Off the Beaten Track Cycling Tour | Half Day | SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

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  • On this 21km bike tour, experience Siem Reap beyond its temples and tourist traps!
  • Explore the Cambodian countryside and encounter the village life of local people.
  • Visit the rice fields, a local market, learn to make handmade baskets and sample rice wine!
  • Suitable for all ages. English-speaking tour guide included.

  • Save your place with a small deposit today. Pay the rest later.
  • Deposit 100% refundable until 48h before your start date.
  • Big group? Contact us for discounts.

This popular half-day cycling experience (21km) is designed for cyclists who wish to experience Siem Reap beyond the temples and tourist traps!

This tour takes you through the picturesque paddy fields into the interiors of Siem Reap. Your friendly guide will take you off the beaten track to visit the local villages, where you can interact with villagers as they go about their day to day lives, and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Siem Reap’s countryside. (Unseen by most tourists to Siem Reap!) Travel across the dusty roads to reach the local marketplace and mingle with some of the traditional potters and rice winemakers. Take one or two sips if you like!

Siem Reap Off the Beaten Path Cycling Tour – Tour itinerary

  • Morning session: 7:40am-12:00pm
  • Afternoon session: 1:40pm-5:30pm

Stop 1: Paddy Fields

Our tour begins with a bike ride to Siem Reap’s sprawling rice paddy fields, where your guides will introduce you to the day-to-day routines of local farmers. Many of our guides will be able to give you an in-depth insight into this agricultural activity, having worked in the fields with their parents from a young age.

Stop 2: Handmade Baskets

On our next stop, we will take you to view handmade baskets woven by our local villagers. Get to know our weavers and learn more about this intricate craft, which is traditionally passed down from parent to child.

Stop 3: Local Market

Our third stop will be at a bustling local market, where you will be able to take in the sights and sounds of locals buying and selling produce. Discover local products not found anywhere else in the world!

Stop 4: Rice Wine

On our final stop, we will take you to a local rice wine distillery. Here, you will learn more about the processes involved in the making of rice wine as well as its use in holistic medicine. And yes – if you’re wondering – you will also get to sample a taste!

What’s Included

  • English speaking tour guide
  • Mountain bike
  • Pickup and drop off from hotel
  • First aid kits
  • Bike maintenance
  • Cold towel
  • Drinking water
  • Village compensation fees
  • Helmet

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Practical Info

Please note that this experience needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance, as we need time to ensure everything is ready to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience!

  • Estimated cycling distance: 21km.
  • Cycling environment: Flat terrain, dirt road.
  • Fitness level needed: Average.
  • Guide to cyclists ratio: 1 guide to 5 cyclists.
  • Safety: Our cycling guides are first-aid trained and carry a first-aid kit with them during the experience. A safety vehicle also accompanies the group on this experience.
  • Riding style: Group ride, solo travellers, family, children, senior citizens. This tour is suitable for all ages.
  • Children: If you have children below the age of 16 or group ride more than 5 people, please ask our customer service for special rates.


Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.


Butterfly Tours

Butterfly Tours is a leading bike tour company in Cambodia operated and owned by a group of university students. Visitors taking our tours are guaranteed an experience like no other; besides viewing truly local and stunning sights, you will simultaneously be supporting an eco-friendly and sustainable effort that directly benefits rural Cambodian communities.

Butterfly Tours goes beyond being an ordinary tour company. As advocates of young Cambodian leadership, we believe in the power of education and the development of entrepreneurship. Our stance reflects the ultimate aim of our company: To create local, empowered, and independent Cambodian employers and employees who will ultimately contribute to the development of Cambodia’s local economy and the environment.

Our tours are specially designed for you to:

  • Take a relaxing bike ride through local Cambodian villages in Battambang, Siem Reap, and Kampot—away from the usual tourist hotspots
  • View and photograph magnificent scenery of the Cambodian countryside
  • Observe Cambodia’s rural ways of life—visit local temples and learn about the variety of cottage industries, as well as our rich agricultural livelihoods
  • Immerse yourself in “the local”—sample authentic Cambodian cuisine and learn about our unique Khmer customs and culture!
  • Meet friendly Cambodian children and villagers!

Our tours benefit local Cambodian communities:

  • We train local students and youths to be your guides, in turn offering them employment and leadership opportunities
  • We personally nurture and develop leadership and managerial skills of our Butterfly team members, who are made up of Cambodian youths from the countryside
  • Within villages, we engage local Cambodians to share their knowledge and skills with us, who in turn share them with you when you take our tours!

On a larger scale, our tours seek to:

  • Educate visitors on the socio-cultural and economic landscape of Cambodia
  • Deepen visitors’ knowledge on local Cambodian cultures and customs
  • Support the integrity of local cultures by favouring businesses and local goods that conserve the cultural heritage and traditional values of Cambodia
  • Support the local economy through the purchase of local goods from small Cambodian businesses
  • Conserve the local environment by engaging businesses that are eco-friendly and sustainable
  • Develop sustainable forms of tourism that create more jobs and support local Cambodian trade and investment


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