User Reviews (2 Reviews)
- Grasshopper AdventuresFirst to ReviewJul 17, 2012
We took two other tours of the Cambodian countryside while in Siem Reap - one on quads and one on horseback - and we loved them both. Our bike tour with Grasshopper Adventures was undoubtedly the best way to not only see the Cambodian countryside, but also to have some interaction with the people. We not only covered 30km of dusty, bumpy countryside roads, we also visited a market, a school and a family who weave baskets for a living (among other things).
At the market, our guide explained how people gathered there every morning for breakfast, showed us some of the local delicacies and then bought them for us so we could enjoy a morning snack. He encouraged us to take photos and told us people would be open to it - and they were. At the school, we went into the classroom, learned a bit about what the children were studying (even quizzed a kid on maths) and handed out fruits we had brought with us from the market. Our final stop was at a home where three generations of women were weaving baskets. Our guide told us a bit about the process and how the family sold them. We were able to walk around their property, see their pig and get a glimpse of their life. No other tour we went on provided us anywhere near this kind of interaction with local people - limited as it was - and for that I not only want to thank Grasshopper Adventures, but I would recommend them to others who want to do more than just see the Angkor temples.
The service they provided - from booking inquiries to hotel pick-up and drinks after the ride -was excellent. We stopped multiple times along the way for breaks and our guide frequently bought us more cold water (it was a HOT day!). We went with our two daughters (the 9 year old on her own bike and the 6 year old on a tag-along bike behind my husband) and the guide was very considerate and protective of them. Throughout the service was great and they took excellent care of us.
All in all - highly recommended. Next time I go to Siem Reap, I will likely tour the temples with Grasshopper Adventures. Given my experience with them this time, I am sure they would do an excellent job with the temple tours and it would be a really different way to experience them.