Enjoy the beauty and hidden gems of Siem Reap and Battambang on our 5-day tour! Led by our local student guides, this tour takes you off the beaten track to areas hardly frequented by tourists. Experience the “real” face of Cambodia, and get to know the lives and livelihoods of locals living in the city and villages of Siem Reap and Battambang!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Butterfly Tours’ office in Siem Reap|
|DISTANCE||140km to 150km|
|YOUR GROUP||Small group, 2-8 people|
|ATTIRE||Wear sensible and comfortable clothing!|
Inclusions & Exclusions
|WHAT’S INCLUDED|| 5 meals (1 breakfast, 3 lunches, and 1 dinner)|
Tickets for all boat trips
Temple and local guides
Bamboo train tickets
High quality mountain bikes and helmets
| 1-night accommodation at a 3-star hotel on a sharing basis|
Van support, cooler box, back up service
Snacks and water
|NOT INCLUDED|| Travel insurance|
Alcohol and other beverages in the evenings
| Temple pass|
Day 1 – Meet Local Cambodian Communities and Watch the Sunset on Tonle Sap Lake (with Lunch & Dinner)
Your tuk-tuk driver will take you to Butterfly Tours’ office, the starting point of the tour. From here, we will embark on a relaxing ride around Siem Reap’s countryside, taking in views and observing locals engaged in their everyday activities, including basket weaving and farming. Chat to friendly folks and take part in a Khmer cooking class—which takes place just in time for lunch!
After a brief rest, we will begin the second part of our tour with a tuk-tuk ride towards the floating villages built on the Tonle Sap. Here, you will take a boat ride with your guides, who will tell you more about the local community. Learn about the floating villages and the nearby fish farm—an economic activity that continues to sustain many local families. Complimented by a beautiful sunset, the Tonle Sap is also an excellent spot for bird watching, so be sure to get your cameras ready! At dusk, you have the option of joining us for a sunset dinner at in the middle of the lake.
Day 2 – Explore Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and the Jungle Temple (with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Rise and shine! We will start early—4AM—so as to enable you to catch the sunrise at the ancient temple of Angkor Wat. Believe us, the early start is worth it! As the sun rises over Angkor’s five magnificent lotus-bud towers, your temple guide will tell you more about the significance of Angkor and the religious iconography found around the complex. Later, we will cycle to a nearby village to enjoy a local breakfast and much needed Khmer coffee! Bright and alert now, we will then cycle to Angkor Thom and share a picnic lunch before heading off to the Jungle Temple, Ta Prohm.
Afternoon and Evening
You will have two options for the afternoon; for the more adventurous, you could opt to go quad biking, or you could choose to take a scenic 40 minute bike ride to the beautiful Bak Kheng Hill—the choice is yours! In the evening, you could opt to have dinner with us (we are very fun, really!) or you could watch a local circus performance.
Day 3 – Siem Reap to Battambang by Bike (100KM, with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
To begin our third day, we will all meet at Butterfly Tours’ office by 7:00am. Your local guide will then give you a short introduction about our route, which is divided into three parts.
Part 1: Siem Reap – Krolanh (60KM, with Lunch)
The first start is to directly ride your authentic bike to Krolanh district, where you will have the local lunch at the central.
Part 2: Krolanh – Banteay Meanchey (40KM)
After our delicious lunch, we will continue riding for approximately 40KM to the border province of Battambang—Banteay Meanchey. Here, your guides will highlight historical sites which locals continue to frequent, including a place known as “the big swimming pool”—a large dam left from Pol Pot’s 1975-1979 regime originally meant to be used as an irrigation system under a 5-year agricultural plan.
Part 3: Banteay Meanchey – Battambang by Van (60KM, with Dinner)
By now, we would have been riding for at least 100KM—it’s now time for a break! A van will transport all of us to Battambang, where we will assist you with your hotel check-in. For dinner, do let your guides know what you would like to eat, and we will arrange it accordingly. Alternatively, you may also opt to try local Cambodian food and hang out with until late—Cambodian style socializing!
