We’ve planned the peddling to make sure you see each of the main temples at the right time of day, where the sunlight is at its most magical and the crowds are at their smallest. Then we’ll ride off the beaten track to some hidden gems that will, quite literally, take your breath away. You’ll have the chance to explore the legendary temples and the wonderful forest surroundings at your own pace, plus you’ll come face to face with the extraordinarily enchanting local village life that is the modern Cambodia. We pedal into the countryside to find Banteay Srei ("The Temple of Women"). Constructed of pink sandstone, its femininity reflects its history as a 9th century convent.
We visit Kbal Spean to examine religious images carved into the river bed by ancient hermits, and the ruins of the remote Beng Melea, now home to monkeys. And, of course, we explore the famous Angkor Wat, its classical 12th century Khmer architecture remarkably well preserved. Our guides explain the temples amazing structures, steeped in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. In addition to the temples we also see life in contemporary Cambodia visiting some of the floating villages that line the Tonle Sap Lake, witnessing everyday life in this shifting water world where the basics of life have hardly changed since the time of the ancient Khmer.
Every day’s riding is accompanied by a guide and an air conditioned vehicle, so you’ll never get lost and you’ll have the option to stop riding at any time. We’ve chosen the comfortable hotels with great locations to make sure your time off the bike is as fulfilling as your time in the saddle. Best of all we guarantee quality, well maintained bikes, or your money back.
Day 1: Arrive Siem reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you will be met by your guide. After settling into your hotel, you will have a chance to discuss your trip and maybe take a trip out to the Rolous group of temples, which are a nice introduction and less busy than the main Angkor complex. Here you can savor a sunset from one of the towers and look out over the serene surroundings of forest and countryside. Afterward you return to town, followed by dinner at a restaurant of authentic Cambodian flavor. Over dinner you can learn a little from your guide about Cambodian history and about the Angkor Temples. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei. We will leave the hotel early to catch an unforgettable sunrise over Angkor Wat. After we have explored this most important temple, we will have breakfast at a local restaurant. We will then ride along small dirt roads through tiny villages and rice fields to reach Banteay Srei. Lunch outside the temple will give us energy for the return ride along a different route. Along the way we will stop at the Landmine Museum to learn about the dreadful legacy of the Civil War and the good work done by mine clearance organizations. Back in town, you have time to yourself to explore the food scene of Siem Reap. Includes: (B), (L). Up to 70 km cycled.
Day 3: Angkor Wat. Today we have a leisurely ride around the main area surrounding Angkor Wat. This area holds the highest concentration of temples, including Tha Phrom, The Elephant Terrace and the Bayon. Your guide will be available for the whole day, but can also leave you to your own devices if you wish to explore the temples on your own in the later part of the day. This afternoon and evening is free time, so you can relax by the pool, enjoy a massage or explore more of the town. Includes: (B), (L). Up to 25 km cycled.
Day 4: Beng Melea and the Tonle Sap lake. Another early start will take us on a drive out to the far flung Beng Melea. This less-visited temple is still covered by moss and greenery and you can really feel like you are the only people there sometimes. From here we will ride down to Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. Here we will visit the small communities that draw their livelihoods from the lake and see their stilt houses that allow for the huge water level variation. We will take a short boat ride, before driving back to the hotel where the tour will conclude with a late checkout. Your guide will take you to the airport or we can arrange for additional nights at the hotel for you at competitive rates. Includes: (B), (L). Up to 70 km cycled.
Note: the actual distances cycled each day can be determined by your preference,you can cycle as little or as much as you want of the specified distances.
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