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5 Days | 4 Nights
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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 tour comes with an optional 2-night pre-tour extension in Bangkok.
Cannondale CX3 bikes or E-bikes
Friendly local leaders
2 to 14
Comfortable hotels & resorts
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 SouthEast 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.
215 Km 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.
Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $175 surcharge.
Bike along the beach to Chanthaburi as you discover the old Thai town.
Take a locally-run tour of village industries in Battambang to learn more about daily Cambodian life.
Marvel at the colors of sunrise over the spires of Angkor Wat.
Cycle fun single tracks through the jungle to discover hidden temples as well as famous ones.
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 as we cycle, 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 cozy guesthouse and his vegetable garden, two things he is very passionate about.
Leaving Chanthaburi, we pass through the old town, the Catholic quarter and then into the surrounding orchards. Today enjoy pedaling 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 a far ride 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 officials, Pailin is attempting to become a tourist destination by providing hospitality to visitors. We spend the night in this place of historical significance.
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 cycle 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.
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.
Bright and early we’ll be at the most significant religious sites in Cambodia, watching the sunrise over the towers 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 bike 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, Ta 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.
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.
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 keep your safety and comfort top priorities at all times.
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. While Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as Thai, 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 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. All dietary requirements will be accommodated.
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.
The hotel is situated along the enchanting Chan River. They offer an idyllic urban getaway in the heart of this charming city. This modern stylish hotel in Chanthaburi; features a total of 40 well-appointed guestrooms and suites; all rooms are designed in a modern spacious contemporary style.
It is a boutique hotel and offers its guests the ultimate accommodation experience with its 16 luxurious bedrooms arranged in 4 traditionally inspired buildings in Battambang, Cambodia. When designing the hotel we wanted to combine all that was best in the local Khmer and French colonial architecture whilst providing our guests with maximum comfort and convenience.
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.
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.
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!
Slow Road to Angkor was an exhilarating trip. Good cycling, excellent planning, exceptional guides, comfortable hotels and wonderful food!!
I cannot recommend Grasshopper more strongly - from all angles our tour was exceptional. We were so well taken care of by our guides (Tam and Sophat) and our drivers. The food was superb. The hotels and guest house were amazing. Bikes were excellent. As two women travelling on our own we felt safe and so well cared for. It was so wonderful to have all of the details taken care of for us. It was my first trip to Asia and I can't wait to go back. I cannot wait to do another tour as I am confident that any of the options would be excellent.
The slow road to Angkor has been the trip of a life time. Amazing service from the team at grasshopper right from the initial enquiry through to the end of the tour. The places we stayed were lovely, the food amazing and never a point of feeling hungry. Our guides were amazing, super friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. The bikes were great, well maintained and comfortable. The sights, smells and sounds of this tour will be treasured for a very long time. Looking forward to planning another. Thank you so much grasshopper.
Grasshopper tours is a first class act. They have thought of everything. We could not have possibly asked for more. The fresh cold water at our stops, the fresh fruit snacks, comfortable van transport and bikes in good condition. Both Serymom and Tob were fanstastic, friendly guides with outstanding support teams.
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 Thailand Travel Guide.Here is some general travel information for Thailand.
Click here to see our Cambodia Travel Guide.Here is some general travel information for Cambodia.
Multi-day Cycling Tours Frequently Asked Questions
With our experience providing tours in Asia, we know that a lot of people visit Bangkok and then fly or take a bus to Cambodia to visit the temples of Angkor Wat. In order to enhance this travel experience, we’ve created a fun cycling itinerary from Bangkok to Siem Reap, taking in the best of the countryside, towns, and scenery along the way. Discover authentic Thai and Cambodian life as you take the slow road to Angkor.
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