Cambodia Cycle

Cambodia

Over nine unforgettable days, you will explore the best of Cambodia as you fill your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of Southeast Asia from the saddle of a bike.

Trip duration:
9 days

Challenge duration:
6 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
February, March, October, November

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-star hotels and lodges

Cycling Cambodia

From hidden jungle temples and sugar-palm plantations to ancient ruins and bustling cities, on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure you'll cycle beyond the city limits into the unfolding landscape: through rice paddies, sugar-palm plantations and small villages where children run out to greet you.

You will meander the tree-lined boulevards of Siem Reap and discover the magnificent Angkor Temple Complex, before you cycle deep into the Cambodian countryside, exploring the peaceful and rhythmic beat of Cambodia’s day-to-day life from the saddle of your bike. 

You will spend half a day discovering the secrets to traditional Cambodian cuisine with a cooking class, and learn more about the remarkable history of the Khmer people on a city tour of the bustling capital, Phnom Penh. 

To top it off, you will cycle alongside a group of passionate people just like you and have the opportunity to form new friendships that will last a lifetime through this incredible shared experience.

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Challenge yourself as you cycle up to 80km a day on this unforgettable journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
  • Experience traditional Khmer culture as you explore stunning countryside, bustling cities and tiny villages 
  • Discover impressive jungle temples and gaze upon the majestic spires of Angkor Wat
  • Cycle alongside a group of passionate people and have the opportunity to form new friendships that will last a lifetime 

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap

The adventure of a lifetime begins! After your flight into the beautiful Siem Reap International Airport you will make your own way to the hotel. Feel free to explore this bustling city or stretch your legs after the long-­haul flight. Tonight, we will meet for our first team briefing.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat

Our cycling adventure begins today as we make our way to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, part of the Angkor Temple Complex. A World Heritage-­listed site, Angkor is some 400 square kilometres of crumbling stone temples draped in jungle vines. The size of this complex means it’s easy to escape the hustle and bustle of tourist activity and immerse yourself in the history of a thousand years’ past. First, we discover the Bayon, the centrepiece of this ancient complex, decorated with more than 200 enigmatic, smiling stone faces. We then visit the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings, as well as Ta Prohm Temple. We enjoy lunch in the complex, before setting off to discover Angkor Wat. This world-­famous temple was lost to the jungle for centuries. Today it stands again as one of mankind’s most magnificent architectural achievements. After ample time to explore this magnificent site, we then make our way back to Siem Reap.

Cycling Distance: 35km 

Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch,  Dinner

Day 3: Siem Reap – Banteay Srey, Landmine Museum and Banteay Samre

Today the challenge builds with an 80km cycle around the sights of Siem Reap and beyond. To start the day, we cycle through small villages and vivid green rice paddies to Banteay Srey Temple. A Hindu temple, Banteay Srey is often referred to as the ‘Citadel of Women’. Although one of the smaller sites in the Angkor Temple Complex, Banteay Srey is home to some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. We then take a tour of the Landmine Museum. The legacy of three decades of war, landmines are a poignant reminder of the past, present and ongoing struggles faced by Cambodia’s people. We enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant before cycling to Banteay Samre, and then back to Siem Reap.

Cycling Distance: 80km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Siem Reap – Chao Srey Vibol and Beng Mealea

Today is more challenging, as we cycle off road through the Chao Srey Vibol Temple and surrounding villages. We then continue to Beng Mealea, a jungle temple built in the style of Angkor Wat. After ample time to wander amongst the vine‐clad sandstone towers and courtyards, we rest our legs with a private vehicle transfer back to Siem Reap.

Transfer Time: 1 ½ hours  

Cycling Distance: 60km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Roluos Temple – Kampong Phluk

This morning after breakfast, we board our bikes and begin cycling through villages and seemingly endless rice paddies to Roluos Temple. We enjoy a group lunch in a local restaurant before transferring to the edge of Tonle Sap Lake. Here, we board a boat to Kampong Phluk – an isolated community of three villages built on stilts in the centre of the lake. Flooded for half the year, this community is surrounded by a unique ecosystem home to a variety of wildlife. In the early evening, we will cycle or transfer back to Siem Reap for dinner.

