motorcycle tours cambodia

- THE TOUGH ONE -

OK, so you’re looking for a challenge?

This Cambodia motorcycle tour kicks off in Siem Reap, giving you the chance to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat.

We’ll then cut across the corner of the Tonle Sap Lake on some fantastic sandy trails before heading up into the Cardamom Mountains. With such a vast array of terrain – from steep rocky hill climbs, to crazy river crossings, the Cardamoms are a true haven for the dirt biking enthusiast.

This adventure is an exhausting but very rewarding ride – you do not need to be a pro to complete this ride, but you do need to have a good amount of off-road experience and a high level of fitness!

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Tour Key Points

  • Skill Level Required - Intermediate to Advanced
  • Tour Type - Off-road
  • Distance - 1,300km
  • Duration - 10 days (8 riding days + 2 non-riding days)
  • Tour Price - £2395
  • Start City - Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • End City - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tour Dates & Prices

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Tour Key Info

  • The motorcycles: The highly capable Kawasaki KLX300 is the standard inclusion. For the more experienced rider we have the Yamaha WR450F as an upgrade option. All bikes are 2013+ fuel injection models with appropriate modifications.
  • Medical support: A western medic will be riding with the group. He carries an extensive trauma kit with him on the bike and has a larger medical kit in the support vehicle.
  • Support crew: professional local guides/mechanics and a support vehicle to carry your luggage, spare parts and a spare motorcycle.
  • Duration: 10 days total including 2 non-riding days.
  • Terrain: Mostly off-road with a huge variety of riding terrain available, from tight jungle singletrack to fast open sandy tracks.
  • Average daily ride hours: 5 – 8 with plenty of drink / photo stops.
  • Suitable for pillion riders? No.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Stay in a rural Cambodian homestay.
  • Experience some epic trail riding through the Cardamom mountains.
  • Fast paced dirt roads, muddy sections in ‘sticky land’, steep rocky hills, river crossings and winding dirt roads.
  • Lots of quirky bridges and river crossings on the old ‘Smugglers Trail’.
  • Visit the pine forests of Kirrirom National Park.
  • Loop around the top of the Elephant Mountains on our way down to the old French colonial riverside town of Kampot.
  • Ride up 1,000m to the top of Bokor Mountain, and visit the old French colonial hill station.

CAMBODIA MOTORCYCLE TOUR ITINERARY

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (5)You’ll be greeted by your tour leader in the morning. He will have arranged for a local guide to take you around the ancient temples of Angkor. You’ll visit ‘Angkor Wat’, ‘Bayon’ and ‘Ta Prohm’ – if this is your first visit to Cambodia, these ancient sites will blow your mind!

Later that afternoon you will be given a full tour briefing at the hotel, where you will meet the rest of the support team and your trusty steeds that will now be neatly lined up outside the front of your hotel.

In the evening we will all enjoy a welcome dinner where you will all get to know each better over a traditional Khmer dinner.

Accommodation: 5* hotel.

Included meals: Lunch, dinner.

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (6)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 Cambodia 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 pool.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (13)We’ve got some awesome trail riding today, from fast paced dirt roads, muddy sections in ‘sticky land’, steep rocky hills, river crossings and winding dirt roads that climb up in the Cardamom Mountains providing breathtaking views across the hills.

We stay in the tiny mountain town ‘Paramaouy’. Dinner will be a massive BBQ feast at the guesthsoue – but first, why not pop next door for a couple of cold beers and aspot of volleyball with the locals?

Accommodation: Guesthouse.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (7)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, into the jungle! 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 Koh Kong – a riverside town close to the Thai border. We’ll enjoy dinner at a restaurant on the river.

Accommodation: Riverside hotel with a pool.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (9)A non-riding day gives you the chance to relax before the next 5 riding days. We’ll have a private boat pick us up from our hotel and cruise us up the beautiful river. Your local guide will prepare a huge BBQ lunch on the rocks as you do a spot of fishing or swim in the clear waters. We’ll also take a couple of kayaks with us, should you want to go for a paddle.

