The Cambodia Unicycling Tour
15-26 Nov 2019
Mostly very flat
Bring Your Own
After a bit of a break the unicyclists are back in Asia! Cambodia will be our destination for 2019 which takes Ken and Jason back to where it all began 14 years ago when Ken joined a group of cyclists that Jason was leading.
Cambodia is a land of contrasts, from the majesty of the Angkor temples to the simple villages, the tragedy of the 1970s and 80s to the fun and vibrant people that you'll meet today, and the rice fields, beaches and forests that you ride through.
We will take in a large part of the country with a mix of day rides and point to point full day rides. We stay in nice hotels and simple guesthouses. And we'll stop in the small villages that we encounter on our rides as well as stay in the bustling capital Phnom Penh.
If you don’t ride a unicycle and would like to come along then do join us! Unicyclists go at a slower pace to regular tours but they are lots of fun to ride with and the entertainment factor for locals is worth seeing. Get in touch if you have any questions.
Our local team will include one or two cycling guides, Jason as tour leader and support vehicles. The vehicles will be used to carry luggage, provide transfers and lend a hand for anyone who wants to skip out some of the riding.
Most of what we will ride is flat so gear your unicycle appropriately. There will be some hills on a couple of days but in general prepare for flat riding.
Road conditions are pretty good but potholes are not unusual. The main roads that we do sometimes ride are not busy but they do carry some large vehicles.
The final day of riding in Kirirom National Park will take us on a mountain biking trail.
Minimum 10 people
PRICING & PAYMENT
US$2250 per person, twin share
A $500 deposit is required to confirm places on the trip. The deposit is non-refundable but we will refund providing we can find a replacement person to fill your place on the tour.
Bookings and payments are processed through our parent company - The Great Trails Company.
Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap
Day 2 - Ride the Angkor temples 25km
Day 3 - Ride to Kbal Spean, transfer back to Siem Reap 55km
Day 4 - Transfer to Phnom Penh in morning, afternoon free time
Day 5 - Transfer to Choung Ek, Ride to Takeo 65km
Day 6 - Ride to Kep 105km
Day 7 - Rest Day, visit Rabbit Island
Day 8 - Ride to Kampot 35km
Day 9 - Ride to Sihanoukville 105km
Day 10 - Rest morning, afternoon transfer to Kirirom
Day 11 - Ride Kirirom National Park 35km, transfer to Phnom Penh
Day 12 - End of tour
See below for the detailed itinerary. Itinerary is subject to change.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE SIEM REAP
We meet in Siem Reap, home of the famous Angkor temples. You have time to explore the town on your own before we gather for dinner and a trip briefing. If you are planning on arriving a few days early and want to visit the temples ask us about what Angkor Pass you should buy to fit in with the tour rides. (D)
DAY 2 - RIDE THE ANGKOR TEMPLES (25km)
It's an early start to the morning as we leave the hotel at 4:30am. Hopefully you'll be jet-lagged enough that you won't know what time it is anyway! Transfer to Angkor Wat for a magical sunrise. There is a guided tour around the temple which takes about an hour before breakfast in the shade of the trees surrounding the temple. We then set out on the unicycles to explore other temples in the Historical Park. This is a beautiful ride with green fields, vibrant villages and the incomparable spectacle of the many temples. (B,L)
DAY 3 - RIDE TO KBAL SPEAN (55km)
Ride into the countryside getting off the main tourist road to Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas. Kbal Spean is the source of the water that fed the Angkor Kingdom. Hindu motifs are carved into the bed of the stream to bless the water as it flowed over the symbols. We walk up to the river to see the lingas and enjoy the waterfall.
