Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tips for travelling Angkor Wat by Bicycle

Biking the Angkor Wat complex is the best way to experience the temples and to interact with the locals, here is how I did it all while avoiding crowds as much as possible. 

Biking Angkor Wat
  • Take a bike at least one day, you will be rewarded with a great experience and it’s not that tough.
  • Bring sunblock and bug spray.
  • Check the weather, sunrise can sometimes be a little cool depending on the time of year.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated, there are plenty of places to get food and drink along the way.
  • Select a rental bike with working gears. The complex is pretty flat but you will appreciate the gears on the 30K Grand Loop.
  • Bring a headlamp and tail light for your bike. There can be a lot of traffic for sunrise and at one point while making our way for sunrise my brother nearly walked into a hole in the ground.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous try hitching a ride with a passing motor bike, they go pretty slow but it’s a little dangerous so use caution. I hitched a ride with a truckload of locals when I put my hand out and one of the young men onboard grabbed on and towed me down the road back to town while all of the others boys and girls were laughing at the spectacle.
  • There are lots of people selling food, drinks and souvenirs and they can get a little annoying if you let them. My approach with both children and adults selling souvenirs was to engage them in conversation and get them off the topic of sales with simple questions in english like, where are you from, how old are you (for kids only) and what is your name. I think that they enjoyed the attention and it offered a brief break from selling souvenirs. The khmer people are very kind and I enjoyed some great conversations by taking this approach.
  • Take care of your ticket, it is checked often and if you loose it you will have to purchase another.
  • There was some confusion on when the temples actually open to the public but we set off and were never denied access even though we arrived around as early as 5:30am.

Source: Flipouting

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend Biking Angkor Wat tour. This 3-day-cycling tour brings you to explore Siem Reap in Cambodia, not only its highlighted Angkor Complex, but also small local villages, markets, pagodas, to have an opportunity to interact with local passers-by and immerse in Cambodian cultures.
  • Beautiful cycling roads
  • Impressive Angkor Wat