Cycling Distance: 50km

Meals: B L D

Day 6: Free Morning and Cooking Class

This morning is free at leisure. In the afternoon, we take part in a Cambodian cooking class. Using local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, we will learn the secrets to Cambodian cuisine and create a sumptuous feast to enjoy. Feeling full, the remainder of the day is yours to continue exploring Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Siem Reap to Battambang

Today after breakfast, we transfer by private vehicle to Battambang. A vibrant town, Battambang is famous for its French colonial architecture, fertile soil and the rubies and garnets mined throughout the province. After lunch, we jump back on our bikes and cycle to Wat Banan, an 11th century temple built by King Jarvarman VII. Perched stoically atop a 400-‐metre hill, Wat Banan offers exquisite views of the surrounding countryside. After ample time to take in the sweeping panoramas, we then cycle back to Battambang.

Transfer Time: 3 ½ hours

Cycling Distance: 60km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Battambang to Phnom Penh

Today we have the opportunity to further discover Battambang, cycling through the town and exploring the surrounding countryside. We enjoy lunch together then transfer by private vehicle back to Phnom Penh. This evening is free to explore this bustling capital city.

Transfer Time: 5 hours 

Cycling Distance: 50km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Phnom Penh City Tour

Phnom Penh is a growing and thriving city, nestled at the confluence of three rivers. With a tragic yet fascinating history, its landmarks are well worth a visit. Today we will go on a half day city tour, starting with a visit to the Royal Palace, a stone's throw from the Tonle Sap River. Built in 1813 the palace contains several buildings which have been used for the coronation of kings and other ceremonies. Within the grounds is the Silver Pagoda, aptly named because of the 5000 silver tiles weighing 1kg each which cover the entire floor. We will head on from here to the National Museum built during 1917-1920 and housed in an elegant terracotta building, in keeping with traditional design. After wandering around the museum, we will continue to Wat Phnom, the city’s main temple situated on top of a hill along with throngs of worshippers. 

After lunch, you will be free at leisure until we meet for our final team dinner to celebrate a successful adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Depart Phnom Penh

This morning, you are free to explore or relax before you make your own way to the Phnom Penh International Airport for your flight home. As the runway comes into view you will be filled with the moments and memories that will make this adventure one you will never forget.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap

The adventure of a lifetime begins! After your flight into the beautiful Siem Reap International Airport you will make your own way to the hotel. Feel free to explore this bustling city or stretch your legs after the long-­haul flight. Tonight, we will meet for our first team briefing.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat

Our cycling adventure begins today as we make our way to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, part of the Angkor Temple Complex. A World Heritage-­listed site, Angkor is some 400 square kilometres of crumbling stone temples draped in jungle vines. The size of this complex means it’s easy to escape the hustle and bustle of tourist activity and immerse yourself in the history of a thousand years’ past. First, we discover the Bayon, the centrepiece of this ancient complex, decorated with more than 200 enigmatic, smiling stone faces. We then visit the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings, as well as Ta Prohm Temple. We enjoy lunch in the complex, before setting off to discover Angkor Wat. This world-­famous temple was lost to the jungle for centuries. Today it stands again as one of mankind’s most magnificent architectural achievements. After ample time to explore this magnificent site, we then make our way back to Siem Reap.

Cycling Distance: 35km 

Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch,  Dinner

Day 3: Siem Reap – Banteay Srey, Landmine Museum and Banteay Samre

Today the challenge builds with an 80km cycle around the sights of Siem Reap and beyond. To start the day, we cycle through small villages and vivid green rice paddies to Banteay Srey Temple. A Hindu temple, Banteay Srey is often referred to as the ‘Citadel of Women’. Although one of the smaller sites in the Angkor Temple Complex, Banteay Srey is home to some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. We then take a tour of the Landmine Museum. The legacy of three decades of war, landmines are a poignant reminder of the past, present and ongoing struggles faced by Cambodia’s people. We enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant before cycling to Banteay Samre, and then back to Siem Reap.

Cycling Distance: 80km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Siem Reap – Chao Srey Vibol and Beng Mealea

Today is more challenging, as we cycle off road through the Chao Srey Vibol Temple and surrounding villages. We then continue to Beng Mealea, a jungle temple built in the style of Angkor Wat. After ample time to wander amongst the vine-clad sandstone towers and courtyards, we rest our legs with a private vehicle transfer back to Siem Reap.