You’ll arrive back at your hotel late afternoon. The evening is spent at your leisure.

Accommodation: Riverside hotel with a pool.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch.

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (11)Today we will tackle the old ‘Smugglers Trail’. Steep and technical rocky hills, lots of quirky bridges, river crossings and some really fun single track trails. A tough but awesome days 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: Homestay style guesthouse.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (1)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 Kirrirom National Park.

Accommodation: Hotel resort with a pool.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (8)A great days riding today as we loop around the top of the Elephant Mountains on our way down to the old French colonial riverside town of Kampot. We have options for easy, medium or difficult trails on flat or hilly terrain. Witness the terrain change as you’re now riding in Southern Cambodia – absolutely beautiful!

Accommodation: Riverside resort.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (3)We’ll ride up 1,000m to the top of Bokor Mountain. The beautifully smooth winding roads are incredibly fun, with plenty of switchback turns and breathtaking views across the Gulf of Thailand. We’ll visit the old French colonial hill station and climb the stairs to the top of a deserted casino for some spectacular views. It gets quite cold (for Cambodia) at the top so we can also pop into the new casino for a hot coffee and croissant! Back down the mountain, we’ll cruise along towards the coastal town of Kep, stopping for a lakeside picnic lunch on the way, before hitting the trails for an exciting afternoons ride.

In the evening we’ll go go to a seafood restaurant on the rocks.

Accommodation: Seaside hotel with a pool.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

motorcycle-adventure-tours-cambodia-tough-one (4)We’ll kick off the final days riding by riding East along the coast towards the Vietnam border. We’ll stop for a group photo on the beach before turning north… Beautiful scenery, stunning Cambodian villages, twisting singletrack and fast-paced dirt roads. It’s a great final days riding, and we finish off with an absolute gem of a trail that takes us right up to the edge of Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh.

Celebratory beers are in order back at our base, before hopping in Tuks Tuks that’ll take you to your hotel, situated in Phnom Penh’s bustling Riverside area.

If time permits, we’ll board a private boat that will take us for a short sunset cruise on the Tonle Sap & Mekong River, before dropping us back at an excellent riverside restaurant where we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner. For those that want to keep the party going, Phnom Penh won’t disappoint!

Accommodation: 4* hotel with a rooftop pool.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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Your motorcycle tour expert

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Why book with Ride Expeditions

Ride Expeditions is a British owned company that has always operated with the standard of ‘combining expert local knowledge with high western standards‘. It is this winning combination that has resulted in our success of running the ultimate motorcycle adventure tours.

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As a UK Ltd company we have been able to affiliate ourselves with the PTS (Protected Trust Services), giving you the consumer 100% financial security when booking a tour through Ride Expeditions Ltd UK.

Tour Inclusions

  • Kawasaki KLX300
  • 3rd party motorcycle insurance
  • Western medic riding with the group
  • Global Rescue cover for all riding days
  • 4×4 support vehicle + spare motorcycle
  • Professional local guide / mechanic(s)
  • Quality twin-share accommodation as per itinerary
  • All fuel
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Ride Expeditions personalised travel app (for android & ios)
  • Ride Expeditions jersey (with your name on it!)
  • Welcome pack
  • Airport pickup (Tuk Tuk)
  • Entrance fees / crossings etc.
  • Welcome day tour of the Angkor temples
  • We donate a percentage of tour profits to a local charity / school​
  • 1 tree planted on your behalf

Tour Exclusions

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Motorcycle damages (we require a £500 security to be 'held' on your card. Alternatively, we can offer our own damage insurance - see 'Optional Extras' below.)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcohol
  • Other personal expenses
  • Emergency transportation

Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to Yamaha WR 450f + £360
  • Single room accommodation + £190
  • Protective riding gear + £170
  • Motorcycle damage insurance + £170 (KLX) £200 (WR)

