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Undiscovered Lands Biking Tour in Cambodia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination(s): Cambodia  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: July - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1595 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1695 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Bicycle is the main means of transport to many in Cambodia so the redspokes cycling tour is an ideal opportunity to experience the country's rich culture and varied way of life. Our Cambodia cycling holiday offers a broad insight into this exotic, mystical and hugely diverse country. The tour begins in capital city, Phnom Penh where you will have your first encounter with Khmer culture and a chance to visit some of the city's splendid historic buildings and markets. During the tour we will also witness traces of the more recent turmoil of the killing fields. In the south you will have time to enjoy the coast and sandy beaches. We travel towards Kep, cycling through salt and pepper country and take a break from our bicycles for a boat trip to Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), a lush tropical island with stunning white sand. We ride on to the undiscovered north east, beginning with a stunning bike ride along the banks of the Mekong River. Prepare to be over-awed by the religious splendour of the temples at Angkor and enjoy touches of the French colonial past. Cambodia has been described as a beguiling country of great contradictions. The redspokes cycle tour combines history, tourism, and a view of the true Khmer lifestyle. We end our cycle tour in Siem Reap. The itinerary consists of approximately 575km of cycling. Unusually for redspokes, the terrain in general is not hilly, but the bike riding is varied. Many of Cambodia's roads are now well surfaced but in the more remote areas we will encounter rougher conditions and cycle on dirt tracks.

Day 1: Phnom Penh. From the UK we recommend taking the Thai Airways flight via Bangkok which arrives in Phnom Penh at around 9am. From the airport in Phnom Penh you will be met and transferred to your hotel. A group briefing will be held in the hotel at 13:00 hrs. Later we will have time to Ride to Tuol Sleng museum, the former prison also known as S21 or visit "the killing fields" a harrowing reminder of the Khmer rouges atrocities. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 30 km.

Day 2: Phnom Penh to Takeo. Leaving the capital we ride south to Takeo. We will make a stop of at Tonle Bati lake. This picturesque area is close to the Ta Prom temple which, unusually, is a place of worship to both Budda and Brahama. We continue on to Prasat Neang Khamu (Black Virgin Temple) and Phnom Chisor; set on a platform of rock this is an amazing loction from which to enjoy the surrounding views. We travel on both road and track to reach the quiet town of Takeo. Accommodation: Hotel. Cycling distance: 75 km.

Day 3: Takeo to Kep. Today we journey on, taking the back roads as we head to the former French colonial beach resort town of Kep. This will be a full day on the bikes. Kep is now renowned for is beautiful beaches and the local delicacy crab, which is served in many restaurants. The modern beach resort has emerged alongside the ruins of it's colonial past, it is set in beautiful countryside and tree covered hills. Accommodation: Guest house. Cycling distance: 106 km.

Day 4: Kep to Kampot. This morning we will take a boat trip to visit Koh Tansey (Rabbit Island) a stunning tropical Island which hosts four beautiful beaches where you can swim, relax and enjoy the surroundings. Returning to Kep we will have a short afternoon ride to the quiet colonial town Kampot. Accommodation: Guest house. Cycling distance: 36 km.

Day 5: Kampot to Sihanoukville. We follow the magnificent coastline along the gulf of Thailand to the coastal town of Sihanoukville. Along the route we pass through scenic fishing villages with their colourful boats. We encounter a few gentle hills before arriving in the popular holiday resort Sihanoukville. You will have time for an early evening swim or stroll along the white sand beach. Accommodation: Guest house. Cycling distance: 102 km.

Day 6: Sihanoukville. A well earned rest day to enjoy the beach or explore Sihanoukville. Founded by King Sihanouk, once a sleepy port and beach town this is a relaxed costal resort. There are opportunities for diving, snorkelling and fishing, or you could take a trip to one of the nearby islands. Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 7: Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. Today we will transfer back to Phnom Penh. You then have a free afternoon to visit some of the city's many highlights. The sumptuous Silver Pagoda with 5000 silver floor tiles, located in the Royal Complex, the Royal Palace or the ancient Wat Phnom temple, set apart from the bustling streets. The city's Psar Tuol Tom Pong (Russian Market) or the art-deco Psar Thmei (Central Market) offer the opportunity to do some bartering. Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 8: Phnom Penh to Peam Chi Kang. This morning we head out of the city. Not long after leaving Phnom Penh, we join quiet side tracks along the mighty Mekong. We are treated to beautiful surroundings and finish the day in the small village of Peam Chi Kang. Tonight we will stay in a guest house overlooking this amazing river. Accommodation: Guest house. Cycling distance: 98 km.

Day 9: Peam Chi Kang to Kampong Thom. Today we continue our journey riding alongside the Mekong, passing small rural villages, before making the short transfer to Kampong Thom. Accommodation: Guest house. Cycling distance: 82 km.

Day 10: Kampong Thom to Ta Seng. A hard but rewarding day as we "get off the beaten track" to cycle on rough side roads to the small village called Ta Seng. Accommodation: Homestay. Cycling distance: 95 km.

Day 11: Ta Seng to Siem Reap. Another fascinating ride, first through forest then unsealed roads to Boeng Mealea. We pass Preah Khan, a stunning but relatively unknown temple, due to it's remote location. After lunch we are transferred to Siem Reap. Accommodation: Guest house. Cycling distance: 62 km.

Day 12: Siem Reap. Today we set out to explore the magnificent Angkor Wat temples and their surroundings, by bike.This is a beautiful area to ride in with deep green fields, vibrant villages and the incomparable spectacle of the many temples. Accommodation: Guest house. Cycling distance: 38 km.

Day 13: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. We take the early morning boat trip across the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) to Phnom Penh arriving early in the afternoon. This gives you plenty of time to pack your bikes and do any last minute shopping.

Day 14: Home. The tour officially ends this morning. We will arrange a free transfer from the hotel to the airport for your international flight home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- All accommodation will be in hotels or guest houses (apart from 1 night in a basic homestay).
- We choose accommodation on the basis of comfort rather than luxury.
- Our prices are based on sharing a twin room; single rooms are sometimes available at extra cost.
- Meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 evening meals are included in the price. You can expect to pay around £4 - £8 for a 3 course meal in a simple but nice restaurant.
- All transportation and local guides within Cambodia are included. International flights are not included in the tour costs. Entrance fees to Angkor Wat are included however other optional sights are not covered on the tour cost.
- Spending money depends on your taste for souvenirs, drinks etc. We estimate that $170 will be more than enough to cover the 14 day tour. Locally payable airport tax is $20. Your visa will cost $20.

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2011

M20818 is a specialist company taking small groups of cyclists to spectacular, remote areas of the world. We offer a unique blend of physical challenges, cultural experiences and cycling camaraderie, at highly competitive prices. M20818 guides are experienced cyclists and tour leaders. Destinations include Laos,...

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