Cycle the hills and forests of Cambodia’s first National Park on a 2-day bike tour of Kirirom National Park, south of Phnom Penh. Ride on a unique bamboo train, dodge the local ox carts, eat fresh produce straight from the garden, and much more.
What to Expect
Discover the natural beauty of Kirirom National Park, south of Phnom Penh, on a 2-day wilderness biking tour. Home to elephants, deer, and wild pig, it was a favorite retreat of King Sihanouk, and is an ideal destination for a short cycling break.
You will escape the intense heat of Phnom Penh and head to “Happy Mountain,” the nickname for the hills of Kirirom. Cool air, fresh lakes, and pine forest await. Spend the night in Chambok at a Khmer homestay and learn about the eco villages of the basic but beautiful community. Experience life in the deep green jungle, with local meals, craft demonstrations and facts about farming.
Day 1: Phnom Penh - Kirirom (42-Mile/70-Kilometer Bike Ride) (L, D)
Avoid cycling in the city traffic with a short transfer out of Phnom Penh to the start point of your bike tour. Then, cycle down dirt roads and small paths through villages and rice fields to experience rural Cambodian life up-close.
After a while, you will load the bikes onto a uniquely Cambodian bamboo train, a creative solution using ultra-light bamboo platforms that can accommodate up to 10 passengers. The trains (or “lorries” to the locals) are powered by tiny engines on disused rail tracks, with only one track, so that if 2 trains meet, the one with the lightest load has to be taken off the rails until the other can pass!
Back on your bike, cycle along flat terrain to a lunch of local specialties at Kompong Speu. Then, rest before your transfer to Chambok village, a community-based eco tourism project. Comprised of 9 farming villages on the edge of Kirirom National Park, Chambok has the added advantage of a nearby 40-meter waterfall, where you can trek for a swim.
The homestay is basic, with limited electricity. But the rustic experience is enhanced by a meeting with a Khmer family, who will give you insights into their everyday life. A dinner of locally-sourced produce will be served at the Co-operative Women's Restaurant.
Day 2: Kirirom Trails - Phnom Penh (24-Mile/40-Kilometer Bike Ride) (B, L)
After breakfast at the Women's Restaurant, it's time to hit the trails again. You will have the option of biking, or transferring by shuttle to the top of the 2,300-foot (700-meter) plateau of Kirirom. Cycle on single track trails through pine forests, and enjoy the contrast to Cambodia's usual jungle. The route includes a section of racetrack used by local clubs for their competitions.
Take a break at a hydroelectric station to refuel, and then enjoy 18 miles (30 kilometers) of descents and short climbs through streams and waterfalls. There will be no support vehicle on these remote trails, adding to the true wilderness biking experience.
A picnic lunch awaits at the bottom of the hill, where you can enjoy a quick cleanup before your transfer back to Phnom Penh.
- Bike and helmet hire (full suspension bike available on request for an extra charge of USD 20)
- Park entrance fees
- Meals as indicated
- All water and snacks while riding
- English speaking local guide
What's Not Included
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tips for guides
- Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
Know Before You Go
• It is recommended you take a flashlight, toiletries and a towel to the homestay