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Best of Coastal Cycle Adventure

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A cycling holiday in Cambodia from Phnom Penh to the coastal area and French colonial architecture town. This 4-day leisurely cycle tour is simply the best way to explore the highlights of a country whose chief means of transport often seems to be the bike.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Beaches, Children, Cycling, Discovery, Family
    • Activity Level Moderate
      3/8
    • Group Size Medium Group
      15
    All about the Best of Coastal Cycle Adventure.

    A cycling holiday in Cambodia from Phnom Penh to the coastal area and French colonial architecture town. This 4-day leisurely cycle tour is simply the best way to explore the highlights of a country whose chief means of transport often seems to be the bike. Starting out in Phnom Penh, we are provided with our bikes and set off to explore Cambodia on backroads and village trails where you’ll encounter experience with real life, real culture of Cambodia, discover beautiful countryside, paddy rice fields, fishing villages, beach and pepper plantations. We also seek out less well-known beach and luxury plantation resort where will be refreshing with nice breezy and stunning mountain views. Moving on via paddy rice fields and countryside, we have 1 night at a homestay in Takeo that you will enjoy with a real of local life, local foods, farming activities and weaving are the great way to make your wonderful night in the Khmer Village. Descending from the villages, we cycle through the less well-known beach to the beachfront town of Kep, for some relaxing and refreshing, including a boat trip to an island in the Gulf of Thailand. We also take a boat ride at twilight on the Kampot River, passing lush green palms, small villages and local fishermen, route to our riverside bungalow accommodation.  A final walking discovers at Bokor Hill Station as refers to a collection of French colonial building such as hotel, casino, church, Buddha monastery and royal residence etc, constructed as a temperate mountain luxury resort and retreat for colonial residents in the early 1920s.  A leisurely mountain biking holiday, offering the chance to experience the very best of Cambodia with a lots fun and benefits.

    Tour Highlights:

    • Cycle through the rural heart of Cambodia, Phnom Penh to the coastal area
    • Bike through the paddy rice fields, less well-known beach and luxury plantation resort
    • Experience stay overnight at a homestay and learn about real life of local people
    • Refreshing on boat to Rabbit Island
    • Explore Kep beach and Kampot town as a French colonial architecture town
    • Refreshing in deep of peaceful river in Kampot on Sunset cruise tour
    • Discover Boko Hill Station where you’ll encounter with stunning mountain views, French building and lots of foggy on the hilltop.

    Tour at a Glance:

    • 3 days biking, total distance 117 km
    • Minimum group size: 2
    • Maximum group size: 15
    • 75% on off roads – 90% vehicle supported
    • Join & End in Phnom Penh

    Accommodation and Meals

    • 1-night Hotel in Kep
    • 1-night Bungalow in Kampot
    • 1-night Homestay in Takeo countryside
    • 3 Breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners

    Why this cycle journey?

    This leisurely cycling adventure on backroads and dirt trails from Phnom Penh to the coastal areas of Cambodia-Kep & Kampot. Kep is founded as a seaside retreat for the French elite in 1908 and a favored haunt of Cambodian high-rollers during the 1960s, sleepy beachfront town of Kep is drawing tourists back with seafood, sunset cruise to the Rabbit Island and hikes in the butterfly-filled Kep National Park. Kampot was founded as a port in the late 18th century and a former colonial settlement, where beautifully-restored buildings stand side by side with crumbling French ruins. We ride for an average from 32 km to 45 km each day, with the emphasis on sightseeing and on the flat routes. The most challenging day is in the less well-known beach where we will cycle on the dirt trails, main pave routes and on long line beach. Clients finding this day to be difficult can take advantage of the support vehicle. Anyone who rides a bike occasionally will manage this journey. Vehicle support is available for most of the rout. Bike (Trek Marlin 2018 with front suspension, mineral disk brakes and Shimano components, women frame size is available for this holiday).

