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When is the best time of the year to do a road bike tour in Cambodia?
November to May is the dry season and the best time of the year to do a tour. The rest of the year is the wet season where the weather is temperamental and the country is prone to flooding.
How big is the size of the tour group?
We like to keep the tour size to a maximum of 8 riders.
In smaller groups, you get a more enriched experience and you won’t get lost in the crowd.
How many guides will there be on tour?
We run every tour with a minimum of two guides for safety reasons. There’s always a lead guide and a “tail end Charlie”.
Do you do dirt bike tours?
The short answer is no, the longer answer is that we are a road bike company and not a dirt bike company.
Do I need a motorcycle licence?
Yes, and an International Driver’s Permit with the motorcycle endorsement.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you need a visa to enter Cambodia. You can obtain a visa either on arrival into Cambodia or online at least a week before you travel.
Your passport must have a minimum of 6 months validity before date of entry into Cambodia
The cost of the visa is not included in the tour price.
Please see www.evisa.gov.kh for more information.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory. Please ensure that you are covered to ride a 200cc motorcycle.
Are flights included?
Can my friend/partner be a pillion?
The bikes are not designed for two westerners. There are opportunities to jump on the back but it’s not recommended for the whole tour as it puts too much stress on the bike. If you want to bring a non rider on tour it’s best to have a support vehicle.
How far will we be travelling each day?
The distances vary, but we try not to go further than 250 – 300 km’s in one day.
We like to allow plenty of time for photo opportunities, food, drinks and rest stops in order to reach our destination safely.
Cambodian road conditions vary from good to bad to ugly and at times can be chaotic. It is all part of the adventure.
How do I pay for a tour?
We can only accept a direct bank transfer as Cambodia is very behind the times when it comes to modern banking and especially using credit cards.
A $200 USD deposit is required to confirm your tour booking. The remainder is due 60 days before tour commencement.
Is Cambodia safe?
Keep your belongings secure at all times. Use the hotel safes for excess cash and for storing your passport.
- Do not carry your wallet in your back pocket.
- Do not carry too much cash on you.
- Do not leave phones, tablets, wallets and other important items on tables and bars.
- Do not wear gold necklaces.
- Use common sense and you will have a trouble free adventure.
What vaccinations do I need for Cambodia?
Please consult with your local doctor for what vaccines are recommended for visiting Southeast Asia.
I’m a vegan, will I be able to eat on tour?
Truly vegan options are only available at restaurants in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampot and Battambang. Meat, eggs, fish sauce, oyster sauce and chicken stock are basic staples in the Cambodian diet.
The country has known starvation in recent living memory. Not choosing to eat something out of choice is a foreign concept to many locals in the countryside.
What’s the internet like in Cambodia?
Bring along your smart phone and tablet. Many of places we visit and stay at have free wifi and it’s quite fast. Cambodian SIM cards are very cheap (approx. $2 USD + $5 USD for internet) and available everywhere.
We recommend the telecom companies Cellcard and Smart as their coverage is excellent.
What is the currency of Cambodia?
The local currency of Cambodia is the Khmer Riel (KHR), however, the US Dollar is widely used.
All ATM’s dispense USD’s, the KHR is used for small purchases and as change. On average $1 USD is equivalent to 4000 KHR.
Do not try to exchange currency into KHR before arriving in Cambodia as it’s not possible.
Please note that Cambodia is a cash country, credit cards are rarely used except at major hotels and western supermarkets.
What should I bring with me?
At a minimum, you will need a good pair of riding boots, helmet, gloves, 4 x socks, 2 x long sleeve shirts, 2 x pants for riding.
We provide the following for everyone on tour which includes items such as: an international power adapter, toilet paper, face mask, mosquito repellant, soap, torch, sunscreen, t-shirt, cap, stuppy holder (drink cooler) and a Cambodian scarf (krama).
I want to donate to a reputable charity?
Cambodia can be considered by some to be a 3rd world country. Poverty is prevalent, wages are low and charitable organisations are in the thousands. When faced with this reality our first instinct as people is to donate money. However, this often does more harm than good. There are other ways to support Cambodia without perpetuating begging, poverty and orphanage tourism.
Cambodia Motorcycle Adventures’ modus operandi is “responsible tourism”. We support local businesses and communities particularly those off the tourist trail. The non-profit organisations we advocate promote social enterprise, education and community outreach. These organisations make a genuine difference. Please see the links below: