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1. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

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Hi all,

Planning to tour the Angkor temples by bicycle, so would greatly appreciate any halp/input regarding a few queries...

- Is it easy to rent a decent bicycle in SIem Reap/from the guesthouses?

- Biking around the temples - is it inconvenient/impossible for me to enter the temples with a bike? Can i park and lock it easily enough?

Thnaks a lot, greatly appreciated

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Riding a bike around the Angkor Wat complex is an excellent choice. You can go at your own pace, stop and linger or move on. Bicycles rent for $3/day from most GHs. I would be diligent on locking the bike to something immovable when you do stop and explore. There are places to cool off and eat at the entrance of every major temple. I would lock the bike in this area. You will have a great time biking around Angkor..

3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

Thanks alot vegasmike6....

4. Posted by Vorks (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

I think there are electrical bike for hire nowadays if you are too tired to cycle anymore. It's not too difficult to get a normal bike but like what mike said...strongly recommended to lock it very securely.

I hired a car for like USD$20 a day as I was in a group. If you are in a group of 4, I recommend you hire a car instead as its not that expensive and save you a fair bit of time to explore the temples.

Message me if you are interested and I'll dig out the contact/name of my driver for you.

Enjoy Siam Reap and the temples...they are really excellent.

5. Posted by makulit (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

There is a bicycle rental near the Prince d' Angkor hotel. Not sure how much, because I didn't rent one. I did see a couple of tourists with those motorized bicycles. It does not seem to be too much of a hassle to travel around Siem Reap by bicycle as almost all the locals do so. But I can't imagine you climbing the temple steps with that one and I didn't notice any bike racks. I'm sure the rental shop would tell you what to do.

6. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 9y

My husband and I got bicycles from our hotel for free. We biked all day and had a great time. We took a break midday to rest in the shade to get out of the heat. The best way to make this work is to take along one of those backpacks with a water reservoir in it. Ours held about 96 ounces of water. You can buy more water as you go for about a dollar or two. Chaining/locking bikes all over the complex is no problem. Just find a tree, chain them together. We didn't run into any problems.

I thought it was better than taking the tuk tuk, which was also fine, but on bicycles, you almost feel like you can get away from the crowds. I don't know why this is, but it really did feel that way. We were tired as all hell, but it was definitely worth it and I'd definitely do it again.

I know a few other places rent bikes for about $2/day, although some guesthouses/hotels let you borrow for free. Tuk tuks are about $12/day, and I think they are a better choice than renting a car. A number of hotels will also drive you out to Angkor for free at sunset, when you can get your entrance pass, although you will not be charged for that day. Sunset is sort of a free-for-all, but it's best to get your Angkor pass then so you can actually use your pass time seeing the temples. You still have to go through the check point each day, but you don't have to worry about leaving your bike outside while you have your picture taken, etc.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 3, 2007, at 11:51 PM by rbyslipahs ]

7. Posted by chinx (Budding Member 53 posts) 9y

if you stay at the red lodge guest house(6 dollars double room) you can use their bikes for free really nice and helpful peolpe working there

8. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

That sounds lovely. But would it not be absolutely knackering? you could end up cycling like 40 km in one day? couldn't you?

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 5, 2007, at 10:29 AM by jennygro ]

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Quoting jennygro

That sounds lovely. But would it not be absolutely knackering? you could end up cycling like 40 km in one day? couldn't you?

Jenny,
Yes, an ambitious visitor may end up pedalling about 40km in one day. I always suggest a 3 day pass and pace yourself. When it is really hot, trudging around Angkor can start to feel like you are being punished. I chose to use a motorbike guide to get around as my best biking days are sadly behind me.

10. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 9y

Yep--it's tiring alright, but it's not like you'd do it all at once. You bike out to the first temple, walk around, rest a bit -- you just take your time. I'm not physically fit by any means; I do no regular exercise (for shame! I know!), and I have moderate to severe asthma, but I had a blast. I was really tired at the end of the day, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I thought it was absolutely the best way to see the temples.