April 27, 2016 Danny Bamboat

Along the Mekong River: Cambodia Bike Tours

Cambodia bike tours are a fun and relaxing way to see the country, so we decided to try it out on the Mekong Islands in Phnom Penh. We went with a company called Grasshopper Adventure Bike Tours who I would highly recommend. Our guides, Amom and Pros, were very professional, funny, and just great people.

Row of bicycles on ferry in Cambodia

Taking the ferry with the locals

Woman wearing green standing next to a white cow that is sitting on the ground

Our guide, Amom, explaining the importance of cows in Cambodia

Quality bikes with a quality company

The tour started at 8:00AM where we met at the main office. Over there they gave us our bikes, helmets, and water bottles. The bikes were of superb quality, with top-of-the-line gears and suspension. After getting fitted for our bikes, we headed out into the busy streets of Phnom Penh towards the Ferry Terminal approx. 2KM away (we had to be careful when maneuvering through traffic).

Man wearing black shirt and green shorts giving thumbs up on a bicycle

Waiting for the ferry to take us to the islands

Once at the dock, we took a small ferry for about 10 mins to our first island. We rode through small villages where we instantly became celebrities. Little children, elders, and locals all kept yelling out hello as we passed by. The road was not paved and a bit rugged, however, the bikes that we had were more than sufficient to handle it. As we drove through the villages, we came across tons of fruit and vegetable plantations such as mango, banana, papaya, jackfruit, etc.

Man on bicycle giving high five to a small child on a dirt path

High-fiving the local children

Man on bicycle riding on path along a river

Riding along the river

A much welcome snack of fresh tropical fruit

Our next stop was a little silk weaving workshop where we were given plenty of water and fresh fruit. We got to see how silk shawls and clothes are madeā€”from the silk worm to the loom. You can also purchase silk goods for cheap.

Green sign showing silk weaving workshop

Silk weaving workshop

Slices of watermelon and pineapple on plates on wooden table

Some of the fruit we got, as well as mangoes and dragonfruit

After that, we rode down some old dirt tracks, through more local communities, and past farmland to a massive Buddhist pagoda. Here we got to check out a small school for the local village children.

Yellow Buddhist temple in a yard

The serene Buddhist temple we visited

School children on bicycles under the shade of a tree in Cambodia

School children getting ready to go home

Delicious Khmer lunch to end off the trip

To end off the trip, we were taken to a local Khmer restaurant to eat lunch. We could sample portions of many dishes: fried fish, ginger chicken, beef lok lak, eggplant and tofu, chicken curry, and mushroom salad. Our guide Amom gave a nice speech back at the bike shop before handing us cold towels to cool off. The tour finished by 1:00pm. It was a great way to get out of the city for the day and into nature.

Four different Cambodian food dishes on table

Delicious meal for lunch

Bulls pulling a cart in a field with palm trees in the background

Farm life just across the city

Cambodia bike tours are also offered in Siem Reap with the same company if you’re looking for something different to do apart from Angkor Wat!

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