- 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.
Dates 2019:03-15 November 2019 and 17-29 November 2019
ItinerarySiem Reap to Phnom Penh:
DAY 1: Arrive in Siem Reap, meet your fellow bikers and first dinner out together. Hotel
DAY 2: Taking the time to get used to our bikes we head out on quiet dirt roads and explore floating and stilt villages by bike and boat. 50km. Hotel
DAY 3: Ride past the temples at Angkor Wat and visit a working silk farm. Transfer to hotel. 25km. Hotel
DAY 4: Ride around local villages and meet the families and learn about their traditional livelihoods and businesses. Afternoon explore the town in your own time. 30km. Hotel
DAY 5: We take a morning vehicle transfer and then busy our afternoon visiting a floating village, hand made pottery and ride through endless rice fields. 35km. Hotel
DAY 6: A day to stretch out the legs and ride through ever changing farmland to Oudong. 65km. Guesthouse.
DAY 7: Catch the sunrise from the top of Oudong mountain. Cycle along canals through small villages and rice fields in an ever changing landscape. In the evening we meet with a local NGO working to protect local children. 70km. Hotel.
DAY 8: After visiting some of our NGOs projects we follow a series of small back roads and trails, cycling through villages and farm-lets to a forest park. 50km. Lodge
DAY 9: Cycling through relatively unpopulated countryside as we make our way towards the coast. 75km. Guesthouse
DAY 10: Free day to explore Kampot, an ex-French colonial town, and take a sunset cruise on the river. Guesthouse
DAY 11: Bike to the coast and take boat to an island for lunch and swim in the clean clear tropical ocean. 30km. Guesthouse
DAY 12: We cycle along village tracks and quiet back roads towards Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. 45km. Hotel
DAY 13: Final breakfast together. Continue exploring Phnom Penh or onward travel.
*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.
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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