Cycling Trip | 11 Days | SIEM REAP –> KAMPOT, CAMBODIA


  • Join us on this 11-Day Epic Cambodian Cycling Adventure with like-minded people!
  • Meet with local NGOs and learn about the REAL issues affecting this developing country with its beautiful landscapes, friendly people and rise in tourism.
  • You will visit: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Battambang – Pursat – Phnom Penh – Tonle Sap River – Kampot  Bokor Mountain Cycle Challenge (optional) – Day Trip to Vietnam – Phnom Penh

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From the craziness of the Phnom Penh to the peace and quiet of the countryside, Cambodia is an easy country to fall in love with. The days are long, the country is hot and the people are super friendly. From the constant and random “HELLO!” (Susaday) from children as you pass by them on the road to the Community Development programs set up by the truly selfless and unsung heroes of this world. Travelling Cambodia by bike is an incredible adventure!

Social Cycles will take you on a journey to interact and connect with local grassroots Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and the beneficiaries of a funded project of your choosing. Find out what really happens at ground level in the villages with Social Cycles in a holiday that carefully balances ethical research and local impact with cycling and site seeing.


Cambodia Cycling Tour Itinerary – 11-Days: Siem Reap to Kampot

Day 1: Siem Reap
Arrival day and welcome dinner

We arrive and stay in the heart of the cosmopolitan lifestyle that has been thrust on Siem Reap since the country has opened up to the outside world. You will quickly realise that tourism is opening new markets, opportunities, revenue streams and challenges for the local area. After we pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel, take some time to relax or explore the city before we meet for a welcome dinner with the group you’ll be spending the next 10 days with. Dinner is at one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants, Marum. It’s part of the Friends International social enterprise projects, providing vocational training for marginalized youth. The food is delicious!

Day 2: Siem Reap
Sunrise cycling around the temples of Angkor

Sunrise is from 4.30am as we hit the bikes for the first time. It’s an early start – but it’s so worth it! Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple is a bucket list achievement for good reason! From here we’ll venture on to other, and arguably more impressive, temples in the area for the remainder of the morning. In the early afternoon, we’ll have the chance to visit our first NGO of the trip. We will spend time with these incredibly inspirational people that have dedicated their lives to helping others. Hear their stories and understand what the real issues of the country are.

Day 3: Siem Reap to Battambang
River riding, local villages and coffee stops

Travelling across the wetlands and navigating our way around Tonle Sap river is an experience you will never forget. The road soon turns to single track as we get more and more remote. We farewell our support van and venture on into the rural and barren lands of Cambodia. Few villages exist out here, supporting themselves through sustainable fishing methods via the river. The track can only go so far, as we arrange a long tail boat ride for you and the bikes a further 16km into the wetlands. When we come out the other side, we cross another 18km of dirt road before eventually coming into Battambang.

Battambang is a common favourite on the trip. Packed with cafes proudly displaying local art, the town is considered an emergence of young talent in a field that was virtually wiped out by the Khmer Rouge. Battambang is also great for shopping, with colonial style streets and hidden secrets where bric-a-brac abounds. Dinner is in another social enterprise based restaurant that produces food on par with anything in any Australian city.

Day 4: Battambang to Pursat
Adventure cycling, red dirt & Sustainable Cambodia

After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way along the dusty red back roads. We’ll get to the town of Pursat by early afternoon and into our hotel to enjoy the swimming pool and on-site massage spa. Then, we’ll meet the amazing NGO, Sustainable Cambodia. We are invited to a full presentation by the executives in their office and a tour of their facilities. Shortly after we will be guided to see their projects in action first hand.

Day 5: Pursat to Phnom Penh
Cycling into Phnom Penh, riverside villages and Tonle Sap

We start our 75km cycle towards Phnom Penh along some intriguing back roads… The back roads bring in some of the most spectacular scenery as we pass through villages living on Tonle Sap lake. The ride takes in great coffee stops, endless photo opportunities and a couple of ferries. It’s almost entirely on back streets with minimal traffic. The final 2km within the heart of the city can be transferred via van as an option. For dinner, it’s a feast of tarantula’s and silk works at the famous Romdeng restaurant, a social enterprise restaurant from the Friends International team.

Day 6: Phnom Penh
Friends International, S-21 genocide museum and Khmer BBQ

We’ll start the day by meeting the incredible people at Friends International and learning about all the wonderful work they do within the community and how they’re spreading their strategies across the world. This is a great insight into REAL local everyday issues, from real local everyday heroes. From the office, we venture towards the Russian market and then move to Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21 Genocide Museum. This devastating chapter of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian history is emotionally challenging but strongly recommended. There is some free time in the afternoon to process your day, whilst we’ll meet again for a local Khmer BBQ dinner.

Day 7: Phnom Penh to Kampot
Chisaur Temple: Our first cycle day (86km)

Our first major cycling day takes us south of Phnom Penh to Chisaur Mountain Temple in rural Cambodia. It’s not really much of a mountain at 130m and the route is perfectly flat. We casually cycle through remote villages and waterways, via narrow dirt tracks. Chisaur Temple is where we’ll be for lunch as we have plenty of time to explore these ancient ruins which are 200 years older than Angkor Wat. After that, we’ll take the van down to the Cambodian coastal town of Kampot to enjoy the culinary seafood delights!

