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Few cycling tours contain as much variety as this one. Discover ancient temples, friendly villages, two rapidly modernizing cities emerging from a difficult past, and the Mekong Delta. All this and more is waiting to be explored with the help of a bicycle, your expert local guide, and a specially crafted route through Cambodia to Vietnam.Low Season Discount: For the months of April through September we have a special discounted rate of 10% Off
Cannondale and GT mountain bikes or E-bikes
Friendly local leaders
2 to 14
Comfortable hotels & guesthouses
A journey in the truest sense of the word from the most significant archaeological site in Cambodia to the most important commercial city in Vietnam. The contrasts you see along the way are what make this an educational, enjoyable and achievable ride for anyone passing through Southeast Asia.
This is one of our easier cycling tours with hardly a hill in sight, but enough variety in scenery and surface to keep the ride interesting. The biking is interrupted by a boat ride down the Mekong River and finishes off with two full days of pedaling through the intriguing Mekong Delta.
If you want to get far away from the daily grind and immerse yourself in Indochina scenery, culture, and cuisine, this is the ride for you.
230 Km 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, but at times we do need to resort to secondary roads, although we spend no more than 5km over the whole tour on anything resembling a highway. The riding is easily achievable for those who are comfortable on a bike, with hardly any hills and no daily distances over 80km.
Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $175 surcharge.
Pedal to the pre-Angkor-era ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk in the jungle of Kampong Thom.
Spend a day cycling through small villages of the Silk Islands outside of Phnom Penh.
Glimpse daily Vietnamese life from your bike before a relaxing boat ride to Can Tho.
Experience the hustle and bustle of the floating markets of Can Tho before heading to Saigon.
After we pick you up early from the Siem Reap hotel, a 2 and a half hour drive awaits to reach the neighboring province of Kampong Thom. After a bike fitting, we mount our bikes and start pedaling towards the set of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk for an exploration. These 7th-century ruins are in remarkable shape despite being swallowed by the jungle, and the remoteness of their location provides a unique and off the beaten track experience. After we escape the hottest part of the day, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and are rewarded by a delicious local meal.
This morning we begin a little later for a 3-hour drive to Oudong Mountain which was once the capital of Cambodia, where we will find a nice temple on the summit and breathtaking views. After a Cambodian style picnic, and we will enjoy a ride on bumpy village roads and trails. We will pedal our way through rice paddies and farmland, passing the smaller Basset Mountain. From here, once we cross a railway line, the views shift quickly. If you are willing to bike in traffic, cycle straight onwards to the night’s accommodation. For those who would prefer a ride, the support vehicle is there for the transfer. Tonight we will eat by the Tonle Sap River, near where the country’s three main rivers converge.
This morning we saddle up and make our way through the nearby Mekong islands where we will cycle through friendly villages, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of more recent temples. This ride shows you another side of the Phnom Penh area that will be a unique cycling and cultural exploration.
Phnom Penh’s history is far from uneventful. The French settlers transformed this collection of wooden shacks into a thriving city in the 19th century. In 1975, this changed quickly with the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge, and Phnom Penh was left to decay. Recently it has become a center of rapid development and growth. Explore the capital city with the help of your guide, and enjoy a late afternoon walk for a cultural exploration of this city.
Enjoy a reinvigorating rest day. Spend your morning exploring Phnom Penh or lounging by the pool, then board an international boat that takes us down the Mekong River where we will cross into Vietnam via Chau Doc- a bustling Delta town that specializes in salted fish. Enjoy the views as we float towards the next leg of our adventure.
Today we begin our exploration of the Mekong Delta. After a short ferry ride, we will cross canals by bridge and boat and make our way through the maze of waterways. Observe the fertile delta lands that are used for food production, watch the locals hard at work to grow, harvest, or transport these products. We’ll be cycling on small, paved canal roads that allow for only cycling or motorbike travel.
After a rest stop with fresh fruits, we will get a chance to visit a brick factory and get to know the process. Lunch today will be in a local restaurant and then we have one hour drive on the van to Can Tho, the capital of the Mekong delta
Today we start with a small transfer out of town then we set up the bike and start riding. We’ll pedal through the scenic countryside that hosts many small canals and large crops growing, such as jackfruit. Then we ride past mat weavers and wooden boat builders today before enjoying another delicious lunch. The day ends with a relaxing boat ride back to Can Tho in the late afternoon.
Spend the early morning exploring the floating markets of Can Tho. You’ll be impressed by a wide variety of boats and markets selling a huge array of fresh vegetables and fruit.
