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CAMBODIA Cycle Tour 2017

  • Price: USD$2,950 per person (local payment US$200) bike hire US$250
  • Duration: 13 Days, 550kms
  • Departures: 18 November 2017 & 02 December 2017
  • 04 November 2018 & 18 November 2018
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Full immersion into rural and cultural Cambodia
  • 550 kms of laid-back cycle riding on dirt and paved roads and tracks. Rough and pot-holed in places but terrain mostly FLAT
  • 11 ride days in total, between 30km - 75km per day
  • Rigorously maintained fleet of hardtail bikes available to hire, ideally chosen for the terrain.
  • Suitable for riders of general fitness
  • Join 6-12 like-minded bikers from around the world. Small and intimate group dynamics make this a fun 'holiday with friends'.
  • 8 nights Hotels, 3 nights Guesthouses, 1 night Lodge
  • 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners included.
  • Two exceptional Cycle Guides and a local interpreter make this a fun and educational journey
  • All land and water transfers included
  • Entry to Angkor Wat Hetitage Park and vaious local projects
  • Village Industries Tour
  • Peppercorn Farm Tour


Tour OverviewSandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is a melting pot of South East Asian culture, scenery and cuisine. The local people are friendly, happy and gentle. Having struggled through years of bloodshed, poverty and political instability they have a seemingly unbreakable spirit, infectious optimism and they have prevailed with their smiles intact. Cambodia is one of those places that you come away from full of admiration and affection for the people.

In Cambodia we set out to create a ‘laid-back’ cycle tour with predominantly flat riding, laced with loads of interesting things to see and do and finishing each day with tasty food and great accommodation. Our tour begins in Siem Reap in the north and as we wind our way south we get all that and more. We explore the famous Angkor Wat temples by bike, check out floating villages, ride a bamboo train on abandoned train tracks and bike through a time-less landscape of dazzling rice paddies and swaying palms.

LeadersAll our trips are led by two of our own wonderful Escape Adventures Leaders, and one local team member. We pride ourselves on the calibre and resourcefulness of these great people who you will be spending your holiday with. Our leaders are all Emergency First Aid (PHEC) trained, passionate about biking, the outdoors, and focused on making sure you have a fun and safe advenutre of a life-time.
Support: Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, has lunch, snacks and water at hand, and is there if you feel like a break from the saddle.

The BikingWe ride 25-75km per day; a total distance of 550km spread over 11 days of biking. We cycle on a range of paved and unpaved roads, dirt tracks and village trails on mostly flat terrain. The surface can be rough and pot-holed at times so a mountain-bike fitted with semislick tyres is the perfect bike for this tour (we have mountain bikes available locally for you to hire.) The trip is suited to bikers with a good level of fitness and being competent off-road will add to the enjoyment of your tour and is enjoyed by a wide range of bikers who enjoy a tropical climate with amazing sights and scenes at every turn.

Real Adventures, Real People in Real PlacesReal adventure contains an element of the unknown.  Because we travel to less travelled places, visit and stay with local families and include trips into wilderness environments the unexpected will happen!  It is our aim to provide you with as many unique opportunities as possible and let you have your own unique personal encounter.

Food & AccommodationYour tour leaders will take care of your meals and snacks throughout your journey mostly taking advantage of the delicious fare in local cafes and restaurants. This excludes four lunches and four evening meals which are at your own cost to give you the opportunity to explore local cuisine of your own choosing. We are most definitely
able to cater for vegetarians and special diets. Typical meals include:
Breakfasts - Local breakfasts are often bread & eggs which we supplement with fresh fruit, and muesli.
Lunches - Local meat and vegetable dishes with plenty of rice. Sometimes picnic style lunches, with bread, cold meats, cheese & salad.
Evening Meals - There are a wonderful range of local meat and vegetable dishes with plenty of rice and noodles.

Accommodation is twin-share and ranges from local guesthouses to hotel style accommodation in the bigger towns. Most have en-suites however it is occasionally necessary to share bathroom facilities.

ItinerarySiem Reap to Phnom Penh:
DAY 1: Arrive in Siem Reap, free day to explore this vibrant and colourful town. We will meet for a pre-departure meeting at 5pm.
DAY 2: We follow a series of small roads through rural villages to the shore of Tonle Sap Lake. We visit floating and stilt villages which by boat. After lunch we return to Siem Reap.
DAY 3: We ride along back roads firstly to the famous Angkor Wat* then on to explore some of the lesser known but equally spectacular temples nearby. After visiting a working silk farm we transfer by vehicle to Battambang.
DAY 4: In the morning we join a village industries bike tour where we gain an understanding of local village life, meet local families and learn about their traditional livelihoods. Free afternoon to explore this historic colonial town
DAY 5: After transferring to Kampong Chanang we ride through endless rice fields, check out hand made pottery and crafts and visit a floating village
DAY 6: A day to stretch out the legs cycling to Oudong, the historical capital of Cambodia, taking a break to view rural life from a bamboo train.
DAY 7: We start the day with 509 steps up to see the sun rise from the top Oudong Mountain. After breakfast we cycle in an ever changing landscape to Kampong Speu where we meet a local NGO working to protect at risk
children.
DAY 8: In the morning we visit some of the projects the NGO are working on. In the afternoon we cycle to Kirirom National Park where you can explore some of the park in your own time or chill out by the pool!
DAY 9: From Kirirom we roll along through relatively unpopulated countryside as we make our way to Kampot, the home of the famous Kampot peppercorn.
DAY 10: We begin with a ride to and a tour of a local peppercorn farm. After lunch a free afternoon explore some fascinating history of the ex-French colonial town. In the evening we take a sunset cruise on the river.
DAY 11: It is only a short ride out to Kep, the once famous and busy coastal resort town of the colonial era. We take a boat across to Rabbit Island for lunch and swim in the clean clear tropical ocean
DAY 12: Our last day on the bikes we explore quiet back roads towards
Cambodia's capital. We transfer to Phnom Penh for our final evening out
together.
DAY 13: After breakfast stay on to spend time relaxing/exploring Phnom Penh or head for home.

*Please note that your cycle tour DOES NOT include a tour of the Angkor temples. We do enter the Angkor Heritage Park and cycle past some of the main Angkor temples as we leave Siem Reap. If you are interested in a more in-depth tour of these ancient temples then we advise taking a guided day tour prior to your cycle tour.

Hire BikesWe hire bikes locally through a South East Asian business. The hire bikes that are available for your Cambodia cycling tour are Merida Matts. Merida Matts are a hard tail mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes and 27-speed Shimano components. They are available in S, M, L and XL and they are perfect for the off-road touring on our Cambodia trip.  
                               merida


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"Thank you for giving us the opportunity of a life time. It must have been a gamble for you to include two 70+ Blenheimites on your tour! It was challenging for me, just the heat if we cycled after lunch, but I had Fish and Chi encouraging me all the way they were super. John you are a great leader, we thought you were so skilled and passionate about it all, gave a great atmosphere for every one. We felt safe and supported and cared for, by you all. The group gelled really well, the Canadians were so welcoming into their group, I'm sure we have made life long friends. The route was so well thought out and interesting, and fascinating."
Kay Ayson, New Zealand
Cambodia-2014




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