Explore Mekong Island
Get to know the Cambodia that's a little off the beaten track, on a cycling tour that gets you out of the city and explo[..]
There aren’t many better ways to see a country than by bike. Eco-friendly, fast, and able to reach those places a little further of the tourist trails, a good, old-fashioned cycling holiday led by a local means you can get further off the beaten track than ever before, and enjoy that freeing sensation of sweeping along beautiful roads to fascinating new discoveries.
And Cambodia is no exception to the, better explored by bike, rule. Our cycling holidays in Cambodia show you the very best of the landscape, the lush jungle and majestic coastlines and backwaters near Kampot, to the offbeat rural experiences or hidden city gems around Phnom Penh you simply wouldn’t find alone.
A sleepy backwater of a town, Kampot offers that slow pace of life in romantically beautiful scenery, all of which means there are wonderful adventures to be had by bike. Head out and discover incredible offbeat experiences and local communities, and really get to know rural Cambodia in a way few tourists do.
A seething maze of dusty streets that flood with tsunamis of tuk-tuks, winding alleys that lead to lively bars and quiet corners of incense-scented temples, Phnom Penh is a true assault on the senses, so a cycling holiday that gets you out of the city and exploring the countryside can be extremely rewarding.
Cycling holidays allow you to reach places and see sights that ordinarily would be out of reach. When you jump on a bike, there is virtually nowhere out of reach. You can make it deep into the countryside to discover unique rural experiences, you can navigate the narrow tracks or alleyways that big tour buses can’t, and you can achieve the childish sense of joy that comes from discovering new sights at every bend as the wind rushes through your hair.
In Cambodia, a cycling holiday isn’t just about city markets and stunning temples (even if there are plenty about), it’s about getting right off the beaten track and discovering small villages outside Phom Penh, about stumbling upon local communities and picturesque pepper plantations or abandoned, eerie homes in the countryside.
There are few feelings as rewarding as getting back from a long day out in the Cambodian countryside, enjoying the sweeping country roads and the shimmering rice paddies, before sitting back in a vibrant local bar for an ice-cold beer as the sun goes down, or firing up a fish grill in Kampot after a day discovering the local hidden gems out in the sticks.
A cycling holiday in Cambodia with Not In The Guidebooks takes you directly to these authentic experiences thanks to your local guide. All our guides and hosts are passionate about showing off the best, non-touristy parts of their home, they want to show you the best trails and the best roads to cycle on, and the unique, local things to do at the end of them.
Forget planning routes and worrying that you’re missing out on the best sights and things to do, you can simply relax as you freewheel through the stunning scenery.
Head out of the capital city of Phnom Penh to explore the lesser-travelled Mekong Island, discovering villages where artisans that work with silk make their home, local family homes growing a rich abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, and beautiful, vibrant green fields and quiet waterways. Get a taste for the slow pace of rural life and laze with a lunchtime beer as the locals go about their business, and start to understand a little of what the real Cambodia is.
Alternatively, the quiet backwater of Kampot offers a wonderful array of offbeat, unique experiences that can be discovered by bike. Dreamy sunsets and incredible national parks provide the backdrop for pepper plantations and empty holiday homes abandoned during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, making Kampot an incredible location to explore by bike.
Wherever you go for a cycling holiday in Cambodia, you can be sure that you’ll create memories of unique experiences that last a lifetime.
People who haven’t ridden a bike since they were 12, those looking for offbeat trails and long days in the saddle, or those just looking to experience a place in a more unique way, everyone is welcome on our cycling holidays in Cambodia.
Your guides will be experts in judging the length and difficulty of each ride, and make sure that they take you to the very best places along safe routes, so that you can simply relax and drink in the scenery, and enjoy the sensation of sweeping through the Cambodian countryside.
All you need to bring is energy, a sense of curiosity and a thirst to discover something new. Sound like you?
We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.
We’ve got local partners all across Cambodia, from the manic streets of Phnom Penh, all the way to the sleepy waterways and beautiful countryside of Kampot. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in Cambodia means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.