We will begin with a tour of the capital city and it’s surrounding areas, giving you the chance to learn about Cambodia’s complicated history. You will visit the important S21 Genocide Museum, and the Killing Fields where the mass killings by the Khmer Rouge occured. On a lighter note, we will afterwards head over to the bustling Russian Market or even test your aim at the shooting range. In the afternoon you will receive a full briefing of the trip ahead over a few cold beers, followed by a meal at a charming riverfront restaurant.
Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham
130km - 5h of riding
In the morning, we will jump on our bikes and quickly leave the chaos of Phnom Penh behind us, crossing the mighty Mekong river on a local ferry to start our Cambodia motorbike adventure. We’ll then head north, riding alongside the river all the way up towards the riverside town of Kampong Cham. We’ll ride a mix of concrete and dirt roads and trails and across a river island finishing the day by riding an 800m long bridge made entirely out of bamboo! Then, we’ll be spending the night in the riverside town of Kampong Cham.
Kampong Cham – Kratie
We’ll be clinging along the side of the Mekong passing through tiny fishing villages and communities on our Cambodia motorbike adventure. We’ll enjoy a break at a riverside temple before we head back into the twists and turns of the jungle on windy roads. Then we’ll cross the Mekong on a small ferry to the small town of Kratie which lies along the riverbanks. There’s no better way to end the day then by toasting a few beers over the sunset.
Kratie – Sen Monorom
Cambodia motorbike travel doesn’t get any better as we leave the Mekong and head east. Today you’ll have options. The experienced riders will get the chance to ride along the epic “King’s Highway” which snakes through tight bamboo bushes through rocky hills. For those looking for something more relaxed, we have a concrete path that carves through the beautiful forests. In the afternoon, we ride into the hill province of Mondulkiri where we’ll stay in traditional bungalows and enjoy a night under a million stars alongside a beautiful campfire.
Sen Monorom - Banlung
Day 5 will have us passing through the Mondulkiri province where we’ll ride along parts of the old ‘Death Highway.’ Don’t let the name scare you too much! It is just a little harder than riding on concrete roads offering instead a mix of dirt tracks, sandy & muddy trails, bamboo forests and rivers. This a brilliant day’s riding that lands us in the beautiful Ratanakiri province.
We have been doing some serious riding on our Cambodia motorbike tours so it will be good to have a little rest. The capital of Ratanakiri, Banlung, is home to the spectacular Yeak Laom volcanic lake. Placed in the midst of dense tropical forest, the turquoise coloured water will be a refreshing break before another day on the bikes tomorrow.
Here you can swim, hike or simply nap under the big trees. If you are really itching for adventure, Banlung also has some great waterfalls and hill tribe communities for those that wish to explore the area.
Banlung - Laos Border
160km - 6h of riding
Now that you are rested, you are ready for another day on the road of our Cambodia motorbike tour! We will start the day by riding a winding dirt road until we reach our first boat crossing. After refreshing ourselves with a cold coconut, we’ll board the wooden boat and chug over to the other side where the trails await: 35km of amazing trail that wind through the jungle, cross through rivers and pass through remote villages.
After this, we will cross another two rivers on wooden boats before reaching the end of the trail. Back on dirt road, we cruise back towards the Mekong River and load our bikes onto another wooden boat that we will have called in! This will take us 15 minutes up the river to Preah Rumkel right up to the Laos border where our campsite and BBQ awaits!
Laos Border - Preah Khan
220km - 7h of riding
The boats will pick us up from our private island in the morning and take us over to Laos for breakfast. That’s right: head over to another country just for breakfast! We’ll then return to Cambodia where our bikes will be lined up waiting for us for another journey.
After a short ride up river along twisting dirt roads, we will see the breathtaking Mekong river rapids. We’ll then turn south where we’ll be presented with the option to either ride an awesome trail through the jungle, or stick to the easier dirt roads straight to our destination.
Either way, we will find ourselves at Preah Khan, a spectacular deserted temple that is surrounded by jungle and untouched by tourists. We’ll explore the complex as the sun sets and then head to the nearby village where our homestay host (and the village chief) will be awaiting with a cooler full of cold beers and a mammoth feast…this guy always puts on a fantastic spread for us!!
Preah Khan - Siem Reap
110km - 6h of riding
After breakfast, we will saddle up for another awesome day of Cambodia motorbike travel over to Siem Reap, stopping at Beng Mealea temple for lunch. We’ll be riding Cambodia’s very own ‘route 66‘ – an ancient highway that connects the city of Angkor Wat with Preah Khan. Over the past 700 years, the route has transformed into an incredible riding trail through the jungle. We will stop at hidden old “rest stops” temples and ancient bridges that are hidden in the undergrowth.
Of course, a Cambodian motorbike tour is incomplete without a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Angkor Wat. This is a day for exploring one of the most beautiful places in the world. Siem Reap is an incredible city with hundreds of great restaurants, bars and bustling markets for you to explore and enjoy everything the great place has to offer.
Siem Reap - Battambang
185km - 6h of riding
Now we’ll head west towards the Thai border. Hopefully you got a little rest yesterday because today will be a variety of dirt roads and winding trails as we ride past lakes and alongside rivers.
We’ll stop for lunch besides a large reservoir before continuing to the old French colonial town of Battambang. You’ll even have the chance to sample some of the local rice paddy rats at one of the roadside BBQs! Mmmmm rat. Doesn’t that sound good? We promise it tastes just like chicken, of course!
Battambang – Pramaouy
Get ready for some high adrenaline on our Cambodia motorbike adventure as we roar across fast-paced roads, muddy section and the incredible rocky hills that wind across the Cardamom Mountains and offer incredible panoramas across the mountains. In the evening, we’ll arrive in Paramaouy, a tiny mountain village. There we’ll enjoy an amazing barbecue dinner and maybe try our hand at a little game of volleyball. Watch out, the locals are quite good!
Pramaouy – Koh Kong
Our Cambodia motorbike travel will jumpstart with a mountain adventure racing up and down the hills and over the water crossing by tiny wooden boats. We then head along narrow bamboo paths ducking under the canopy and jumping over downed trees. After all this adventure, our team will be waiting with some refreshments at the foot of an amazing waterfall. By evening, we’ll reach Koh Kong— a beautiful town right on the river near the Thai border where we’ll enjoy dinner and a little relaxation!
Koh Kong - Sihanoukville
250km - 7h of riding
There’s no better way to end our Cambodian motorbike tour than with today’s incredible riding. In the morning we’ll travel along the beautiful smooth roads that wind through the mountains and visit the impressive Tatai waterfall along the way.
After stopping for lunch we’ll have the option to ride sandy trails that lead into tighter singletrack paths through the jungle. Then, we will finish up on a white sandy beach in time to enjoy ice cold beers while watching the sun setting over the Gulf of Thailand…The perfect way to end this epic trip!