Backroads of Cambodia

From Angkor Wat to the Cardamom Mountains

14

days

Discovery

Cycling

From $1,940 Land only

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Biking amongst the amazing temples at Angkor
  • Ride through the rural heart of Cambodia
  • Phnom Penh and a sunset cruise on the Mekong River
  • Bike provided locally and included in the trip cost

Born out of the Khmer Empire, which dominated much of the region 1000 years ago, the Kingdom of Cambodia is one of the most exciting of South-East Asian destinations. This leisurely cycle tour is simply the best way to explore the highlights of a country whose chief means of transport often seems to be the bike. Starting out in Siem Reap, we are provided with our bikes and set off to explore on backroads and village trails amongst the breathtaking temples of Angkor Wat. We also seek out less well-known temples and sacred sites, such as Kbal Spean, hidden in the forest. A boat trip on the great waterway of Tonle Sap then takes us to Battambang, set in a landscape of rice fields, palm trees and pretty riverside villages. Moving on via a forest ride in the Kirirom National Park, we have 2 nights at a homestay in Chi Phat on the edge of the Cardamom Mountains, where we ride on jungle trails to the waterfalls of O'Malu and to the tribal village of O'Kay. Descending from the mountains, we transfer to the beachfront town of Kampot, for some R&R, including a boat trip to an island in the Gulf of Thailand. A final city tour of Phnom Penh and a sunset cruise on the Mekong River is a great way to sign off on this unforgettable adventure. A leisurely mountain biking holiday, offering the chance to experience the very best of Cambodia.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

ADVENTURE CYCLING. Leisurely cycling on backroads and dirt trails between the temples and villages that we visit, this is our easiest biking holiday. We ride for an average of just 25 kilometres each day, with the emphasis on sightseeing. The most challenging days are in the Kirirom National Park and in the foothills of the Cardamom Mountains, where we will encounter some slightly more rolling terrain and easy forest tracks. The day in the Kirirom National Park involves a lot of ascent on a tarmac road. Clients finding this day to be difficult can take advantage of the support vehicle. Anyone who rides a bike occasionally will manage this holiday. Vehicle support is available for most of the route. Bikes are provided locally within the cost of the holiday. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Siem Reap. A single transfer from Siem Reap Airport is provided.
  • Cycle quiet roads to the Bantey Srei Temple. Drive to Thousand Lingas River, return to Siem Reap.
  • Ride to main Angkor Watt complex and visit many of the best sites. Return to Siem Reap.
  • Rural ride to the Roluos temples and the mountain temple of Bakhong. Khmer community visit.
  • Visit the royal town of Angkor Thom and the famous Bayon Temple. Evening of Khmer dancing.
  • Short bike ride to to Tonle Sap Lake, where we take a boat ride on the Sangkae River to Battambang.
  • Cycle to the temple of Wat Ek. Drive to the lively city of Kampong Chnang.
  • Khmer village cycle ride. Afternoon drive to Kirirom National Park.
  • Kirirom park ride with stunning views of Cardamom Mountains. Transfer to homestay in Chi Phat.
  • the dirt tracks of the Cardamom Mountains. Second night with host families in Chi Phat.
  • Transfer to the coastal town of Kampot. Cruise Kampot River with the option of Kayaking.
  • Free day in Kampot to enjoy the beach or take a boat trip.
  • Transfer to Phnom Penh. Historical city tour, including the lively Russian and French markets.
  • Departure day. Phnom Penh Airport transfers are provided.
2016
Sun 30 Oct - Sat 12 Nov Code CAMB/02/16/ Adult$1,940 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CAMB/02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 30 Oct and departs on Sat 12 Nov
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $385
Sun 27 Nov - Sat 10 Dec Code CAMB/03/16/ Adult$1,940 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CAMB/03/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 27 Nov and departs on Sat 10 Dec
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $385
2017
Sun 19 Feb - Sat 04 Mar Code CAMB/01/17/ Adult$1,940 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Backroads of Cambodia
  • The departure reference for this tour is CAMB/01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 19 Feb and departs on Sat 04 Mar
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $385
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Siem Reap and departing from Phnom Penh. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Siem Reap Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group accommodation. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.


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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Siem Reap. A single transfer from Siem Reap Airport is provided.

