Cambodia is an amazing country to cycle across. From the chaos of the Phnom Penh to the calm of the countryside, Cambodia is easy to fall in love with. The days are long, the country is hot and the people are super friendly. From the constant and random “HELLO!!” from the children on the side of the road, to the Community Development programs set up by the truly selfless and unsung heroes of this world.
Social Cycles will take you on a journey to interact and connect with local grassroot Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and the beneficiaries of a funded project of your choosing. Research what really happens on the ground and out in the villages with Social Cycles in a holiday that carefully balances ethical research and local impact with cycling and site seeing.
- Cycle the temples of Angkor
- Engage with and learn from local experts in their field from a variety of grass root charities
- Discover the bird life wetlands of the Tonle Sap by boat as we navigate from Siem Reap to Battambang
- Fully supported van that follows the cycling, to give you a break whenever you like
- Eat in social enterprise based restaurants that support local NGOs
- Cycle 4 out of 7 days and ride up to 140 miles in total
Start: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Finish: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 6 nights/ 7 days
Season: All year
Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 5
Minimum: 2 passengers
Prices start at $ 1140 Per person
Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights Season: All Year
2021 Group Departures:
Day 1: Siem Reap:
Arrival day and welcome dinner
We’ll arrive and stay in the heart of the cosmopolitan lifestyle that has been thrust on Siem Reap since the country has opened up to the outside world. After we pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel, you can take some time to relax or explore the city before we meet for a welcome dinner. Dinner is at one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants, Marum. It’s part of the Friends International social enterprise projects, which provides vocational training for marginalised youth.
Inc. Meals: Dinner
Transit: Airport transfer
Day 2: Siem Reap:
Sunrise cycling around the temples of Angkor
Sunrise is from 4.30am as we hit the bikes for the first time. Very early, but very worth it, as watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat is a bucket list achievement for good reason. From here, we’ll venture on to other, and arguably more impressive, temples in the area for the remainder of the morning. In the early afternoon we’ll have the chance to visit our first NGO of the trip. We will spend time with these incredibly inspirational people that have dedicated their lives to helping others, hear their stories and gain an understanding of the real issues faced by the people of Cambodia.
Inc. Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Angkor Wat
NGO: This Life Cambodia
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Day 3: Battambang:
River riding, local villages and coffee stops
We’ll ride out of Siem Reap to the boat port (20km). Travelling across the wetlands and navigating our way around Tonle Sap river is an experience you will never forget. The road soon turns to single track as we get more and more remote. We’ll then bid farewell to our support van and venture on into the rural and barren lands of Cambodia. Few villages exist out here, and those that do support themselves through sustainable fishing methods. After the boat ride, it’s another 20-30km to Battambang, depending on the river levels. Battambang is great for shopping, with colonial-style streets and hidden secrets where bric-a-brac abounds. Dinner is in another social enterprise based restaurant, Jann Bai, that is often hailed as the best dinner in Cambodia!
Inc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling: 40 to 50km
Activities: Boat ride (4hrs)
Day 4: Pursat:
Battambang to Banan by bike
After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way along the dusty red back roads to the nearby local attraction of Banan Temple. We’ll cycle back to the town of Battambang to explore a little more and grab lunch at leisure. We’ll get to the town of Pursat by early afternoon and into our hotel to enjoy the swimming pool and on site massage spa. We’ll get a great experience from an amazing NGO, Sustainable Cambodia. A full presentation by the executives in their office and a tour of their facilities. See the difference the NGO makes first hand. Be inspired by the real difference made by real people.
Inc. Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Banan Temple
NGO: Sustainable Cambodia
Day 5: Phnom Penh:
Cycling into Phnom Penh, riverside villages and Tonle Sap
We start cycling 75km out from Phnom Penh, and ride all the way up to the front door of the hotel. The back roads bring in some of the most spectacular scenery as we pass through villages living on Tonle Sap lake. The ride takes in great coffee stops, endless photo opportunities and a couple of ferries. For dinner, it’s a feast of tarantula’s and crickets at the famous Romdeng restaurant, a social enterprise restaurant from the friends International team.
Inc. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Cycling: Up to 75km
Day 6: Phnom Penh:
Friends International, S-21 genocide museum and Khmer BBQ
We’ll start the day by meeting the incredible people at Friends International and learn about the wonderful work they do within the community. This is a great insight into REAL local everyday issues, from real local everyday heroes. We then venture towards the Russian market and move to Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21 Genocide Museum. This devastating chapter of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian history is emotionally challenging but strongly recommended. There is some free time in the afternoon to process your day, whilst we’ll meet again for a local Khmer BBQ dinner.
