Although mountain biking is for everybody, the hot and humid Cambodian climate is definitely not, so if you can’t imagine yourself pedalling around the countryside, a quad adventure might be your pick.
These automatic quad bikes are easy to drive and it’s a great way to get out and see some of the countryside and how people in rural Cambodia live.
Two companies offer quad bike tours: one in Siem Reap (Quad Bike Adventure) and one in Phnom Penh (Blazing Trails).
Quad Bike Siem Reap
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the Angkor area. Specially designed for off-road travel, Quad Bike Adventure offers different tours for beginners and more experienced drivers.
After clear instructions and practice, provision of a helmet and raincoat (if necessary) you head off into the countryside to explore remote villages and the surrounding countryside.
You’ll do some practice first, so the tour can be adapted to the level of the drivers. There’s no official minimum age, but the question is actually not age, it’s experience. A 12-year-old who grew up on an Australian farm where his family owns a quad can have more experience than an 18-year-old from Paris, who has just passed the exam for his driver’s licence.
Quad driving is not only for fun but also for a good cause. With the help of travellers who join the tours, Quad Adventure Cambodia supports a school and orphanage in Chres village.
This company is located just 200 metres before the Choeung Ek memorial site (the Killing Fields). On a half-day tour, you will start by visiting the infamous Killing Fields. Then, with the quads, the guides will show you isolated villages and pagodas along the Prek Thnot River, southwest of Cambodia’s capital.
You get to see what most tourists miss if they stick to the tried and tested routes. It really is a great way to experience life in the countryside and to see the real Cambodia, where the majority of the people still live a rural lifestyle. You will drive across the forest to see bananas and mangos plantations and go to the Kampong Kdol pagoda known for its statue representing Buddha’s life.