    Arrive at Siam Reap Airport and transfer to the group hotel. The afternoon is free for catching up on sleep following the long flight, or for independent sightseeing. Siem Reap is located a few kilometres south of Angkor Wat and extends along the banks of the Siem Reap River. As the gateway to the Angkor complex, the town is a popular tourist destination, with colonial and Chinese style architecture in the old French Quarter and some colourful and bustling markets. You will pick up your bikes in the afternoon and the local guide will be on hand to make sure you get the right size. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Cycle quiet roads to the Bantey Srei Temple. Drive to Thousand Lingas River, return to Siem Reap.

    During our time at Siem Reap, we will make several excursions by bike and on this first day we will ride out beneath the peak of Phnom Bok, taking quiet roads to the temple of Banteay Srei, which is located 23 kilometres to the north-east of Angkor Wat. Banteay Srei or ‘Citadel of Women’ is one of the most elaborate temples in the Angkor region and arguably the jewel in the crown of Angkorian artisanship, with perhaps the finest stone carving seen anywhere on earth. After a visit to the temple and a relaxing packed lunch, we have a short bus transfer to take a walk beside one of the tributaries of the Siem Reap River to the site known as Kbal Spean, the ‘Thousand Lingas River’. Rocks on either side of the stream and even under the water have been intricately carved. The crvings represent epic Hindu themes; including Shiva, Nandi (Shiva’s bull), as well as the innumberable phalluses. A refreshing dip in a waterfall is the ideal way to end our first day, before we return to our hotel in Siem Reap.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 40m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 20m

    • Time 1 hr cycling

  • Ride to main Angkor Watt complex and visit many of the best sites. Return to Siem Reap.

    We leave the hotel by bike for the world famous temples of Angkor, a source of national pride to all Khmers after years of horrific war and trauma. Bypassing the main tourist route we follow small dirt roads and narrow jungle paths which lead us to the stunning spectacle of Angkor Wat, the biggest of the Angkor temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. Literally translated, Angkor Wat, means ‘heaven on earth’ and has become a national symbol of Cambodia. Angkor is the earthly representation of Mt Meru, the Mount Olympus of the Hindu faith and the abode of ancient gods. We will spend some time looking around the site and then, at sunset, we will climb the pyramid at Pre Rup. As the sun goes down, the majestic reddish hues of the temple are intensified and views of the surrounding rice fields of the Eastern Barray are quite stunning. We return to our hotel in Siem Reap.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 40m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 50m

    • Time 2 hrs cycling

  • Rural ride to the Roluos temples and the mountain temple of Bakhong. Khmer community visit.

    Today, we cycle north-east of Siem Reap through a rural area with lots of small villages, to reach the temple of Roluos. These structures are some of the earliest temples built by the Khmers (between 877 and 889) and mark the dawn of Khmer classical art - they are mostly built of brick. Amongst the most important temples in this group are: Lolei, Preah Ko, Bakong and the little-known Chao Srei Vibol. We will concentrate on the special temple of Bakong, built by King Indravarman in 881. It is the most remote of the temples and the least visited, but that make it perfect for us. There’s lots to see here, including an active Buddhist monastery at one of the entrances. After our visit, we are hosted by the Khmer community for lunch. In the afternoon, we will cycle back to our hotel in Siem Reap.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 60m

    • Distance 45km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 50m

    • Time 3 hrs cycling

  • Visit the royal town of Angkor Thom and the famous Bayon Temple. Evening of Khmer dancing.

    Cycling to Angkor Thom from our hotel, the spectacular sight of the faces of 54 demons and 54 gods makes for a jaw dropping entrance to this ancient capital. The major Khmer king, Jayavarman VII, built this huge facility in the late 12th to early 13th century, after driving enemy forces from his kingdom. A square wall with a side length of approximately 3 kilometres surrounds the holy city of Angkor Thom. We visit Bayon, the central temple of Angkor Thom. Bayon has several towers and its most impressive features are the stunning, metre-high, stone-carved faces of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. After lunch in a local restaurant, we have the opportunity to visit the lesser known sites hidden in the forest on foot and by bike. The Phimeanakas Temple is reached by a short walk through the jungle and is a 3-tiered laterite pyramid. This temple is said to have been the home of a spirit who, each night, took the form of a beautiful woman and was visited by the Khmer Kings. At dinner, we will be entertained by traditional Khmer Apsara dancers. We spend our final night at the hotel in Siem Reap.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 40m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 30m

    • Time 2 hrs cycling

  • Short bike ride to to Tonle Sap Lake, where we take a boat ride on the Sangkae River to Battambang.

