Cambo Quest

14 Day Off-Road Motorbike Tour of Cambodia

We’ll circle the whole country, touching upon the borders of all 3 neighbouring countries: Vietnam to the East, Laos to the North and…

Tour Highlights

Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong.

Visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Visit the 'Killing Caves' of Phnom Sampeau.

Stay in a beautiful floating river lodge, tucked away on Tatai River, accessible only by a 5km boat ride.

Experience a range of truly unique & luxurious accommodation.

Swim beneath waterfalls.

Cross over the beautiful Cardamom mountains.

Venture deep into the jungle on the ‘Tiger Trail’

Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers.

Visit the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.

Spot the endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphin on the Mekong.

Cool off in 'Yeak Laom' volcanic lake.

Camp on an island in the middle of the Mekong River with a sunset BBQ prepared by a local family.

Visit the stunning clifftop Preah Vihear temple on the Thai/Cambodia border.

We’ll circle the whole country, touching upon the borders of all 3 neighbouring countries: Vietnam to the East, Laos to the North and Thailand to the North and West. This dirt bike tour of Cambodia will take you on a huge variety of terrain, exploring deep jungle trails, visiting remote villages, crossing rivers & mountains, visiting the most spectacular temples in the country and finishing at a stunning resort on Tatai River.

Cambodia is a truly beautiful and immensely interesting country and this dirt bike tour ventures far off the beaten track to showcase the very best of the country!

You will be met by your tour leader at the hotel in the morning. He will accompany you on a tour of the capital city and its surrounding areas, giving you the chance to learn about Cambodia’s dark history.

Visit the S21 Genocide Museum, the Killing Fields, and the bustling Russian Market. In the afternoon you will receive a full briefing of the trip ahead over a few cold beers, followed by a sunset dinner cruise on the Mekong river.

  • Accommodation: 4* hotel with the best rooftop pool in the city.
  • Included Meals: Lunch, dinner.
  • N.B. While you are welcome to schedule a flight to arrive in the morning of this day, you'd likely arrive too late to participate in the day's activities. We'd therefore recommend you arrive a day earlier. We'll happily arrange extra nights accommodation for you at the same hotel, but please be aware this will come at an additional cost. As for airport pickup - this will still be included if you arrive early.

We’ll swiftly leave the chaos of Phnom Penh behind us, crossing the mighty Mekong river on a local ferry. Before getting stuck into the dirt we will stop at a buddhist pagoda and receive a good luck blessing from one of the local monks.

We’ll then head north, riding alongside the river up towards the riverside town of Kampong Cham. We’ll ride a mix of tarmac, dirt roads and trails, ride across a river island and – if the water level is low enough – finish the day by blasting along a sandy beach alongside the Mekong!

  • Accommodation: Riverside hotel.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Sticking to the side of the Mekong river we will continue north, passing through small villages and fishing communities. We stop at a riverside temple for refreshments before hitting the dirt… Today we will ride a great mix of easy trails, winding dirt roads and some tarmac sections.

To finish up the day we’ll board a couple of longtail boats and chug out into the middle of the river to visit the critically endangered Irrawadee river dolphin – cold beers in hand and a beautiful river sunset, it’s a very special way to end the day! To top it off, we finish at a beautiful resort on Kaoh Trong Island!

  • Accommodation: Traditional style villa resort with a swimming pool.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

We leave the Mekong and ride East on a mix of tarmac and dirt roads. After lunch we have some excellent trail options. For the experienced riders we have the option for some technical off road riding on the old ‘King’s Highway’. The King’s highway offers an exciting mix of rocky hills, tighter singletrack and bamboo bush that snakes up into the hills.

The easier option will follow the route of the support vehicle, sticking to the smooth blacktop that winds up through the green forests.

The afternoon is an easy but exhilarating ride on singletrack and dirt roads, through pine forests and over rolling hills.

We are now in the beautiful Mondulkiri hill province of Cambodia. We stay in wooden bungalows in a nature lodge, where cows and ponies roam free outside your balcony. We’ll finish the day with cold beers around a roaring campfire.

  • Accommodation: Basic nature lodge bungalows.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Rocky hills, fast-paced dirt roads, open sandy tracks, tight single track and creek crossings – all broken up with tarmac sections in between – today has it all. We’ll finish the day with a swim at a remote waterfall, before arriving at our hillside resort. A brilliant days riding that lands us in the beautiful Ratanakiri province.

