Battambang, Cambodia
4 hours
3 / 10

One of our most popular half-day bicycle tours, Traditional Livelihoods is the perfect way to experience Battambang’s countryside. Cycle from place to place learning about the livelihoods of our local community, and enjoy the relaxing pace of village life.

Tour Features

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONButterfly Tours’ office in Battambang
RETURN TIMEApproximately 11:30AM or 5:30PM
YOUR GROUPSmall group, 1-8 people
ATTIREWear sensible and comfortable clothing!

Inclusions & Exclusions

WHAT’S INCLUDED Tuk Tuk pickup and drop off

Lead guide and assistant

Cold towel

Fresh coconut

Local bikes and helmets

NOT INCLUDED Travel insurance  Breakfast

Tour Itinerary

 Stop 1: Rice Paper

Donteay Village is nestled in the northern region of Battambang, roughly seven kilometres from the city. This village is well known for its unique hand-made products, including its production of rice paper—a fundamental ingredient in Asian cuisine!

 Stop 2: Bananas for Bananas!

For our second stop, we will visit a veteran villager who has been involved in the dried banana trade for over 20 years! Learn more about this local agricultural activity and the ways it has continuously supported many families of the village.

 Stop 3: Rice Wine

Time for a drink! On our next stop, we will take you to visit a local producer of rice wine. Learn more about the process involved in this local trade, and sample a taste of the sweet and smooth rice wine!

 Stop 4: Khmer Noodles

After some rice wine, we hope you are still peddling steadily at this point! We will next take you to observe the making of Khmer noodles using a manual wheat pounder—a tool not often seen in urban areas. Learn more about the simple yet intriguing process of noodle-making, an activity that has been the cornerstone of many Asian societies.

 Stop 5: Fish Paste Market

Up next, we will bike to the fish paste market—the largest market in Battambang. See and learn more about Cambodian fishery and the local livelihood this industry supports. Be warned though: The smell of fish paste might be a little off-putting at first, but not to worry, we won’t linger for too long!

 Stop 6: Bamboo Rice Cakes

We wind down our tour with a visit to the makers of bamboo rice cakes. Find out more about the processes involved in the making of this special countryside delicacy. As you head back to the city, enjoy the unspoiled views of the beautiful Battambang countryside!

Excellent bike tour

This is a well run and organised bike tour. Our guide, Ratana, was excellent. She was informative and friendly and made sure we were ok. Travelling in May, low season, meant my friend and I had our own tour and they were great at accommodating us at the last minute with a call just the night before our 7:30am tour the next day.
We did the livelihood tour which was a great way to see the local area and find out about household businesses people were running (dried banana, rice wine, rice noodles etc).
It was all flat so an easy ride and although for quite a few hours there were plenty of stops along the way. We were given water along the way, and a cool towel at the end of the ride to refresh!
This is a great organisation that was started by a university student for universitystudents. To give them a way to earn money and also learn how to run a business in case they want to start their own business at some stage. A great way for those studying English to practice their language skills as well as pass on knowledge about their community.

Visited May 2016

Your Guides

All tours are led by local English-speaking student guides who are more than happy to share about the country they know and love. Get to know our guides, and form lasting friendships with them!

A Cambodian Students’ Initiative

Your Ride

We use top quality local bikes for this tour. The ride is slightly challenging with off-road cycling through villages.

You have 3 options when you sign up for our tours. You may:

  • Sign up as an individual and join our tour group
  • Join us as a family on our special family tour
  • Take a private tour with us

Whether you’re going solo or traveling with friends, you will always be welcome to join our tour group. We keep our groups small, anything from 2 to 10 riders with 2 guides at a time, ensuring that you will always be safe and have the opportunity to make new friends!

As part of our tour group, you will be provided with:

  • Temple and/or local guides who will be with you at all times
  • Snacks and water during the entire duration of the tour
  • Cold towels and fresh coconut after your tour


  • 1 to 7 people – USD 18/person
  • 8 to 10 people – 15% off full tour price – USD 15.30/person

We love taking families on tour with us! Our family tours are always kept small so as to ensure your family’s safety at all times. We also have a range of children’s bicycles and baby seats, so everyone in the family will get to enjoy their day with us!

As part of our family tour, you will:

  • Be provided with helmets
  • Have our guides watching out for your family at all times
  • Have the flexibility of taking alternate tour routes (upon advice of your guides)
  • Be able to take more frequent and random stops
  • Be provided with snacks and water during the entire duration of the tour
  • Be provided with cold towels and fresh coconut after your tour


  • Adult – USD 20/person
  • Ages 1 to 5 years old – 40% off full tour price – USD 12/person
  • Ages 6 to 11 years old – 25% off full tour price – USD 15/person
  • Ages 12 to 15 years old – 15% off full tour price – USD 17/person

For those who prefer more privacy, you may opt to sign up for our private tours. Private tours are always led by our senior guides, and you will always have a tuk-tuk or van support on hand should you choose to take it easy for the remaining time of your tour. All private tours also come with a complimentary Butterfly Tours gift pack comprising a t-shirt, postcard, and a Cambodian scarf.

On your private tour, you will be provided with:

  • Senior temple and/or local guides who will be with you throughout the tour
  • Fresh local fruits and refreshing coconut juice during your tour
  • Tuk-tuk or van support
  • Cold towels and fresh coconut at the end of your tour

You will also:

  • Have the flexibility of taking alternate tour routes (upon advice of your guides)
  • Be able to take frequent and/or random stops during your tour
  • Receive a complimentary Butterfly Tours gift pack


  • 2 to 3 people – USD 27/person
  • 4 to 6 people – 15% off full tour price – USD 22.95/person
  • 7 to 9 people – 25% off full tour price – USD 20.25/person

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Where to Find Us

If you prefer to book with us directly, do refer to the Google Map of our Butterfly Tours’ office. We are located on Street 309, about a 20 minute walk to the right of Dambang Kronung Statue.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
September 25, 2016

I did this half-day ride in 2013 with Butterfly Tours – and can hghly recommend the experience. It’s a great way to venture into the quiet countryside and villages surrounding Battambang. For my level of fitness (not very fit) it was perfect. I would definitely do this kind of tour again if visiting Cambodia.

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