Cycle Cambodia touring Angkor to the beaches
An unforgettable adventure, bike touring from the heart of the former Khmer Kingdom of Angkor, through the capital Phnom Penh, to the charming coastal towns of Kep and Kampot. Experience all Cambodia's major highlights from north to south, cycle 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 cycle through the ancient kingdom of Angkor is sure to inspire and impress, but it will also leave you with a curiosity about what lies beyond the impressive temples. Satisfy that curiosity by exploring the interior of Cambodia: the lakes, rivers and finally the coast 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, we explore the temples and the surrounding countryside in a few days that will immerse you fully in Cambodian history and culture, bring you many pleasant meetings with friendly locals, and expand your imagination with the magic of the ancient kingdom of Angkor. From there, we head to the capital city of Phnom Penh to explore yet another side of this fascinating country before steering our bikes towards the fresh air of Kirirom, the French architecture of Kampot, and the relaxed, seaside vibe of Kep.
You’ll leave Cambodia with a thorough understanding of its many facets, and the small villages and welcoming people are sure to provide enduring memories of this great adventure.
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.
9 days duration
230 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.
4 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 4 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 the Cycle Angkor to the Sea tour
Siem Reap Countryside Tour, Village Dinner
Welcome to Siem Reap, the gem of Cambodia known for its charming small city and the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. We’ll meet today after lunch at 2:30 pm in our hotel for a quick bike fitting and our inaugural ride through the countryside. Our ride takes us out to the flat, red dirt roads of the Siem Reap countryside, where we’ll cycle past bright green rice paddies and through small villages. You are sure to receive a wave, enthusiastic greetings, and a genuine smile from local children or townspeople. At the end of the ride we’ll enjoy our first traditional Khmer meal together at a village home. This is a foodies dream and always delicious, you will not find more authentic Khmer cuisine and you get to dive right in on your first night!
Sunrise Over Angkor Wat & Cycle the Temples
Rise and shine! We’ll make our way in darkness to Angkor National Park for the mystical experience of witnessing the sunrise over Angkor Wat. If we’re lucky, the brilliant pinks and oranges of the sky will illuminate the towers of the main temple spectacularly. Once the sun is in the sky and the crowds of tourists have dispersed, we’ll make our way through the Angkor Wat temple complex by foot and on two wheels, stopping along the way for a private breakfast. We’ll cycle hidden dirt tracks through the jungle of this national park to well-known temples such as Bayon and Ta Phrom, as well as some lesser known structures. After some time to rest from the day’s excursion in the afternoon, we’ll make our way to a show put on by the Phare Circus. This talented troupe of acrobatic performers always put on an entertaining show, complete with impressive stunts and an interesting backstory.
Cycle to Bantey Srei, Kabal Spean & ACCB
This morning we’ll set off on our bikes to the Woman’s Temple, Banteay Srei. This 10th-century place of worship is known for the intricate carvings found in its ruins, and the ride out of town to this remote structure will provide an interesting day of cycling. Once we’ve explored the temple’s grounds, we'll take a look at Kabal Spean and it's ancient carvings etched out of the riverbed. The waterway is referred to as the 'River of a thousand Lingas' and the water is said to be made holy as it passes over these sacred artworks.
Following our river trek we'll ride to the nearby ACCB Wildlife Conservation Centre and tour the facility. Here we'll see enormous birds, cheeky langur monkeys, gibbons and more, and you can often hear hornbills overhead. After a full day of exploring we'll spare your legs from the long return journey with a transfer back into town.
Flight to Phnom Penh, City & Food Tours
This morning we’ll hop on a plane for a short ride to Cambodia’s capital: Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh provides an interesting mix, the stains of a tragic history and the effects of fast modern development. We’ll get to take all of this in on a guided tour of the city, including a visit to the Royal Palace and bustling local markets. Once we’ve immersed ourselves in the history of this complex city, we’ll unwind with a food tour that gets us off the tourist path to the local hotspots, small restaurants, and a craft beer and cocktail garden.
Cycle the Silk Islands of Phnom Penh
This morning we’ll board a private boat to take us and our bikes to the Islands of the Mekong surrounding Phnom Penh. There we’ll pedal around the famous Silk Island, known for its local women who sit under their raised houses and weave silk on wooden looms. In the evening at dinner, a guest speaker from a Khmer/American Community Organisation will join us. This group of US deportees have an incredible story to tell of being deported to Cambodia, a place that their parents fled and one that most of them have never known. They are making the most of a difficult situation, working hard to create jobs for their members and find solid ways of contributing to Cambodian society.
Kirirom National Park Hike
We’ll start off the day with a direct transfer to Kirirom: our point of exploration for the day. Once we’ve checked into our peaceful resort in the pine forest, we’ll spend our afternoon on a hike with our new Khmer American friends who have made it their business to learn about this mountain. They tell a great tale and have some nice walking in store for us. They’ll take us into the Kirirom National Park for a serene hike through the towering pines.
Cycle to Kep
After a short transfer out of the city to the starting point of our ride, we’ll hop on our bikes and begin the cycling journey to the charming coastal town of Kep. Today’s route takes us to pedal down small trails and backroads, past dramatic limestone karsts to the pepper plantations for which the area is known. This afternoon you have the option to hike through the Kep National Park, trekking through trails over a small mountain range with stunning views of Phu Quoc and the Bokor Ranges to the east and west.
Cycle Kep to Kampot
This morning we’ll ride on small trails then minor roads past 'Secret Lake': a manmade reservoir. Along the way, we will also park our bikes for a tour of a pepper plantation to learn more about production and how vital this is to the Cambodian economy, as well as get the chance to sample some of the product! After savoring a local lunch, we’ll cycle on to Kampot, where we’ll taste some locally grown coffee at Rumble Fish Coffee Roastery. With some caffeine pumping through our veins, we’ll transfer back to Kep where our final meal together awaits.
Transfer to Phnom Penh, Tour Concludes
Our tour concludes today with a transfer to the Phnom Penh airport. Take the day to reflect upon the rewarding cycling, beautiful views, and cultural immersion this tour has provided!
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.
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!
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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