Highlights

  • Explore the Angkor temples by bike
  • Temple hopping through the jungle
  • Traditional Khmer villages on the Mekong island of Koh Trong
  • Experience everyday life in the Mekong Delta with a host family
  • Tour by bicycle through Phnom Penh and to the river islands

Overview

We start in Phnom Penh and visit impressive monuments to Cambodia’s tragic past. Visit a host family on an island in the Mekong River. Then we will watch Irrawaddy dolphins and paddle a kayak tour through spectacularly flooded forests.

On foot, we explore the ancient temple ruins of the incredible Angkor complex on foot and by mountain bike. This is an active trip for adventure seekers who want to experience Cambodia’s treasures intensively.

Explore Cambodia: between winding jungle paths and the wide-ranging waterways of the Mekong, there is so much to discover by bike, hike, and kayak. Cambodia’s incredible beauty, fantastic food, and unique culture are even better when combined with outdoor adventures.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Phnom Penh

    Suo Sdei! Welcome to Cambodia.
    Upon arrival, please look out for the Siem Reaper welcome sign at the arrivals gate. We will transfer you to your hotel, where you can take your time and relax by the pool or venture out for your first exploration of the capital city.

    In the early evening, your guide will meet you at the hotel reception where a trip briefing will be held. Then, you will enjoy the creative Cambodian cuisine.
    - Meals: Dinner
    - Hotel: Frangipani Palace Hotel

  • Day 2 - Phnom Penh Bike Tour

    Start your adventure on a mountain bike by crossing the river by local boat and then riding through the villages on an island in the Mekong River. The island is famous for silk weaving, agriculture, and aquaculture. Stop to see locals at work in the village and enjoy cycling on quiet roads through orchards and along rice paddies. Then return to Phnom Penh in the afternoon for lunch.

    Then, your guide will take you to explore Phnom Penh, which remains a living relic of the country’s past struggles. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek tell the story of the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. The former school of Tuol Sleng served as a Khmer Rouge torture center, and it’s estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here. The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek are home to a stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls, marking the infamous site. This was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng, and standing in this peaceful setting it’s almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9,000 corpses have been exhumed from the area. Perhaps visit Wat Phnom, the temple that gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th century, or the Royal Palace complex’s Silver Pagoda, the most sacred temple in the country.
    - Today's Ride: 25 Km
    - Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
    - Hotel: Frangipani Palace Hotel (Similar Accommodation)

  • Day 3 - Phnom Penh – Kratie

    This morning, we depart early by private vehicle for Kratie (approximately 6 hours). En-route, pass through Skuon, a small town famous for its tasty tarantula, where it’s possible to sample an eight-legged snack.

    Kratie is a picturesque town on the banks of the Mekong and was, until recently, a strategic trading port between Phnom Penh and Stung Treng. Both the French and the Khmer Rouge found the town useful, and there are a number of French colonial buildings that remain. Board a local boat from Kratie waterfront to Koh Trong for your homestay—approximately 280 families call this 6 km (or so) island home.

    Depending on the season and the river height, you may need to walk up a stretch of beach and take a local bike to your destination. The island is famous for growing the citrus fruit pomelo (supposedly some of the best in Cambodia), rice, and other agricultural products. This homestay is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday Cambodian life, and this evening you’ll enjoy a traditional Khmer-style dinner. The facilities are basic and multi-share, with mattresses, bedding, and mosquito nets provided. With hammocks strung up beneath the house, this is a very scenic place to unwind.

    A 9 km loop around the island’s perimeter is perfect for a leisurely cycle through traditional Khmer villages, fruit orchards, and rice fields, observing daily rituals and routines of traditional village life.
    - Today's Ride: 10 Km
    - Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
    - Hotel: Homestay at Koh Trong (Similar Accommodation)

  • Day 4 - Dolphin watching & Hike in Kratie – Stung Treng

    After breakfast, take a guided walk (1 hour) where you’ll get a chance to see how the locals live and learn more about the local culture in this part of Cambodia.

    Afterwards, say goodbye to your island hosts and head back to the mainland. There’s time to wander down the river boulevard and explore the local market in Kratie before traveling 2.5 hours to Stung Treng. Stop at Wat Phnom Sambok, an 18th-century Buddhist monastery along the way. Climb to the top of a hill for a view of the lush, forested surroundings. Also enjoy an optional lunch at Kampi Creek, where it’s possible to spot dolphins, before arriving in Stung Treng. Once part of southern Laos, Stung Treng switched to Cambodian ownership during the French colonial era. However, many people here speak both Khmer and Laos. The town is situated on the banks of the Sekong River, which flows into the Mekong River a few kilometers outside of town.
    - Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
    - Hotel: Golden River Hotel (Similar Accommodation)

  • Day 5 - Stung Treng Trekking and kayaking

    Today, we start early to make the most of a full day of activities. Travel by private vehicle to the village of Voeun Kham (approximately 2 hours). From there, catch a local boat to cruise the Mekong River to the famous Sopheak Mitt Waterfall. Situated on the Cambodia-Laos border, the thundering falls crashing over limestone crags and boulders is a spectacular sight. Moor the boat at a local family’s home and hike through the jungle to a lunch spot overlooking the falls.

