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3 Ways to Visit Angkor Wat by Bike

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3 Ways to Visit Angkor Wat by Bike

Lirene CilliersBy Lirene Cilliers   Posted 26th Mar 2024

Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia's heart and soul—a magnificent testament to the ingenuity and dedication of the Khmer Empire. 

There is no doubt that Angkor Wat is a must-see for anyone visiting Cambodia. It is, in fact, the 8th wonder of the world, surpassing the ancient ruins of Italy's Pompeii. Cambodians are so proud of this ancient UNESCO World Heritage site that it even features on their country’s flag!  

For many travelers, the Angkor Archeological Park can be daunting. Which temples should you visit, and in what order? Where do you go first? How can you avoid the crowds?  

In this blog post, we'll ride through the best ways to visit Angkor Wat, the dress code, and other frequently asked questions. Let's ride!

How to Visit Angkor Wat

Admittedly, "how to visit Angkor Wat?" seems to be a rather straightforward question, but when it comes to the 402-acre expanse of this ancestral Khmer empire, 'straightforward' swiftly turns into 'adventurous'.  

You can visit Angkor Wat by

  • Tuk-Tuk: Offers a comfortable and cultural ride, ideal for navigating crowds and covering short distances. The unique open-sided view provides an unobstructed experience of the surroundings. 
  • Motorbike: Delivers a thrill of adventure and freedom, suitable for those with a license and comfort in riding. Explore beyond the main temples at your own leisure, feeling the breeze along the way. 
  • Car Hire: Ensures comfort and privacy, especially for those with mobility considerations. 
  • Van Tours: Great for larger groups wanting an organized, educational experience together. 
  • Hiring a guide: They'll help unearth hidden gems that could transform 'sightseeing' into 'insight-seeing'. 


But can you cycle around Angkor Wat?

Well, we're glad you asked. Absolutely! It is by far our favorite way to explore the temples.  

As you pedal through serene forests and tranquil ponds, past ruins reclaimed by nature, you're venturing beyond the conventional. These paths grant you a kind of historical backstage access, inviting you into the quiet moments where Angkor Wat's true spirit shines.  

It's in these undisturbed spots—whether a secluded courtyard bathed in the first light of dawn, or a detailed bas-relief hidden away from the main trails—that you truly connect with the majesty and mystery of this ancient kingdom.  

Cycling offers a unique blend of adventure and solitude, allowing you to absorb the timeless beauty of Angkor Wat at your own pace, far from the crowds.


3 Ways to Visit Angkor Wat by Bike 

Take the Slow Road to Angkor

More and more travelers are combining their visit to Thailand with a quick stopover in Cambodia. However, why opt for a dull flight or bus journey when you can cycle from Bangkok to Cambodia

This tour embraces the path less taken. Rather than bypassing the under-the-radar treasures of Thailand and Cambodia, you'll be at the heart of it all. 

As you bike from Thailand to Cambodia, experience rural life, diverse scenery, friendly hospitality, exciting cycling, and delicious food, all of which make this an unforgettable biking adventure in Asia.  

This exploration is crafted for all, ranging from leisure riders to ardent cyclists. 

What makes this trip unforgettable: 

  • Bike along the beach to Chanthaburi as you discover the old Thai town. 
  • Take a locally run tour of village industries in Battambang to learn more about daily Cambodian life that's rarely seen by travelers. 
  • Marvel at the colors of sunrise over the spires of Angkor Wat. 
  • Cycle Angkor Wat on fun single tracks through the jungle to discover hidden temples as well as famous ones. 

Take the Slow Road to Angkor

Bike, Hike, & Kayak through Cambodia 

Experience Cambodia beyond the glossy pages of a guidebook by trading the usual tourist path for a mix of biking, hiking, and kayaking. 

This is not just about ticking off the must-see sights; it's about immersing yourself in the heart of Cambodia.  

You'll pedal through villages where life meanders as gently as the Mekong, laugh with locals whose warmth is as genuine as it gets, and discover the rhythm of life where a day well spent hinges on the simple joys of a good catch or harvest. 

After seeing a side of Cambodia that few visitors get to truly experience, your journey comes to an epic climax at the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor 

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Pedal quiet, palm-shaded trails along Asia's most famous river, the Mekong 
  • Kayak, among the rare and inquisitive freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphins 
  • Explore the flooded forests of the Mekong near Laos (usually a favorite) 
  • Hike the ancient staircase leading to the breathtaking Preah Vihear temple. Perched on a clifftop, it offers views that stretch across Cambodia and Thailand. 
  • Dine in a family home where three generations share a proud collection of recipes 
  • And then, there's Angkor Wat. Explore its enchanting forest trails and imposing ruins by bike and foot, discovering the secrets of the ancient city that once thrived here. 