Cambodia Motorcycle Tour Bikes

KAWASAKI KLX 300

YAMAHA WR 450F

Rider Testimonials

Nick Jackson reviewed:

“A fantastic experience, much more than just a holiday! Toby and Anna, ably supported by our guide Chea and the support truck driver Thea, provided a really good service. Everything was well organised and they were able to amend our schedule to meet our changing requirements and abilities, whilst remaining calm and entirely unruffled. The hotels were of a good standard. The village home stays, whilst being basic, really allowed us to experience Cambodia and its people close up. The trails were incredible and sufficiently demanding to stretch our abilities beyond our limits! Their love for the country and its people shone through and their charitable work in Cambodia is to be admired. Keep it up!”

Ian Gibson reviewed:

“I would never have put a dirt bike tour of Cambodia onto my bucket list, even if I had one BUT…. having done this tour with Toby, Anna, Chea and Thea I would urge you to add it to yours! Don’t miss this chance to see a beautiful country and its people in a way no tour bus could ever do. The thrill and sense of achievement at the end of each day coupled to the mental decompression of all you have seen, tasted and smelled at the end of the tour cannot be beaten. Do it with friends and definitely do it with Ride Expeditions!! They really know their country, their equipment and how to treat their customers!”

Stan reviewed:

“I started this trip with not much expectations. The ride was as hard or as easy as you wanted catering for all riders. Every time we entered towns the locals were so happy to see us running to the street to greet us. The local guide knew every track in Cambodia, every day brought new tracks and types of terrain. The tour was informative from before we left austarlia to the last day. We took in local food and culture as well as a hard days ride. Hard enough to enjoy many beers. The ride felt we were always with mates not on a tour. With freedom to ride the bikes hard. Love to come back and recommend to anyone who can ride a bike and looking for adventure. This was the best way to see the country.”

Kat Kingsley reviewed:

“I recently completed the tough ride. Being a female rider I was a little nervous knowing it would be a ‘boys’ trip. From the moment I arrived I felt very comfortable and confident that I would be looked after. The tour guides/mechanics are experienced and very helpful and best of all are very lovely people. I felt the value for money was great and very well catered to western standards (the best they could). The trip was challenging at times but thats what makes it a great achievement 🙂 Toby made sure we knew what to expect in the morning briefs and the team was there to help every step of the way. I had so much fun on this trip, made some great friends and will have these experiences with me forever. I would recommend it to anyone (within their riding abilities of course :))”

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Cambodia Motorcycle Tour FAQ

Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the ‘Tough One’ Motorcycle Tour of Cambodia. For all other FAQs related to payments and our company in general, please visit the General FAQs Page.

Q: Do I need a motorcycle license for riding in Cambodia?
A: Yes. Please do not believe any tour company that tells you “the riding is off-road, so a license is not required”… this is not true – to reach any of the off-road trails we will have to ride on public roads where licenses are required. It’s not the legal aspect that concerns us most though – it’s your travel insurance… Without a motorcycle license, you will not be able to obtain travel insurance that covers you for riding 250+cc motorcycles, period. This puts your safety hugely at risk… if you are laying on the ground with a broken neck, we will call in a helicopter… if you do not have travel insurance, the helicopter will not start it’s engine. Need we say more? You need a license!

Q: Does it have to be an international license?
A: Yes – these are cheap, quick and easy to obtain in your home country. And contrary to out-of-date information spread across the web, these ARE accepted in Cambodia. Again, most travel insurance companies will not cover you without this as you’ll technically be riding illegally in Cambodia.

Q: What happens if I damage the motorcycle?
A: Apart from the usual wear and tear, you are liable for any damage caused by ‘rider error’… we have two options for you: 1. For an extra £170 (KLX) – £200 (WR) we offer a damage protection plan – any damage caused to the motorcycle is then covered by us (with the exception of falling off due to a failed wheelie attempt or drowning the bike in a river!); 2. We will ‘block’ £500 on your debit/credit card as a security against motorcycle damage – this will money will not leave your bank account unless you damage the motorcycle. If you do damage the bike, we will be as fair as we possibly can – we never intend to profit from damage charges.