Day 8: Kampot
The Bokor Mountain Cycle Challenge (optional 80km)

Start the day with an (optional) mammoth Bokor Mountain cycle challenge! It’s 40km to get to the top. The first 10km is flat, then it just keeps on going up, and up, and up! If cycling uphill doesn’t rock your world, we can bring your bike in the van and you can cycle down! Whilst at the top, we can take some time to explore the French ghost town of Bokor Hill Station in Preah Monivong National Park. For dinner, we’ll head to the Rusty Keyhole for the best BBQ ribs in the world (that is not an oversell!).

Day 9: Kampot:
Salt Fields community, ethical fashion and slow coffee

In the morning, we’ll visit Chumkriel Language School (no children will be in attendance at the time of visiting). A fantastic NGO and inspirational human being, Mr Suthy has set up a grassroots local school to give access to education for children of the salt field community. In the afternoon, just sit and relax by the pool, take a wander through the market or just take some time for yourself. If you like, you can take a cruise down the river at sunset and watch the fireflies come to life (if we’re lucky!)

Day 10: Cycling into Vietnam
Salt, pepper, crab and white sandy beaches

Today we cycle to the border into Vietnam, but not before we discover the wonderful province of Kep. Located just before the border, this town is famous for its fresh seafood, particularly crab. We’ll spend a couple of hours exploring the famous pepper plantations and salt lakes on the way. Navigating through the back roads, we’ll make our way around the National Park and to the border crossing into Vietnam. From the Cambo-Viet border, you’ll jump into the van and transit back to Phnom Penh with the Cambodian team. Expect to be back at your hotel for dinner!

Day 11: Phnom Penh
Time to say goodbye

All good things must come to an end! We’ll help you get your way to the airport, or assist in your travel plans any way we can. Enjoy your breakfast, squeeze in one more massage or just find a great cafe to watch the world go by before your onward destination.

Our Ethos

At Social Cycles, we believe in two things…

1. Working with local experts to create a positive impact in the world by supporting transparent, ethical, sustainable and community-based projects
2. Adventure travel

We host small group cycle adventures for travellers with a social conscience. We engage with local experts (NGOs) to learn about social issues, challenges and strategies to gain knowledge to make a positive difference. We will test your physical and emotional boundaries, challenge your perception of charity and completely open your mind.

One of the main aims of this Social Cycles ride is to group together like-minded people who are looking to learn how to make a difference, to #ridewithpurpose if you will. Therefore, we ask you to consider a minimum donation amount to the value of A$200, or US$150.

Please do NOT pay Social Cycles this money. Instead, we ask that you simply bear it in mind. Keep it to yourself for now. It is our goal that we combine as a group to provide a sufficient amount of money that makes a significant difference to a community, via one of the NGOs we visit along the way. Which one is a matter for you and the group to decide!

Starting Dates

We have tours departing on the following dates from Siem Reap:

20 June, 2018
18 July, 2018
29 July, 2018
17 November, 2018
23 December, 2018
4 January, 2019
18 January, 2019
1 February, 2019
15 February, 2019

What's Included?

What’s included:

  • 10 x nights hotel accommodation
  • Full Bicycle hire
  • A guide & mechanic for the trip
  • Full support vehicle for the ride with water and fruit
  • Minimum three NGO presentations with local staff across Cambodia
  • Multiple field trips to villages and communities
  • Entry to Angkor temples in Siem Reap, the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
  • Dinners in Social Enterprise based training restaurants & breakfasts as indicated
  • Airport transfers for arrival and departure

What’s not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if required)
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary (mainly lunches)
  • Beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal expenses

Cycling Info

Cycling info

7 of 11 days cycling
Total distance: 375km
Biggest day: 75km
Terrain: Flat (except for Bokor on day 8)
Bikes: 24-speed mountain bikes

When we embark on a 75km day ride, the distance can seem quite daunting. However, an early start for 7am and an ETA of 4pm arrival gives us 9 hours to get there. And two hours of extra daylight up our sleeve if we need it! Travelling by bicycle is not about the destination, but the journey. We’ll stop for Khmer coffees, local treats, lunch and of course, to take plenty of pictures. When we are moving, the average pace is about 20km per hour but that is flexible depending on the confidence of the group. Our small group policy means it’s easier for all of us to stay together. You don’t need to be super fit for this ride, you just need to be positive.

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.


Social Cycles

Multi-day cycling adventures in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos (and Samoa and Iran). Tours are fully supported, last for 10-12 days, small groups only and are priced from US$1500. Strong focus on NGO visitation, learning and understanding. All riders are connected to a minimum of 3 NGOs en-route and have the opportunity to ask questions to local experts about social challenges. We do NOT visit any schools or orphanages or engage with any children during these NGO visits. All engagements are for no more than 1-2 hours and are with adult professionals. Riders then have the opportunity to support one or more of the NGOs they have learnt about on the trip, in both the short and long term capacity.


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