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Imagine yourself tackling a true jungle adventure - floating your dirt bike across rivers on tired wooden boats, riding past hidden temples swallowed by nature long ago and sleeping by a roaring fire with the sounds of the jungle surrounding you.
Each night we rest our heads in unusal and wonderful locations; these include traditional stilted bungalows, remote riverside rooms with views over the mighty Mekong river, camping in Preah Khan - a recently rediscovered 12th Century Angkorian temple and a former governors home in Ratanakiri - the remotest region in Cambodia*.
Cambodia is 'the' place to ride in South East Asia offering not only the most incredible single track riding to challenge any hardened dirt biker but also a staggering cultural experience. Following the dark days of the Khmer Rouge, the world view of the people living in the forest is very different to ours, there are very few riding rules to adhere to and the country offers a hard to find sense of freedom. The faces and places you encounter will be unlike anywhere else on earth.
Our experienced support crew will be on hand throughout this epic ride on rugged, technical terrain using the proven Honda XR250. All accommodation, meals, transfers, bike and expert guides included. Price based on twin share accommodation. Single supplement available on request.
Flight inclusive packages also available and fully protected - please contact the office for more details.
*Due to the seasonal weather in Cambodia, we run several different itineraries for our trip. These differ in location and difficulty. Please check the trip details that you are interested in for your specific itinerary.
Example itinerary. Please see trip information for specific itinerary
Day 1 - Depart UK
Day 2 - Arrival day: Arrival in Cambodia
Touch down in the capital city of Phnom Penh where we will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Tonight we’ll head to the famous FCC (Foreign Correspondence Club) for dinner and team introductions. The rest of the evening is yours to make what you wish of the Phnom Penh bars and nightclubs!
Day 3 - Acclimatisation day: Phnom Penh
The entire day is yours to spend as you wish. Laze by the pool relaxing (and recovering!) from the previous night, visit the reminders of Khmer Rouge rule at the Killing Fields & S21, explore the museums, palaces and street markets of PP, or fulfill those boyhood dreams of firing an AK47 at the local range! One thing's for sure, there’s so much to do in Phnom Penh you won’t be able to do it all!
Day 4 - Phnom Penh To Snoul
A dawn start from Phnom Penh sees us hitting the highway for the first 20 km's out of town riding along the edge of the Tonle Sap River to avoid traffic and enjoying the first views of the countryside. To ensure us good luck and ward off evil spirits on our trip we visit a local Pagoda and get a Buddhist blessing from the monks. We’ll jump across the main highway and ride alongside the Mekong River via Silk Island before stopping for lunch at the spider restaurant… Stopping to visit our first Angkorian temple at Wat Nokor we then continue on to Snoul, the bombing of which sparked the Kent State Riots during the Vietnam War Era.
Day 5 - Snoul to Sen Monorom
A short stretch of black top before we find ourselves on the southern end of the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. On our approach ride to Sen Monorom we will tackle our first jungle trail, known locally as the Kings Highway, now used only by motorcycles or ox carts. If we make good progress we will visit the spectacular Bou Sra Waterfalls which provides not just a fantastic photo opportunity but a great place for a cool dip in the fast flowing water.
Day 6 - Sen Monorom to Banlung
This morning sees us tackle the infamous ‘Death Highway’ riding through Lumphat and the remote village of Kon Niek. The day ends with a ferry boat crossing the Sre Pok, the ‘Apocalypse Now’ river. The ride is tough but extremely rewarding.
Day 7 - Rest Day: Banlung - Optional activity or rest day
Banlung is Cambodia’s gateway to the ancient Hill Tribe villages of Ratanakiri. The choice is yours today; spend a half-day riding out to where the locals mine the semi-precious stone Zirconium, visit a traditional hill tribe village or just check out the local Banlung market where you can buy hill tribe crafts. We highly recommend a refreshing swim in Yeak Loam a nearby volcanic crater lake. So many choices but you will no doubt be tempted to just kick back at the former Governor's lodge to lounge by the pool and enjoy a superb massage at their excellent spa.
Day 8 - Banlung To Stung Treng
Bounce off the Laos border and then back down out of the Hill Tribe country and on to the provincial capital on the banks of the Mekong River. Take a sunset beer overlooking the Mighty Mekong and Sekong rivers.
Day 9 - Stung Treng to Koh Ker
We’ll see dawn on the Mekong River with a ferry crossing over to the far shore then dive into the bush for one of the best tracks to be ridden in the whole country. A full days ride taking us deep into rural Cambodia, ending with the largest pyramid temple in the Angkorian group – Koh Ker. En route we’ll visit the biggest waterfalls in South East Asia that form the border with Laos.
Day 10 - Koh Ker to Tbaeng Meanchey (TBY)
Straight into the wilderness this morning and through some former Khmer Rouge village strongholds. We are heading for the Thai border and the amazing summit temple of Preah Vihear. An energy sapping climb on foot to the temple at the top of the border defining mountain range, rewards with spectacular views over both Thailand and Cambodia. The wonderful temple complex is a photographers dream where you can find some shade and soak up the atmosphere.
Day 11 - T’Beang Meanchey to Prasat Bak Khan (Preah Khan)
Today we ride on South East Asia’s own Route 66 and tonight camp near the ancient and deserted ruins of the enormous temple site of Preah Khan. We cool off and take a quick wash in a nearby lake before enjoying a legendary barbeque in the temple itself. Tonight we’ll enjoy a few beers whilst watching the sun set over the sacred site.
Day 12 - Preah Khan to Siem Reap
Following your night sleeping in the jungle wilderness we grit our teeth for the final days ride on Cambodia’s Route 66 to Siem Reap. Always a challenge after the night before we also have our final 'Sting in the Tail' for the brave! We eventually arrive at Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat. Park your bike for the final time and head for drinks around the pool with the rest of your team. Before preparing to hit this buzzing little town for a night of fun take a moment to reflect on the journey you have just completed.
Day 13 - Tourism day: Siem Reap
An entire day to explore Siem Reap. Hire a local TukTuk and visit some of the temples that together make-up the world’s largest collection of ancient religious monuments, including the Grand-daddy of them all - Angkor Wat. If temples aren’t your thing then head down to the floating village and sample the local life lived on Cambodia’s great lake, the Tonle Sap.
Day 14 - Departure Day
Depart Siem Reap for home.
Please note: Due to nature of adventure travel the itinerary can be subject to change at short notice.
"Amazing adventure! A very Big thanks to the team – really supportive and professional throughout the trip. It really has been the trip of a lifetime!” – Phil Nash
“Awesome trip with great team. Top guys!” – Kev Gordon
“Truly brilliant trip from start to finish. Best riding I've ever done, great company and faultless logistics. A credit to the whole team.” - Trevor Evans
“Get out and do it!” – Euan Gordon
“So, looking for your next Big Adventure? Look no further than a trip with these guys. Having just returned from the inaugural trip with this new company, I can honestly say it was one of the most testing and enjoyable trips I have ever done. Cambodia has everything. It has graded roads, jungle roads, sand and mud and lots of water crossings especially in the wet season. It is a beautiful country, with staggering vistas and you feel part of it travelling through on your trusty Honda. Support is top notch - local mechanics who know the bikes inside out and UK team to help guide you through your adventure, both on and off the bike!!!! Having big fun is also part of this trip and the Big Adventure Company can guarantee fun and laughter from start to finish. Oh,
and the medical cover is bloody great!! I challenge you to find another company to match what the Big Adventure Company does.” – Rob Mockett
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