Tour the top highlights of these two countries
Cycle the twin jewels of Southeast Asia (Cambodia and Laos) on a one-week active adventure that takes you from the mystical temples of Angkor bathed in the glow of the rising sun to the cultural capital of Laos. This cycling exploration highlights two UNESCO treasures sure to leave you with lasting memories.
This tour starts in Cambodia and concludes in Laos
Ride the hidden trails of Angkor National Park by bike after witnessing the sun rising over Angkor Wat and a private breakfast in the forest. Skirt crowds of tourists by pedaling through jungle paths as you visit some of the most significant Buddhist and Hindu Temples. Saddle on your bike again and head out into the countryside surrounding Siem Reap to wind through bright green rice paddies to red dirt roads through rural villages filled with friendly, waving locals. Kayak the waters of Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest body of freshwater, to glimpse the stilted floating villages and visit a private home for an authentic Khmer meal.
From here we switch gears with a flight to Luang Prabang, and immerse ourselves in the vibrant culture of this Laotian city. Wander the peaceful city streets and check out the hum of activity in Luang Prabang’s Night Market. Cycle the countryside of Laos with cultural stops along the way. Venture into the Pak Ou caves and bathe yourself in the cool waters of Kuang Si Falls. This journey highlights two incredible parts of Southeast Asia and will be both a rewarding cycling trip and a unique cultural experience.
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.
7 days duration
150 km distance
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Cannondale CX 3's are the latest addition to the Grasshopper fleet. They are well suited to the Grasshopper touring style and terrain typically encountered here. Fast and smooth rolling 700cc wheels, 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.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip. Our charming guides are well informed and well spoken. 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 well versed 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 locals you may meet along the way.
Its proximity to the Angkor temple complex means we are spoilt for accommodation options in Siem Reap. Because of this we have carefully selected our top pick of the bunch, a beautiful riverside property that provides exceptional service and comfort while also activley contributing to projects in the local community.
In Laos we find ourselves by the river yet again, this time the iconic Mekong. Our hotel of choice in Luang Prabang has an outstanding repitation for its friendly service and ammenities, which is guaranteed to make your stay in the country a comfortable one.
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.
This tour is fully supported by an air-conditioned support vehicle. If you need a break from the riding the van is always there to use.
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.
Lao food is an adventure in itself. The emphasis is on freshness and the use of a well balanced mix of vegetables. Meat is eaten not as the centre piece of a meal, but in harmony with the rest of the ingredients. Fish plays a big part in the Luang Prabang diet, while mountain dwellers tend to eat more root vegetables and poultry. In any case, there is something for everyone.
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.
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This tour is available for private departures at anytime for two to four people (subject to availability). If, however, you are travelling solo and would like to take this tour please inquire and we can provide a price. If you are more than four people please also contact us regarding pricing.
This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are all full time employees and the hotels are booked by our office staff. The bikes are part of our fleet of over 300 bikes. We do not outsource any element of this tour. Rest assure knowing this trip is 100% Grasshopper quality.
Travel by any means results in some impact to the countries, communities and environments where we travel. On the Cambodian segment of this tour we aim to make a positive impact through our Book Donation Program. We also 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 is made entirely from recycled cooking oil.
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Welcome to Siem Reap
We begin the day by gathering at our hotel for a quick briefing and bike fitting. Once we are all set up we will take a quick warm-up ride along the river through the countryside to test them out. After freshening up at the hotel, we will transfer to dinner. Afterwards, take in a performance by the renowned acrobatic troupe Phare Circus. Phare’s performers come from an NGO-run performing arts training school in Battambang, and these talented individuals specialize in weaving a beautiful story along with their impressive acrobatic acts. The night is sure to be entertaining for all!
Angkor Sunrise Tour
We’ll make our way to Angkor National Park before the first rooster crows in order to catch the sunrise over the spires of the main temple: Angkor Wat. Have your cameras at the ready to capture the spectacular colors the sky puts forth to light up the ancient, holy structure. As the other tourists scatter, we’ll make our way on foot around this former capital of the Angkor Empire with the expertise of a local guide to enrich our understanding of this incredible place.
Once we’ve enjoyed a private breakfast in the forest of the park, we’ll cycle our way down back trails through crumbling ruins of ancient places of worship. In addition to visiting some lesser-known temples, we will park our bikes to explore the many Buddha faces of the Bayon temple and the walls of Ta Phrom that have been swallowed by tree roots in the jungle. Following lunch by the Sra Srang Reservoir, we’ll head back to town and enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner at a local family’s house, made from vegetables they grow in their own garden. Our local guide will provide more information about the ingredients.
