Enjoy Cambodia’s astonishing beauty, fantastic food, and unique culture by combining some outdoor adventure. What’s better than getting to enjoy the beauty of the country with adventurous activities? On this nine-day tour, get active while exploring the country’s lush countryside, Khmer history, and very hospitable communities while hiking, biking, and kayaking through the core of the country. Explore the historical city of Phnom Penh and visit the ancient monuments dedicated to Cambodia’s tragic past, tour to the Mekong and stay at an island homestay, get up close with Irrawaddy dolphins, explore stunning flooded forests, and discover the ancient temple remnants of the majestic Angkor complex by foot and mountain bike. See all Cambodia’s natural glory on your travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
Is this trip right for you?
This is an active tour, and you will be engaged on several activities that keep your pulse going. Even though specialized prior training is not necessary to undertake this trip, some travelers might find some section of the itinerary quite challenging. You will also require a high level of fitness to enjoy the best out of the experience.
You will be spending a night on a homestay with a local family on the trip. The accommodation of the homestay will be shared and basic. However, this is a great way to learn about the rural life of the country, culture, and tradition of the inhabitants.
This trip consists of some long days of driving, so be sure that you can handle the distance before booking the trip.
You might not have a continuous hot water facility at the accommodation. However, for many visitors, this is not a problem as the country has hot weather, and people are often looking to cool down from the heat with a cold shower.
Cambodia can be very hot, so cycling, or even visiting temples can take a lot of you in a short time. Don’t forget to carry appropriate clothing, sun protection, and plenty of water to keep hydrated.
When you travel with us, you have to respect local cultures and sensibilities. This way, you will also get to enjoy the most out of your travel. This trip takes you through lots of temples, so this requires a level of modesty. Don't forget to carry clothes that cover the shoulder and pants or skirts that lengths below the knee. You can also carry a scarf to cover the shoulders, it will also help you to avoid sun rays.
Tour the finest of Cambodia in one trip, get active and explore some of the hidden gems of this Southeast Asian hotspot
Ride off the bustling streets and into the center of Phnom Penh with a guided bike tour; ride through small villages, and rice paddies to see the local life firsthand
Explore traditional Khmer villages and their commitment for reforestation on the Mekhong island, and swing away in a hammock at a homestay of the region with your small group
Temple hop through the incredible Angkor complex and nearby forest on a private minibus and bike and discover this astonishing site from unique perspectives
Paddle through stunning flooded jungles of Stung Treng by kayak and spot rare Irrawaddy dolphins from the water on a boat excursion along with parts of the Mekong River
- Three meals per day
- Bike and kayak
- All transportation (ground and boat)
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
Welcome to Cambodia. On your arrival, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. After checking into the hotel, you can simply relax and recover from the jet lag, or you can stroll the streets of Phnom Penh and explore the city. Take the time to explore interesting French colonial architecture. Phnom Penh lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Mekong River and Tonle Sap rivers. The life around the riverfront area is quite lively. In the evening, join the locals and your fellow travelers, go for street food hunting and taste some of the best Cambodian cuisines, and enjoy spontaneous waterside entertainment. Or, go to the Foreign Correspondent Club’s rooftop bar and grab a drink while enjoying beautiful riverside views.
Cycling in Phnom Penh
The cycling trip begins from this day. Begin the trip on a mountain bike, cross the river on a local boat, then ride through the villages of an island in the Mekong River. The island is quite renowned for silk weaving, agriculture, and aquaculture. Halt from time to time to see locals working in the village, and enjoy cycling on the serene roads through orchards and along rice paddies. Later, move back to Phnom Penh and enjoy the rest of the afternoon free for your leisure. You can ask your guide about optional activities that you can engage in the day. He can help you organize many optional activities of your interest. Phnom Penh, a living remnant of the country’s past struggles, with the significant Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek that tells stories of the bloody legacy of the Khmer Rouge. Besides, you can visit Wat Phnom, the temple that helps to raise the foundation of the city in the 15th century, or the Royal Palace complex’s Silver Pagoda – Cambodia’s most sacred temple.
Cycling in Kratie/Koh Trong
We leave early this morning and head towards Kratie, which takes around six hours. Along the route, you will pass through Skuon. This small town is very famous for its unique delicacy of tasty spiders. If you dare, try one of these. Further, we head towards the town of Kratie on the shore of the Mekong. Take a local boat from Kratie waterfront to Koh Trong. Here, we will spend the night at a homestay. Around 280 families inhabit this 6-kilometer’s island. The island is well-known for harvesting citrus fruit pomelo, which is the best in Cambodia, as well as rice and other many agricultural products. The facility in the homestay will be basic; you need to share the room with fellow travelers. However, this is the perfect way to experience the local lifestyle and rural Cambodian life. This evening, you will get to enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner. With hammocks looped up below the house, this is a perfect place to relax. Explore the village on a leisurely cycle ride around the island’s boundary through traditional Khmer villages, fruits orchards, and rice fields, see daily rites and routines of this traditional village’s life.