Take a ride through the inclusions when you bike, hike, and kayak through Cambodia

Mekong Bike & Boat Adventure

The Mekong Delta—an intricate tapestry of rivers, swamps, and lively floating markets—has been at the heart of southern Vietnam's livelihood for ages. This comprehensive vacation takes you on a dynamic journey from the lively southern city of Saigon, Vietnam, to the historic realm of Angkor in Cambodia

Mornings are all about soaking up the atmosphere, either cycling through the landscapes or taking in the sights on foot. As evening falls, transition into cruise mode, plying the waters of the famed Mekong River in comfort with a cocktail in hand. This trip caters beautifully to people of all ages and interests, appealing to both cyclists and those who prefer to observe the world by foot. 

This one-of-a-kind experience managed to grab National Geographic's attention, marking its spot as an epic adventure that kindles the spirit of travel. 

The magic behind this journey

  • Take a walking food tour of the lively city of Saigon and sample favorites including local coffee, beer, and chocolate. 
  • Cycle or wander the maze of canal paths and bridges in the fertile Mekong Delta.  
  • Explore the sleepy river islands, where time seems to rewind multiple decades to an age when local life was more traditional. 
  • Pedal the Silk Islands near Phnom Penh and visit traditional village industries. 
  • Wander your way through Phnom Penh with your expert guide in tow to learn more about Cambodian history. 
  • Hear from an expert on the hydrology and ecology of the Mekong & Tonle Sap River systems to understand the significance of this incredible waterway. 
  • Gaze at a magnificent sunrise over the spires of Angkor Wat before exploring the park by bike and foot. 

Explore Vietnam and Cambodia, the slow way. 

When's the best time to visit Cambodia? 

Peak Season (November to February):

This is when Cambodia welcomes the most visitors, and for good reason. The weather is at its most pleasant during these months, with cooler temperatures and minimal rainfall. The days are sunny, and the evenings are cool, making it comfortable for temple-hopping and exploring the bustling streets.  
Celebrate festive occasions such as the Water Festival (Bon Om Touk) for an unforgettable cultural experience. 

Hot Season (March to May):

As the mercury rises, the crowds thin out. This is the season for those who prefer a little more solitude with their sightseeing and don't mind a bit of sweat.  
It’s also a fantastic time to witness the Cambodian New Year (Khmer New Year) celebrations that occur in April. 

Green Season (June to October):  

It's an exceptional time to visit the temples of Angkor, which are notably less crowded. You can enjoy the majesty of these ancient relics in tranquility, enhanced by the misty surroundings that add a touch of mystery. 

During this season, the rainfall is mostly short and often predictable, more like a brief afternoon refresher, leaving plenty of time for unhindered exploration. 

Moreover, the green season amplifies the beauty of Cambodia's largest freshwater lake, the Tonle Sap. The lake reaches its full grandeur around this time, making it an opportune time for an unforgettable boat tour. 
Gear up for adventure and ensure you're fully prepared for the ride of your life with our essential guide: Preparing for Your Bike Tour: Your roadmap to a seamless journey awaits! 

Your Questions Answered: 

Is there food at Angkor Wat? 

While you won't find food stalls inside the temples (imagine snacking next to a centuries-old shrine!), don't worry. The surrounding area has got you covered with a range of restaurants, cafes, and vendors selling everything from local Khmer dishes to more familiar, comforting bites.  

Just remember to have a few Khmer Riels (Cambodia's currency) or US Dollars handy. 

Angkor Wat closing time 

Angkor Park welcomes visitors from 5 am to 7 pm. Yet, the majority of the temple's welcome guests from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm only.  
Angkor Wat, Pre Rup, and Phnom Bakheng temples, along with the Srah Srang water reservoir, stand as notable exceptions, granting access to visitors from 5 am to 7 pm (perfect for sunrise and sunset!) 

Are there toilets at Angkor Wat? 

Yes, there are! The facilities have come a long way, and you'll find clean, western-style toilets at various points within Angkor Park.  

They're located at key points around the archeological park and are free to use if you have a temple pass, which you will need to access the park in the first place.  

Don’t start your journey without checking out What to Pack for a Multi-Day Bike Tour—your ultimate checklist to pack smart and ride far. 

Is there a dress code for Angkor Wat? 

Yes, a dress code is in effect at Angkor Wat to respect its religious significance. Modest clothing is required, meaning shoulders and knees should be neatly covered. 
Read more about the code of conduct at Angkor Wat

Ready, Set, Explore

Ready to jump on a bike and explore every nook and cranny of Cambodia's ancient kingdom? Angkor Wat's vast array of temples, hidden passages, and historical treasures are waiting for you to discover them. 

Whether you're planning your journey or already dreaming of your next adventure, our team is here to help. We love to talk travel, share experiences, and ensure you have everything you need to enjoy the ride worry-free. Reach out to us and let us take care of the details so you can focus on the adventure ahead. 

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