  • Accommodation: Hillside resort with a pool.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

The capital of Ratanakiri, Banlung, is home to the spectacular Yeak Laom volcanic lake. Placed in the midst of dense tropical forest, the crystal clear water will be a refreshing break before another day on the bikes tomorrow. Banlung also has some great waterfalls and hill tribe communities for those that wish to explore the area.

  • Accommodation: Hillside resort with a pool.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

We start by riding a winding dirt road until we reach our first boat crossing of the day. After refreshing with a cold coconut we’ll board the wooden boat and chug over to the other side where the trails await. 35km of amazing dirt roads and sand trails that wind through the trees, cross through rivers and pass through remote villages. We cross another two rivers on wooden boats before reaching the end of the trail.

It’s then a cruise on a wide & dusty road back towards the Mekong River where a private boat will be waiting for us. We’ll load the bikes and enjoy a 20 minute cruise up the river, with a cold ‘Beer Lao’ in hand, to Preah Rumkel where our campsite and BBQ awaits!

This is one nights camping you will never forget! We recruit a local family to set up the camp site so that it’s waiting and ready to go for when we arrive. We base the camp on the sunset side of the sandy beach so you can enjoy swimming in the Mekong River while watching a spectacular sunset. Dry off by the camp fire and enjoy some ice cold beers and a BBQ feast… this is camping Ride Expeditions style!

  • Accommodation: Private campsite on a river island. We provide everyone with their own tent, blanket, pillow and air mattress.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

The boats will pick us up from our island in the morning and take us over to the west side of the river for a local breakfast. A short ride up river along twisting dirt roads are the breathtaking ‘Khone Falls’ – by volume, the largest set of falls in the world – almost twice the volume of Niagara Falls! It’s then a blast on dirt & tarmac roads before cutting onto an awesome trail through to Preah Vihear province.

We visit the spectacular Preah Vihear temple in the afternoon – perched high on top of a hill on the Cambodia/Thai border, this is one of our favourite ancient Angkor temples!

  • Accommodation: Boutique hotel with a swimming pool.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

A mix of dirt roads and trails today, stopping at the impressive Koh Ker ‘pyramid’ temple en route, as well as another small temple hidden in the forest.

Siem Reap is a beautiful and vibrant city. Excellent restaurants and a buzzing nightlife… ‘Pub Street’ will certainly keep you entertained for the evening!

  • Accommodation: 5* hotel.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Of course, no visit to Cambodia is complete without viewing the UNESCO world heritage site of Angkor Wat.

We’ll hop into tuk tuks and explore the temples with a knowledgeable local guide (you’re of course welcome to wander off on your own… we’re not a ‘follow the clipboard’ kind of company!).

We’ll head back to the hotel after lunch and the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. We would however strongly recommend you take a scenic helicopter flight above Angkor Wat… to witness the UNESCO World Heritage Site from this perspective is quite a special experience!

  • Accommodation: 5* hotel.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Leaving the city behind, we’ll head west towards the Thai border. We’ll ride a variety of dirt roads, tarmac and winding trails as we ride alongside rivers and through tiny Cambodian villages.

We’ll meet with our support vehicle for a western style picnic lunch before cutting the corner of the Tonle Sap lake and continuing to the old French colonial town of Battambang. You may even have the chance to sample some of the local rice paddy rats at one of the roadside BBQs! Mmmmm rat. Tastes just like chicken, of course.

  • Accommodation: Hotel with a swimming pool.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

We start the day by visiting Phnom Sampeau – a small mountain that is home to the chilling ‘Killing Caves’, a hill top temple and some very big guns. It’s an interesting and sobering experience as you learn more about the brutal recent history of Cambodia while eating some fresh mango and fending off thieving monkeys.

We’ve got some awesome trail riding too – fast paced dirt roads, steep rocky hills, river crossings and winding dirt tracks that climb up in the Cardamom Mountains providing breathtaking views across the hills.

We stay in the tiny mountain town of ‘Pramaouy’. Dinner will be a massive BBQ feast at the guesthouse. But first, why not join the locals for a game of bowls, or take a stroll into the town to sample some of the local dumplings?

  • Accommodation: Basic guesthouse in a small mountain town.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

The final day of this dirt bike tour of Cambodia kicks off with a stunning dirt road that winds up and down through the hills. We then have a water crossing on tiny wooden rafts before venturing into the jungle! Tight singletrack, creek crossings, rocky hills and possibly fallen trees to duck under/carry bikes over. Our support vehicle will be waiting at the end of the trail with some much needed refreshments!

After lunch we will pay a quick visit to a waterfall before cruising down and out of the mountains on a mix of exhilarating dirt and concrete roads.

