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The Khmer Empire Explorer by Bike tour starts in Ubon Ratchathani and ends in Siem Reap. The Khmer Empire Explorer by Bike is a Bicycle Tour that takes 13 days taking you from Ubon Ratchathani to Siem Reap and through other destinations in Asia.

This unique cycling tour traces some of the far reaches of the Khmer Empire while also following the Mekong River from Thailand, through Southern Laos and into Cambodia, providing a perfect setting to experience the cultural heritage and scenic highlights of these three countries.

Our tour begins in Thailand but we quickly cross into Laos and first head up to the Bolaven Plateau, the coffee growing area of Laos, before heading south, where we see our first Khmer Hindu temple complex, Wat Phu. This temple is unique in that elements were bathed in water from a mountain spring. Heading further south we go island hopping and observe the daily lives of the farmers in the paddy fields and the fishermen on the Mekong River. We spend some time dolphin spotting and relaxing on an island in the middle of the Mekong before crossing into Cambodia.

After one more night on the Mekong we head to Preah Vihear, arguably the Khmer Hindu temple which has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-centuries-long Khmer Empire. Next we wind our way to Siem Reap, stopping en route to see the unique pyramid temple at the ancient capital of Koh Ker. Then it's time to explore by bike the Khmer Empire’s greatest legacy, the amazing Angkor complex which bears testimony to the immense power and wealth, as well as the variety of belief systems that the empire patronised over time - Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, and Theravada Buddhism.

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“January was an excellent time to explore this area as the temperature was consistently around 30c. We had awesome local guides and drivers for each country. The terrain was a variety of tarmac, sand and trails through the countryside. The combination of biking, visiting sites and eating local food was a great way to explore these countries. We were also pleased with the variety of accommodation.

This was our fourth SpiceRoads tour. We appreciate the level of professionalism all staff display as well as the awesome planning that goes into all the trips to ensure the clients safety and enjoyment.”
Arrive in Ubon Ratchathani and transfer to overnight at a hotel on Mekong River.
Cross the border into Laos and ride the coffee-growing region of the Bolaven Plateau. After a stop at the 200-m high Tad Fane Waterfall, we cycle to our tranquil resort in the middle of a coffee plantation.
A mostly downhill ride to an ethnic village and then on to lunch at the Tad Lo Waterfall. A transfer takes us to Champasak and Wat Phu, our first Khmer Hindu temple complex of the tour.
We cross the Mekong many times today. First to cycle on an island, then to see Phu Asa, a curious site of stone towers. Late in the afternoon, we have a very short crossing to the island of Don Khone.
We cycle from island to island, with the assistance of some boats. Hard to believe we are in the middle of a river!
A rest day to chill out and enjoy the tranquil island of Don Khone.
Cross the Laos-Cambodia border and cycle down the Mekong to Stung Treng.
A unique opportunity to visit Preah Vihear, a Khmer temple listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uniquely situated at the top of a cliff, it provides stunning views of the Cambodian countryside.
We ride from temple to temple in the ancient capital of Koh Ker. Many of these temples are still in the middle of the jungle and have not been touched, providing a different aspect to the Khmer Empire. We then transfer to Siem Reap.
We take in the splendour that is the ancient capital of Khmer Empire, Angkor Temple complex. By bicycle is the best way to see these amazing structures.
A longer cycle today through the countryside to see unique carvings in a river. One more temple has to be included as Banteay Srei is known for its intricate carvings.
A change of pace today, we trade our bikes for kayaks to explore the floating villages on the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. A farewell dinner marks the end of exploration of the Khmer Empire, then back to Siem Reap to end our trip.
Free time until onward travel.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotels
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transport
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Guide
  • English-speaking guide
Bike Hire
  • Mountain Bike US$ 180
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Ubon Ratchathani and from Siem Reap are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Khmer Empire Explorer by Bike tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 13 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand/ Siem Reap, Cambodia
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A deposit of 894 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 44 days before departure. For any departures within 01 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Khmer Empire Explorer by Bike tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Khmer Empire Explorer by Bike tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Khmer Empire Explorer by Bike tour. You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 44 days of departure.
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