The Temple Raider Tour
Cambodia Motorcycle tour running during November each year, that means the jungle vistas and countryside views are at their most vivid and beautiful, as it is the end of the monsoons, and the start of the dry season.
This is a Cambodia Expeditions classic. Adopted by several other operators by name as well as route!
The Temple Raider was inspired by the moderately famous Angelina Jolie, and her role as Lara Croft. Famously, one of Cambodia’s hidden jungle temples – Tha Phrom, in Angkor City – featured in her 2001 movie, Tomb Raider, and through our extensive experience in-country, we devised a bike adventure that took in the most impressive, and less travelled Temples that Cambodia has to offer. Real beauties, that were inaccessible to anyone except on foot or dirt bikes.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture, Dirt Bike, Discovery, Guided Tours, History, Jungle, Motorcycle, Wildlife
Activity Level Tough
Group Size Medium Group
The original Cambodia off-road motorcycle tour. The Temple Raider truly is an itinerary that has stood the test of time – like the very temples of Angkor that are on it! Delivering an experience that really is a journey of discovery for so many riders over the past 16 years, it still never fails to remain in the memories of riders long after they have left their adventure with us behind them.
Gradually becoming more frequented by tourists with the advance in infrastructure and sealed roads making the long tourist bus journeys more feasible, this itinerary is still one of our proudest and most cultural.
If you sign up for this adventure, you’ll be the envy of most Cambodians – let alone tourists – as by the the time you reach the final destination of Siem Reap – home to the legendary Angkor Wat – you will have taken in their most ancient, massive and truly stunning architectural gems that are hidden in the depths of this rain forested land!
A scheduled adventure with our good friends over at RAMS in the UK, we also offer this tour on a bespoke basis to suit your own calendar, or you are welcome to join the RAMS on their adventure too! We would just politely ask that if you have heard of Cambodia Expeditions through RAMS, that you make it known clearly to us on booking, or that you continue to book your adventure directly through them.
- Motorcycle Mounted Guide(s) and Mechanic(s).
- Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner unless otherwise specified.
- Accommodation on a twin share basis.
- Tickets and passes to all locations with the exception of Angkor Wat.
- Support vehicle(s).
- Luggage transportation from each accommodation.
- Motorcycle rental and transportation of bikes to start of the event and from the end of the event
- Fuel for the motorcycles.
- Regular wear and tear to the motorcycles of both rider and guide
- Airport transfers, unless arriving/departing independently of the main group
- Tour T-shirt
- Any alcohol consumed during the course of the tour by either guide or participant.
- Any accident damage caused to a participant’s motorcycle while on tour. All accident damage costs must be paid by the participant.
- Expenses incurred that are not listed as part of the itinerary.
- Medical treatment or evacuation of a participant either as a result of being on tour or not as a result of being on tour.
- Medical or evacuation insurance.
- Cost of transferring deposit money/tour payments to Cambodia.
- Third-party in-country motorcycle insurance
Day 1 - Acclimatise
Arrive Phnom Penh
Transfer to hotel, take dinner and head out on the town.
Day 2 - Acclimatise
Explore Phnom Penh, Bike hand-over
In the morning visit one of the many sights Phnom Penh has to offer, groups can be organised to visit Cheoung Ek (Killing Fields) and Tuol Sleng (S-21).
Late afternoon assemble at the hotel for bike hand-over and ride briefing.
Day 3 - Riding
Phnom Penh To Snoul (220km)
An early start from Phnom Penh. Leave the highway for the first 20 km’s out of town and ride along the edge of the Tonle Sap River avoiding the traffic and enjoy the first views of the countryside. Visit a local Pagoda and get a Buddhist blessing from the monks, for good luck and to ward off evil spirits whilst on our trip. Jump across the main highway and ride alongside the Mekong River via Silk Island.
