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Discover the unseen side of Cambodia on a cycling trip from Phnom Penh - Siem Reap.

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24 November - 1 December 2024

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AUD $3,900
USD $2,500
HKD $19,900

Trip Cost
Paid upfront or in instalments

3/5

3/5

Challenge Grade

Give Back to the Community

AUD $3,500
USD $2,500
HKD $17,800

Fundraising Target

The Difference You'll Make

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When you take part in the ISF Cambodia Cycle Tour 2024, you’ll directly impact the lives of underprivileged children in Cambodia by raising funds that help empower opportunities and brighter futures. ISF focuses on a holistic approach to nurturing young people in Cambodia – providing access to education, healthcare, and sports.

You’ll help raise awareness and funds that help to break down the barriers which typically hinder educational opportunities, by ensuring that children receive quality learning environments and resources. This assistance will help us make lasting change on these children's lives – by providing them with food, stationery, uniforms, education and healthcare when they may otherwise lack access to these crucial tools.

How it works

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FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
For more details, see our FAQs.
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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.

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Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1, Sunday, 24 November 2024: Arrive in Phnom Penh

Day 1, Sunday, 24 November 2024: Arrive in Phnom Penh

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh this morning, make your own way to the hotel where you can freshen up and change into comfortable clothes for the day ahead. We will kickstart our adventure with a visit to ISF’s award-winning football program, which impacts over 5,000 children in provinces throughout Cambodia. ISF works with 60 organisations and schools to bring football and its’ social impact training to girls, boys and children with disabilities. See kids having fun whilst learning positive social behaviour. We’ll then have our welcome dinner tonight with the team and meet our guides for the next week, including an ISF team member who will be travelling with us.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Meals: L D

Day 2, Monday, 25 November 2024: Phnom Penh - Oudong

Day 2, Monday, 25 November 2024: Project Visit and Silk Island

We’ll start off the day with a visit to one of ISF’s schools. Witness firsthand the impact ISF’s education program has on over 700 underprivileged children and visit the graveyard community where the children live. After lunch, we’ll get fitted for our bicycles and start riding through the streets of Phnom Penh. We’ll ride to Koh Dah, known as Silk Island, a small island close to Phnom Penh that is well known for silk weaving. After learning about silk weaving, we'll head back to our hotel to prepare for dinner. In the evening, we will have a chance to see the Independence Monument lit up and spend time at the Royal Palaces Park, where locals leisurely spend their evenings. We’ll then make our way to a local riverside restaurant for dinner.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Cycling distance: 25km

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Tuesday, 26 November 2024: Cycle to Kratie

Day 3, Tuesday, 26 November 2024: Cycle to Kratie

This morning we leave Phnom Penh and make our way through the hustle and bustle of the city before we reach flat open plains with brilliant green rice fields as far as the eye can see. We’ll cycle on small roads through villages and farmland as we approach the provincial capital of Kampong Cham and cross onto an island in the middle of the Mekong. From here, we’ll ride over a bamboo bridge to have lunch in a small town, then continue riding up along the river before rendezvousing with the support crew and heading to our accommodation for the night. 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Cycling distance: 50km

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Wednesday, 27 November 2024: Kayak and Kratie Cycle

Day 4, Wednesday, 27 November 2024: Kayak and Kratie Cycle

Today we’ll drive from Kratie to a small village on the banks of the Mekong River. This part of the Mekong is known for its population of Irrawaddy dolphins, one of the world’s rarest and most endangered species of dolphins. Upon arriving at our kayak station, we’ll have a safety briefing on kayaking. We begin paddling along the Mekong River, admiring the stunning scenery and keeping an eye out for the playful dolphins as our guide shares knowledge of the local wildlife and culture. We’ll return back to Kratie for lunch and then saddle up our bikes to head out east to explore more of the countryside. We’ll be covering a rural area and the pavement can be rough for certain stretches, so keep an eye out while admiring the scenery! 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Cycling distance: 35km

Meals: B L D

Day 5, Thursday, 28 November 2024: Cycle to Kampong Thom

Day 5, Thursday, 28 November 2024: Cycle to Kampong Thom

We’ll begin the day with a transfer from Chhlong to our starting point for the day, passing by the countryside, rice fields, villages and forests along the way. After hopping on our bikes, we’ll head to Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site, where we’ll explore the ancient ruins, admire the intricate carvings and learn about the site’s fascinating history. Sambor Prei Kuk is an important site in Cambodia, known for its pre-Angkor temples dating back to the 7th century. The site is located in a beautiful forest and offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere. 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Cycling distance: 60km

Meals: B L D

Day 6, Friday, 29 November 2024: Cycle to Siem Reap

Day 6, Friday, 29 November 2024: Cycle to Siem Reap

We start this morning by transferring to the pink temple, Banteay Srei. This temple is unique as it is the only major temple constructed not under the instigation of a monarch and is also built from red sandstone, allowing for stunning intricate carvings. After some exploring, we’ll have lunch and begin our ride towards Siem Reap on tree lined roads. 