Transfer Time: 1 ½ hours  

Cycling Distance: 60km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Roluos Temple – Kampong Phluk

This morning after breakfast, we board our bikes and begin cycling through villages and seemingly endless rice paddies to Roluos Temple. We enjoy a group lunch in a local restaurant before transferring to the edge of Tonle Sap Lake. Here, we board a boat to Kampong Phluk – an isolated community of three villages built on stilts in the centre of the lake. Flooded for half the year, this community is surrounded by a unique ecosystem home to a variety of wildlife. In the early evening, we will cycle or transfer back to Siem Reap for dinner.

Cycling Distance: 50km

Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Free Morning and Cooking Class

This morning is free at leisure. In the afternoon, we take part in a Cambodian cooking class. Using local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, we will learn the secrets to Cambodian cuisine and create a sumptuous feast to enjoy. Feeling full, the remainder of the day is yours to continue exploring Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Siem Reap to Battambang

Today after breakfast, we transfer by private vehicle to Battambang. A vibrant town, Battambang is famous for its French colonial architecture, fertile soil and the rubies and garnets mined throughout the province. After lunch, we jump back on our bikes and cycle to Wat Banan, an 11th century temple built by King Jarvarman VII. Perched stoically atop a 400-‐metre hill, Wat Banan offers exquisite views of the surrounding countryside. After ample time to take in the sweeping panoramas, we then cycle back to Battambang.

Transfer Time: 3 ½ hours 

Cycling Distance: 60km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Battambang to Phnom Penh

Today we have the opportunity to further discover Battambang, cycling through the town and exploring the surrounding countryside. We enjoy lunch together then transfer by private vehicle back to Phnom Penh. This evening is free to explore this bustling capital city.

Transfer Time: 5 hours 

Cycling Distance: 50km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Phnom Penh City Tour

Phnom Penh is a growing and thriving city, nestled at the confluence of three rivers. With a tragic yet fascinating history, its landmarks are well worth a visit. Today we will go on a half day city tour, starting with a visit to the Royal Palace, a stone's throw from the Tonle Sap River. Built in 1813 the palace contains several buildings which have been used for the coronation of kings and other ceremonies. Within the grounds is the Silver Pagoda, aptly named because of the 5000 silver tiles weighing 1kg each which cover the entire floor. We will head on from here to the National Museum built during 1917-1920 and housed in an elegant terracotta building, in keeping with traditional design. After wandering around the museum, we will continue to Wat Phnom, the city’s main temple situated on top of a hill along with throngs of worshippers. 

After lunch, you will be free at leisure until we meet for our final team dinner to celebrate a successful adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Depart Phnom Penh

This morning, you are free to explore or relax before you make your own way to the Phnom Penh International Airport for your flight home. As the runway comes into view you will be filled with the moments and memories that will make this adventure one you will never forget.

Meals: Breakfast

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 ranked 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. You will need to carry a small day pack with personal items such as water, snacks, medications and spare clothing. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle each day.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will 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.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

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

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. 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. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal. Spin classes are great to add to your fitness regime, but shouldn’t replace cycling outside. 

Remember: the more you prepare, the more you will enjoy the adventure. 

Will there be regular breaks on cycling days? 

There will be the opportunity to stop regularly – every hour or so – to rest, fill up your water and have a few snacks. The rests are not too long though – the longer you rest, the harder it is to get back on the bike!

Is there a support vehicle if I can’t complete the day? 

There will be a support vehicle travelling behind the group, or nearby, at all times. So if you need a rest or just can’t go on – please don’t worry! You can jump on at any time. It’s nothing to be ashamed of if you need a break – that’s what it’s for. 

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation for the Cambodia cycle is generally based on twin-share in 3-star hotels for the duration of your adventure. 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?

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

What to expect

Will there be free time? 

The itinerary has a lot packed in! There will be some time to explore the markets in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Tuk tuks are the best, safest and most fun way to get around. In Cambodia they cost about $1 but the drivers may haggle! Always agree a price upfront. Avoid the motorbike taxis – they are very unsafe and your insurance may not cover you if you get into a pickle or have an accident.

What are the toilets like? 

Most hotels will have western-style toilets and clean amenities, with toilet paper provided. While cycling, toilets will most likely be squat style with no toilet paper. Bathrooms in restaurants and other public places vary. We recommend that you always carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you in your daypack. Again - keep an open mind and have a laugh if things aren’t quite as you expect!  We do follow a leave no trace policy so at times you may need to carry your paper with you until a suitable bin is available. Carrying a plastic zip lock bag is great for that.

