Updated April 19th, 2018.
Our full-day advanced cycling tour takes you 40km ride around the lesser known temples of the Angkor complex. Ride through hidden trails, jungles, and local villages, and feast your eyes on the magnificent temples of the majestic Angkor Complex!
On this tour, you are guaranteed a peaceful ride away from other tourists. The tour will take you through villages and to Angkor Wat via the less trodden route. Enjoy your lunch on an off the beaten track hidden trail. Your friendly, knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide will tell you anything you want to know about the temples’ history and keep you entertained throughout the day.
Please note: In order to take this tour, you must have purchased an Angkor Archaeological Pass, which you must buy at Angkor Ticket Office. You can buy the ticket on the day of the bicycle tour with the guide, as the route passes close to the ticket office. Or, if you like, you can buy your ticket in the evening before, after 5 pm, as your ticket will be valid for that evening and also the next day. Allowing you to watch the sunset in the park one night and then explore the next day!) See costs below itinerary.
Hidden Trails of Angkor – Tour Itinerary
Stop 1: Villages along the River
We begin our ride with Butterfly Tours’ signature style… a lovely ride through local Cambodian villages. This 15-minute ride takes you away from the luxurious hotels of Siem Reap city to the tiny pathways meandering through the local villages. Get to know friendly villagers, and be sure to send out plenty of waves to the little children chasing our bikes!
Stop 2: Angkor Wat
Next, we will take a trail that leads you behind Angkor Wat. This is a route that very few tourists take, guaranteeing a peaceful and unobstructed view of this magnificent complex that holds great historical and religious significance to many Cambodians.
Stop 3: Ancient Stairs of Bakheng Temple
Our trail then leads you around Bakheng Mountain, where you will eventually reach a temple known for its ancient stairs. Learn more about the significance of the stairs in relation to Bakheng Temple’s construction, which is guarded by two fierce lions!
Stop 4: Baksei Chamkrong Temple
Just a short distance away is Baksei Chamkrong, a small pyramid-shaped Hindu temple. Baksei Chamkrong, which means “a bird sheltering its wings” has an interesting legend connected to it. Be sure to listen carefully to this story!
Stop 5: Trail to Preah Khan
Next up: Preah Khan Temple! As your guide tells you more about this temple, be sure to look out for the finely carved structures and the 5-metre tall garudas – a mythical bird significant in Hindu-Buddhist mythology.
Stop 6: Lunch at Neak Pean Temple
Hungry? We sure are! We will lead you onto a hidden trail behind Neak Pean Temple, where we’ll take a longer stop (30 minutes) to relax and enjoy a delicious local lunch!
Stop 7: Rice Paddy Trail
With our tummies filled, we will now embark upon a trail that leads us across the vast landscape of rice paddies. We will make a few stops along this trail, where you will be able to learn more about Cambodia’s traditional agriculture and even try out some paddy planting with local farmers – a sure way to make new friends!
Our tour ends with an off-road bike ride back to the city.
The cost for the Angkor Archaeological Pass is:
- 1 Day – $37 USD.
- 3 Days – $62 USD.
- 7 Days – $72 USD.