Highlights : The temples of Angkor - Rural life in surroundings village - Silk farm - Boat Trip onto the Tonle Sap
Day 1: Seam Reap arrival day
Day 2: Full cycling to explore Angkor temple (cycle distance 30 km)
Day 3: Cycling to Banteay Srey (cycle distance 75 km)
Day 4: Cycling to country site out of Siem Reap town (cycle distance 40 km)
Day 5: Cycling to Tonle Sap Lake (cycle distance 30 km)
DETAILED ITINERARY :
Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap (Ancient Capital)
You can arrive anytime at the hotel during the morning before the group meeting at Noon, followed by a welcome lunch. Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor and we will have five days to enjoy the town and its surroundings. In the afternoon we will begin to explore the complex of Angkor Wat, the largest and most impressive of all the temples. As we will have only a half-day, we will go to the temples by tuktuk, our famous local transport. It is the best preserved of all the temples. Its layout and its scale are simply breathtaking, the wall surrounding the enclosure measures 1,000 by 800 meters and the moat, said to represent the oceans of the world is 200 meters wide. This amazing temple homes the longest continuous bas relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls.
As the end of the day will approach, we will ride elephants to the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng, climb the imposing remains and meet the crowd for a truly memorable sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Today Lunch included
Day 2: Angkor Complex (full day) ~ 30 km cycling
Today, after breakfast, we will ride our bicycles and go to the temples complex. We will first go to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm has been largely consumed by the jungle and as you will climb through the dilapidated stone structures you will see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself. At every turn you will expect to see Indiana Jones or Lara Croft step out from behind a fallen pillar. Ta Prohm looks as many of the monuments did when European explorers first laid eyes on them. Afterwards, we will continue to bike through the Victory gate to reach the royal city of Angkor Thom. Our visit will begin with the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of Leper King. We will continue to the Bayon, a pyramid temple decorated by about 200 gigantic carved heads.
Then, we will have lunch in one of the local restaurant around the temple and in the afternoon, we will continue to bike along the “grand circuit” to see more temples of the Angkor Era, such as Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup and, if we still have time, Banteay Kdei . Overnight in Siem Reap.
Today Breakfast & Lunch included
Day 3: Banteay Srey ~ 75 km cycling
This morning, after breakfast, we will cycle to Angkor and then continue 20 km north of the main group of temples, through the countryside, to reach the magnificent Banteay Srei temple – the Citadel of women, decorated with superbly intricate relief’s of male and female divinities. On the way we will cycle through the picturesque countryside and will pass over some small villages. It is a nice way to learn how local people run their daily life; you will glimpse many activities of the villagers in the rice paddies and palm sugar plantation, this worth while cultural experience. We will have a picnic lunch near the Siem Reap River, in a peaceful and relaxing place.
On the way back, we will stop at the Cambodian Landmine museum and Rehabilitation Centre which promotes mine awareness and education for both tourists and Cambodian people. Then we will cycle back to the hotel and you will have time to relax by the swimming pool before dinner.
Tonight we will have dinner at the hotel la Noria where we will enjoy a shadow puppets show performs by the children of the NGO Krousar Thmey (New Family). Overnight in Siem Reap. Please note that the shadow puppet shows at la Noria are usually on Wednesday only. The itinerary is subject to change according to your starting day.
Today Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Day 4: Countryside ~ 40 km cycling
In the morning, after breakfast, we will follow some small bucolic roads west of Siem Reap, in the direction of Puok village. We will cycle through the countryside and cross villages before we reach the Sangkheum Center for Children, an NGO which provides a home for orphaned, abused or neglected children, as well as general education and selected vocational training. We will visit the center to learn more about their work and see the children in training in the workshops, the agricultural farm or practicing dance and music.
Afterwards we will go to the Western Baray, an ancient reservoir more than 2 km across and 9 km long with an average depth of 7 m. On the island in the middle of the Baray stand the ruins of the western Mebon temple. This artificial lake is now a recreational place for the locals who flock here on the weekend. We will have lunch in this lovely place and spend a part of the afternoon by swimming and tubing or with a boat trip to the island to visit the ruins of the western Mebon.
On the way back, we will stop at the small village of Banteay Chreu to visit the popular Buddhist temple Svay Romeat from where we can have a whole view of the surrounding countryside, the Western Baray and the airport. Then, we will continue our ride along a quiet road past Angkor Wat to go back to the hotel for a rest before going to our farewell dinner with a traditional dancing show. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Today Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Day 5: Tonle Sap lake ~ 30 km cycling
This morning, after breakfast, we will cycle along the Tonle Sap River to a rural village where we will enjoy a short oxcart journey through the countryside. Then, we will cycle to the Tonle Sap, the biggest lake of Southeast Asia. We will take a boat for two hours, passing through the floating villages, to see how local people run their daily lives. During the boat trip we will stop to visit a bird garden and a fishing farm, as well as the floating school. During the wet season, a lovely swim in this huge fresh water reservoir is a nice experience.
On the way back we will stop at the Krou Sa Richreay orphanage, which means "Happy Family", to bring them some basic requirement and then we will return to the hotel for check-out before having lunch in town. Free in the afternoon to explore Siem Reap on your own before transfer at the airport or bus station.
Today Breakfast & Lunch included
Tour Price Included
English Speaking tour guide and group medical kit,
Entire accommodations base on twin-share. With daily breakfast
Meals detailed in the itinerary (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners)
A/C transfers and transportation, truck escort
(Note that small group from 2 to 3 people no need truck escort that make tour cost lower)
Mountain bicycle with mechanic
Entrance fees and sightseeing tours by tuktuk
Pump, bike tools, and spares tubes.
Cold-water box, small fresh towel
Mineral water drinking
Tour Price Excluded
Travel insurance and bike helmet (compulsory)
Items of a personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency
Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
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