Cardamom Mountain Expedition

  • DESTINATIONCambodia
  • TRIP TYPEGuided Tour & Support
  • GROUP SIZE4 - 12 People
  • TOTAL DISTANCEApprox. 1030 km

RIDER LEVEL:
2-4 Moderate
7 Days from

USD 1,880 Per Person

TRIP OVERVIEW

If you’re an experienced off-road rider seeking the ultimate Cambodian adventure, this tour is tailor-made for you. Venturing as far off the conventional path as possible, you’ll travel deep into the heart of the Cambodia jungle, immerse yourselves in a night of homestay in a local village, travel the rugged terrain of the Cardamom Mountains, and unwind amidst the natural beauty of Koh Kong. Along the way, you’ll explore the pristine Chi Phat community, take a refreshing swim in the river at sunset, and warm yourself by a crackling campfire.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazing ride through the jungle of Cardamom Mountain
  • Discover the authentic Cambodia by venturing into remote villages that are off the beaten path.
  • Travel deep jungles of Cardamom Mountain, crossing rivers, villages, and mountain range
  • Experience the beauty of Chi Phat, an enchanting eco-tourism destination nestled in the breathtaking region of Koh Kong.
  • An unforgettable ride to the stunning sandy beaches of Koh Kong

ITINERARY

Day 1: Siem Reap - Battambang

Your adventure begins in Siem Reap!

You will take a ride on the tarmac, dirt roads, and back trails as you glide past lakes and alongside rivers. Stop for lunch beside a large reservoir before continuing to the French colonial town of Battambang.

For those of you with a bold and adventurous palate, an extraordinary opportunity awaits! At one of the vibrant roadside barbecues, you’ll have the chance to experience the unique flavors of grilled rats. Surprisingly reminiscent of tender chicken, it’s a culinary adventure like no other. Rest assured, dinner will also be provided for a truly satisfying evening.


Today’s Ride: 210 km
Lunch & Dinner
Moloppor Villa Battambang

Day 2: Battambang – Cardamom Mountain

Today we take a ride around Battambang, your destination will be Phnom Sampov, a modest mountain that played a central role in the Khmer Rouge’s grave atrocities. Here, you’ll explore the chilling killing caves and view the firearms the Vietnamese employed to repel the Khmer Rouge once they had seized control of the mountain. The upcoming day promises a variety of exhilarating riding opportunities.

You’ll navigate the trails of ‘Battambang,’ a region aptly named due to the persistent mud during the wet season. You can choose to challenge yourself with rugged, rocky terrain or opt for a meandering dirt road that crosses over approximately 50 petite bridges.


Today’s Ride: 190 km
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Pramouy Guesthouse

Day 3: Cardamom Mountain - Koh Kong

This morning, your adventure will lead you down a dusty trail, winding through steep hills and offering awe-inspiring vistas of the landscape below. As the day progresses, you’ll have the choice to venture into technically demanding paths through the dense jungle.
Alternatively, you can opt for the well-constructed mountain roads courtesy of Chinese engineering, with opportunities to visit a couple of remarkable waterfalls en route. Your day’s journey culminates in Koh Kong, a picturesque riverside town near the Thai border.


Today’s Ride: 230 km
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Apex Koh Kong Hotel

Day 4: Koh Kong Free Day

Today is your free day. You can take a boat excursion to explore the vast mangrove forest of Peam Krasop, renowned as one of Southeast Asia’s largest mangrove ecosystems. Or indulge yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Koh Kong’s serene beach, where tranquility and relaxation await. Feel the warm sand between your toes as you stroll along the pristine coastline, taking in the picturesque views that surround you.


Breakfast
Apex Koh Kong Hotel

Day 5: Koh Kong - Chi Phat Community

Today presents a challenge for all adventurers! The more demanding route will take you through steep, technically challenging rocky hills, lead you across numerous bridges and river crossings, and offer thrilling single-track trails. On the other hand, the easier option will follow smoother mountain roads. Regardless of your choice, you’ll have the chance to visit the remarkable Tatai waterfall along the way.

Afterward, we will take our ride to the awe-inspiring Chi Phat Community. This hidden gem is nestled in the heart of nature, surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque landscapes. As we traverse through this enchanting destination, we will be captivated by its rich biodiversity and cultural heritage. Chi Phat Community offers a unique experience that blends adventure with sustainable ecotourism. During our ride, we will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the vibrant local culture, interact with friendly villagers, and learn about their traditional way of life.


