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Trips Asia Cambodia Vietnam Angkor + Saigon Bike Tour

Angkor + Saigon Bike Tour

Duration
12
DAYS
Destination

CAMBODIA & VIETNAM
  • DIFFICULTY LEVEL3 | Moderate
  • GROUP SIZE2 - 12 People
  • DISTANCEApprox. 415 Km
  • TRIP TYPEScheduled Tour
  • ACCOMMODATION4-Star Hotel
  • TOUR CODERR-ASB

Trip Overview

This cycling trip takes us through two countries with divergent histories and subtly different cultures. From the magnificence of Angkor’s temples, we see a little piece of everything these amazing countries have to offer.

Cycle through the breathtaking landscape, get insight into the simple lives of the friendly people and enjoy the excellent local cuisine in Cambodia.

In Vietnam, we enter the Mekong Delta, a spectacular patchwork of rice paddies and waterways. Our journey ends in Saigon, where the frenetic pace and vibrant street life contrast starkly with the rural areas we have cycled through and will leave a lasting impression.

Trip Highlights

  • Pedal through the jungle and discover the wonderful temples of Angkor Archaeology Park. Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm temples, etc.
  • Tour to Phnom Penh city, explore the living life and history of Cambodia
  • Cycle across a landscape of rolling low-lying plains between Cambodia and Vietnam on a cycle tour.
  • Travel through the fascinating area is flat and lush and is quite unlike anywhere else in Vietnam
  • Cruise along the mighty Mekong River and explore the living life of the local residents

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap, welcome dinner

Welcome to Siem Reap! Your tour guide and driver will welcome you from the airport and transfer you straight to your accommodation for a few hours of rest. We will then hold a small meeting and brief you about the short trip. So you can spend the rest of your time indulging in your favorite activities. You will also get to enjoy a complimentary overnight stay, including a welcome dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 2: Cycle to Angkor Archaeology Park

Today’s ride will begin early with a trip up to the Angkor jungle trails. We start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of the Angkor complex. The various temples are spread over a wide area and are linked by shady avenues; meandering our way between them by bike gives us a unique perspective.

Our visit includes Angkor Wat temple, the largest religious monument ever built, and a wander through the city’s mystical courtyards and jungle-covered temples, the best-known and most breathtaking of all the sights and a highlight of any visit to Angkor. Spend time exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat, the magnificent 12th-century capital of the Khmer Empire, with our expert guide.

Afterward, we cycle to the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the ancient stones. Next, visit Preah Khan’s majestic temple complex, which is surrounded by a moat, and Angkor Thom, with the famous Bayon temple, which has 37 towers topped with the four faces of the king. After our visits to these magnificent temples, we cycle back to Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 35 Km (21 miles)
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 3: Ride to Rolous Group Temple & Floating Village

This morning, we embark on the Siem Reap backroads to the former Angkor city of Roulous Group. The temple was the center of Khmer civilization and was built by the Angkorian king in the 8th century. We explore the three main temples here: Lolei, Preah Ko, and Bakong. We’ll eat lunch at a local restaurant before we continue another 12 km to Tonle Sap lake to take a short cruise to Kampong Phluk to see the floating villages, where you have an opportunity to learn about life on the water. Tonle Sap Lake is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and offers a unique way of life for those living on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, which is recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

During the year, the lake supplies water to several provinces for agriculture. In the rainy season, the lake serves as big water storage and water flows out through its branches from the lake to the Mekong River and down to the China Ocean. En-route, we take the back road to Siem Reap. The road is the most peaceful part, and you will ride past many stilted houses and pagodas, making this final ride of today full of joy.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 40 – 45 Km (24 – 27 miles)
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 4: Siem Reap - Kampong Thom - Phnom Penh

We start the day with a 2-hour drive to Kampong Thom, where we hop on our bikes and ride through the ancient temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk. This temple was the capital during the Chenla period of the early 7th century. Today, the forests of the area are dotted with more than 100 temples, some of the oldest in the country. We finish cycling at this ancient temple, which we spend time exploring on foot, before continuing along the road in our van for about 3 hours to Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 25 Km (15 miles)
Accommodations: Palace Gate Hotel & Residence

Day 5: Bike to the Silk Island + Phnom Penh History Tour

Today we escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and cross the river by ferry boat, making our way towards the north of Phnom Penh and the Silk Islands. The route will take us through weaving villages and past stilted houses. This charming, secluded, and sleepy island is small at just 30 square kilometres in size and offers a peaceful contrast to the bustle of Phnom Penh. Known locally as “Silk Island,” the ladies here weave silk scarves on wooden looms in their homes for sale in the markets on the mainland.

