Take your family on a bike tour in Cambodia, following the ancient pilgrimage route from Angkor to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Along the way, you will experience the lush countryside, meet friendly locals, and see the best of what this country has to offer. By getting off the beaten path and exploring some of the lost temples and unknown sites of Cambodia, this family adventure offers a truly unique way to experience a country that is full of hidden gems and unique cultural experiences.
Suo Sdei! Welcome to Cambodia.
We’ll be ready and waiting at the arrivals gate to welcome you and whisk you off to your hotel. You’ll be able to take your time to relax by the pool or venture out for a taste of this ancient city.
At 5 pm, your guide will find you in the hotel reception area for a quick briefing. Then it’s time to try some local delicacies at HAVEN Cambodia Restaurant – a social enterprise providing vocational training and education to young Cambodians from poorer backgrounds.
Today, you will begin your cycling adventure in the early morning, and take a short transfer to Angkor Wat in time to see the sunrise. Your guide will take you to the best spots to watch the colorful sunrise. Then, you will go through the Angkor central complex and hear about the history and symbolism of the temple.
Once you have discovered Angkor Wat and had breakfast, continue with the bike tour down the trails behind Angkor Wat. Follow tracks that take you through small villages in the Angkor Wat complex, and see how the locals go about their daily lives.
From there, visit other sites such as the Angkor Thom City, Death Gate, Bayon, and Ta Prohm temple. End your day by having a Cambodian meal with a large spread of local dishes, followed by a quick siesta.
This morning, the bike tour will take you on unpaved roads through rural villages. Continue on a flat road for about 20 km to the temple of Banteay Srei. The roads are peaceful, narrow, and very pretty all the way to Bantey Srei. There are plenty of beautiful and real country views to see along the way as you cycle past the local markets, schools, villages, and Buddhist temples.
Taking a water break under the shade of the tree before we reach Bantey Srei, which is known as the Citadel of Women, this red sandstone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings, which have been preserved remarkably well.
Enjoy your lunch at the foot of the mountain before taking a short transfer to Kbal Span. Then trek uphill along the jungle trail for 3 km to the waterfall and the River of Thousand Lingas. You can see the carvings on the riverbed and waterfall and return to Siem Reap by transfer.
Today, you’ll cycle to Tonle Sap Lake through the lush countryside surrounding Siem Reap, following the drit road that winds through endless rice fields and Cambodia’s ubiquitous sugar palms. On arrival at the boat station, we board Finfoot, a refurbished fishing boat that takes guests along a charming channel lined with water-loving plants to where we launch the kayaks and paddle out to the floating village of Mechrey.
Kayaks allow us to experience and learn about the culture and environment that are shaped by the extraordinary habitual rise and fall of the water level. We discover the mystifying and varied landscape of the Great Tonle Sap Lake, the largest in Southeast Asia.
Today, you’ll have a great ride out of the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap’s downtown to the wonderful views of the Siem Reap countryside through paddy fields and stunning scenery to explore the everyday life of Cambodians. Cycle to the Angkor Silk Farm, where you can see the whole silk creation process, from growing the food for the silkworms, breeding the worms, silk extraction, spinning and refinement, traditional dyeing, and looming. Angkor Silk Farm is part of the Artisans D’ngkor not-for-profit organization set up to revive Cambodia’s artistic pursuits and provide employment opportunities in poor rural areas.
After spending some amazing days in Siem Reap, it’s time to leave behind this wonderful city and head to Battambang—a beautifully scenic, approximately 3-hour drive. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax at the pool.
Today, you’ll take a fun ride to the Bamboo Trains and enjoy a nice ride on a bamboo bed, known locally as a Norrie. Here you will catch a glimpse of the gorgeous Battambang countryside. Be sure to take plenty of photographs on this truly fun and unique ride.
Then, we’ll hop on a mountain bike and cycle pass Neo-Khmer buildings as well as colonial structures, including the Sala Khaet (the governor’s residence). Stop on a bridge over the Sanger River and admire the architectural remains of old shops, colonial mansions, and crumbling pagodas lining the banks. You see children on their way to school and boats gliding down the river. Enjoy the scenic surroundings with palm-lined country roads and lush rice fields. Learn some Cambodian words from your guide. Meet families whose generations work together to make Prahok (fermented fish paste), rice paper, rice noodles, banana chips, dried fruit, rice wine, and the famous Battambang rice cake.