Day 4 – Battambang Countryside and Picnic Dinner (30KM-40KM, with Lunch & Dinner)
On Day 4, we will embark on a full-day bicycle tour to Battambang’s countryside. Get to know the lives and livelihoods of local villagers, and be rewarded with a ride on the norry, Battambang’s famous bamboo train! In the evening, we will enjoy a local picnic, taking in the sunset as our day comes to an end.
Day 5 – Battambang – Siem Reap by Boat
On our final morning, we will pick you up from your hotel by 7AM (please ensure you have breakfast beforehand!). We will then be taking a 7-hour boat ride back to Siem Reap, where you will be able to experience and view unique Cambodian landscapes. We should arrive in Siem Reap by the afternoon, where—sadly—our fun-filled 5 day tour will have to come to an end!
A few days ago we did a full day bicycle tour with Butterfly Tours and we had such goodfun. Our guide for the day; Chenda, was a local student and he, along with about 15 other students, ran the company with the ethos to “turn more Cambodian people into employers instead of employees.” We spent the full day cycling around the Cambodian countryside with several stops to learn about and sample local street food and other traditional foodand drink. We visited a stunning temple and learned a little of Cambodia’s harrowing history. We had a delicious feast of local dishes for lunch and then had chill out time after to laze in a hammock. The afternoons cycle included a visit to a heritage house and a bone shaking rocket of a ride on the local bamboo train. Chenda was fun, friendly and informative throughout the day and really added to our experience. Overall the tour was the perfect way to see the real Cambodia and have good fun whilst doing it.
All tours are led by local, English-speaking student guides who love sharing about the country they know and love. Get to know our guides, and form long lasting friendships with them!
A Cambodian Students’ Initiative
We use top quality mountain bikes for the tour. The terrain is mostly flat and slightly challenging, with off-road cycling.
You have 3 options when you sign up for our tours. You may:
- Sign up as an individual and join our tour group
- Join us as a family on our special family tour
- Take a private tour with us
Whether you’re going solo or traveling with friends, you will always be welcome to join our tour group. We keep our groups small, anything from 2 to 10 riders with 2 guides at a time, ensuring that you will always be safe and have the opportunity to make new friends!
As part of our tour group, you will be provided with:
- Revels—top quality mountain bikes and helmets
- Temple and/or local guides who will be with you at all times
- Snacks and water during the entire duration of the tour
- Cold towels and fresh coconut after your tour
- to 4 people – USD 559/person
- 5 to 7 people – 15% – discount/person
- 8 to 9 people – 25% – discount/person
We love taking families on tour with us! Our family tours are always kept small so as to ensure your family’s safety at all times. We also have a range of children’s bicycles and baby seats, so everyone in the family will get to enjoy their day with us!
As part of our family tour, you will:
- Ride Revels—top quality mountain bikes
- Be provided with helmets
- Have our guides watching out for your family at all times
- Have the flexibility of taking alternate tour routes (upon advice of your guides)
- Be able to take more frequent and random stops
- Be provided with snacks and water during the entire duration of the tour
- Be provided with cold towels and fresh coconut after your tour
- Adult – USD 595/person
- Ages 1 to 5 years old – 40% – Discount/person
- Ages 6 to 11 years old – 25% – Discount/person
- Ages 12 to 15 years old – 15% – Discount/Person
For those who prefer more privacy, you may opt to sign up for our private tours. Private tours are always led by our senior guides, and you will always have a tuk-tuk or van support on hand should you choose to take it easy for the remaining time of your tour. All private tours also come with a complimentary Butterfly Tours gift pack comprising a t-shirt, postcard, and a Cambodian scarf.
On your private tour, you will be provided with:
- GTs—top quality mountain bikes and helmets
- Senior temple and/or local guides who will be with you throughout the tour
- Fresh local fruits and refreshing coconut juice during your tour
- Tuk-tuk or van support
- Cold towels and fresh coconut at the end of your tour
You will also:
- Have the flexibility of taking alternate tour routes (upon advice of your guides)
- Be able to take frequent and/or random stops during your tour
- Receive a complimentary Butterfly Tours gift pack
- 2 to 3 people – USD 635/person
- 4 to 6 people – 15% – discount/person
- 7 to 9 people – 25% – discount/person