Day 4 - Riding
Snoul to Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri (140km)
Leave the black top behind for the start of the southern end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Avoiding tarmac as much as possible now until the end of the trip. Ride up to Sen Monorom using a lesser-known jungle trail only used by motorcycles or the most hardcore 4x4’s, known locally as the King’s Highway. If we make good progress we will visit the spectacular Bou Sra Waterfall’s.
Day 5 - Riding
Mondulkiri to Banlung, Via the Death Highway (160km)
This morning we tackle the infamous Death Highway riding through Lumphat and the remote village of Kon Niek. The day ends with a ferry boat crossing the Sre Pok the ‘Apocalypse Now’ river. The ride is tough but extremely rewarding.
Day 6 - Rest
Mountain Resort - Banlung
If you wish spend a half-day riding out to where the locals mine the semi-precious stone Zirconium. Visit local hill tribes and ride the elephants or check out Banlung market, where you can buy hill tribe crafts and later swim in Yeak Loam the volcanic crater lake. Or just kick back at a local trekking lodge in the former Governors house, lounge by the pool or enjoy the spa facilities, which include sauna and massage.
Day 7 – Riding
Banlung To Stung Treng. (200km)
Bounce off the Laos border and then back down out of the Hill Tribe country and on to the provincial capital on the banks of the Mekong River. Take a sunset beer overlooking the Mighty Mekong and Sekong rivers.
Day 8 - Riding
Stung Treng to Sra 'aem (240km)
Straight into the wilderness this morning and through some former Khmer Rouge villages. We’re heading for the Thai border and the disputed temple of Preah Vihear that sits atop a plateau overlooking Cambodia. En route we’ll visit the biggest waterfalls in South East Asia that form the border with Laos.
Day 9 - Riding
Sra 'aem to Koh Ker Temple (155km)
Early start into the bush for one of the best tracks to be ridden in the whole country. A full day’s ride taking us deep into rural Cambodia, ending in the largest pyramid temple in the Angkorian group – Koh Ker.
Day 10 - Riding
Koh Ker To Preah Khan Temple (130km’s)
Ride on South East Asia’s own Route 66. Camp near the ancient and deserted ruins of the enormous temple site of Preah Khan. Bathe in a nearby reservoir. Enjoy one of the legendary Cambodia Expeditions barbeques, while watching the sunset over the sacred site.
Day 11 - Riding
Preah Khan to Siem Reap (140km’s)
Complete Route 66, passing the Boueng Mealea Temple eventually arriving at Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat. Drinks around the pool.
Day 12 - Rest
Siem Reap - Rest Day
Hire a local Tuk-Tuk and visit some of the temples that together make-up the world’s largest collection of ancient religious monuments, including the Grand-daddy of them all Angkor Wat. If temples aren’t your thing then head down to the floating village and sample life lived on the Great Lake, the Tonle Sap.
Day 13 - Depart
Group homeward flights.
The accommodation you can expect on this tour is mid-range. Please bear in mind that Cambodia has only really had a tourism industry for 17 years, and some mid-range options are rather more rudimentary than you might expect in the West.
Your accommodation is included from the evening of the 14th November up until the evening of the 25th November inclusive.
Based on twin sharing accommodation.
Single occupancy upgrades.
Whilst we do have a limited array of riding gear, we strongly urge you to bring your own. Mainly because it will probably smell nicer than the hire kit we have available, and it will undoubtedly fit you better than the kit we have available.
Having said that, please don’t turn up in road riding gear, or MTB gear. Ensure you have suitable protection for the high risk sport of off-road motorcycling that you will be embarking upon.
Official currency is the Cambodian Riel. But you won’t be able to find any outside of Cambodia.
Good job then that the mighty greenback is accepted everywhere.
So do bring US dollars with you for buying all your beer with.
Yes. There is a slight risk, but not a very big one, like back in the early days!
We ride tracks that are well used by the locals, except in the jungle, and we steer you clear of areas that have not been demined by the government.
Best advice is listen to the team on the ground each day. Areas that are still being demined will be pointed out to you, and re-iterated wherever necessary.