After our morning meal, we will board the van for a 3-hour drive into Saigon. The adventure concludes upon arrival at your hotel unless you want to get the very best insights into the exciting, buzzing city of Saigon on our post-tour adventure, the Saigon Explorer.
Top-quality, well maintained Cannondale CX3 (Cambodia) and Cannondale Quick 1 (Vietnam) mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with hybrid tires for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a comfortable saddle are also provided, with a women's specific version available.
The Cannondale Trail Neo is a durable, high quality and supremely comfortable e-bike. It features a power pack and drive unit from Bosch and is equipped with 10 speed Shimano gearing with plenty of range for all conditions. The hydraulic disc brakes prevent any braking fatigue in your hands and front suspension prevents any wrist pain that can occur with e-bikes due to their slightly different weight distribution. It's a great looking bike too, with a battery that is integrated into the frame and a nice, subtle color scheme. The bikes come in S, M & L, so will suit riders from 165cm to 186cm in height.
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.
Experienced English speaking, local leaders will host you on this trip who are 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 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. They will also look out for your safety and comfort at all times.
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage. In the Mekong Delta, we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails where the support vehicle cannot follow. It will, however, meet us at intervals of 10km or so and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
This is as much a food adventure as it is a bike one. Whilst Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as Vietnamese, 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. Vietnamese food is now known around the world, but what may not be so well known is that there is a great deal of variety within the national menu. In the southern area where we will be, a lot of seafood is available and also freshwater fish. In reality, though, the Delta produces such a mind-boggling amount of food that the range of choice may endanger any hopes you had of losing weight on this bike tour. 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 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another same-sex single traveler. If you want a single room there is 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 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.
Sambor Village is the only boutique hotel in Kompong Thom and offers its guests a relaxing and comfortable way to discover Cambodian village life. Hidden in a fragrant garden surrounding a shady pool, Sambor Village is ideally located on the quiet river bank of the Stung Seng river, and only 600 meters from the center of Kompong Thom, and 40 minutes drive from the pre-Angkorian site of Sambor Preh Kukh. Sambor Village offers 19 rooms mixing Cambodian traditions and European comfort. Escape from the heat and bustle of the city, relax and lose yourself in secluded tranquility.
It is located in a restored French colonial villa adjacent to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh capital city, Palace Gate Hotel is a luxurious, elegant and tranquil place of stay, offering a view to Tonle Sap River. It is also within a walking distance to the city’s tourist attractions, including the Royal Palace, Riverfront, National Museum, and Silver Pagoda.
The Victoria Can Tho Resort is a quiet retreat on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst magnificent gardens featuring a plethora of exotic plants. The elegant and spacious Victoria Can Tho Resort blends Indochinese-inspired architecture with the natural beauty of the Hau River, all in a lush 8,000 m² garden setting.
Fantastic. Route was designed perfectly. We saw places we wouldn’t have been able to in a car or bus. Having tour leaders who know the countries so well made us feel safe and well looked after. We never needed to worry about anything. We had booked a private tour which we asked to be opened to the public as we thought it might be fun to have people join us and we were right! It was 11 of us on the Angkor to Saigon tour and we had so much fun.A combination of incredible scenery seen from the bike alng canals, rivers and paths, away from the traffic and a fun group and leaders made this tour unforgettable.
-Laurent and David
Great tour and itinerary, excellent guides. The best way to travel and discover a country.
This trip surpassed our expectations, which were already high. We were very well cared for, we saw fascinating sites and loved every minute. We would definitely recommend Grasshopper and look forward to joining up on other trips in the future.
A truly amazing experience. A cycling, sight seeing and food adventure in one. This was our first cycling trip and we'll be sure to do others with Grasshopper.
This trip had it all: country and city, culture and food, spectacular vistas, but most of all excellent riding.
-John and Beth
Feels like friends taking us around the most interesting places of the country.
Yes, it is.
No, each participant is responsible for their own travel documents and arranging visas.
The sunrise varies according to the season. To find the time of the next sunrise at Angkor Wat click this link.
Click here to see our Cambodia Travel Guide.Here is some general travel information for Cambodia.
Click here to see our Vietnam Travel Guide.Here is some general travel information for Vietnam.
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With our experience providing premium bike tours in Cambodia and Vietnam, we have created this itinerary that highlights some of the best of both, giving you an up-close look at life near the Mekong Delta. Enjoy easy-going cycling as you discover off-the-beaten-track locations often hidden from tourists. Thanks to this journey and your knowledgeable guide, you’ll come away with a greater understanding for Vietnamese and Cambodian people, cultures, and food and their differences and similarities on this immersive active adventure.
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