Cycle through the small Khmer villages and pepper plantations of southwest Cambodia on a mostly flat 4-day bike tour from Phnom Penh, exploring temples, former French colonial vacation retreats, dirt roads of the Steung Keo River and more.
What to Expect
Discover the peaceful beaches, dense jungles, and mountain villages of Cambodia on a 4-day bike tour of the aromatic pepper route.
During the journey, you will learn more about the Khmer way of life, passing the notorious Killing Fields, and ancient temples in remote villages. A world away from the big ticket attractions of Angkor Wat, the tour gets deep into rural life in the region where the scent of pepper plants is your constant companion.
Depart Phnom Penh to visit the notorious “Killing Fields,” a term coined by the journalist Dith Pran after his escape from the Khmer Rouge during the Cambodian Civil War.
Continue to the Wat Preash Theat temple complex for the start of your bike ride along quiet country roads. Biking the back roads offers a front row seat of the farmers and their water buffaloes working the rice fields, and kids playing in ditch canals. Tonight you will stay in Takeo, often referred to as the "Cradle of Khmer Civilization."
Cycle along the coast, pausing at a black pepper plantation to learn about the region’s most famous crop. Continue to Kep, Cambodia's most prestigious beach resort of the 1960s, which is re-awakening to its former glory.
Depart your hotel in Kep to cycle to a cave temple, before pedaling on to Steung Keo River. Here, you will board a boat and travel downstream to Kampot, a quiet riverside town located just a few miles from the Gulf of Thailand, and with stunning views of Cambodia and Vietnam from the top of the surrounding mountains. Stay overnight at a traditional wooden lodge by the river.
The cycling so far has been fairly flat, but today you will tackle some ups and downs as you cycle to the top of Boklor Hill Station. As the road is very demanding, start by driving up to Black Palace. Then, get in the saddle to ride a less steep section.
Once you reach the summit, you will see the eerie hotel and casino complex that was abandoned by the French in the 1940s, and get panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand. Enjoy a picnic by a waterfall on the top of the mountain as a reward for your cycling efforts. Then, transfer back to Phnom Penh.
- Bike hire
- Goody bag with water bottle and T-shirt on arrival
- Support vehicles
- Professional cycling guide
Know Before You Go
• Please supply the height of all passengers on booking. This information is needed to supply the correct size bikes
• This tour is guaranteed with a minimum 2 adult participants, and runs to a maximum 16 participants