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12 Days Bike Tour and Yoga Retreat Cambodia

  • Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Phnom Sruoch - Silhanoukville - Kampot - Kep, Cambodia

Overview

Cambodia Yoga Retreat and Bicycle Tours

This retreat is great a way to experience Cambodia. Days are spent exploring the heart of Cambodia at handlebar height, with evening or morning yoga sessions to put you at peace with your surrounds. This trip runs from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. You will explore temples, jungles, and countryside of enchanting Cambodia on two wheels, while practicing yoga in the evenings in the beautiful surrounds of tastefully designed guesthouses and eco-resorts. What a great way to experience Cambodia!

Highlights

  • Meditation sessions
  • Daily Restorative yoga sessions
  • Moderate 460 kilometers bicycle tour
  • Excursions during the tour to some sites
  • Top quality, well maintained GT mountain bikes
  • Airport transfer, and transport from and to retreat locations
  • Snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 11 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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Grasshopper Adventures uses hotels that are a great, and sometimes unexpected, part of this tour. In the larger cities and established tourist centers, Grasshopper Adventures uses stylish and supremely comfortable hotels and resorts, while in the smaller and more out of the way areas you will stay in the best available accommodation, which is often simple yet always well run, clean and comes with air-conditioning or fan (as the temperature dictates) and a private bathroom.

Starting from the spiritual and historical heart of Cambodia, the ancient Angkor city, you will take in a great variety of landscapes as you pedal through the friendly, engaging communities that line the secondary roads and back trails of this intriguing country.

Flat terrain for the most part makes this a very achievable ride for anyone who enjoys experiential, active travel, and the indulgence of a comfortable place to rest your head each night.

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day in Siem Reap

As you exit the airport, Grasshopper Adventures’ driver will be waiting for you with a beaming smile. After a short drive to the hotel, you will have some time to relax before the group meeting at 17:00. Your tour leader will conduct a briefing at this time. After which you can try out your bike for size and add any items you may have brought. After this, an authentic culinary journey awaits to introduce you to Cambodia. The served meal would be your dinner.

Day 2: Angkor sunrise discovery (30 kilometers)

As first light dawns and the roosters begin to crow, you will be at the most important religious monument in the country, looking at the triple towers of Angkor Wat across a reflecting pool. After the sun hopefully rises as a giant orange ball behind the towers, the crowds will thin out as most people return to bed or a hotel breakfast. For you, however, you will make use of the cool temperatures and soft morning light to explore Angkor Wat. Monkeys and a handful of other travellers are the only others you will see.

You will move onto a clearing in the forest by the river and have a short yoga session before breakfast. You will then continue to explore the iconic Angkor temples and some hidden treasures of the Angkor area. You will ride some lovely back trails and even ride atop the wall of Angkor Thom, overlooking the moat. Lunch is had by a small lake before you cycle back to the hotel.

A Restorative yoga session will be available in the late afternoon / early evening. Dinner is had at the lovely hotel this evening after a full day of activity.

Meals served are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3: Cycle to Tonle Sap (45 kilometers)

A morning yoga class is held to start the day, and then breakfast at the hotel before you start the ride. You take a ride on tracks and trails today to reach the lake. Along the way you ride next to the Baray, a huge reservoir used by the Khmer kings for irrigation of the surrounding area. Upon arriving at the edge of the Tonle Sap, you take a boat to explore the floating communities that call this area home. These are a less visited collection of villages due to their relative remoteness. You extend your boat ride (time permitting) to see the birdlife of this area before returning to your bikes and to town by a different route. An evening yoga session will be held to restore the balance. After this, you are at liberty to choose your dining venue from among a wide range of options.

Meals served are breakfast, and lunch.

Day 4: Cycle to Sambor Prei Kuk (55 kilometers)

A morning yoga session will set you up for a full day. You start out from Siem Reap with a two and a half hour drive to reach Kampong Thom. This is the neighboring province to Siem Reap. After a bike fitting, you 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 leafy surrounds and absence of tourists makes this a really special experience. After you see out the heat of the day in the shade, you will return to Kampong Thom by a different route and enjoy a tasty, authentic meal.

Meals served are lunch and dinner.

