- We take a look at the hilltop temples of Phnom Srey Phnom Bros.
- Follow a scenic trail along the Mekong River through numerous fishing villages to the quiet, riverside town of Kratie, where we spend the night in a comfortable new riverside hotel.
- A relaxing day around Kratie.
- Kratie – Sen Monorom: A great day’s ride with river crossings and ox-cart tracks for those up for an adventure!
- Take an ox-cart track through forests and rivers to Bousra waterfall, the largest in Cambodia.
Round: Phnom-penh - Kratie - Sen Monorom - Koh Nheak village - Banlung - Kratie - Siemreap
Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh
Arrival Phnom Penh. Free to visit the city and try the bikes.
Day 2: Phnom-penh - Kratie
From Phnom Penh, we ride to Kompong Cham Province via the town of Skuon, famous for its deep fried tarantulas! In Kompong Cham we take a look at the hilltop temples of Phnom Srey Phnom Bros (Woman and Man Mountain). After lunch in Kompong Cham we follow a scenic trail along the Mekong River through numerous fishing villages to the quiet, riverside town of Kratie, where we spend the night in a comfortable new riverside hotel.
Day 3: Kratie and it’s around
A relaxing day around Kratie. Take a boat onto the Mekong to catch a glimpse of Cambodia's rare Irrawaddy dolphins, and have lunch on stilted platforms over the river. After lunch we visit the hilltop pagoda of Mouy Rouy and take a ride through Kratie's villages and countryside for a feel of rural life.
Day 4: Kratie – Sen Monorom
We leave Kratie on Route 7 before joining the old route to Mondulkiri; a winding trail through the wilderness to the provincial capital of Sen Monorom. A great day's ride with river crossings and ox-cart tracks for those up for an adventure!
Day 5: Sen Monorom and it’s around
Leaving Sen Monorom, we take an ox-cart track through forests and rivers to Bousra waterfall, the largest in Cambodia. After that it's short bike ride to the elephant-trekking village, where we alight our bikes in favor of a different kind of ride. Guided by hill tribe members, we travel by elephant through the jungle, hills and hill tribe regions of this stunning province before returning to Sen Monorom and our pretty bungalow lodging.
Day 6: Sen Monorom – Koh Nheak village
We begin our journey through one of the most remote and beautiful regions of the country, aptly nicknamed 'Death Highway' for its adventurous conditions. Riding through sand, ruts and elephant grass, we arrive in the isolated village of Koh Nheak, where we fill up on supplies and stay the night with a local family.
Day 7: Koh Nheak village - Banlung
And so the 'Death Highway' continues! Crossing the Srey Pok River, the fictitious dwelling of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, we make our way to Banlung, the provincial capital of Rattanakiri. We spend the rest of the day relaxing at the breathtaking volcanic lake of Yeak Laom, believed to have been formed over 700,000 years ago. Surrounded by bamboo groves, this area is considered sacred by local hill tribes.
Day 8: Banlung and it’s around
After breakfast, we begin our day with a ride to Voeunsai National Park. Here we transfer to a boat and head upriver to a Jarai minority village, where we learn about their everyday lives and animist beliefs, visiting their haunting cemetery with its totems and ghost houses. After returning to Banlung, spend the rest of the day at your leisure around this quiet provincial capital.
Day 9: Banlung - Kratie
As our journey nears its end we depart Banlung and head through the lush jungles of Rattanakiri on our way to Stung Treng. From there it's a short boat ride up the Mekong River to the Laos border, where we bid our farewells to Cambodia.
Day 10: Kratie – Siemreap
That is quite long day riding but on the easy road. We stop many times for pictures and meeting the local people along the journey. Arrive quite late in Siemriep.
Day 11: Siemriep
AM: After breakfast at the hotel, visit the famous old palace, Angkor Thom (this last capital was indeed a 'Great City' as its name implies and it served as the religious and administrative center of the vast and powerful Khmer Empire. It was grander than any city in Europe at that time and have supported a considerable population as high as one million) within Angkor Thom are Bayon (the giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. There are 37 standing towers, most but not all sporting four carved faces oriented toward the cardinal points), Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Phemean Akas, Terrace of Leper King.
PM: Visit Takeo, Ta Prom Temple then afterwards visit Angor Wat (Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus like towers rising 65 meters from the ground level. Angkor Wat is the center piece of any visitor to the temples of Angkor). Dinner at local restaurant with buffet and traditional Apsara Show. O/N in Siem Reap.
Day 12: Siemriep – Departure.
Shopping then transfer to the airport. End of the trip.