How long: 13 days Days of Challenge activity: 7 Total distance cycled: Approx 512 km cycling. Best Season: November - February Accommodation: Hotels, small guesthouses Best suited to: 18-65.
Day 1 (20/10) Arrive at airport for departure flight
Days 2-3 (21-22/10) Phnom Penh
Arrive in the morning in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Over the next two days we will look around some of the main sights of the city such as the S-21 Museum, the Silver Pagoda and cycle out to Choeung Ek, the most famous of the Khmer Rouge's many killing fields. The first evening we have our group orientation meeting for the week ahead.
(Approx 30km cycling) ( Hi res Map) (Surrounds Map)
Day 4 (23/10) Takeo
It's an early start as we hit the bikes for a long day riding back roads through the countryside to Takeo. We’ll be coming through areas that see very few outsiders so our presence will arouse some interest in the villages we pass through. There is a small hill to cross in the morning but after that the ride flattens out for the day. By late afternoon we’ll arrive in Takeo where we spend the night.
Day 4: Distance cycled – approx 83km. ( B,L,D) (Map)
Day 5 (24/10) Kampot
We continue south today, riding on more flat easy roads through endless rice fields and waving children to Kampot, a pleasant town which sits on a picturesque river. In the evening boat trips can be taken into the mangroves or you can relax with a massage from a blind masseur at the Seeing Hands Massage Centre.
Day 5: Distance cycled - 85km. ( B,L,D) (Map)
Day 6 (25/10) Kep Sur Mer
This morning’s ride is a beautiful one as we ride a circuit from Kampot to Kep sur Mer, a former colonial beachside retreat. This is an interesting ride that passes by fishing villages, sacred hills and pepper groves. We stop for lunch and a swim at Kep Sur Mer before returning by back to Kampot in the afternoon where we overnight.
Day 6: Distance cycled - 50km. (B,L,D)
Days 7-8 (26-27 /10) Sihanoukville
Day 7 is another challenging ride but probably the most interesting for the variety of scenery. In the morning we ride flat roads under the gaze of the Elephant Mountains and within sight of the southern Cambodian coastline. As the day progresses and we get closer to Sihanoukville the roads become quite undulating with the last 20km holding a few challenging hills. The effort is well worth it, however, as we finish at the beautiful beach of Sihanoukville and have a day of relaxing to look forward to. Sihanoukville is the main port of Cambodia but with its beautiful beaches, islands surrounded by coral and cool beachside bars you won't have any trouble taking the next morning to chill out after 3 long days of riding.
In the afternoon of day 8 we transfer by road back to Phnom Penh.
Distance cycled - 104km ( B,L,D x 1) (Map) & (Map)
Day 9 (28/10) Phnom Penh - Siem Reap Early morning start and a boat ride along the Tonle Sap lake, the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia, to Siem Reap. The lake’s waters control the flow of the Mekong and provide a living for thousands of people, as it is one of the world’s richest sources of freshwater fish. We arrive into Siem Reap after midday and check into our hotel for a rest and freshen up. Later that afternoon we head out to watch the sunset from a hilltop temple, which provides magnificent views of Angkor Wat. ( B,L ) (Map) & (Map)
Day 10 (29/10) Outlying Temples and Phnom Kulen
In the morning of Day 8 we will cycle back roads through the rice paddies to Banteay Srei, a beautiful pink sandstone temple with amazingly detailed carvings. After visiting the temple we continue onto Cambodia’s most sacred mountain and site of Pilgrimage, Phnom Kulen. Leaving our bikes at the bottom we climb to the top of the 487m mountain for expansive views over the surrounding plains of Cambodia. We then jump on the bikes for the return leg back to Siem Reap ending along but rewarding ride..
Day 9: Siem reap – Phnom Kulen – approx. 100km. ( B,L,D) (Map)
Day 11(30/10) Angkor Wat
Orientation ride around main Angkor temples in the morning , then rest of the day free to explore or shop! Optional visits to the landmine museum and Angkor Children’s home. Approx 30km (B) (Map)
Days 12-13: (31/10 – 01/11) Depart for Australia
Leave Siem Reap for flight to Australia, changing planes in Singapore before flying on.
Or take an extension and stay on in Siem Reap to explore more of Angkor Wat.
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Please note this is a complex itinerary subject to change dependant on local conditions, weather and transportation schedules. Intrepid reserves the right to amend this itinerary and any distances stated at its discretion. As this is a new route all distances are approximate at this stage and not exact.
addition to the information supplied in this Pack and on the Muscular
Dystrophy Australia website, Intrepid’s
website provides comprehensive information on Cambodia and what
you will need to take with you etc. Please visit there to find detailed
trip notes and other information covering all aspects of the event.
will also provide you with good advice as to the specific requirements
for ChallengeMD! 2007 Cambodia at an information session organised
prior to departure. Further details of the information session will
be available soon.