Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Guided cycling adventure from the Gulf of Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Explore the UNESCO site of Angkor Wat by bike
  • Hangout in the riverside cafes of Battambang
  • Relax with a beer at Tonle Sap, South East Asia’s largest lake
  • Sample stir fried beef dish of Loc Lac with sticky rice

Journey by bike from the Gulf of Thailand to Cambodia and explore the UNESCO listed temples of Angkor Wat on this guided cycling adventure.

From the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok, transfer to a relaxing beach in the Gulf of Thailand. Cycle the rise and fall of the coastline, to the friendly waterside town of Chanthaburi. Ride east, through rice paddie fields and sleepy villages as we make tracks over the border to the Cambodian hill town of Pailin, nestled at the foot of the Cardomom Mountains.

Roll onto the chic French colonial town of Battambang, and relax in one of the many riverside cafes. Onwards to Tonle Sap, we visit South East Asia’s largest lake for sunset. Experience sunrise over Angkor Wat, and spend the day exploring the expansive and magnificent 12th century Khmer Empire temples by bike. Rounding off your South East Asian exploration is an evening to explore the charming streets of Siem Reap’s French Quarter.

Day 1 Bangkok, transfer to the Gulf of Thailand, cycle to Chanthaburi

Together with your small group, a private transfer (2-3hrs), will take you from your hotel in Bangkok to the Gulf of Thailand. Here we’ll set up bikes and begin rolling along the coast, pedalling through the towns and villages before arriving into Chanthaburi and our peaceful guest house for the evening.


If you need a hotel night in Bangkok before the tour starts this can easily be added at the time of booking.


Cycle: 50km


Overnight: Chanthaburi


Meals Included: Lunch & dinner.


Day 2 Cycle into Cambodia


Leaving Chanthaburi, we’ll cycle through the old town and Catholic quarter before heading out onto rural roads. Sleepy back roads make for pleasant riding as we approach the border. After completing border formalities, we head onto the town of Pailin. Once the gem mining centre of Cambodia, in more recent times Pailin was a place of retreat and hiding for leaders of the Khmer Rouge.


Cycle: 60km


Overnight: Pailin


Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 3 To Battambang


This morning we cycle along dirt trails, exploring the lush countryside and hill villages beyond Pailin. Descending towards Battambang, the legs can rest before arriving at Phnom Sampu for a local Cambodian lunch and far reaching views across the plains. The final stretch of cycling heads via the impressive 11th century temples of Phnom Banan, said to be the best preserved Khmer temples of Battambang. Heading into Battambang, you can opt to relax poolside or head to a riverside café for a cool beer.


Cycle: 40km


Overnight: Battambang


Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.


Day 4 Villages Tours & To Siem Reap


This morning we will ride with a local team member from the grassroots charity, Soksabike. Leading us through the countryside and villages of Battambang, Soksabike provide bicycle tours which give travellers an opportunity to learn about Cambodian culture, food and traditions.


On return to Battambang, we drive onto Siem Reap where there is an optional visit to South East Asia’s largest lake, Tonle Sap. Relaxing with a cool beer as the sun goes down.


Cycle: 25 km


Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 5 Angkor Sunrise Cycle.


Today we explore the world’s largest Hindu and Buddhist temple complex, the UNESCO listed Angkor Wat, which covers over 400 square kilometres.


Begin the day as dawn breaks, at the centrepiece of Angkor Wat; Angkor Thom. Designed as a representation of the mythical mountain Meru, you’ll see how the sun rises directly behind the central and tallest tower.


After absorbing sunrise, we cycle dirt trails to discover jungle entwined temples by bike. Together with your guide visit the giant, smiling faces of Buddha at the 12th century Bayon temple. Cycle to the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’, Ta Prohm where the firm grip of the jungle on Ta Prohm, along with its crumbing towers and narrow corridors make it the most atmospheric in Angkor Wat. Explore the Elephant Terrace which the 12th century Khmer King, Jayavarman VIII, used the terrace as a viewing platform to inspect his returning armies.


In the late afternoon we head to Sra Srang for a waterside lunch.  From here, it’s back to your hotel, where the tour ends. With another night in Siem Reap, you are free to relax or explore the cafes in the charming French Quarter of Siem Reap.


Cycle: 25 km


Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch


Day 6 Onward Travel

Depending on your travel arrangements, Siem Reap airport is only a 15 minute taxi journey. Please let us know if you would like to extend your journey.


 

Accommodation

Stay 1 night in a guesthouse and 4 nights in 3*  and 4* hotels. Below are examples of the accommodations we use on this trip. These accommodations are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard will be offered should the following be unavailable.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you are travelling with friends or family but prefer single rooms
this is possible subject to availability and a supplementary payment.


As this is a group tour, if you are travelling as a single cyclist
and do not wish to a pay a single room supplement you will paired with
another solo traveller of the same gender.


Meals


All meals from lunch on day 1 through to lunch on day 5 are included. Thai cuisine is famous the world over and has something to suit almost every palette. Typically, breakfast comprises of fruits, juices, breads, eggs and noodles along with teas and coffee. Lunches and dinners are fresh and tasty. Hot bowls of noodles, coconut based curries with rice, grilled fish and chicken skewers are all popular dishes in Thailand. Coconut is an important part of the Thai diet and is used in a lot of dishes! Cambodian food is very similar to Thai and has lots of speciality stir fry dishes and sticky rice.


Should you have any special dietary requirements please let us know. We try to accommodate all requirements where possible.



