Explore Cambodia's famous Angkor & surrounds by bike
Cycle tour hidden trails and backroads past ancient temples, learn about the history behind Angkor Wat from your expert local guide and spend the night in a comfortable and charming village location. Every year more than a million people visit Angkor and Siem Reap, so if you are looking for a truly unique experience this is one of the few.
This bike tour runs from Siem Reap.
This is an ‘On-Request’ tour - We understand active travellers value flexibility and we do our best to accommodate every request. Simply propose your travel dates, bring one or more companions and you will receive our standard price - no private tour mark ups.
More details below the itinerary.
A tour for those who want to go beyond the main temples of Angkor and explore not only the far flung ruins, but also the peaceful villages of the Cambodian countryside where charming and engaging locals will host you and introduce you to their way of life.
The tour starts with our most popular activity, a sunrise at Angkor Wat, followed by a great morning of exploring the trails and paths through the protected forest that surrounds the temples. We visit a few iconic temples and a few lesser known ruins before leaving the park for a pedal up to the villages to the north. Here we stay in a tasteful, modest villa, set on a farm where we can get into the swing of village life with our hosts. You'll have ample time to meet the villagers, explore the farm and surrounding area, and see a close up vignette of Cambodian countryside life.
Our second day involves more great backroad riding through villages and farmland to reach Banteay Srei, the pink temple, and then Kbal Spean where a river flows over a sandstone bed that displays a myriad of Hindu carvings from the 11th and 12th centuries. This is also the site of a wildlife conservation center, so we will take a tour of that facility to see some of rescued wildlife that is rare throughout Cambodia now.
For those with limited time who want to see more than just the temples, this is the perfect, compact trip.
2 days duration
75 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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Cannondale CX 3's are the latest addition to the Grasshopper fleet for multi-day tours based-in (or travelling through) Cambodia. They are well suited to the Grasshopper touring style and terrain typically encountered here. Fast and smooth rolling 700cc wheels, lockout front suspension and a riding position that offers a good balance of upright comfort and forward-riding efficiency make cycles on regular, rough or unpaved roads a pleasant experience for everyone. A true do-it-all bike for touring, with a class-leading lightweight build and powerful hydraulic disc brakes, the Cannondale CX 3's are a great addition to the Cambodian fleet.
Additionally, all bikes are fitted with removable handlebar bags and comfortable saddles for touring.
The accommodation is as close as we can practically get to a homestay whilst still enjoying a sound night's sleep. We have a wooden villa in traditional style, constructed by talented craftsmen and situated on a farm where fruit and vegetable crops are grown. We are close enough to the village to get involved, but far enough away from the racket that comes from a typical community in the early hours.
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.
Optionally we are also able to offer Women’s specific frames. The Cannondale Adventure Women’s bike offers a more upright ‘cruising’ style position while still incorporating front suspension in a weight saving frame with a wide range of gears. Easy ground reach also makes for a more confident ride for those less familiar with regular mountain bike frames. Please request this option when making your online booking and our team will confirm availability.
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. 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 also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
This tour is available for private departures at any time for two to six people (subject to availability). If you are travelling solo and would like to take this tour please inquire and we can provide a price.
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. This trip includes a conservation donation to the ACCB who run the wildlife center that we visit. In addition to this, 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 & the Villages
Angkor Sunrise Discovery & Beyond
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 villages 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 the Bayon, Ta Prohm 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 time to pedal to reach our accommodation for the evening.
As the day cools off, we can venture out into the farm and the village to meet some members of the community. You might like to help our hosts attend to the afternoon chores on the farm, or you might be more interested in learning about palm sugar production, a livelihood mainstay in this village. You might alternatively or additionally be keen to learn about Khmer cooking and thereby help to contribute to dinner. If it has been a long day though, feel free to relax in a hammock with a book as the sun sets.
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.
Cycle To Kbal Spean
Village life starts early, but we can sleep in just a little. Breakfast will provide the opportunity to try the local fare, but there will be a backup option for those that prefer their muesli/granola and toast.
The ride is almost entirely on back roads today and the sight of vehicles will only be possible on a short section of paved road near Banteay Srei. The rest of our riding is on hard-packed laterite roads that are surprisingly pleasant to cycle on. We enjoy some shade at times and pass through various small crops and plantations. Depending on the season, water buffalo will be wallowing in mud pits by the side of the road and the kids will all be off to school on bicycles in their blue and white uniforms.
We stop at Banteay Srei for a visit. This temple is distinct due to the pinkish hue of the red sandstone and the intricacy of the carvings. From here, we continue on a shaded section of road to reach Kbal Spean. Lunch will be ready when we arrive and after some time to digest, we will take a tour of the ACCB Wildlife Conservation Center. Here we see enormous birds, cheeky langur monkeys, gibbons and more, and we can often hear hornbills overhead. From here, we take the walk up to the waterfall where we can see the Hindu carvings in the sandstone riverbed. A full day concludes with an hour-long drive back to Siem Reap town and to your hotel or guesthouse. You may view the town through different eyes having enjoyed the countryside.
Create Your Own Date
On-Request scheduling is subject to the availability of guides and tour resources on the dates that you would like to travel and as long as two or more people are travelling 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 48+hrs in the future. This just gives us time to organise all travel arrangements.
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 accommodate you for a surcharge. Please enquire for a quote.
3. All trips are subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
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 and at times hard-packed dirt roads. We spend some, minimal 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 time.
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.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
Amazing two day bike adventure ... We highly recommend this trip as a way to see the sights "off the beaten track
A must for those seeking a fresh alternative to a tour and wanting to explore more of the Cambodian countryside (while also burning off a few calories!)
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