We reach the Tatai River where we’ll dismount our steeds for the last time. This is where we say goodbye to the local support team as they’ll now load the bikes onto the trailer and transport them back to Phnom Penh.

Then it’s onto the boat to grab a cold beer and enjoy a slow cruise 5km down the river where the luxurious floating river lodge awaits. This is a truly stunning place and the perfect way to bring such an epic adventure to an end!

  • Accommodation: Floating river resort.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Swim in the river, go for a paddle in the kayaks, or simply enjoy a relaxed morning on your balcony at the waters edge.

The boat will take us back to the main road where a minivan will be waiting to take us back to the capital city of Phnom Penh.

  • Accommodation: Not included.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast.

Our Cambodia motorcycle tours are accompanied by a Toyota Tundra 4×4, equipped with a winch, off-road bumpers, snorkel, Fox performance suspension and big wheels with off-road tyres.

This will be towing a twin-axle off-road trailer capable of carrying 10 bikes with a built-in generator and air compressor.

The backup vehicle & trailer will carry all of your luggage, spare parts & motorcycle, tools, extensive medical kit (in addition to the kit carried by the tour medic), defibrillator (AED), stretcher, cold drinks and lunch.

Our support truck will meet with us at lunchtimes and the driver will prepare a picnic with fresh baguettes, imported cheeses & meats, fruit etc.

The truck will then meet us again at the accommodation where the driver will hand out cold beers from the coolbox and have your bags sent to your rooms.

Twin-share accommodation is included as standard. Please see the daily itinerary info for details on that nights accommodation.

On this tour we use 4-5* hotels in the bigger cities and the best available in smaller towns & villages. We also stay in a floating river lodge, a traditional style villa and a nights camping on an island in the middle of the Mekong River.

Please see the ‘Optional Extras’ section for single room supplement pricing.

You’ll be collected from Phnom Penh (PNH) airport – if possible, we recommend you arrive the day before Day 1.

At the end of the trip we will arrange a minivan transfer from our final accommodation back to Phnom Penh (PNH) airport for your return flight home. We recommend booking an evening flight, but we can arrange earlier transfers if required.

All entrance, boat or river crossing fees that are part of the itinerary.

Your tour will be led and managed by a highly experienced member of the Ride Expeditions team (trained as a wilderness first response medic).

Ride Expeditions Ltd is committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. At no extra cost to you, and in accordance with ‘The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018’, all passengers booking with Ride Expeditions Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.

The policy also includes repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Ride Expeditions Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Travel through Evolution Insurance.

During the COVID-19 crisis, every rider that requested a refund was issued a cash refund.

All fuel for your motorcycle is provided by us.

This motorcycle tour is accompanied by a GPS tracker that displays our live location and track history on an online map. We will provide you with the link and login details which you can then share with your family at home so they can track your progress throughout the trip.

Your Cambodia motorcycle tour will be guided by an experienced local who knows the trails like the back of his hand!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided on most days.

Please see the daily itinerary to see what meals are included on each day.

The tour will be accompanied by at least one mechanic, riding at the back of the group, providing assistance when needed. For groups of 10+ riders, an additional mechanic will also join.

At least one member of the support team will have been trained as a Wilderness First Response medic.

An extensive medical kit including a defibrillator (AED) & stretcher is carried in the support vehicle.

We also have consulting doctors on call, 24/7, who are always ready to assist in the case of an emergency. Our doctors are fully briefed on all riders medical info prior to the tour, they know what we do, where we are riding, exactly what we have in our medical kit and what training our medics have.

Tours are accompanied by GPS trackers and a satellite messenger device so our doctor and office can see exactly where we are and can maintain communication.

If you have you your own suitable & reliable motorcycle at the start point, you are quite welcome to use that for this trip. If not, we will provide a rental motorcycle for you… Please see the Dates & Prices section for available bikes.

The cost of shipping the motorcycle to the start destination is also included.

Since the day Ride Expeditions started running tours in Cambodia back in 2012, we have been dedicated to supporting the local community.

Part profits from every motorcycle tour are donated to M’Lop Tapang – a local Cambodian charity dedicated to bettering the lives of young children & their families.

A Ride Expeditions jersey with your name printed on the back.

Playing our part in rainforest & wildlife conservation and in an effort to off-set our carbon emissions, we donate part profits to World Land Trust.

A licensed local guide will accompany you in the tuk tuks for a half day trip around Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm temples.

Hop in the tuk tuks and take a tour around the sights of Cambodia’s capital city. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll visit the Killing Fields, S21 Genocide Museum and the bustling Russian Market.