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • English speaking professional cycle guide
    • All entrance ticket fees
    • All accommodation as descripts and meals as per the meal plan
    • Round trip boat fee to the Rabbit Island
    • 2 hours Kampot Sunset cruise tour
    • Private vehicle supported included hotel pick up and drop off
    • Purified drinking water, coconut juices, and some fruit
    • Trek Marlin 2018 Mountain bike- Available for women frame size and cycle helmet (optional bring your own helmet)
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel insurance
    • Miscellaneous personal expenses and tips
    1. Day 1 Paddy Rice Fields and Chisor Mountain Temple

      We transfer to the south out of the city, and saddle up in Preah Theat monastery, then we cycle on quiet back roads through local villages, explore beautiful countryside and paddy rice fields. Your guide will bring you to visit Ta Promh Temple, which is the temple that is reminiscent of Angkor Wat. Ta Promh temple, adapted from Bayon style, was built during the late 12th and early 13th centuries, during the reign of King Jayavarman VII (AD 1181-1220) as a place of worship for Brahmans and Buddhists. After visited the temple and delicious local lunch in the picnic huts of Tonle Bati Tourism Site, we cycle about 16 km more to Phnom Chiso and climb about 400 stairs to visit Phnom Chiso temple and explore beautiful views of Takeo countryside from the hilltop. Phnom Chiso temple was built in the early 11th century by King Suryawarman I (AD 1002- 1050) who practiced Brahmanism. After a visit to the temple and a refreshing in the hilltop, we have a short bus transfer a homestay where will enjoy with a real of local life, local foods, farming activities and weaving are the great way to make your wonderful night in the Khmer Village.

      Distance Meals Accommodation
      40 km B L Home Stay
    2. Day 2 Rural ride to the less well-known beach and boat ride to Rabbit Island

      In the morning we say goodbye to our homestay hosts and have an hour transfer to rural area of Kampot, then cycle on a dirt trails through paddy rice fields, wetland conservation area for birding which take us down to the less well-known beach border with Vietnam and salt farm.  Your guide will show you on how to make salt from the sea and bring you discover fishing villages along the beach with its numerous fishing boats and can get a real feel for traditional Cambodia. A relaxing and refreshing on the seaside with coconut juice and some refreshment foods are the great way for keep going on bicycle to reach the beachfront town of Kep, for some relaxing and lunch, including a boat trip to an island in the Gulf of Thailand. From Kep, we take a 30-minute boat ride to the Koh Tonsay or Rabbit Island. The main beach on the island is a 250 metre, palm fringed stretch and after our full-on adventures in Cambodia we have definitely earned the right for some full-on relaxing and refreshing! In the evening, we return to our hotel in Kep town.

      Distance Meals Accommodation Boat Ride
      45 km B L D Hotel Rabbit Island
    3. Day 3 Cycle to the luxury Pepper Plantation Resort, Peaceful lake and Kampot Sunset Cruise Tour

      After breakfast, we cycle through Kep beach and seaside and heading out to the World Best Pepper Planation and hidden luxury resort where surrounded by plantations, stunning mountain views and visit peaceful lake. A refreshing in the luxury plantation resort with cool drink on the hilltop is the best way to explore beauty of coastal before we ride on dirt trails to see a hidden natural lake, peaceful Khmer and Muslim villages and experience some farming activities. Here, we are reunited with our vehicle and have a 20-minute transfer to the sleepy, riverside town of Kampot for lunch and relaxing. A former colonial settlement, where beautifully-restored buildings stand side by side with crumbling French ruins, we have the chance to look around. Situated on the banks of the Prek-Kampong River, 30 kilometres from the coast, Kampot was founded as a port in the late 18th century. In the late afternoon, we take a boat ride on the Kampot River, passing lush green palms, small villages and local fishermen and route to our riverside bungalow accommodation. During the course of the day, we also have the chance to try kayaking on the quiet waters of the river.

