AWE INSPRING The temples of Angkor remain one of Humanity’s most beautiful buildings and one of the world’s great wonders
Cambodia has awoken from the nightmare of it's recent past to become the hot 4cket of Asian travel as people ﬂock to see the legendary temple city of Angkor Wat. But there is so much more to this vibrant country than it's temples and if you explore further you too will come away raving about your experiences of it's warm people and many layered culture. Cambodia's appeal lies in it's simplicity, here life moves at a gentler pace and even in the ci4es you 'll ﬁnd less of the conges4on and traﬃc common to it's neighbours. The ﬂat terrain is ideally suited to cycle touring and the enthusias4c welcome you receive from local children is something not easily forgoEen. Discovering Cambodia's hidden secrets and charming countryside by bike is an experience that will move and delight you. “If you are looking for a unique travel experience, go RAW You will see, hear and smell the real country you visit. Do yourself a favour and see Cambodia as it exists away from the usual tourist haunts I could not have made this truly RAW trip without the assistance oﬀered by Raw Travel They truly have got it right” Kaye Smith, 2010
ON THE ROAD Road conditions in Cambodia are generally very favourable for biking. There is a lot less traffic than in neighbouring countries and the main roads were all resurfaced and present decent riding conditions. We also venture onto small backroads where potholes mean a mountainbike is best suited. Riders near Kampot
MYSTERY The incredible city of Angkor is Cambodiaâ€™s biggest drawcard and the 800 year old + temples never fail to inspire a sense of awe and mystery ANGKOR WAT ENTRANCE
BUDDHISM IN CAMBODIA Everywhere you go in Cambodia you will see evidence that this is a devoutly Buddhist country, adhering to the Thervada doctrine and saﬀron robed monks are a common sight throughout the countryside and ci4es. Buddhism has existed in Cambodia since at least the 5th century CE and has been the Cambodian state religion since the 13th century CE (excep4ng the Khmer Rouge period), and is currently es4mated to be the faith of 95% of the popula4on. There are numerous monasteries or “wat” where males join from an early age. Women are not ordained, but older women, especially widows, can become nuns. They live in wat and play an important role in the everyday life of the temple.
YOUR LOCAL TEAM You’ll be in very good hands when you ride in Cambodia, our local team are all passionate bikers, many drawn from the ranks of Cambodia’s ﬁrst mountain bike club. They take pride in delivering excepNonal service to our travelers and really add to your experience of the country. Whether it’s a helping hand when your Nred or taking you to meet their family or favourite restaurant they’ll make your Nme in Cambodia a personal and unforgeOable experience. We also have resident western guides who take some of our bigger groups along with a local team -‐ the best of both worlds! “These guys were incredible, again constantly looking at how they could help as at every opportunity”. Andrew Kors “What can I say. I shall never forget Buntry and Sokhom. They were delighSul and a very special part of our trip. As well as giving us a chance to have a deeper insight into the people of Cambodia they were lots of fun, yet responsible and seemed to be there whenever we needed them and more”. ChrisNne Coker “So friendly and genuine. Marie, Sokhoum and Bountoun really made the trip, also anNcipaNng needs and catering to them. They were absolute legends.” Tricia Lorenzo
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INTERACTION A real part of the magic of cycling in Cambodia is the interaction that you get with local people along the way: the genuine smiles fun and interest you receive HIGH FIVES NEAR KAMPONG CHAM
SAFETY ON THE GROUND Safety has always been our top priority with our groups and we have an excellent track record. Local road rules (or perhaps the lack of them!) are one big diﬀerence between a western country and Asia. Before your trip you’ll receive informaNon from us to prepare you for your trip and you’ll receive a thorough safety brieﬁng from your leader at the start of your trip. We operate a sweep system on our group trips where you’ll have a cycling leader at the front and rear of the group , plus a support vehicle following you. This minimizes the chances of anyone going astray and ensures that mechanical help is always close at hand if you need it. In the event of any accidents our leader s are also ﬁrst aid trained and carry basic ﬁrst aid supplies. Cambodia has a number of good western standard clinics in the major centres should they be needed but we believe prevenNon is always beOer than cure and we ensure our riders enjoy a wonderful and safe ride! Finally -‐ modern Cambodia is a safe place to visit and land mines are not an issue for any visitors!
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WHERE TO GO? Cambodia oﬀers a number of opportuniNes for excellent riding, all of it relaNvely traﬃc free. RAW has specialized in taking people oﬀ the highways and onto a network of country roads that oﬀer delighSul cycling experiences. SomeNmes the route will be determined by the season, as roads that can be great in the dry season may become impassable in the wet. Some of the main routes that we oﬀer include: • Siem Reap to Sihanoukville via Phnom Penh • Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh( Saigon) Vietnam • Siem Reap to Hoi An, Vietnam • Pakse, Laos to Phnom Penh • Siem Reap to Phnom Penh via BaEambang We have enormous experience in pu\ng together trips in the region, venturing to some of the lesser visited areas such as Mondulkiri and the Cardamom mountains, so if you’d like to run a private group then please talk to us.
Guided or Self guided? Most of our cyclists tend to take a guided tour as the experience of having a Khmer speaking guide can be invaluable when you are in the countryside. As well as providing employment in a country where it’s desperately needed. But we also cater to adventurous travellers who like to travel under their own steam as well. Our Phnom Penh oﬃce can arrange self guided trips where you are provided with everything you need to pedal your way across Cambodia under your own steam. We arrange to have your luggage moved from one loca4on to the next, so you just ride with what you need for the day. We supply panniers, racks and route direc4ons and even a mobile phone -‐ in case you go astray! Then you have the freedom of the open road, knowing that your accommoda4on is sorted, your luggage is wai4ng for you and peace of mind that help is only a phone call away in the case of a serious breakdown.
Everest Cycling Treks Cambodia
OUR BIKES AND OPERATION RAW has it’s own bike opera4on based in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. We use Trek 4400 mountain bikes in Cambodia, occasionally supplemented by Merida mountain bikes at busy periods. We take pride in the quality of our bikes and opera4ons and make sure the bikes are kept in excellent condi4on and parts replaced as needed. Our bikes are well maintained and receive regular overhauls during your trip, some4mes at the end of every day when condi4ons demand it. Our group trips all have a mechanic accompany the group and we use support vehicles on all trips allowing you to decide how far to cycle each day. You can choose to customize your bike and add your own pedals, bar ends or saddle to your own preferences. “The bikes you provided were brilliant and the local team worked hard to keep them running each day in difficult conditions. It was like getting a new bike each day”. Pete Johnson
WHEN TO GO? RAW travel operates it’s cycling trips from September through to March and also during June, July. The period from November to February is the cool dry season and the most favoured, but cycling during the wet season months of May -‐ July can also be very rewarding as the country is much greener and fewer crowds at popular sites like Angkor Wat.
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