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Koulen Mountain / Banteay Srei / Siem Reap

Take a two-wheeled adventure through incredible Siem Reap. Pedal on forest trails to the ancient Angkorian temples, escaping the main roads and uncovering hidden monuments in the process. Venture further afield to discover the countryside’s charms en route to the fascinating Tonle Sap Lake and enigmatic Kbal Spean.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Cycling, Siem Reap Adventure
Bike the iconic Angkorian Temples

Bike the iconic Angkorian Temples

Use a network of forest trails and paths to see the main sites of the Angkor Archaeological complex. 

Travel to Tonle Sap Lake by bike and boat

Travel to Tonle Sap Lake by bike and boat

Cycle out of Siem Reap to Tone Sap Lake and witness life on the water with a boat trip.

See Stunning Countryside and Hidden Wonders

See Stunning Countryside and Hidden Wonders

Bike through miles of charming countryside to remote sites such as Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei.

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ITINERARY

Cycling, Siem Reap Adventure - 5 Days / 4 Nights

DAY 1 - Siem Reap - ArrivalMealsMEALS [D]

Exo TravelTransfer from airport to hotel: 20 minutes

Arrive today at Siem Reap International Airport. A guide and driver await to provide transport to the hotel in the evening. Take a few hours at leisure before enjoying an early dinner and an evening show from Phare.

Despite being known around town as the Cambodian circus, Phare anything but a traditional big top. A nonprofit school for the arts, Phare is a demonstration of the graduate students’ acrobatic abilities. Exceptionally talented players act out everything from Cambodian folklore to the very real history of the Khmer Rouge; a must see for anyone in Siem Reap.

Dinner tonight is included at Café Indochine or similar.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 2 - Siem Reap - Angkor Complex MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer from Angkor Complex to hotel: 20 minutes Cycling distance up to 30km Difficulty: Easy

Meet the cycling guide in the morning and get into the saddle for a trip through the jungles of Angkor Wat.

Begin the day with a visit to Ta Prohm temple (a setting of one of the Tomb Raider films), built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm 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 Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

From Ta Prohm, dive back into the jungle and pedal through hidden passages to the ruins Angkor Thom. This was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII, with an eight meter high wall drawing a perfect square around the city. Enter through the ancient East Gate where a row of fifty-four gods and demons hold the sacred Naga snake of Hindu lore.

Exchange jungle paths for proper road as the route turns for Bayon Temple, sitting in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its fifty-four towers with enigmatic faces representing the fifty-four 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.

Continue the cycle southward, heading through Angkor Thom to the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was constructed to represent Mount Meru, the Hindu/Buddhist home of the gods. Inside the temple, walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is also well known for its more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Now represented on the Cambodian flag, construction of this iconic temple was believed to have taken around thirty years to complete.

Dinner tonight is included at Viroth's Restaurant or similar.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 3 - Siem Reap - Cycle Roluos - Kompong Phluk MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer from hotel to staring point: 10 minutes Transfer from Kampong Phluk to hotel: 30 minutes Cycling distance up to 34 km Difficulty: Easy

After breakfast, start the day with a ride to Tonle Sap. The tour passes through the many small villages that sit on the outskirts of Siem Reap city. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and the sound of the breeze in the trees, or the occasional shout from local children who are eager to practice their English.

Stop at a local market for a walkthrough en route to Kampong Phluk, just one of many floating villages in the area. Locals here have learned to adapt to the amazing rise and fall of Tonle Sap (up to 9 meters throughout the year in some areas!). Stop at a local home and enjoy a packed lunch before returning back.

The tour then runs from the boat docks to Roluos Group, a series of Pre-Angkor temples about fifteen kilometers east of Siem Reap. While these temples display clear differences from the Angkor Complex in their construction and build, there are many similarities as well that can be recognized in the younger temples at Angkor.

After visiting these temples return to Siem Reap.

In dry season, when the water is too low to traverse by boat, we will instead cycle to the temple of Chau Srei Vibol, a ruin that is often skipped by most visitors to Siem Reap. It’s possible to cycle back to town or transfer back by vehicle.

Dinner tonight is included at The Square 24 Restaurant or similar.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 4 - Siem Reap - Kbal Spean - Banteay Srey - Siem Reap MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer from hotel to starting point: 15 minutes Transfer from Kbal Spean to Banteay Srei: 20 minutes Transfer from Bantey Srei to hotel: 45 minutes Cycling distance up to 61km Trekking distance: 3km Difficulty: Easy

Leave the busy streets of Siem Reap behind and head for the deep countryside around the city. The route today meanders through rice fields and quiet dirt paths filled with farmers and locals going about their daily business. Pass through the small village and market of Pradak, which sits in the middle of the ancient (and dry) East Baray, an old Angkorian reservoir. Turn down quieter roads leading to the distant Banteay Samre. After visiting, push further away from the city around the small mountain of Phnom Bok into the deep countryside. Ahead loom the massive ridges of Phnom Kulen, birthplace of the Khmer Empire. Nestled into a gap in the ridge lies Kbal Spean, one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia. A moderate 3 km trek up a gentle incline through dense jungle leads to the “River of 1000 Lingas”. Carved into the very riverbed are images from Hindu scripture and small stone lingas used for religious purposes.

The last stop of the day is Banteay Srei, the so-called “Citadel of the Women”, which remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art; its remarkable fine bas-reliefs are also of note. Banteay Srei is also unique in the fact that it was constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

Transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner tonight is included at Champey Restaurant or similar.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 5 - Siem Reap - Departure MealsMEALS [B]

Exo TravelTransfer from hotel to airport: 20 minutes

Enjoy the day at leisure. The guide will provide pick up in morning and for a transfer to the airport for the onward flight.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Our services include:

  • Luggage transfer
  • Plenty of water per person per trekking day
  • Snacks and local fruit
  • Bike rental X-Caliber 7 & bike helmet
  • Refillable bottle
  • Cold towels
  • 1 Exo Adventure Certified, English speaking guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 08-15 pax, 2 assistant guides for 16+ pax
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available)
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmation

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa or visa arrangements
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (laundry, telephone etc.)
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
  • Additional language speaking guides

Important Notes:

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
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