Phnom Penh, once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, is the capital and the hottest city in Cambodia. And Siem Reap, located in northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the world-famous Angkor temple complex including the magnificent Angkor Wat. We cycled from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to explore the cultural heritage and picturesque highlights of Cambodia. That is really a wonderful trip!!!
Our trip starts with a brief in the morning of Cambodia’s capital city. Its colonial charm really makes us overwhelmed. After all, we cycle along the colorful riverfront to the first stop, Royal Palace. The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a fine example of Khmer architecture with a slight French touch featuring its layout. Then, we move to the National Museum where you will hear a noble introduction of Khmer history.
Heading to Phnom Preah Reach or Oudong Mountain, once the capital of Cambodia, we have a chance to see rural Cambodia and to have a picnic lunch at local Khmer houses. After that we have an amazing experience to explore the recent dark history of Cambodia in Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide.
Slowly moving through the ancient temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk, we finally stop at Kampong Thom. On the way, we visit one of the oldest temple sites in Cambodia constructed in the 7th century. The most memorable thing is riding through rice paddy fields and small scenic villages with many locals greeting us as we cycle by.
12th Century and the reign of the Khmer are opened up before our eyes. We cycle to the entrance of Angkor Wat and start to visit many temples at Ta Prohm which is well-known from the movie named Tomb Raider and deliberately left by French conservationists in the same condition as it was discovered. We are all amazed by its beauty.
We cycle through rural countryside to Banteay Srei temple which has the best-preserved bas-reliefs and other stone carvings in Cambodia. Then we have a local lunch followed by a 3 km moderate trek uphill through the jungle to a river bed with submerged carvings and a beautiful waterfall.
We wake up early to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat and ride to the Rolous group. Then we are free to explore the old market or to just rest by the pool at our hotel in the afternoon. And we have to see the beautiful sunset with a sunset cruise and see the floating villages. We are certain that you all will be melted by this twinkle sight.
After breakfast, we cycle a short way through the bucolic scenery of Siem Reap Countryside to the Silk Farm of Phouk, a fascinating farm/workshop where you can see the entire silk creation process. This is out last stop. After then, we return to the hotel by vehicle and say our farewells after lunch.