Biking From Bangkok To Angkor Wat
Really the only worthwhile way to travel from Bangkok to Angkor. Diverse scenery, great riding and delicious food make this an unmissable experience. This trip runs Bangkok to Siem Reap.
Why fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap and miss the scenery and the friendly folk in between? Give a bike ride a try instead and discover a diverse patch of South East Asia. Cycle along the coast, through orchards, gem mining towns, and the third largest city in Cambodia with its well preserved French architecture. Charming, engaging locals and some lovely accommodation all found on one of the less trodden paths through South East Asia. There is so much to see in such a relatively short ride.
Easy and pleasant rides and making effective use of the support vehicle allow us to make the credible claim that anyone who enjoys a ride on a bike can do this ride. It’s far better than flying and so much much better than taking the bus. .
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Tough
Group Size Small Group
Biking From Bangkok To Angkor 13Days
Highlights: Starting with a transfer to the foot hills of the Cardamon mountains, we spend a night in Thailand before crossing the border. Once we cross the sleepy border we ride into the Khmer heartland to explore rural Cambodia. Discover the fading colonial outpost of Battambang and journey by boat across the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), which is the beating heart of agricultural Cambodia.Bangkok to Angkor Wat Cycling The highlight is, of course, riding amongst a thousand years of history at Angkor and we take three full days to explore the extraordinary temple complexes and surrounding areas before we bid farewell this breathtaking collection of temples and the very friendly Cambodian people.
Itinerary: Bangkok -Pakse – Tad Fan – Tad Lo – Don Daeng – Ban Kietngon – Don Khong – Don Khone – Stung Treng – Kratie – Kampong Thom – Siem Reap
• Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy
• Meals as indicated in program B = breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
• Bikes (Trek) and helmet
• Support private van or bus serving throughout the tour with Professional English Speaking Guide.
• All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
• Cold water and towel during the tour
• Snack and seasonal fruit
• We have vehicle through the tour, if you tours feel tired they can get on the vehicle.
• First Aid Kids
• Visa stamping fee
• Travel assurance
• Tips and gratuities
• Personal expenses
• Service which are not mentioned in the program
• International air ticket and airport departure taxes
• Meals and drinks not mentioned in program
Thing to be prepared:
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
6 .Some Cash
Arrival Bangkok (B)
Upon arrival at Bangkok airport, you will be met and transferred to check in at the hotel.Overnight at Banyan Tree, Bangkok
Bangkok Cycling Tour (B)
Although Thailand’s capital can seem like a noisy big city filled with skyscrapers and traffic jams, there are plenty of quiet retreats amongst the citylimits. This morning take a guided half day biking tour through the green heart of Bangkok: Bang Ka Jao. Pass Buddhist temples, local markets, and traditional Thai houses as you cycle through this hidden green area of waterways and small roads. The afternoon is free at your leisure to discover more of the capital.Overnight at Banyan Tree, Bangkok
Bangkok – Pakse – Tad Fan – Tad Lo – Pakse (B,L,D)
This morning, fly in to Pakse, the heart of southern Laos and slip in to the quiet, peaceful rhythms of this laidback country. Your first stop is the Bolovens Plateau where you listen to the roaring waters of the Tad Fane waterfalls as you enjoy lunch. Cycle through the areas coffee plantations in the afternoon and delight in the cool, fresh air of the region. End your days cycling at the Tad Lo waterfall where you can refresh with a swim in its clear waters. (Today’s journey involves 60 km of cycling)Overnight at Tad Lo Resort.
Tad Lo – Don Daeng (B,L,D)
This morning’s ride through the picturesque Boloven Plateau passes coffee and fruit plantations as well as small villages where you can observe the daily life of the Laos people. Soak in the serene surroundings as you relax and refuel with a delicious picnic lunch. The day’s cycling ends with a visit to Tad Phasuam waterfalls after which a private car and boat carry you to the island of Don Daeng. (Today’s journey involves 65 km of cycling)Overnight at La Folie Lodge, Don Daeng.
Don Daeng – Wat Phou – Ban Kietngong (B,L,D)
This morning visit Wat Phou temple, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple nestled in the foothills of the Champassak province. From there, begin cycling through the Xe Pian Protected Area, a hugely diverse ecosystem with egrets, hornbills and gibbons amongst its residents. Get up close with one of the areas most imposing animals as you climb aboard an Asian Elephant for a ride up Mount Asa before continuing on to the Kingfisher Ecolodge for a restful evening. (Today’s journey involves 32 km of cycling)Dinner & Overnight at Kingfisher Ecolodge
Ban Kietngong – Don Khong (B,L,D)
After breakfast, drive to Khong Island, the largest island in the Mekong where you will feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. With few motorized vehicles and land rich with rice fields, this island is the perfect place for a short biking tour. As you cycle past old temples, soak in the amazing views over the mighty Mekong and observe the daily life of the farmers who might be harvesting rice or gathering juice from the sugar palm trees. (Today’s journey involves 20 km of cycling)Overnight at Senesothxeune, Don Khong.
