Angkor by DRJ

Cambodia

The temples of Angkor, the Tonle Sap and Asia's friendliest people...


Cambodia, known as 'The Kingdom of Wonder', is truly a land of contradictions, with its magnificent ancient temples just a short bike ride away from villages of simple stilted huts.

The country is one of the best destinations for cycling. Much of the country is incredibly flat, the only real topography located in the mountains of the south and the far north east. With emerald rice fields, crystal tropical waters, dense jungle, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and the Cardamom Mountains, the landscapes and scenes of Cambodia are unfailingly photogenic and best seen on two wheels.


Quick Facts

Currency: Riel & US Dollar

Highest Point: 1,813 m

Capital City: Phnom Penh

Time Zone: GMT +7

International Airports:
Phnom Penh (PNH)
Siem Reap (REP)

Population: Approx. 16 million

Land Area: 181,040 sq km

Main Religion: Buddhism

Language: Khmer


Weather & Climate

Coolest time: November to February, Hottest time: March to May

Wettest time: June to October, Driest time: December to March

Our favourite time: December to February or July & August

Cambodia has a tropical climate which, like much of the rest of Southeast Asia, is dominated by monsoons. Winters are dry and cool from November to February. Temperatures rise to a peak from March to May, but drop slightly with the return of the rainy season in June. September and October are the wettest months with a return to drier conditions in November.

Our recommendation:
Winter is a great time to cycle with its cooler temperatures and low rainfall, but it’s worth bearing in mind that this time of year sees the greatest number of tourists at the Angkor temples, and the lack of rain means the air will be a bit dusty while riding on dirt roads. The rainy season, while undeniably wet, is also a great time to see Cambodia at its most beautiful. At this time the lands turn green with emerald rice fields, and you'll encounter fewer tourists. While it does rain most days, rain falls mainly in the afternoons in short, heavy showers with the sun appearing as soon as the rain stops. This is actually a great way to keep cool while riding. Our favourite time to ride is at the end of the rainy season. At this time the heavier rains let up, but the lands are still green and the air clear.

Siem Reap

Grasshopper Adventures - Siem Reap temperature chart
Grasshopper Adventures - Siem Reap rainfall chart

Phnom Penh

Grasshopper Adventures - Phnom Penh temperature chart
Grasshopper Adventures - Phnom Penh rainfall chart

Highlights for Visitors

Cycle Angkor with Grasshopper Adventures

The Angkor Archaeological Park

The most famous of the Angkor temples are found in Angkor Archaeological Park, an area of around 400 square kilometers, containing Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm. While the main temples of the park can be seen in a single day, a more in-depth exploration by bike will introduce visitors to some quieter sites and hidden gems, including Preah Khan, Ta Som, Pre Rup and Bakong. The main park entrance is just a 5km ride from the heart of Siem Reap town. Cycling will allow you to better explore some of the hidden tracks, allowing access to hidden ruins that are rarely visited by tourists. By bike it's also possible to complete a circuit of the walls of Angkor Thom - a distance too far to be covered on foot.

As many of the temples are still ins use, visitors are requested to cover their shoulders and knees.

Beng Mealea by Holly Barber, copyright 2013

Outlying Angkorian Temples

Exploring a little further from the Angkor Park itself will bring the more intrepid cyclist to some of the wonderful, and barely-visited temples of the north. Some of the highlights include Beng Melea, Preah Vihear, Banteay Chhmar, Koh Ker and Preah Khan of Kompong Svay. These ruins see few tourists and offer a great insight into how the main temples must have looked when first uncovered by archaeologists prior to restoration efforts. Though most visitors endure hours in a van to see these sites, a multi-day cycling excursion presents a much more dynamic opportunity to explore the region.

Tuol Sleng (S21) Khmer Rouge Prison in Phnom Penh

Khmer Rouge History in Phnom Penh

Many of our cycling holidays in Cambodia include a rest day in capital city of Phnom Penh, offering the opportunity to learn about the country’s more recent history by visiting the genocide museum (Tuol Sleng S21 Prison) and the Killing Fields. In April 1975 the Communist Party of Kampuchea (more commonly known as the Khmer Rouge) took control of Phnom Penh, beginning a four year reign of terror during which millions were imprisoned, tortured and killed. With the aim of creating an agrarian society, the Khmer Rouge forcibly relocated city dwellers to the countryside, closed all schools (with education being deemed unnecessary), banned the practise of religion, imprisoned or executed intellectuals and abolished money. The true scale of the atrocities only became apparent when the regime was forced out by the Vietnamese in January 1979.

TheTonleSap

The Tonle Sap, the name that refers both to the lake itself and the waterway that joins it to the Mekong River, is the largest body of freshwater in Southeast Asia. It is something of a curiosity due to the fact that is flows in different directions at different times of the year. A major source of food in the form of fish, the Tone Sap is home to a large number of fishing communities who make their homes by its shores and on its waters. On our bike trips we have a chance to pedal through the inviting stilted villages surrounding the lake. We also offer opportunities to kayak through the floating villages, getting a glimpse into the unique communities of buoyant homes, shops, schools, and even crocodile farms!

Kep at dusk, Cambodia

The South Coast

Cambodia has some characterful and charming coastal towns, the most famous being Kep and Kampot, along with the beach resorts of Sihanoukville. Whether you cycle all the way there, or catch a bus or flight from another city, the southern coast is an excellent place to end up after your biking holiday. Reward yourself after a satisfying ride with some relaxing beach time and fine seafood. Enjoy some exploration of French colonial architecture in Kep or Kampot, or take off to an unspoilt island off the shore of Sihanoukville.

