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Cycling tour of 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.
Friendly local leader
4 to 14
Ride the hidden trails of Angkor National Park by bike after witnessing the sunrise 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. Mount your bike again and head out into the countryside surrounding Siem Reap to pedal 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.
171 Km 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.
Take in a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise over the towers of Angkor Wat on a memorable day of temple exploration.
Paddle through floating mangrove forests and villages as you kayak Tonle Sap.
Discover the many wonders of UNESCO favorite Luang Prabang as you receive a monk’s blessing and pedal back roads to interesting sights.
Pedal through stunning scenery to the aquamarine waters of the Kuang Sii Waterfalls for a dip.
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!
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.
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 park our bikes 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.
After sampling local treats for breakfast, we will mount our bikes and cycle 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.
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.
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.
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 a transfer by van back to town. The tour concludes at noon and we can assist you with your further travel plans.
Cannondale CX 3s 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 knowledgeable and well spoken. 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 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. They will also look out for your safety and comfort at all times.
Its proximity to the Angkor temple complex means we are spoiled 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 actively 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 reputation for its friendly service and amenities, which is guaranteed to make your stay in the country a comfortable one.
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 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.
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 centerpiece 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.
4 to 14
This tour is available for private departures at any time for two to four people (subject to availability). If, however, you are traveling 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.
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 minimize 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.
On this tour we provide Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers for additional navigational support. These are the latest in user-friendly navigation tech from Wahoo Fitness. With Wahoo devices you will be able to track your progress and monitor your route. Beyond their basic setup, the geek-cyclists will find Wahoo ELEMNTs to be excellent data mining devices allowing to measure almost any aspect of the ride.
This luxurious hideaway on the Siem Reap River features stylish rooms, a serene swimming pool, and excellent service. Jaya House River Park is also a conscious member of the community, supporting several local NGOs doing good in Siem Reap.
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 is a beautiful boutique hotel with a personal touch, located on the tip of the peninsula, in the historic center of this UNESCO World Heritage Town. The Hotel is quiet and peaceful with the beautiful former Royal temple Wat Xienthong as your immediate neighbor.
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.
See our Laos Travel Guide for more info.
Follow this link for general travel information about Laos.
Read about Holly's experience in Landscapes of Laos.
Multi-day Cycling Tours Frequently Asked Questions
This two-country cycling tour is designed to show you the highlights as well as the off-the-beaten-path must-sees of Cambodia and Laos as you explore by bike. You’ll visit two UNESCO favorites, the Angkor Archeological Park and old town of Luang Prabang as well as getting some local flavor with a visit to the floating villages of Tonle Sap or the Pak Ou Caves. Rest assured knowing we’ve taken care of all of the small details, carefully planned out the cycling route, booked your accommodations and transfer your luggage so you can focus on discovering the wonders of Southeast Asia by bike.
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