Your countryside biking adventure begins with your friendly local guide picking you up from the meeting point and leading you to the bike shop to pick out your two-wheeled steed. Here we’ll talk about bicycle safety (most of the journey takes place on dirt tracks, away from the main roads) and tell you a bit about our itinerary for the day.
The itinerary will vary slightly each time, depending on what’s happening that day in the villages we visit. We may stop to watch seasonal activities such as rice or vegetable planting or harvesting or have a go at palm leaf weaving. A stop at a family farm is essential though, where you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the sort of work they do and chat with the family about local life.
During our cycle tour, we will pass by sweeping rice terraces and sprawling jungle. We’ll stop to take plenty of photos along the way and we’ll say ‘hi’ to friendly villagers who are going about their daily lives.
We will also explore an area which was used by Angelina Jolie in a movie called ‘First They Killed My Father’ which recounts the terrors suffered by Loung Ung (a child at the time but now a respected author and human rights activist) at the hands of the brutal Khmer Rouge. This area represents the remains of the first major capital of the Khmer empire and is one of the earliest known settlement sites in the country. The villages we visit here are little known and are hidden in a secret location that keeps the tourist hordes firmly at bay.
After a full morning of exploration on two wheels, you will have worked up quite an appetite. Our next stop of the day then will be a lunch date with the Totung Thngai community, who have prepared us a delicious and authentic meal. As we eat, we’ll chat to locals about daily life and local food culture.
Our final stop of the day is the beautiful Aranh Rangsei Pagoda where you will learn about monk life and the temples. Well, you couldn’t partake in a Siem Reap tour without visiting a temple could you?!
We’ll leave our bikes at the final stop and jump in a tuk tuk back to your centrally located hotel. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your guide for more tips in what else to see, do and eat during your stay in Siem Reap.
Please note: The total distance for the biking portion of this tour is approximately 18km.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, mountain bike and helmet hire, transport by tuk tuk, Khmer-themed lunch, drinking water.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please dress respectfully for visiting the local community. Trousers/skirts or knee-length shorts and a shirt/t-shirt that covers your shoulders are appropriate. Comfortable shoes or sandals suitable for walking are also recommended.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: For most of the year it is hot in Siem reap. You should use cycling gloves, cycling socks, clipless cycling shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. During the rainy season you should bring a light rain jacket. Plastic ponchos are also readily available for a small sum in local shops and markets.
Closure of sites: In the rare event of extreme weather or other conditions such as flooding you will be contacted and given the opportunity to reschedule or cancel.
Child Policy: Travellers under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
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