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Take the family on a healthy, adventurous, but comfortable trip through the kid-friendly country of Cambodia. Achievable rides with plenty of sights and activities, suited to young and old alike, make for a highly engaging and memorable holiday the family will be re-living for years to come.Low Season Discount: For the months of April through September we have a special discounted rate of 10% Off
Cannondale bikes or E-bikes
Friendly Cambodian leader
3 to 14
Comfortable hotels & guesthouses
This brilliant family bike ride will introduce you to a country that is quickly becoming a favorite destination for families from all over the world. Once known for Khmer Rouge regime and civil war, today Cambodia has bounced back to being one of the most welcoming destinations in Southeast Asia.
Over seven days, we travel from Siem Reap, the sacred center of the former Khmer Empire and Angkor Wat, through the quiet town of Battambang to reach the current capital, Phnom Penh. Our journey takes us far beyond just temples as we venture into the countryside where the hospitable Cambodian people will charm and be charmed alike in this life-changing journey that will pack cultural immersion, activity, and fun into a cycling holiday.
Our aim is to take you to the most interesting and family-friendly locations in Cambodia, stay at comfortable resorts, and show you an intriguing side of the country that not many tourists get to see.
125 Km riding. Most of this ride is on track and trail. The roads are always light on traffic, never technically challenging and almost always flat. When we are on the road, it is always quiet countryside or suburban roads with minimal traffic. Traffic in Cambodia is generally very considerate towards cyclists and even more so when kids are involved, so it really is a very safe riding experience.
Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $175 surcharge.
Please Note - This tour is intended for families only. It is possible for us to schedule a private session of the same tour for adults, on request, at a nominal surcharge.
After marveling at the sunrise over Angkor Wat, take to the bikes and explore ancient temples.
Visit local villages around Battambang before hopping in a kayak to paddle through the floating villages of Tonle Sap.
Take a tour of village industries led by a local university student in Battambang.
Explore Phnom Penh on traditional rickshaws, then pedal the nearby Silk Islands.
Arrive into Cambodia's most popular city any time before 3 pm today. At 4, we meet for a briefing and a chance to try out the bikes before heading out to dinner at an atmospheric and authentic restaurant.
After dinner, we’ll take in the highly acclaimed Phare Circus, an artistic acrobatic performance. This acrobatic troupe is talented and entertaining, and the profit from ticket sales goes to support an NGO performing arts school in Battambang. Lots of colour and humor make this a great show for children and adults alike.
Get the kids up early, and we’ll head to see the sun rise over the triple towers at Angkor Wat. After breakfast, explore the most important and charming temples in the area by bike, along with some less visited sites. We’ll cycle some fantastic back trails away from the crowds that make this feel like a jungle adventure.
Explore the many faces of Angkor Thom and the tree covered walls of Ta Prohm before stopping for lunch at Sra Srang Reservoir, otherwise known as the Royal Baths. If any of the kids (or adults) don't want to get up for sunrise, they can join at breakfast.
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.
Cycle the red dirt countryside tracks and trails around Siem Reap, passing tiny villages with vegetable plots, fish ponds, and friendly locals. Kids will love to meet Cambodians their age and speak in smiles, waves, and high fives that surmount any language barrier. We stop in one of these villages and take a walk with a representative from a local NGO who has been working in the area for some time. We learn about how a typical northern Cambodian village functions and the challenges its people face. A contribution to the organization is made in thanks for their time and to assist with their project.
We have lunch in the village and then drive a short distance down to the Tonle Sap Lake. This vast lake, the largest in Southeast Asia, is home to an impressive array of birds and a number of floating communities. After shuttling out some distance in a boat, we take to kayaks and paddle our way through the small houses constructed on pontoons that make up the small floating village of Meatrey.
Some negativity has developed around tourism practices relating to the floating villages, but this is a less visited location and the way in which you will be introduced to the village will allow you to enjoy a friendly chat with the locals as we paddle by the equivalent of their front gate. There are no invasive or exploitative aspects to our visit here. For any children who are too young for the kayak, we will arrange a wooden rowboat with an expert rower.
Dry Season: March through July the water level in the Tonle Sap Lake can drop quite low and it is not possible to kayak as we normally do. In this instance, we will provide a local rowing boat to the village instead. If it is a particularly dry year we have suitable land-based activities available to substitute.
We are fitting in a lot today, but the following days are at a lighter pace. We disembark mid-afternoon and take a three-hour drive to reach Battambang.
While Cambodia's reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse is non-existent, its villages are productive on a very small scale in traditional foods, crafts and agricultural products, the art of which has been passed down through generations. Today we hop on our bikes and take a ride of the Battambang surrounds to learn more about these products and to meet the colorful characters who make them.
We will be guided by a student from the local university: a great way to get to know another side of Cambodian culture from the perspective of its youth. A contribution is made to the homes that we visit in thanks for their time. The ride concludes late morning and after enjoying lunch nearby, we return to the hotel for some downtime.
Battambang is a pleasant town with some remaining colonial-era architecture and a bustling trading district. At dusk, vendors of a variety of snacks and drinks set up along the riverfront and the residents of all age groups come out for some light exercise and socializing. If the bamboo train is running, we’ll take a ride on its track through the forest. There is also an option to see the bats leave their caves at Phnom Sampeou, a nearby hill that is home to many of these nocturnal residents- a truly stunning sight!
Battambang is a sleepy town with a colonial style charm that traces roots back to its history as a former trading hub. Indeed, the surrounding province is often referred to as the rice bowl (breadbasket) of Cambodia, being the country's most fertile area for agriculture. This laid-back atmosphere and lush countryside make it an ideal location to explore by bike in the morning's cooler temperatures. After returning to the hotel, we make the four-hour drive into Phnom Penh, stopping along the way for lunch in Pursat and to see the home of Cambodian pottery in Kampong Chhnang. We arrive into Phnom Penh late afternoon and head out for dinner by the river.
