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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.
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).
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.
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 made—from the silk worm to the loom. You can also purchase silk goods for cheap.
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.
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.
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!