Day 1: Phnom Penh
Airport Transfer/getting settled into your hotel and meeting fellow riders. We can arrange a tour for you to The Killing Fields and The Tuol Sleng S21 Genocide Museum, so you gain an insight into Cambodia’s turbulent past. We will go over the tour itinerary over an evening meal. You will be staying in a comfortable air-con hotel with a pool.
Day 2: Phnom Penh to Kampong Chhnang
Today will be fairly easy going to begin with.... mainly red dirt roads leading out of Phnom Penh, and then getting sandier as the day goes on. Tackling sandy trails and single track, we should arrive in Kompong Chhnang late afternoon, where you can relax in a nice air-con hotel.
Day 3: Kampong Chhnang to Pursat
Another fun day consisting of dirt roads and more sandy single track. We will follow the train tracks for a while where there may be the opportunity to load the bikes on one of the famous Bamboo Trains. In the afternoon you can get a taste of what lies ahead as we cut through some of the nearby mountains. We will be staying in Pursat town in a comfortable hotel.
Day 4: Pursat to O Soum
Things get interesting today as we make our way into the mountains. Roads will get more technical with river crossings and rutted, rocky climbs, and some great forest trails. There are some awesome views as we climb into the small community of O Soum. We will stay in a local guesthouse, but with some good grub. It will be a lot cooler away from the heat of central Cambodia. Get a good nights kip as tomorrow is a long day!
Day 5: O Soum to Koh Kong
Today the riding isn’t as technical as we have to jump on the graded Chinese built dirt road that links the new hydropower dams. The old route was so mashed up that only a few groups would make it and since then most tour groups use the Chinese road, so it has become impassable. There will be some amazing views and the riding is still entertaining; if you lose your concentration for a second you’ll be down a gulley! There are a couple of sections that are a bit more chopped up with some nice climbs/descents. Unlike the ride in June we are planning to extend the ride after the big river crossing. There are a couple of options: either more graded roads or more technical riding. We will see how the group feels. This extension should bring us in to Koh Kong around 4pm. A nice hotel overlooking the estuary near the Thai border will be our accommodation for the night; Koh Kong
Day 6: Koh Kong [Rest Day]
After five days riding you’ll need a little R&R. As will the bikes, so we’ll be doing some work on them while you can just relax or check out some of the nearby waterfalls and rapids. You can either chill on the riverside at the comfy restaurant or you can explore the town yourself. We can also cross the estuary and go to the beach for a swim near Thailand, where there is also a casino if you want to try your luck.
Day 7: Koh Kong to Chipat
If you want extreme we have several technical climbs for you, lots of dodgy bridges, slippery single track and river crossings. This is probably one of the best trails through the Cardamons. We will be staying in a charming rural village homestay in the village of Chipat, which is the gateway to the Aural National Park. There are rapids nearby where we can end the day with a nice refreshing swim. You will find some of the most untouched parts of Cambodia here, with new species being found all the time. This is rapidly changing with the onset of deforestation & development in the region. We will be staying at the local village guesthouse/homestay.
Day 8: Chipat to Kiriom
Today there is a wide range of terrain; More rocky climbs, single trail, slippery forest trails and fun river crossings. The day will start on single track, which will be sandy or muddy depending on the weather, and as the day goes on will become more challenging with some nice technical sections as we near Kiriom National Park, where there is a wide range of terrain. Here you have the option to camp or stay in a nice air-con hotel with a pool. A fun ride today!
Day 9: Kiriom to Kampot
Once we leave the national park we will head south following the Elephant Mountains to the town of Kampot. Lots of sand to begin, with more fabulous single track. If you are up for the challenge there are a couple of hill climbs we can have a go at on the way. Once in town we can catch the sunset on the riverfront with a few cold beers, after which we will stay at a beautiful hotel on the banks of the river shadowed by Bokor Mountain.
Day 10: Kampot to Kep: Rabbit Island
Today’s ride will be short but exciting as we will make our way to Kep through the nearby hills and mountains. Great single track through river crossings, interlinking hillside temples and mysterious caves should keep us occupied. There is even an ancient Angkorian temple inside one of these caves. We will stay on Rabbit Island, leaving the bikes on the mainland. Kick off your riding boots, relax and enjoy the beach and delicious fresh seafood ... Paradise!
Day 11: Kep to Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh
You have the option to return to Phnom Penh, or continue the tour down to Sihanoukville. Today will bring mainly dirt and single track in either direction. The beach awaits in Sihanoukville, and we will go via Phnom Bokor in Kampot,which offers some fabulous views over the coast . Or, if you take the Phnom Penh route you have options to go to the shooting range, and try your hand at an AK-47 or an RPG, or a chilled boat cruise on the Mekong in Phnom Penh.