Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
Price from: $350
Day 1: Phnom Penh – arrival (NO CYCLING) (-/L/D)
Meet on arrival at Phnom Penh airport, transfer to hotel for check-in.
Phnom Penh capital city was once considered one of the most beautiful in the orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. After lunch at the atmospheric foreign correspondent's club and your fitting for your new bikes, you will transfer to Cambodia's killing fields and a visit to S21, Tuoel Sleng genocide museum. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kompong Thom (90km CYCLING) (B/L/D)
Today is an early morning departure by bike heading north on the national road N5 past ancient Japanese bridge and start traveling through the Cambodian countryside. After 12kms you get to Prek Phnov where you turn onto unpaved roads passing local villages and rice fields. You head towards the ancient capital of Udong where Udong Mountain is still home to many of the old Royal Palaces. After your visit, riding 9kms to Prek Kdam and take a ferry across the Tonle Sap River – make sure you take plenty of snacks and water for this journey as delays may happen. You will then continue further 12kms and then stop for rest and lunch. Heading off after a hearty lunch you can soon appreciate the good tarmac roads of earlier as you cycle around the potholes of a narrow and once-tarmac road! The route takes you north once again past cashew nut plantation and sellers. You then continue on towards the bustling town of Skoun, lying at the crossroads between the north and east of the country. Skoun's local delicacy is tasty sauté garlic tarantula! You are surrounded once more by paddy fields and huge open plains, the scenery broken only by sugar palm trees, wooden huts and pagodas. This is a mentally challenging cycle of the challenge as the long road stretches out ahead of you. You can then rest and take a transfer 91 km to Kompong Thom, on the way you can enjoy the views of Samtuk Mountain in the distance. You will arrive in Kompong Thom, a small but energetic town with a fascinating market for dinner and overnight in basic Cambodian accommodation.
Day 3: Kompong Thom – Siem Reap (100km CYCLING) (B/L/D)
After transferring a short leg towards siem reap today's cycle. This will bring you to the small town of Stoung – 45Km from Kompong Thom. In Stoung start by biking the 100Kms left to the city of the temples .you will have some shade as you cycle beneath the roadside palms past Preah Pros Lake and Kompong Svay district. As you near the end of your challenge, the Cambodian road system is at its most challenging state yet! You cycle amongst the local traffic, many of them peeping their horns in greeting an as a warning and adding to the general chaos! It's advisable not to wave back as you negotiate these roads – you will need both hands! You are passing through an area which used to be the front line of the Khmer Rouge in the 1980s and signs of war and the subsequent de-mining campaign become more prevalent , hitting home how much has changed in this country in only the last few years . You continue, passing through Kompong Kdie and its magnificent 12th- century stone carved bridge, which is the only bridge to stand the constant floods. You will lunch which come each year to this area when the nearby immense Tonle' Sap lake floods. You will lunch in Sangbay before your final afternoon's ride to the finish line in front of Angkor Wat, a sight that is well worth the trials over the past few days. You will then say Goodbye to your Cambodian cycling team and enjoy your hotel and a well-deserved shower. A fine feast & celebration with traditional Khmer dancing and food in a local restaurant awaits you on completion of your challenge. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat (30km CYCLING) (B/L/-)
Angkor Wat itself is just one of the many temples in the region but is one of the best preserved and most impressive. It is worth climbing the remarkably steep and narrow steps of the central spire for the view over the whole temple surrounded by jungle. Angkor Thom, the old city central to the area, is a fascinating ruin featuring many mysterious giant carved faces and some incredible wall carvings, and is one of the most remarkable sights in the area. Also not to be missed is the temple of Ta Prohm, which has been left to be reclaimed by nature and features incredible tree roots breaking through the stone carvings and wall, a fascinating tribute to the power of nature over man and an experience reminiscent of "Indiana Jones" and "Tom Raider".
Day 5: Siem Reap - departure (B)
Today you have free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Tour ends.
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