The Great Tonle Sap Trail

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A Cycling holiday in Cambodia from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat temple throughout west of the Great Tonle Sap Lake. It’s fantastic way to see real life of Cambodia, explore beautiful countryside and pretty floating villages at west of the Great Tonle Sap Lake and cycle through the jungle surrounding the temple where you’ll have a fun and invigorating way to explore and soak up the atmosphere with birds and wildlife chirping.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Children, Cycling, Discovery, Family
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the The Great Tonle Sap Trail.

A Cycling holiday in Cambodia from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat temple throughout west of the Great Tonle Sap Lake. It’s fantastic way to see real life of Cambodia, explore beautiful countryside and pretty floating villages at west of the Great Tonle Sap Lake and cycle through the jungle surrounding the temple where you’ll have a fun and invigorating way to explore and soak up the atmosphere with birds and wildlife chirping.

From day to day, we just ride for an average from 25km to 45km, with the emphasis on sightseeing and we have one rest day on the Great Tonle Sap Lake which drive on the public or private speedboat. Starting at the capital of Phnom Penh, we are provided with our bikes and set off to explore on back roads and villages trails where you’ll encounter experience with beautiful countryside and geniuses floating villages.  A boat trip on the great waterway of Tonle Sap Lake from Batambang to Siem Reap, set in a landscape of rice fields, palm trees and pretty riverside villages as a great way to sign off on this unforgettable journey. Vehicle support is available for most of the route. A leisurely mountain biking holiday, offering the chance to experience the very best of Cambodia.

Tour highlights:

  • Cycle adventure through the rural heart of Cambodia where set in a landscape of paddy fields, palm trees and pretty riverside villages.
  • We cycle the back trails along rivers and old railway lines to Kampong Chanang, the home of Cambodian pottery
  • Explore Batambang town where the beautiful French Colonial architecture through city and learn a lot of thing these lovely city

Tour at a Glance:  

  • Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
  • Join in Phnom Penh and end in Siem Reap with vehicle supported
  • Minimum age: 9 years old
  • Max group size: 10

Is this cycling adventure right for you?

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap on West Tonle Sap Trail Cycling Journey. Leisurely cycling on backroads, and dirt trails along the Great Tonle Sap River and Khmer villages, beautiful countryside, farmland and fishing community that we visit, this is our fun and easy biking holiday. We ride for an average of just 30 kilometers to 45 kilometers each day, with the emphasis on sightseeing. Anyone who rides a bike occasionally will manage this journey. Vehicle support is available for most of the route. Bikes (Cannondale Trail 6 –Model 2016 & 2017 with front suspension, Mineral Disk-brakes and Shimano components) are provided for this wonderful holiday. 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. We stay in comfort hotel that located in the central of province where is convenience for you to experience more about Cambodia.

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.
  • Hotel pick up in Phnom Penh and drop off in Siem Reap
  • English-speaking cycle guide
  • Transfers by car and boat as required
  • A support vehicle and driver
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Cannondale Trail 6 (model 2016- 2017) mountain bike and helmet

Accommodation and Meals

  • 2 nights hotel, one standard room for 2 (double or twin)
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses and tips
  1. Day 1 Cycle to Udong and take a boat tour through pretty floating villages

    From 7am, We set out of the down by by car to escape the traffic. Then, we saddle up and cycle on less busy roads to explore pretty villages, see beautiful farmland and beautiful countryside where you’ll see local farmers do anything such as farming activities, catching fishing and make palm sugar or palm wine. The palm tree is the national symbol of the Kingdom of Cambodia and their people can use it many things through their daily life for build the houses, cooking, boat, palm sugar, palm wine and traditional medicine etc. Continuously, you will visit one of Buddha monastery and your guide will explain you more about Buddhism in Cambodia as the national religion and related with our cycle of life. We arrived the Udong Mountain around lunch time. After relaxing and delicious local lunch, we climb up the Udong hill where you’ll explore largest of Buddha status, some of Khmer Kings stupas, and beautiful views of Cambodia countryside and Great Tonle Sap Lake. After visit the Udong Mountain, we have a minivan private transfer to lively city of Kampong Chhnang, the home of Cambodia ceramic pottery and take a boat tour through pretty floating villages. Vehicle supported most of the routs and overnight at a hotel in Kampong Chhnang.

    • Cycling distance: 40 km (25 miles)
    • 2 hours boat trip through floating villages
    • Meals: lunch and dinner
    • Accommodation: Garden Guest House in Kampong Chhnang Town
  2. Day 2 Cambodia ceramic pottery villages cycle ride and drive to lively city of Battambang

    After we had a breakfast at 7:30am, Today’s morning ride takes us around Kampong Chnnang, through paddy fields and plantations fringed with palm trees. Small villages along the way produce attractive pottery and we have chance to stop and peruse their wares. We then take a drive to the lively city of Batambang where the paddy fields center and a popular destination for its nearby ancient temples, French colonial architecture, and Buddhist shrines. We take a twilight ride to see the Banan temple and Sampou Mountain where the stunning beautiful view of paddy rice fields during the sunset. Transfer back to town will give you a rest time before dinner.