    After breakfast at the hotel, we have a short ride to Tonie Sap Lake, where we board the public speedboat which will take us on the Sangkae River to Battambang. The Tonle Sap (Khmer: Great Lake) is the largest lake in South-East Asia and one of the most productive inland waters of the earth. The inhabitants of the stilted floating villages on the Tonle Sap live mainly from fishing and growing vegetables in the same way that their families have for generations. These villages are primarily Khmer and have around 3000 inhabitants between them. Travelling by boat is a simple, yet rewarding way to gain an insight into the lifestyles of these Cambodian people, whose livelihoods are dependant on the lake and river. Depending on water levels, our journey takes between 6 and 8 hours. There will the opportunity to stretch our legs during the journey. Overnight at a hotel in Battambang.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 5m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 5m

    • Time 1 hr cycling

  • Cycle to the temple of Wat Ek. Drive to the lively city of Kampong Chnang.

    After breakfast, we cycle through traditional riverside villages and across a scenic landscape, to the 11th century temple of Wat Ek (10 kilometres north-west of Battambang) which is a popular pilgrimage and picnic site for Khmers. After lunch, we leave Battambang province and drive along the Tonle Sap to the easy-going town of Kampong Chhnang. Literally translated, Kampong Chhnang means ‘Clay Pot Port’ and it is famous for its distinctive pottery. Kampong province was important during the French period for the production of rubber. In the late afternoon, we stroll by the river port, with its floating houses and numerous fishing boats and can get a real feel for traditonal Cambodia. Overnight at a hotel in Kampong Chhnang.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 10m

    • Distance 25km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 20m

    • Time 2 hrs cycling

  • Khmer village cycle ride. Afternoon drive to Kirirom National Park.

    Today’s morning ride takes us through paddy fields and plantations fringed with palm trees. Small villages along the way produce attractive pottery and we have chance to stop and peruse their wares. In the afternoon, we leave the Kampong province and transfer to Kirirom National Park. Kirirom literally translated means ‘Mountain of Joy’ and was given the name by the King, on the suggestion of a monk from Phnom Penh. With its lush and elevated location, the Kirirom National Park has a real escapism feel to it, with stunning views across to the Cardamom Mountains. Overnight at a hillside resort in the park.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 300m

    • Distance 25km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 200m

    • Time 2 hrs cycling

  • Kirirom park ride with stunning views of Cardamom Mountains. Transfer to homestay in Chi Phat.

    After breakfast we explore the Kirirom National Park by bicycle. Situated at an altitude of between 600 and 700 metres, we have views across to the eastern side of the Cardamom Mountains. Thanks to its proximity to Phnom Penh, Kirirom was one of the first national parks to be established in Cambodia and is a popular destination for locals. Clad in luxuriant forest and traversed by narrow pathways, the park is a great place to explore by bike, looking out for the resident monkeys, elephants and even leopards. This a challenging ride on tarmac roads and there is lot of ascent. The support vehicle is on hand if anyone needs to take a break. After our ride, we leave the park and travel by car and river-boat into the Cardamom Mountains. Our destination is the village of Chi Phat, in Koh Kong province, which has a population of around 3000 inhabitants. Until relatively recently, this area was known as Cambodia’s ‘Wild West’ and for a long period this village was in effect closed to the outside world, as the regime of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge transformed the village into a forced labour camp. We overnight at a local community project homestay in Chi Phat.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 40km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 850m

    • Time 3 hrs cycling

  • the dirt tracks of the Cardamom Mountains. Second night with host families in Chi Phat.

    Located in the southern Cardamom Mountains, Chi Phat is at the heart of South-East Asia’s largest remaining tract of rainforest. Whilst poachers and loggers used to operate in this area, the establishment of the Wildlife Alliance in 2002 effectively put a stop on their activities. A large community-based ecotourism project, using local labour to actively regenerate the area was set up. This has included reforestation projects to encourage the wildlife to return to the region. The people of Chi Phat are directly involved and the village benefits from this involvement. Cycling on hidden trails through the jungle, there is a lot of up and down and some sections where we will have to push our bikes. We also have the chance to swim in the clear waters of an idyllic natural pool below O’Malu Waterfall. We will also visit the Village of O’Kay, set amongst lush rainforest and banana plantations, where elephants often feed. We spend a second night at the homestay in Chi Phat.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Ascent 300m

    • Distance 30km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 3 hrs cycling

  • Transfer to the coastal town of Kampot. Cruise Kampot River with the option of Kayaking.

