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Cambodia Adventure Loop Day Trip ‑ CLOSED

Siem Reap, Cambodia
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For travelers with a yearning to get off beaten track, Adventure Loop opens up whole new world of adventure travel, let come with us to discover cambodia, real adventure, real people, real cultures & incredible real life experience with our unique travel
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Claudia K wrote a review Jun 2016
Kassel, Germany10 contributions11 helpful votes
We usually don't go camping. Or kayaking. Or biking. Or hiking. But we know Poleak, his great ideas for trips, and his talent to make your holiday marvellous. And all these ...ing things in the itinerary were skilfully supplementing the places we asked to see, so we thought we'd try. And we were rewarded with great experiences! Having seen the famous temples of Angkor two times already we started our tour with a walk from the western gate to the southern gate on the ancient wall surroundig the old city, enjoying the quiet. Reaching the southern gate on the wall you get an amazingly close look at the faces on top of it. Here we got down and continued to some of the more remote and smaller temples, being mostly deserted and not reconstructed they have a fabulous atmosphere. If you are an early bird, don't watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat like almost everybody, but enter it from the eastern entrance, unbelievably there were only five other visitors doing this which is like being alone in such a gigantic place. Don't forget a flashlight. You are not an early bird? Do it anyway!! From Siem Reap we drove to Phnom (Mount) Kulen. On the way you can visit Koh Ker, another group of temples, one of those has a Prang looking like an aztec pyramid. When we arrived at Kulen it felt like summer holidays. Many families, some restaurants, shops, trees, and a river to cool your feet. Or you go down to the waterfall's basin and take a swim! We took lunch first and relaxed in some hammocks then went for a walk to see the lying Buddha carved directly out of the rock and the carvings in the river-bed called the thousend lingas. For lingas they are rather small and I didn't count them, but with the sunshine on the water flowing over the many carvings, it was beautiful and exceptional. In the late afternoon people left and the shops closed, it was peaceful and we swam in the basin. While we lounged about our guides had the tents and a surprise ready: dinner at a table on the dry parts of the river-bed (it was the dry season) above the waterfall, under the stars, perfect. The next day we went to Preah Khan Kompong Svay, an impressive temple complex. Still surrounded by it's walls some of the towers and one gate have collapsed. The awesome main gate is reached over a partly broken bridge on pillars. Some of the fine carvings still show Buddhas, which is quite rare, at most temples from the first buddhist period they were destroyed when hinduism returned for some time. Some fig trees growing their long roots over the stones give the typical 'Angkor magic'. We had a homestay that night, which is a good way to support local families and get to know rural Cambodia a little. Our next destination was the Mekong and on it an island for another night of camping. Crossing the river we stopped to see some Dolphins! Okay, mostly their heads and fins as it was not the season they jump. But it was gorgeous! We relaxed and bathed and had a tasty meal cooked by our great driver who is luckily also a great cook. And believe it or not, we had a restroom tent. And of course a campfire, and many selfmade oil lanterns. Nice! The next day we had to kayak. Starting harmlessly with a nice drive on a boat to the starting point. We were loosers. We were soaking wet. I couldn't stop laughing. Unfortunately the water was very low, even for the dry season, so we couldn't go through the floating forest. We went via Steung Treng to Mondoulkiri province. Unfortunately there has been a lot of illegal wood-cutting and many slopes are now covered with plantations. We stayed at Sen Monorom. There are some nice waterfalls and here we did the hiking, the reward was a bath in the river with elephants! Expect some waiting as the elephants roam the area freely and have to be gathered again every day. It was a relaxing stay with a super Barbecue and really cool in the evening (some people felt 'like an icicle' , but I liked it. You do need a jacket). You can also visit a plantation and buy some tasty coffee and gigantic ginger roots. We were a little disappointed, because we were expecting the evergreen forests that are gone in great parts. Our next stop was the pretty Mekong Island Koh Troung where you can support the community by booking a homestay and rent a bike to cycle round the small island. It's very flat, perfect for untrained cyclists : ) The electricity is produced by generators so not late in the evening everything turns dark and quiet. The perfect place to get some rest! We left this idyllic place to go to the Dolphin Born near Kratie. And we saw the amazing creatures even