• Things to Do & See

Destinations for Cambodia Cycling Tours

In Phnom Penh

Royal Palace

This must-visiting place is well-known for its classic Khmer architecture. Under the gilding roofs is the Throne Hall having 59-meters top where faces of Saint are carved into. Was formerly home to the Royal family, the palace is sparkling with gold-colored chairs, tables, decorations and gilded statues. Surround by the lush green garden, the Royal Palace shines like a jewel of the city.

Silver Pagoda

A short ride from the Royal Palace is the Silver Pagoda. As the name telling all, the Silver Pagoda has a twinkling overlook by being covered with five tons of high-quality silver. This pagoda is one of few places which success in protecting ancient artifacts and items through the destruction of the Khmer Rouge empire. The main attraction is the crystal Emerald Buddha with a gentle smile sitting on the gilded pedestal. Walk inside, the golden Buddha statue is breathtaking with adorning over 2000 beautiful sparkling diamonds.

Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

Your Cambodia Cycling tours can be more interesting and a little thrilling with a visit to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. This high school is turned into a prison and a torture center during the period of Khmer Rouge. By this time, nearly 20,000 prisoners from different ages and sexes included men, women, and even children were bloody tortured and then killed. Nearby, Choeung Ek was formerly the killing field where the Khmer Rouge purged average 100 people per day. Nowadays, Toul Sleng becomes a museum served as an eloquent proof for the cruel crimes of Pol Pot government.

In Siem Reap

Angkor Wat Temple Complex

Any Cambodia Cycling Tour can be perfect without a visit to the Angkor Wat Temple Complex. Without any dramatical effect, Angkor Wat is considered as the most popular site in Cambodia showing in being listed in UNESCO World Heritage and printed in Cambodia national flag. Angkor Wat is a complex of several temples with unique architecture built by skillful hands of the old Khmer. The most popular ones are Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, and Angkor Thom. The Angkor Wat provides a chance to explore the old Khmer culture through several images carved in the sandstone bas-reliefs revealing their daily life along with the God. Nearby, the Bayon temple is famous for its design of several faces which are considered as the combination of the face of Buddha and the King Jayavarman VII who ordered to build this temple. Deep inside the tropical jungle is the mysterious Ta Prohm dedicated to the King’s mother. This temple has the natural decoration with huge trees growing out of the roofs protecting various valuable artifacts and jewels such as gold, pearls, and superior silks. Another highlight of the complex is Angkor Thom – the second home built for protecting the King against attacked by enemies due to the 8-meters-height wall and an inviolable massive moat surrounding. The temple also has four faces carved into sandstone surface similar to the Bayon Temple.

Phnom Kulen Mountain

Phnom Kulen is a holy land in Cambodia dedicated to the two main religions of this country included Hindus and Buddhists. People come here for its spectacular sights and pilgrimage. The fact that this mountain is the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire showing the important position in Cambodians and also bring a plenty of valuable archaeological and historical meanings. This religious site attracts visitors for its over 1000 small special carvings under the water carved into the sandstone riverbed. Due to the legend that the King Jayavarman II had bathed in the river, the water is considered as a holy water which carved the bed into solid stone. The river ends with a fresh pool under a wonderful waterfall. Take a dive into the cool water, or sit in a huge stone for a relax after a Siem Reap Cycling Tour.

Floating Market

Thanks to the feature of mangrove ecosystem, Siem Reap has many floating villages. Two of the most popular ones are the Kampong Phluk and Kampong Khleang. Kampong Phluk is not far from the city with lines after lines of stilted houses. The business of almost all villagers is fishery with the main products are fish and shrimp in rainy season and farming in the dry season. The other village is Kampong Khleang. It is the furthest one when transfer from Siem Reap, but don’t hesitate, visiting here can be the most wonderful experience in your Cambodia tours. The village is the combination of mangrove and land with stilted, floating houses and buildings. Hop on a tuk-tuk riding along the village to get a glimpse of local’s daily life. Then kayaking to explore the mangrove with the purest experience provided by local’s tourism service.

In Sihanoukville

Beach day

This seaside city is the leading beach resort of Cambodia sitting in the center of a beautiful idyllic peninsula jutting out from the warm water flow of Thailand Gulf. The beach-lined up by lush green coconut trees standing on the white sand sparkling under the twinkling sunshine. Swimming in the deep blue water or go snorkeling for a completely new experience.

Kbai Chay waterfall

The driver along the dirt road, deep inside the jungle is a mysterious breathtaking place that not anyone knows about – the Kbal Chay waterfall. Not only provides fresh cool water for a wonderful swimming, the waterfall can make you mesmerize with its sight of solid huge rocks under a forest of tropical trees surrounding. Enjoy the sunshine peeking through the leaves jumping on water flowing from high to low creating a stunning overview.

In Chi Phat

Chi Phat like a huge national park with the combination of river, jungle, and wildlife. Hop on a kayak to admire the spectacular sunshine and enjoy an interesting experience having picnic breakfast on the river. Witness a plenty of different bird species through a binocular, especially hornbill while listening to the beautiful harmony made by the wind twisting the leaves. Relax in a local bungalow by reading a book and taste the delicious local meal, or just take a swim in the fresh cool water.

In Ta Tai

A highlight of Cambodia Cycling Tours is a visit to Tatai included Tatai Waterfall and River. The sight is breathtaking with thick tropical jungle plunging down to the riverbank. Taste the completely pure experience while free your soul with the serene natural environment surrounding. Moreover, the Tatai Waterfall is spectacular with the rushing water flowing into the fresh pool below.

Tips and Advice for Cycling Tours in Cambodia

The best time to cycle in Cambodia

Cambodia is a tropical country with four seasons included spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The weather in summer is very hot when the temperature can reach 40°C which makes you a little tired and catch a fever. The best time to visit Cambodia is from October to February when the weather is cool and rarely rain suited for wonderful cycling.

Accommodation for cyclers

You can easily find a local homestay along the road on your schedule with a reasonable or even cheap price. People here are so friendly, every question can be solved immediately right after you asked. They can give you some households and also delicious local-favor meals without any fee.

Cambodian phrases for cyclers

Of course, hopping on any cycling tour to Cambodia you can meet many local people. For conveniently, you should learn about some short common sentences. The most common phrases are: “Hello” - “Suostei”, “Thank you” – “Saum arkoun”. But every phrase you should speak with a friendly smile.