Specialised Travel

Specialised and Adventure Travel

There are many different types of activities that we can build a specialized holiday around for you and your friends or family. Below we list and describe a number of options and they can be combined – for example golf and bird-watching. If you do not find a what you are looking for here, please contact us and we will endeavour to find  or create what you are looking for. We look forward to hearing from you.

Honeymoon Travel

Asia is the perfect place for a honeymoon and has attractions to suit every couple. Cambodia is no different and offers something for everyone. Friendly hospitality, romantic settings, beautiful scenery and loads of different things to do and try make for an unforgettable experience that will create a lifetime of memories!

Let us know what your requirements are and we will create the honeymoon of a lifetime while you get on with organising the wedding of a lifetime.

Mountain Biking

We offer customized mountain biking tours all over Cambodia with certified English-speaking guides.  Generally speaking, Cambodia has a relatively flat terrain and just about anyone can join in, however, we also have tours that focus on more hilly and mountainous adventures.  Tell us your dream and we will design a perfect fit!

We cater to cyclists aged from 8 to 80 years old.  We use exceptionally well-maintained Trek X-Calibre 7 mountain bikes. The average daily ride tends to range from 40-90km but you have the option to get in the air conditioned support vehicle at any time each day.  Our guides will work directly with you and your family/group to design the best distances, scenery and activities to fit each day.

Depending on your desires, you can stay in 3, 4 or 5 star hotels and/or home-stays or camping.  For longer trips, it usually is a mix of all three. On top of the incredible cycling, we focus on your cultural and culinary experience and ensure you get the opportunity to really learn about the fascinating Cambodian people and their culture.

Some examples of routes include the following:

Cycle the Capitals of the Khmer Empire: From Phnom Penh to Oudong to Longvek to Sambor Prei Kuk to Kompong Svay Preah Khan to Koh Ker to Preah Vihear to Banteay Chhmar to the Big Daddy of them all: Angkor Wat.

Take the Challenge: Cycle from Saigon to Siem Reap.

Night Temple Tour: through the jungles of Angkor Wat: Day 1:  Cycle the jungles of Angkor Wat; Day 2:  Cycle to the Roluos Group of temples, then board a boat to explore the floating villages and sunken forests of the Tonlé Sap Lake, Asia’s largest freshwater lake.

The Cardamon Mountains: Cambodia’s last province of primary rainforest jungles. This Eco-area home-stay is an awesome place to cycle and explore and really get to know how Cambodian people live. Carry on to Tatai and boat up river deep in the rainforest to a 5 star resort with floating platform rooms. Kayak, swim, trek and enjoy the jungle.

Transfer to the top of the mountain and then cycle down to the city of Koh Kong.  Carry on across the long bridge to the peninsula and enjoy the quaint and scenic fishing villages.  Relax and eat crabs on the beach.

Option to transfer back to Phnom Penh or to cross the border into Thailand to Koh Chang or many other destinations.

Road Cycling: Cambodia has great routes for the avid road cyclist.  Averaging 90-150km per day, you can traverse the country with a customized road tour.  From Angkor Wat, to Preah Vihear to the Stung Treng and then all the way down the Mekong River to Phnom Penh.  Go further and cycle down to the coast and reward yourself with a few days on a crystal clear blue water island.

Hiking, Trekking, Walking or Running

Cambodia is a great place for hiking, trekking, walking and running, especially at all the Angkorian temples throughout the country.  The temples here are amazing and are the largest Hindu ruins in the world.  The architects of this dynasty were absolutely amazing and it’s not just the inside of the temples with their intricate carvings.  It’s the entire complex of walls and moats and connections to vast man-made water reservoirs called Barays.  Come and explore for yourself.

We also offer various multi-day trekking, camping, and home-stay trips.  From Siem Reap, head to Kulen Mountain and traverse her plateau through the mountain jungles and along the cool river.  Camp in luxury with incredible meals and campfire and starlight.  Visit villages, pagodas, temples, ruins and the wonderful smiling children saying hello along the way.

The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon takes place in December and the Angkor Empire Marathon is held in August each year. Entries are available for both events.

Golf

Both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh offer some great golfing opportunities. Golfing holidays in Cambodia are becoming more and more popular as the number of top class golf courses expands. The Grand Phnom Penh course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and the Angkor Golf Resort by Sir Nick Faldo.

We can happily arrange a personalized itinerary for you and your family or friends and combine it with sight-seeing, adventure and lazy days on one of the beautiful beaches in the country. Alternatively while your wife (or husband) is touring or shopping or at the spa, let us arrange a golf outing at any one of these great courses.

In Siem Reap: Angkor Golf Resort; Hotel Sofitel Angkor Phokkethra Country Club; Siem Reap Lake Golf Club; Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club;

In Phnom Penh: Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club; Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club; Cambodia Golf and Country Club; City Golf Cambodia.

Swimming

We offer customized swimming tour packages down at the coast near Sihanoukville.  The water here is crystal clear from November to March and it’s a great time to swim around islands and across channels.  Other times of the year can be discussed. We provide boat support with a local boat captain and great beach resorts and bungalows in which to relax between swims.  The daily caught fresh seafood here is delicious.

