Cycle Touring in Cambodia


Cycle Touring in Cambodia
Cambodia has an ideal terrain for cycling, being very flat with some highland areas including the Cardomom Mountains in the southwest. However as one of the poorest countries in Asia the infrastructure is poor, albeit improving. Until relatively recently many roads were unpaved (although that can be good for cycling too!) but thanks to external assistance this is rapidly changing. Fortunately traffic is still relatively light compared to most Asian countries - away from the cities anyway.
 
The height of Cambodian power and influence was under the Khmer Empire from the 9th to 15th centuries, after which it came under the influence of one or other of the neighbouring powers of Vietnam and Siam (now Thailand). In 1867 Cambodia became part of French Indochina, which continued for almost a century.
 
A gruesome reminder of Cambodia's more recent history can be found at the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh and also the nearby infamous Killing Fields.
 

Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

Justifiably the most famous site for tourists is the magnificent temple complex of Angkor Wat. It was at the heart of Angkor Thom, one of the world's greatest cities from the 9th to 14th centuries and capital of the mighty Khmer Empire. Only part of the original site remains, and much of that lies in ruins, but what is left still covers a large area and offers amazing insights into Cambodia's glorious past.
 
The Angkor Archaeological Park is easily accessible by bike from the nearby modern city of Siem Reap. A bike tour can also allow you to avoid the hordes of tourists, most of who arrive on packaged bus tours. The whole site is totally flat and a bicycle can also easily reach the equally impressive but quieter temples away from the centre.
 
Siem Reap itself is probably worth spending some time in on your bike - amongst the many Buddhist temples and the French colonial architecture. The beautiful Tonle Sap Lake is just 12km south of town and there is a dirt road alternative to the rather busy highway.
 

Phnom Penh

As the capital and largest city there is plenty to see and do here, from the magnificent Royal Palace to the Silver Pagoda and Emerald Buddha to the myriad of beautiful Buddhist temples around town. The city is at the confluence of the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers so is an inland port and well connected to surrounding cities and countries. Phnom Penh is also the main gateway to the south (Siem Reap receives more tourists) and is at the heart of the Cambodian Plain.
 
Cycling in the city isn't a particularly attractive option but there are some nice rides nearby including the Silk Islands of the Mekong and also the former capital at Oudong Mountain. Many longer tours to other regions also start from the capital.
 

The Gulf Coast and South

The city and beaches of Sihanoukville are one of Cambodia's tourist hotspots. Development of the country's only deep water port in the 1950's means this is also an important industrial area. However it is surrounding by the beautiful beaches and islands of the Gulf of Thailand.
 
The smaller former French resort towns of Kampot and Kep are probably of more interest to cyclists due to the gorgeous riverside and coastal settings, stunning tropical scenery and relaxed pace of life.
 
Just inland from here is the Bokor National Park where a picturesque ride up to the Hill Station offers commanding views of the Gulf of Thailand. The Park is also home to southeast Asia's largest herd of wild elephants. To the north is the smaller Kirriom National Park, which has some of the best mountain biking in the country - the annual Kirriom Mountain Bike Challenge has become one of Cambodia's top cycling events.

Map of Cambodia


Waterways - Mekong and Tonle Sap

The mighty Mekong River rises on the Tibetan Plateau and flows through China, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia before entering the sea in Vietnam. Most of it is navigable but particularly in the lower reaches. Cycling in the east of Cambodia generally follows the river between the Laotian border and Phnom Penh, with the main centre being the mellow riverside town of Kratiė. One of the chief attractions is to see the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.
 
There are many tours alongside or on the Mekong, south to the fascinating and expansive Mekong delta and the Vietnamese metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). You can even combine both on a Bike & Boat Tour.
 
Joining the Mekong at Phnom Penh is the Tonle Sap River that leads up to Tonle Sap Lake, the heart of the enormous Cambodian Plain. A must-see here is the floating or stilt villages. Cycling around the lake is more common on the west side to include Cambodia's second city Battambang, with it's French architecture and rural character. It is possible, and even fun, to go by boat (and bike) all the way from Saigon in Vietnam to Siem Reap.
 
 
Cambodia is a great country to visit, not just for it's cycling but for the ancient culture and unique way of life you'll experience. It has it's own Khmer cuisine that is big on seafood and fresh produce with French and Indian as well as other south-east Asian influences. It is much less known overseas than Thai or Vietnamese food, which perhaps makes it more of reason to travel.
 
Cambodian people are famously friendly and hospitable - perhaps due to a more relaxed and simpler way of life than other southeast Asian countries. This just makes your bike tour even more memorable.
 
It is very popular to combine all or part of a tour in Cambodia with one or more neighbouring countries, perhaps starting or finishing in Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi or Vientiane.
 
How much time do you have and how will you decide where to go?

 
Check out below some of the awesome bike  tours available from dozens of operators.

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Cycle Cambodia & Vietnam: Phnom Penh to Saigon

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12 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
480 Km
avg 80 Km
Guided

Get on a bicycle, off the beaten track and explore the contrast in countries between Cambodia and Vietnam.
 
Social Cycles will take you on a journey to interact and connect with local grassroot Non Government Organizations (NGO ...

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Essential Angkor Temple And Countryside

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2 Day(s)
45 Km
avg 23 Km
Guided

We will forwarding to the ticket booth to buy the ticket for visiting the temple if our values have done that cause, the tour will start to the main temple(Angkor Wat largest religious monument in the world). On the short circuit tour, you will ha ...