Don Khong – Don Khone (B,L,D)
Travel the local way, by long tail boat, for a small cruise down the Mekong to reach Don Det & Don Khone Island. A combination of bicycles and boats will take you through the French colonial-style architecture of the islands, past the remnants of Laos’ only railway, and the spectacular waterfalls of the Mekong. Your last afternoon in Laos is free for you to relax and enjoy the tranquil Don Khone island. (Today’s journey involves 20 km of cycling)Dinner & Overnight at Sala Phae
Don Khone – Lao – Cambodian Border (B,L,D)
Cross in to Cambodia on your bike and tour the Cambodian countryside with a trip around the O’Svay community. Get a true taste of rural life with lunch with a local family, a unique opportunity to experience Khmer hospitality. Continue along rural roads to Stung Treng, wedged between the Sekong and Mekong Rivers. Dinner is a special treat as we support a charity restaurant for disadvantage locals. (Today’s journey involves 60 km of cycling)Overnight at Sok Sambath Hotel, Stung Treng
Stung Treng – Kratie (B,L,D)
Eat a big breakfast this morning as the day is full of riding and activities along the way to Kratie! Cycle south along rural roads where your ‘traffic’ is likely to consist of ox carts, errant chickens, and smiling children. And, as always, the scenery of the Mekong is a gorgeous backdrop to the ride. Upon arrival in Kratie, enjoy an afternoon cruise as you try to spot the endangered fresh water dolphins that inhabit the area. (Today’s journey involves 65 km of cycling)Overnight Oudom Sambath Hotel, Kratie.
Kratie – Kampong Thom (B,L,D)
As you head to Chhlong, don’t be surprised if curious locals come out to wave you off on your journey! Few tourists travel these roads, and even fewer by bike! From Chhlong, transfer by car to Kampong Thom, stopping along the way at some of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey, twin hilltop temples with fantastic views. (Today’s journey involves 52 km of cycling)Overnight at Kampong Thom Village Hotel, Kampong Thom.
Kampong Thom – Sambor Prey Kuk – Siem Reap (B,L)
The morning, travel along small dirt tracks underneath towering fig trees as you explore the wonders of Sambor Prey Kuk, a set of temples built in the 6th and 7th century. Sambor Prey Kuk is often neglected by tourists and it is likely that you are exploring the temples all by yourself. Continue on to Siem Reap, where the evening is free to relax, browse the town’s local market, or soothe your tired muscles with a massage. (Today’s journey involves 36 km of cycling)Overnight at Tara Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Angkor – Siem Reap (B,L,D)
Cycle out to the Angkor Temple complex where hundreds of temples are atmospherically surrounded by patches of dense forrest and rice fields. Spend the day exploring the temples, from the evocative smiling faces of Bayon to the stunning carvings along the massive wall of the Terrace of the Elephants. End your day at Angkor Wat whose five iconic stone towers and extensive, ornate carvings will leave you speechless. (Today’s journey involves 30 km of cycling)Overnight at Tara Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Banteay Srey – Beng Mealea – Siem Reap – Depart (B,L)
Your last day of cycling takes you east of Siem Reap through more spectacular countryside to the temples of Banteay Srey and Beng Mealea. The diminutive Banteay Srey is one of the area’s most elaborately decorated, with detailed carvings covering every part of the temple’s pink sandstone. Beng Mealea is the dream of every explorer as it is hidden amongst strangler figs and towering trees, blending in with the surrounding nature. Return back to Siem Reap and freshen up before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. (Today’s journey involves 75 km of cycling)
When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Suitable Bicycle. MTB, Touring Bike, Cyclocross/Gravel bike.
At JET we hold firmly to the opinion that using your own bike, the bike on which you feel at home and comfortable is the finest way to enjoy a cycling adventure.
Most kinds of bicycle, except light-weight racing bikes are suitable for this tour: touring bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids or cyclocross bikes are all fine. Road conditions vary from asphalt to gravel and some hard packed dirt tracks. Tyre’s from 35mm in width upwards will be fine but we recommend 40mm on 700c and 2” on 26” wheels as a minimum.
South East Asia is generally a warm place so the ability to carry one or two water bottles is essential (either on your bike or in a backpack). Our back-up vehicle carries water and tools although for those competent with tools bringing your own pump, puncture kit, and multi took is recommended as it would speed up repairs and minor adjustments. If bringing your own bike please bring along a few spare spokes that fit your wheels (please note that different wheels have different size spokes). If your bike has disk brakes or hub gears please bring any components that you feel may be necessary. We carry some spares for our hire bikes but we cannot guarantee that we will have any tubes other than 26” car type valves. Tyres and tubes other than 26” can be difficult to come by in many parts of the world so please make sure you have spares. If in doubt please ask at your local bike shop. A means of carrying your camera, sunblock etc is also useful – either an on-bike bag, handlebar or saddlebag for example, or a lightweight day-pack.
Recommendation: Although our hire bikes come equipped with a saddle if you have a saddle you use and are happy with it is strongly recommended that you use it on tour. If you use SPD type shoes please bring your own matching pedals. We are happy to fit these for you. You may also like to bring bar ends if you use them at home.
ESSENTIAL! Please be sure that your bicycle is in perfect condition before you leave home. Again, if in doubt please consult your local bike shop.
If you wish to hire a bicycle for the duration of your holiday with us we can arrange for the hire of good quality cycles from our in-country agent. Typically these bikes are mountain bikes, often Trek 4 series or similar. Please request a hire bike at the time of booking, fields to do so are on the booking form. Payment for hire bikes can be made with the balance of the tour payment or in cash on arrival.
Rental Bicycle Recommendation. Although our hire bikes come equipped with a saddle if you have a saddle you use and are happy with it is strongly recommended that you use it on tour. If you use SPD type shoes please bring your own matching pedals. We are happy to fit these for you. You may also like to bring bar ends if you use them at home.