A bike tour stretching Cambodia from Angkor to the coast
An unforgettable adventure, cycle touring from the heart of the former Angkor Kingdom to the sun-drenched island & beaches of Cambodia. Experience all the highlights from north to south, touring with an expert local guide and immersing yourself in the rich culture, history and warm smiles of ‘The Kingdom of Wonder’.
This bike tour runs from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville.
A visit to Angkor is sure to inspire and impress, but it will also leave you with a curiosity about what lies beyond the remnants of the ancient Kingdom. Satisfy that curiosity by exploring the interior: the lakes, rivers and finally the coast of Cambodia by bike.
This is a pleasant, easily achievable ride that allows you to explore Cambodia in the best way possible, at handlebar height. We take a mostly flat route through the heart of the country visiting some lesser-known temple ruins and meeting the friendly Khmer people who live throughout the countryside.
Starting from Siem Reap and concluding at the beach in Sihanoukville, this tour aims to deliver unique travel experiences that just aren’t possible when travelling by any other means. Get up close and personal during the day with the engaging locals and at night, relax in some of the best boutique accommodation available.
The fresh air of Kirrirom, the French architecture of Kampot and the relaxed, seaside vibe of Kep are all highlights of this bike tour. But the small villages and welcoming people are sure to be the most enduring memories of this great adventure.
Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from December 18 to January 4 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
7 days duration
317 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 Cycle Angkor to the Sea
Transfer to Battambang & Explore by Bike
An early start from your hotel will help us to reach Battambang by late morning. Lunch, then a little down time before taking a late afternoon cycle 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. The food side of the adventure is well underway by sundown.
Cycle Battambang & Transfer to Kampong Chanang
This morning we take an exciting cycle ride through the villages surrounding Battambang, accompanied by a local university student, to learn about the cottage industries that support these local economies. 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, as well visiting the best snack stop in all Cambodia, the kralanh shop. After returning to town, we drive around 3 hours to the small town of Kampong Chanang where we take a pleasant trip in a rowboat through the floating villages.
Cycle & Transfer Oudong to Kampong Speu
A 1.5 hour drive takes us to the former capital of Cambodia at Oudong. After visiting the mountain top temple, we ride along quiet country trails and back roads all the way to the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The city is not for us today though, so we push on past the metro area and southwards to the minor town of Kampong Speu, where a modest guesthouse awaits after a short transfer in the van.
Cycle to Kirirom
An early start with a Khmer Breakfast and we are out on quiet, unpaved roads through rice fields, sugar crops and a variety of small communities. Hills appear on our right and we feel that we are far from the beaten path as surprised youngsters call out with hellos and questions. As the day wears on, Kirirom Mountain comes into view. We pack up and can transfer the 10km climb by van, but the option is there for anyone who loves cycling the climbs. We spend the night in a small guesthouse set among the trees and enjoy a night of forest sounds.
Transfer & Cycle to Kep
No need for an early start this morning, so enjoy the surrounds, take a walk and savor a slow breakfast. We'll set off mid-morning on a drive back down to the flatlands to start our ride to the coast. Small trails and backroads past limestone karsts lead us south where we encounter the pepper plantations for which the area is known. We stop here to learn about this high quality crop, then pedal on. Arriving into Kep is a wonderful moment, as we emerge from the forest of Kep National Park to views of the sea and our lovely accommodation.
Cycle to Kampot
With free time this morning you can explore the Kep National Park behind our accommodation where small trails are perfect for walking. Rabbit Island is also nearby and a boat trip out allows you to enjoy some lovely white sand. Leaving Kep mid-afternoon we ride on small trails then minor roads past 'Secret Lake', a manmade reservoir. We roll into the lazy little town of Kampot just in time for a sunset drink on the riverside with the imposing Bokor Mountain off in the distance.
Transfer & Cycle to Sihanoukville
We start this morning with a 40-minute drive along the coast and around the base of Bokor Mountain, before hitting the bikes. We are riding through small fishing communities today on trails through mangroves and wetlands. We cycle past Ream National Park and actually ride on the hard-packed beach sand as we near Sihanoukville. A low hill or two make for a last challenge, and the ride concludes on arrival at Otres Beach. We will transfer you to a hotel of your choosing after a celebratory drink. Please feel free to ask us for accommodation recommendations.
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly flat terrain
7 days riding
The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads, tracks and trails. It is our aim to deliver as much traffic-free track and trail as possible, but at times we do need to resort to secondary roads. We spend no more than 5km over the whole tour on anything resembling a highway. The ride is easily achievable for those who are comfortable controlling a bike, with hardly any hills and no distances over 60km on any single day. You must be comfortable riding in quite hot conditions and it is highly recommended to get some practice on unsealed surfaces with a little loose sand, potholes and gravel as this will help you feel more confident at times on this ride. There is always a support vehicle on hand to give you a lift if you need a break from the riding.
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!
Cycling from Siem Reap to the sea at Sihanoukville has been an amazing experience … The food prepared, cold towels at every stop, superbikes and an insight into the lives of Cambodians was life changing. We appreciated the focus Grasshopper has on supporting the local communities
Cycling through a country like Cambodia is an intimate experience that invigorates all of my senses … The experience is something I would never get just sitting on a bus. This is how travelling should be.
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