Cycle through Angkor's ancient historySiem Reap, Cambodia
The name Angkor always captures the imagination, conjuring up images of soaring temples set in deep jungle hidden from the world for generations, and there is simply no better way to experience the allure of Cambodia's legendary Angkor complex than by bicycle. Faster than walking yet able to go places that the tour buses just can't go, cycling at your own pace along secluded roads and lush jungle trails is a tranquil way to experience this ancient wonderland as well as explore small temples hidden from everyday view.
Naturally you'll set your pedal power to high as you make your way to the ancient structure of Angkor Wat, the greatest Buddhist temple in the world. You'll also enjoy guided visits to the jungle-covered Tomb Raider favourite Ta Prohm, conquered by gigantor tree roots (the most renowned one is by the entrance, dubbed the Crocodile Tree), and the sheer majesty and many faces of Angkor Thom, too.
Seeing these UNESCO World Heritage Sites in such an environmentally friendly way, with no pollution or strain on the environment, is not only a great way to experience some semblance of the efforts that went into creating these masterpieces (pedalling is hot and hungry work, after all), it also helps to preserve this magnificent icons for future generations.
- You’ll enjoy a cheeky giggle as you leave the giant – and packed – tourist busses behind and peddle along the quiet, secluded small roads and trails (it’s one of those experiences that’ll make you feel like you’re the first person to discover Angkor)
- This adventure allows you to see Angkor’s ancient temples at your own pace, as well as visit many small temples hidden from everyday view
- Working on your fitness while experiencing the world’s greatest Buddhist temples (likely not a priority but a bonus nonetheless!)
- It can get hot and sweaty, and it can get wet (in rainy season)
The tour begins in Ho Chi Minh. AirAsia fly to Ho Chi Minh City via Kuala Lumpur.
This journey is part of Intrepid Travel’s Cycle Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand) tour which starts at around US$1785 per person.