Half day bike tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Just across the Mekong River from Phnom Penh, the Silk Islands are a step back in time. Cycle the quiet country roads in the late afternoon and evening to escape the bustle of the city. This trip runs from Phnom Penh.
Twilight provides the perfect time to escape from the noise and hustle of the capital at day’s end, while experiencing a slice of Cambodia that is slowly giving way to urban growth and development.
Our 'Silk Islands at Twilight' tour weaves along hidden trails past small farming communities, schools, pagodas and silk shops to offer a true glimpse into village life in the Cambodian countryside. Villages here thrive on the fertile soil to grow fruit and vegetables and then weave silk and cotton in between farming cycles. And all of this can be found only 5km from the heart of Cambodia's capital city!
Created by the powerful flow of the Mekong River, the islands are isolated by the lack of bridges, but ferry connections provide easy access for villagers and for our cycling groups.
The riding is flat and easy for anyone who can ride a bike. Our guides take great care to ensure your safety while introducing you to the farmers and silk weavers who call these islands home.
Join us for a relaxing afternoon and evening ride, just minutes from Phnom Penh.
Please note: Cambodian day tours will not operate from April 13th to 17th due to Khmer New Year celebrations. We apologize for any inconvenience.
0.5 day duration
20-25 km distance
Tour Features & Inclusions
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Well maintained, quality imported GT mountain bikes with a water bottle and helmet are provided.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders 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. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country.
A delicious classic Khmer noodle dish is included for dinner to finish off our evening.
1 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 1 traveller. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
We have a range of kids sized bikes, tag-alongs and child seats so there's no reason to leave the kids at the hotel. And to help families we offer discounts to all children aged 15 years and below: Ages 0 to 4 years - 50% off / Ages 5 to 12 years - 30% off / Ages 13 to 15 years - 10% off
This is a real back roads route with lots of unsealed village roads that will take you to a very different Phnom Penh from that seen by the majority of tourists.
Gather at the Grasshopper Shop
Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures shop at 2:00 pm (see map below) with your camera, sunscreen and some comfortable clothing. After your bike fitting we board a van or Tuk Tuk to take us to one of the local ferry crossings.
Ferries & Cycling
After crossing the river just north of Phnom Penh by ferry, we hop on the bikes to start our scenic and relaxing 20-25km (approx.) exploration of the Silk Islands, cycling along quiet back roads, our ride interspersed with short ferry trips between islands. On the islands, cycle through orchards and market gardens, enjoying the peaceful farmland and learning about the lives of the people who live here.
Back to the Bright Lights
Our island ride ends aboard another local ferry back to Phnom Penh, arriving into the centre of town just after sunset, with the city dramatically ablaze with lights, a stunning contrast to the scenes we just witnessed on the islands.
When we reach the mainland we'll head to a local noodle shop to enjoy a classic Khmer noodle dish for dinner. A stroll along the river promenade then brings us back to the Grasshopper shop, or you can grab a Tuk Tuk to return to your hotel. This tour concludes at approximately 6:30pm depending on the speed of the group.
What's the Riding Like?
Small tracks / some sand
We cycle about 20-25km on flat tracks and small roads. If you are comfortable on a bike both on and off paved roads you will be fine on this tour. There are some small tracks, possibly with sandy or muddy conditions (depending on the time of year and the weather) but only for small stretches. It’s always possible to walk these short distances if you find the conditions difficult.
Making a Booking
Click on the 'Book this tour' button below or at the top of the page to reserve your place on this tour.
Full payment will be taken at the time of booking.
Should you wish to book less than two days before travelling, you should contact the Grasshopper shop on +855 12 430 622.
Please note: Cambodian day tours will not operate April 14th, 15th & 16th due to Khmer New Year celebrations. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Starting Time & Meeting Point
The Vicious Cycle (Grasshopper Shop) Phnom Penh
23 Street 144
Phsar Kandal 1
One block back from the river
Phone: +855 12 430 622
Meeting time: 2pm
For a face to face chat about this and other amazing tours, feel free to visit us at our Phnom Penh shop.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great Trip Advisor reviews!
We loved our day trip to the islands of the Mekong. Our guide was amazing, we loved her enthusiasm and insight. We cannot recommend this experience enough - we had a wonderful time!
I highly recommend Grasshopper Adventures 1/2 day Phnom Penh Mekong/Silk islands tour
All in all, an A+ experience. We really had a great time!
Would definitely look out for these guys elsewhere and highly recommend the tours.
We did a half day tour to the silk inlands and was amazed, I highly recommend this tour the guys that take you are just amazing
This was recommended to me by a friend and the reviews on TripAdvisor were positive so I had to check it out. I was not disappointed at all.
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