A family bike adventure through Cambodia
Take the family on a healthy, adventurous, but comfortable trip through the kid-friendly country of Cambodia. Achievable rides with plenty of sights and activities, suited to young and old alike, make for a highly engaging and memorable holiday the family will be re-living for years to come.
This cycle tour runs from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.
Low Season Discount: For the months of April through September we have a special discounted rate of 10% Off
This brilliant family bike ride will introduce you to a country that is quickly becoming a favourite destination for families from all over the world. Once known for Khmer Rouge regime and civil war, today Cambodia has bounced back to being one of the most welcoming destinations in South East Asia.
Over seven days, we travel from Siem Reap, the sacred centre of the former Khmer Empire and Angkor Wat, through the quiet town of Battambang to reach the current capital, Phnom Penh. Our journey takes us far beyond just temples as we venture into the countryside where the hospitable Cambodian people will charm and be charmed alike in this life-changing journey that will pack cultural immersion, activity, and fun into a cycling holiday.
Our aim is to take you to the most interesting and family-friendly locations in Cambodia, stay at comfortable resorts, and show you an intriguing side of the country that not many tourists get to see.
Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from Dec 20 to Jan 5 and Feb 14-18 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the tour price due to hotel rate increases at these times of year.
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.
7 days duration
125 km distance
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For our Family Tours in Cambodia we provide perfectly maintained Cannondale and GT 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.
The hotels we use are a great, and sometimes unexpected, part of this tour. In the larger cities and established tourist centres we use stylish and supremely comfortable hotels and resorts, while in the smaller and more out of the way areas we stay in the best available accommodation, which is often simple yet always well run, clean and comes with air-conditioning and a private bathroom.
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.
Kids are well catered for on Grasshopper tours with a range of bike options to choose from. We have quality children's frames ranging down to XX-Small for those comfortable on a bike. For the less experienced tag-alongs are available that hook to the rear of an adult bike and allow kids to pedal along if they want, and for the youngest kids we have children's seats, so no one misses out on the fun.
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.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We even have a mini version 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.
Kids 12 years and under get a 20% discount. Kids 12 and under sharing a room with parents or 2 other siblings get a 30% discount.
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.
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Arrival in Siem Reap
Arrive into Cambodia's most popular city any time before 3pm today. At 4, we meet for a briefing and a chance to try out the bikes before heading out to dinner at an atmospheric and authentic restaurant.
After dinner, we’ll take in the highly acclaimed Phare Circus, an artistic acrobatic performance. This acrobatic troupe is talented and entertaining, and the profit from ticket sales goes to support an NGO performing arts school in Battambang. Lots of colour and humour make this a great show for children and adults alike.
Siem Reap - Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Get the kids up early, and we’ll head to see the sun rise over the triple towers at Angkor Wat. After breakfast, explore the most important and charming temples in the area by bike, along with some less visited sites. We’ll cycle some fantastic back trails away from the crowds that make this feel like a jungle adventure.
Explore the many faces of Angkor Thom and the tree covered walls of Ta Prohm before stopping for lunch at Sra Srang Reservoir, otherwise known as the Royal Baths. If any of the kids (or the adults) don't want to get up for sunrise, they can join at breakfast.
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.
Battambang - Cycle Villages & Kayak Tonle Sap
Cycle the red dirt countryside tracks and trails around Siem Reap, passing tiny villages with vegetable plots, fish ponds, and friendly locals. Kids will love to meet Cambodians their age and speak in smiles, waves, and high fives that surmount any language barrier. We stop in one of these villages and take a walk with a representative from a local NGO who has been working in the area for some time. We learn about how a typical northern Cambodian village functions and the challenges its people face. A contribution to the organisation is made in thanks for their time and to assist with their project.
We have lunch in the village and then drive a short distance down to the Tonle Sap Lake. This vast lake, the largest in Southeast Asia, is home to an impressive array of birds and a number of floating communities. After shuttling out some distance in a boat, we take to kayaks and paddle our way through the small houses constructed on pontoons that make up the small floating village of Meatrey.
Some negativity has developed around tourism practices relating to the floating villages, but this is a less visited location and the way in which you will be introduced to the village will allow you to enjoy a friendly chat with the locals as we paddle by the equivalent of their front gate. There are no invasive or exploitative aspects to our visit here. For any children who are too young for the kayak, we will arrange a wooden rowboat 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 are fitting a lot in today, but the following days are at a lighter pace. We disembark mid-afternoon and take a three hour drive to reach Battambang.
