Top cycling route in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Take your family out to Montana this summer and cycle along the most scenic disused railroad in the country.
For the real diehards among us, a ride of 45km to the top of Kulen is an absolute challenge. Passing the Angkor area, rural sites, observing green paddy fields and farmers and climbing the hill. The 40km to the base of the mountain is quite a pleasant and easy. From there a shady and tough climb of 5km leads to the top of the hill where a beautiful view awaits, among a new style pagoda, a river with river bed carvings and a wonderful waterfall where you can cool down after your climb up. On top there are also plenty of smaller trails to follow but these are really mountainbike trails and should only be conquered by those with experience. Nevertheless, the route to the top is tough but rewarding as you will be able to spend some relaxing hours in the area exploring different historical and cultural artifacts.
High up in the spectacular Kulen Mountains and hidden in a sea of evergreen, this trail can be hard to find, but is worth seeking out.
The province of Siem Reap is conveniently situated 314 km northwest of Phnom Penh, along National Road No 6. It can be reached all year round by National Road No 6 from Phnom Penh, Poipèt Border Checkpoint from Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham Province and Kampong Thom Province, and by National Road No 5 and 6 from Kampong Chhnang province, Pursat province and Battambang province.
How to reach Siem Reap
Siem Reap is accessible by direct flights from many major cities in the region including Bangkok, Danang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Paksé, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kunming, Taipei, etc. From the capital of Phnom Penh, Angkor Air operates several direct flights per day to and from Siem Reap.
There are also speedboats operating along the Tonlé Sap from Phnom Penh and Battambang Province.