You will continue on to enjoy a delicious Cambodian lunch at a family home. Then visit a Buddhist Temple to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of a religion that is central to Cambodian life. Afterward, return to your accommodation.
Today, we cycle through the traditional riverside villages and across the scenic landscape of Battambang that reveals the remnants of a long-lost French colonial past.
Battambang is a sleepy town that has a lot to offer in terms of colonial-style charm and traces its roots back to its days as a trading hub. Indeed, the surrounding province is often referred to as the “Rice Bowl of Cambodia,” being the country’s most fertile area for agriculture.
After all this exploring, we’ll take a 4-hour drive to Phnom Penh, stopping along the way for lunch in Pursat and to see the home of Cambodian pottery in Kampong Chhnang. We arrive in Phnom Penh in the late afternoon.
Today we escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and cross the river by ferry boat, making our way towards the north of Phnom Penh and the Silk Islands. After arriving on land, we will bike through orchards and vegetable farms, enjoying the peaceful farmland and learning about the lives of the people who call the Silk Islands home. Along the way, we will park our bikes for some interesting cultural stops as we check out traditional village industries and get a better sense of authentic Cambodian life on these islands. The cooling calm of the island is not only a great respite: it’s also a fun way to learn more about Cambodia’s silk weaving history, stroll through quiet villages, relax on the riverbank, or go for a dip.
In the afternoon, we enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the city. Then, you’ll take a tour to the Killing Fields, an extermination camp for political prisoners during the terror reign of the Khmer Rouge where thousands of people were executed. It is worth continuing with the establishment of a memorial museum, “Tuol Sleng,” which is testimony to the Cambodian genocide of that historical period. Afterward, return to your hotel.
Today, your journey to the highlights of family bike tour Cambodia ends. There is no activity planned for the last day. Our driver will be ready to transfer you to Phnom Penh airport to catch your return flight.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Central Corner d’Angkor features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Siem Reap. The room was spacious, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The pool area is a private oasis and though it is small, it was always quiet to relax.
The Villa offers an outdoor pool. Fitted with free WiFi, air-conditioned villas present a mix of modern and traditional decor.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This hotel features two swimming pools that include a rooftop saltwater pool and guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Room service is provided 24 hours.
Meals are characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, classic style of Cambodia. Western food is also available during the trip.
If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform in advance so that we can provide a notice to the restaurant or hotel where you will be served.
Each activity comes with an experienced tour leader responsible for offering local insight, pursuing great experiences and make every tour exceptional.
They are trained to make your trip magical. We know that it’s the unexpected surprises that make a trip memorable. That’s why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.
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terrains, bike repairs, and tipping guidelines.
The terrain is varied, mainly flat, and characterized by a mixture of tarmac roads and single dirt lanes passing through the countryside and Angkor complex. We cycle on backroads with lovely open landscapes, leisurely with plenty of stops to rest or take photos. Our Siem Reaper guides can also easily accommodate type riders who seek a shorter ride with a boost in the van.
We strongly recommend that you ride a mountain bike for our trips that involve asphalt, dirt, and backroads, some of which are sandy and rocky. If you are much more comfortable with your own stuff, we highly suggest bringing items such as pedals, saddles, helmets, and water bottles. Our mechanic will make adjustments to your bikes and personal belongings.
The tools and spares are carried by your tour guide in the vehicle along with a full toolkit for the tour. However, it is also gauche for us to carry spares for every eventuality. Therefore, it is necessary that before departing, you have a quick look at your two-wheeler to see whether it is in good order.
We recommend you wear a helmet on all our biking adventures. This is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet, you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour guide is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding.
Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can arrange travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. As medical facilities in Cambodia are rather limited, it is imperative for you to take out a good medical insurance policy when traveling.
Visitors to Cambodia require a passport to enter the country, and all travelers must hold a passport with validity for 6 months after their planned exit from Cambodia.
Citizens of the UK, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and almost all other nationalities will require a visa to visit Cambodia. Non-UK residents should check with the Cambodian Embassy in their country of residence for the most up-to-date information. Most nationalities can get a visa on arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports without prior registration. A visa is issued on arrival for most nationalities for US $30/pax, and the visa has a one-month validity. You need to pay in cash and in US dollars and provide two recent, identical passport photographs.
