Tumble in the Jungle

9 Day Off-Road Motorbike Tour of Cambodia

This off-road motorcycle tour of Cambodia kicks off in Siem Reap with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat. Piloting…

Tour Highlights

Swim beneath waterfalls.

Cross over the beautiful Cardamom mountains.

Venture deep into the jungle on the ‘Tiger Trail’.

Lots of quirky bridges, river crossings and challenging hill climbs on the old ‘Smuggler's Trail’.

Fast paced dirt roads, steep rocky hills, river crossings and winding dirt roads.

Start in Siem Reap, home of the ancient temple of Angkor Wat - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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.

Camp on top of a cliff in Kirirom National Park

This off-road motorcycle tour of Cambodia kicks off in Siem Reap with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat. Piloting the Yamaha WR250F, you’ll ride jungle trails, cross rivers on tiny wooden rafts, tackle steep rocky hills and camp high on top of a cliff, overlooking the jungle below.

You’ll stay in an incredible range of accommodation, from floating river lodges to luxury resorts, straw roof bungalows to 5* hotels. You’ll learn about the brutal history of Cambodia, eat some amazing food and experience the ‘real Cambodia’.

You’ll be greeted by your tour leader in the morning at the hotel. From here, it’s into the tuks tuks for a trip out to the World famous Angkor Wat temple complex.

After this we’ll venture out for a traditional Cambodian lunch before heading back to the hotel.

A recommended optional activity for the afternoon is to hop in a helicopter to take a scenic flight above Angkor Wat. Witnessing the UNESCO World Heritage Site from a totally different perspective is certainly a special experience!

Later in the afternoon you’ll receive a full briefing of the trip ahead, after which we’ll head to the famous ‘Pub Street’ for a welcome dinner.

  • Accommodation: 5* hotel.
  • Included Meals: Lunch, dinner.
  • N.B. We recommend you arrive a day early to avoid missing out on today's activities.

The first day of riding on this Cambodian motorbike tour and we’ll swiftly leave the city behind, heading west towards the Thai border, stopping along the way at a buddhist pagoda to receive a good luck blessing from a local monk.

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 day kicks off with a stunning dirt road that winds up and down through the hills and a water crossing on tiny wooden rafts. Then it’s into the jungle along the ‘Tiger Trail’! Tight singletrack, creek crossings, rocky hills and possibly fallen trees to duck under / carry 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.

Tonight’s destination is a floating resort on Tatai River – this place is just stunning and you won’t be disappointed that we’re staying here for two nights!

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

A non-riding day gives you the chance to relax before the next half of the trip. Choose to swim in the river, relax at the lodge, or take the kayaks for a paddle down river. If it pains you to be away from your bike, there would also be the option to go back to take a ride out to the Thai border and down to the beach. Either way, it’ll be a good day!

  • Accommodation: Floating river resort.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast.

Today we will tackle the old ‘Smuggler’s Trail’. Steep and technical rocky hills, lots of quirky bridges, river crossings and some really fun single track trails.

A tough but awesome day’s ride that lands us in the beautiful riverside eco-village of Chiphat. Late afternoon we will take cold beers down to a nearby waterfall for a swim.

  • Accommodation: Traditional thatched bungalows on stilts.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

A terrific mix of terrain today: there’s some fast paced jungle riding, stretches of sand, rocky sections and plenty of river crossings. A technical and varied days riding that lands us in the pine forests of Kirirom National Park.

We’ll be camping tonight, in what is probably the most beautiful camping spot you’ll ever see. Perched on the edge of a cliff, surrounded by pine forest at the top and overlooking the jungle at the bottom. We’ll send a team ahead to set up the camp and have a fire and feast waiting for us! Tonight will be a good night.

  • Accommodation: Clifftop camping. We provide everyone with their own tent, air mattress, blanket, pillow and we bring our own shower and toilet.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

It’s the final riding day of this off-road motorcycle tour of Cambodia and you get straight onto the trails that wind through the pine forests – this is enduro riding heaven and you’ll be sad the riding is now coming to an end!

Finish with celebratory beers back at base before hopping in tuk tuks that will take you over to an excellent hotel that has the best rooftop swimming pool in the city!

In the evening we’ll board a private boat for a sunset cruise along the Mekong River, with stunning views of the city and the Royal Palace.

We’ll then enjoy a farewell dinner at an excellent riverside restaurant. For those who want to keep the party going, Phnom Penh won’t disappoint!

  • Accommodation: 4* hotel with a rooftop pool.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Before leaving Cambodia we would strongly recommend a visit to some of the sights around the capital city. The Killing Fields and the S21 Genocide Museum – while by no means fun – are incredibly interesting and eye opening… after witnessing the ‘real Cambodia’ as you’ll have done for the past 10 days, visiting these sights will really amaze you.

Cambodia and it’s people are simply incredible, and now you’ll fully understand why!

  • 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 and a nights camping on top of a cliff overlooking the jungle below.

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

You’ll be collected from Siem Reap international airport, (REP). If possible, we recommend you arrive a day early.

At the end of the trip we will arrange transfers from our final accommodation to Phnom Penh international airport (PNH).

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.

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 flight arriving in Siem Reap (REP) airport on or before the morning of Day 1 of this trip. You will then fly out of Phnom Penh (PNH) airport on the last 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): £2495
  • Rider (own bike): £1900

The Motorcycles

  • Yamaha WR250F (Included)

Optional Extras

  • Helicopter ride - Angkor Wat + £130
  • Protective Riding Gear + £165
  • Motorcycle Damage Protection + £190
  • Single Room Supplement + £325
  • Start Date: December 7, 2021
  • End Date: December 15, 2021
  • Only 4 places remaining.

Expedition Leader:

Toby

Tour Price

  • Rider (Incl. bike rental): £2495
  • Rider (own bike): £1900

The Motorcycles

  • Yamaha WR250F (Included)

Optional Extras

  • Helicopter ride - Angkor Wat + £130
  • Protective Riding Gear + £165
  • Motorcycle Damage Protection + £190
  • Single Room Supplement + £325
  • Start Date: February 13, 2022
  • End Date: February 21, 2022
  • Only 5 places remaining.

Expedition Leader:

Toby

Tour Price

  • Rider (Incl. bike rental): £2495
  • Rider (own bike): £1900

The Motorcycles

  • Yamaha WR250F (Included)

Optional Extras

  • Helicopter ride - Angkor Wat + £130
  • Protective Riding Gear + £165
  • Motorcycle Damage Protection + £190
  • Single Room Supplement + £325
  • Start Date: December 11, 2022
  • End Date: December 19, 2022

Expedition Leader:

Toby

Tour Price

  • Rider (Incl. bike rental): £2495
  • Rider (own bike): £1900

The Motorcycles

  • Yamaha WR250F (Included)

Optional Extras

  • Helicopter ride - Angkor Wat + £130
  • Protective Riding Gear + £165
  • Motorcycle Damage Protection + £190
  • Single Room Supplement + £325
  • Start Date: January 25, 2023
  • End Date: February 2, 2023

Expedition Leader:

Toby