EXPERIENCED MOTORCYCLE TOURS IN CAMBODIA SINCE 2003
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I GET TO ADVENTURE RIDER ASIA?
We are based in Kampot, a small town in the southeast of Cambodia. It takes between 3 and 5 hours to get there from Phnom Penh depending on your choice of transport (big bus, minivan or private taxi).
However, most of our tours start in Phnom Penh. If you’re flying in you will arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport. There are a multitude of licensed taxis waiting at the airport to take you to your hotel. We will later meet you there and talk about the exciting days ahead of us over a cold beer.
WHAT RIDING GEAR DO I NEED TO BRING ON A MOTORCYCLE TRIP?
For our motorcycle-day trips you don’t have to bring all your gear from oversees. We do have gear for rent. Helmets, booths, riding pants and long sleeve shirts, goggles, gloves, knee pads, elbow pads and chest protectors - it’s all here. However, supply is limited and we can’t guaranty that each and every item will fit you proper. If you have an unusual shoe size, its best to bring your own boots. If you don’t have MX boots bring a pair of proper hiking boots. Please note that we will not accept flip flops or low shoes!
If you decide to go on a multiple day ride with us you should be prepared. As most of our customers know: Your own gear fits you the best! If you buy brand new stuff it is essential to make sure that it is comfortable. Remember, you will wear it all day long, sometimes in harsh conditions. That is especially true if your motorcycle tour is off-road-orientated. For off-road dirt bike tours we use MX boots, MX helmets (no full face helmet with visor!!!), MX goggles, MX gloves, MX pants and riding shirts. Please don’t bring a motorcycle jacket for your dirk bike tour. The daytime temperature is usually around 30°C (86°F). Motorcycle jackets are just too hot and heavy. Save the room in your bag for some other piece of equipment.
In order to help reduce plastic waste here in Cambodia we don’t buy small, plastic bottles of drinking water any more for our multi day tours. We therefore require you, dear customer, to bring your own camel pack. It will be replenished with drinking water from a 20 Liter tank which lasts several days.
WHAT IF I HAVE PRESCRIPTION GLASSES?
If you go on an off-road motorcycle tour make sure you equip yourself with ‘over the glasses dirt bike goggles’ and test them before the trip. We do not recommend using contact lenses when going off-road because there will be a lot of dust on your dirt bike ride.
DO I NEED A LOT OF OFF-ROAD EXPERIENCE FOR A DIRT BIKE TOUR IN CAMBODIA?
Easy, Medium or Hard – choose the level that suits you best.
You don’t need off-road experience for a tour with this level of difficulty. You should be able to handle a motorcycle. That includes clutch and gear shift. There will be no mud, deep sand or river crossings on an Easy-dirt bike tour. We will only ride on gravel roads, some easy trails and tarmac.
You should have some dirt bike experience on gravel roads, sand, small trails and low river crossing. If it is possible, practice at home. You will feel more confident when going on an off-road motorcycle tour with this level of difficulty.
This is for the advanced rider with experience in more challenging terrain. You should be able to ride a dirt bike in deep sand, on single trails, in technical terrain, on rocks, up and down hill as well as crossing deep rivers and mud.
If you wish we can arrange a test ride to evaluate your skills and help you learn a little more about how to handle the bike and the terrain.
If you feel that your dirt bike tour package is too difficult or too easy we will change the itinerary according to your preference.
Please don’t forget: This is a tour, not a race! We ride as a team and help each other in difficult situations!
DO I NEED A FIRST AID KIT OR TRAVEL PHARMACY?
As part of our safety standard your guide will bring first aid gear and medication on the trip. However, you are welcome to bring your own too.
DO WE HAVE A SUPPORT VEHICLE?
Yes. We use a Toyota Landcruiser as support vehicle for multiple day off-road motorcycle tours. The support truck is your back up vehicle in case of injuries, fatigue or breakdowns. It carries your luggage and gear as well as spare parts and tools to service the bikes. If one of our dirt bikes has a major breakdown or an injured or tired rider can’t ride no more, the Landcruiser comes to the rescue and carries both rider and bike out of the wilderness.