What is the food like? 

On this adventure, you will have the opportunity to sample all of the delights of Cambodian cuisine with a variety of traditional dishes from day to day. Starters include fresh spring rolls and banana blossom salad, followed by a choice of main dishes such as Fish Amok, Samlor Korkor, Chicken or Beef Curry and Beef Lok Lak served with steamed rice. Meals are usually finished with a traditional khmer dessert. 

Cambodian food is similar to its neighbouring countries of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, with some distinctions. Food is more fragrant than spicy, with fresh herbs a feature, and rice is a staple. Noodles are also really common, and soups are served with most meals.

A wide range of international food is available in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, however different types of food can be limited outside the major centres.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Meals can always be prepared to meet individual needs with advanced notice.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Yes, you can expect to have phone reception most of the time in Cambodia. Where possible, we encourage you to ‘switch off’ and soak in your surroundings.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes. Cambodia uses a standard 230V 50Hz, and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3-pin plugs. While most hotels will have a multi-plug outlet we also recommend that you bring a universal plug adaptor. 

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Accommodation at 3-star hotels and lodges based on twin share
  • Transfers as per itinerary in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • Local English-speaking guide/s
  • Mountain bike
  • Bike mechanic and support truck
  • Water and snacks on cycling days

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - from a bespoke fundraising plan, fitness advice and travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

The amount of spending money you wish to bring is a personal decision.

Allow 14000-42,000 KHR per meal (approx. AUD$5–15) for additional meals not included in the itinerary.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is customary but not compulsory in Cambodia, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. Your guide will give you advice on customary tipping amounts (usually about 343,500 KHR per person - approx AUD$123) for the entire adventure) and will coordinate a tipping kitty to assist you and the team with the process.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures 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 will 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, Australian and New Zealand citizens 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. 

About Cambodia

Can I drink the water in Cambodia?

Do not drink the tap water in Cambodia. Tap water is safe to drink only after boiled. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in major cities, and is generally quite cheap.

What weather can I expect?

While Cambodia has warm and welcoming weather all year round, the country has two distinct weather seasons: Dry season (which runs from October to April, producing hot winds) and Wet season (which runs from May to October, bringing almost 75% of Cambodia’s yearly rainfall). Temperatures during your cycle will tend to range from 24-32°C, but some days can get up to 35°C or above and the humidity can be high.

We recommend checking local weather forecasts closer to departure for more up-to-date information.

Is it safe to travel to Cambodia?

Cambodia is very relaxed and feels safe, but be sensible. You should be aware of your surroundings and belongings at all times. Leave your passport in the safe at the hotel and don’t carry around large amounts of cash or wear flashy jewellery. Always maintain a firm grip on shoulder bags and cameras. Traffic is also quite overwhelming, so listen to your local guide's advice about crossing roads. Use common sense and avoid going places alone, especially at night. These are the same safety precautions we advise when travelling to any country.

All tourist areas have been cleared of landmines and UXOs (unexploded ordinances), with only a small amount remaining in more remote areas. 

For the latest advice, check out the Smartraveller website. 

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 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. You will need to carry a small day pack with personal items such as water, snacks, medications and spare clothing. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle each day.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will 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.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

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

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. 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. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal. Spin classes are great to add to your fitness regime, but shouldn’t replace cycling outside. 

Remember: the more you prepare, the more you will enjoy the adventure. 

Will there be regular breaks on cycling days? 

There will be the opportunity to stop regularly – every hour or so – to rest, fill up your water and have a few snacks. The rests are not too long though – the longer you rest, the harder it is to get back on the bike!

Is there a support vehicle if I can’t complete the day? 

There will be a support vehicle travelling behind the group, or nearby, at all times. So if you need a rest or just can’t go on – please don’t worry! You can jump on at any time. It’s nothing to be ashamed of if you need a break – that’s what it’s for. 

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation for the Cambodia cycle is generally based on twin-share in 3-star hotels for the duration of your adventure. 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?

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

What to expect

Will there be free time? 

The itinerary has a lot packed in! There will be some time to explore the markets in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Tuk tuks are the best, safest and most fun way to get around. In Cambodia they cost about $1 but the drivers may haggle! Always agree a price upfront. Avoid the motorbike taxis – they are very unsafe and your insurance may not cover you if you get into a pickle or have an accident.

What are the toilets like? 

