Backroads Biking in Cambodia
Backroads Biking in Cambodia

Backroads Biking in Cambodia

13 nights

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Journey into the heart of Cambodia, riding along backroads and jungle trails.

Discover the real Cambodia on this Backroads Biking Tour that includes cycling, rainforest hikes, waterfall swims and enchanting boat journeys. Ride through the countryside and rainforest, experience the natural beauty and ancient history of Cambodia and meet local people far from the established tourist trail.

As well as visiting all the must-see archaeological sites in this fascinating country, you will have plenty of adventures day-to-day as you set off on lovely rides in the rural countryside, through traditional villages and rice fields.

You’ll also have the chance to cycle in Cambodia’s Kirirom National Park and swathes of rainforest, which are teeming with wildlife. Get a deeper understanding of Cambodia’s modern history with a journey to the heart of the Khmer Rouge country. The trip culminates with a day in Phnom Penh and a magical evening watching the sun set over the city’s skyline.

If you’ve ever wanted to see Cambodia most tourists don’t, this adventurous cycling tour is for you!

Highlights of the Backroads Biking in Cambodia

Cycle along backroads and into the heart of the Cambodian landscape.
Ride jungle trails into the heart of the biodiverse rainforest of the Cardamom Mountains.
Experience an epic boat journey along the winding Sangker River.
Visit ancient archaeological sites, sleepy fishing villages and stay in traditional homestays.

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8-day Vancouver Island Adventure Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Siem Reap

Arrive at the airport and enjoy a transfer to your hotel in Siam Reap, the gateway to the Angkor temples. The remainder of the day is free for you to spend as you wish, relaxing or exploring the city with its shops, French colonial architecture, and lively markets.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Siem Reap
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Cycling Angkor Wat

After breakfast, collect your bike and prepare for the first ride of the trip which will bring you to one of the most important Angkorian-era archaeological sites in the region. You’ll ride along quiet roads beneath the sacred hill of Phnom Bok to the temple of Banteay Srei. This is one of the more elaborate temples in the Angkor region, made from intricately carved red sandstone. After lunch, you’ll hop on the bus for the short journey to Kbal Spean, the ‘River of a Thousand Lingams’. Rocks on either side of the river and even under the water have been carved with lingams and images of gods. The day ends with a refreshing plunge in a waterfall pool.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Siem Reap
Distance: 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Biking the Jungles of Angkor Wat

This morning you will set off from the hotel for an exciting ride along dirt roads and narrow jungle paths to the stunning spectacle of Angkor Wat. This 12th century UNESCO World Heritage Site is thought to be the largest religious monument in the world. There will be plenty of time to look around the 400-acre site for the rest of the day. As the afternoon draws to a close, ascend the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup, for some majestic sunset views of the ruins and surrounding rice fields.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Siem Reap
Distance: 25 – 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Cycling the Cambodian Countryside

This morning you’ll get back on the bike for a ride through the rural countryside, among rice fields, sugar palms and peaceful villages, to the town of Roulos. Roulos has some of the earliest structures built by the Khmers (between 877 and 889) including Lolei, Preah Ko, Bakong and Chau Srei Vibol. Spend some time looking around the temple of Bakong, built by King Indravarman in 881. Sit down to lunch in a traditional Khmer house in the countryside. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing ride back to the hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Siem Reap
Distance: 40 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Biking to Angkor Thom

This morning, it is time for another lovely short ride through the countryside to Angkor Thom, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire. Highlights of this ruined fortified city include Bayon, a crumbling, mysterious maze where 216 carved faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara stare back at you. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will have the opportunity to cycle and walk around the area, visiting some of the sites hidden in the forest, such as the very old, overgrown Phimeanakas Temple. Look forward to watching the performance of traditional Khmer Apsara dancing during dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Siem Reap
Distance: 25 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Speedboat to Battambang

Today you will embark on an adventurous journey by public speedboat from Siam Reap to Battambang, which will take between six and eight hours. Beginning at Tonlé Sap Lake, the boat leaves the lake and travels slowly down the winding Sangker River, where you’ll pass traditional stilt houses, collecting and dropping off locals along the way. This is a fascinating, authentic experience where you will gain an insight into the lives of the people who depend on the lake and river, fishing, and growing vegetables in the same way that their families have for generations.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Battambang
Distance: 10 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Tonlé Sap Lake & Kampong Chhnang

This morning you will enjoy a leisurely ride to the 11th-century temple of Wat Ek Phnom, getting a snapshot of local riverside village life along the way. After lunch, you’ll depart Battambang and drive alongside the Tonlé Sap Lake to the port town of Kampong Chhnang, located in the south-east corner of the lake, which is famous for Khmer pottery. In the late afternoon, there will be time to explore this traditional Cambodian town with its market, floating houses, and fishing boats.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Krong Kampong Chhnang
Distance: 20 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Cycle to Kirirom National Park

Today’s morning ride takes you through paddy fields and plantations fringed with palm trees stopping at small pottery villages along the way. After lunch, leave the Kampong Province and transfer to Kirirom National Park. In the afternoon explore the park by bike, riding on tarmac and dirt roads through lush scenery with views of the Cardamom Mountains. Spend the night in a hillside resort in the park.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kirirom
Distance: 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Monkeys and Elephants in Kirirom National Park

This morning is dedicated to an adventurous ride through the Kirirom National Park. With pine forests and narrow trails, the park is a great place to explore by bike – look out for resident monkeys, elephants and even leopards! This is the most challenging ride of the trip with some steep ascents, but the support vehicle is on hand if anyone needs to take a break.