    The hike will take approximately 2 hours. Return to the boat and continue through a gorgeous stretch of the Mekong River, which is home to many bird species, to the village of Osvay (approximately 1 hour of cruising). Pass through the Anlong Cheuteal Irrawaddy dolphin pool, where on rare occasions it’s possible to spot freshwater dolphins. Next, it’s into a kayak to paddle amongst this spectacular scenery of flooded forests to Vuen Sien village (approximately 2 hours).

    After a full day exploring this glorious stretch of nature, return to Stung Treng by vehicle for the night (approximately 1 hour).
    - Today's Trek: 6 Km
    - Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
    - Hotel: Golden River Hotel (Similar Accommodation)

  • Day 6 - Stung Treng – Siem Reap

    This morning, set out on your journey to Siem Reap, traveling by private vehicle through Cambodia’s countryside and small towns (approximately 4.5 hours). En-route to Siem Reap, this is the most popular destination for travelers in all of Cambodia, perhaps even in South East Asia. With its cafes, bars, restaurants, and food and drink stands, Siem Reap caters to foodies of all persuasions. A visit to the old market is a must, even if you’re not looking for souvenirs; wandering through the stalls and surrounding shops, the silks, cottons, sarongs, silver, and statues are a riot of color and a feast for the eyes. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, your guide will take you on an orientation walk to help you get acquainted with this bustling town.
    - Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
    - Hotel: Central Corner d'Angkor (Similar Accommodation)

  • Day 7 - Cycle to Angkor Archaeology Park

    After breakfast at the hotel, you start biking for the morning temple exploration at the most illustrious temple with the smallest crowds. First, you will visit Ta Prohm, which is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the so-called Tomb Raider Temple, as it was used during the filming of the movie, one of the most picturesque and memorable temples in the Angkor complex.

    You will then head out to the ancient city of Angkor Thom and enter the city through the ancient Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. From here, continue to Bayon Temple, located in the center of the city and famed as the enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

    You will take a break at lunch and stop at the local restaurant to enjoy tasteful Cambodian dishes.

    Lastly, you will bike to the gem of the Angkor complex, Angkor Wat. Following your tour leader, you will be mesmerized by the rich history and symbolism of this unique ancient temple. Afterward, you will return to your hotel.
    - Today's Ride: 30 Km
    - Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
    - Hotel: Central Corner d'Angkor (Similar Accommodation)

  • Day 8 - Cycle to Banteay Samre, Banteay Srei & Kbal Spean

    Today, our bike tour takes us on unpaved roads through rural villages. We continue on a flat road for about 7 km to the temple of Banteay Samre. From there it goes back on unpaved roads through attractive villages, along with rice fields, and to the temple of Banteay Srei, which is located outside the actual temple city and is made of pink sandstone.

    The roads are peaceful, narrow, and very pretty all the way to Bantey Srei. There are plenty of beautiful and real country views to see along the way as you cycle past the local markets, schools, villages, and Buddhist temples. Taking a water break under the shade of the tree before we reach Bantey Srei, which is known as the Citadel of Women, this red sandstone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings, which have been preserved remarkably well.

    Enjoy your lunch at the foot of the mountain before taking a short transfer to Kbal Span. Then trek uphill along the jungle trail for 3 km to the waterfall and the River of Thousand Lingas. You can see the carvings on the riverbed and waterfall and return to Siem Reap by transfer.
    - Today's Ride: 60 Km
    - Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
    - Hotel: Central Corner d'Angkor (Similar Accommodation)

  • Day 9 - Discover the Floating Village by Bike & Boat

    Today, we explore the great landscape of the Tonle Sap lake by bike and boat. This is a unique experience offering a great outdoor adventure in Siem Reap’s countryside by exploring a floating village and enjoying a sunset cruise along the river.

    This tour will take you to the charming backroads in order to explore the local ways of life in Siem Reap. You will be greeted by friendly locals and get a deeper understanding of their lives and traditions. The journey will end at the Tonle Sap lake, where you will experience the livelihoods of Cambodian people living in the floating villages, offering you the opportunity to see how families adapt their lives to living on the water.

    At the end of the day, we will watch the sunset on the lake with some snacks and cold beverages. You will return back to the city by private vehicle in the late evening.
    - Today's Ride: 40 Km
    - Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
    - Hotel: Central Corner d'Angkor (Similar Accommodation)

  • Day 10 - Depart Siem Reap

    As there are no activities planned for today, you can leave your accommodation at any time. If you have extra time, you might like to schedule a Jeep Adventure and canopy walk adventure, a tasty Khmer cooking class, or simply relax by the pool at the hotel. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
    - Meals: Breakfast

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Must-see attractions and sightseeings
  • Daily drinking water and cold towels
  • Phnom Penh city tour & entrance fee
  • Quality mountain bike & helmet
  • The floating village excursion and sunset cruise tour
  • 3 Days Angkor entrance fee
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • First aid kits per tour guide
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 2 Dinner
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa or visa arrangements
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hats, and protective clothing
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips, etc)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

Important Information

*Dietary Requirement
If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform in advance so that we can provide a notice to the restaurant or hotel where you will be served.

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