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Join this 14-day motorbike tour with Ride Wild Cambodia! During this 14-day tour, you will have many things to find such as jungle, elephants, waterfalls, empty roads, volcanic lake, ethnic people, mighty Mekong and Mekong dolphins, Koh Ker complex, Preah Vihear complex, remote north, community projects, Battambang, Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau, etc. Join this tour and you won't be disappointed with what Ride Wild Cambodia has to offer!
Airport transfer included: Phnom Penh International Airport
During this tour, you will be accommodated at hotels, guesthouses, or homestays provided by Ride Wild Cambodia. You will have a choice between single or double rooms.
After a short introduction to the mighty FTR, you will start riding towards Kampong Cham following the Mekong on a quiet road for a few hours. After lunch, you will visit Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey temples and Wat Nokor as well. Later on, you will cross the Mekong on a massive bamboo bridge. On your first day, you will ride for about four hours.
In the AM, you will travel to the laid back town of Kratie. Situated on the Mekong banks and relatively less visited, this small town has a special unique charm. The Mekong in this area is also home to the largest remaining population of Mekong dolphins and you might want to visit the dolphin pools (natural deep pools are the main habitat for the dolphins).
Here, you will take a kayak tour to the flooded forest where trees have adapted special root formations to cope with the Mekong's strong currents. If the Mekong is too high to kayak, you will visit the dolphin pools and other sites in the area. Kayaking on the Mekong is normally available during the dry season, December to June. On your second day, you will be on the road for about three and a half hours.
On day 3, you will travel to the city of Senmonorom through the village of Keo Seima on a relatively low-traffic road. From Keo Seima, the road snakes up the mountains of the east through the beautiful Keo Seima's protected forest.
After settling in your accommodation and having lunch, you will jump on the FTR and visit the Bou Sra Waterfall, debatably the most impressive waterfall in Cambodia. Here, you will spend as much time as you want; swimming and relaxing before going back to Senmonorom. You will ride for three to four hours.
In the AM, you will visit the Elephant Valley project, where previously working elephants are now roaming free. Here, you will hear the stories of the project and the elephants and get the chance to walk alongside these magnificent animals in their natural habitats, as the project is located at the edge of the Keo Seima's protected forest.
In the PM, you will leave the town for a pleasant tour of the surrounding hills. You will pass through the local villages and visit some less explored sites such as the "sea of forest" viewpoint, the giant trees at the spirit forest, and others. You will finish the day with a sunset dinner with a 360-degree view of the area. You will ride for about three hours.
After breakfast, you will start your journey to Banlung on the newly built National Road 76. This route, in Ride Wild Cambodia's opinion, has some of the most spectacular forest views in Cambodia as it crosses the Mondulkiri Protected Forest. What makes it even better is that it is also a very low-traffic road.
After settling into your accommodation and having lunch, you will visit the Yeak Lom Lake, a small lake situated in a volcanic crater surrounded by rain forest. You will ride for about four hours.
The far northeast of Cambodia is the center of non-Khmer-speaking ethnic groups such as the Pnong, Tampuan, and Jarai, to name only a few. There a few things you can do here, the preferred option is; you will dedicate this day to visiting the forests of the area and some of the ethnic villages that are still trying to keep their traditional ways. The day will include short traveling by car, hiking in the forest, visiting ethnic villages, and camping out. You will spend the night in the forest accompanied by a local ranger.
Ride Wild Cambodia highly recommends this experience, but if hiking and camping out are not your thing, let Ride Wild Cambodia know; other options are available for the day; you can visit villages using the mighty FTR and walk around in the forest.
You will leave the forest back to Banlung and after a well-deserved shower, you will head to the mighty Mekong! At the most northern point of the Mekong on the Cambodia-Lao border, you will cross the river and head to the "secret sunset beach" where you can spot the extremely rear Mekong dolphin and enjoy the sunset at the same time! Here, you will spend the night in homestays operated by the local villagers. You will of course also visit the mighty Mekong falls! You will enjoy a four hours ride.