Today a variety of activities are on offer, but it is up to each family the extent to which they participate. There is an option to join at any transition or to leave at any transition and return to the hotel. Following breakfast, we make an early start on cycle rickshaws (cyclos) to explore the city. We ride past Wat Phnom, the small hill in the north of the city, from which its name is derived and past the Central Market, Independence Monument and back around, past the National Museum and the northern end of the palace. We'll then take a walk through the local market before returning to the hotel to freshen up. Next up, we have an opportunity to try our hand at net fishing. A small wooden boat picks us up and we head out into the Tonle Sap River to cast our nets. It is a good way to get some exercise and all the more satisfying if you catch a fish or two. The technique is important and by the time we return to the hotel, you will be an expert. In the afternoon we pay a visit to a music school where we can see some of the students practicing and perhaps try our hand at the traditional xylophone. We finish up with a proper visit to the palace and silver pagoda before they close. With a full day of activity under our belts, the evening is free to provide you some additional flexibility to choose your meals.
Phnom Penh is situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. This huge waterway is also home to various islands. Today we take an island hopping ride to see the communities living on these islands that produce an amazing variety of fruit and vegetables. They are so close to the city, yet it feels like you are nowhere urban. Fertile soil allows for farming of many different small crops and when not tending to crops, many of the local women earn additional income through weaving silk or cotton into various products. They sell these products to the markets in Phnom Penh. We will hear a little about the life of silk, from the worm to the scarf as we make stops along our ride. We return to town for lunch and then a late checkout from the hotel. A car will be waiting to take you to the airport, or you may wish to stay on or head south to the coast. We can assist with any of these arrangements as required.
For our Family Tours in Cambodia, we provide perfectly maintained Cannondale bikes in all sizes for all ages. We have tag-along bikes for 4-6-year-olds and child seats for younger kids. Helmets are supplied and we have a strong emphasis on safety.
The Cannondale Trail Neo is an e-bike perfectly designed for the varied riding conditions in Thailand / Cambodia. Lockout RockShox front suspension lets you glide over the rough stuff as and when it’s encountered, while wide gripped tires will get you through sandy sections and the damp conditions of wet season with complete confidence. A Bosch engine, large capacity battery and lightweight frame give this bike all-day staying power, for even the longest of routes. It also doesn’t let down in the looks department, with sleek lines and an integrated battery that will complement any holiday snap astride your new-found touring buddy.
The hotels we use are a great, and sometimes unexpected, part of this tour. In the larger cities and established tourist centers, 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 knowledgeable, and charming. For tours of 7+ people, an assistant guide will accompany the group to allow for flexibility and ensure attention to service & detail
Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides 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. They will also keep your safety and comfort top priorities at all times.
Kids are well catered for on Grasshopper tours with a range of bike options to choose from. We have quality children's frames ranging down to XX-Small for those comfortable on a bike. For the less experienced tag-alongs are available that hook to the rear of an adult bike and allow kids to pedal along if they want, and for the youngest kids we have children's seats, so no one misses out on the fun.
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
While Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as that of some of its neighbors, it offers some subtle, understated flavors. 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, even fussy junior tastes! We also take care of all dietary requirements. 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 even have a mini version for the younger kids. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
3 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of a family with 3 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travelers so you can expect to join other like-minded families.
Kids 12 years and under get a 20% discount. Kids 12 and under sharing a room with parents or 2 other siblings get a 30% discount.
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 minimize our environmental impact through running our Cambodian support vehicles on 100% Biodiesel from Naga Biofuels. This is not a crop-based product, the fuel made entirely from recycled cooking oil.
Despite the name, this luxury resort is far from a shack. Located near the Royal Gardens just 15 minutes away from Angkor Wat, this hotel will provide a relaxing environment for the whole family, with a gorgeous pool and tropical garden.
This beautiful boutique hotel in Battambang is sustainable and eco-friendly, built with local materials and run with lots of solar power. Comfortable rooms and a swimming pool will provide excellent accommodation for the whole family.
Looking for something different? We did a six day Cambodian bike adventure with our kids aged 13 and 11 … One of our best holidays. Thanks to the team.
We have just returned from an extraordinarily interesting action packed adventure in Cambodia with Grasshopper. We were worried the experiences and riding might be too much for our 6 year old girls and 9 year old boy, but they soaked it all up, adored our guide and talk constantly about their fabulous trip. Thank you.
Over exceeded my expectations. I especially want to praise the detailed regard to the safety and management of our large group of 32 including 18 kids aged from 5 to 16. The communication and planning before the tour was handled swiftly and well by Jaz and Noot. The phone call by Jake prior to the start of the tour was a nice welcoming touch. Lot and his team were top notch...always wanted to serve above and beyond what was required of them.
Click here to see our Cambodia Travel Guide.Here is some general travel information for Cambodia.
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The sunrise varies according to the season. To find the time of the next sunrise at Angkor Wat click this link.
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Cambodia is an enthralling destination for families, filled with friendly locals, flat cycling, opportunities for cultural immersion, fun activities and beautiful sights. We’ve specially crafted this comprehensive cycling tour of the country with kids in mind. You’ll stay in comfortable accommodations along the way and pursue activities such as net fishing, kayaking, a circus performance, temple hopping and a village industries tour. We’ve taken care of all of the details so you can relax and enjoy the ride as you make unforgettable family memories in Cambodia.
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