    In the morning we say goodbye to our homestay hosts and cycle on a dirt trail beside the Preak Piphot River, which takes us down to Andoung Teuk. Here, we are reunited with our vehicle and have a 3-hour transfer to the sleepy, riverside town of Kampot. A former colonial settlement, where beautifully-restored buildings stand side by side with crumbling French ruins, we have the chance to look around. Situated on the banks of the Prek-Kampong River, 30 kilometres from the coast, Kampot was founded as a port in the late 18th century. After lunch, we take a boat ride on the Kampot River, passing lush green palms, small villages and local fishermen, en route to our riverside bungalow accommodation. During the course of the day, we also have the chance to try kayaking on the quiet waters of the river.

    • Accommodation Bungalow

    • Ascent 150m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 150m

    • Time 1 hr cycling

  • Free day in Kampot to enjoy the beach or take a boat trip.

    We say goodbye to the bikes today and have a short transfer to the laid-back, coastal town of Kep. Here, we find a fusion of faded French Indo-China and a real seaside atmosphere, set beside a tropical sea. From the 1930’s right up until the Khmer Rouge period, Kep was a popular place for wealthy travellers and a stroll along its promenade is testament to its rather ‘swisher’ past. From Kep, we take a 30 minute boat ride to Koh Tonsay or Rabbit Island, (locals say it resembles a rabbit). The main beach on the island is a 250 metre, palm fringed stretch and after our full-on adventures in Cambodia we have definitely earned the right for some full-on R&R! In the evening, we retuirn to our bungalow accommodation at Kampot.

    • Accommodation Bungalow

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to Phnom Penh. Historical city tour, including the lively Russian and French markets.

    After breakfast, we transfer to the country’s capital, Phnom Penh. Rising from its troubled past, Phnom Penh is very much on the ‘up’, alive and a real feast for the senses in every respect. Situated beside the Tonle Sap River, the waterfront is crowded with Cambodians every evening and this provides an excellent way of ‘getting in amongst it’ and immersing ourselves in the local culture. Our city tour will include the distinctive structure of the Royal Palace and a visit to the Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Alternatively, the Russian and French markets can be an option for those keen to practice their haggling skills! At sunset, we take a boat ride on the Mekong. The chocolate-coloured waters of the Tonle Sap and the Mekong are the real lifeblood of the city and from the river we can admire the Phnom Penh skyline and its Royal Palace, as the sun goes down. Overnight at a hotel in Phnom Penh.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Phnom Penh Airport transfers are provided.

    KE Land only packages services end after breakfast. Phnom Penh Airport transfers are included in this day.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • English-speaking professional cycle guide guide
  • Airport transfers as described
  • Transfers by car and boat as required
  • A support vehicle and driver
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Mountain bike
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Cycling helmet (bring your own)
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

Wherever we travel in Cambodia, we will find a wide variety of cuisine is available including French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese. In smaller towns and villages, local food such as ‘charcoal chicken’, ‘sticky rice’ and ‘fried fish’ will commonly be offered. Cambodian food tends not to be as hot or spicy as Thai. The most popular fast food in Cambodia, often served from street stalls, is the Chinese noodle soup or `pho`.

All meals are included except lunch and dinner in Phnom Penh on the penultimate day of the Land Only itinerary.
Transfers are provided from Siem Reap Airport to the group hotel in the city on the first day of the land only itinerary. Transfers from the hotel in Phnom Penh to Phnom Penh Airport are also provided at the end of the holiday.
There are 5 nights at a hotel in Siem Reap, 1 night in Battambang, 1 night in Kampong Chhnang, 1 night at Kirirom and 1 night in Phnom Penh. There are 2 nights at a homestay (or simple guesthouse) at the village of Chi Phat and 2 nights in bungalow accommodation on the Kampot River.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

An English-speaking locally-based biking leader will accompany the group. There will also be a support vehicle and driver.

