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7 Unique Fruits & Vegetables you’ll only find in Southeast Asia

By Christie

Alongside unique customs, languages, and crafts, new places mean new foods! In Southeast Asia, the variety of strange-looking and surprise-tasting fruits and vegetables surely exceeds this article space. Let’s just grab a few for starters and discover 7 unique fruits…

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Grasshopper Day Tours Temporarily Suspended

By Jake

Dear Grasshopper Community, We have decided to temporarily suspend day tour activities across S.E Asia due to the growing uncertainty around COVID-19 and our unwavering commitment to the safety of our guests and employees. This is an important time of…

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What to do in Siem Reap other than the temples?

By Claire Wyatt

How long should you stay in Siem Reap? That’s a good question to ask. The one that follows usually is: what to do in Siem Reap other than the temples? Well, spoiler alert, there are tons of activities in the…

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Tips for Travelers in Thailand: customs and traditions in the land of smiles

By Katharina

Headed to Thailand for the first time? Then you should probably read up on customs in Thailand as well as Thai traditions and holidays. Follow these dos and don’ts of Thai culture to be a respectful tourist in the Kingdom…

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Five Best Coffee Shops in Hoi An

By Thang Quyet

A tasty cup of coffee can make the difference between a good day and a bad day. When traveling, it can be tricky to find the right place to get one’s coffee fix. Even though Vietnam is packed full of…

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Cambodia: Religions and Beliefs

By Alex

Ever wonder about religion and beliefs in Cambodian people? Read on to learn about the country’s dominant religions and how they are practiced in daily Khmer life. Then head to Cambodia and see for yourself! History of Religion in Cambodia…

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Taunggyi hot air balloon festival: a different kind of Myanmar experience

By Katharina

A trip to Myanmar is mostly a throwback in time, where life still goes at a slower pace. Internet came to the country just a few years ago and old traditions live strong everywhere you visit. In the midst of…

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How to get to our new Bangkok Shop

By Katharina

Grasshopper Adventures Bangkok just got easier to find After many years on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, The Grasshopper Adventures Bangkok shop has moved to a new location. Grasshopper Adventures Bangkok is now based nearby the Sam Yot MRT station. Time is…

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Yo, Ho, Ho and 41 000 (reusable) bottles of Water

By Jake

Grasshopper Adventures & Refill Not Landfill have distributed over 41 000 reusable water bottles together Every year Grasshopper Adventures welcomes thousands of travelers from around the world. They trust us to show them the best of Asia and make the…

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Life behind bars - Dat's story

By Zanny Merullo

Meet Dat, currently living a life behind bars in Hoi An, Vietnam. What sounds like a tragic scenario is quite the opposite, as we’re referring to handlebars of course! This is the second installation of our ‘Life behind bars’ series.…

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[Weather] Best Time of Year to Visit Thailand

By Katharina

Although the weather in Thailand changes throughout the year, the best time to visit is from November to February, when the tropical country enjoys its lowest temperatures and the least amount of rain. If you are looking to avoid the…

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5 Reasons To Join a Cycling Tour in Myanmar

By Katharina

When considering travel in Asia, many people don’t know what to expect from Myanmar and why they should choose it as a destination. All I can say is: you should, and now is the best time to visit! As for…

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Phnom Penh Pronunciation: Khmer Language 101

By Claire Wyatt

When visiting Cambodia, it is useful to know a few words in the native language, Khmer. The pronunciation of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap can be quite tricky at first but you will learn! Not only will you be able…

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Discovering Inle and Samkar Lake by Bike

By Katharina

It is early morning and still dark when our team meets at the boat pier in Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake, Myanmar. The four of us are patiently waiting for our boat driver to approach the landing dock so we…

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Swapping Bicycles For Building Tools

By Claire Wyatt

On the 9th of July, a strong team of 7 Grasshopper Adventures women left the Siem Reap office for the day and exchanged bicycles for carpentry tools. The mission was to construct a house for a local family in a…

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9 ancient cities in Southeast Asia that will transport you back in time

By Zanny Merullo

 These 9 Ancient cities in Southeast Asia are more than piles of stone and rubble. In fact, in many cases, they are the home of some of the world's most amazing ancient temples. They are windows opening to a truly…

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Cycling Into the Mekong's Cacao Haven

By Thang Quyet

“You are late today”, chu Lau exclaimed upon seeing me and a family of Grasshopper Adventure cyclists slowly enter his yard. “Sorry, chu we stopped too much for photos. It’s so green today”, I answer cheekily while the cyclists are…

