This 14 night adventure is for those that want to balance time in the saddle, with time taking in the culture of this magical kingdom. Made up of 7 days riding over a 14 day itinerary, there is plenty of time to fill as you please, as well as some organised riding and culture stops.
This expedition takes in the whole of Cambodia, along roads that vary from graded red dirt to tarmac, avoiding difficult off-road riding, and steering clear of the main highways wherever possible.
A scheduled adventure with our good friends over at Compass Expeditions in Australia, we also offer this tour itinerary on a bespoke basis to suit your own calendar, or you are welcome to join Compass Expeditions on their scheduled adventure too! We would just politely ask that if you have heard of Cambodia Expeditions through Compass Expeditions, that you make it known clearly to us on booking, or that you continue to book your adventure directly through them, so they don’t miss out on their commission.
- 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
- 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
- Fuel for the motorcycles.
- 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
Arrive Phnom Penh with tour briefing in the evening and then onwards for a welcome dinner on us!
Bike hand over and set-up.
Then you are free to explore Phnom Penh under your own steam.
Don’t be too late to bed, we start riding tomorrow.
Phnom Penh to Kompong Cham (120kms)
Leave the capital by motorcycle and head to a local Buddhist Monastery (or Wat) and take a good luck blessing for our journey. We stay away from the busy main highway traffic and use the quiet river roads. We overnight in Kompong Cham, the heart of Cambodia’s moderate Muslim population (Cham meaning Muslim, Kompong being Town) situated on the banks of the Mekong.
Kompong Cham to Sen Monorom, capital of Mondulkiri (180kms)
Ride from Kompong Cham to Sen Monorom, the provincial capital of Mondulkiri, one of the main hill tribe centre’s in the country. Travel by 4×4 to the local waterfalls of Bous Ra, one of the biggest in the country.
Mondulkiri to Kratie (160kms) and an island in the Mekong
Back out of the hill country and down to the mighty Mekong River. Leave the bikes in Kratie and travel by boat to one of the largest islands in the Mekong to stay in a bungalow resort built in a ‘reimagined French colonial style.’ Relax in the pool.
Kratie to Stung Treng (120kms)
We jump back across the river and grab the bikes before heading along the river to the provincial capital of Stung Treng. Cross the newly completed bridge over the Mekong and head north to grab another boat and look for the rare Mekong Irrawaddy River Dolphin on the Laos border. Also go to have a look at the largest falls in SE Asia, which form the border with Laos. Stay the night in Stung Treng.
Stung Treng to Sra Em and Preah Vihear (220kms)
Yesterday we bounced off the Laos border and today it’s time to see a remote corner of Thailand and the temple of Preah Vihear. We blast up the steep road to the top of the plateau that forms the border with Thailand and Cambodia and situated right on the knife edge of the plateau is the ancient and magnificent temple of Preah Vihear. Until recently a heavily disputed area – you can still see the signs of conflict. Sand bags, heavy weapons and bullet holes. Back down off the border and stay in the nearby town of Sra Em.
Sra Em to Preah Khan (230kms)
We continue down onto the plains and head south to another huge and very much off-the-beaten track temple – Preah Khan. This is the third largest Angkorian temple in the group and the place where we’ll spend the night under canvas enjoying a great BBQ and our five-million star accommodation.
Preah Khan to Siem Reap (200kms)
Break camp to travel on to the city of Siem Reap, home to the world’s largest religious monument – Angkor Wat. But Siem Reap is so much more than the Angkorian temples, a thriving hub with a wide range of international restaurants and numerous other Cambodian Cultural Attractions.
Siem Reap – City of Temples
A free day to explore Siem Reap and the surrounding temples. There are many options including ballooning, micro light or helicopter flights overlooking the temples. Why not take a trip to a floating village on the Tonle Sap River by 4×4 and boat? There is a fantastic selection of international restaurants and cultural events. Meet for dinner.
Around the lake to Battambang/Pursat (150kms)
We leave Siem Reap and head around the north end of the lake. We explore Battambang, the former military garrison town and front line in the battle with the Khmer Rouge. After lunch in Battambang we head a little way out of town and load the bikes on the last of the ‘Bamboo Trains.’ These homemade trains are constructed from bamboo platforms and running on wheel bearings rather than wheels. Powered by small Honda outboard boat motors these unique contraptions will become extinct when the real trains start running again.
Over the Cardamoms (240kms)
We ride the bikes from Pursat into the Cardamoms National Park past the huge new Chinese Hydro-electric Projects. The Cardamoms is one of the last great wildernesses in South-East Asia and, despite the hydro projects, still boasts a wealth of wildlife. Great views of the jungle covered mountains. Stay the night in the coastal fishing town of Koh Kong.
Transfer to the Airport (220kms)
Beach morning for those with evening flights home.
In the afternoon travel by minibus to the airport on the Kompong Som side of Phnom Penh and leave the country, with a head full of endearing memories.
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 Day 1 until the evening of Day 14 inclusive. (14 nights in total).
Based on twin shared accommodation.
Single occupancy upgrades.