One of the top Asian destinations for families, Siem Reap is known for
the Angkor temples but there is more to it than just ancient sites. This trip
runs in Siem Reap.
Departure On Demand
While this tour has some scheduled departure dates listed, it is also designed to run on any day on demand. Please contact us with your preferred travel dates and we can create a tour departure just for you - either as a completely private tour, or left open for other people to join the group. Please note that tour departures are subject to minimum numbers and availability.
There are few places in South East Asia that are as family friendly as Siem Reap. A great variety of activities, some great traffic-free cycling and comfortable, child friendly accommodation make this a great four days away for any family.
The tour is not just about cycling, but aims to combine some exploration by bike with some other great activities and of course, some delicious food.
We start by rising very early to see the sun rise over Angkor and then explore during the cool of the morning. We explore a good balance of iconic temples and lesser known points, all the while cycling on the back trails and avoiding the crowds. In the following days, we ride the countryside trails and meet the locals who call these areas home. We learn about Cambodian village life and taste some great Cambodian snacks. In the evening, a unique circus experience awaits and on your last day in this exciting and charming city we take to a kayak to explore the floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake (note: boat option available for those with very young children).
This is a tour for families of all ages. There is something for everyone!
Please Note - This tour is intended for families only. It is possible for us to schedule a private session of the same tour for adults, on request, at a nominal surcharge.
Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from Dec 18 to Jan 4 there is a peak season surcharge of 10% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
4 days duration
55 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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For our Family Tours in Cambodia we provide perfectly maintained GT, Merida and Trek bikes in all sizes for all ages. We have tag-along bikes for 4-6 year olds and child seats for younger kids. Helmets are supplied and we have a strong emphasis on safety.
This tour is based at the supremely comfortable Shinta Mani Resort. One of Siem Reap's most exquisite properties, this recently renovated property has one of the best locations in town with a contemporary design theme and supremely comfortable rooms. Shinta Mani has its own foundation which not only runs a hospitality training school within the hotel, but also funds various other initiatives like healthcare, education and a micro-credit scheme, all for the benefit of disadvantaged Cambodians to help them get ahead in life.
Kids 12 years and under get a 20% discount.
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 and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
For groups of 5+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up 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.
Whilst Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as that of some of its neighbours, it offers some subtle, understated flavours. 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, even fussy junior tastes! Our guides are experts at introducing you to the finest food. 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.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We even have mini ones for the younger kids. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
3 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 3 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our fleet of over 300 bikes. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Grasshopper quality.
Travel by any means results in some impact to the countries, communities and environments we travel. On this tour we aim to make a positive impact through our Book Donation Program and we seek to minimise our environmental impact through running our Cambodian support vehicles on 100% Bio-Diesel from Naga Biofuels. This is not a crop based product, the fuel made entirely from recycled cooking oil.
for Angkor for Families
Arrival Day in Siem Reap
You will be greeted on arrival by a driver and taken to your centrally located hotel. After a chance to familiarise yourself with your charming and very comfortable accommodation, your guide will meet you to discuss the trip ahead, fit your bikes, and begin the adventure on a culinary level. This evening we eat at one of Siem Reap's most exciting and authentic restaurants. Your guide can offer a great insight into the background and context of the meal and will also provide an overview of Cambodia and its customs, traditions and history.
Angkor Sunrise Discovery
It's an early start this morning, but one that will provide you an unforgettable memory. As the roosters begin to crow and the dogs of the village stir, you will be standing in front of the most important religious monument in Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Whilst it's hard to say exactly what sort of sunrise it will be (due to the weather), what is certain is that this is the best time of day to see this amazing structure and to explore its extensive grounds and interior. As the crowds retreat to their hotels for breakfast, we make the most of the soft light and cooler temperatures to fully explore Angkor Wat. It is so fascinating that you will likely forget about your stomach, but never fear, a delicious breakfast spread is only a short pedal away.
We then continue through the Angkor Park on back trails through the forest, at times cycling on levees and walls built by the great kings of the Khmer Kingdom, or more precisely, their labourers and artisans. We take in the iconic temples of Bayon, Ta Prom and then a few lesser known temples, all the while avoiding the main throng of tourists. As the day heats up, we sit down to lunch, overlooking one of the smaller reservoirs of the complex, Sra Srang, and when you have eaten to contentment, it's just a short ride in the car back to the hotel.
