Siem Reap Countryside Cycling & Kayak Day Tour Full-Day

Siem Reap Countryside Cycling & Kayak Day Tour

  • Duration Full-Day
  • Travel Location Siem Reap
  • Tour Style Day Trip Tours
  • Destination Included

    Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

OVERVIEW

Venture off-the-beaten-track on this full day bike and kayak tour from Siem Reap and get a taste of rural life in the Cambodian countryside. Pedal your way around the dirt tracks and canals of the West Baray reservoir, then tuck into a traditional lunch (included) at a local village. In the afternoon, hop on a kayak and paddle around the islands and floating villages of the vast Tonle Sap lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This small-group tour has a maximum of 8 for a personalized experience. 

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Tour Highlights

  • Full-day small-group bicycle and kayak tour, from Siem Reap
  • See the Cambodian countryside up close by bike
  • Meet the residents of a farming village and learn about projects for community improvements
  • Have lunch and time to relax in a local village
  • Kayak to a floating village and mangrove forest on Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia
  • Learn about the unusual features of Tonle Sap that inspired UNESCO to designate it a Biosphere Reserve
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 8 people ensures personalized attention from your guide

What you can expect

Meet your guide and small-group in central Siem Reap early to start your tour in the cool of the morning.

Your guide provides a safety briefing and outlines the day’s itinerary, then gets you fitted with mountain bikes and helmets. When you’re ready, pedal north into the countryside, following the West Baray, one of two large irrigation reservoirs built in the Angkor period sometime around the 11th century. You might see people swimming or boating as you ride along the wall of the large lake. Swing south along the canals to see more of the region.

By late morning, arrive in a typical village where daily life revolves around the agricultural season. A local resident takes you through the village and shares details about NGO-supported community projects. Afterward, sit down for a tasty lunch and have time to relax in a hammock in the shade.

As the afternoon cools down, your guide takes you to a nearby river where a boat shuttle brings you to the launching point for your 1-hour kayak trip. Receive a paddle lesson and safety briefing, then follow your guide out on the waters of Tonle Sap, the great lake at the heart of Cambodia.

Kayak through a floating village on Tonle Sap and learn about the way of life there. Then glide through mangrove forest (as conditions allow) and set out for the open lake. Your guide explains how the water levels change during the year and why the lake is key to Cambodia's survival.

After kayaking, return to Siem Reap by car, arriving in the early evening.

Expect to bike about 19 miles (30 km) on flat tracks and small roads suitable for most bicyclists, but not beginners. You'll have plenty of stops for photo ops, water breaks and refreshments. An air-conditioned minivan is available should you need a break from bicycling. No prior experience is needed for kayaking.

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking
  • This is a broadly achievable tour and is recommended for people of all ages that have a reasonable level of fitness and can ride a bike
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Kid sized bikes, tag-alongs and child seats are available
  • It is recommended to wear clothing which dries quickly; you will get wet while kayaking and will sweat on the bike
  • It is highly recommended to bring sunscreen
  • Please wear sturdy shoes; flip flops are not suitable
  • Please advise at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements

What is Included

  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned van for transportation when not biking or kayaking
  • Bicycle and helmet
  • Kayak with safety equipment
  • Lunch
  • Local snacks and fruit
  • Bottled water
  • Lifeguard when kayaking
  • Donation to the community based NGO

What is Not Included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks other than water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
 
 

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