We suggest that $250 should be sufficient to cover your personal and incidental expenses including the 2 non-included meals (lunch and dinner) when in Phnom Penh, as well as the cost of your Cambodian Visa ($20) which you will pay for on arrival at Siem Reap Airport. This amount will also allow you to pay reasonable tips to your local guide, drivers and other local staff (allow approximately $70). And, should also cover refreshments, optional tours and other miscellaneous expenses. Temple Fees. Please note that these fees are included for the CAMB.2 2015 departure. For subsequent departures, clients will need to pay these fees locally and will need to budget accordingly. These fees currently (June 2015) total approximately $90. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of US dollars cash as this is most easily exchanged. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs or considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should budget accordingly. You can withdraw cash from ATM's (using a debit or credit card) in Siem Reap and in Phnom Penh.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guide and other local staff. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. We advise our local teams that tips are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that they provide. We suggest that you allow a total of $50 (per group member) for tipping your local staff.

Bike are provided within the package cost and there is no need to take your own bike. If you want to take your own bike, we would like to point out that taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

Bikes are provided within the package price and there is no need to take your own bike. If you want to take your own bike, it should be a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Or, a good quality 'hybrid' bike will also work for this trip. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. Front suspension is essential and comes as standard on the vast majority of modern mountain bikes. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday and across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers, adjust / grease bearings as required.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake discs, brake pads, calliper mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check, lube / threadlock (as required) and tighten all bolts to specified torque settings (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts & disk mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace if worn.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture and changing an inner tube. Naturally, our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs. However, due to the often-remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Bikes are provided within the package price and there is no need to take your own bike. For those who wish to take their own bike, travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage - providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape - ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box - these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

This is a leisurely biking holiday and we rarely cover more than 10 or 15 kilometres, before stopping to look around at one or other of Cambodia's tourist sites. We do, however, have a support vehicle which will follow the group at a discreet distance, carrying water and the group's day-packs, as well as service items and repair kits for the bikes. Anyone who chooses not to ride a section of the itinerary can take a ride in the support vehicle instead.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm climatic conditions during the day. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

BIKES ARE PROVIDED ON THIS HOLIDAY

Bikes are provided by our local agent within the cost of the holiday. These are Trek or Giant mountain bikes with Shimano components and front suspension.

TAKING YOUR OWN BIKE

If you take your own bike, this needs to be at least a mid level mountain bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is recommended. Your bike should be fitted with 1.9 to 2.1 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for mostly dry with occasional wet conditions. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.

PERSONAL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

  • Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s

  • Trainers or walking shoes (for walks and temple visits)

  • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 1)

  • Mid-layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)

  • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket

  • Regular biking gloves

  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)

  • Baggy overshorts for modesty

  • Biking glasses

  • Cycling helmet - mandatory

  • Travel and apres biking clothes

  • Trainers/Leisure shoes for apres biking

  • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash

  • Insect repellent (75 - 100% DEET)

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Swimwear

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • A sheet sleeping bag for the 2 homestay nights (optional)

Daypack and contents

  • Cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15- 20 litres total capacity is recommended

  • Water bladder - min. 3 litres

  • Lightweight waterproof top

  • Multi-tool

  • Puncture repair kit

  • Inner tube

  • Pump

  • Camera

  • Sun cream

  • Lightweight loose trousers to wear for modesty in villages

  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

 

PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES

 

Appropriate spares, puncture repair kits and pumps are available for the provided bikes and these are carried by the guide or in the support vehicle. If you are using the bikes provided you do not need to bring any spares other than a couple of 26 x 2 inch inner tubes with Presta valves.

If you are bringing your own bike, you need to bring any spares that are specific to your bike, such as a couple of front and rear wheel spokes, spare chain links, disc brake bleed kit, shock pump etc.

Ideally, you should know how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

KE TOOLS AND SPARES

On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike.

Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Cambodia

UK and USA passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is $30 and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash. You can apply for an e-visa prior to departure online at https://www.evisa.gov.kh/. The e-visa fee is $30 + $7 processing charge. This e-visa is not valid at certain land border crossings, please check.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Cambodia is the Riel.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip,.However, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Cambodia has a tropical climate, with a rainy season from June to September. The hottest months are just before the monsoon, in April and May. From October through to April there is little rain and from December through to March is the `cool` season although it rarely gets cold. Daytime temperatures will hover around a humid 30 degrees centigrade, falling to the low 20's at night.

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Indexed, waterproof and tear-resistant road map of Cambodia with topographic and tourist information, including street plans of central Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, plus an enlargement for the Angkor area.

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