with Social Cycles
7 day journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
July 18-24 SOLD OUT
July 29-Aug 4
$1199 USD per person*
Join Traverse Journeys in partnership with Social Cycles to cover 138 miles of cycling between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, with additional cycling available in and around our stops. See the incredible ruins of Angkor Wat and learn about the country's dark history at the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. From the chaos of Phnom Pehn to the calm of the countryside, you can't help but fall in love with this beautiful place. You'll see first-hand what really happens on the ground and out in the villages while you combine local impact with cycling and site seeing.
Get educated, get fit and get inspired.
- 6 nights clean, comfortable boutique hotel stays
- Full bicycle hire, including helmets
- One Social Cycle guide and one local guide
- Daily breakfast, 3 dinners, 1 lunch
- 3 visits to our community and village non-profit partners + your $150 AUD donation to the partner of your choice
- Cultural education to get the best local experience in Cambodia
- Entry to the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
- Entry & sunrise cycling at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap
- Airport transfers
- Small group experience, max 10
Day 1: arrival day in Siem Reap
After we pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel, take some time to relax or explore the city before we meet for a welcome dinner. One of Siem Reap's best restaurants, this establishment is a Friends International social enterprise that provides vocational training for marginalized youth.
Day 2: Sunrise cycling around angkor wat (28 miles)
We'll hit the bikes when the sun rises at 4:30 a.m. and make our way around the impressive temples in the area all morning. In the early afternoon we'll spend time with our non-profit partner to hear their stories and learn more about the issues that people face in Cambodia every day.
Day 3: battambang by boat & bike (31 miles)
We'll have a full day to get the blood pumping and the mind wandering as we cycle another to Battambang. We'll travel across the wetlands, around the Tonle Sap river, and through villages that support themselves via sustainable fishing. We'll take a long tail boat ride across the final section of the wetlands before or last bike stint into Battambang. Packed with cafes proudly displaying local art, the town is considered an emergence of young talent in a field that was virtually wiped out by the Khmer Rouge. Battambang is also great for shopping, with colonial style streets and hidden secrets where bric-a-brac abounds. Dinner is in another social enterprise based restaurant.
Day 4: Cycle Day - pursat (31 miles)
After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way along the dusty red backroads. We'll cycle through rural scenery for some of the most epic photography. We’ll get to the town of Pursat by late afternoon and into our hotel to enjoy the swimming pool and on-site massage spa. Once there, we’ll get a VIP tour from an amazing NGO, Sustainable Cambodia. After a full presentation by the executives and a tour of their facilities, we will be guided to see their projects working first hand.
Day 5: Cycle day - to phnom penh (48 miles)
We start cycling 46 miles out from Phnom Penh, and ride all the way up to the front door of the hotel. The back roads bring in some of the most spectacular scenery as we pass through villages living on Tonle Sap lake. The ride takes in great coffee stops, endless photo opportunities and a couple of ferries. It’s almost entirely on back streets with minimal traffic. The final mile within the heart of the city can be transferred via van as an option. For dinner, it will be a feast - complete with tarantulas and silk worms - at the famous Romdeng restaurant, a social enterprise restaurant from the Friends International team.
Day 6: phnom pehn
We’ll start the day by meeting the incredible people at Friends International and learning about all the wonderful work they do within the community and how they’re spreading their strategies across the world. This is a great insight into REAL local everyday issues. We'll then venture towards the Russian market and then move to Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21 Genocide Museum. This devastating chapter of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian history is emotionally challenging but strongly recommended. There is some free time in the afternoon to process your day, and in the evening we’ll meet again for a local Khmer BBQ dinner.
Day 7: departure
Enjoy a relaxed morning and a chance to catch up on anything you may have missed in Siem Reap. The hotel will take you to the airport to complete your journey.
Not ready to end your adventure? Consider adding on our 10-day Cambodia-Vietnam itinerary!
$1550 AUD (approx. $1199 USD – click here for latest exchange), based on double occupancy
+$225 AUD Single Supplement
+$1700 AUD Cambodia-Vietnam 10-day add-on
Trip Does Not Include:
- Additional excursions, meals and activities
- Required travel insurance
Ready to book? Download our registration form and get started! Or contact us with questions!
About our Partner, Social Cycles
Social Cycles is dedicated to educating riders about issues around culture and poverty in developing countries through group cycling adventures. This includes visits to NGOs, donations made on behalf of or by riders, and an educational component delivered by Friends International. Social Cycles enhances its financial impact by supporting local social enterprises including transport assistance, the support van and all restaurant and hotel choices. Many of the restaurants are connected to local NGOs and are used as training facilities to disadvantaged youth. Social Cycles is a recognized ChildSafe supporter, and as a result, does not visit or engage with any children in institutions, such as schools or orphanages. Their purpose is to learn about complicated cultural issues through local adult experts. Social Cycles also has a commitment to the environment, which includes reducing plastic waste. For additional details on their comprehensive program, read more on their Responsible Tourism page here.
Terms & Conditions
Please refer to registration for complete terms.
A $100 AUD non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler. Deposits may not be refunded.
Payments is made directly through Social Cycles with booking link provided. A non-refundable $100 AUD deposit is due on booking, and remainder is due 60 days prior to trip start.
We get that life happens, and we wish we could compensate for unforeseen circumstances, but we begin to incur costs the moment you book (if not before). Therefore, cancellations are 100% non-refundable.
Travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits (in particular, trip cancellation). Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided. We suggest using Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.
Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.