Biking the Eastern Baray

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning / Afternoon

tour highlights

Cycle past villages and through picturesque countryside
  • Say hi to local schoolchildren as you pass
  • Watch local villagers produce goods for market
  • Visit a village & see traditional sugar production techniques
  • Experience the local way of life

tour details

The Eastern Baray is an enormous water reservoir built during the Angkor period. Its dikes alone constitute more than 8 million cubic meters of earthen material. Today, the Baray no longer holds water but consists primarily of dry scrubland and some rice paddies. At the start of this tour, you’ll transfer from Siem Reap city centre to the starting point. From here you’ll begin cycling along trails, past villages and through rice fields. There’ll be chances to see the local way of life, including saying “hello” and waving to the young children who’ll greet us along the way, stopping to see local people produce sugar from sugar palm juice, and watching villagers make baskets and bags to be sold along the roadside or in the local markets. This is an easy cycle, mostly along unpaved roads.

tour description

20-25 km easy cycling on mostly unpaved roads.
The size of the Eastern Baray, a water reservoir built in the Angkor period, is enormous (1.7 km by 7.8 km). Its dikes alone are made up of over 8 million cubic meters of earthen material. Today, the Baray holds no longer water, and consists primarily of dry scrubland and a few rice paddies.)
We leave the center of Siem Reap by transfer and start then cycling on trails through villages and rice fields, saying "Hello" to children who welcome us all the way. We stop to see local people produce sugar from the sugar palm juice. We watch others who make baskets and bags to be sold on the road or in the market. Transfer back to the Hotel before lunch time.

includes

Private transportation
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements)
Bottled water and cold towels

    excludes

    Surcharges for other language guides
    Personal travel insurance
    Personal expenditures such as drinks, souvenirs, gratuities etc.
    Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme

      notes

      The wet season is not the ideal time for biking. The best season is from November through to April, roughly corresponding to the dry season and the tourist high season. May, June and July need not be a bad time either, as it is hard to predict when the rains will come. We would not recommend a biking trip during August and September.

        Tour code: REPBIHD5

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