The starting point can be Paske or Angkor. To finishÂ the trip in Pakse, we can also arrange the extension trip to northern Laos Vietntiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. To continue explore northern Laos by bike, we can arrange the flight ticket from Pakse to Vientiane. Then extend our Northern Adventure trip from Vientiane to Luang Prabang or join our reversed trip cycling from Vientiane to Bangkok.
Day 1: Cycling Small Circuit (25km)
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples. Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the temples. Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodia’s great king, Jayavarman VII. An eight-meter high wall encloses this ten square kilometre city, which is encircled by a moat. The famous Bayon, in the geographical heart of Angkor Thom, is a remarkable 54 tower temple. Initially the temple appears to be a shapeless mass of grey and brown stone, but it is only as you get closer that you realize every tower has the carved face of Avalokiteshvara on it.
After the visit, cycle to Angkor Wat to finish the small circuit. Stop at South Gate of Angkor Thom for taking photo. Access via a causeway over the moat that are flanked by statues of Gods on the left and devils on the right. Then visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. Angkor Wat is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in the form of massive ‘temple mountain’ dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. Overnight in Siem Reap. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 2: Banteay Srei, & Kbal Spean (River of Thousand Lingas) 90km
Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2km before turn right to the rural road.Â The road is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Srei before lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as women citadel (built in 967 A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some of temple are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and still an excellent state of preservation.
Continue cycling to visit Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas, lying under the river bed, people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows to Siem Reap. Walk 1,200meters to visit the Lingas and enjoy lunch and the water fall. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira.Â Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors’ donation to fund his work. Overnight in Siem Reap. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3: Rolous Group & Tonle Sap Lake (50km)
Depart from the hotel, crossing the bridge at Old Market to cycle 15km toward Rolous Group. The first 2km, is on the tarmac road toward the bus station. Then, passing the rice field and the village. Rolous Group was the first capital of Angkor Empire during 800 A.D. Visit the Pre-Angkorian temples including Preak Ko, Bakong and Lo Lei. Afternoon, cycling to Tonle Sap Lake. Turn left at the crocodiles farm crossing the bridge. Then cycle on small road along the river through villages, pagodas and schools. This road is good for cycling as to avoid the busy traffic. After cycling 8km, turn right across the bridge to the main road as there is no further access on the small road. Continue cycling toward the hill about 3km (July-December) where the boat stop. (Note: January-June, the water is low and the boat will stop further 3km). Board on the boat to visit the floating village, floating school, fishing farm. After 1 hour boat drive. Return the Siem Reap on the main road to avoid cycling the same road. Overnight in Siem Reap. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 4: Siem Reap-Kampong Thom-Sambor Prei Kuk (50km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we begin with a transfer 2 hours to visit 12 century Naga bridge in Kampong Kdei. After Kampong Kdei, we drop off and start cycling from the junction to visit pre-Angkorian temples in Sambor Prei Kuk (615-650). Sambor Prei Kuk was served as the capital before Angkor period during the Chenla Kingdom. Enjoy packed lunch under the shade of the big trees and relax on the mat. After lunch cycle to Kampong Thom town. It is the less visited town with just a stop over for the tourists who travel between Phnom Penh to Siem Reap as it is the half way. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Thom. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Kampong Thom – Kampong Cham (68km)
After breakfast, transferÂ 40 minutes to Kampong Thmor where we starting cycling on the quiet road passing the rubber plantation to Kampong Cham, the 3rd biggest province in Cambodia. It depends mainly on the farming, bigÂ production of the fruit such as banana, jack fruit, tobaccoÂ and rubber plantation. Visit PhnomÂ Pros and Phnom Srey and enjoy the picnic lunch from the hill top pagoda.Â Â Afternoon, arrive in Kampong Cham, wander around to see the town (optional biking to the nearby Koh Pen island). Situated on the Mekong river, Kampong Cham hasÂ a great benefit of the delta to do the farming. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Cham. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Kampong Cham-KratieÂ (80km)
After breakfast, cycle to visit Phnom Han Chey. There are some graves of the victims from the Khmer Rouge regim on beside the hill of Phnom Han Chey. Enjoy the water stop, local fruit, snack and drink. Then we board on the local ferry to cross Mekong river at Steung Trong. This area used to be the Khmer RougeÂ headquarter in early 1970s before they took control of Phnom Penh in April 1975. Lunch and relax on a big shade of the tree. Afternoon, we continue cycling along this fantastic view of the Mekong river. Then we transfer on the van to Kratie. If time permits, we board on the boat and head to see the endangered Irrawady dolphin. Dinner and overnight in Kratie. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Kratie-Stung Treng (90km)
Breakfast in Kratie. Fill the water and be prepared on the bike. We cycle to visit Wat Sarsar Moy Roy. After water stop, we turn back to the main road.Â Then we cycle a single line, watch out for the traffic as there are car and truck coming and going. Enjoy packed lunch on a big shade of the tree and relax on the mat.Â Afternoon we, cycle to complete ourÂ 90km, then weÂ transferÂ by van to Stung Treng. The speciality ofÂ local food in StungÂ Treng is Ngem, theÂ fresh fish wrapped in banana leaves. Dinner and overnight in Stung Treng. (B,L,D)
Day 08: Stung Treng-Laos border-Don Daet (78km)
After breakfast, today we cycle to the Laos border. We visit Ou Svay community. Lunch with local family to experience rural Cambodia at it most authentic. After lunch we cycle to the border for immigration process, and say goodbye to our Cambodian driver who followed us in the supported van. Continue to cycle to visit water fall and enjoy the swimming and visit French death railways. If time permits, visit the Irrawady dolphin. Dinner and overnight in Don Daet. (B,L,D)
Day 09: Don Daet – 4 Thousand Islands (60km)
Breakfast in Don Daet. Today, we cycle to visit 4 Thousand Islands known as Si Phan Don in Laos. The 4 Thousand Islands situated on the Mekong River including Don Som island and take the ferry to Don Khong island where we have lunch. After lunch, we cycle another 10km on dirt road to Xe Pian National Biodiversity & Conservation. Then cycle 3km up on down hill to visit Phu Asa temple and enjoy the sunset. Dinner and overnight in the Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Xe Pian National Biodiversity and Conservation Center (54km) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the lodge to enjoy the bird life. We fill in the water and be ready to get on the bike to cycle from Xe Pian Biodiversity Conservation Center located near Cambodia border to Rattanakiri province. After the 10km on dirt road, we transfer on 1 hour on the main road to start cycling on quiet road to Ban Muang where we cross ferry to cycle to Wat Phou located on the foot of Champasak hill built by great Khmer King Jayavarman VII in 12th century. After the visit, we cycle 10km back to the lodge located along the Mekong river. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Pakse Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Pakse 30-45 minutes for your onward departure. (B) Tour Ends.
Tour Price Includes
– Accommodation 2 nights in 3* star in Angkor, standard hotel in Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Kratie, Stung Tren, Don Khone, Don Daeng and 3* stars hotel in Pakse
– Cycling experienced guide
– Support van for transfer and truck carry bikes
– Snack, water, fruits and cold drink
– Boat for transfer
– All entrance fees
– Food: All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
-Mountain bike( Trek or Giant) and helmets
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