Inc. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activities: S-21 Genocide Museum
NGO: Friends International
Day 7: Departure Day!
Congratulations! You’ve cycled across Cambodia, covered almost 220km in the saddle and more than scratched the surface as to what Cambodia about. We’ll enjoy a final breakfast together before you set off to the airport or your next adventure.
Inc. Meals: Breakfast
Transit: Departure transfer not included, but can be arranged on request
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Why we love Social Cycles
Social Cycles host small group cycle adventures for travellers with a social conscience. They engage with local experts (NGOs) to learn about social issues, challenges and strategies so that we can gain the knowledge to make a positive difference. We believe that this takes your experience and understanding of the local community to completely new depths.
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What’s Included on your Cambodia Adventure?
- All accommodation in comfortable hotels (twin share basis)
- Full Bicycle hire
- Local guides, support van driver and mechanic
- Full support vehicle for the ride with water and fruit
- Minimum three NGO presentations with local staff across Cambodia
- Multiple field trips to villages and communities
- Entry to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap
- Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
- Most dinners & breakfast as per the itinerary
- Airport transfers for arrival
- International flights
- US$150 donation to NGOs (optional)
- Tips and Gratuities (from US$0 to US$100 pp)
- Drinks with meals
- Departure airport transfer (US$8-US$10)
- Travel insurance
- Visa’s (if required)
- Other items of a personal nature
- Single supplement, for single room, per trip $200.
- Extra hotel night in Siem Reap $50
- Extra Hotel night in Phnom Penh $50
For every Social Cycles tour, all riders are requested to contribute a nominal sum for the purpose of a donation. Usually AU$200 per rider. During the course of the tour, you are given the chance to engage with, and learn from, local NGOs. We visit no less than three NGOs during the Cambodia tour and spend some time learning about their projects, strategies and challenges. At the end of the tour, the riders are then empowered with new found knowledge and have the opportunity to combine the allotted donation money and make an impact towards a project of their choosing. In addition to building a profile for our impact partners, Social Cycles also pays each NGO for their time and resources. We spend 1-2 hours with each NGO.
We cycle 4 out of the 7 days. Some days are 30km, some are 50km and some are a little further. See itinerary for daily details. When we embark on an 75km day, the distance can seem quite daunting. However, an early start for 7am and an ETA of 4pm arrival gives us 9 hours to get there. And two hours of extra daylight up our sleeve if we need it! Travelling by bicycle is not about the destination, but the journey. We’ll stop for Khmer coffees, local treats, lunch and of course, to take plenty of pictures. When we are moving, the average pace is about 15-20km per hour. Our small group policy means it’s easier for all of us to stay together. You don’t need to be super fit for this ride, you just need to be positive.
We understand how important it is to take rest in a place that’s clean and comfortable – especially after a hard slog on the bikes. That’s why we always make an effort to get you settled in somewhere in town suited to that description. Where we can, we will organise boutique style accommodation for everyone (with a pool) because quite frankly, you deserve it. We’ll also make sure that a massage is not far away!
The best part about cycling from one country to another is to cycle through the various regions of food along the way. This is slow travel at it’s best as Cambodia offers salt lakes and pepper farms, fresh crab markets in Kep and tarantulas in Phnom Penh (optional!) Most of the included dinners are at social enterprise based restaurants, supporting the local NGOs. But this is not the main reason we eat here, it’s because the food is delicious!
All meals are shared, ‘family style’, so you get an abundance of choice sitting in front of you at the table. A great chance to try a bit of everything! Dietaries are catered for as well, just let us know in advance.
- Full sleeve sports top for sun protection (high breathability)
- Lightweight full length top and pants
- Comfortable (padded) shorts to cycle in
- Visor/Caps for under your helmet
- Closed shoes (bikes do not have clip in pedals)
- Sports water bottle
- Lightweight backpack (optional)
- Removable padded seat for your bike (optional)
- Light Khmer scarf to protect your neck from the sun
Cancellation by the traveller
If you cancel some or all portions of your booking cancellation fees will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:
60 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit;
Between 31 and 55 days prior to departure, we will retain the deposit or 50% of the total booking cost; whichever is greater, and
30 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.
You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third party tour and transport operator fees.
Cancellation by us
We may cancel a trip at any time up to 60 days before departure. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.