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Slow Road to Angkor

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Slow Road to Angkor

Scheduled Tour

Price from

1990 USD

Duration

7 Days | 6 Nights

Level

2

Tour Code

GHTR21

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Cycle Thailand to Cambodia, Touring Bangkok to Siem Reap

Enjoy this incredible route, bike touring from Bangkok to Angkor, the ultimate way to travel between these popular destinations. As you ride 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.

This tour comes with an optional 2-night pre-tour extension in Bangkok.

Quality Bikes
Cannondale: CX3 or E-bikes

Your Guide
Friendly local leaders

Group Size
6 to 14

Accommodation
Comfortable hotels & resorts

Activities
Ride

Minimum Age
14+

Overview

Why fly or bus 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 unique patch of SouthEast Asia. Cycle along the coast of Thailand, through orchards, gem mining towns, and the charming cities of Cambodia with their well preserved French architecture and extraordinary ancient temples.

Engaging locals, comfortable accommodation, delicious food, all can be found on one of the lesser trodden paths through South East Asia.

Easy, pleasant rides and effective use of the support vehicle allow us to make the credible claim that anyone who enjoys a recreational ride on a bike can enjoy this cycling adventure.


210 Km Riding. This is a predominantly flat ride, but we do encounter a few smaller hills. We cycle on a variety of surfaces including dirt, asphalt and semi-constructed surface. In Cambodia we cycle on small trails at times and these can be a little bumpy. We will be crossing the highlands separating Thailand and Cambodia, but essentially we'll drive up and cycle down in order to keep this an achievable ride for the vast majority of regular recreational bike riders. If at any time it becomes a struggle, there is a comfortable, air-conditioned support vehicle on hand.

We take a slow and relaxed pace so this trip is well suited to fit riders looking for a relaxing ride or those new to cycle touring who are looking to find out what it's all about.

Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $210 surcharge.

Highlights

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.

Marvel at the colors of sunrise over the spires of Angkor Wat.

Cycle fun single tracks through the jungle to discover hidden temples as well as famous ones.

Day to Day


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Riding:
45km
31mi
Meal:
LD

Starting with a pickup from your Bangkok hotel at 8am, there is a 2.5 hour transfer to the south, bypassing the minor cities of Chonburi and Pattaya and starting our ride from a secluded buddhist temple. Here we get fitted with the bikes and start out at a gentle pace on undulating minor roads through small farming communities. As the day wears on, we make a stop at a roadside restaurant serving everyone’s favorite light Thai meal, Pad Thai!

The ride brings us to the door of our accommodation, sitting on a headland looking out over the Gulf of Thailand. There are some nice walks from the resort down into the nearby town where an aquarium is located. From the resort we can see Koh Samet island, one of the most popular weekend holiday escapes for Bangkokers and we will be able to see the boats shuttling people back and forwards to the island.

Riding:
53km
37mi
Meal:
BLD

An early start in this climate is a good idea, so we do that and after a short drive, we get out on the bikes and ride the gently undulating road along the coast where food vendors and cafes with hammocks are placed at perfect intervals. We make a stop at one of these for lunch and have an opportunity for a swim before we continue on to the minor city of Chanthaburi and our comfortable resort, located on the outskirts of town on one of the key irrigation channels.

Riding:
45km
34mi
Meal:
BLD

Today we take a morning ride to explore Chanthaburi town and the farming areas surrounding it. The Catholic quarter is our first stop, then the morning market where we can sample the freshly made snacks and a traditional style tea before heading out of town. The fruit orchards through which we will ride on lightly used roads, include mangosteen, rambutan and longkon, as well as the fruit that some love and others love to hate, durian. In fact, we will visit a shrine to the fruit in the form of Durian Land, where we can see how the fruit is grown, sample the real thing and then peruse the quirky durian souvenirs and packaged product.

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort, or to explore the alleyways of Chanthaburi some more.

Riding:
60km
16mi
Meal:
BLD

Departing Chanthaburi by car, we make the drive up to a remote border outpost and after some formalities, it’s time to farewell the Thai crew and be welcomed by the Cambodian crew. Just a little bit more driving and lunch kills some time and allows for the sun to start its descent. We then set up and take an afternoon ride into the town of Battambang.

The ride covers some unpaved roads through the villages and you will see immediately that Cambodia is a lot less developed, but no less welcoming. Friendly locals who will be entertained by your presence will be calling out to welcome you and we might just stop in at a local home for a cup of tea and to hear about the lifestyle out here in the remote rural areas of Cambodia.

Time permitting, we make a stop at an Angkorean temple on the outskirts of town and then we roll into our gorgeous accommodation for the night, a converted colonial-era villa.

Riding:
25km
16mi
Meal:
BL

This morning we will take a tour led by students of Kinyei: a local vocational training NGO that has created a cycling
program called Soksabike. With this cycling tour we will discover the various village industries of Battambang, most of which are food related, so be prepared to see that food baby emerge! Our exploration provides a great insight into how the locals live and get by here. We will see the production of rice wine, dried bananas, and a local snack called Kralanh (bamboo sticky rice) before we return to town to eat once again.

The afternoon is yours to explore the town or to enjoy some time by the pool.

Riding:
25km

Leaving Battambang behind, we make the three hour drive to Siem Reap where a delicious lunch of freshly made noodles known as knom ban chok awais. Today we will ride the trails and paths through the Angkor archeological park, visiting some of the major temples, Preah Khan, Ta Prom and the Elephant Terrace. These are connected by a network of shaded trails through the beautiful forest that forms one of the best protected national parks in Cambodia.

Occasionally we pop out of our secret route to find busloads of tourists being herded through the main highlights, but we will avoid the crowds and instead time our visits to take advantage of the quieter periods and the hidden highlights of these vast ancient structures. The ride will conclude just before sunset, so it stands to reason that we should see out the day with a sundowner in hand before we make our way to one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants where tightly held family recipes have been lovingly preserved for our benefit.

Bright and early we’ll be a the most significant religious sites in Cambodia, watching the sunrise over the towers of Angkor Wat. Once the crowd subsides, enjoy a memorable walk through the temple, where the morning glow and low temperatures make for an optimal visit.

We return to the hotel with ample time for you to enjoy the breakfast buffet. You’ll have plenty of time to spare before the noon check out time and we will be ready to take you to the airport for your departing flight. Unless of course, you plan on spending more time exploring and enjoying this terrific town and its many great arts, culinary and active experiences.

Dates & Price


Dates Availability Price * Deposit payment: $500 USD
* Single room option: $449 USD
19 - 25 Feb 2022 Seats available

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19 - 25 Mar 2022 Seats available

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16 - 22 Jul 2022 Seats available

Adult 1990USD

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13 - 19 Aug 2022 Seats available

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05 - 11 Nov 2022 Seats available

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23 - 29 Dec 2022 Seats available

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