       

      Distance Meals Accommodation Boat Ride
      32 km B L D Bungalow Kampot River
    4. Day 4 Ends the tour, Walking discover at the Bokor Hill Station

      There are not many activities planed for the final day. After breakfast, we have a short transfer to Bokor Hill Station as refers to a collection of French colonial building such as hotel, casino, church, Buddha monastery and royal residence etc, constructed as a temperate mountain luxury resort and retreat for colonial residents in the early 1920s. Or optional with walking tour in Kampot town where the beautiful French Colonial architecture through city and Kampot River. If you wish to longer stay or continues to go to Sihanouk Ville, your guide will recommend you other thing to do, accommodation and transportation. Lunch is a welcome prospect on this day and we will back to Phnom Penh capital at 2 pm. On arrival, you’re free to leave and carry on your travels.

      Meals

      B L

    1 night hotel, 1 night bungalow and 1 night homestay

    There is 1-night at a hotel on beach and seaside view in Kep, 1 night at a bungalow on the Kampot River and 1 night at a homestay in Takeo. Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on our different trips than your own. View the gallery on the accommodation of the style that we used.

    Please click type of accommodation below to learn more about our accommodations offer for this leisurely cycling adventure.

    Meas Family Home Stay:

    The Meas Family Homestay has provided guest services for locals as well as tourists from around the world since 1999. In that time we have housed   individuals and larger tour groups, through tour companies like Pacific Discovery, ranging in ages from high school to retired. The Meas Family Homestay has two families living within our compound consisting of two large Khmer wooden houses and other bungalows for guests, which faces the lily pond and has a wonderful view of the sunset in back. Our family is educated and always keeps an open mind. Mrs. Siphen Meas is an English teacher at the local high school with 22 years of teaching experience. She is very outgoing and has worked with foreign organizations like Peace Corps, VSA, and Books for Cambodia. She continually works to improve the local community and manifest development within Cambodia where she can. Some guests especially interested in Cambodia and helping our country stay in contact with us and become part of our extended family. Mr. Im Mach is the Deputy Director for KhlaKrorhim Secondary School as well as a teacher of Geography, History, and English with 24 years of experience. He is very friendly and always shows a warm hospitality toward his guests. It is our great pleasure to meet new guests and catch up with our regularly returning visitors.

    Villa Kep Resort:

    Villa Kep Resort is a newly renovated hidden paradise surrounded by a tropical greenery between the sea and the mountains, next to Kep National Park. Only 5 minutes Tuk Tuk drive from the famous Crab Market and Kep beach Resort welcomes guests offering tranquillity in a natural garden full of exotic flowers and fruit trees.  The big swimming pool & Bamboo Bar is the centrepiece attraction of the resort. Beautiful sunset views can be admired at our Sunset Lobby terrace. The on-site restaurant serves a variety of Cambodian and Western cuisines. We respect nature and sustainable tourism development. Our own plantations offers fresh organic vegetable and fruits all around the year.

    Bungalow on Kampot River:

    Bamboo Bungalow offers accommodation with views of the river in Kampot. It features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant or have a drink at the riverside bar.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

    Food

    Cambodian food tends not to be as hot or spicy as Thai and 85% of Cambodia food are come from vegetable and fish as normally they eat as a fresh meal. The most popular fast food in Cambodia, often served from street stalls, is the Chinese noodle soup. Commonly Cambodia meals is including steam rice, while your traveling on this journey we will find a wide variety of Cambodia cuisines such as Amok, green curry, green herb soup, and other stir-fried vegetable. We also find another available including French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese. In smaller towns and villages, local food such as ‘charcoal chicken’, ‘sticky rice’ and ‘fried fish’ will commonly be offered.

    Accommodation

    There is 1-night at a hotel on beach and seaside view in Kep, 1 night at a bungalow on the Kampot River and 1 night at a homestay in Takeo. Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on our different trips than your own. View the gallery on the accommodation of the style that we used.

    Single supplement is also available for this journey.

    Cycle Trails

    We bike on dirt trails and backroads, most of time we cycle through Khmer villages where commonly their pets and animal are always involved with the routes, such as chickens, ducks, cows, buffalos, pigs and dogs etc. Most of the countryside route are bumpy and some muddy during the raining season which is from May to October.