We’ll welcome you with a bag of Ride Expeditions goodies which will include:

  • T-shirt;
  • Baseball cap;
  • Map;
  • Stickers;
  • Mug;
  • Keyring;
  • Neck tube.

You’ll need to book a return flight to Phnom Penh (PNH) airport to arrive on or before the morning of Day 1 of this trip and depart in the late afternoon/evening of the final day of the trip.

It is important you either:

  • Book a flexible flight ticket that allows you to make amendments or cancel without penalty;
  • Have travel insurance that you will reimburse you for out of pocket expenses incurred by a cancelled trip;
  • Do not book your flights until we have notified you that this departure is guaranteed.

Please be aware that you are responsible for all damage caused to the motorcycle.

If you would like an extra layer of protection, we do offer our own damage protection plan. Please see the 'optional extras' section for more information.

  • Alcohol;
  • Laundry;
  • Souvenirs;
  • Any meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Recovery, oil, spare parts, labour or other indirect costs resulting from the damage or repair of your motorcycle;
  • Emergency transportation;
  • Any other item, optional excursion, activity or entrance fee that is not specifically mentioned as being included.

It is a condition of booking that you obtain appropriate travel insurance that covers you for riding the same capacity motorcycle that you’ll be riding on this motorcycle tour.

The insurance must cover emergency evacuation, medical bills, repatriation etc.

Enduro / motocross style kit will be the way to go on this motorcycle tour, rather than adventure / road riding kit. We recommend you bring an extra layer and waterproofs to keep out the wet stuff.

You'll also want some decent armoured protection and please do bear in mind that we will sometimes be riding on the road... 'dress for the slide, not the ride!'

A 12 minute flight above Angkor Wat.

All damage to the motorcycle is then covered by us. Please bear in mind that this excludes water damage or damage due to irresponsible riding (for example, a failed wheelie attempt).

INCLUDED:

  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Boots
  • Trousers
  • Knee/elbow pads
  • Chest/back protection
  • Gloves

Single room accommodation is available for every night of the trip.

Yes, there are ATMs in the larger towns, but not the villages.

Don’t forget to tell your bank you are heading to Cambodia, as without this information they will most likely think some rogue hacker is dipping into your account and promptly block your card!

Yes, and we advise you do. Upon arrival at the airport, in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, there are booths selling SIM cards. We recommend the Smart network. Top up $5-10 and be sure to ask the staff for the special promo codes. This should easily last you the entire trip. The 3G/4G network in Cambodia is very, very good – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

While the Cambodian locals love their meat, it’s no problem for the restaurants / hotels to prepare vegetarian meals. Fresh vegetables & fish are plentiful in Cambodia.

As for food allergies, we will make every effort to communicate your requirements to the kitchen. If you have concerns, please do get in touch so we can discuss these with you.

Most nationalities do, yes. Whilst you can obtain a 30 day tourist visa upon arrival, we strongly suggest you obtain an e-visa prior to your arrival. The process is simple and visas are usually granted within a few days, but here’s the best part… when you land in Cambodia, you’ll be able to smugly walk past the long queues of tourists applying for their visas upon arrival!

Follow this link for Cambodian entry requirements. This is link to the UK foreign office website – if you are not a UK resident, please search for the equivalent info from your home country’s foreign office.

Visa costs, if applicable, are not included in the tour price.

To secure your place we simply need a £500 non-refundable deposit. The remainder does not need to be paid until 60 days prior to the tour start date.

As this is a largely inclusive tour, you won’t need much. You will only need money for the items not listed as inclusions, which is mainly just alcohol, souvenirs, a couple of meals and any other personal spending. Unless you go mad in the gift shops and bars, around $100 – $150 should easily be adequate. Shopping in Cambodia tends to be very reasonable so you can get quite a lot for not much!

Yes. Here at Ride Expeditions, we take the necessary precautions to ensure that we protect both ourselves and you as the customer, with insurances covering financial failure, public liability, professional indemnity and employers liability (you will need your own travel insurance).

To obtain this insurance we must meet strict safety standards and local regulations. We must also carry out thorough risk assessments about all aspects of a tour before tyres can hit tarmac (…or dirt!).

Yes. All passengers booking with Ride Expeditions Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy also includes repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Ride Expeditions Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Travel through Evolution Insurance.

Not riding the motorcycle, no (although this will of course depend on the extent of your limited mobility). However, we may be able to accommodate you in our support vehicle. We advise you to give us a call and we can discuss.

