Day 1: Arrive in Phnom Penh
This first day you will be introduced to your bikes and the team. You’ll also receive a full briefing of the trip ahead over a few cold beers.
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Sen Monorom
This first stretch will be on the highway as we head east to the province of Mondulkiri. Riding the Silk Road that winds up into the mountains, it’s a good chance to get to know your bikes and start enjoying Cambodia’s beautiful countryside.
Day 3: Sen Monorom – Banlung (via Bou Sra waterfall)
After an early breakfast we will ride down to the stunning Bou Sra waterfall, leaving the tarmac roads behind. Here we can throw another coffee down our necks before saddling up for a hard day off road, visiting some local hill tribes along the way.
Day 4: Banlung rest day
The capital of Ratanakiri, Banlung, is home to the spectacular Yeak Laom volcanic lake. Placed in the midst of dense tropical forest, the turquoise colored water will be a refreshing break before another hard day off road tomorrow. Banlung also has some great waterfalls, one of which the brave ones of the group can jump the 30 foot drop into the water below.
Day 5: Banlung – Stung Treng
Riding some of the best trails in the country and crossing multiple rivers we will head north to the Laos border before looping round to follow the Mekong south to the riverside town of Stung Treng. Here we will enjoy some cold beers on the banks of the mighty Mekong whilst watching the sun set over the river.
Day 6: Boat up the Mekong to the Laos border
Travelling partly by boat and partly by bike we will head north to the Laos border along the Mekong Discovery Trail. Visiting Anlung Cheuteal Pool we will have the chance to see the rare Irrawadee dolphin in the wild. We will then arrive at a small uninhabited island in the middle of the Mekong river where the Ride team will have our campsite waiting for us. Giant barbecue, cold beers, campfire and a Mekong sunset – this is one nights camping you won’t forget!
Day 7: Mekong – Tbaeng Mean Chey
The boats will pick us up from our island in the morning and drop us off on the west side of the river where our bikes will be waiting for us. Heading into thick jungle we’ll tackle the challenging trails through to Tbaeng Mean Chey.
Day 8: Tbaeng Mean Chey – Preah Vihear Temple – Koh Ker
A much needed easier day of riding today as we climb the mountain up to the ancient temple of Preah Vihear, sat on the Cambodia / Thailand border. We will ride the winding road back down the mountain and head south to Koh Ker.
Day 9: Koh Ker – Siem Reap
After breakfast we will visit the ancient Koh Ker temple, before riding the trails through to Siem Reap. We will arrive early afternoon at our guesthouse which will provide a well earned break and some refreshing poolside beers.
Day 10: Rest day and Angkor Wat temple complex
It is up to you what you do with your day. Whether you want to lay by the pool all day, do a spot of shopping at the markets and explore the city, explore the ancient temples of Angkor, or do all three. In the evening we will all meet for a meal whilst watching some cultural Khmer dancing.
Day 11: Siem Reap – Pailin
Jumping back on the bike we will head west out of Siem Reap and ride through the beautiful Battambang province, finishing up in Pailin.
Day 12: Pailin – Koh Kong
As we leave Pailin we start to climb the windy tracks up into the Cardamom mountains, riding the ‘Sticky Road’, stopping for lunch in Veal Veng, crossing large rivers and enjoying spectacular views. We’ll arrive in Koh Kong and stay in a nice guesthouse with a pool where you can cool off before we all go out for dinner at Koh Kong’s best restaurant whilst watching the sun set over the river.
Day 13: Koh Kong – Sihanoukville
For the final day of riding we will ride the tarmac out of the Cardamom Mountains and head towards Sihanoukville. We’ll spend the afternoon tearing through some final jungle trails and cooling off at Sihanoukville’s waterfall. We’ll ride a dirt track into Sihanoukville, stopping briefly at a hilltop viewpoint, and then head to the finish line – the beach!
Day 14: End day
It is up to you where you go from here! If you have enough time you may want to visit Cambodia’s most beautiful islands, spend some time on the beach, enjoy Sihanoukville’s nightlife or get a well deserved massage. If you are flying home then we can arrange transport for you back to Phnom Penh.
…Or, if you are left wanting more, you can jump back on the bike and we’ll take you out to explore the trails around Sihanoukville, the stunning roads up Bokor mountain, the riverside town of Kampot, Ream National Park, Kep.