    • Cycling distance: 35 km (22 miles)
    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Accommodation: The Coconut House Villa & Apartment in Battambang town
  3. Day 3 Cycle Battambang and drive to lively city of Siem Reap

    Our third days is arrived, you will be wishing this occasion is not end where you need to try out 30km cycling more to explore outskirt area of Battambang town. We cycle along the river up north to see local livelihoods; such as Rice noodle- Bamboo sticky rice- oldest Buddhist temple [Somruong Knong temple]- then head up to visit visit Fish paste market. Continuously we cycle to see rice wine spot and learn how to make it. We also stop to visit a local house where they make dried banana and rice paper formation. Finally, we will stop at a crocodile farm on the way back to the town and after lunch make our way to Siem Reap by vehicle support. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Siem Reap town. On arrival, you’re free to leave and carry on your travels.

    • Cycling distance: 25 km (16 miles)
    • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    • Supported vehicle
One Night in comfort guesthouse and one night in boutique hotel

We offer variable accommodation during the trip at any central provinces west of Tonle Sap Lake where you will explore more by your own and see a lot of thing from place to place.

Garden Guesthouse in Kampong Chhnang town.

Located in Kampong Chhnang, Garden Guesthouse provides cozy and affordable accommodation featuring complimentary WiFi access.

Rooms are cooled with either air conditioning or fan. Amenities include mosquito screening, a seating area with outdoor furniture and a wardrobe. Bathroom facilities are en suite. Click here to learn more about this guesthouse.

The Coconut House Vila & Apartment 

The Coconut House Battambang is a cosy red -brick run family villa and furnished room apartments with healthy and good food restaurant . Our property is located only a few minutes walk to the Sang Ker River, and a five minutes drive to the centre of town, where you find the central market, cosy bars and restaurants, as well as the bus station and the boat river station for Angkor Wat andSiem Riep. Battambang is a lovely city with its French architecture, art galleries and the famous Phare Ponleu Salpek circus and art school. Please click here to learn more about this accommodation in Battambang


The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Garden Guesthouse in Kampong Chhnang town.A cozy and affordable accommodation In Kampong Chhnang Town

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Holiday Information
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 you’re 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. In smaller towns and villages, local food such as ‘charcoal chicken’, ‘sticky rice’ and ‘fried fish’ will commonly be offered.

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. Raining is not a whole day or long hour, it could be start from the evening or at night which is take between 1 hour to 3 hours.

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, helmet, boat, private mini bus and some local transport if required

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 and shoes
• Water bladder- min 2 litter water capacity or refill water bottle
• Day backpack and Personal medication/ small first aid kit
 Nice to help
• Insect repellent
• Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
• Electrolyte
• Flip flops and Swimwear
• 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

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:

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.

Cambodia Vaccinations
Yellow Fever
Requirements: Required if traveling from a country with risk of YFV transmission and ≥1 year of age, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission.1
Recommendations: None
Areas with malaria: Present throughout the country, including Siem Reap city. None in the city of Phnom Penh and at the temple complex at Angkor Wat.
Estimated relative risk of malaria for US travelers: Low.
Drug resistance4: Chloroquine and mefloquine.
Malaria species: P. falciparum 86%, P. vivax 12%, P. malariae 2%, P. knowlesi rare.
Recommended chemoprophylaxis: In the provinces of Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kampot, Koh Kong, Odder Meanchey, Pailin, Preah Vihear, Pursat, and Siem Reap bordering Thailand: Atovaquone-proguanil or doxycycline. All other areas with malaria: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine.
Other Vaccines to Consider
See Health Information for Travelers to Cambodia

Overall Rating
Reviewed On 24/04/2019

We made the 3 day cycling tour from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. It was a great time and we enjoyed the Cycling tour very much. Our guide was Thong, the owner of Vana Travel. I stayed in contact with Thong to book the tour some weeks before the stay in Cambodia. The e-mail exchange and the booking was very convient and Thong came back to all Questions and pick up at the hotel in Siem Reap was arrenged perfectly. During the Cycling days it was great to visit more rural areas, to see small business of local people, like rice paper, bamboo sticky rice, pottery, dried bananas and so on. We also visited pagodas around Battambang und Udong. Thong was always very keen to make the trip perfect and to show Cambodia very authentically. It was a pleasure and the 3 days cycling tour and Thong as a guide are highly recommended.

Reviewed On 29/01/2019

If you value ethical 🌱 eco - social responsible travel - you’ll 💚 Vana Adventure Travel. Owned & operated by Thong - a gentle, wise & inspiring soul - who generously shares his knowledge, culture & smiles! Thong’s integrity is solid - every detail of your journey is carefully planned & intentionally designed to facilitate an enriching travel experience whilst actively supporting local Khmer communities & sustainable Khmer projects. My sublime 3 day Great Tonle Sap Trail cycling journey will always 🐝 treasured! Arkoun​ Chraen Thong 🙏 I look forward to more epic eco 🌱 adventures in the Cardamon Mountains & the Mekong! 💚