Day 5: Transfer and cycle to Phnom Penh (45 kilometers)

Again, a drive is necessary to set you up for a great ride, so before you fold yourselves into a vehicle, you will have a yoga session by the pool of Grasshopper Adventures’ guesthouse. It is then a drive of about three hours, after which you will find yourselves at Oudong Mountain. Surprisingly, for a short period of time, it was the capital of Cambodia. Today, it is a hilltop temple with views over the surrounding flatlands. You will enjoy a Cambodian style picnic here and then take an afternoon ride on lovely village roads and trails, mostly unpaved. You will zigzag your way through farmland where rice is the main product and you will pass Oudong's smaller brother, Basset Mountain. As the ride bears on, you will cross the train tracks of the recently refurbished, but as yet un-operational railway line. From here, the scenery changes rapidly and for those comfortable riding in traffic you can ride right up to the hotel door. For those who don’t want to do so, the support vehicle awaits. Dinner tonight marks the end of the first third of your epic journey and will be held in the Tonle Sap river, not far from where the three main rivers of Cambodia converge.

Meals served are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6: Rest day in Phnom Penh

A morning yoga session is planned before you get out exploring Phnom Penh. 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 city. An optional Restorative yoga session will be available in the evening.

Meal served is breakfast.

Day 7: Transfer and cycle to Kirirom (85 kilometers)

After a drive to exit the traffic of Phnom Penh, you will hit the bikes and find yourselves in picturesque countryside again where water buffalo wallow in mud while kids tend to them and coconut and palm trees line the roads. Your cycling route today is on well-made dirt roads with hardly a car in sight. You will stop off mid-way at a small community near a waterfall where you will have lunch. You will then continue on to Kirirom Mountain. Those who do not want to do the climb can use the vehicle to shuttle to the top of the hill where Grasshopper Adventures’ guest house awaits. This is a recently constructed property in the cool air and pine tree surrounds. This is a lovely location for an evening yoga session before another healthy and delicious meal.

Meals served are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8: Cycle and transfer to Sihanoukville (65 kilometers)

A yoga and meditation session to start the day, a hearty breakfast and then a descent down a winding road back to the flatlands. You will then shuttle a highway section by car until you find another one of those back roads that you have enjoyed so much. Your back road today includes rolling hills, something new for you to experience. You will pop out at the coast about two thirds of the way in at a deserted beach. It’s a chance for a dip before you push on through the port area of Sihanoukville and all the way to Grasshopper Adventures’ secluded guest house up on a hill. Your evening yoga session will be by the pool overlooking the port.

Meals served are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9: Cycle to Kampot (100 kilometers)

It is a challenging day of riding today as you follow the coast around, past the base of Bokor Mountain to reach Kampot. The riding takes you on a variety of terrain, along sandy beaches, through forest trails and on more open road as you pass the mountains. A nicely restored, colonial era building is your home for the night. A Restorative yoga session is held to help with the recovery after a long day on the bike.

Meals served are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10: Cycle to Kep (35 kilometers)

A short day on the bike allows for a morning yoga session. After a long day in the saddle yesterday, it is nice to have a lazy start today and a much shorter ride. You ride out east from town and spend a short while on a main road before leaving it to ride a small back road around a lake that was dug by labor during the Khmer Rouge times. You will have a slight hill today as you pass some pepper farms. You will then descend back down to the coast before one final hill to reach Grasshopper Adventures’ lovely accommodation with views out over the Gulf of Thailand. An evening yoga session overlooking the Gulf of Thailand is a lovely memory to have of Kep.

Meals served are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 11: Free day in Kep

Even though this is a free day, a location like this deserves a yoga session. You will have this before breakfast and the rest of the day is then yours to explore Kep. The bikes are at your disposal and Kep is a compact enough size that you can cover most of it on two wheels.

Meal served is breakfast.

Day 12: Transfer to Phnom Penh

You will bid Kep farewell and take a drive of three hours to reach Phnom Penh. Grasshopper Adventures can take you straight to the airport or to a hotel in town. The tour concludes upon arrival in Phnom Penh.

Meal served is breakfast.

What the riding is like

The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads, tracks and trails. It is Grasshopper Adventures’ aim to deliver as much traffic-free track and trail, but at times Grasshopper Adventures does need to resort to secondary roads. You will spend no more than 20 kilometers over the whole tour on anything resembling a highway. The riding is easily achievable for those who are comfortable controlling a bike. There are only a few short hills on the last day, so you have plenty of time to work up to these. You must be comfortable riding in quite hot conditions and it is highly recommended to get some practice on unsealed surfaces with a little loose sand and gravel as this will help you feel more confident at times on this ride. There is always a support vehicle on hand to give you a lift if you need a break from the riding.