 



Hotel Navalai

With a rooftop pool and riverside restaurant, this 3* hotel offers a peaceful stay when in the buzz of Bangkok. From the hotel you can easily explore the city by foot, taxi or even hop onto many of the boat services to visit Bangkok's temples, markets and attractions.



 

 

 



Tam's Place



Tam's Place

Tam is local to Chanthaburi and has poured his heart and personality into this intimate guest house. Tam’s passion is garden and his extensive gardens produce many of the ingredients for Tam’s delicious dishes. Simple comfortable rooms toegther with the small shaded pool provide a resftul night.



 

 

 



Memoria Palace

A 3* hotel lodge set in the lush forest below the Cardomom Hills. Run by a local family, the lodge has helped regenerate a region that has suffered the effects of civil war. This comfortable lodge is perfect to soak up the surrounding nature.



 

 

 



Bambu Hotel

A boutique 3* hotel fusing French colonial and Khmer designs. Boasting a pool, terrace, restaurant and bar the hotel is a few minutes walk of riverside bars and cafes. Rooms are light, spacious and simply desiged with traditional Khmer style decor



 

 

 




Jaya House Hotel

This 4* hotel is located on the northern edge of town, which makes for a swift journey to Angkor Wat. Built on the banks of the Siem Reap River, there is ample space poolside or in the gardens to relax. The hotel also makes for easy access to the cafes and artisan shops of Siem Reap.

Availability

Your cycling adventure is available on selected dates from January through to December. Please see the website for details. Private guided departures are also easily arranged, if you would prefer this option please please contact the office.


Grade, Navigation & Terrain

The tour is fully guided, with a minimum group size of 2 and a maximum of 10.


After being collected from your hotel in Bangkok, you can kick back, relax and enjoy the experience of travelling and cycling through Thailand and Cambodia under expert guidance with your fellow cyclists. If you would like to know how many group members you will be riding with, please just ask!


Each day the guide will navigate you through the lush countryside to all the historic points of interest. You will also have the comfort of being provided with a support vehicle, should you no longer want to cycle or need assistance with your bike.


This cycling route follows quiet country roads and busier routes when passing through villages and towns. Please  always be mindful of other roads users at all times, especially when cycling on routes shared with traffic.


Should you require any assistance, during your tour, please always chat to your guide first, or call our office.


Bike Rental—Included

21 speed hybrid bikes (Cannondale or similar) will be provided for the duration of the tour. Each bike comes with a handlebar bag for your personal possessions and a water bottle.


Your guide is on hand to help with any issues with the bike. Helmets are included, although your own is likely to be a better fit.


If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate road bike.


If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time of booking as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.


If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care. Prior to departure you must provide us with your travel insurance details.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing
all necessary items, for example, sunscreen, water and personal snacks. Your information pack has a detailed
equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as padded shorts/tights.

Getting to Bangkok / from Siem Reap

To Bangkok


By Air


Bangkok’s  Suvarnabhumi Airport has extensive domestic, regional and long haul connections. We would suggest checking flight www.skyscanner.net as a starting point for flight schedules and prices to Bangkok.


We can easily book extra nights in Bangkok should you need them.


From Siem Reap


By Air


Siem Reap International Airport is convenient located within an easy 10 minute taxi journey from central Siem Reap. As Cambodia’s busiest airport, there are extensive connections across South East Asia and beyond. Travelling on by air is by far the easiest way.


If you are travelling onto the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, by private taxi or public bus is around 5 hours whereas a domestic flight is 45minutes.


 


Included

  • 1 night guest house, 2 nights 3* hotels, 2 nights 4* hotel
  • All meals as described
  • Snacks & drinks during each ride
  • Tour guide
  • Rental bike
  • Support vehicle & crew
  • All transfers as described
  • Cycling jersey

Excluded

  • Travel to Bangkok / from Siem Reap
  • Drinks and snacks when not cycling
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation
  • Single room supplement (if applicable)

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded easy to moderate with rides between 30-60km. There are some stretches of sustained hills and rides are always well paced by the guide. The air conditioned support vehicle is never far, should you need a rest. The guide will also provide snacks and drinks during each ride. It’s a good idea to get out on your bike in the lead up to this tour so you are used to cycling back to back days. 

Where necessary (for border crossing and some other short sections), the group will be transferred by the support vehicle. Your guide will always brief you about the day ahead.

What happens if I can't cycle? 

The air conditioned support vehicle is always nearby should you want to take a break from cycling. Depending on the route for the day, you may be able to relax at your accommodation. 

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially between December and March.

When is the best time of year?

Depending on your wider plans for Thailand and Cambodia,  there are usually 3 seasons across the year. If you’re after the coolest season, November through to February welcomes long, dry, hot sunny days. March to May is better for cycling in the early morning or late afternoon. May through to October is rainy season, however, it’s unlikely to rain all day. Usually the rain falls in the afternoon or overnight for a few hours clears through relatively quickly.

Regardless of the season you travel, your guide will plan the cycling each around daily conditions for you to get the most out of your tour.

Luggage and Baggage

Your baggage will transported in the support vehicle. We kindly ask you to keep your main baggage to a maximum of 1 piece.

I need a hotel in Bangkok.

A hotel prior to the first day of the tour can be easily added to your booking. If you have made you own arrangements for accommodation in Bangkok, please let us know which hotel you will be staying at for the start of your tour, as we will need to arrange your collection for the start of the tour.

 

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