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 bicycle and discover what’s west of the great lake: Touring the rural communities of Battambang, Kampong Chanang and Oudong.
This bike tour runs from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.
This tour can also be run in reverse from Phnom Penh to Angkor see the reverse itinerary here.
The best way to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is not in a bus, car, or plane - it's by bike!
We take our time to pedal through the charming countryside that lies west of the Tonle Sap Lake. We visit the rural gem of Battambang where we cycle and eat our way through a truly Cambodian experience. We cycle the back trails, along rivers and old railway lines to Kampong Chanang, the home of Cambodian pottery. We visit the former capital of Oudong and then cycle the peaceful country lanes and trails all the way to the vibrant capital of Cambodia: Phnom Penh.
You can't fit more visual excitement into three days than this tour offers. It sure beats the bus!
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.
Peak Season: For tours commencing from December 23 through January 3 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
Cycle Cambodia's capital to iconic Angkor
Journey from Phnom Penh to the famous temples of Angkor the slow way, by bicycle. There’s much more to see from the seat of a bike than the wi...
3 days duration
105 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 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.
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.
2 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
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 West Tonle Sap Trail: Angkor to Phnom Penh
Transfer to Battambang, explore by bike
We pick you up from your hotel in Siem Reap and head straight out of town by car, driving for a few hours to reach Battambang. After enjoying a local lunch, we have a little rest time before taking a late afternoon cycle out to see one of the provinces most stunning 11th century temples at Phnom Banan before riding to Phnom Sampou where a great view can be seen from the more recently built hilltop temple. A transfer back will give you time to freshen up before dinner.
Cycle Battambang & Transfer to Kampong Chanang
This morning take an exciting cycle through the villages to learn about the cottage industries that supports the economy of this area. For this we meet up with a local university student who will show us around the villages just outside Battambang. The ride is on a lovely route along the river with lots of shade. We stop to see rice paper making, banana drying, rice wine and prahok production. We also stop to enjoy the famously delicious Cambodian snack kralanh, bamboo sticky rice. After returning to town, we drive to Kampong Chanang where we take a pleasant trip in a rowboat through the floating villages before settling down for the night in this small town.
Cycle Oudong to Phnom Penh
As we wake on our third day, you will be wishing the trip not to end, but there is still time to see the pottery villages of Kampong Chanang before we drive down to the former capital of Cambodia, Oudong. Here we visit the mountaintop temple, then ride along quiet country trails and back roads all the way to Phnom Penh, the vibrant capital. Our tour concludes upon arrival at your hotel. Meals: BL
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 3+ days in advance. 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?
3 days riding
This is a completely flat ride on back roads and trails. We spend minimal time if any on anything resembling a main road, so there is rarely any traffic at all. The road is generally a mix of sealed or hard-packed dirt. At times it can be uneven and bumpy, but perfectly achievable if you are confident with your balance on a bike. The fitness requirement on this tour is not high due to the lack of hills, short distances and relaxed pace.
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 Stay
If you are planning an earlier arrival into Siem Reap, you'll not be disappointed. It's a great town with some excellent activities and of course, the Angkor temples. The essential temple introduction tour is our Angkor Sunrise Discovery tour.
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If you are contemplating a stay in Phnom Penh after the ride, we would highly encourage you to do so. What was once a slightly chaotic tangle of streets is fast becoming a cosmopolitan city with endless accommodation and eating options. We recommend the half day Islands of the Mekong Tour as a great way to become accustomed to your new surrounds and to get a taste of what you might encounter in the coming days.
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What our guests tell us...
Incredible experience! My new favourite way to see a country on vacation. Incredible guide, beautiful country.
It was an amazing experience! We were impressed with the blend of activities in our tour from meeting the local villagers, seeing their trades while touring the cities and
their outskirts. We would definitely recommend Grasshopper to all of our
We decided to do the West Tonle Sap Trail - Angkor to Phnom Penh Tour in order to see a bit more of Cambodia than just temples. The tour was really great and we got to see an immense amount of local businesses, traditions and village life. Our tour guide Sreymom was really great and told us a lot about the country along the way...we never were hungry because of lots of snack stops and cold towels on the way. The riding itself is very easy. We really recommend the tour, especially if you have to cover the distance anyways
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