Cambodia Cycling Tours

An Introduction

Cambodia

Cambodia brings to mind two opposing images. Either a fabulous complex of ancient temples surrounded by dense jungle— Angkor, or a country of land mines and killing fields perpetrated by fanatical Marxist guerrillas— the Khmer Rouge. Fortunately, for both the Cambodians and their foreign guests, the Angkorian aspect is currently more visible. While a visitor may want to see the Tuol Sleng Museum in Phnom Penh, a former KR prison and torture centre, he is more likely to spend his time exploring the fabulous temples of Angkor and other historic sites throughout the country, or even relaxing on an idyllic beach in the south. A land of contrasts and rich history, now in an era of vigorous development, Cambodia offers something for everyone.

Cambodia, which is roughly the size of England, is located in the centre of Southeast Asia, surrounded by Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. The Mekong River traverses the country from north to south, but the major geographical feature of the county is the Tonle Sap, a huge lake extending from north of Phnom Penh to near Angkor. The Tonle Sap is fed by the Sap River, which in a unique hydrological phenomenon, changes its direction of flow depending on the level of its larger sibling, the Mekong. This event, which occurs at the beginning and the end of the rainy season, is celebrated in late October with a lively festival called Bon Om Tuk which features music, dancing and boat races on the Sap River and in the moats of Angkor.

Angkor, a complex of temples covering over 200 square kilometers in the north of the country is the historical and cultural heart of Cambodia. From the 9th to the 14th centuries CE, a series of deva raja, literally god kings, ruled Southeast Asia from this splendid capital, which at its peak was the largest city in the world, with over 1 million inhabitants. The monuments they built to honor their Hindu and Buddhist deities, as well as themselves, make Angkor the most impressive historical site in all of Asia, and a serious rival to Egypt’s valley of the Nile. To use the word “ruins” for Angkor is unfair— even those of us not historically inclined are stunned by the immensity and beauty of the spot. Truly, there is no place like it on the face of the earth.

After a visit to Angkor, one can be ready for simple pleasures. The capital of Phnom Penh offers bustling markets, colonial architecture and excellent French and Cambodian cuisine. Casinos and discos glitter in the evenings. Visits to the beaches at Sihanoukville and Kep call to mind Thailand of twenty years ago. Excellent seafood and miles of deserted white sands encourage extended stays.

Cambodia has been enjoying the fruits of peace for the last decade, and the country is in a state of dynamic development. Improved security and acceptable accommodation now allow the visitor access to areas that have been off limits for decades, such as Stung Treng and Ratanakiri provinces the Northeast of the country. In these remote areas, one can experience real exploration. With its diversity of attractions, some only recently opened to visitors, Cambodia qualifies as a must see destination.

More information about some of the places we visit during our cycling trips:

Angkor Wat: Vestiges of the ancient Khmer civilization, a place you must see.

Phnom Penh: Cambodia’s bustling capital.

The Cambodian Coast: With the beach resort of Sihanoukville and Independence beach.

Tours

  • Angkor Wat Explorer (remote) 5 days / 4 nights

    Cycling the lost Temples of Angkor Wat. Join us for 3 days and follow us on amazing trails through remote areas of Angkor Wat. We ride further deep into remote and less visited Temples as Bantey Srei and Beng Melea. This trip start in Siem Reap.

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  • Angkor Wat Classic cycling tour 3 days / 2 nights

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  • Cycling to Kompong Pluk and the sunken forest 1 day

    Cycling to Kompong Pluk and the sunken forest

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