Today’s Ride: 100 km
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Sun Bear Valley

Day 6: Chi Phat - Kirirom National Park

Today we leave Chi Phat! The adventure encompasses a diverse array of terrain. You’ll encounter rocky ascents, winding single trails, slippery forest paths, and exciting river crossings. Your day commences on a single track, its condition varying between sandy and muddy depending on the weather. As you progress, the terrain becomes progressively more demanding, featuring enticing technical sections, especially as you approach Kiriom National Park, which offers a wide spectrum of landscapes.


Today’s Ride: 160 km
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Village Homestay

Day 7: Kirirom National Park - Phnom Penh

Following breakfast, you’ll take a scenic ride ascending to the summit of the Kirirom mountain range, passing through a picturesque pine tree forest. A delicious lunch will be set at the local village. Then, you’ll explore Kirirom National Park, including a visit to the waterfall and the residence of the former king. The adventure continues through the charming Kampong Speu countryside, concluding upon your arrival in Phnom Penh.


Today’s Ride: 140 km
Breakfast | Lunch

DATES & PRICES

1 Pax2-3 Pax4-5 Pax6+ Pax
$1,950 Per person$1,880 Per Person$1,690 Per Person$1,450 Per Person

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • DIRT BIKEYou will ride on Honda XR 250R. All fuel for your motorcycle is provided by us.
  • ACCOMMODATIONAll hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).
  • GEARSFull face helmet, boots, riding jersey, gloves, etc.
  • EXPERIENCED GUIDEEnglish-speaking local guide lead your way and knows the trails like the back of his hand.
  • MEALS & SNACKSMeals as per itinerary. Bottled water, local snacks, and beers are included in the tour price.
  • TICKETAll entrance fees to the temples and attractions are included.

DIRT BIKES AVAILABLE

Discover our extensive selection of off-road bikes, tailored to suit your adventurous spirit. Whether you crave the thrill of conquering rugged terrains or seek the serenity of exploring nature’s hidden paths, we have the perfect bike waiting for you. Explore our diverse range and embark on your next thrilling off-road adventure with confidence.

  • Honda XR 250R

    Included in your trip price

  • Yamaha WR 250F

    Available at a surcharge

  • KTM 450 EXC

    Available at a surcharge

FQAs

Visa & Passport

A valid passport with at least six months’ validity from the date of entry is required. Most nationalities can obtain a 30-day visa on arrival, which costs around $30. An e-visa is also available online and should be applied for before departure. Visa extensions can be arranged within the country if needed.

Local Currency

The Cambodian Riel (KHR) is the official currency, but US dollars are widely accepted. ATMs are available in cities and tourist areas, dispensing both currencies. It’s practical to carry small denominations for rural areas.

Local Sim Card

Local SIM cards are readily available in most cities in Cambodia. You can purchase SIM cards from providers such as Metfone, Smart, and Cellcard at airports, convenience stores, or telecom shops. Make sure your phone is unlocked and compatible with local networks.

Food and Dietary Requirements

Cambodian cuisine features rice, noodles, and fresh vegetables, often seasoned with herbs and spices. Street food is popular, but always choose vendors with high hygiene standards. Vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions will find a variety of options, though it’s wise to communicate specific needs clearly.

Weather

Cambodia has a tropical climate with two main seasons: wet and dry. The wet season runs from May to October, characterized by heavy rain and high humidity. The dry season, from November to April, is marked by little rainfall and higher temperatures, with the coolest months being December and January. Ideal travel months are November to February, when temperatures are more moderate.

Riding Experience

Cambodia’s terrain can be challenging, featuring a mix of paved roads, dirt tracks, and jungle paths. Prior off-road riding experience is highly recommended. New riders should start with shorter, guided tours to build confidence and skill.

Group Leader

A knowledgeable group leader enhances the experience by ensuring safety, providing local insights, and managing logistics. Our guides are well-trained with extensive local experience and good communication skills.

Non-Rider Activities

On most of our dirt bike trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or for travel companions who prefer to spend little or no time on the dirt bike. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip—please contact one of our Trip Planners for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation for these activities may not be included in the trip price.

Responsible Travel

Travel responsibly by respecting local customs and traditions. Avoid single-use plastics, support local businesses, and be conscious of the environment. Engage respectfully with local communities and contribute positively to their economy and culture.

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