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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Go beyond Angkor Wat to cycle tour hidden temples, explore tropical forests, spot wildlife and ride amazing single tracks in the Siem Reap region. Enjoy a unique tour of Cambodia while also making a meaningful financial contribution to conservation in the Kingdom of Wonder. This a bicycle adventure tour near Siem Reap which takes you to the Angkor temples and beyond.
If you are a fan of open skies and country landscapes, if you are looking for something truly removed from the norm, then this is the trip for you. Balancing exquisite accommodation with cycling and exploration into the truly wild parts of Cambodia, all within relatively easy reach of Siem Reap, this is a trip of contrast and discovery.
Cannondale CX3 or E-bikes
Friendly Cambodian team
2 to 14
Comfortable hotel, camping
If you are looking for a truly wild adventure avoiding paved roads and crowds as you cycle through the hidden gems of Cambodia, this is the tour for you. Balancing exquisite accommodation with riding and exploration into the undeveloped parts of Cambodia, all within relatively easy reach of Siem Reap. This cycling adventure tour near the Angkor temples is one of contrast and discovery.
First ride the jungle trails around the main Angkor Temples, to see the iconic ones and then some of the hidden temples away from the tourists. After learning about these amazing structures and the civilization that built them, we move into the Kulen Ranges where challenging riding takes us deep into the protected forest zones, past waterfalls and stone carvings in this incredibly spiritual location. A night of camping in the forest follows, then onto the animal conservation center at Kbal Spean. On the final day, we head out onto the largest lake in Southeast Asia to kayak the bird sanctuary Preak Tuol, a successful bird protection area which we support as part of the tour.
On this trip, all your needs are thought of before they even occur to you. The camping is relatively comfortable and very well managed, and the overall experience is a seamless one so you can enjoy your six-day cycling holiday without worrying about any of the details.
Traveling in a group of 6 or more people? Contact our team about special group pricing for our on-request tours.
154 Km riding. This ride is all about the single track. While we do spend some time on hard packed dirt roads and access trails, the focus is on riding through forest and jungle on trails that were most often created by walkers or by other riders. There are challenging sections where we have to climb for a number of kilometres at a time at a gentle gradient and other times where we have a very steep gradient for a short period.
Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $105 surcharge.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage ancient temples of Angkor and learn about their impressive history.
Bike the fascinating Kulen Mountain for some challenging cycling and remote explorations.
Discover Cambodia’s wildlife with stops at a conservation center and bird sanctuary.
Paddle Prek Toul Sanctuary and fascinating floating villages as you kayak Tonle Sap.
You will be greeted on arrival by a driver and taken to your centrally located hotel. After a chance to familiarize yourself with your charming and very comfortable accommodation, your guide will meet you to discuss the trip ahead, to fit your bike for you and to begin the adventure on a culinary level. This evening we eat at one of Siem Reap's best restaurants where the menu changes weekly to ensure that we enjoy the best seasonal produce available. Your guide can offer a great insight into the background and context of the meal and will also provide an overview of Cambodia and its customs, traditions, history and current state of affairs. This is a great introduction to Cambodia and the adventure ahead.
It's an early start this morning, but one that will provide you an unforgettable memory. As the roosters begin to crow and the dogs of the village stir, you will be standing in front of the most important religious monument in Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Take in the colors of sunrise over the spires of this sacred temple from a quiet viewing spot, then explore the grounds in the glowing morning light and cool temperatures as the crowds fade. Learn about the history of this impressive UNESCO World Heritage structure before you enjoy a delicious breakfast spread close by in a quiet jungle spot.
We then continue by bike through the Angkor Park on back trails through the forest, at times cycling on levees and walls built by the great kings of the Khmer Kingdom or more precisely, their laborers and artisans. We take in the iconic faces of Bayon temple, jungle-swallowed Ta Prohm and then a few lesser known temples, all the while avoiding the main throng of tourists. As the day heats up, we sit down to lunch overlooking one of the smaller reservoirs of the complex, Sra Srang. When you have eaten to contentment, it's just a short ride in the car back to the hotel. This evening is free time for you to explore the town on your own.