Read more about applying for an electronic visa here: www.evisa.gov.kh
For travelers who are planning their vacation as well as for trips that have already been booked, there are many questions about “Traveling in Times of COVID-19”.
As a traveler, you are responsible for complying with the travel regulations prescribed by airlines, airports, and destination countries. These include requirements for visas, vaccinations, COVID-19 passports, COVID-19 tests, and other entry documents. These requirements may change between the booking of the trip and the departure date. Therefore, it is important that you keep up to date with any changes in entry requirements until the date of departure.
If you have any further questions or need information about traveling to Cambodia, please contact us; we look forward to hearing from you!
Cambodia is located in the tropical climate zone, in which neither the temperatures nor the hours of sunshine show great variations over the course of the year. Due to the tropical monsoons in Cambodia, a distinction is made between a dry season and a rainy season, and each of these seasons has its own charm.
The dry season runs from October to April and is the time to visit the coastal towns of Cambodia or the tropical islands. Temperatures are warm and comfortable during this time of year, and there are long periods of sunshine. Although it is relatively dry during this time, individual showers can occur.
The rainy season runs from May to September and is ideally suited to experiencing Cambodia’s nature in a, particularly green and lush way. The warm temperatures remain unchanged, while the rain ensures high humidity. There is a lot of rainfall, especially in the last months of the rainy season. For the entire time, however, the rain falls in short downpours.
While Cambodia can be visited year-round, it is important to note that small country roads that may pass through the more remote areas, e.g., the province of Mondulkiri, are impassable during the last two months of the rainy season.
Any time of year is a good time to visit Cambodia, with each season offering its own range of benefits. Throughout the year, the climate in Cambodia is hot and humid. The temperature remains in the 30°C range for the majority of the year, dropping to 20°C at night.
The local dishes are among the healthiest in the world. It smells and tastes good and is reminiscent of Thai cuisine, but without the strong seasoning. Because of the shared history, there is also a great closeness to Vietnamese cuisine.
The best-known local dish is “Amok“, a fish curry with coconut cream, whereby the fish can also be replaced by chicken.
Only drink bottled mineral water that is cheap to buy anywhere. Do not drink tap water!
The currency of Cambodia is called “Riel”, and there is, however, no need to change the currency into riel as US dollars are accepted everywhere. Please kindly note that ripped, torn, or old bills will not be accepted.
ATM machines are available in the main cities across the country, mostly in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and on Saturday morning until 12:00 PM.
Most hotels and restaurants in the major cities will charge US dollars, but for other currencies, it is advisable to visit a bank. Traveler’s checks can be exchanged at banks and some hotels, but they are not usable outside of major cities.
We would highly recommend using a Visa or Master Card, as they are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and shops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. If you wish to travel in a local taxi or Tuk-Tuk, make sure to have the right amount of cash and change with you, as the drivers are unlikely to keep a lot of cash with them.
Allow $20 per day for basic living expenses (drinks, meals, etc). A bottle of local beer will set you back roughly $1, a two-course lunch will set you back $7, and a two-course dinner would set you back $10.
It is interesting to get to know foreign customs and traditions, but respect is required. Below, we’ll give you a few tips on how you can move around the country without causing offense.
Please note: the central tower of the Angkor Wat complex is closed to tourists on Buddhist holidays.
The international code is +855. Since making calls with a cell phone can be expensive (incoming and outgoing calls), the costs should be clarified in advance. It may be worth buying a SIM card (prepaid) in the country. Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, and there are internet cafes in larger cities.
We recommend carrying a modest supply of basic health care medications such as travel sickness tablets, anti-diarrhea tablets, antacids for indigestion, insect repellant, sun creams, and chosen antibiotics. Although the majority of these things are available in Cambodia, the security afforded by well-known names is comforting.
Our family tours are designed to be fun and flexible. Once you book, your price and date are guaranteed.
With plenty of activities for both parents and kids to enjoy together, family fun is the perfect place to start a genuinely fascinating family adventure. Our family tours are designed to be fun and flexible, plus the hotels have a pool and the meals always have kid-friendly options. Here is the kid’s price: