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2 days/1 night
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Cycle tour hidden trails and backroads past ancient temples, learn about the history behind Angkor Wat from your expert local guide and spend the night in a comfortable and charming village location. Every year more than a million people visit Angkor and Siem Reap, and this tour provides a unique way to Angkor Wat by bike.
+ Ancient temples
+ Local villages & livelihood
+ Cottage industries
+ Kbal Spean
+ Banteay Srei
+ Expert guide
+ Angkor Pass
+ Support van
Please note: Cambodian day tours will not operate April 13th to 17th due to the Khmer New Year holidays. We will re-open April 18th and apologize for any inconvenience. Hope you enjoy the many celebrations happening this time of year!
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Angkor Sunrise Discovery & Beyond
It's an early start this morning, but one that will provide you with an unforgettable memory. With roosters crowing in the background, take in the spectacular sunrise over the five towers of Angkor Wat from a quiet viewpoint. Once the sun has risen and the crowds disperse, we’ll talk a walking tour through the impressive grounds of this temple in the soft morning light and cooler temperatures. Here you have the chance to learn about the history of this structure and the ancient Angkorian Kingdom as you explore the temple grounds. A short ways away through the jungle, a delicious breakfast spread awaits in our private location.
Once we’ve fueled up with breakfast, we’ll mount our bikes and continue our exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage park on narrow trails through the forest. We will cycle on levees and walls built by the great Angkorian kings throughout the journey, too. We’ll park our bikes at the Bayong and Ta Prohm temples as well as a view less-visited sites hidden in the jungle far from the crowds. As the day heats up, we sit down to lunch, overlooking one of the smaller reservoirs of the complex, Sra Srang. When you have eaten to contentment, it's time to pedal to reach our countryside accommodation for the evening.
As the day cools off, we can venture out into the farm and village to meet some friendly members of the community. You might like to help our hosts attend to the afternoon chores on the farm, or you may be more interested in learning about palm sugar production, a livelihood mainstay in this village. You may be keen to learn about Khmer cooking and thereby help to contribute to dinner. If it has been a long day though, feel free to relax in a hammock with a book as the sun sets. This is your chance to connect with your surroundings and authentic Cambodian country life in whatever way suits you.
Please note: Appropriate dress (knees and shoulders fully covered) is compulsory for entry into certain sections of Angkor Wat, and should also be observed throughout all temple areas for reasons of cultural sensitivity.
Cycle To Kbal Spean
Village life starts early, but we can sleep in just a little. Breakfast will provide the opportunity to try the local fare, but there will be a backup option for those that prefer their muesli/granola and toast.
The ride is almost entirely on back roads today, and the sight of vehicles will only be possible on a short section of paved road near Banteay Srei. The rest of our riding is on hard-packed laterite roads that are surprisingly pleasant to cycle on. We enjoy some shade at times and pass through various small crops and plantations. Depending on the season, water buffalo may be wallowing in mud pits by the side of the road and the kids will all be off to school on bicycles in their blue and white uniforms. Make sure to return their excited greetings and smiles as you pedal past.
We stop at the “ladies’ temple” Banteay Srei for a visit. This temple is distinct due to the pinkish hue of the red sandstone and the intricacy of the carvings. From here, we continue on a shaded section of road to reach Kbal Spean. Lunch will be ready when we arrive, and after some time to digest, we will take a tour of the ACCB Wildlife Conservation Center. Here we see enormous birds, cheeky langur monkeys, gibbons and more, and we can often hear hornbills overhead. From here, we take a walk up to the waterfall where we can see the ancient Hindu carvings in the sandstone riverbed. A full day concludes with an hour-long drive back to Siem Reap town and to your hotel or guesthouse. You may view the town through different eyes having enjoyed the countryside for two days on your cycling adventure.
Cannondale CX 3s are the latest addition to the Grasshopper fleet for multi-day tours based in (or traveling through) Cambodia. They are well suited to the Grasshopper touring style and terrain typically encountered here. Fast and smooth rolling 700cc wheels, lockout front suspension and a riding position that offers a good balance of upright comfort and forward-riding efficiency make cycles on regular, rough or unpaved roads a pleasant experience for everyone. A true do-it-all bike for touring, with a class-leading lightweight build and powerful hydraulic disc brakes, the Cannondale CX 3's are a great addition to the Cambodian fleet. Additionally, all bikes are fitted with removable handlebar bags and comfortable saddles for touring.
The accommodation is as close as we can practically get to a homestay while still enjoying a sound night's sleep. We have a wooden villa in traditional style, constructed by talented craftsmen and situated on a farm where fruit and vegetable crops are grown. We are close enough to the village to get involved, but far enough away from the racket that comes from a typical community in the early hours.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very knowledgeable, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. They will make sure to keep your comfort and safety top priorities at all times. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage. Rest assured knowing there is a backup option if you cannot complete the day’s ride.
While Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as that of some of its neighbors, it offers some subtle, understated flavors. There is a strong emphasis on fish and fresh vegetables in the traditional diet, but contemporary Cambodian cuisine offers a wide range of options and surely has something for everyone. Our guides are experts at introducing you to the finest food as well as accommodating allergies and preferences. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
This tour is available for private departures at any time for two to six people (subject to availability). If you are traveling solo and would like to take this tour please inquire and we can provide a price.
Travel by any means results in some impact to the countries, communities and environments we travel. This trip includes a conservation donation to the ACCB who run the wildlife center that we visit. In addition to this, our Cambodian support vehicles on 100% Biodiesel from Naga Biofuels. This is not a crop-based product, the fuel is made entirely from recycled cooking oil. Rest assured knowing you are making a positive impact with your travel.
Amazing two day bike adventure ... We highly recommend this trip as a way to see the sights "off the beaten track
A must for those seeking a fresh alternative to a tour and wanting to explore more of the Cambodian countryside (while also burning off a few calories!)
This Cambodian bike tour was incredible! A wonderful and enriching experience for our family. Couldn't fault our guide or the itinerary that was prepared for us. We thoroughly recommend a Grasshopper tour.We were looking for a challenge - our family has varying fitness levels! In the end we all coped. No-one had to be rescued by Mr Yoong for a rest in the van!
Click here to see our Cambodia Travel Guide.Here is some general travel information for Cambodia.
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The sunrise varies according to the season. To find the time of the next sunrise at Angkor Wat click this link.
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Although millions of tourists come to Siem Reap each year to see the temples of Angkor Wat, you can be sure that you are having a unique and off-the-beaten-track experience with our tours. Visit the must-sees of the Angkor Archeological Park before heading into the countryside for an overnight in a small village where you have the chance to participate in daily village life. Cycle back roads far from tourists as you head to explore the temple Banteay Srei a ways out of town and the carvings of Kbal Spean as well as a walking tour of a wildlife conservation center in the jungle. Enjoy fantastic cycling and cultural immersion that will leave you with a great appreciation for Cambodian life after just two days of touring.
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