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Cycling: Bangkok to Siem Reap Adventure

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TRIP SUMMARY

Saddle up and cycle between Southeast Asia's most ancient and modern of cities - Angkor and Bangkok. From the Thai capital, you'll head out into the verdant countryside, past fruit orchards, mountains and beaches. After crossing the border into Cambodia, the journey continues along quiet country lanes to the quaint colonial town of Battambang. Finally the ride emerges at Siem Reap, where guests have the chance to explore the spectacular ancient temples of Angkor.

time difference

TIME DIFFERENCE

6 hours ahead of the UK

flight time

FLIGHT TIME

11-12 hours direct from UK

Day 1

Bangkok

Upon arrival at Bangkok Airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Freshen up from your long flight before joining your local team for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant to prepare for your upcoming cycle.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Recommended Accommodation:
IMM Fusion Bangkok
IMM Fusion Hotel BangkokIMM Fusion Hotel BangkokIMM Fusion Hotel BangkokIMM Fusion Hotel Bangkok
Day 2

Bangkok - Rayong

After breakfast meet your guides and check your bikes before we transfer via Pattaya to the start of the ride. Our route today takes us for a local lunch to try some delicious traditional Thai dishes before we stop at Noong Nooch Botanical. Here you and find a wide variety of flora from all over the world as we ride through the tropical gardens.

Late afternoon, we arrive in Rayong for dinner. 

Overnight in Rayong

Distance and journey time:
Cycling distance up to: 75km
Difficulty: Easy

Recommended Accommodation:
Novotel Rayong (Superior Room)
Gay friendly Novotel RayongNovotel Rayong
Day 3

Rayong - Chanthaburi

Today will be an early start for breakfast and then depart the hotel to transfer to Pak Nam Prasae. We fit the bikes and cycle on the scenic local road to Kung Wiman Bay. This idyllic place and friendly community offers you to watch the fishing boats, discover the fruit orchards and rubber plantations at the foothill of the Cardamom Mountain on the southwest coast of Chantaburi province. The sea is fringed by casuarinas trees and forest covered hills and mangrove swamps with safe, clean beaches.

As Kung Wiman beach faces west, the sun sets directly into the sea, making the beach the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset. We continue our ride and stop for a walk along a trail through an abundance of mangrove at Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center. We are back on the bike again and cycle to our beach resort at Chaolao Beach.

Overnight in Chantabauri.

Distance and journey time:
Cycling distance up to: 75km
Difficulty: Easy

Recommended Accommodation:
Chantaburi
Gay cycling tour through Thailand and Cambodia
Day 4

Chanthaburi - Pailin

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to Pongnamron and start our cycle to the Thailand – Cambodian border. We have lunch and say goodbye to our team for your onward travel to Cambodia.

After arriving at the Cambodia border you will meet with your Cambodian English speaking guide and start your ride 17km to Pailin set in the attractive Chour Phnom Kravanh (Cardamom) foothills. The ride has some undulating sections - nothing too difficult - and the views of the mountains make for a very pretty ride. Pailin is now a home to former Khmer Rouge leaders and also famous for its ruby mines.

Distance and journey time:
Cycling distance up to: 42km
Difficulty: Easy

Recommended Accommodation:
Memoria Palace Resort Pailin
Gay friendly Memoria Palace ResortGay friendly hotel Pailin
Day 5

Pailing - Battambang

This morning after breakfast at the hotel, we will start our saddle up and ride east to Battambang. This is really rural Cambodia with lots of mango orchards, corn, and peanut crops and of course paddy fields. The ride itself has some great views as we ride along tarmac roads past the Cardamom mountains, one the wildest areas in Cambodia.

We will cross streams and bridges and really get a feeling of riding into unchartered territory. We have lunch at Wat Phnom Sampeau and after eating we have a chance to visit the temple which is atop a limestone outcrop. Finally we reach Battambang, Cambodia’s second city, a sleepy backwater full of a faded colonial buildings and charm. This is a tough ride on an unpaved surface with lots of potholes – but we have full van support for anyone who does not wish to ride the whole way.

Overnight in Classy Hotel & Spa.

Distance and journey time:
Cycling distance up to: 85km
Difficulty: Easy

Recommended Accommodation:
Classy Hotel & Spa Battambang
Gay friendly hotel BattambangClassy Hotel and Spa Battambang
Day 6

Battambang - Siem Reap

After breakfast at hotel, we transfer by private vehicle a couple of hours out from Battambang province to Kralang district where the team and the bikes are ready for you to start your 40km challenge through the historic highway connecting Battambang and Angkor Wat.

Once you arrived in the Pouk district, you'll have a short time to refresh your energy before we will continue on another 35km ride through country side where the jungle stretches all the way to the foot of the road and you will pass by the lotus ponds, local villages, rice fields, fish farms, with mountain views in the distance. We celebrate as we reach the finish line at the ancient pagoda.

Tonight – dinner at local restaurant in Siem Reap town.

Distance and journey time:
Cycling distance up to: 75km
Difficulty: Easy

Recommended Accommodation:
Somadevi Hotel Siem Reap (Deluxe Room)
Day 7

Siem Reap - Angkor Complex

After breakfast this morning, we’ll meet with the guides and prepare for our journey through the jungles of Angkor.

We begin with a visit to Ta Prohm temple (a setting of one of the Tomb Raider films), built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle, trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

We’ll continue from Ta Prohm to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. An eight meter high wall draws a perfect square around the city ruin. Enter through the ancient East Gate. On each side of the entrance path a row of fifty-four gods and demons hold the sacred Naga snake of Hindu lore.

From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its fifty-four towers with enigmatic faces representing the fifty-four provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

Return later to the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

Distance and journey time:
Cycling distance up to: 30km
Difficulty: Easy

Recommended Accommodation:
Somadevi Hotel Siem Reap (Deluxe Room)
Day 8

Breakfast this morning and then it's time to say farewell to Cambodia. We will drive you to the airport for your onward flight.













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