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Siem Reap Countryside Discovery

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4 Hour(s)
20 Km
Guided

During your ride, you will be regularly greeted by the friendly villagers as you pass by. This is a different atmosphere, undisturbed by the crowds. Bike around the countryside and see a different side of the Cambodian culture. This is a great opp ...

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West Baray Cycling Tour (Great Reservoir)

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1 Day(s)
45 Km
Guided

West Baray or Baray Teuk Thla “clear water Baray” is one of two enormous reservoirs found in the Angkor Archeological Park. West Baray, as the name suggests, is found west of the walled city of Angkor Thom. An identical reservoir was b ...

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West side of Siem Reap Cycling Tour

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1 Day(s)
33 Km
Guided

Our guide will lead you to see a beautiful rice field and wonderful landscape of the lowland area. You will have fun by ridding on a bumpy road with many photo opportunities. After about 1h riding you will have the chance to see villagers weaving ...

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Angkor Sunrise Bike Tour

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1 Day(s)
25 Km
Guided

Your experience professional tour guide will lead the way and share temple history.
See majestic Angkor Wat, Considered the masterpiece of the entire Khmer empire, And capture the quintessential shots at sunrise.

Visit the so ...

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Phnom Krom for Sunset

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4 Hour(s)
23 Km
Guided

See a local market where you could see all the products in on the ground and continue to the mountain where is our destination and will be finished after sunset. Have a local snack on the way back like the baby duck egg, fruit shake, and dessert.< ...

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Cycle Cambodia & Vietnam: Siem Reap to Saigon

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16 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
695 Km
avg 70 Km
Guided

Get on a bicycle, off the beaten track and explore the contrast in countries between Cambodia and Vietnam.
With adventures beginning from your choice of Siem Reap (16 days) or Phnom Penh (12 days), and finishing in Saigon, Vietnam, you can ...

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Cycle Cambodia: Siem Reap to Kampot

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11 Day(s)
Easy
375 Km
avg 54 Km
Guided

Cambodia is an amazing country to cycle across. From the chaos of the Phnom Penh to the calm of the countryside, Cambodia is easy to fall in love with. The days are long, the country is hot and the people are super friendly. From the constant and ...

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Cycle Cambodia: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

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7 Day(s)
Easy
225 Km
avg 56 Km
Guided

Cambodia is an amazing country to cycle across. From the chaos of the Phnom Penh to the calm of the countryside, Cambodia is easy to fall in love with. The days are long, the country is hot and the people are super friendly. From the constant and ...

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Angkor Cycling Adventure

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5 Day(s)
Moderate
150 Km
avg 38 Km
Guided

This tour is designed for anyone who is looking for the adventure ride whilst touring with the local insider. You will have time for cultural exploration and personal discovery throughout your trip.

Through this cycling adventure, you wi ...

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Angkor Wat Small Circuit Biking Tour

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1 Day(s)
25 Km
Guided

Full-day bike tour to Angkor Archaeological park from Siem Reap
Enjoy your drive with a professional tour guide along back roads in scenic Siem Reap while en route to experience a different side of the majestic Angkor Temples complex and le ...

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Angkor & Banteay Srei Bike Tour

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2 Day(s)
90 Km
avg 45 Km
Guided

Visit the temples by bike is the best way to experience with local culture and daily life with our local guide, riding the bicycle through the hidden trail and see the site of Angkor Complex.

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Angkor Wat Bike Tour

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1 Day(s)
30 Km
Guided

Siem Reap is a good place to ride the bike, surely Angkor Wat is the make this small town famous all over the world, joining our cycling to visit the temple in the park, escorted by our local licensed tour guide. rock and roll on the off-road and ...

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Angkor to Phnom Penh Cycle Tour

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3 Day(s)
Easy
105 Km
avg 35 Km
Guided

Discover the rural communities of Battambang, Kampong Chhnang, and Oudong on this 3-day bike adventure on backroads through the countryside for an authentic Cambodia experience.

While traveling in Cambodia, if you need to get from Siem ...

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Cycle the magical Kingdom of Cambodia

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13 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
550 Km
avg 50 Km
Guided

Sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is a melting pot of South East Asian culture, scenery and cuisine. The local people are friendly, happy and gentle. Having struggled through years of bloodshed, poverty and political instability they ...

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Siem Reap Temple Cycling

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7 Hour(s)
Moderate
35 Km
Guided

The largest and most famous temple is Angkor Wat. Today, Angkor Wat is depicted on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Come and discover this must-see attraction and seize the opportunity to learn about ...

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Bike the Angkor Sunrise

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8 Hour(s)
Moderate
35 Km
Guided

Siem Reap - known as the Angkorian City- is where you can find the famous Angkor Wat temple. Angkor Wat dates back to the 11th Century and provides the perfect spot to see the sunrise above the shrines.

Bike the Angkor Sunrise tour is ...

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Bike the Siem Reap Countryside

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4 Hour(s)
Easy/Moderate
25 Km
Guided

Going for a bike ride through the beautiful Siem Reap countryside is breathtaking. This is a unique way to experience Siem Reap away from the madness of the temples and downtown. It provides the opportunity to see a different perspective and immerse ...

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Siem Reap Sunset Ride

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4 Hour(s)
Easy/Moderate
25 Km
Guided

If you have an afternoon to spare and are looking for something to do other than the temples why not join Siem Reapers Sunset Ride. On this tour, you will have a great ride out of the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap√î√∏Ωs downto ...

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