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The ultimate Cambodia cycle tour. You might come to see the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temples, but you will leave with a massive appreciation of the heart and soul of Cambodia. Friendly faces, delicious food, rich culture and history, and some great riding all make this an unforgettable cycle tour.
Cannondale CX3 bikes or E-bikes
Friendly Cambodian leader
6 to 14
Comfortable Hotels and Resorts
A trip with the perfect balance of history, culture, adventure, great bike touring, and an opportunity to make new friends. This adventure starts in Siem Reap where we see first-hand the feat of the ancients at Angkor Wat and its accompanying temples. From there, we embark on an enjoyable cycle tour of this charming country.
We venture into the north of Cambodia the last holdout of the Khmer Rouge before peace was achieved. Here the landscapes are similar to what they were throughout the country decades ago, with sparser populations, more forest cover and red laterite roads snaking off into the distance. We pay a visit to the majestic Preah Vihear Temple atop the Dangrek Mountain Range with views over to Thailand. We see traditional farming methods still in practice and meet many friendly, hospitable people throughout the countryside. We pass through towns still sporting the remnants of French colonialism in their architecture as we discover what makes Cambodia so captivating.
Flat terrain, back roads with no traffic, great food and warm weather are all great reasons for anyone with a curiosity about Cambodia to enjoy this bike tour. If that isn't motivation enough, then a beach finish surely is.
317 Km riding. The terrain is a mix of paved and unpaved roads, tracks and trails. It is our aim to deliver as much traffic-free track and trail as possible, but at times we do need to resort to secondary roads. We spend no more than 5km over the whole tour on anything resembling a highway. The ride is easily achievable for those who are comfortable controlling a bike, with hardly any hills and no distances over 60km on any single day.
Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $245 surcharge.
With a local university student as our leader, explore the village industries of Battambang.
Breathe in clean forest air as we stay the night nestled near Kirirom Mountain.
Cycle through the forest of Kep National park to the sparkling coast.
Pedal past small fishing communities and emerge at the white sand and clear waters of Otres Beach.
An early start from your hotel will help us to reach Battambang by late morning. Enjoy lunch, then a little downtime before taking a late afternoon cycle to see one of the provinces most stunning 11th-century temples at Phnom Banan before riding to Phnom Sampou where a great view can be seen from the more recently built hilltop temple. The food side of the adventure is well underway by sundown.
This morning we take an exciting cycle ride through the villages surrounding Battambang, accompanied by a local university student, to learn about the cottage industries that support these local economies. 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, as well as visiting the best snack stop in all Cambodia, the kralanh shop. After returning to town, we drive around 3 hours to the small town of Kampong Chhnang where we take a pleasant trip in a rowboat through the floating villages.
A 1.5 hour drive takes us to the former capital of Cambodia at Oudong. After visiting the mountain top temple, we ride along quiet country trails and backroads all the way to the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The city is not for us today though, so we pedal on past the metro area and southwards to the minor town of Kampong Speu, where a modest guest house awaits after a short transfer in the van.
An early start with a Khmer Breakfast and we are out on quiet, unpaved roads through rice fields, sugar crops and a variety of small communities. Hills appear on our right and we feel that we are far from the beaten path as surprised youngsters call out with hellos and questions as we pedal past. As we cycle on, Kirirom Mountain comes into view. We pack up and can transfer the 10km climb by van, but the option is there for anyone who loves cycling the climbs. We spend the night in a small guesthouse set among the trees and enjoy a night of forest sounds.
No need for an early start this morning, so enjoy the surrounds, take a walk and savor a slow breakfast. We'll set off mid-morning on a drive back down to the flatlands to start our ride to the coast. Small trails and backroads past limestone karsts lead us south where we encounter the pepper plantations for which the area is known. We stop here to learn about this high-quality crop, then pedal on. Arriving in Kep is a wonderful moment, as we emerge from the forest of Kep National Park to views of the sea and our lovely accommodation.
With free time this morning, you can explore the Kep National Park behind our accommodation where small trails are perfect for walking. Rabbit Island is also nearby and a boat trip out allows you to enjoy some lovely white sand. Leaving Kep mid-afternoon we ride on small trails then minor roads past 'Secret Lake', a man-made reservoir. We roll into the lazy little town of Kampot just in time for a sunset drink on the riverside with the imposing Bokor Mountain off in the distance.
We start this morning with a 40-minute drive along the coast and around the base of Bokor Mountain, before hitting the bikes. We are riding through small fishing communities today on trails through mangroves and wetlands. We cycle past Ream National Park and actually ride on the hard-packed beach sand as we near Sihanoukville. A low hill or two make for a last challenge, and the ride concludes on arrival at Otres Beach. We will transfer you to a hotel of your choosing after a celebratory drink. Please feel free to ask us for accommodation recommendations.
Cannondale CX 3s are the latest addition to the Grasshopper fleet for multi-day tours based-in (or traveling 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 3s are a great addition to the Cambodian fleet.
Additionally, all bikes are fitted with removable handlebar bags and comfortable saddles for touring.
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.
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 be looking out for your safety and comfort at all times.
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. 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.
4 to 14
This tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 4 travelers. And we limit the group size to 14 maximum 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.
You will find The Columns Hotel in the midst of French Colonial buildings in Kampot’s Old Town. Featuring stylish and comfortable rooms and a welcoming atmosphere in a convenient location, this hotel is your key to discovering the charm of Kampot.
This luxury hideaway on the scenic coastline of Kep strives to make travel an art form. The hotel also makes it its mission to give back to the community, so you feel even more comfortable knowing your stay has a positive impact. Relax by the pool or head to the sea during a memorable stay.
It was - simply put - one of the most rewarding, relaxing and insightful holidays that we have done. The magic of cycling is that it forces you to slow down. Life just starts to drift along as you have time to unpack your mind while taking in all the sights, sounds and smells of the village life
What an insight to life in Cambodia, from the flashing lights of Phnom Penh to the humbling life in the many rural villages we rode through. A beautiful land of smiles, greetings of "hello" from 100's of gorgeous children, we have been educated, cared for, well fed, always felt safe, and thoroughly enjoyed the company of our attentive and fun tour crew. We loved Karma Cambodia!
-Jude & Chris
Genuinely the most enjoyable experience - truly amazing country, wonderful people, great tour guide (Heang) all contributing to an authentic experience with an inspiring cycle ride. Thank you.
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We have carefully crafted this itinerary to give you a thorough look at what makes Cambodia tick, from the ancient Angkor kingdom to the Thai border, onto the capital city and then the coast. Not only does this tour include great riding, but also plenty of cultural immersion and opportunities to connect with locals and glimpse the activities of their daily lives. Along the way, you’ll visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites, plenty of ancient temples, small villages and national parks. We’ve worked out all the details for you, so saddle up and enjoy the ride!
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