A 10-day/9-night trip starting in Siem Reap and ending in Cambodia’s Capital City, Phnom Penh.
Join a two-wheeled adventure which will provide a genuine insight into what is widely known as Cambodia’s West Tonle Sap Trail, covering 190km of scenic cycling along the way and all in support of Happy Football Cambodia Australia.
$400 of the tour price is donated to Happy Football Cambodia Australia's Projects
10 days duration
190 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 comfortable hotels, 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.
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.
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 9-Day Happy Football Cambodia Australia Adventure
Siem Reap Airport Pick Up, Welcome Dinner
With a personal welcome to Siem Reap our transport team will greet you at arrivals and transfer you to your nightly accommodation. Around 6pm your tour leader will meet you at your accommodation and together we will go out for dinner at one of Siem Reap’s most famous social responsible restaurants, Marum.
Angkor Sunrise Discovery
See Angkor temples in the soft light of the morning and ride the hidden trails to avoid the crowds. As the roosters begin to crow, you will be out at the most important religious monument in Cambodia, watching the sun rise over the triple towers of Angkor Wat. Even in the wet season, this is a magical time to see Angkor. As the crowds thin, take an unforgettable walk through the
temple, where the soft light and cool temperatures present Angkor at its best.
A short pedal away a delicious breakfast spread awaits. After breakfast we ride around the hidden trails of the Angkor complex to visit some of the best-kept secrets and the iconic temples of the Bayon, Ta Prom and The Elephant Terrace. As the day heats up, we lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake and then
return to your hotel by vehicle around 2pm.
This afternoon is free for some pool time before meeting your guide again at 6pm for a local dinner at one of Siem Reap’s newest restaurants before enjoying the incredible Phare Circus show in the evening.
The Real Cambodia - A Day In The Life
In the morning we will jump into the comfort of a minivan and head out to watch the soccer practice at Happy Football Cambodia Australia, your first insight into the incredible work down by the team. Having lunch back in town we then set out for a fun afternoon, riding to the floating village of Kampong Phluck.
You will start with a ride out along the Siem Reap river, then leave the tarmac and ride on small dirt paths through the scenic countryside and friendly villages where children will be welcoming you with a hello from every angle. We then swap the bikes for a boat and cruise through the floating villages, returining you back to the city in time for a free evening to enjoy Siem Reap’s culinary scene the way you like!
Transfer to Battambang, afternoon cycling
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 take an exciting cycle through the villages to learn about the cottage industries that support 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 and other snacks. Arriving back at the hotel in time for a few drinks or a swim before dinner in town.
Battambang, Phare & Phnom Sampou
Today we spend the morning at Phare Ponleu Selpak where we can learn about the incredible work the NGO is achieving through their circus and art program, the results of which we already saw in Siem Reap. Taking a walk with one of their local team around the grounds gives a sense of the impact that NGO’s are making in the Cambodian landscape.
With a local lunch we have a few hours spare in Battambang before jumping on the bikes and riding towards Phnom Sampou for sunset. Every evening as the sun goes down more than 3 million bats exit the cave going on their nightly flight for food. Watch as this natural spectacle unfolds before transferring back for another special dinner together.
Battambang & Transfer to Kampong Chhnang
This morning we drive to Kampong Chhnang stopping at Pursat along the way to stretch the legs and explore the local market for some fresh fruit. Arriving in Kampong Chhnang we'll take a hand rowed boat tour of the floating villages, which are blissfully free of the tourist numbers you find at others, then it's back on the bikes for a 30km cycle of the town and its countryside surroundings. In the evening we settle down for the night in this quaint town and enjoy a local dinner.
Cycle Oudong to Phnom Penh
Waking on the third day we have time to see the pottery villages of Kampong Chanang before driving down to the former capital of Cambodia, Oudong. Here we visit the mountaintop temple, then ride along quiet country trails and backroads making our way to Phnom Penh, the vibrant capital. A group dinner tonight takes us back in time at the famous FCC, right on the riverfront - from this vantage point you can take in Phnom Penh in all its modern, ever-changing beauty.
Islands of the Mekong
Who would have thought, that only 5km from the heart of Cambodia's capital city, there is an island oasis where one can take a bike tour at a gentle pace and discover true rural Cambodia. These islands, created by the flows of the Mekong River, are isolated by a lack of bridges, but ferry connections provide access for villagers who use the fertile soil here to grow fruit and vegetables
and then weave silk and cotton between farming cycles.
The absence of most four-wheeled traffic makes for peaceful bike touring, where you can almost forget that the hustle and bustle of the country's major city is just nearby. Getting back to Phnom Penh in the mid-afternoon your guide can assist with directions if you feel like a massage or a bit of shopping, and will point you in the direction of some great restaurants nearby to enjoy dinner.
HFCA Practise and City Tour
This morning we get up bright and early to head to Happy Football Cambodia Australia training practice. Meeting with the local team we will be able get involved with the students who we are here to support. This afternoon we have plenty of optional activities available. For those who would like to explore more of Phnom Penh independently we can arrange a cyclo tuk tuk and our self-guided app. For those who would like a little more in-depth knowledge our guide will be available to lead the group to S21 prison and the Royal Palace.
Time to Say Goodbye
As your time in Cambodia comes to an end, you can leave knowing that you have truly experienced the real Cambodia in the company of those who truly care about the future of this incredibly generous, kind and open nation. The team will offer you one final trip in the van saying goodbye at the airport.
What's the Riding Like?
7 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.