After lunch at a local restaurant we transfer back to Siem Reap stopping at one more temple known at Banteay Srei, the Woman's Citadel. While some of temple are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, still in an excellent state of preservation. (B,L)
DAY 4 - Transfer to Phom Penh
A rest and transfer day. In the morning we will transfer to Cambodia's bustling capital Phnom Penh (4 hours). The afternoon will be yours to explore the street, markets and sites of the city. (B)
DAY 5 - TRANSFER TO CHOUNG EK, CYCLE TO TAKEO (65km)
To get ourselves out of the busy city we will transfer a short way to the infamous Killing Fields that sit about 10km out of the city centre. It will be a sombre morning as we take a walk around the site of the some of the worst horrors of the Pol Pot era.
Back on the unicycles it's a flat ride past rice fields, villages and lakes to Takeo, a small regional town and an overnight stay in a simple guesthouse. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 - cycle to Kep (105km)
One of our two century rides in Cambodia. Today will be flat riding all the way to the coast before another rest day so feel free to go hard! For anyone who struggles with the distance there will be a few spare bicycles to use as well as the support vehicle to rest in through the heat of the day. We finish in the small seaside town of Kep, the beach resort of French colonial times. While there are still crumbling remnants of that period the town has seen something of a revival in rest years. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 - rest day in Kep
A day off the unicycles to enjoy some beach time. We will organise a boat over to Rabbit Island for a bit of quiet rest and relaxation. There's not much to do on the island except eat, drink, swim, have a massage and be merry - the perfect rest day. (B)
DAY 8 - Cycle to Kampot (35km)
This is a short ride but lovely ride which should be done before lunch so you have time to enjoy the French colonial town of Kampot which sits at the foot the Elephant Mountains. The sleepy town sits by a river inlet and is filled with French period and Chinese settler architecture. For those with tired legs, massages are available and there are some good cafes. (B,L)
DAY 9 - Cycle to Sihanoukville (105km)
Our second century ride starts out on a strip of land between ocean and the Elephant Mountains. We'll pass colourful fishing villages and take a back road to Sihanoukville that brings us in to town past the expanding port. Sihanoukville was was a backpacker beach destination but has grown in recent times to a bustling busy port town. (B,L)
DAY 10 - Free Morning, Transfer to Kirirom
After the long ride yesterday you'll have the morning to relax. Hang out on the beach, maybe have a massage, or both. After lunch we will transfer to Kirirom National Park (3 hours). (B,D)
DAY 11 - Cycle Kirirom National Park (35km), transfer to Phnom Penh
Kirirom National Park known as 'Happy Mountain'. The park provides sanctuary for a range of wild animals including elephants, deer and boar although they are rather elusive and tend to remain deep inside the forest areas.
We will ride trail used for national mountain bike racing, it is about 10km on a dirt trail up and down hill and a small river crossing. Then we ride down from the national park on sealed road to the highway. Here our ride ends and we load up the bus one last time for the transfer back to Phnom Penh and our final night celebration dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 12 - END
The tour ends with a check-out at 10am.
INCLUSIONS & EXTRAS
This trip uses a great range of accommodation including modern 3 star hotels, smaller comfortable hotels, and local guesthouses.
Some of the hotels we intend to use:
Frangipani Villa Hotel in Siem Reap
Kravan Hotel in Phnom Penh
Alice Villa Hotel in Takeo
vKirirom Pine Resort in Kirirom National Park
At this point in time hotels are indicative only will be confirmed closer to the time of the tour.
MEALS & SNACKS
Included meals are shown in the itinerary: all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners.
While cycling we will be treated to local fruits and snacks as well as fresh water.
We will provide a small number of bicycles for use by unicyclists who want to add the occasional wheel. For any non-unicycling friends who join the tour there will be a bike hire surcharge of US$150.
Guides - we will have 1 or 2 local cycling guides with us out on the roads each day.
Backup Vehicle - we will have a dedicated support vehicle at the back of the group to look after anyone who needs a break from the cycling.
You must have travel insurance as part of the conditions of travel. Your insurance must cover emergency medical and evacuation.
Bike hire is not included in this tour. High quality mountain bikes are available at a surcharge price of US$150.
Voluntary Single Supplement US$550.
You will need to bring your own helmet as they are not supplied locally.