jump one time. I never expected to see so many of them! If you are even remotely near to Kratie, don't miss the Dolphins. On our way to Phnom Penh we visited Udong, which was once the Capital of Cambodia. The wooden houses are gone, but there are some stupas on the Mount Oudong containing the ashes of former kings. There is also one new Stupa made of concrete and surprisingly pretty in its white perfection reminding me slightly of Sacre Coeur which somebody once compared to a wedding cake. Some stairs down is a room with 4000 Buddha statues on many shelves in two rows, harmonious. In Phnom Penh we indulged in the atmosphere along the riverside and went to the excellent National Museum the second time. Our rough idea of a nice trip was turned into a wonderful experience of Cambodia and it's people by Poleak and Chhom. They take care of everything and are fun to be with. Great guides and great guys. Thank you for reading all this, I didn't plan to write so much, sorry.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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Vanlyda V wrote a review Apr 2016
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions1 helpful vote
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incredible and memorable holiday with Adventure Loop Travel, Poleak he is incredibly accommodating and helpful, i emailed him about 12AM, he replies with very prompt mail together with online chat and giving me an idea to go during my holiday adventure require, me and my good friends, totally 5of us had a great time with Adventure Loop Travel, and our Tour Guide Mr. Pheap he is extremely helpful, first time meet him, and seem like we well knew each other for long time, we been together on YAMAHA WR250cc for 12days through the jungle trail from the west to the northern part of Cambodia and end up in Phnom Penh the capital city, our trip is much fun and experience, we been learn a lot from the local peoples where been pass, we love the food by the local family cook. our bike is pretty much cool, from the first day start to last day. we all getting dirty everyday, This was most certainly the highlight of an amazing trip around Cambodia.
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Date of experience: January 2016
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John N wrote a review Feb 2016
Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
I have found office very closed to city center. Me and my friend booked hold day trip Cycling to Countryside. The bike is very high quality bike... Their speaking guide so excellent and we been around the country side and growing vegetables​ with villager. in afternoon we enjoy with local food and making by local people their and relax. Other thing we riding oxcart. That was so nice i can't forget that. all the way that we cycling is no big truck no car. So nice for relax and enjoy view there.. Our Trip is during January 2016
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Date of experience: January 2016
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Thatonegirl80 wrote a review Jan 2016
Melbourne, Australia194 contributions38 helpful votes
Guide was fantastic, but bikes poorly maintained. Fortunately my awesome guide found two repair shops along the way to keep it going. Fun to see the countryside, but not for your average mountain biker in search of adventure.
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Date of experience: January 2016
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Response from Poleak, Owner at Cambodia Adventure Loop Day Trip
Responded Jan 25, 2016
I dont think so, as our bike is poorly maintained as you said, i think you are the fake customer.
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mongal86 wrote a review Dec 2014
Long Beach, California5 contributions7 helpful votes
I'm so glad I booked all my Cambodia activities with Adventure Loop. Poleak, the owner is very nice and accommodating. I love that he responds to emails within a day and answered all my questions. I went to Cambodia in a group of 4 people. All the tours were private, which is amazing, because you get all the attention, you can take your time and see whatever you want to see, ask any question about the site or culture in general, and there's no need for flags or name tags. We also did a bike tour. The bikes were great and we even had van support in case someone didn't want to ride any more. Everyone on his team was was very hard working and determined to keep you safe and show you a good time. When we went camping in the jungle they prepared everything you could think of, mats, tents, candles, a delicious meal, it almost didn't feel like we were camping in the jungle. After dinner, Poleak taught us a Cambodian drinking game. It was super fun and I loved the close interaction with the locals. Poleak can pretty much help you plan any outdoorsy thing you can think of in Cambodia and at any level. I highly recommend him as a tour guide and would absolutely use him again.
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Date of experience: November 2014
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