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» Cycling Bangkok to Angkor across Laos - 12 Days / 11 Nights
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BANGKOK - UBON RATCHATHANI - CHONG MEK - DON DAENG - WAT PHOU - XE PIAN PROTECTED AREA - DON KHONE - LAO/CAMBODIA BORDER - STUNG TRENG - KRATIE - KAMPONG CHAM - KAMPONG THOM - SAMBOR PREI KUK - SIEM REAP - ANGKOR. A bike is perhaps the most perfect environmentally sound way to experience this part of Southeast Asia. We start our pedaling in the southern islands of Laos and eventually find ourselves in the Cambodian countryside which abounds in fabulous Buddhist temples, and a rich cultural heritage. AWS Tours, since 1999, has been at the forefront of sustainable tourism....

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Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani - Chong Mek - Don Daeng - Wat Phou - Xe Pian Protected Area - Don Khone - Lao / Cambodia Border - Stung Treng - Kratie - Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk - Siem Reap – Angkor

Leaving the bustling and vibrant city of Bangkok we head towards the tranquil and beautiful southern area of Laos. The island of Don Daeng is situated in the middle of the mighty Mekong river and is the starting point of our Laos adventure.  The best way to experience this part of Southeast Asia is by bike. As we cycle our way to Cambodia, we first encounter Wat Phou, an exquisite three-tiered temple that sits stunningly amid rice paddies. (A "wat" is a temple complex of buildings). From here we will explore an area known as Siphandon which means 'Four Thousand Islands' and Xe Pian which is a nationally protected area. This part of Laos is filled natural beauty, small villages and tranquil roads.

Cambodia is world famous for its wondrous temples and breathtaking natural beauty. As we near the charming town of Kratie, there will be an opportunity to see the endangered "blue dolphin'  (the Irrawaddy dolphin) which inhabits the clear waters of a tributary of the Mekong.



Our travels lead us to perhaps the most magnificent and mysterious temple of Angkor Wat near the town of Siem Reap ("Siam Boarder" or "Siam Repelled"). Siem Reap is the gateway to the once mighty Khmer Empire and holds more than 1,000 temples! Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world and has often been compared to the glorious cathedral at Chartres, France.



The roads are easy to navigate.  The people are "the friendliest people on earth". Join us where the tourists are few and the sites extraordinary. Your experiences will not soon be forgotten.
 











  
Day 1 - Arrival Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani (D)
After leaving Bangkok, we fly to the border town Ubon Ratchathani near Laos.

Overnight in Ratchathani.





Day 2 - Ubon Ratchathani - Chong Mek - Don Daeng (B,L,D)

This morning we cross over to  Laos and then  transfer to Don Daeng, a tranquil island in the middle of the Mekong River. We will explore this lovely island by bike. (Cycling distance: 10-20 km or approx. 6-12 miles)

Overnight at Don Daeng

Day 3 - Don Daeng - Wat Phou - Don Daeng (B,L,D)
In the foothils of Champassak province we will ride to Wat Phou after crossing the Mekong River.  This is a magnificent pre-Angkor empire, 3-tiered temple. . After exploring the Wat Phou (a "wat" is a temple complex of buildings) continue by bike to the old colonial town of Champassak. Late this afternoon return to Don Daeng and relax by the riverside or go for a swim. (Cycling distance: 40km or approx. 25 miles)

Overnight at Don Daeng.

Day 4 - Don Daeng - Xe Pian Protected Area - Don Daeng (B,L,D)
We reach  Ban Muang village by boat and spend the day of cycling through local communities and beautiful scenery to Xe Pian, which is a nationally protected area.  The area is home to a diversified mix of flora and fauna as well as many indigenous hill tribe communities. Return to Don Daeng early this evening. (Cycling distance: 60km or approx. 37 miles)

Overnight at Don Daeng.

Day 5 - Don Daeng - Don Khone (B,L,D)
For the last full day in Laos, we will explore the Si Phan Don area. Meaning '4000 islands' in the local language. This area of the Mekong river is filled with islands such as Don Khone which will seem like a step into the distant past. With few motorized vehicles and land rich with rice fields, this island is the perfect place for a short biking tour. As you cycle past old temples along the Mekong, you will experience the life of the residents whose major occupations farming rice and gathering the juice from the sugar palm trees.

