Khmer Empire Explorer by Bike

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US$ 2,900
13 Days / 12 Nights
496 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days10
Average Distance Per Day: 50
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 271
2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance496 kilometres
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 180
Single SupplementUS$ 550

About this Cycle 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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Day 1

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

Day 2

Cross the border into Laos and ride the coffee-growing region of the Bolaven Plateau. After a stop at the 200-m high Tad Fane Waterfall, 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

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 views of the Cambodian countryside.

Day 9

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

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 to 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.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Khong Jiam - Tad Fane - Sinook Ride 40km. +390m / -347m.
Day 2 - Khong Jiam - Tad Fane - Sinook Ride 40km. +390m / -347m.


January was an excellent time to explore this area as the temperature was consistently around 30c. We had awesome local guides and drivers for each country. The terrain was a variety of tarmac, sand and trails through the countryside. The combination of biking, visiting sites and eating local food was a great way to explore these countries. We were also pleased with the variety of accommodation.

This was our fourth SpiceRoads tour. We appreciate the level of professionalism all staff display as well as the awesome planning that goes into all the trips to ensure the clients safety and enjoyment.

Margaret AshleyJanuary 2018

We enjoyed our SpiceRoads tour very much and thought it extremely well organized with excellent guides and drivers. We had a few specific recommendations on your Khmer Explorer tour — things we thought didn’t work that well and might be changed or modified — but on the whole, we thought you offer excellent value for money and would recommend your company highly.

Hilary BrownNovember 2017

Dear Spice Roads, I am writing you again about my fabulous trip in Jan 2016 thru Laos, Cambodia, and into Thailand. Mr Bota Sin was our 2nd guide while in Cambodia. Mr. Bota Sin was a great guide! I will and have recommended him to my friends that wish to bike travel thru Cambodia. He is attentive to all details, stays completely attuned to the needs of the biking group. For example, I was one of the back of the line riders and he made sure I was never alone or behind. He made sure we had frequent rest/food stops as the climate was much more humid and hotter than what we were used to. He is very educated and it was a pleasure to converse with him on a wide variety of subjects. His language skills are proficient! Bota is very hard working, no detail too small to attend to, and never "off duty". Please include Mr Bota Sin as a guide in your tours. Your clients will be superbly taken care of and will have an incredible experience which will only keep clients coming to your tours! I know when I come back, I will ask for Mr Bota Sin and recommend him to my friends!

ps. this was my 3rd trip through Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, by bike. I can say due to the care of Mr Bota Sin, that it was one of my favorites!

Sheila MurphyJanuary 2016

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