Kayaking or Canoeing

The Tonlé Sap Lake, Asia’s largest freshwater lake offers some great kayaking adventures as do the many rivers in Cambodia. There is also the opportunity to take to the ocean off the coast of Sihanoukville or around one of the islands. Here are some options:

Kampong Kleang: Kayak across the Tonlé Sap floodplain over paddy fields between trees and into the stilted village of Kampong Kleang, where the houses tower 8 meters above in the dry season but when the lake is full you can look onto the balconies. We paddle through the village finishing at Mrs Hong’s house for lunch on her verandah overlooking the pagoda or at the end of the day watching the fishermen unload their catch as the sun goes down. Available August to March. Suitable for families with children.

Maichrey Floating Village: A kayaking adventure to the small floating village of Maichrey that moves from its flooded season location beside a small hilltop pagoda to the edge of the open lake as the water recedes. We paddle between the floating houses and out towards the open lake where we’ll stop for refreshments on the verandah of a floating house or onboard our support motorboat. An afternoon trip available year round. Ages: 6+ in double kayaks with life jackets and support motorboat.

Prek Toal Day Trip: A big adventure to the flooded forests and bird colonies of the core bird reserve, paddling back under the trees to the floating village of Prek Toal and the Saray platform, where we have lunch in this women’s initiative cooking for visitors and weaving the stems of invasive weeds into local handicrafts. Full day trip departing from hotel 07h00 and returning around 17h00. September to March. Ages 12 +.

Prek Toal Overnight: An unforgettable experience touring the village by kayak in the afternoon. We paddle to dinner on the Saray Platform then an overnight home stay in a floating house means we can be up early to catch the birding spectacle inside the core bird reserve the next morning before paddling back in our kayaks to meet motorboat for the return journey to Siem Reap. Prek Toal can be visited year round but the core bird reserve is best from December to march.

Dirt Biking (Motorcycles)

We offer dirt biking for the adventurous on 250cc motocross bikes.  These follow similar paths to that of our mountain bike tours but go further and deeper and faster into the real unexplored parts of Cambodia.  Our experienced guides know where to go, what to do, and especially what to see.  These tours offer more opportunities for real-life home-stays far off the beaten track.  Come and experience the real Cambodia on a motorbike with us.

Birding

As mentioned elsewhere on this website, Tonlé Sap Lake has a big influence in Cambodian life – no more so than in the creatures that live on, in, under or around the lake. Of these, the ones that attract the most attention are the wide variety of birds.

Cambodia is home to an estimated 720 different species of birds and this is largely due to the year-round abundance of water. Many of these are water birds and many of them are also migratory birds.

The Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is one of the best places to visit – particularly during the dry season (December to April) when the birds gather here in huge numbers. It is a twitcher’s delight with rare breeds gathered in large numbers, including the milky stork, spot-billed pelican, the huge lesser stork and the greater adjutant stork.

There are other places of ornithological interest. These include Ang Trapeng Thmor – home to the very rare sarus crane and the Tmatboey Ibis Project where the giant ibis – Cambodia’s threatened  national bird – can be seen.

Kite-boarding

Kite-boarding (or kite surfing) is popular the world over and Cambodia is no exception. It is an ideal activity to build into your Cambodian holiday experience – whether you are a beginner wanting to learn the sport or a seasoned flyer wanting to have a fantastic kite-boarding holiday.

Kampot is the place ideal for kite-boarding and one can do a full course – ranging from Beginner to Intermediary and Independent. This can either be done individually or in a group and are conducted to the standards and guidelines of the International Kite-boarding Organisation (IKO).

Lessons take place on the Kampong Bay estuary in a stunning setting that is perfectly safe for teaching with shallow, permanently warm water and loads of space to ensure you don’t get tangled up with other kiteboarders.

Accommodation can be arranged nearby and it is a short hop to Sihanoukville and islands off the coast.

Snorkelling or Scuba Diving

There are a number of places off the coast of Cambodia and around the islands where there is some very good diving and snorkelling to be found. The water is always warm (27 – 30°) and the visibility always good – typically from 10 – 25 metres. The best time of the year to dive is from late October to the end of June. although if you are there at other times of the year it is quite likely that you will still have a great diving experience.

There is a fair amount to see under the sea including a wide range of hard and soft corals, a large variety of reef fishes and larger pelagics away from the shores. You will encounter a wide variety of nudibranches, starfish, seahorses, octopus, worms, crustaceans, ascidians, holothurians, sea anemones and sponges. The islands of Koh Tong and Koh Prins have recorded sightings of bamboo sharks, batfish, wrasse, bluespotted ribbontail rays and even whale sharks.

In-between dives there are beautiful sandy beaches to relax on or some gentle snorkelling that can be done. The fact that Cambodia is a relatively new dive destination means that you won’t be diving with hordes of other people.

There are a number of companies offering fully certified courses and instructors for everyone – from novices to experts. Some companies offer day dives and others will offer day and overnight dives. Equipment, underwater cameras and dive computers can all be hired. Nitrox dives are possible for certified divers and underwater jet skis can be hired as well.

There are also many opportunities to snorkel – both off the beach and around the islands.