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Explore the main highlights of Cambodia on this active 6 day tour. Bike through temples in Angkor Wat, take a cyclo tour of Phnom Penh, and kayak past the stilt houses on Tonle Sap Lake as you explore the culture and historic treasures of Cambodia. This short yet active Cambodia tour is perfect for combining with a week long tour in neighboring Laos or Vietnam.
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  • Bike past the temples of Angkor Wat
  • Visit a family in the village of Kampong Kleng
  • Kayak Tonle Sap Lake and explore the fishing villages
  • Explore the streets of Phnom Penh on a cyclo city tour.
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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap, Cambodia

Arrive to Siem Reap, Cambodia today where you are met by your guide and transfer to your hotel to rest up after your long trip.

Day 2: Temples Biking & Exploration

Rise early this morning and hop on your bike for ride along quiet trails of the temples of Angkor today. Bike just about 18 miles today (30 km) as you explore the magnificent temples of the Khmer Empire including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, and the Elephant terrace. Leave your bikes out front to wander through the temples on foot as you go. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant near Angkor Wat. Ride next to Ta Prohm, commonly known as 'the jungle temple' whose massive tree roots are attempting to reclaim the ancient ruins. Return to Siem Reap early afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3: Banteay Srey & Kayak Tonle Sap Lake

Get an early start today to visit Banteay Srey ruins, which was off limits for many years due to its remote location and Khmer Rouge activity in the region. Built in the late 10th century, its pink limestone have preserved some of the best bas-reliefs in Siem Reap.

During high water season, set out on kayaks and paddle upstream over flooded paddy fields in Tonle Sap Lake toward Kampong Khleang village. Here the houses sit on 8m high stilts above the ground and floodplain during high water. The community here are predominantly fisherman and have invented a variety of ways to catch fish. On any given day you may learn about local village life, visit a school, see catfish being smoked, or speak to a fisherman while they are preparing their nets. Enjoy lunch on a wooden verandah as you watch fishing boats return to unload their catch. If the water is low, take a motor boat instead out to the mouth of the channel where you launch kayaks for another village on the open lake. Return to your hotel in early evening.

Day 4: Fly Phnom Penh | Sambor Preikuk Temple

This morning, your driver picks you up from your hotel to travel to Kampong Thom. Upon arriving in Kampong Thom, you meet your local guide and proceed to Sambor Preikuk or Isanapura, the complex belonging to the Pre-Angkorian era of Chenla (late 6th to 9th centuries AD). It was one of its capitals known then as Isanapura. Visit the three main temple complexes—Prasat Sambor, Prasat Tor, and Prasat Yeah Puon—on foot. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue directly to Phnom Penh. Once you arrive, you are dropped off at your hotel for check-in. Enjoy at your own leisure!

Day 5: Explore Phnom Penh

Set out on a traditional cyclo tour of Phnom Penh, riding in a carriage attached to the back of a bike provides a new perspective on the city. First visit Wat Phnom, a 14th century stupa and the tallest religious structure in the city. Continue to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, whose remains from its destruction under Pol Pot are still very impressive and the site contains many objects which embody the brilliance of the Khmer civilization. Continue to the National Museum to see the huge collection of Khmer sculpture and artifacts from Angkor. Enjoy lunch at the Friends Restaurant, which provides under-privileged street children the opportunity to gain experience in the hospitality industry.

This afternoon takes a more somber turn with a visit to Tuol Sleng Prison, an old high school that was transformed into a site for torture. Get a glimpse at the devastating horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia's recent past. While not a particularly uplifting excursion, this important visit provides travelers with some context for Cambodia's very raw and recent history. Next visit Choeng Ek, also known as the “Killing Fields” which are located just outside the city and were the site of the ongoing genocide of the Khmer people.

Return to your hotel this evening and enjoy your last night in Phnom Penh. Perhaps take a visit to the charming riverside area which is bustling with activity and offers many restaurant options.

Day 6: Return Home

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Rise in time to transfer to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.


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  • 5 Nights Accommodations
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