Wake up very early, depart 0530am and cycle the 10 kilometres to the West Gate of Angkor Wat from where the beautiful sunrise can be best observed. Enter the temple complex. Angkor Wat (early 12th century) is surrounded by a 190 metres wide moat 1.5 kilometres by 1.3 kilometres long and is claimed to be the largest religious building in the world. It is certainly one of the wonders of the ancient world. You will be amazed by the sheer size of the temple, which took 30 years to construct & used the labour of up to 300,000 workers. Angkor Wat was built as the earthly representation of the universe with its central tower symbolizing Mt Meru which, Hindus believe, is at the centre of the Universe. Continue cycling via the short circuit past temples and rural villages (approx. 24km) back to your hotel for breakfast.
This morning, at 1030m we transfer to Kampong Chhnang for the next leg of the journey. We will pass by a sea of rice fields along the way. We will stop for lunch at Kampong Thom and take in the infamous fried spider town of Skun before arriving in Kampong Chhnang for our overnight stop, a riverside town best known for producing some of Cambodia’s best pottery.
Note: if boat is available we will transfer by boat on Tonle Sap Lake instead.