Overnight in Don Khone

Day 6 - Don Khone - Lao / Cambodian Border (B,L,D)
As we enter Cambodia on our bikes, we will begin our tour of the lovely countryside and to the community of the O'Svay. Here is authentic Khmer rural life. A local Khmer family will provide lunch for us and here you will discover why the Cambodians are often referred to as "the friendliest people on the planet."  Continue along rural roads to Stung Treng, wedged between the Sekong and Mekong Rivers. Dinner is a special treat as we support a charity restaurant for disadvantage locals. (Today's journey involves 77 km of cycling or approx. 47 miles)

Overnight in Stung Treng

Day 7 - Stung Treng - Kratie (B,L,D)
A power breakfast awaits you today as we prepare for a day of activities and a bike ride to the charming town of Kratie. We head south along rural roads where you will encounter more ox carts than car with the Mekong as our guide to Kratie.Cycle south along rural roads where your 'traffic' is likely to consist of ox carts, errant chickens, and smiling children. And, as always, the scenery of the Mekong is a gorgeous backdrop to the ride. Upon arrival in Kratie. We enjoy an afternoon cruise as we spot the endangered fresh water 'blue' dolphins that inhabit the area. (Today's journey involves 80-140 km of cycling or approx. 50-100 miles)

Overnight in Kratie.

Day 8 - Kratie - Kampong Cham (B,L,D)
As we peddle to Chhlong, you will be delighted to learn that there are few tourists along the way and even fewer bikers! From Chhlong, we continue to Kampong Cham stopping along the way at hilltop temples like Phnom Han Chay. Arrive this evening in Kampong Cham, a small tranquil and lovely riverside town. (Today's journey involves 72-125 km of cycling or approx. 45-78 miles)

Overnight in Kampong Cham.

Day 9 - Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom (B,L,D)
Leaving the Mekong River behind to cycle along paved roads to Kampong Thom. This journey takes you through rubber plantations and paddy fields and past many typical Khmer villages. Although long, today's ride is full of breathtaking views, glorious natural beauty and many friendly Khmer. (Cycling distance: 120km or approx. 74.5 miles)

Overnight in Kampong Thom.

Day 10 - Kampong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk - Siem Reap (B,L,D)
As we traverse the small dirt roads we soon find ourselves beneath the towering fig trees of the glorious set of temples known as Sambor Prey Kuk, built between the CE6th and CE7th centuries. Unknown to most tourists, you most likely will be able to experience the temples all by yourself.  We continue to the Cambodian former capital, Siem Reap, by car and by bike.Today's journey involve 96 km of cycling and approx. 55 miles)

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 11 - Siem Reap - Angkor - Siem Reap (B,L)
Siem Reap is the gateway to the Angkor Empire (from approx. CE710 to CE1300). Here we will discover a complex of hundreds of temples which are surrounded by patches of dense forest and rice fields. Spend the day exploring the temples, from the evocative smiling, chiseled faces of Bayon to the stunning carvings along the massive wall of the Terrace of the Elephants. End your day at Angkor Wat whose five iconic stone towers and extensive, ornate carvings will leave you in awe. (Today's journey involves 25 km of cycling or approx. 15.5 miles)

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 12 - Siem Reap - Departure (B)
This morning is at your leisure for last minute shopping or sightseeing before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.




 
Tour Duration: 12Days / 11Nights
Tour Operates: All Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price: Available upon Request
 
Please note:  the rates for our tours will vary depending upon your specific needs and the time of the year that you travel.  Please inquire.
 
Our Thailand & Indochina Cycling Tour includes:
Accommodation as mentioned in the program
Meals as per mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=dinner)
Local English speaking guides
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-condition vehicles
Boat-tour on the Tonle Sap Lake as mentioned
Entrance fee for mentioned visit
 
Our Thailand & Indochina Cycling Tour does NOT include the following:
Services and meals not mentioned
Cambodia visa
International and additional domestic flights incl. Taxes
Drinks, mini bar, and personal expences
Travel insurance
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Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia has to offer.  We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary.  We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands.  Please inquire.

 

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