14 Days Remote North and Lazy South Expedition Motorbike Tour Cambodia

Picturesque Cambodia Motorbike Tour

Join this 14-day motorbike tour with Ride Wild Cambodia. This tour allows you to go on a sightseeing tour and visit some of the most remarkable landmarks in Cambodia such as the famous Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm temples. In addition, you will have a chance to visit 2 remote temples, Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. There are many more tourist destinations that you can visit during this tour. Book now and join this wonderful expedition to the North and South Cambodia!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike
  • Riding gear: included: helmet
  • Meals: all meals

Meet the guides

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Highlights

  • Ride along the Ream National Park
  • Snorkeling island tour in Sihanoukville
  • Starts in Siem Reap and ends in Sihanoukville
  • Honda FTR 230 cc motorbike rental
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


14 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Phnom Penh International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated at hotels, guesthouses, or homestays provided by Ride Wild Cambodia. You will have the chance to choose between a single or a double room.

Program

Day 1: 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 from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. A huge settlement supporting at least 0.1% of the global population, an international team of researchers concluded that Angkor had been the largest pre-industrial city in the world, with an urban sprawl of at least 1,000 square kilometers. The famous Angkor Thom (the great city), Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm temples are located here. One can spend weeks exploring this area; Ride Wild Cambodia will spend a day taking you to those most remarkable landmarks.

Note: You may arrive in Siem Reap by bus, boat, or flight. Ride Wild Cambodia will be happy to help you arrange it.

Day 2: Siem Reap to Koh Ker

In the AM, you will visit a few more temples around Siem Reap. After a short introduction to the mighty FTR, you will travel on mainly sparsely occupied roads. There are 2 remote temples on the menu today; Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. 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 riding for about two and a half hours.

Day 3: Koh Ker to Sra'em

Today, you will visit 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 temples. This ancient temple is still the cause of land disputes as it is located on the northern Cambodia - Thai border. In 1962, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that the temple is in Cambodia. The 2 countries exchanged fire recently in 2008 and 2009. You will ride for approximately four hours.

Day 4: Sra'em to Banteay Chhmar

Today 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 some of the local people. You will be riding for five hours.

Day 5: Banteay Chhmar

Today, you will have a lazy wake-up. After breakfast, you will take a tour of the villages, the satellite temples, and to the barays. The barays are reservoirs used for irrigation during the ancient times of Angkor. You will also visit the silk centre.

Days 6 - 7: Banteay Chhmar to Battambang

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 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.

Here, you will be visiting the town and engaging in activities such as taking a ride on the 'norry' (bamboo train) and visit the Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau; many victims were killed and then tossed into holes to the caves in the atrocities 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, enjoy 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.

Here, you can take some cooking lessons of Khmer cuisine. You will ride for about four hours.

Day 8: Battambang to Koh Kong

After 4 easy days, this will be a long riding day as you are crossing the Cardamom Mountains (Phnom Krâvan) to the border town of Koh Kong. On the way, you will cross through 1 million hectares of forest until very recently only accessible by 4x4 and off-road bikes. A recent hydro dam development brought a hard pack roads that enable you to travel here with comfort. The sceneries remain breathtaking. You will ride for about eight hours.

Day 9: Koh Kong to Chi-Phat

The Chi-Phat village is located in the Southern Cardamom Mountain range. There is a community-based ecotourism project where hunters and loggers turned into tourism entrepreneurs are working to conserve the forest and wildlife through tourism. You will cross the southern Cardamom and arrive for lunch time, and later in the day, you will join a boat ride on one of the tributaries deep in the forest. You will spend the night at a remote campsite in the forest along the river bank. You will ride for three hours.

Day 10: Chi-Phat

It is time to get those legs working and explore this jungle by foot; today is a trekking day! You will cross the jungle on foot accompanied by a local guide, visiting on the way, a seasonal water hole where you might see some wildlife. Go back to Chi-Phat village before evening for dinner and a well-deserved shower. Sleep in a local guesthouse or homestay.