In the afternoon you will visit the village of Chi Phat in the heart of the forest – historically, the domain of the Khmer Rouge. This area was known as Cambodia’s ‘Wild West’ and during the regime of Pol Pot, Chi Phat was a forced labour camp that was closed to the outside world. Spend the evening in a local homestay in the village.
Overnight Location: Homestay in Chi Phat
Distance: 40 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Biking in the Rainforest

You are right in the heart of the Cambodian rainforest, which has abundant wildlife including birds, gibbons, and even elephants. You will explore the area by bike, riding along hidden trails through the jungle. Cool off in a crystal-clear waterfall pool. You’ll stop in the traditional village of O’Kay, far from the established tourist trail, in the heart of what was once Khmer Rouge country.
Overnight Location: Homestay in Chi Phat
Distance: 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Cycle along Preak Piphot River

In the morning ride a trail from the homestay along the Preak Piphot River down to Andoung Teuk. Here, you will leave the bike behind and be driven to the sleepy, riverside town of Kampot, a former French settlement with crumbling colonial architecture. After lunch, take a boat ride on the Kampot River to your riverside accommodation passing lush green palms, small villages, and local fishermen. During the day there is also be the chance for a kayak on the quiet waters of the river.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kampot
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 Relaxing in Krong Kep

Today you will transfer to the laid-back fishing town of Krong Kep. The town has an interesting history; it was a holiday resort at the turn of the century before becoming a hideaway for Cambodia’s elite during the ‘golden age’ of the 1950s and 60s. Explore the town and visit it’s crab market before you take a boat ride to Koh Tonsay, otherwise known as Rabbit Island. This is the perfect place to kick back and relax after all that cycling. Spend the afternoon as you wish, chilling on the island’s palm-fringed beach, swimming and soaking up the sun!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kampot
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 Phnom Penh

After breakfast, leave the countryside behind for Cambodia’s intriguing capital city, Phnom Penh. On a city tour, you will see the top sights including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Practice your haggling skills at the lively Russian and French markets. At the end of the day, watch the sun go down on the Phnom Penh skyline and the Royal Palace from a boat on the Mekong River. It is the perfect finale to your Cambodian adventure!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Departure

This morning there will be some free time to explore Phnom Penh further before you transfer to the airport for your flight.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Backroads Biking in Cambodia Tour Prices and Dates

This guided biking tour in Cambodia Tour is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price always depends on the size of your group.

The best time to travel to Cambodia for this tour is between September and April.

Private guided Backroads Biking in Cambodia Tour

Have a private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Solo Traveler: $2,995 USD
  • Guided Groups of 2-4: $2,525 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5-8: $2,350 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 9-12: $2,225 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Backroads Biking in Cambodia Tour

This tour is based in hotels and homestays. Hotels are 2 or 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

Homestays are basic accommodation. They allow you to learn about local culture by staying with an ethnic minority family and living and dining in the traditional way.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $450 USD to have a private room in a hotel while traveling with a group.

Hotels on Standard Tour

City River Hotel in Siem Reap

Modern hotel with a rooftop pool, bar and spa. The rooms are very clean and the staff is extremely accommodating!

Classy Hotel and Spa in Battambang

Charming hotel close to numerous historical sites in Battambang. Classy Hotel offers spacious rooms and a rooftop bar.

Sovannphum Hotel in Krong Kampong Chhnang

This small and cozy hotel has spacious rooms, air conditioning and a great restaurant next door.

Kirirom Hillside Resort in Kirirom

This beautiful resort next to Kirirom National Park has plenty of amenities to make your stay comfortable and relaxing.

Night 9-10

Homestay in Chi Phat

Staying in authentic local homestays is the best way to learn about local culture and is one of the highlights of the trip!

Eden Eco Village in Kampot

A peaceful hotel with bungalows overlooking the Preaek Tuek Chhu river in an ethnic Cham village.

Pasteur 51 Hotel in Phnom Penh

Modern, centrally located hotel with a rooftop pool and bar.

What’s included in the Backroads Biking in Cambodia Tour?

Meals

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 13 nights along the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation is included for you and your luggage.

Also Included

  • Services of local English-speaking guides
  • English-speaking tour leader (for groups of 9 cyclists and up)
  • Bike rental (helmet included)
  • Support vehicle during the biking days

Not included

  • Getting to and from starting and ending points of the tour
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’
  • English-speaking tour leader for groups of 8 and less

Optional Extras

  • Additional night in Siem Reap before the tour
  • Additional night in Phnom Penh after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Backroads Biking in Cambodia

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will be cycling up to 40 km daily, sometimes on gravel roads. You should have a good level of fitness and experience cycling.

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