Q:: What currency should I bring with me?
A: 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.

Q: Do I need a visa for Cambodia?
A: Yes. Whilst you can obtain a 30 day tourist visa upon at arrival, we strongly suggest that 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!

Q: Where do I fly into?
A: Cambodia has two international airports… one in Siem Reap and another in Phnom Penh. For this trip, you would ideally fly into Siem Reap and out of Phnom Penh. If you would prefer to book a return flight to Siem Reap, you can hop in a taxi from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap for approx $70 – it’s a 5 hour journey on good roads.

Q: How do I carry my main luggage?
A: All of our tours are supported by a well-equipped support vehicle… this will carry your luggage, spare parts, a spare motorcycle and a box of cold drinks. The support truck will meet with us throughout the day to provide refreshments and a freshly prepared lunch. We always keep some seats free of clutter, so there is space for you to sit if you’re injured / sick.

Q: How big is the group?
A: Average group sizes are 6-9 riders. In Cambodia, we ride with a maximum group size of 15 riders.

Q: Do we always ride as a group?

A: We try to stay as a group, but if some riders want an easier ride we can split the group to ride different trails.

Q: Will we have a local guide?
A: Yes. All of our tours are accompanied by at least one local guide / fixer.

Q: Will a mechanic be riding with us?
A: Yes, of course. At least one mechanic will ride at the back of the group. A second mechanic will accompany the larger groups.

Q: Is there any medical support?
A: Yes. This tour is accompanied by a western qualified medic who will be riding with the group and carrying a substantial med-kit, satellite phone and GPS tracker.

Q: What is Global Rescue?

A: Global Rescue is the world’s leading medical & evacuation provider. Global Rescue membership is included in this tour package and will cover you for all riding days. In the event of an emergency, our medic / office will liaise with Global Rescue, ensuring that the best help is on it’s way to you as fast as possible.

Q: What happens in case of an emergency?

A: Our medic will choose the best course of action depending on the situation. He will have a medical kit with him and he can use our satellite phone to contact Global Rescue / our support vehicle / our office. We will assist from our office – we can see your location from the GPS tracker and we’ll have the details of your travel insurance company. Where safety is concerned, rest assured, you’re riding with one of the most prepared motorcycle tour operators in the world.

Q: What riding kit should I wear?
A: As a minimum you should be wearing a motocross/enduro/adventure style helmet with goggles, knee & elbow pads, gloves and a sturdy pair of motocross/enduro/adventure style boots, riding pants and a lightweight jersey (we provide you a Ride Expeditions jersey with your name printed on the back). Chest/back protection and a neck brace is also highly advisable.

Q: I don’t have my own riding gear – do you have any I could rent?
A: Yes, we do have high quality gear that is available for rent… the price is $250 for all gear (although we can of course provide individual items of kit at a lower price): helmet, boots, jersey, pants, knee/elbow pads, chest protection, goggles, gloves. However, to ensure maximum comfort we would always advise that your bring your own kit if possible.

Q: Can my family see where I am?
A: Yes. The tour will be accompanied by one of our GPS trackers that tracks our location throughout the trip. We will send you a link to the online map and you can share this with friends / family.

Q: Do I need any immunisations for Cambodia?
A: Yes. For obvious reasons (we’re not doctors!), we do not like to advise on which ones you should / should not get. Please visit your local GP and explain you will be visiting Cambodia and riding deep into the jungle.

Q: What about malaria?
A: Don’t be worried! Whilst it does exist in Cambodia, it is not that high risk. Again, please contact your local GP for advice.

Q: You have an app???
A: Hell yea we do! Our brand new travel app (available on Android and IOS) will house all your booking details. It will help you get ready for your trip, notify you of any changes we’re making, have a breakdown of the itinerary, show you the local weather and you’re even able to keep a personal journal within the app! It’s very very useful.

