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Temple Trails of Angkor Bike Tour | 1 Day | SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA


  • This full-day, advanced bicycle tour takes you on a 40km around the lesser known temples of the Angkor complex!
  • Ride with us through hidden trails, jungles, and local villages, and feast your eyes on the magnificent temples of Angkor.
  • On this tour, you are guaranteed a peaceful ride away from other tourists—and a yummy local lunch!

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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

  • Start Time: 8am (Butterfly Tours Office – Siem Reap)
  • Finish Time: 4.30pm
  • Total Distance: 40-45km
  • Group Size: 1-8 People
  • Dress Code: As we will be visiting temples, please wear clothes to cover your shoulders and knees or bring extra garments with you.

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.

Good to Know: Due to the physical nature of our trips, it is extremely important that you are of good physical health to fully participate in group cycling. Prior to the start of your tour and at every trip stop during your tour, every rider is required to provide details of any pre-existing medical conditions or to inform the tour leader if he/she feels unwell. Disclosure of this information is extremely important so as to ensure that we can act effectively in the case of an emergency.

  • Please note that this experience needs to be booked at least 2 days in advance, as we need time to ensure everything is ready for you for an unforgettable experience of Siem Reap hidden temple exploration.
  • If you have children below the age of 16 or group ride more than 5 people, please ask our customer service for special rates.

What's Included

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Mountain bike
  • Helmet
  • Local lunch
  • Pick up and drop off at the hotel
  • Drinking water
  • Bike maintenance
  • First aid kits
  • Cold towel
  • Local snacks

Not Included

Cycling Info

Estimated cycling distance: 30 to 35 km
– Cycling environment: flat terrain, dirt road.
– Fitness level needed: 1.5 / 5
– Guide to cyclists ratio: 1 guide to 6 riders.
– Our cycling guides are first-aid trained and carry a first-aid kit with them during the experience. A safety vehicle also accompanies the group on this tour.


Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.


Butterfly Tours

Butterfly Tours is a leading bike tour company in Cambodia operated and owned by a group of university students. Visitors taking our tours are guaranteed an experience like no other; besides viewing truly local and stunning sights, you will simultaneously be supporting an eco-friendly and sustainable effort that directly benefits rural Cambodian communities.

Butterfly Tours goes beyond being an ordinary tour company. As advocates of young Cambodian leadership, we believe in the power of education and the development of entrepreneurship. Our stance reflects the ultimate aim of our company: To create local, empowered, and independent Cambodian employers and employees who will ultimately contribute to the development of Cambodia’s local economy and the environment.

Our tours are specially designed for you to:

  • Take a relaxing bike ride through local Cambodian villages in Battambang, Siem Reap, and Kampot—away from the usual tourist hotspots
  • View and photograph magnificent scenery of the Cambodian countryside
  • Observe Cambodia’s rural ways of life—visit local temples and learn about the variety of cottage industries, as well as our rich agricultural livelihoods
  • Immerse yourself in “the local”—sample authentic Cambodian cuisine and learn about our unique Khmer customs and culture!
  • Meet friendly Cambodian children and villagers!

Our tours benefit local Cambodian communities:

  • We train local students and youths to be your guides, in turn offering them employment and leadership opportunities
  • We personally nurture and develop leadership and managerial skills of our Butterfly team members, who are made up of Cambodian youths from the countryside
  • Within villages, we engage local Cambodians to share their knowledge and skills with us, who in turn share them with you when you take our tours!

On a larger scale, our tours seek to:

  • Educate visitors on the socio-cultural and economic landscape of Cambodia
  • Deepen visitors’ knowledge on local Cambodian cultures and customs
  • Support the integrity of local cultures by favouring businesses and local goods that conserve the cultural heritage and traditional values of Cambodia
  • Support the local economy through the purchase of local goods from small Cambodian businesses
  • Conserve the local environment by engaging businesses that are eco-friendly and sustainable
  • Develop sustainable forms of tourism that create more jobs and support local Cambodian trade and investment


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