Khmer Empire Explorer by Bike

Price from
US$ 2,600
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Distance
496 kilometres
Tour code
MCT-MKE
Next departure
09-Jul-2017
Number of Cycling Days 8 full days, 2 half days.
Average Distance Per Day: 50
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150 Km
Total Cycling Distance 496 kilometres
Accommodation Included
Bike Hire US$180
Single Supplement US$490
Child Pricing N/A

All About this Tour

This unique cycling tour traces some of the far reaches of the Khmer Empire while also following the Mekong River from Thailand, through Southern Laos and into Cambodia, providing a perfect setting to experience the cultural heritage and scenic highlights of these three countries.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Ubon Ratchathani and transfer to overnight at hotel on Mekong River.

Day 2

Cross the border to Laos and ride the coffee-growing region of the Bolaven Plateau. After a stop at the 200 m high Tad Fane waterfal we cycle to our tranquil resort in the middle of a coffee plantation. .

Day 3

A mostly downhill ride to an ethnic village and then on to lunch at the Tad Lo waterfall. A transfer takes us to Champasak and Wat Phu, our first Khmer Hindu temple complex of the tour.

Day 4

We cross the Mekong many times today. First to cycle on an island, then to see Phu Asa, a curious site of stone towers. Late in the afternoon we have a very short crossing to the island of Don Khone.

Day 5

Today we cycle from island to island, with the assistance of some boats. Hard to believe we are in the middle of a river!

Day 6

A rest day to chill out and enjoy the tranquil island of Don Khone.

Day 7

Cross the Laos-Cambodia border and cycle down the Mekong to Stung Treng.

Day 8

A unique opportunity to visit Preah Vihear, a Khmer temple listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uniquely situated at the top of a cliff it provides stunning vies of the Cambodian countryside.

Day 9

Today we ride from temple to temple in the ancient capital of Koh Ker. Many of these temples are still in the middle of the jungle and have not been touched, providing a different aspect to the Khmer Empire. We then transfer to Siem Reap.

Day 10

Today we take in the splendour that is the ancient capital of Khmer Empire, Angkor Temple complex. By bicycle is the best way to see these amazing structures.

Day 11

A longer cycle today through the countryside to see unique carvings in a river. One more temple has to be included as Banteay Srei is known for its intricate carvings.

Day 12

A change of pace today, we trade our bikes for kayaks as explore the floating villages on the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. A farewell dinner marks the end of exploration of the Khmer Empire. then back to Siem Reap to end our trip.

Day 13

Free time until onward travel.

Additional journey information

Meets: Ubon Ratchathani
Ends: Siem Reap
Fly in to: Ubon Ratchathani International Airport (UBP)
Fly out of: Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
Countries visited: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia.
Minimum age: 18 (on scheduled departures)

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