    Bike Provided

    Bike (Trek Marlin 2018 with front suspension, mineral disk brakes and Shimano components, women frame size is available for this holiday).  The bikes are well-maintained and in good condition. They are fitted with flat pedals. Please provide us with your height when you book, so we can make sure that a bike of the appropriate size is made available to you. Bike helmets are provided with the bikes, but you might choose to take your own. You do not need to take any tools or spares. The local guide will take care of any and all issues. Please contact us if you have any questions about your equipment.

    Vehicle Supported

    This is a leisurely biking holiday and we rarely cover more than 10 or 15 kilometres, before stopping to look around at one or other of Cambodia’s tourist sites. We do, however, have a support vehicle which will follow the group at a discreet distance, carrying water and the group’s day-packs, as well as service items and repair kits for the bikes. Anyone who chooses not to ride a section of the itinerary can take a ride in the support vehicle instead.

    Transport on the journey

    Bicycle, boat, private mini bus and kayak or paddle standing board

    Gift

    We give you a free gift as a way to thank all our clients who book a Vana Adventure holiday. All of our gifts are come from a community-based ecotourism site where it will benefit to the local people and farmers. Choose a scarf or bag were made by hands, honey bee or other kitchen materials made from bamboo were serve from community plus many more.

    Equipment List

    For this holiday you will need normal cycling clothing, including suitable shoes, cycling gloves and a helmet (which must be worn at all times when cycling).

    • Essentials
      • Cycling helmet
      • Cycling shoes
      • Water bladder- min 2 litter water capacity or refill water bottle
      • Day backpack
      • Personal medication/ small first aid kit
    • Nice to help
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
    • Electrolyte
    • Flip flops
    • Smartphone, camera and electrical adapter plug
    • Regular biking gloves
    • Travel and off-the-bike clothing and footwear
    • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial hand wash
    • Swimwear

    Currency

    The unit of currency in Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). Some international currencies are also accepted like US $. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh and any central provinces of the country and also dispense in both KHR and US$.

    Electricity Supply and Plug

    Electricity in Cambodia is 220V, and most sockets accommodate plugs with two flat pins.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Climate

    Cambodia has a tropical climate, with a rainy season from June to September. The hottest months are just before the monsoon, in April and May. From October through to April there is little rain and from December through to March is the `cool` season although it rarely gets cold. Daytime temperatures will hover around a humid 30 degrees centigrade, falling to the low 20’s at night. Please check, when is good time to visit Cambodia.

    https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/asia/cambodia/weather-climate-geography/

    Locally Operator and Experience

    Vana Adventure Travel is a Cambodian family own business was established in 2014 located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Passionate with adventure travel and experiences in organizing of outdoor activities, Vana Adventure Travel is outstanding to offer cycling tours, hiking tours and tailormade holidays in a countrywide. We aim to provide adventure lovers with the most enjoyable and fulfilling adventure travel experience of their lives. We working with Cambodian local families, local ecotourism communities and we put our best efforts to the local for strengthening and sustainable development. We are running with our based of core values:

    1. Valuable for customers and human

    We understand what we need to lives is living with a value of human. We go somewhere and stay somewhere are always meet with people, children etc. We know everyone is not come from the same house, however we understand we are the same human. We don’t discriminate or separate what we are and mostly we effort to try to understand to each other. We don’t discriminate nation, religions, ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our customer values without discrimination.

    1. Integrity and honesty

    We do not hide what we have in the holiday itinerary to the customers, by dealing truthfully and transparently with our customers, employees, suppliers and the community-based ecotourism site and therefore being an ethical company. We are saying no at any commissions from the customers where they shop something, stay somewhere or go somewhere. We need our customers feel we are a one family! 

    1. Quality of products and valuable for money

    All of our adventure tour products must be quality and appreciated by the customers with a valuable for money. Most of your expense for the tours are going through to the local based, community based which much benefit to the them for their sustainable living.

    1. Sustainable Travel

    We put our best efforts to the local for strengthening and sustainable development. We help our stakeholders to understand about environmental issues, renewable and non-renewable resources and help them to use the natural resources in order to sustain and make quality of life of all people with a livable environment.

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