Despite what you might expect, the internet and mobile coverage across Cambodia is excellent! There are a couple of overnight locations on this motorcycle tour where wifi might not be available… Even here, there will be decent 4G coverage.

For the most accurate and up to date info, we advise you visit the ‘Travel Health Pro’ website. Follow this link to visit the site.

Please also consult with your own doctor at home at least 8 weeks before your trip.

To be legally riding in Cambodia you are required to carry your local driving licence, which must cover the size of bike you will be riding. This will also be a stipulation of any travel insurance company too.

You will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP is basically an official, multi-language translation of your driving licence.

Average group sizes are 8-9 riders and we limit the groups to 12 riders.

If you cancel your booking before departure, cancellation charges will be applied as follows:

  • 61 days or more before tour start date – retention of deposit
  • 42-60 days before tour start date – retention of 50% of tour price
  • 28-41 days before tour start date – retention of 70% of tour price
  • 0-27 days before tour start date – retention of 100% tour price

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for further info regarding cancellations, changes and transferring your trip to a friend.

The official local currency of Cambodia is ‘Riel’, however you do not need to acquire any of this prior to your arrival. Bring US dollars with you. US dollars are used across the entire country and you will naturally acquire a pocket full of Cambodian Riel as you go.

For the most accurate and up to date info on travel advice for Cambodia, we advise you to visit the foreign office website.

Follow this link for Cambodian advice from the UK foreign office. As we are a UK company, this is the official government advice we follow. If you are not a UK resident, we advise you search for the equivalent info from your own country’s foreign office, as travel advice may differ.

This tour is predominantly off-road, so a good amount of off-road experience is more than beneficial. You do not need to be a pro by any means, but you’ll want to be comfortable riding a wide variety of terrain, including deep sand, steep rocky hills, rutted trails and gravel roads. A good level of fitness would also helpful.

As a very rough guideline, we’d recommend a minimum of 1 year of active (frequent) off-road riding. If you are unsure of your experience, please let us know and we will talk you through. We may also recommend you take an off-road training course prior to signing up to the trip – not only to get more experience, but so a professional instructor can assess your riding ability.

Cambodia is a pretty hot country all year round. The dry season runs from November – May. The first 3-4 months of this season are less humid and generally cooler at night. April & May are very hot and humid months.

The wet season runs from June – October. Don’t be put off though – some of the best riding is in the wet season… There is no dust, some muddy conditions are incredibly fun and the landscapes are filled with lush greenery and full rice paddies. That said, September and October are statistically the wettest months of the year – to ride out here during these months you must have a great sense of adventure as plans can change quickly! You must also be prepared to get very very wet and possibly go swimming with the bike.

The minimum required number for this trip to run is 6 riders. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if this number is not met and we will provide you with a minimum of 56 days notice. Please know that this is an absolute last resort for us and we will always do everything in our power to avoid this happening.

We accept GBP payments by Visa, Mastercard & American Express and direct bank transfers. Please get in touch if you would rather pay in another currency – we’ll do our best to accommodate!

For Cambodia there are three associated plug types, A, C and G. Plug type A is the plug which has two flat parallel pins, plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type G is the plug with three rectangular pins, in a triangular pattern.

Dates & Pricing

Tour Price

  • Rider (Incl. bike rental): £3895
  • Rider (own bike): £2920

The Motorcycles

  • Yamaha WR250F (Included)

Optional Extras

  • Angkor Wat Heli Tour + £130
  • Protective Riding Gear + £300
  • Bike Damage Cover + £360
  • Single Room Supplement + £425
  • Start Date: January 20, 2022
  • End Date: February 2, 2022

Expedition Leader:

Toby

Tour Price

  • Rider (Incl. bike rental): £3895
  • Rider (own bike): £2920

The Motorcycles

  • Yamaha WR250F (Included)

Optional Extras

  • Angkor Wat Heli Tour + £130
  • Protective Riding Gear + £300
  • Bike Damage Cover + £360
  • Single Room Supplement + £425
  • Start Date: November 22, 2022
  • End Date: December 5, 2022

Expedition Leader:

Toby

Tour Price

  • Rider (Incl. bike rental): £3895
  • Rider (own bike): £2920

The Motorcycles

  • Yamaha WR250F (Included)

Optional Extras

  • Angkor Wat Heli Tour + £130
  • Protective Riding Gear + £300
  • Bike Damage Cover + £360
  • Single Room Supplement + £425
  • Start Date: January 7, 2023
  • End Date: January 20, 2023

Expedition Leader:

Toby