Biking the Angkor Temples

Biking the Angkor Temples

Seeing the centre of what once was the mighty Angkor Kingdom is an awe-inspiring sensation,
yet pedalling from famous temple to temple makes it, even more, a spectacle. When a
sustainable means if your choice to get blown away by splendour, hop on a bike!

WHY THIS TOUR?

Few sites have drawn culturally-minded, photographers and those interested in the historical value much as the Angkor temples in the heart of Cambodia. Revered for its expansive size, its plethora of temple ruins and palaces and the story behind the Angkor Archaeological Site, it now stands tall as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and for good reasons.

During this day, we bike from highlight to highlight, guided by a professional English-speaking guide.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Biking the Angkor Temples

07:30 - 18:00

Your biking guide will be ready at your hotel early in the morning, where you will be receiving your bicycles for the day. After some adjustments to fit your height, we are ready to move into the Angkor complex after obtaining the much-needed entrance pass to enter this magical place, covering hundreds of square kilometres in the past and was home to close to one million residents.

Start your tour to the most spectacular temples at Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII and one of the most important ancient cities. This city is surrounded by an 8-meter high wall, drawing a perfect square. Depending on the route and trying to avoid the crowd, we entrance through ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces, may indicate something special awaits. From here, pedal to the Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th-century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the former Great Khmer Empire. To enter one of the Royal sites at Angkor Thom – the Baphuon – one requires to be properly dressed.

We enjoy a local lunch at a restaurant near Srah Srang and the perfect time for a break to let all the impressions sink in as we have still an afternoon coming up. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left as it was found; overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Combined with the Banteay Kdei, one of the less-accessible temples, your afternoon starts in the same line as the morning. Taking in the smaller temple complexes completes your day, such as Sras Srong and Kravan Temple, cast a whole new light and shine because of their unique construction.

It is time to head back to your hotel and your choice to end the day on your bike or comfortably drive back aboard your support vehicle.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • Day pass to the Angkor temples
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Siem Reap. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Tonle Sap, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei and Siem Reap International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users; Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion
  • We always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Some of the Angkor sights temples and palaces (such as the Baphuon) uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance
  • Customers booking this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way. A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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