Day 11: Chi-Phat to Kampot and Kep

Kampot province is known for its award-winning black pepper. It has even received the prestigious geographical indication status which designates and protects a product coming from a specific geographical area of particular quality.

You will drive directly to Kep town which used to be the jewel of French colonial era and has some unique energy to it. You will have lunch at the famous 'crab market'.

From Kep, you will head to Kampot where you will enjoy a sunset cruise and then a free evening to explore this laid back river town. You will ride for three hours.

Day 12: Kampot to Ream National Park

After breakfast, you will climb the Bokor Mountain (in the saddle of the motorcycle). Here, you can have a glimpse of the peak of the French colonial time. Colonial buildings such as hotel & casino, church, royal residence, and a hill station were constructed at the top of the mountain to create a mountain luxury resort and retreat for the rich and famous of the early 1920s.

From Bokor, you will head to the tropical coastline of Ream National Park, traveling to Ream on what Ride Wild Cambodia likes to call 'the mangrove trail' is a very nice experience.

Ream National Park is a relatively unknown spot. Traveling to Ream National Park on what Ride Wild Cambodia likes to call 'the mangrove trail' is a very nice experience with a good chance to see big birds such as cranes, falcons, and eagles. You will sleep at only 100 meters from the water on a nice secluded beach. You will ride for approximately three hours.

Day 13: Ream National Park to Sihanoukville

In the AM, after breakfast and a morning swim, you will do some ride along the park and reach Kabal Chay Waterfall and then enjoy some excellent coastline at the 'secret beach'. You will then arrive at Otres Beach for lunch in front of the sea.

In the PM, only 7 kilometers from Otres Beach, you will reach the city of Sihanoukville (Krong Preah Sihanouk). The city, which was named in honor of former king Norodom Sihanouk, is Cambodia's main seaport and also a tourism hub. Here, you will have dinner at the Chez Claude restaurant overlooking the town. You will ride for about three hours.

Day 14: Sihanoukville

After breakfast, you will head to the waters for a snorkeling island tour with some pleasant island BBQ. The tour ends today! Party till late!

Skill levels

Beginner

  • Can ride for 2-3 hours
  • Minimal riding experience
  • Assistance required
  • Comfortable with curves and leans
  • Basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • Can ride for 3-4 hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • Can ride for 5-6 hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • A boat ride on one of the tributaries deep in Southern Cardamom Mountain Range
  • A snorkeling island tour
  • Visit to Bat Caves
  • Visit to Beng Mealea and Koh Ker
  • Visit Kabal Chay Waterfall
  • Visit to Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau
  • Visit to Otres Beach
  • Visit to Preah Vihear Temple
  • Visit to silk centre

Guides

Sophea
Sophea is the logistics staff, and is also responsible for training communities and so many other things!
Francois
Francois has been guiding both on and off-road tours for the last 6 years. Annoyingly, he is always smiling.
Map
Map is the on-tour logistics and support guy, he will be there with his pickup to make sure you have what you need.
Meng
Meng is making sure your bike runs as it should. Probably one of the best out there.
Nico
Nico is an experienced guide and only happy when on a motorcycle. He is wanted in 5 countries.

Location

This tour will take place in Cambodia, from Siem Reap to Koh Ker, Sra'em, Banteay Chhmar, Battambang, Koh Kong, Chi-Phat, Kampot and Kep, Ream National Park, and Sihanoukville.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Activities and entrance fees
  • Airport pick-up
  • Certified helmet
  • Delicious meals
  • English, French, or Khmer-speaking tour guide
  • Gasoline
  • Honda FTR 230cc motorcycle
  • Souvenir t-shirt
  • Third party insurance
  • Video or photos of the tour

What's not included

  • Airfare tickets and fees
  • Health insurance
  • Support vehicle (80 USD / day)
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Airport: Phnom Penh International Airport Airport transfer included: Phnom Penh International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Pricing information

The prices below are per person based on different group sizes. The price for 9-rider group is 3,025 USD per person. The price for pillion riders is 2,230 USD per person based on shared room. 2 non-riders can be accommodated in a support vehicle, driving along with the motorbike riders. Price per non-rider is 1,605 USD.

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