Angkor Wat Cycle

tours / Cycling

Highlights

  • Enjoy the Cambodian countryside by bike
  • Explore ancient Khmer temples, including Angkor Wat
  • Opportunity to visit the lesser known Rolous group temples

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This 4-day cycle tour of Angkor will acquaint you with the history and religions of this fascinating modern day region, along with the architecture and lifestyles of the past whilst enjoying an active journey. The flat roads around Angkor are ideally suited to travelling by bike. As we are cycling we can get off the normal tourist route and get a fantastic understanding of Cambodia and its people. The opportunity for spontaneous meetings with local people whilst cycling amongst this wonder of the world makes a bicycle one of the best ways to view the magnificent temples of Angkor. We visit the must see temples of Bayon with it’s 37 free standing towers, each with 4 carved faces, Ta Prohm with its jungle overgrowth and the magnificent Angkor Wat. We then visit the lesser seen Rolous group built in the 9th century and the absolutely stunning Banteay Srey, also known as the Ladies’ temple.

What's included

  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Airport transfers on day 1 & day 4
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Medical kit
  • Comfortable well located hotels
  • Use of bicycle
  • Support vehicle
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary
  • Site entry fees

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Siem Reap
On arrival in Siem Reap you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today we cycle via West Barray to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall, it was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Explore the famous Bayon temple with its 37 free standing towers each with 4 carved Buddha like faces oriented towards the cardinal points. This is a great temple to visit as the local monks in their saffron robes frequently come here to meet tourists and practice their English. We will visit the splendid temple of Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is breathtaking with its 5 main towers rising 65 meters from the ground before returning to our Siem Reap hotel. Cycle approximately 50kms
Day 2 Cycle through Khmer villages to remote temple of Banteay Srey
After breakfast in hotel, start your visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries, intentionally left with huge forest overgrowth. This gives the temple a mystical air and every corner you turn presents you with another photo opportunity. From here, cycle to the "gem" of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey. Banteay Srey, also known as the Ladies’ Temple, has some of the finest displays of carvings in the whole of Cambodia. The carvings here are said to be so delicate that only a lady could have carved them. The cycling route to the temple takes you past beautifully lush scenery of rice fields and sugar palms through small Khmer villages and is often the highlight of many peoples cycling journey. Cycle approximately 80kms
Day 3 Cycle to the Roluos Group of temples
In the morning, you cycle to the temples in the Roluos Group, a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. You will cycle to Kompong Kleang floating village, a settlement of over 20,000 people, mostly fisherman and traders. Floating over the canals, houses tower up to ten meters above the water, and you will constantly see waving hands of the friendly locals. Take your time and make the best of this opportunity to glimpse Cambodia’s countryside culture and family lifestyle, a contrast to the constant bartering you'll find in the cities. From Kompong Khleang, you head out to the hidden jungle temple of Beng Mealea. a short walk through dense jungle brings you to the wonders of this overgrown temple which lay undiscovered for centuries. Cycle approximately 70kms
Day 4 Trip concludes in Siem Reap
This morning is at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your departure.