It has been said the temples of Angkor represent the finest architectural artistry in human history. To comprehend their grandeur and magnificence requires imagination. Imagine the Great Egyptian Pyramids at Giza if every stone were carved with portrayals of fantastic myths and legends. To better grasp the sheer scale, both St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London would fit easily inside the perimeter walls of Angkor Wat.
Discover a different side of the capital with this fun cycling adventure to a less visited area of the city. Spend a relaxing half-day outside of Phnom Penh, cycling on Silk Island. Cross the Tonle Sap River and cycle along the bank past Cham communities, and catch a ferry to the island of Koh Oknyahtei for a gentle ride. The island has fertile farmland and small village communities. You will stop near a school to learn about the country’s educational system, visit a typical modern Khmer Wat and a silk weaving house to see how the beautiful silk scarves are produced. Continue along small trails and enjoy a picnic lunch before returning by a different route to the capital.