From this point forth, you are exploring Cambodia's hidden temples in the far north where you will travel on mainly sparsely occupied roads! Koh Ker, located about 120 kilometers from Siem Reap, is the modern name for an important city of the Khmer empire. In inscriptions, the town is mentioned as Lingapura (city of lingams) or Chok Gargyar. Koh Ker is maybe the best sunset and sunrise temple in Cambodia as its peak towers the forest surrounding it and you are almost sure to enjoy this magic moment alone! You will spend the night in homestays near the main temple. You will be on the road for about five hours.
Today, you will travel to a very special place, the Preah Vihear Temple. Preah Vihear is not the biggest, tallest or oldest but its location, atop a 525-meter (1,722 feet) cliff in the Dangrek Mountains and its unique design makes it one of, if not the most spectacular ones.
This is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire but it's still the cause of land disputes as it is located on the northern Cambodia - Thai border. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that the temple is in Cambodia.
More recently, the 2 countries have exchanged fire clash that occurred in October 2008. In April 2009, 66 stones at the temple were allegedly damaged by Thai soldiers firing across the border. In February 2010, the Cambodian government filed a formal letter of complaint with Google Maps for depicting the natural watershed as the international border instead of the line shown on the 1907 French map used by the International Court of Justice in 1962. You will ride for approximately four hours.
Day 10 is a long riding day to the temple complex of Banteay Chhmar (Citadel of the Cats) that was built during the reign of Jayavarman VII in the late 12th or early 13th century. A Community Based Tourism program is running here and you will spend 2 days with the community joining their activities. Today, you will have dinner in the temple area with traditional wooden torches and spend the night at homestays with the local people.
Day 11 is a lazy day with a lazy wake-up. After breakfast, you will take a tour of the villages, to the Banteay Chmar, Ta Prohm temples, satellite temples, and to the barays. The barays are reservoirs used for irrigation at the ancient times of Angkor. You will also visit the Silk Center and the Banteay Chhmar local market. You will ride for about five hours in these days.
Battambang or the "Loss of Staff" was founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire. Battambang is the leading rice-producing province of the country. For nearly 100 years, it was a major commercial hub and the provincial capital of the Siamese province of Inner Cambodia. French Colonial architecture is a notable aspect of the city, with some of the best-preserved examples in the country.
You will spend 1.5 days visiting the town and engaging in activities such as taking a ride on the 'norry' (bamboo train), visit the Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau - many victims were killed and then tossed into holes to the caves in the atrocities that occurred there during the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Their bones can be seen there today. You will also visit the Bat Caves, and if the show is on, the Battambang Circus (Phare Ponleu Selpak). The shows are put on by students from the NGO arts school, Phare Ponleu Selpak that helps disadvantaged children and young people escape from situations connected with poverty such as begging or trafficking. You will ride for about three hours.
Your last day on the FTR. You will ride to the town of Siem Reap. According to oral tradition, King Ang Chan (1516-1566) had named the town "Siem Reap", meaning "the defeat of Siam", after he repulsed an army sent to invade Cambodia by the Thai King Maha Chakkraphat in 1549.
Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor (capital city), the capital city of the Khmer Empire, which flourished between the 9th to 15th centuries. Angkor was huge! An international team of researchers using modern techniques concluded that it had been the largest pre-industrial city in the world, with an elaborate infrastructure system of at least 1,000 square kilometers! The famous Angkor Thom (the great city), Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta prom temples are located here.
One can spend weeks exploring this area. Ride Wild Cambodia will take you to visit the less visited West Baray, (Baray Teuk Thla). Angkor is considered to be a "hydraulic city" as it had a complicated water management network, used for stabilizing, storing, and dispersing of water. The West Baray is rectangular in shape and measuring approximately 7.8 by 2.1 kilometers! It is the largest baray at Angkor and in Ride Wild Cambodia's opinion, not less impressive than the great temples of this city. This evening, you will party till the light of dawn! You will ride for about four hours. You will ride for approximately 14 hours.
This tour will take place in Cambodia, from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham, Kratie, Senmonorom, Banlung, Stung Treng, Koh Ker, Sra'em, Banteay Chhmar, Battambang, and Siem Reap.
Book your flight to arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH). Ride Wild Cambodia will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.