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“Perfect Way To Visit Angkor Wat” 5 of 5 stars
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Countryside Mountain Bike Adventure Day Trips
Veal Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Ranked #111 of 527 Activities in Siem Reap
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Owner description: Experience the real Cambodian countryside with all profits from your adventure going to a local vocational training and education centre. We will take you on an adventure through tourist free countryside – you’ll see a variety of traditional local activities by exploring a number of hidden temples where you won't need to pay and you won’t see other tourists! All this on Mountain Bikes across a range of different terrains.
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“Perfect Way To Visit Angkor Wat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

My friend and I took the Angkor off the road tour back in November with KKO and it was the most amazing experience that I had on my 2 month trip around Asia.

The whole idea of visiting for the first place Angkor Wat in a bike just blows your mind away. Our tour guides that day were Ella and Pong (a local guy who happened to be his first tour :)). Those two were very helpful, patient and knowledgeable, I cannot write enough things to describe how good we felt with them.

The tour started around 9am and we came back to town at 6pm, we stopped everywhere we wanted to, and in each of the temples, Ella gave us a little of background of it, they also gave us time to walk around and to take pics (Pong was also very nice and he became our photographer).

The place where we stopped to eat was also great, good cheap local food, perfect to fueled and continue with the afternoon.

As I mentioned before, this was our first day visiting the temples and getting to know and see things outside the touristic areas was very pleasant, besides the temples we also went by different villages and forests that we would have never seen if we had taken a tuk tuk or another type of transportation.

I am not a sport type of person and I was able to complete the tour. Before starting the day, make sure to drink lots of liquids and have a good breakfast, you will definitely need it . The guides will go on your pace, but it is essential to be healthy in order to be able to ride under that sun for so long. At the beginning of the trip I was very dehydrated and we had to stopped
for a little, after that Pong became my shadow and he was always paying attention and asking me how I felt, he was extremely nice and helpful.

We bought a 3-day pass and the other two days we did the tours using a tuk tuk, also a nice experience but nothing like riding through Angkor Wat

Visited November 2012
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“Absolutely Loved It.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We just completed the full day Angkor Wat Off Road tour, led by Fabian, one of the great volunteers with KKO. I have to say it was exactly what I wanted and hoped for. Sometimes you get disappointed in these tours, but not today, we rode mountain bikes in good shape out of the city, around Angkor Wat and then in and through trails in the jungles, we saw small villages and temples where we were the only ones there. The total journey is around 40 kilometers but you take a lot of breaks, have a nice stop for lunch and then cruise back into town. It would have been a great tour on its own but with the profits going to such a well deserving cause, well, that just made it that much better at the end of the day. I'd highly recommend doing the smaller circuit first with a guide and then the next day, do this, it's a great balance to the larger and more crowded temples.

Visited November 2012
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“great half day tour with KKO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My family (wife and two boys 9 and 11) just did the half day country tour. We had a great time with our guide. You get to see the 'real' cambodia with a home visit and visits to other attractions. I would gladly go again...
Thanks KKO

Visited October 2012
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“The best experience I had in Siem Reap”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Don't ask me how I got to KKO during my Web research but I am extremely happy that I found them. I just had the best experience during my time in Siem Reap. In the last days I took two days to see most of the temples and I loved it, though the view you get by hiring a Tuck Tuck and the view you get during this bike tour is absolutely different, you get 40km of real adventure. With KKO you go to some of the famous temples like Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom but also to the less known ones and not using conventional routes but dirt tracks in the middle of the bush. They take you to see the temples from different angles that you would see them using conventional methods and using the dirt roads that no tourist take but locals, you visit tribal villages that no tourists go to, you have a real experience that has absolutelty nothing to do with massive tourism but real discovery. If you really want to see the real countryside get in touch with them, at the end of the day, they are not a business but they are helping local children to get a future by training them in English, Mechanics and Sewing, so what better investment for your money? You won't be dissapointed, promise.

Visited October 2012
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“Visit Cambodia? Don't miss the countryside- where ~70 of population lives”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Last week while I spent some time visiting Siem Reap in Cambodia I decided to do a bicycle tour arrangend by the NGO "KKO". First I did the "Angkor Offroad Tour" and was so happy with it that I went with KKO on a tour the same week again ("Countryside Mountain Bike Adventure"). Please have a look on my recommendation for the other tour as well, where I explain some stuff (e.g. how I got to know KKO) further.

I think I don't have to say again that I strongly recommend that tour operator and the tour. I really had an interesting, educating and nice day.
The staff and guides of KKO are very professional. They are Khmer and (some) German people who really took their time to develop the concept of the bicycle tours in the Cambodian countrside. As the guide told me, around 70% of the Cambodian citizens live in the countryside and not in the cities, where most tourists like me spend their time. So I think it is necessary to get at least an imrepssion of the life in these parts of Cambodia as well.

Moreover, it is just incredibly interesting: To see how the people harvest rice, cook their meals under their houses (most Cambodian houses are on stilts), chat to each other and just do other stuff everybody does, gives an impression of the everyday life in Cambodia. You will see a huge variety of the local flora and fauna (I fell in love with the water buffalos), impressive pagodas, and may be asked, if you had eaten rice already (it is like when s.b. asks you "how are you?").

What I also liked is that the guides were very sensitive with the locals and try not to disturb their privacy. You just feel that the tour is a peaceful and responsible way to see the countryside, without making it a tourist attraction or a zoo where you can observe "wild locals". Furthermore, I had the impression, that the village people were happy to see us tourists visiting the countryside on the bicycle and the "real" Cambodia, instead of just seeing Angkor Wat and leave the next day. It also makes a difference for me if you sit in a big fancy car and look down to the people or if you go by bicycle.

The bicycles are best quality bikes and well-kept, it was very nice. In some areas, the dirtroads get quite muddy (it is rainy season) and so you need to get off your bike sometimes and push it. For me it was a lot of fun to drive all these countryside paths but if you don't like to get a little dirty you should think twice if you want to do this tour..;-) But all in all the tour can be adjusted for almost every person, I think. The guides are so nice and the groups so small (there were 2 others with me excluding the guide) that you won't have any problems to communicate your state of mind.

So- just go for it! At least for me it was a golden opportunity and I will never forget that day and my impressions.

Visited August 2012
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