Whilst Cambodia's reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse is non-existent, its villages are productive on a very small scale in traditional foods, crafts and agricultural products, the art of which has been passed down through generations. Today we hop on our bikes and take a ride of the Battambang surrounds to learn more about these products and to meet the colourful characters who make them.
We will be guided by a student from the local university: a great way to get to know another side of Cambodian culture from the perspective of its youth. A contribution is made to the homes that we visit in thanks for their time. The ride concludes late morning and after enjoying lunch nearby, we return to the hotel for some downtime.
Battambang is a pleasant town with some remaining colonial-era architecture and a bustling trading district. At dusk, vendors of a variety of snacks and drinks set up along the riverfront and the residents of all age groups come out for some light exercise and socialising. If the bamboo train is running, we’ll take a ride on its track through the forest. There is also an option to see the bats leave their caves at Phnom Santuk, a nearby hill that is home to many of these nocturnal residents- a truly stunning sight!
Phnom Penh - Cycle & Transfer
Battambang is sleepy town with a colonial style charm that traces roots back to its history as a former trading hub. Indeed, the surrounding province is often referred to as the rice bowl (breadbasket) of Cambodia, being the country's most fertile area for agriculture. This laid-back atmosphere and lush countryside make it an ideal location to explore by bike in the morning's cooler temperatures.After returning to the hotel, we make the four-hour drive into Phnom Penh, stopping along the way for lunch in Pursat and to see the home of Cambodian pottery in Kampong Chanang. We arrive into Phnom Penh late afternoon and head out for dinner by the river.
Explore Phnom Penh
Today a variety of activities are on offer, but it is up to each family the extent to which they participate. There is an option to join at any transition or conversely to leave at any transition and return to the hotel. Following breakfast, we make an early start on cycle rickshaws (cyclos) to explore the city. We ride past Wat Phnom, the small hill in the north of the city, from which its name is derived and past the Central Market, Independence Monument and back around, past the National Museum and past the northern end of the palace. We'll then take a walk through the fresh market before returning to the hotel to freshen up. Next up, we have an opportunity to try our hand at net fishing. A small wooden boat picks us up and we head out into the Tonle Sap River to cast our nets. It is a good way to get some exercise and all the more satisfying if you net a fish or two. The technique is important and by the time we return to the hotel, you will be an expert. In the afternoon we pay a visit to a music school where we can see some of the students practicing and perhaps try our hand at the traditional xylophone. We finish up with a proper visit to the palace and silver pagoda before they close. With a full day of activity under our belts, the evening is free to provide you some additional flexibility to choose your meals.
Cycle The Islands Of The Mekong & Conclude
Phnom Penh is situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. This huge waterway is also home to various islands. Today we take an island hopping ride to see the communities living on these islands that produce an amazing variety of fruit and vegetables. They are so close to the city, yet it feels like you are nowhere urban. Fertile soil allows for farming of many different small crops and when not tending to crops, many of the local women earn additional income through weaving silk or cotton into various products. They sell these products to the markets in Phnom Penh. We will hear a little about the life of silk, from the worm to the scarf. We return to town for lunch and then a late checkout from the hotel. A car will be waiting to take you to the airport, or you may wish to stay on or head south to the coast. We can assist with any of these arrangements as required.
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly flat terrain
Tracks & trails
5 days riding
Most of this ride is on track and trail. The roads are always light on traffic, never technically challenging and almost always flat. When we are on the road, it is always quiet countryside or suburban roads with minimal traffic. Traffic in Cambodia is generally very considerate towards cyclists and even more so when kids are involved, so it really is a very safe riding experience. At times the surface can be bumpy and uneven, so you do need reasonable general balance and must have some experience in riding a bike, although a high level of fitness is certainly not required. This ride is all about discovery by bike and not at all about either speed or distance.
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.
Create Your Own Date
Don't see the date for this tour to suite your schedule? No problem - create your own date. Chose the dates that you would like to travel and as long as you are happy to open the tour to other people joining we will charge the standard tour price - no markups!
1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 3 months in the future. This just gives us time to promote the trip and find other people to join you.
2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can do our best to get a group for the dates you choose but we cannot guarantee standard pricing until we achieve a minimum of 2 people.
3. This offer is subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
A truly amazing experience … With a 5yo kid, I thought it would be more difficult but we managed to have enough stops.
Looking for something different? We did a six day Cambodian bike adventure with our kids aged 13 and 11 … One of our best holidays. Thanks to the team.
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. Thank you.
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