After starting out with a drive to reach the foot of the Kulen Ranges, we take a challenging ride up through the varying layers of vegetation to reach the waterfall area on the plateau. After a refreshing dip in the water and a bite to eat, we pedal on through fantastic undulating single track, made mostly from walking trails, guided by a ranger from the National Park.
In the afternoon we enter more remote areas where the stunning forest of deciduous dipterocarp is home to various wildlife. A sharp descent down an escarpment brings us to our campsite for the evening, set up for us by the nearby villagers. After a rest, we take a hike up to the nearby hilltop for a breathtaking view out over the valley. A great meal then a bed under the stars, tops off a great day on the bike. This is a day of true adventure in the Cambodian wilderness.
After dinner, there is the option of a night walk to see if we can find any of the wild residents of the area, such as giant flying squirrels, civets, muntjacs, mouse deer, leopard cats, macaques, langurs, gibbons and even bears.
After a hearty breakfast, it's back on the bikes. We have some more undulations and a steep climb before we descend into the next valley on a rough, yet very enjoyable, trail. As we reach the flatlands, we find ourselves among dry forest and sandier conditions. We cycle to the ACCB Wildlife Conservation Centre near Kbal Spean late morning and have a tour of this facility. Here we see enormous birds, cheeky langur monkeys, gibbons and more, and we can often hear hornbills overhead.
We return to Siem Reap late afternoon by car to find that a spa treatment awaits. This will iron out those tight muscles and aches accumulated over the last few days. Dinner is in relaxed surroundings this evening.
Today it's time to swap the bike for a kayak. After shuttling out on a motor-boat, we enter the Prek Toul Sanctuary on Asia's largest lake, the Tonle Sap. Here we take to the kayaks and explore the sanctuary in a low impact and highly enjoyable way. This area hosts one of the largest breeding colonies of water birds in South East Asia and is a real treat, even for those who would not consider themselves bird-watchers. After exiting the sanctuary, we paddle through the small floating communities that live on the lake and derive their incomes from fishing. This is a fascinating glimpse into authentic Cambodian life on the lake.
We return to Siem Reap late afternoon and have one last great dinner in this town of great variety.
The tour concludes today after breakfast. A driver will be ready to take you to the airport as required. Should you wish to remain in Siem Reap or explore Cambodia further, our team can assist with any travel advice.
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.
This tour is based on some of the most exquisite 4 to 5 star accommodation available in Siem Reap. These hotels have succeeded in creating a relaxed and charming space, with a high level of comfort, but have retained a connection to their surrounds and the community in which they exist. Note, there is one night camping. This is well set up and comfortable as well as fully catered with all provisions portered in for you. You need only bring clothing.
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. Your local expert will keep your safety and comfort top priorities at all times. 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.
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage. Rest assured knowing there is a backup option if you can’t complete the day’s ride.
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 as well as accommodating all allergies and preferences. 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.
This tour is available for private departures at any time for two or more 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 on the country, communities and environments we travel through. A big part of this tour is the conservation aspect. A not insignificant donation is made on your behalf to the two main conservation programs in the areas we travel as part of your trip. In addition to this, all activities are undertaken with a view to minimizing the environmental and community impact. Thoughtful disposal of waste, an understanding of local customs, and an open mind will ensure that you make a positive impact during your time in Cambodia.
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.
Grasshopper are a company that clearly understand what travellers want,a real insight into the real lives culture and activity of the lovely Cambodian people.
No, it is not. You will need to buy your own pass to the park. If you don't already have one, you can purchase one upon entry to the Angkor Zone on the tour.
The sunset 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.
Multi-day Cycling Tours Frequently Asked Questions
With our expertise and experience in Asia, we have carefully compiled itineraries that showcase the must-sees of Cambodia along with the off-the-beaten-track destinations that few tourists ever visit. Going into this active adventure, be sure you will find lots of satisfying cycling as well as plenty of cultural immersion and great sights. We’ve chosen comfortable, elegant accommodations to be your home away from home as you complete your bike trip, and have worked out all the details so you can relax and enjoy the ride.
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