Q: What is the food like?
A: Amazing! Ok, so you might eat more noodles and rice than you are used to, but the Cambodian flavours & combinations are excellent. Want to try something different… Fried tarantula?

Q: Are there ATMs on the way?
A: Yes, in all towns, but not the villages.

Q: What is the accommodation like?
A: Please see the drop down description of each days ride under the ‘itinerary’ heading. Daily accommodation is described here. We use excellent quality accommodation where available. In the smaller towns & villages we will stay in the best available accommodation – but please be aware that this can sometimes be quite basic… but that’s all part of the experience!

Q: Is Wi-Fi available throughout the tour?
A: Before we continue, let us just say if you’re caught on Facebook at the dinner table, it’s an instant $5 fine that goes towards that nights drinks bill! You’re out here to have the experience of a lifetime… Facebook can wait.

Now, despite what you might expect, the internet and mobile coverage across Cambodia is excellent! There is only one overnight location on this tour where wifi might not be available… even here, our guides will have 3g coverage on their mobiles, so you can always hotspot if it’s important.

Q: Can I get a sim card in Cambodia?
A: 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 $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 surprised!

Q: Is accommodation included on the last night of the tour?
A: Yes. Please see the drop down description of each days ride under the ‘itinerary’ heading.

Q: Is it safe to drink the tap water?
A: A big fat NO. This will ruin your trip. Drink only bottled water and be sure to check the seal and squeeze the bottle to check for leaks. We also advise that you rinse with bottled water after brushing your teeth and always clean the top of canned drinks before opening.

Q: Is the ice safe?
A: Generally, the round ice cubes with a hole in the middle are safe to have in your drinks – these are made with purified water. It is the crushed ice that can be bad, mainly due to the way it is transported and stored.

Q: Are salads safe to eat?
A: Most places will wash salad with purified water, but not all. We would advise avoiding salad in the smaller / rural restaurants that are catering to locals only.

Q: What will the weather be like?
A: Cambodia is a warm country all year round.

Cambodia’s dry season runs from November – May. The first 3-4 months of the season are less humid and generally cooler at night. April & May are very hot months and very humid.
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! You must also be prepared to get very very wet and possibly go swimming with the bike.

Q: Who operates this tour?
A: This tour is operated by Ride Expeditions in collaboration with our local Cambodian partner. We believe it is this winning combination of western standards and local knowledge is what has made our tours so successful.

Cambodia is where Ride Expeditions was born… we love it and we know it well!

Q: How do I book?
A: To secure your place we simply need a US £500 non-refundable deposit. The remainder does not need to be paid until 30 days prior to the tour start date.

Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept most major credit/debit cards. We can also accept direct bank transfers. We do not accept Paypal or American Express.

Q: Is my money safe?
A: Yes. We a member of Protected Trust Services (PTS). Whenever you book a tour with us, your money is paid into an independent trust account managed by PTS. This money is insured against the failure of our company or any of our suppliers. We couldn’t run away with your money even if we wanted too!

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KAWASAKI KLX 250 / 300

We use the new fuel injected (2013+) models of the ever faithful Kawasaki KLX250, most of which we bore out to 300cc to improve performance. All of these bikes have been modified with strong handlebars, hand guards, performance exhausts and fuel controllers / ECU’s. This machine is the perfect trailbike to reliably and comfortably take you on an adventure of Cambodia.

YAMAHA WR450F

If you are looking for a powerhouse trail bike, it doesn’t get much better than the awesome Yamaha WR450F. Equipped with an astonishingly powerful yet usable motor, the fuel-injected Yamaha has legions of fans all over the world from Brisbane to Baja. For our Cambodian tours the WRF makes light work of the sweeping dirt roads but is precise and controllable in the deep jungle trails – just right for the more experienced off-road rider.

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