Hike in Stung Treng
After breakfast, we go for a guided walking tour, and see how the locals spend their daily life, learn more about culture in this part of Cambodia. Most of this islands’ forested area was cut down during the days of Khmer Rouge. Now, villagers have dedicated to reviving all the destroyed forest, and now there is three planting project at Wat Ty Pram Kbal Koh. While on tour, contribute to the project by helping to plant a tree in the pagoda grounds. Afterward, bidding to the goodbye to the locals and your hosts, stroll down the river boulevard and explore the local market in Kratie and travel for around 2.5 hours to reach Stung Treng. On the way, stop and visit Wat Phnom Sambok, the Buddhist monastery dates back to the 18th century. Climb to the top of a hill to get the view of surrounding verdant forested area. Enjoy lunch at Kampi Creek, where you might encounter dolphins.
Kayaking in Stung Treng
We start the day early today to enjoy all of the activities the day has to offer. Travel on a private minibus to the village of Voeun Kham that takes around a couple of hours. after reaching Voeun Kham, catch a local boat and sail through the Mekong River to the soaring Sopheakmit Waterfall. Located on the Cambodia-Laos border, the roaring falls crash over limestone crags and boulders, which is a mesmerizing sight to see. Moor the boat at a house of the locals, then hike along the jungle towards a spot overlooking the falls where we enjoy our lunch while watching the beautiful fall falling by. The hike to the spot takes about two-hours. Later, return to the boat and continue the cruise through a gorgeous stretch of the Mekong River that houses a wide variety of bird species and the village of Osvay. Move past the Anlong Cheuteal Irrawaddy dolphin pool. Here, occasionally you might encounter freshwater dolphins. Then, we take a kayak to paddle amid this stunning scenery of flooded forests to Vuen Sien village that takes approx. 2hours. after exploring the glorious stretch of nature, return to Stung Treng by private minibus for the night
In the morning, we begin the trip to Siem Reap. We will take a private minibus and move through Cambodia’s countryside and small towns. Today, we will be driving for around 4.5 hours. Along the way, we will stop at a gorgeous hidden jungle temple called Beng Mealea. Continuing the trip, we reach Cambodia’s one of the most popular destinations at Siem Reap, entrance to the most famous Angkor Complex. Siem Reap offers everything to its visitors with its bars, cafes, restaurants, food, and drink stands. We recommend you to visit the old market, even if you are not looking for a particular thing to buy. Just strolling through the stalls and surrounding shops, the silks, cotton, sarongs, silver, and statues are a series of colors and a feast for the eyes. After you arrive, go for an orientation walk to get acquainted with this bustling town, accompanied by your tour guide.
Siem Reap, Explore Angkor Wat
Today, you will be hopping from temples to temples. With your local guide, visit many temples to make the most of your trip to the renowned Angkor Complex, built between the ninth and 13th centuries, when the Khmer empire was the pre-eminent power in South East Asia. The ruins of the complex include Angkor Wat, Bayon, and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm. We will also visit other sites like the Phnom Bok, often left out by visitors. After climbing up 633 steps, we reach the top of the hill from where we can get a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside, and enjoy exploring this small temple and remains of a 5-meter-long sandstone fertility symbol. After visiting most of the gorgeous relics, head back to Siem Reap to spend the night. You may also check out Phare, the Cambodian Circus. This is one of the most famous circuses, not only in Cambodia but throughout the world. Coming from disadvantaged households, the performers have achieved international recognition through their art. As a Cambodian Cirque Du Soleil, modern Khmer tales mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, and contortion.
Day Eight :
Cycling in Siem Reap, explore Angkor Wat
In the morning, take your mountain bike and go for a ride around the Angkorian ruins. By riding on a bike, you can avoid many of the walking crowds and get a different perspective of this incredible site. Take your bicycle through the back roads along the river, passing through local villages and into the Angkor Complex. While returning to Siem Reap, cycle along the wall of the old city of Angkor Thom. You will feel as if you are exploring untapped ruins, far from tourist crowds with the moat on one side and dense forest on the other. This evening, join your travel crew and head out to a local restaurant to celebrate your active trip.
Note: We will cover about 37 miles of distance, cycling today. The terrain is mostly flat, and you will ride on both paved or unpaved roads. The jungle trails might be sandy or muddy, depending on the weather.
We have not planned any activities for this day. You can depart from your hotel at any time. If you have extra time, you can join adventurous activities like an Angkor zip-line and canopy walk adventure. Or, if you want to lengthen the trip, and enjoy more time in Cambodia, inform us and we will organize a trip of your interest.