It is required that a bicycle helmet be worn by all cyclists when riding a bicycle throughout a Grasshopper Adventures bicycle tour. Failure to wear a helmet will result in the customer not being allowed to cycle as a part of the tour program.

Virginia Slevin

Virginia is a highly experienced teacher who completed her 200-hour Power yoga teacher training with a modern Australian master yogi, Duncan Peak, in April 2013. Virginia is currently working towards her 500-hour teacher training with Power Living Australia. Virginia teaches power Vnyasa and Yin yoga and currently teaches regular classes in and around Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Tonle Sap

You can find a lake which is the largest lake in Southeast Asia in this retreat location. It is a huge expanse of water in the middle of Cambodia, connected to the Mekong River by the Tonle Sap, resulting in a natural phenomenon.

There are also communities who live in remote and less visited floating villages in Tonle Sap.

Kampong Thom

Kampong Thom is the neighboring province to Siem Reap. In the north of the town, there is a 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 leafy surrounds and absence of tourists makes this a really special place to visit.

Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain was a capital of Cambodia for a short period of time. Today, it is a hilltop temple with views over the surrounding flatlands.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh has a turbulent history. When the French colonialists arrived, it was little more than a collection of wooden shacks by the river, but they soon changed that and in doing so created what was once considered a very beautiful city. When the Khmer Rouge evacuated the city in 1975, they started it on its way to decay and decline, a theme that had carried through until only fairly recently when the country’s economic development accelerated rapidly.

Kampot

Kampot is a pleasant little town in the shadow of Bokor, set on an inlet.

Whilst Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as that of some of its neighbors, it offers some subtle and 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. Grasshopper Adventures’ 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.

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.

Exclusions

Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.

  • Dining in Tonle Sap
  • Exploring Kep by bike
  • Exploring Phnom Penh by late afternoon walk
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • A Grasshopper Adventures cycling jersey and a drink bottle
  • Clean water, electrolyte drink, and snacks
  • Top quality, well maintained GT mountain bikes in a full range of sizes (rental)
  • Transfer to and from airport
  • Transport to retreat locations
  • Yoga classes
  • Airfare
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
For information about the booking conditions, please send Grasshopper Adventures an inquiry.
  • Review by Teddy from Taiwan
    9 out of 10

    "Second time in Siem Reap and did a car tour for three days the first time, was looking for something different so I found Grasshopper Adventures. "

    "The car tour guide seemed to be able to speak more to the details of the history of the temples but Grasshopper tour guides did not by any means make me feel they weren't also extremely knowledgeable, just probably a different crowd that would participate in different tours."

    "Overall a great experience. The guide was great, knowledgeable, and was proud to show us and tell us his personal history and the history of Cambodia during the tour. "

    "Only area of critique is the bikes, though in excellent condition and ride extremely well in the terrain, seemed to be designed a little bit differently than what I'm used to where the handlebars seem to be much further away. Partially my fault for not noticing until starting to get fatigued, but after about the third hour it really does a doozy on your back. "

    "They do an excellent job doing their due diligence by asking you your height beforehand so they can prepare for your arrival, but I did another Grasshopper Adventure tour two days later in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to the Cu Chi Tunnels and they had different bikes than the ones Siem Reap did that fitted much better for me. No criticism in how Grasshopper Siem Reap handles their bikes, but just be aware when you test ride their bikes! "

    "Would definitely recommend!"

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  • Review by A traveller from Seattle, USA
    9 out of 10

    "What a great way to see Bangkok! Our guide, Tom, was very knowledgeable and got us safely around our route while telling us interesting things about history of the city and sites we visited. Such a unique and fantastic tour!"

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  • Review by Rachel O. from Melbourne, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "Beautiful! It was great to get out of the city and see another side of Bangkok. The Pad Thai was delicious. Tammy was really helpful giving us the history of Bangkok and what we saw, things we would've missed by ourselves. I highly recommend this tour if you want to see a different side of Bangkok."

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  • Review by Yesim U. from Ankara, Turkey
    9 out of 10

    "I and my husband really enjoyed the night bike tour of Grasshopper adventures. Our tour guide was really nice and he had clear English. We had chance to discover two famous temples (Wat Arun and Wat Pho), and flower market at night. I really recommend this tour to see many places in few hours. However, it was sometimes challenging to bike in narrow and crowded streets."

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Tuesday February 7, 2017
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