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13 Days | 12 Nights
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An epic multi-country journey, achievable for bike riders of all ages and abilities. Make your way from Bangkok to Saigon while getting off the beaten path and enjoying all the highlights of Southeast Asia in between. This is an immersive & experiential journey, specially crafted by the Grasshopper Adventures team to provide a transformative active adventure.
Cannondale, Merida, GT bikes or E-bikes
Friendly local leaders
2 to 14
Stylish and comfortable hotels
The essential discovery trip of Thailand, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. This fertile region, which was once almost entirely ruled by the Angkor kings, now is comprised of Vietnam's food-producing land, the majority of modern Cambodia, and the eastern extreme of Thailand. A goldmine of material for the budding historian. For the cyclist, a variety of dynamic riding that includes everything from single-lane bike trails to remote back roads through the countryside; something to satisfy the appetite of any rider. For the gourmet traveler, this tour showcases the highlights of three different cuisines with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, fish, and seafood, but with all tastes catered for. For those who wish to connect with village life in Southeast Asia, there could not be a better trip.
The ride may be epic in terms of its scope, but it is an achievable and enjoyable one with a high degree of comfort at our overnight stops. It is sure to be a humbling, rewarding and exciting experience discovering the heart and soul of Southeast Asia.
445 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 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 riding is easily achievable for those who are comfortable controlling a bike. There are hardly any hills and there are no distances over 80km on any day.
Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $350 surcharge.
Cycle along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand as you make your way from Bangkok to the small town of Chanthaburi.
Stand in awe as you watch the sunrise over the sacred towers of Angkor Wat, then explore the temple park by bike.
Pedal the Silk Islands outside of Phnom Penh and glimpse daily village life outside the big city.
Explore Can Tho’s floating market before a transfer to Saigon.
After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok, we drive 3 hours 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 dramatic coast of Thailand’s Gulf.
At times a few small hills will provide nice views out over the water, and just as our stomachs begin to grumble we discover our lunch stop where the first of many great meals awaits. We pedal into the regional town of Chanthaburi in the mid-afternoon.
Experience the excitement of SE Asia's most vibrant city on our 2 days, pre-tour itinerary, Bangkok Explorer.
As we leave Chanthaburi, we will pedal through the old town area and the Catholic quarter before we reach the surrounding orchards. We are on well-made, back roads today with hardly a car in sight. A little before lunchtime, we will pack up and drive a busier section to our next stop on the food adventure. From there we spend 30 minutes in the car to reach the Cambodian border.
After completing border formalities, we ride on to the hotel that is set among the gem-studded hills of Pailin. This town is famous not only for its gems but also for harboring a number of senior members of the Khmer Rouge for many years after the fall of the tyrannous regime. With these characters now long gone, the historic town of Pailin is now hoping to put itself on the tourist map a little by providing hospitality to those passing through.
Today we leave the paved surface and cycle on some fun red dirt roads and trails through the villages behind Pailin town. Despite a steady trickle of foreign travelers through this area, you will still be the center of much attention in the villages as friendly locals curiously watch you pedal by. We rejoin the main road after an hour and a half or so and then enjoy some rolling hills down out of the highlands onto the plains. The final stretch of riding is through the outskirts of Battambang City, as the day heats up and the population increases.
We reach the heart of the quiet city in time for a delicious local-style lunch. Once the sun gets a little lower in the sky, we take to the bikes again and ride to see one of the province’s most stunning 11th-century temples at Phnom Banan. We check into our centrally located accommodation and have some time to explore this charming town.
Soksabike is a program created by a local vocational training NGO called Kinyei. This morning we will enjoy a tour led by students of Kinyei. Our cycling tour around the suburbs and villages of Battambang introduces us to the many village products that are made here.
Most of these are food products, so any hopes of losing weight on this tour will be firmly extinguished by this stage. We will, however, get a great insight into how people here live and survive. We see how rice wine, dried bananas and a tasty snack called Kralanh are made before we return to town for lunch.
This afternoon you can rest during our 3-hour drive to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, there will be an option to see the sunset over the largest lake in South East Asia- Tonle Sap- from a small mountain on the shore.
In the quiet and cool darkness, you will be out at the most important religious monument in Cambodia, anticipating the sunrise over the imposing towers of Angkor Wat. Even in the wet season, this is a magical time to see Angkor. As the crowds thin, we'll take an unforgettable walk through the temple, where the soft light and cool temperatures present this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site at its best. A short pedal away, a delicious breakfast spread awaits.
After breakfast, we ride around the hidden trails of the Angkor complex to visit some of its best-kept secrets and the iconic temples of the Bayon, Tha Prom and The Elephant Terrace. As the day heats up, we enjoy lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake and then return to our hotel by vehicle around 2pm.
This tour is the essential introduction to the Angkor park and will give you not only a great historical overview, but also a geographic orientation, so if you plan to visit the temples again tomorrow you can explore on your own with confidence.
