Cycle Thailand to Cambodia, city to city
Make the most of this incredible route by bike touring from Bangkok to Angkor, the ultimate way to travel between these popular destinations. Along the way experience rural life, diverse scenery, friendly hospitality, exciting cycling, and delicious food, all of which make this an unforgettable adventure.
This bike tour runs from Bangkok to Siem Reap.
Why fly or bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap and miss the scenery and the friendly folk in between? Give a bike ride a try instead, and discover a unique patch of South East Asia. Cycle along the coast, through orchards, gem mining towns, and the charming cities of Cambodia with their well preserved French architecture and extraordinary ancient temples. Engaging locals and lovely accommodation all found on one of the lesser trodden paths through South East Asia.
Easy, pleasant rides and effective use of the support vehicle allow us to make the credible claim that anyone who enjoys a recreational ride on a bike can enjoy this cycling adventure.
Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from Dec 20 to Jan 5, and Feb 3-7 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
5 days duration
215 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.
Experienced English speaking, local leaders will host you on this trip who are 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 countries 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 for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
This is as much a food adventure as it is a bike one. Thai food is internationally famous, and for good reason, with all the best of Thai food provided throughout the trip. Whilst Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as Thai, 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 on both sides of the border. 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 Slow Road to Angkor
Transfer & Cycle to Chanthaburi
After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok it is a 3-hour drive to reach the starting point of the ride. On a sleepy beach far from the bustle of Bangkok we unload and set up the bikes before embarking on a lovely ride along the coast of Thailand’s Gulf. At times a few small hills provide nice views out over the water and just as your mind starts to drift into communication with your stomach, we discover our lunch stop where the first of many great meals awaits you.
We ride into the town of Chanthaburi in the mid-afternoon where our friendly host awaits to introduce you to his cosy guesthouse and his vegetable garden, two things he is very passionate about.
Cycle & Transfer to Pailin
Leaving Chantaburi we pass through the old town, the Catholic quarter and then into the surrounding orchards. Today enjoy solid, quiet roads with very little traffic. Late morning we transfer past a busier section to our next culinary stop. From here it isn’t far to the border with Cambodia. When the immigration process is completed, we drive to the hotel in the gem-studded hills of Pailin.
Pailin is known not only for gems, but also for housing several high-ranking members of the Khmer Rouge long after its violent reign was over. Since the town is no longer home to these officals, Pailin is attempting to become a tourist destination by providing hospitality to visitors. We spend the night in this place of historical significance.
Cycle & Transfer to Battambang
Today we veer off of paved roads and cycle down some fun dirt paths through the villages behind Pailin. Although the locals are accustomed to seeing a few foreign passersby, they will still greet you warmly and inquire about your journey. After an hour and a half, we join the main road again and then make our way over rolling hills out of the highlands and into the flatlands. We finish up the day’s cycling on the outskirts of Battambang. As the sun hits its peak in the sky and the surroundings become more populated, we hit the heart of the city to enjoy a delicious local lunch. After waiting out the heat of the day, we saddle up and pedal to one of the province’s most impressive 11th-century temples on Phnom Banan. We check into our well-located accommodation and use the rest of our time to wander through this charming town.
The Village Industries Tour & Transfer to Siem Reap
This morning we will take a tour led by students of Kinyei: a local vocational training NGO that has created a cycling program called Soksabike. With this cycling tour we will discover the various village industries of Battambang, most of which are food related, so be prepared to see that food baby emerge! Our exploration provides a great insight into how the locals live and get by here. We will see the production of rice wine, dried bananas, and a local snack called Kralanh (bamboo sticky rice) before we return to town to eat once again. From here we have a three-hour transfer to Siem Reap. Once we get there, we’ll have the opportunity to glimpse the sunset over Southeast Asia’s largest body of freshwater, Tonle Sap, from a small mountain nearby.
Angkor Sunrise Discovery
Bright and early we’ll be at the most significant religious site in Cambodia, watching the sunrise over the spires of Angkor Wat. Once the crowd subsides, enjoy a memorable walk through the temple, where the morning glow and low temperatures make for an optimal visit. Hop on the bikes for a short ride to a hearty breakfast.
When our morning meal is complete, we cycle the hidden trails of the Angkor National Park to discover some of the best-kept secrets of Bayon, Tha Prohm, and the Elephant Terrace. We take a break from the increasing heat to eat lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake, then you'll be transferred to the hotel around 2 pm.
Today provides a fundamental introduction to this otherworldly complex that will leave you with a good basic understanding of the park’s history and your orientation within it so that you may explore on your own should you wish to extend your stay in Siem Reap. We have a late checkout at 4pm when the tour concludes.
You can book flights out of Siem Reap starting from 6 pm if you wish to leave today.
Please note: Appropriate dress (knees and shoulders fully covered) is compulsory for entry into certain sections of Angkor Wat, and should also be observed throughout all temple areas for reasons of cultural sensitivity.
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly flat terrain
5 days riding
This is a predominantly flat ride, but we do encounter a few smaller hills. We cycle on a variety of surfaces including dirt, asphalt and semi-constructed surface. In Cambodia we cycle on small trails at times and these can be a little bumpy. We will be crossing the highlands separating Thailand and Cambodia, but essentially we'll drive up and cycle down in order to keep this an achievable ride for the vast majority of regular recreational bike riders. If at any time it becomes a struggle, there is a comfortable, air-conditioned support vehicle on hand. We take a slow and relaxed pace so this trip is well suited to fit riders looking for a relaxing ride or those new to cycle touring who are looking to find out what it's all about. We spend two short sections of less than 10km each on the main highway, but the main highway in Cambodia is like a back road anywhere else in the world. Drivers are largely very considerate and flexible and it would be very unusual to feel at all threatened by traffic on these roads.
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 this part of Southeast Asia.
Extend Your Stay
If you are arriving early into Bangkok think about joining us for one of our number 1 rated half or full day rides. Since 2010 we have been rated the number 1 bike tour in Bangkok on tripadvisor.com. It's a reputation that we are proud of and working hard to maintain. You can see and book any of our Bangkok tours on this website.
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What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
Did this 5 day tour in October/November with a friend and cannot believe how well we were taken care of by Sophat (in Cambodia) and Tick (in Thailand). We made memories to last a lifetime.
We wanted an active but hassle free holiday engaged with local culture. We also wanted clean beds and good food … Grasshopper gave us a better experience than I could have wished for … Magnificent and truly memorable!
Even photos cannot capture the fantastic experience this was. Sensory overload, the best tour guides, not only were they great cyclists, mechanics, supportive in every way, but they so knew their food!
A wonderful way to see the real Thailand and Cambodia. There were too many highlights to mention, great food, lovely places to stay, smiling children shouting hello...Everything was thought of; cool water, fruit stops and even breakfast cooked for us. A great job! Well done! Can’t wait for the next adventure!
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