We arise early and after breakfast we will leave at 7am, for the transfer in an air conditioned minivan, from our hotel to our office to size and check the bikes. We will then ride for 15 minutes paved roads on the way out of town. We will then ride 35km on a country dirt road, to enjoy the views of the rice paddies and several beautiful villages. As we travel through the villages we will stop at a family house on to understand how the locals live or drop in at a school to play with the children during their break.
After this visit we will stop for 1 hour at the beautiful Pagoda, with our guide, to explain the tradition and culture in the countryside, before we do a big ride along a single track road, through the hidden plantation.
When we exit the plantation, we will arrive on a paved road and we will ride 15km to the homestay.
After checking in at the homestay, when we are all suitably refreshed, we will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Around 3:30pm, after lunch, we will visit 2 small lost temple, Prasat Reyyum and the pyramid temple, both are off the beaten track and it’s a rarity to encounter any other tourists in this area. We will find ourselves in the midst of the ancient advanced civilization of the Khmer Empire. These two hidden gems are very peaceful with a wonderfully quite atmosphere, a far throw from the likes of Angkor Wat, which makes you want to stay forever.
We will then continue our journey towards to Beng Mealea, passing by the Royal Residence, where our ancient King Suryavarmen II lived and worked on his construction project for more 10 years. We arrive at this Temple at this time as the other tourist are already leaving to head back to town. The temple will become the secret playground of our childhood dreams.
We will depart Beng Mealea before sunset for the 1 km ride back to the homestay. On arrival at the homestay, the owner Pov will prepare the food to cook for us for dinner, at an open traditional Khmer kitchen. Please feel free to help or learn from her sumptuous traditional recipes. We believe that you will enjoy these amazing traditional delicacies more than most restaurants in town.
After dinner we will be able to relax with our host family and listen to their incredible stories!