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Adrenaline junkies looking to get their fix can try their hand at several daredevil adventures across Cambodia. While the extreme sports scene is in its infancy in the country, there are still a few experiences that will set your heart pumping at a quicker pace, especially if you’re a lover of two-wheeled monster motorbikes or flying high in the sky.
If heights don’t leave you curled up in a ball of fear, then Microlight Cambodia offers a unique way of making Angkor’s temples even more majestic. American expat Eddie Smith boasts more than 2,000 hours in the air above Cambodia in the microlight aircraft, which travels from 10 to 100km/h (6 mph to 62 mph). While no aircraft is permitted to fly directly over Angkor Wat, the permitted 3km radius (1.7 n.m.) is enough to see the structures in all their breathtaking beauty. Flights also allow you to take in the floating villages on the Tonlé Sap Lake and the Rolous Group of temples.
Dirt biking is probably the most popular and easily accessible extreme sport, with swathes of companies specialising in half-day and upward tours of the country and beyond. With many of Cambodia’s rural areas connected by winding dirt tracks, sandy lanes and pot-holed roads, it’s the perfect place for some off-road riding. Kickstart Dirt Bike Adventures in Siem Reap is a popular choice, offering a rage of bikes and tours that take in the town’s sprawling countryside and temples.
Fancy being able to hover above the water and dive through it like a dolphin? If so, Ultimate Flyboard Experience has got it covered. Using a special jetpack that has the power to shoot riders up to 15 meters in the air or dive headlong into the water, the experience is as close to flying above water as you’re going to get on the Cambodian coast.
Whatever the weather, Fun Buggy’s hits Sihanoukville’s dirt tracks and back roads in their off-road four-wheel buggies. Expect to get caked in dirt as you hurtle through the countryside in the clutchless and gearless vehicle. Various tours are offered, taking in waterfalls, remote villages and jungle, with tuition given ahead of you getting behind the wheel. If you don’t feel confident enough to drive one yourself or just want to kick back and enjoy the ride, owners Shelly and Nikki are happy to get behind the wheel. Children are also welcome, with extra seatbelts and cushions fitted into the vehicle for them. For those wanting to give it a quick go, one and two hour tours are also available.
For those wanting to explore Kampot’s untouched countryside and caves from a different perspective, then try Climbodia’s tour, which comprises of rock climbing, via ferrata, abseiling and caving. The tour takes in parts of Phnom Kbal Romeas, home to a series of caves that have been classified as a Natural Heritage Site because of the geographical wonders they are home to. The tours cater for all experiences and are led by trained professionals. Climbodia also offers technical and lead climbing courses at its fully-equipped site just outside of the town.