Cycle Countryside to Bantei Srei
This morning we’ll saddle on our bikes and head into the countryside towards Banteay Srei temple. We will be riding on hard-packed laterite back roads today, with hardly another vehicle in sight until we approach the temple. Our route takes us through stretches of farmland and large plantations, through much-appreciated shady sections, and past school children heading to and from the classroom who will excitedly wave and cheer us on as we pass.
We’ll stop at the intricately carved, red sandstone 10th century women’s temple known as Banteay Srei before pedaling onwards towards the ACCB Wildlife Conservation Center. After a lunch break to refuel, we will head into the center for a tour that will include glimpses of huge birds, cheeky Langur Monkeys, gibbons, and more! Later we will return to town by van for a free evening to explore the increasing variety of Siem Reap’s culinary scene.
Cycle & Boat Floating Villages - Transfer to Laos
After sampling local treats for breakfast, we will mount our bikes and head out on red, dirt roads and hard-packed tracks through the countryside surrounding Siem Reap. Look up as you pedal, and see cows being led on ropes through rice paddies, water buffalo bathing in muddy canals, friendly children who will wave excitedly as you pass, and the flat landscape dotted with tall palm trees.
Once we’ve reached a nearby river, we’ll rest our bikes for a short cruise to the unique floating villages on Tonle Sap lake, collecting smiles from locals along the way. If the water level allows, we’ll swap the boat for kayaks and paddle through the floating mangrove forests. Here a local guide will explain the importance of this body of water to Cambodia. We will return to Siem Reap by van in time for a quick shower and then transfer to the airport for our early evening flight to Luang Prabang, checking in on arrival to our charming hotel.
Pedal the Prabang
This morning soak up the power of a monk’s blessing before we hit the bikes and spend the day on a cycling exploration of this cultural hotspot. We’ll make our way on two wheels to Wat Xiengtong- the royal temple of Luang Prabang- before discovering the endless wonders of the local fresh market. Your guide will introduce you the various products for sale, including fresh fruits and vegetables, insects ready to be snacked on, and even small frogs.
After powering up with a coffee from one of the city’s oldest coffee stands, we’ll pedal onwards towards another, lesser-known temple, then along a path by the Mekong River to check out papermaking and a rice wine distillery that produces the well-known “Lao Lao”. This stuff is strong, so better to not indulge too much before getting back on the bike!
A change of pace will put us on a boat down the Mekong to explore the far side of the river where pottery making happens in the villages. We’ll head back to town to Ock Pop Tock to learn about silk production before savoring a lunch of local Luang Prabang specialties. Afterwards, it’s a short ride back to the hotel and you’ll have the evening free to explore.
Cycle to the Pak Ou Caves & River Cruise
This morning you’ll awaken to a peaceful view of the Mekong River- a great way to start the day! After breakfast, we’ll mount our bikes and head for the holy Pak Ou Caves. These caves, situated on the Mekong River, are packed with icons of the Buddha and are considered to be an extremely sacred site. Discover their significance for yourself before enjoying a local lunch and boarding a boat downstream back to Luang Prabang.
Waterfall Ride & Tour Concludes
Let’s make the most of our last day together in Laos with a scenic ride to the iconic Kuang Si waterfalls. After 30 km of pedaling out of town, reward yourself with a dip in the turquoise pools of this hillside waterfall. We’ll enjoy a tranquil visit and swim before transfer by van back to town. The tour concludes at noon and we can assist you with your further travel plans.
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly flat terrain
Quiet roads & paths
7 days riding
We’ll cover a wide variety of terrain, from sealed and unsealed roads to countryside paths and dirt trails through national parks. Most of the riding is flat, and we choose roads with little-to-no traffic. This tour should be achievable for a wide variety of cyclists, with mostly flat terrain and distances typically under 35 km.
The weather in Cambodia and Laos can get hot from February-June, so our tour accommodates for this with frequent stops and alternative activities during the hottest part of the day. This tour is suitable for anyone who is comfortable on a bike.
Coolest time: Nov-Feb
Wettest time: Jun-Oct
Our favourite: Jul-Aug
Cambodia: 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.
Laos: The coolest time of year is from November to March 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 is the wettest month, although tropical showers can still occur into October. November brings a return to drier weather.
One of the greatest joys of cycling is the feeling of immediacy with the natural environment, of which these countries have plenty! Although the summer months are wet, this rain brings incredible clarity to the air, making those sights even more spectacular and great for photographing. Also the odd shower is a nice way to cool down during a warm ride.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
Superbly comfortable and intimate journey into Angkor Wat and Siem Reap and its people.
A wonderful way to not just experience Angkor Wat, but also discover other non-temple things to do in Siem Reap. And the touches of indulgence weren't bad either!
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