 

We enter Siem Reap through the Angkor archeological park and see the beautiful temples and trees providing a picturesque landscape for our ride. Tonight, we will be enchanted by Apsara dancers while enjoying fresh and delicious foods. A Khmer set menu with a selection of Asian cuisine makes this a memorable night with the live performance of Apsara Traditional Cambodian Dance and Music in the grounds of the restaurant. 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Cycling distance: 44km

Meals: B L D

Day 7, Saturday, 30 November 2024: Kulen Range Langur Trail Trek and Angkor Temples

Day 7, Saturday, 30 November 2024: Kulen Range Langur Trail Trek and Angkor Temples

We’ll start the day early with breakfast in Siem Reap and head out on a drive to the Kulen Mountains, about an hour away. Along the way, we’ll admire the lush scenery and learn about the history and culture of the area from our guide and begin hiking once we reach the base of the Kulem Mountains. The trail winds through dense forest and past stunning waterfalls, with plenty of opportunities to take in the natural beauty of the area. After hiking for about five kilometres, we reach a refreshing swimming spot in a river. We can take a dip in the cool water, and enjoy the chance to cool off and refuel with some snacks. We’ll continue through more forest and up to a hilltop temple with stunning views of the surrounding landscape before we head back to the base of the mountain. 

After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll hop back on our bikes and get ready to explore the Angkor Temples. Our first stop is Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most incredible religious monuments, where we can see the intricate carvings on the temple. We continue on to Bayon, located at the centre of Angkor Thom and famous for its giant stone faces looking over the temple’s many towers. From here we’ll head to Ta Prohm, the “jungle temple”, which is a stunning temple with tree roots growing over the ruins, creating a mystical atmosphere. We can wander through the temple, courtyards and corridors, exploring the unique jungle surroundings before we head back to the hotel and get ready for our final team dinner, where you’ll be farewelled and thanked by ISF’s leaders. 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Trekking distance: 10km

Cycling distance: 15km

Meals: B L D

Day 8, Sunday, 1 December 2024: Depart Siem Reap

Day 8, Sunday, 1 December 2024: Depart Siem Reap

This morning, check out anytime before midday and feel free to leave anytime after breakfast. Say goodbye to your guides after an amazing week of cycling and creating new memories! You can also join the ISF team and take part in the Angkor Wat run, or cheer on those participating!

Meals: B

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-star hotels based on twin share •  Single rooms available at an additional cost and subject to availability • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days  • Local English-speaking guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary • Bike

Exclusions:  International Flights • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities • E-bike (available for additional cost upon request)

Cambodia Cycle Tour

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Pedal through historical sites and discover ancient temples.
  • Explore Angkor Wat - the largest religious marvel, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Embark on island adventures and delve into the village culture.
  • Raise funds to give children in Cambodia access to education, healthcare, and sport.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is rated a 3/5. While no extensive cycling experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Cambodia cycle is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. This challenge involves cycling up to 80 kilometres a day on uneven and unsealed surfaces. Sometimes you’ll be on sealed roads, other times on dirt and sand paths which can be challenging but offer a unique way to get off the beaten track and experience life in Cambodia up close and personal. 

You will be well supported on the adventure by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks. Transport is available in some sections if you feel you are unable to complete the day. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10-20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we’ll connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

ISF Cambodia has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $46 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and ISF Cambodia, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day cycle and if possible, a two-day cycle. You should aim to be able to cycle in varied terrain for up to 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels. While the hotels in Cambodia are good quality and comfortable, hotels aren’t always the same standard as they are in Australia or New Zealand so it’s best to prepare your expectations a little. Most will have air conditioning or fans and some even have swimming pools where you can unwind after a long day of cycling. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we’ll pair you together.

What to expect

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we’ll happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You'll be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Are e-bikes available?

E-bikes are available for an additional cost and on a first come first serve basis. An updgrade to ebike is USD $245 per person. If you are interested in an e-bike, please email Inspired Adventures once you have registered for the adventure to book one.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

Fundraising

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You'll have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we’ll also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we’re looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we’ll review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you'll each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Will the funds raised go directly to ISF Cambodia? 

Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to ISF Cambodia. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for ISF Cambodia are tax-deductible in Australia and the UK (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is AUD $3,900, USD $2,500, HKD $19,900 (inclusive of a AUD and USD $950 or HKD $5,000 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising AUD $3,500, USD $2,500 HDK $17,800 (per person) for the Indochina Starfish Foundation.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the AUD / USD $950 or HKD $5,000 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you'll need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Cambodia?

Yes, all visitors require a visa to visit Cambodia. It is your responsibility to organise your own visa prior to travel. A standard tourist visa is valid for 30 days from your date of arrival. See Smartraveller for further information. If you are a citizen of another nationality, this information may differ. You can also refer to https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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