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.
Siem Reap, once a dusty little town, has now blossomed into a charming destination with an amazing array of food options and a good variety of activities. From zip-lining to an acrobatic circus performance and an emerging arts scene, this city will not disappoint. There is always a good massage and the pool for those who fancy some relaxation.
Starting with an early pickup from your hotel, we have a 2.5 hour drive to reach Kampong Thom, the neighboring province to Siem Reap. After a bike fitting, we set off on a ride north of the town to find the sprawling complex of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk. These ruins date back as far as the 7th century and are remarkably intact for their age. The lush green surrounds and absence of tourists make this a really special cycling exploration. After we see out the heat of the day in the shade, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and enjoy a tasty, authentic meal.
Following a laid-back start in order to time our day correctly, we drive around 3 hours to Oudong Mountain. This place was the former capital of Cambodia and hosts a hilltop temple with fine views. We enjoy a Cambodian-style picnic before hopping on our bikes for an afternoon ride on lovely village roads and trails which are mostly unpaved.
We pedal our way through rice fields and farmland, passing Oudong's smaller brother; Basset Mountain. Crossing a recently refurbished but un-operational railway line, the scenery changes rapidly. For those comfortable cycling in traffic, you can ride right up to the hotel door. For those who are not game, the support vehicle awaits. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed by the Tonle Sap River, not far from where the three main rivers of Cambodia converge.
This morning we take to the bikes again and explore the nearby Mekong islands. Here we pedal through charming village communities, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of temples from a more recent time. This is a highlight ride and gives a unique perspective to Phnom Penh and its surroundings.
Phnom Penh has a turbulent history. Little more than a collection of wooden shacks when the French first arrived, the colonials transformed it into a beautiful city. With the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, its decay and decline began, with regeneration and rapid economic development only a recent trend. Your guide can dispense a great deal of advice on how the city can be explored and will offer a late afternoon walk to introduce you to some of the lesser-known aspects of this eccentric Cambodian capital.
Today we rest our legs and stay off the bikes. In the morning we can have a bit of leisure to enjoy the pool or wander around Phnom Penh. After an early lunch, we board the international boat which will take us down the Mekong River into Chau Doc, Vietnam: a bustling Delta town with a specialization in salted fish.
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.
An early morning visit to the floating markets is on offer today. It's an impressive sight, with boats of varying sizes and all manner of fruit and vegetables being bought and sold, and a good insight into local Vietnamese life. After breakfast, we pack up and board the van for a 3-hour drive into Saigon.
We will arrive in Saigon mid-afternoon. 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), Cannondale Quick 1 (Vietnam and Thailand) 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 comfort and safety 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. 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. While Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as Vietnamese or 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. 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 from each country 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.
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.
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.
My 15 day bike trip from Bangkok to Saigon (crossing Cambodia) with Grasshoppers Adventures was the best trip of my life. They take care of every detail of the trip, tour guides are very nice and well prepared, all the staff members are really carefull, the itineraries were great, hotels excellent, food amazing and I loved having the chance to see the countryside, local families and their culture and habits. I highly recommend Grasshoppers and I plan to make many other bike tours with them throughout Asia! Thanks a lot for this amazing experience!
The difficulty I’m finding in writing a review of Grasshopper Adventures is that one simply runs out of superlatives in discussing both the company and a recent trip I was on that they operate, the Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City bike trip.
Was it the subtle sweet smell of rice as we rode through the green field? Or scooter with a half-dozen ducks in a basket? Or the kids shouting "HELLO" at the top of their lungs, racing out to get a high-five as we rode by? Or the young man holding a piece of bronze (that would become a beautiful bowl) in forge with one hand and playing a game on his phone with the other? Or was it drinking fresh coconut juice and fruit right off the tree? Or seeing the exquisite and incomparable Angkor Wat temple as the sun rose? Was it surprising grandness of the Mekong River? Or the kindness of guides and support team members who told story after story, answered question after question? The tour from Bangkok to Saigon was all of these things (and much more). But in addition to being a deeply memorable experience, the tour was also fun, and thanks to the efforts of the great Grasshopper staff, a relaxing and truly enjoyable vacation.
Riding through countryside, getting muddy and wet everyday and meeting friendly people along roads gave me a totally different experience from just visiting big cities and staying dry!
The dedication and helpfulness of the tours guides and support staff towards making sure that everyone had an incredible time was unbelievable.
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.
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 cycling tours throughout Asia, we have compiled this tour of three major Southeast Asian countries in order to provide a thorough insight into this beautiful region. This itinerary packs some must-sees, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archeological Park, as well as off-the-beaten-track locations into an enjoyable and achievable ride. Hop on your bike and rest assured knowing we have worked out all of the details to provide you with an unforgettable and comfortable journey.
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