Most hotels will have western-style toilets and clean amenities, with toilet paper provided. While cycling, toilets will most likely be squat style with no toilet paper. Bathrooms in restaurants and other public places vary. We recommend that you always carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you in your daypack. Again - keep an open mind and have a laugh if things aren’t quite as you expect!  We do follow a leave no trace policy so at times you may need to carry your paper with you until a suitable bin is available. Carrying a plastic zip lock bag is great for that.

What is the food like? 

On this adventure, you will have the opportunity to sample all of the delights of Cambodian cuisine with a variety of traditional dishes from day to day. Starters include fresh spring rolls and banana blossom salad, followed by a choice of main dishes such as Fish Amok, Samlor Korkor, Chicken or Beef Curry and Beef Lok Lak served with steamed rice. Meals are usually finished with a traditional khmer dessert. 

Cambodian food is similar to its neighbouring countries of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, with some distinctions. Food is more fragrant than spicy, with fresh herbs a feature, and rice is a staple. Noodles are also really common, and soups are served with most meals.

A wide range of international food is available in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, however different types of food can be limited outside the major centres.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Meals can always be prepared to meet individual needs with advanced notice.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Yes, you can expect to have phone reception most of the time in Cambodia. Where possible, we encourage you to ‘switch off’ and soak in your surroundings.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes. Cambodia uses a standard 230V 50Hz, and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3-pin plugs. While most hotels will have a multi-plug outlet we also recommend that you bring a universal plug adaptor. 

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

 

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Accommodation at 3-star hotels and lodges based on twin share
  • Transfers as per itinerary in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • Local English-speaking guide/s
  • Mountain bike
  • Bike mechanic and support truck
  • Water and snacks on cycling days

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - from a bespoke fundraising plan, fitness advice and travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

The amount of spending money you wish to bring is a personal decision.

Allow 14000-42,000 KHR per meal (approx. AUD$5–15) for additional meals not included in the itinerary.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is customary but not compulsory in Cambodia, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. Your guide will give you advice on customary tipping amounts (usually about 343,500 KHR per person - approx AUD$123) for the entire adventure) and will coordinate a tipping kitty to assist you and the team with the process.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures 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 will 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, Australian and New Zealand citizens 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. 

About Cambodia

Can I drink the water in Cambodia?

Do not drink the tap water in Cambodia. Tap water is safe to drink only after boiled. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in major cities, and is generally quite cheap.

What weather can I expect?

While Cambodia has warm and welcoming weather all year round, the country has two distinct weather seasons: Dry season (which runs from October to April, producing hot winds) and Wet season (which runs from May to October, bringing almost 75% of Cambodia’s yearly rainfall). Temperatures during your cycle will tend to range from 24-32°C, but some days can get up to 35°C or above and the humidity can be high.

We recommend checking local weather forecasts closer to departure for more up-to-date information.

Is it safe to travel to Cambodia?

Cambodia is very relaxed and feels safe, but be sensible. You should be aware of your surroundings and belongings at all times. Leave your passport in the safe at the hotel and don’t carry around large amounts of cash or wear flashy jewellery. Always maintain a firm grip on shoulder bags and cameras. Traffic is also quite overwhelming, so listen to your local guide's advice about crossing roads. Use common sense and avoid going places alone, especially at night. These are the same safety precautions we advise when travelling to any country.

All tourist areas have been cleared of landmines and UXOs (unexploded ordinances), with only a small amount remaining in more remote areas. 

For the latest advice, check out the Smartraveller website. 

 

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

Reviews

Past adventurers rated their overall experience on the Cambodia Cycle as 4.66 out of 5

★★★★★


“Life changing. This was the most positive eye-opening experience of my life.”

Caitlin Smith

Plan’s Cycle for Girls: Cambodia 2019

★★★★★


“Inspirational, awesome adventure that was challenging, engaging and so personally enriching. Thanks so much.”

Alan Wedesweiler

Catholic Mission Cambodia: Ride & Stride 2020

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


"The most challenging experience on holiday I have ever had. Who would have thought at 75 years young I would have managed 80kms in a day! Whoopee!"

Susan Dunbar Davis

Cycle for Heart Kids NZ Cambodia 2019

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Riding through villages and fields, and seeing the Cambodians waving was great. The temples were amazing. The food was awesome. The group were great.”

Alison Hookway

Plan’s Cycle for Girls: Cambodia 2019
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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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