Memorable scenic cycling trips

by By Latashni Gobi Nathan (latagn@sph.com.sg)
published on 30 June 2016

Rottnest Island, Australia

Just a short ferry ride away from Perth, Australia, the 19 sq km island is known for its stunning landscapes, clear blue waters, exotic wildlife and exciting activities.

There are various ways you can explore the island, but cycling is one of the more popular choices.  Grab a copy of the island map at the information centre at the entrance of the island and pick out the routes and attractions you wish to see. Some routes lead to stunning lighthouses while others will lead you to white sandy beaches.

Hiroshima’s Shimanami Kaido, Japan

Get on the spectacular Shimanami Kaido cycling route which takes you through six different islands – Mukaishima, Innoshima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima before ending at Shikoku.

Start early in the day so you have plenty of time to admire the scenery. There is no lack of photo opportunities. You will get the chance to see temples, castles and the natural beauty of the islands.

The pathway is approximately 64 km long but you don't need to cycle the entire distance.  There are bike rental points along the route where you can stop at to return your rented bike.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Head here and explore the Angkor Wat on two wheels. Rent a bicycle from the old market area in Siem Reap. Other temples to cycle to are the Bayon temple, the Preah Khan Temple and the Tam Prohm Wat temple, which was featured in the popular Tomb Raider movie. The stunning landscapes are perfect for photography too so remember to bring a camera.

Siem Reap also has many cycling routes that run through the peaceful countryside. Most of the cycling routes are on flat terrains which make it easy to cycle anytime in the year. You may come across monkeys, water buffaloes, rice paddy fields and old stilted houses.

Ms Nusrathu Abdul Rahim, a civil servant who cycled in Siem Reap last year said: “Cycling in Siem Reap was one of the highlights of my trip. It was so peaceful and gave me the opportunity to learn about the land and culture more than I could have if I had just stayed in the main tourist areas.”