Photo: The wheels go round and round.

An Angkor cycling guide

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The multitude of temples at Angkor represent a true challenge to even a dedicated temple fanatic. Hundreds of temples lie in wait, some buried in growing jungle, while others sit conveniently right off the main road.





With so much to see, a seven-day pass is clearly the best choice, buying ample adventure for US$72. While a million various routes exist, we took ones that balance chronology with grandiosity, postponing the giants until the third day of the tour. After all, once you’ve seen Angkor Wat and Bayon, it’s a little harder to appreciate sites like Bakong and Pre Rup.

The wheels go round and round. Photo taken in or around An Angkor cycling guide, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

The wheels go round and round. Photo: Caroline Major

All of the traditional Grand Circuit is covered, albeit over several days with a bit of overlap, as well as plenty of places much less touristed. One day is done by van, to see some temples that sit beyond cycling range, but everything else is covered in rides no greater than 47km. The popular sunset locations are included in Angkor Wat and Phnom Bakheng, as is the far less visited Phnom Bok, and the one brave sunrise is on the non-cycling day—it’s a bit daunting to ride for 30 minutes in the dark with tuk-tuks and vans zooming by. Between the heat of the day and darkness lie the prime operating hours of this guide, as experiencing Siem Reap’s nightlife is arguably preferable to its early mornings. This tour could certainly be completed in much less time, but the idea is that a slower pace means increased appreciation.

Day One (32km)

Recommended Temple Order: Lolei, Preah Ko, Bakong Located 13km east of Siem Reap, the Roluos Group represents the origins of religious stone construction in the Angkor area, so these temples are the early models for the later greatness of Angkor. The road is smooth and well-paved, with plenty of regular traffic, so looping back along the rural dirt roads makes for a less stressful return. Overall an easy day of cycling and good preparation for the humid dense jungle riding where the main ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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