Decades of neglect had left Cambodia’s traffic infrastructure in a pitiful state. Dirt bikes used to be essential for the intrepid rider as even the connections between the major urban centers were often little more than trails. Fortunately, things have massively improved. Many of those trails have been upgraded to wide gravel roads or even fully sealed highways – perfect conditions to discover Cambodia, the land of the Khmer on Big Bikes! Come ride with us on an incredible journey and experience Angkor Wat – UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lonely Planet’s choice as the world’s best tourist destination and the biggest religious complex in the world. But Cambodia has so much more to offer: There are the famous warmth and hospitality of the Khmer people and their impressive culture. There are gorgeous scenery and abundant wildlife, as well as colorful markets with exotic delicacies that surprise the eye and please the taste buds. And so much more than you will just have to experience for yourself.
Tour Highlights: Phnom Penh – the capital of Cambodia; “The Killing Fields” – are several sites in Cambodia where collectively more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime; “Ankhor Wat” – World Heritage Site and the largest religious monument in the world; Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng, Bamboo Bridge, Irrawaddy Dolphins, Busra Waterfall, Volcano Lake, Mekong Waterfalls, Koh Ker, Bamboo Train and much much more …
|TOUR OPERATOR||Big Bike Tours – Adventure Rider Asia|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Le Grand Palais Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||The tour will start at 8.30 am. Please be informed, that you arrived at least one day before the tour started in Phnom Penh. We recommend two days before the tour start to acclimate and avoid jet lag.|
|RETURN TIME||The tour will finish about 4/5 pm back in Phnom Penh, so if you like to fly back the same day from the International Airport, you can catch easily any flight from Phnom Penh after 8 pm.|
|GEAR||We recommend bringing your gear to be the most comfortable. BUT we also offer helmets, jackets, gloves, and knee guards (European high-quality brands in many different sizes). Please be informed, that we do not offer boots and trousers due to hygienic reasons.|
Please be informed, that our tours are fully inclusive. So you can completely focus on your holiday, the adventure, the riding, and wonderful Cambodia. There are no hidden costs or other surprises – our tour prices are final. All is paid. Come ride with us – the real deal!
Phnom Penh – Kratie – Mondulkiri – Rattanakiri – Phreah Romkel – Preah Vihear City – Siem Reap – Battambang – Phnom Penh
(Distance: 1,730 km)
Day 1. Phnom Penh - Kratie (270 km)
After a hearty breakfast, we dive headlong into Phnom Penh’s traffic madness. We drive past Wat Phnom, cross the Tonle Sap River, hit the highway, and finally leave the Capital behind. Following the highway, we reach the city of Kampong Cham, famous for Cambodia’s longest bamboo bridge. After taking in the sight of this amazing structure we continue our trip towards Kratie province, home of some of the few remaining individuals of a species of freshwater dolphins, endemic to Southeast Asia, called Irrawaddy dolphin. After we arrive in the picturesque riverside town of Kratie, we head a little further north along the river to a small place called Kampi and embark on a little boat cruise to visit the dolphins.
Day 2. Kratie - Mondulkiri (210 km)
The mountains are calling: We are leaving the Mekong River valley behind us (for now) and turning east to enter Cambodia’s southeastern province of Mondulkiri, home to the Punoung people, one of Cambodia’s ethnic minorities.
Tiny ‘Sen Monorom’, the regional capital is today’s destination. A mere thirty minutes drive away is Cambodia’s highest waterfall called ‘Bousra’ where a very special adventure is waiting for the brave traveler: Zipline – Fun!!! Flying through the waterfall.
We will spend our evening in the beautiful natural landscape setting of Nature Lodge sitting under the stars and by the campfire.
Day 3. Mondulkiri (Rest Day)
After two days of solid riding, we slow things down a little and spent a relaxing day in the beautiful natural landscape setting of Nature Lodge. There are still several elephants living in the forests of the Mondulkiri region. If you feel adventurous, a visit to an elephant sanctuary can be arranged. Observe the grey jumbos in their natural habitat while walking with them through the jungle to a place where you can take a swim with these gentle giants and give them a good scrubbing.
Day 4. Mondulkiri - Rattanakiri (195 km)
We are leaving Mondulkiri’s mountainous scenery behind and continuing our journey northbound to the province of Rattanakiri. The most direct connection between Sen Monorom and our next destination – the city of Banlung – the former ‘Death Highway’ is now fully sealed and therefore has lost its bite. On the plus side: a refreshing splash in the crater lake ‘Yeak Laom’ near Banlung is only a three hours’ drive away.
Day 5. Rattanakiri - Preah Romkel (200 km)
One of the most breathtaking sights the Land of the Khmer has to offer are the torrential waters thundering through the seemingly endless maze of rocks and ravines of the Mekong Falls in the north of Cambodia close to the border to Laos. This is where we are going on day 6 of our adventure. We will spend the night in a small village nearby which is a great opportunity to whiteness everyday life in the countryside firsthand for a bit. Cook with the locals and experience a night in one of those long-legged stilt houses.
optional: Take the boat to get to a small Laotian river island with an amazing French-colonial history.
Day 6. Preah Romkel - Preah Vihear City (200 km)
We are traveling through the remote North of Cambodia, first along the border to Laos, then along the border to Thailand to visit “Prasath Preah Vihear”. The temple has seen an armed confrontation between Thai and Cambodian border troops only a few years ago but the conflict has been settled by the UN so nowadays the area is saved to visit. Most dramatically perched atop an escarpment in the Dangrek Mountains (elevation 625 m), the southern tip of the temple structure affords a great view over the plain below (good weather provided).
Day 7. Preah Vihear - Siem Reap (185 km)
After breakfast, we get on our big bikes and continue our journey. The next stop is Koh Ker Temple, the first ancient Angkorian structure that we visit on our journey and a truly unique sight that rarely receives foreign visitors. Our final destination for today in Siem Reap, the gateway to the millennium-old ruins of the Khmer Empire of Angkor – a world-class UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 8. Siem Reap (Rest Day)
This day is yours. Feel free to use it as you please. However, we strongly recommend paying a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site Angkor Wat and other major temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park as they are without a doubt the highlight of our big bike adventure.
Day 9. Siem Reap - Battambang (175 km)
We are about to explore Cambodia’s western part, the province of Battambang. The province’s main city, gentle Battambang is the old capital city of Cambodia and our final destination for today. Shortly before our arrival, we will make a stop, get off our big bikes and climb the stairs up to the top of Phnom Sampaeu, a limestone hill that affords a beautiful view over the lush and fertile countryside Battambang province is famous for. We will use the opportunity to get a glimpse inside the colorful temples that adorn the mountain top. The war relics that dot the surroundings will teach us a little more about Cambodia’s troubled recent past.
The one thing Battambang is famous for though is the ‘bamboo train’. Hop on one of those curious vehicles and enjoy the ride!
Day 10. Battambang - Phnom Penh (295 km)
We have reached the final leg of our big bike journey. Following the highway south of the great lake ‘Tonle Sap’, we make our way back to the Capital City of Phnom Penh. If you think, that the small loop might not be enough for you, check out the BIG LOOP, where instead of going back to Phnom Penh on day 10, we’re riding deep into Cambodia’s coastal south for a few more intense days of exploration on our big bikes!