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Northeast Cambodia Guided Motorbike Tour

This 9-day northeast Phnom Penh motorbike tour to Kampong Cham, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, Stung Treng, and Ta Seng, then loop back, brings you a panoramic view of Northern Cambodia with offroad to villages and visits to forests, mountains, and friendly locals to understand more about the history, cultures, and traditions in Cambodia.

Key information

  • Terrain: Mixed terrain
  • Bike: Rental bike (Honda or Yamaha models)
  • Mileage: 1,132 kilometers / 703 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 - 201 kilometers / 62 - 125 miles
  • Riding gear: Not included
  • Meals: All breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Phnom Penh
  • Take a city tour of Phnom Penh
  • Witness stunning views and sceneries
  • Watch Fresh Water Mekong Dolphin in Kampi
  • Explore Stung Treng
  • Visit the largest waterfall of the world
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

8 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 25 participants
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various homestays and hotels in private single or twin sharing basis.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, Phnom Penh city tour

Upon arrival, be welcomed by their guide and driver then transfer to hotel for check-in.

Begin the city tour with visit to the magnificent Royal Palace which still serve as resident to the highly respected Royal family and His Majesty the King Norodom Sihakmony. Continue to visit the famous and most sacred Silver Pagoda and visit the National Museum, the great collection of Khmer arts from pre-Angkorian era to early 1900s.

In the afternoon, travel 16 kilometers to the outskirt of Phnom Penh to the notorious Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where a memorial stupa stands in front of the mass killing site. Now the site serves as the museum and memorial center for the victims of Pol Pot regime from 1975-1979.

Return to city and if time permits, visit the Russian Market, which made famed for its variety of handicrafts. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

  • Level: Easy
  • Road: Flat tarmac, gravel
  • Breakfast included

After tour introduction and safety briefing, you begin your trip with a ride on village road along the Mekong River toward Kampong Cham – the country’s largest province. Once you get used to the bike, you will take the back road out of Phnom Penh with little traffic along the scenic road.

You will stop regularly to see the sights along the way, including a stop at the silk weaving village where you see villagers sit underneath their house on stilt producing shiny silk scarves called kroma using their traditional wooden loom.

Along the way, there are numerous family-size businesses including kantel – the old fashion but the must-have mat weave from river reed. You also make a river crossing using wooden ferry that locals use for their daily river crossing.

On arrival to Kampong Cham, you check-in to hotel and relax in this nice colonial town. Overnight in Kampong Cham.

Day 3: Kampong Cham to Kratie (122 kilometers / 76 miles)

  • Level: Easy
  • Road: Flat tarmac, gravel
  • Breakfast included

Today, you continue riding along the Mekong and make a stop at the 1500 years old holy site of the pre-Angkorian Khmer – Wat Hanchey that was built in 6th century AD. You get to the hilltop and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Mekong and the surrounding landscape.

Continue riding along the Mekong toward Kratie where you pass by lots of plantations including rubber, cassava, and other seasonal plantations. You arrive in the afternoon and check-in the hotel to freshen up, before heading to watch Fresh Water Mekong Dolphin in Kampi during the sundown. Overnight in Kratie.

Day 4: Kratie to Mondulkiri (198 kilometers / 123 miles)

  • Level: Medium
  • Road: Flat tarmac, trail, off-road
  • Breakfast included

This morning, you depart Kratie and head towards eastern highland of Cambodia where you cross some section of small trails and off-road ride to test your skill.

After a short off-road fun, you hit the excellent road while going uphill to enjoy breathtaking scenery before arriving at Sen Monorom. If time permits, you take a short ride around town to visit waterfalls and hilltribe villages nearby. Overnight in Sen Monorom.

Day 5: Mondulkiri – Ratanakiri (199 kilometers / 124 miles)

  • Level: Medium
  • Road: Uphill and downhill on gravel, tarmac
  • Breakfast included

You leave Sen Monorom and continue North to Ratanakiri via Koh Nhek along the quiet road in the forest.

Along the way, you make some stops at a town half way and possibly a waterfall. Once arrived in Ban Lung, you check-in the hotel and freshen up. You'll then make a short ride around red-soil town and visit the magical crater lake of Yeak Laom during the sunset time. Overnight in Ban Lung.

Day 6: Ratanakiri to Stung Treng (142 kilometers / 88 miles)

  • Level: Medium
  • Road: Flat gravel and tarmac
  • Breakfast included

You leave Ban Lung heading in the northwest direction, crossing bamboo forests before reaching the village of Veun Sai located on the left bank of the Se San River.

The view of the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. This place is nearly a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory. Most villagers don’t even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San are a certain number of Tumpoun villages that practice funeral statuary which is spectacular. Continue to the village of Ka Choan that has superb totems.

You leave the eastern highland by heading west towards the Mekong where you are going to stop at riverbank town of Stung Treng. Overnight in Stung Treng.

Day 7: Stung Treng: Free day

  • Breakfast included

Today, you relax at a nice lodge by the Mekong to refresh and recharge yourselves after many good riding days. However, there are many good activities here if you cannot stay still. Overnight in Stung Treng.

Day 8: Stung Treng to Ta Seng (201 kilometers / 125 miles)

  • Level: Medium
  • Road: Flat tarmac, gravel
  • Breakfast included

You head west across the Mekong then travel to the north of the country where the border between Cambodia and Laos situated. Here, you come to see the largest waterfall of the world – Sopheakmitr also known as Khone falls. The waterfall spread up to 10.67 kilometers wide in the rainy season (between May and September). The world second largest fall is only half of its width.

You continue to Ta Seng village where you are going to stay overnight in the village homestay. Overnight in Ta Seng.

Day 9: Ta Seng to Siem Reap (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

  • Level: Medium
  • Road: Flat gravel and tarmac
  • Breakfast included

Ta Seng is not a regular village but it was a city a thousand year back. One of the last kings of Angkor built the largest religious complex of the era here in Preah Khan Kampong Svay or the Great Preah Khan.

You begin the day by exploring this giant temple complex with its enclosure cover an area of 5 millions square meters. By the end of the day, you’ll ride back to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you’ll have time to relax and enjoy the city by the sunset situated on the confluence of the four rivers.

Skill level required for this tour: Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Can ride for 3-4 hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Location

The tour will take you through Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, Stung Treng, Ta Seng, then back to Phnom Penh.

Food

The package includes daily breakfast.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
  • Professional and licensed English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing with admission fees
  • 8 nights accommodation in twin sharing basis including tax and service charge
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private transportation with air-conditioning
  • Mineral water and cold tissues on tours
  • Government’s taxes

What's not included

  • Sightseeing and meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional tour(s)
  • Personal expenses, gratuity
  • International and domestic flight tickets
  • Airport tax
  • Visa fee on arrival
  • Travel insurance
  • Upgrade to CRF 300cc (upon request)
  • Book extra services such as hotels and airport transfers before and after the trip (on request)

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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