Do you wish someone who is not into dirt biking to join the tour? No problem. Get them a seat in the truck and let them be a part of your adventure.
The support vehicle is not always able to follow us on the trails. Often it will take a different route. However, it will meet us occasionally during the day and every evening at the Hotel.
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?
We usually spend the night in a guesthouse, resort, hotel and occasionally in a so called ‘home stay’.
Depending on where we are, accommodation can be pretty fancy or rather basic (especially the home stays). We believe that spending the occasional night in very basic place is an experience in itself and therefore well worth going without the comfort we are accustomed to for a while as it brings us a little closer to everyday live in Cambodia.
We don’t do much camping. However, if you’re interested in sleeping in a tent or hammock please let us know. We can organize overnight camping at one of our special camping spots.
WHAT DO WE EAT?
Cambodia has a rather rich and varied cuisine including signature recipes such as 'Lok Lak', 'Amok' or 'Tom Yum Soup'. There will be plenty of opportunity to have a taste of these typical Khmer style dishes during your motorcycle tour.
Those who prefer a more familiar fare will be happy to hear, that all the major cities in Cambodia have plenty of restaurants catering to a more western taste.
Occasionally we will carry lunch packs so we can have lunch at a nice spot somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
If you are interested in the real exotic stuff like fried spiders and bugs, just tell us. We will happily guide you to the right places.
Please let us know if you are vegetarian or react allergic to certain food.
HOW DO WE CARRY OUR EQUIPMENT IF WE DON’T HAVE A SUPPORT VEHICLE?
This is not on a fashion show!
You don’t need much for our tours. Everything we need for the day and for the night fits in a backpack.
Choose a backpack which is not too big and not too small. The maximum size should be 45 liters. A good rule is: Better to carry a bigger backpack which is half packed than a backpack which is too small and therefore over-packed and uncomfortable.
Your backpack should contain a pair of long trousers for the evening, two shirts, a change of underwear and dirt bike riding socks, your personal medication, shampoo, a tooth brush, mosquito repellent, camera gear, a battery charger, a torch light and a pair of flip flops.
Please save some room for the packed lunch that we may have on certain days.
Your backpack pack should also have a chamber for a camel bag!
We don’t recommend rear panniers on off-road motorcycles as it will limit your riding ability and makes your dirt bike very heavy and difficult to handle in the sometimes rough terrain of Cambodia.
WHAT MOTORCYCLES DO WE RIDE?
We use Honda XR250L, Honda XR400 and Yamaha WRF 250 2010 model for off-road tours and Honda Africa Twin for on-road trips. For more details click here.
After more then 14 years of field experience we can say that the Honda XR250L is by far the most reliable 'dual – sport' off road motorcycle here in Cambodia and well suited for novice and intermediate riders.
The Honda XR250L handles the abuse of hard terrain, gravel roads, sandy trails and rocky hills with ease and is the best choice for our off road tours.
Our dirt bikes are specifically modified for off road tours. Both our off-road and on-road motorcycles are meticulously kept in a well maintained state.
We also can arrange Honda XR 400R or CRF 450x. Please book in advance and ask for a quotation.
HOW ABOUT MALARIA?
Malaria is prevalent mainly in the rural areas of Cambodia. It is uncommon, however, in the urban centers.
We do not recommend malaria chemo prophylaxis during your motorcycle tour as it may harm your riding ability and can have a lot of side effects.
Mosquito bite prevention is key! Clothing that covers the body, such as long trousers and long sleeves; socks etc., worn after dark will lower the risk of being bitten. Wearing light colors or white clothing might also help. Use a repellent that has DEET.
In critical areas we always use mosquito nets during the night. The guesthouses, hotels and 'homestays' that we use are equipped with mosquito nets, so you don’t need to bring your own.
Note: This information is designed to complement and not replace the advice your family doctor or travel health professional might give you. Please discuss your travel health requirements with your regular family doctor or practice nurse.
IS CAMBODIA A SAFE COUNTRY TO TRAVEL?
Yes, it is. Cambodian people are usually very friendly and happy help you should the necessity arise. It is generally considered save for female travelers to travel alone.
