minsCyclo Tour: 4 hours

Welcome to Phnom Penh! Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, and was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient. Despite its recent, turbulent history, it still retains much of its former colonial charm. Wide, tree-lined boulevards and colonial-era buildings reflect the city’s glory days and add to its allure, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way.

Before the tour begins, enjoy lunch along the riverfront. After lunch, begin a short tour of the city via Cyclo, a favoured mode of transport in Phnom Penh.

Begin the tour with a visit to the 19th century Royal Palace and its Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. The temple is renowned for its marvellous collection of Buddhas cast in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

The National Museum, next on the list, is not far from the Royal Palace. Built in traditional Khmer style, it houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Displayed in its halls are over 5,000 pieces of the Kingdom’s unique archaeological heritage. The National Museum is of interest not only for its contents, but also for safe housing thousands of bats living in its Khmer style roof.

Return to the hotel to relax after this afternoon’s tour. Dinner this evening will be served at Romdeng, an NGO restaurant where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. The restaurant is located in a restored colonial building with an atmospheric garden right in the city center.

2

Phnom Penh - Takeo

Transfer from Hotel to the Killing Fields: 1 hourCycling distance up to 72kmDifficulty: Easy

Begin the day exploring Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The audio headset guide provided is available in 15 different languages and gives some harrowing but informative stories from survivors and liberators of the camp. Visiting the fields is a grim, but important visit that provides unique insights into the current state of Cambodia.

After the visit, transfer on to a local temple and begin riding toward Tonle Bati, a recreation area where the Khmers like to spend their leisure time. The region also houses an Angkorian-style temple, which remains largely intact.

Continue the cycle on towards Phnom Chisor. Climb to the top of the mountain to explore the well-preserved ruins of a 10th century Angkorian temple. Enjoy an amazing view over the typical Cambodian countryside.

As the day wraps up, head in to Takeo, a small town that is truly Cambodian in every sense. Enjoy a simple but tasty dinner at a local restaurant. Observing the small city life is quite interesting, as basically anything beyond imagination happens here in terms of transportation, market life and business. Prepare for the hundreds of children shouting their “hellos” as the last few kilometres of the trip come to a close.

3

Takeo - Kep

Transfer from hotel to starting point: 1 hourCycling distance up to 60 kmDifficulty: Medium

After breakfast, transfer about one hour into the countryside for the day’s starting point. Start the tour heading towards Kep, Cambodia’s prestigious seaside resort of the 1960s, which is quickly returning to its former fame. The small town offers reminders of the country’s past and a growing choice of activities to choose from, including island trips, a national park visit, and the famous crab market.

Upon reaching the outskirts, keep an eye out for decaying 1960s villas and the royal residence, reminders of Kep’s heyday as a high society seaside retreat abandoned during the Khmer Rouge. After arriving at the hotel, enjoy some delicious seafood and a pleasant rest.

4

Kep - Kampot

Cycling distance up to 45kmDifficulty: Easy

Strike an easy pace today to cover the distance between Kep and Kampot. On the way, stop and visit one of the many pepper farms in this area. Kampot is known for its premium quality pepper that used to be essential for French chefs in the 1960s.

Rising up from the low lying plains of this area is the mountain of Phnom Chhnork. Inside this cave is a 7th century temple. After visiting, cycle a bit further to the Steung Keo River, and follow it along the dusty roads to Kampot proper. This charming riverside town with magnificent surroundings is still dominated by French colonial architecture and the people are very open and friendly.

This evening, take some time to stroll through town and choose one of the many local restaurants and have a drink at one of the charming riverside bars.

5

Kampot - Bokor Mountain - Phnom Penh

Transfer from Kampot to Yeay Mao 1 hourTransfer from Bokor to Phnom Penh 4 hoursCycling distance 22km/44kmDifficulty: Easy/Medium

Transfer this morning to the iconic Bokor Mountain, once an abandoned French hill station. Well known among locals and historians, it is home to several ruins from the French colonial days. Modern development is taking away from some of the historic parts of the park, but a fine view can be seen over the ocean and towards Vietnam amongst a cooler climate.

Begin cycling from the Yeay Mao statues toward the top of the mountain for about 11 kilometers. The destination at the top is a small waterfall, famous among the local population. Cool off a bit here before turning back once more for the best part of the day: the descent.

Turn back and enjoy a breezy way down to the Yeay Mao statues. For those who have good experience with technical descents, carry on another twenty-two kilometres to the bottom of Bokor.

After lunch at the bottom of the mountain, it’s time to transfer back to Phnom Penh.

6

Phnom Penh Departure

Take some time to enjoy Phnom Penh this morning. Guide and driver will be available to transfer to the airport for the departing flight.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Luggage transfer
  • Plenty of water per person per trekking day
  • Snacks and local fruit
  • Cold towels
  • 1 Exo Adventure Certified, English speaking guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 8-15 pax, 2 assistant guides for 16+ pax
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available)
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmation

Our services don’t include:

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

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