Siem Reap is a small city which serves as Cambodia’s gate to the world due to its strategic location near Angkor Archaeological Park, which contains well-known temples such as Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm. The entire Angkor complex is comfortably accessible from Siem Reap by various means of transportation. You can take a tuk-tuk (which most tourists do), drive a car, or ride a bicycle to get to the temples from the city. When I was in Siem Reap, I chose the later as my means of transportation, mainly because it is so cheap (typically, bikes can be rented for USD 1/day) and also I love cycling a lot (the last time I rode a bicycle was in June 2011).
Angkor Wat is approximately 8 km away from Siem Reap, so going back and forth by bicycle means you will have to go 16 km or so. In the meantime, the entire Angkor complex itself offers a great experience for bicycle-riding visitors. There are two most famous tracks to go around the complex. The first is called the Small Circuit, which covers well-known temples, such as Angkor Wat, Bayon (and the Angkor Thom) and Ta Prohm. While the other one is called the Grand Circuit, which covers other sites on the outer rim of the Angkor complex (yes, it means greater distance).
I decided to take the Small Circuit even though the word ‘small’ here is not supposed to be underestimated. Approximately (according to my own calculation and estimation) the Small Circuit’s perimeter is about 15 to 20 km. So, going from Siem Reap and taking the Small Circuit means you will likely cover a total of 30 km or so in distance. Under the scorching sunlight (fortunately some areas are very leafy), 30 km is not that easy to go (or does that mean that I need to work out more?). However, circling the complex in the Small Circuit was truly an enoyable experience for me. I went clockwise from Angkor Wat, therefore my route was: Angkor Wat – Gate of Angkor Thom – Bayon – Small temples east of Bayon – Ta Keo Temple – Ta Prohm – Angkor Wat again. You can go to the opposite direction anyway.
After going around the Small Circuit and exploring all the temples which I found along the way, I rode back to Siem Reap and spent the night in the city. Night Market is the place to go if you want to buy some nice stuffs. Go to any street nearby afterwards, where you can find lots of restaurants serving Khmer foods as well as Western delicacies. Then you will call it a wrap to the day!