Cambodia boy at a temple

The Khmer People

Friendly, engaging and relaxed, the Khmer people make any visit to Cambodia a pleasure and will be one of your lasting memories from your cycling trip in the Kingdom of Wonder. The beauty of exploring the country by bike is the opportunity to become immersed, free from any glass barrier between you and these vibrant communities.Once you ride outside the main towns and cities into the villages of the countryside, living conditions are often extremely simple and it is not hard to imagine the Khmers of the Angkorian era living in the same structures many that villagers inhabit today. Your tour guide will be happy to facilitate interactions with the locals and provide additional insights into the unique culture and traditions.


See Cambodia with Grasshopper Adventures

We have an exciting range of half, full and multi-day tours in Cambodia. Discover the temples of Angkor on two wheels, explore the countryside around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, or venture further afield the the outlying temples, Battambang and the south coast.

Half and Full Day Tours

Angkor at Twilight

Angkor at Twilight

Half day sunset tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Bike the Angkor temples and country roads of Siem Reap at its most beautiful time of day, in the afternoon leading ...

Angkor Sunrise Discovery

Angkor Sunrise Discovery

Full day bike tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Experience the thrill of a bucket-list sunrise over the majestic spires of Angkor Wat on a premium cycle tour&nbs...

Ride & Glide Hidden Angkor

Ride & Glide Hidden Angkor

Enjoy a full day of fun, touring the sights beyond the main temples of Angkor Park Explore some lesser known, but no less amazing temples on two...

Bike the Angkor Temples

Bike the Angkor Temples

Full day bike tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia
An unforgettable way to tour Angkor Wat and its surrounding sights - Bike quiet back trails, explore the breathtaki...

Islands of the Mekong

Islands of the Mekong

Half day bike tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Enjoy a memorable morning bike touring the quiet back roads of the Silk Islands, located very near Phnom Penh, yet ...

Phnom Penh Self-Guided by Bike

Phnom Penh Self-Guided by Bike

Half-day self-guided bike tour of Phnom Penh's highlights
Download our special Self-guided Tour App, collect your bicycle and guide yourself around the fascinating city of P...

Cycle-Rickshaw tour of Phnom Penh

Cycle-Rickshaw tour of Phnom Penh

A three-wheeled self-guided tour of Phnom Penh
Take control of your own adventure with the Grasshopper Self-guided Tour App. Follow route & stop suggestions t...

Siem Reap Countryside Ride

Siem Reap Countryside Ride

Half day bike tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tour a side of Cambodia few see, cycling quiet back-trails through the picturesque & friendly Cambodian country...



Multi-Day Tours

Cycle Angkor to the Sea

Cycle Angkor to the Sea

Cycle Cambodia touring Angkor to the beaches
An unforgettable adventure, bike touring from the heart of the former Khmer Kingdom of Angkor, through ...

Mekong Bike & Boat Adventure

Mekong Bike & Boat Adventure

Cruise the Mekong region from Siem Reap to Saigon
Travel from Angkor to Saigon, the bustling southern capital of Vietnam, the slow way, by Bike & Boat, on a tour specially made to accommodate both cyclists and non-riding partners.

Spend your mornin...

Discover Cambodia & Laos by Bike

Discover Cambodia & Laos by Bike

Tour the top highlights of these two countries
Cycle the twin jewels of Southeast Asia (Cambodia and Laos) on a one-week active adventure that takes you from the mystical temples of Angkor b...

The Bangkok to Saigon Explorer

The Bangkok to Saigon Explorer

Explore Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam by bike
An epic multi-country journey, achievable for bike riders of all ages and abilities. Start and finish this unforg...

Bike Cambodia for Families

Bike Cambodia for Families

A family bike adventure through Cambodia
Take the family on a healthy, adventurous, but comfortable trip through the kid-friendly country of Cambodia. Ach...

Cycle Angkor to Saigon

Cycle Angkor to Saigon

A biking adventure from Cambodia to Vietnam
Few bike tours contain as much variety as this one. Discover ancient temples, friendly villages, two rapidly mode...

Angkor for Families

Angkor for Families

A family cycle tour in Cambodia of Angkor and surrounds
Cambodia is one of the top family holiday destinations in Asia and Siem Reap offers plenty of sights, activities an...

West Tonle Sap Trail: Angkor to Phnom Penh

West Tonle Sap Trail: Angkor to Phnom Penh

Explore Cambodia by bike from Angkor to the capital
Instead of travelling between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in the shortest possible time, make the most of a trip by bi...

Slow Road to Angkor

Slow Road to Angkor

Cycle Thailand to Cambodia, city to city
Make the most of this incredible route by bike touring from Bangkok to Angkor, the ultimate way to travel between...

Angkor In Style

Angkor In Style

Cycle tour Cambodia's Angkor park and surrounds
A luxurious 4-day cycling tour exploring Angkor and its picturesque surrounds. Bike, kayak and eat your way through...

Karma Cambodia

Karma Cambodia

A Bike Tour Stretching Cambodia from Angkor to the Coast
The ultimate Cambodia cycle tour, riding from the heart of the former Angkor Kingdom to the sun-drenched island &...

Cycle Angkor to Hoi An

Cycle Angkor to Hoi An

Bike Cambodia to central Vietnam
An unforgettable overland adventure by bike from the famous ruins of Angkor in the heart of the former Khmer Kingdo...

Wild Cambodia - Angkor & Beyond

Wild Cambodia - Angkor & Beyond

Experience northern Cambodia by bicycle
Go beyond Angkor Wat to cycle tour hidden temples, explore tropical forests, spot native wildlife and ride some of ...