You are free to explore the food scene of Siem Reap independently this evening (with some suggestions from your guide).
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.
Countryside Cycling & The Circus
While there is no need to be up before dawn today, we will make a nice early start to cycle the countryside that surrounds Siem Reap. Life in the village starts early and most villagers will be out, tending to their buffalo, their vegetable gardens or their other daily chores. We ride on trails only wide enough for a bicycle or scooter as well as some unpaved back roads. We stop to learn a little about how village life works, the challenges, the rewards and the customs of a typical Cambodian community. We stop briefly at a modern day temple and then ride along the levees of the West Baray, one of two huge reservoirs constructed to irrigate the rice fields of the Angkor Kingdom. This ancient irrigation infrastructure was thought to be the cornerstone of the success of the Kingdom and its ability to retain a significant population in an otherwise dry area. As the temperature rises, we enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade and see out the hottest time of the day in a hammock.
In the evening, after an early meal we are in for a real treat in the form of the circus. The Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus is an offshoot of the original charity organisation by the same name. The aim is to revive the culture of arts in Cambodia and train vulnerable Cambodian youth in the art of circus. This hour long acrobatic and artistic show is a real treat with performers who will have you in a trance or fits of laughter.
Kayaking the Floating Village & Conclusion of Tour
You must not leave Siem Reap without visiting Tonle Sap, the great lake, which is subject to an annual phenomenon that underpinned the Khmer Kingdom and the modern Cambodian population. The Tonle Sap is a huge body of water that swells and reverses direction each year thanks to the flow of the connected Mekong River. The lake is home to not only hundreds of species of fish, but also many floating communities who draw their livelihood from the lake. After shuttling out on a boat, we take to kayaks to explore the village in a low impact manner that allows us to actually feel more a part of the village than most tourists would from a big noisy boat. The village we visit is a way out from town and therefore less visited than the main floating village. After a paddle around the community and the nearby mangroves, we take a short visit to the open lake area where we get a feel for the nature of this gigantic lake. For any children who are too young for the kayak, we will arrange a wooden row boat with an expert rower.
Dry Season: March through July the water level in the Tonle Sap Lake can drop quite low and it is not possible to kayak as we normally do. In this instance we will provide a local rowing boat to the village instead. If it is a particularly dry year we have suitable land-based activities available to substitute.
We return to town by car in time for lunch. Unless you plan on staying a little longer in Cambodia, a car will be ready to return you to the airport. A late checkout is included for those on a late flight, but if you wish to depart early, you could leave on a 15:00 or later flight and not feel at all rushed today. Meals BL
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly flat terrain
Small paths & trails
2 days riding
This is a predominantly flat ride, but we do
encounter a few smaller hills as we ride along the banks and levees. The
surface is mostly unsealed as we ride on small paths and trails created
by walkers, bicycles or motor-scooters. We spend some time on the road,
but this is almost always quiet back roads. Drivers are largely very
considerate and flexible and it would be very unusual to feel at all
threatened by traffic on these roads. There is always a support
vehicle on hand for anyone who needs a break from the cycling at any
Coolest time: Nov-Feb
Wettest time: Jun-Oct
Our favourite: Jul-Aug
The coolest time of year is from November to February with temperatures rising to a peak in April and May. With the arrival of the rains in June temperatures drop, with rain falling mainly in the afternoons in short, heavy showers. September and October are the wettest months with a return to dry conditions in November.
A combination of lower numbers of tourists, sharp light and refreshing showers make July and August a great time to cycle in Cambodia.
Extend Your Holiday
If you are contemplating a more in depth exploration of Cambodia, we have a short trip that travels from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, the 'West Tonle Sap Trail: Angkor to Phnom Penh'. Whilst not as luxurious as this tour it is a great way to get from city to city and see the real Cambodian countryside in between.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
We adored cycling through Cambodian villages with our fearless leader and entertaining driver! Deth was a highlight for the children. They looked forward to
meeting and playing with him at every rest stop!
We loved Mr Deth the driver and Mr Ratha the mechanic, they were fabulous company and went out of their way all the time.
We have just returned from an extraordinarily interesting action packed adventure in Cambodia with Grasshopper. We were worried the experiences and riding might be too much for our 6 year old girls and 9 year old boy, but they soaked it all up, adored our guide and talk constantly about their fabulous trip. The organisation by Grasshopper and our guide for whom nothing was too hard really made it. Thank you.
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