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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Phnom Penh International Airport
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.
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