There are just a few rules you shouldn’t ignore:
Leave your valuable stuff such as jewels, gold and other expensive things at home.
When going out late carry only the amount of money that you need for the night. In Phnom Penh and other major urban centers pickpocketing is commonplace.
Use the safety box in the hotel for any valuable items.
Try to avoid riding your motorcycle or driving your car after dark.
Do not leave the road in areas with land mine signs.
Avoid huge crowds of people on and around an election day.
Always follow the advice of your tour guide.
Use common sense and keeps your wits about you.
WHAT ABOUT LAND MINES?
Cambodia used to be one of the most heavily mined countries in the world and there is still a large number of land mines buried in certain parts of the country. However, your guide has many years of field experience and knows very well where the critical areas are. When entering these places we will only use roads and pathways, that the local population uses on a daily basis and which therefore are save.
Just keep in mind: Follow your guide, stay on the well worn pathways and don't stray!
HOW ABOUT THE KHMER ROUGE?
The reign of the Khmer Rouge ended in 1979 and the guerrilla war that ensued was over by the mid 1990s. Even though the country still hasn't made a full recovery, KR is not an issue anymore in terms of traveler safety. Cambodia's military and police are in full control everywhere in the country.
WHAT INSURANCE DO I NEED?
For any motorcycle tour you must have comprehensive travel insurance from your country covering medical evacuation, hospitalization, etc…
Please consult your insurance company about what exactly is included in the insurance benefits.
WHICH INFECTIOUS DISEASES ARE PREVALENT IN CAMBODIA?
HIV and other STD
For any additional information please consult your family doctor or travel health professional.
WHERE DO I GET MY VISA?
You will get your visa on arrival directly at the airport or one of the international overland border crossings. The price for a one-month tourist visa is 30 USD. Don't forget to bring a few ID photos with you.
You can also arrange a one-month tourist visa through Cambodian embassies overseas or an online e-visa through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The price for a single e-visa is 30 USD, plus a 6 USD processing fee. To apply for an e-visa and to get further information please click here. All the prices mentioned above may be subject to change.
WHAT CURRENCY SHOULD I BRING FOR THE TRIP?
The official currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel. However, you don't have to worry about getting Riel for your trip because the US-Dollar is fully accepted everywhere in the country. Bring small bills though, as local shopkeepers may find it difficult to change anything larger than a $10 bill for a small purchase. The street exchange rate is 1$ = 4000 Riel. Click here for the official exchange rate.
You can bring Euros as well. It is not a problem to change Euros to US-Dollars in Cambodia. We can show you the best places to do so. To see the official exchange rate please click here.
There are plenty of ATM machines in places like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampot and other urban centers. Even in the country side some ATM's have been spotted lately. ATM's usually dispense US-Dollars but there are a few that dispense Riel as well.
SHOULD I BOOK THE BASIC PACKAGE OR THE FULL PACKAGE?
For small size groups, we recommend the BASIC PACKAGE as it gives you a higher degree of freedom when it comes to choosing hotels and food options. Your tour guide will be happily assist you in that matter.
The FULL PACKAGE option is better suited for bigger groups. It is designed to provide you and your travel companions with a carefree travel experience.
HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE?
Our tour guides are fluent in English and Khmer.
WHAT IS THE BEST RIDING TIME OF THE YEAR?
Cambodia has two seasons.
November – May (in the Cardamom Mountains: January - April): Dry Season
The vast majority of roads and trails are passable. River crossings are usually possible and most areas are accessible. November, December and January can get windy and even a little chilly at dusk, in the night and early in the morning. Especially in February, March, April and May it can get very dusty on the road.
June – October (in the Cardamom Mountains: Mai - December): Rainy Season
Some areas become inaccessible. Dirt roads and trails can turn into a muddy quagmire, even become inundated and impassable for dirt bikes. High water levels can make river crossings very challenging if not impossible. Nonetheless, especially in June, July and August it can be rather enjoyable to do an off-road tour as the scenery has turned into a lush, healthy green. Prepare to get wet though! From end of August until mid-October monsoon is in full swing and off-road riding becomes fairly difficult. At this time of the year, we only do easy tours.