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Where Bangkok Began

By Jin

Long ago as the Chao Phraya River flowed towards its delta, it meandered and looped its way to the Gulf of Siam much more than it does today. The area that we currently know as Bangkok is located in the…

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The Best Places to Experience the Loy Kratong/ Yee Peng Festival in Thailand

By Jin

November’s full moon ushers in the ‘festival of lights’ common to many Southeast Asia cultures. The festival, whose origins are lost in the mists of time, pays homage to the water spirits in various forms. In the Hindu tradition, the…

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Keeping Business Moving: An Insight Into The Behind The Scenes Work of Grasshopper Mechanics

By Jake

With a fleet of over 120 bikes, ranging from mountain bikes to hybrid road/mountain bikes, kids bikes & tagalongs, it’s no small feat to keep the bikes moving and in tip-top shape for our guests from around the world.  Responsible…

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Local Burmese Festivals and Celebrations

By Katharina

While Myanmar is certainly not well-known for its nightlife or parties, there is always a fun local festival or celebration going on somewhere as you explore the country. Burmese people need very little excuse for a big celebration: a child’s first…

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Free Things To Do In Siem Reap

By Jake

Although Siem Reap is rapidly becoming well-known as one of Asia’s most affordable destinations, it doesn’t hurt to save a few extra dollars along the way during your visit. That way, you can enjoy those moments when you do indulge…

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Tour the Latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites

By Zanny Merullo

As of July, The World Heritage Committee has produced 29 new additions to its listing, several of which we visit on Grasshopper Adventures tours. What makes a site UNESCO World Heritage-worthy? And which ones can you expect to see on…

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Life behind bars - Meet Jake

By Zanny Merullo

Meet Jake Stalker, currently living a life behind bars in Cambodia. What sounds like a tragic scenario is quite the opposite, as we’re referring to handlebars of course! This is the first of our ‘Life behind bars’ series - a…

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Is cycling in Bangkok safe?

By Jin

Sitting in rush hour gridlock in the congested center of Bangkok it is hard to imagine that biking in the city could be pleasant, much less safe. It’s a pity that this is the facade of Bangkok that most visitors…

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‘Lahpet-Thoke’ - Myanmar’s famous snack

By Katharina

Let me introduce you to tea leaf salad, or ‘lahpet (green tea) -thoke (salad)’ as it is called in Burmese, a salad made of fermented green tea leaves. You may think that tea leaves are only good for drinking, but…

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A look behind the scenes

By Katharina

Our cycling tours in Inle are full day adventures: We ride off the beaten path, through forest, between rice paddies, across narrow bamboo bridges and up and down the picturesque Shan Hills. The scenery is amazing and our guides are…

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To cycle is to inspire

By Lam Nguyen in Hoi An

Meet Tien and Yen, two lovely staff of Grasshopper Adventures Hoi An, who have just completed their first solo cycling trip in a spectacular way… On the occasion of Vietnam’s traditional lunar new year, the girls decided to visit their…

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Three Ways to Bike Angkor Wat

By Zanny in Siem Reap

There is no doubt that Angkor Wat is a must-see for anyone visiting Cambodia. In fact, Cambodians are so proud of this ancient UNESCO World Heritage site that it even features on their country’s flag! For many tourists, the Angkor…

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Pchum Ben: The Festival of the Dead

By Holly in Siem Reap

Every year, Cambodia celebrates one of its two major annual festivals - Pchum Ben, known as the ‘Festival of the Dead’. A 15-day festival, culminating on the 15th day of the 10th month of the Khmer lunar calendar, Pchum Ben…

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Ride easy with your kids: Introducing Weehoo

By Jake

Bringing your family along for the ride is now even easier - We say Weehoo! Grasshopper Adventures now officially offer Weehoo Turbo Bike Trailers for all our multi-day family bike tours in Cambodia, Thailand & Sri Lanka and one-day tours…

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Top 5 Bike Tours for Foodies in Asia

By Jin

These are all select multi-day cycle trips that showcase a country's food particularly well. For those with a little less time make sure to check out the appetizing selection of Half-day Food Tours also in this list. 1 - Myanmar…

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An Audience With The Queen

By Chip Silverman in Hoi An

Multiple Grasshopper Adventurer Chip Silverman shares his encounter with the Queen of Banh Mi and subsequent mouthwatering discovery in the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam... Warning to those reading on an empty stomach. After six weeks traveling Vietnam from the…

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The Unexpected Perils of Biking the Mekong Delta

By Steve in Saigon

In the Mekong Delta flat, gentle paths criss-cross endless rice fields and abundant fruit & vegetable farms, immersing our bike groups in a landscape, and a way of life, in many ways unchanged for decades. Though it is less than…

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