Cycling Tour of Battambang
Before you start your tour of Battambang's countryside, make sure you’re fuelled up with a hearty breakfast. You’ll be cycling about 25-30km so you’ll need the energy! The tour will start at 7:30am where you’ll meet your guide, adjust your bike and head off. You’ll visit local families in rural communities and learn how they make various items like rice paper, sticky rice steamed in bamboo, and prachoc - a pungent Cambodian fish paste. Chat to the locals and learn about their lives in these peaceful villages.
You’ll continue your bike ride through the quiet countryside, admiring lush rice paddies and orchards full of oranges, to atmospheric Wat Ek Phnom. This 11th century temple is popular with the locals but not that well-known among tourists. The locals visit this temple often, bringing picnics at weekends, or to make offerings. While most of the temple is in ruins, some sitting Buddha images remain. Then you’ll loop back to town and end the tour with a visit to the abandoned Pepsi bottling plant that was evacuated by the Khmer Rouge, complete with old fashioned production lines and empty bottles.
This half day cycle tour is arranged by Soksabike, a social enterprise aimed at preserving Khmer traditions through tourism activities.
Visit an old temple that most tourists miss
Meet locals and learn how they make sticky rice and rice paper