After visiting the island, we’ll then return to the capital in time for lunch. Our afternoon excursion is a stark reminder of the horrors endured by the Cambodian people under the tyranny of Pol Pot. The Tuol Sleng genocide museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek are gruesome testaments to life under the Khmer Rouge, and you should be aware that many people find their visit quite distressing. The Tuol Sleng genocide museum was once a high school that became the Khmer Rouge’s main torture and interrogation centre, detaining and processing the unfortunate souls who were to end their days in the ‘Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.” During the years 1975 to 1978, something in the region of 17,000 men, women, and children were murdered here, and the memorial stupa is a huge glass tower filled with human skulls—a sombre reminder of the scale of Pol Pot’s atrocities.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 25 Km (15 miles)
Accommodations: Palace Gate Hotel & Residence

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc Boat Trip

Today, we spend the morning exploring Phnom Penh, then we board an international boat that takes us down the Mekong River where we will cross into Vietnam via Chau Doc, a bustling Delta town that specializes in salted fish. We’ll get a chance to rest our legs as we see many scenes of local daily life along with one of Asia’s great rivers.

Chau Doc is a place where you can find a mixture of many communities, such as Chinese, Cham, and Khmer. There are many temples to explore, many churches, as well as mosques, which will make your journey even more interesting.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodations: Victoria Nui Sam Lodge

Day 7: Chau Doc - Can Tho

This morning, we begin our exploration of the Mekong Delta and keep boating to visit the Cham village, where they are weaving crafts to keep their ancestral tradition. After a short boat ride, we’ll cross canals by bridge and boat and make our way through the maze of waterways. Then, we’ll take to our bikes again, to meander our way down narrow lanes following the river, to experience a little more of rural Vietnam. Cycle from village to village on quiet cycling paths where you can see farmers growing vegetables, watering rice plants, and fishing on natural creeks.

Lunch today will be in a local restaurant, and then we’ll pay a visit to the Killing Fields of Vietnam at Ba Chuc, where Pol Pot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. Afterward, we’ll transfer by van to Can Tho, the capital of the Mekong delta. Can Tho is also famous for the floating market, which attracts more than 10 million travelers annually.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 50 Km (31 miles)
Accommodations: Victoria Can Tho Resort

Day 8: Can Tho - Tra Vinh

Today, the route is peaceful, and the road is scenic all the way to our destination of Tra Vinh. This gives a great first impression of the heart of the Mekong.

We’ll take the first short boat trip to Vinh Long, one of the famous fruit towns in the Mekong. Afterward, we cycle along narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks, and trails. This is cycling at its most glorious-through tiny orchards, witness colorful life along the riverside, pedal past picturesque delta homes, pause to chat with welcoming villagers, clack across innumerable wooden bridges. Then, we’ll cross narrow canals on a local sampan, before finishing at the main ferry for refreshing boat trips across the expansive Co Chien River. Our ride takes us the final few kilometers to the very pretty Khmer town of Tra Vinh.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 75 Km (46 miles)
Accommodations: Tra Vinh Lodge

Day 9: Tra Vinh - My Tho & Saigon

After breakfast, today’s ride will take you deep into rural Mekong. We’ll start with a section of biking that cuts off the road onto gravel and dirt lanes and weaves around hamlets, across water channels, and through dense vegetation plantations. This will make for superb biking after a ferry across the gaping expanse of Cổ Chiên river from Tra Vinh, the pretty tree-lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer. Then we’ll take another section of crossing rivers and canals by numerous, ubiquitous, fascinating ferries as we pedal down narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations and fields of sugarcane of the delta. The ride takes us right into the heart of the rural Mekong before arriving at Mytho, the gateway of the Mekong delta, to end our cycling trip. From Mytho, we’ll transfer approx. 2 hours to Ho Chi Minh City to avoid the busy traffic.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 50 Km (31 miles)
Accommodations: Orchids Saigon Hotel

Day 10: Cycle to Cu Chi Tunnels

Today, we take our bikes to the remains of an ancient US military base (25th infantry division) and begin our 30-kilometer ride to Ben Duoc, the site of the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels, which were first built during the French rule of the country, rose to enormous prominence during the Vietnam War when they served as an incredible underground command post for 10,000 Viet Cong fighters. This morning, we’ll go underground with a local guide. However, the tunnels are low and small, making them claustrophobic. We continued cycling for around 20 kilometers after lunch, towards Ben Nay, to further explore the area. After a 2-hour drive, we arrive in Saigon in the early evening. If you wish, you can spend a free day in Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 50 Km (31 miles)
Accommodations: Orchids Saigon Hotel

Day 11: Drive to Mekong Delta then cycle to Cai Be

Today we will go down into the Mekong Delta, where we will discover the fertile hinterland between the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. After leaving Saigon, we go to Binh Duc (My Tho), in the Mekong Delta, where we begin riding through a fascinating landscape of waterways, marketplaces, orchards, and riverfront towns. The first 30 kilometers of today’s ride are on highways with light traffic, but the last 20 kilometers are on tight paths and routes that our support bus cannot follow. Local cottage enterprises can be seen manufacturing rice paper or coconut sweets, as they have for decades. We cycle through Tan Phong and visit a wonderfully restored traditional house in Ut Kiet before concluding our journey at Cai Be’s famed market after a delicious meal of local produce.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 45 Km (28 miles)
Accommodations: Orchids Saigon Hotel

Day 12: Tour Ends Saigon

After breakfast at our hotel in Saigon, the adventure comes to an end.

There are no scheduled activities today, so you can leave Saigon whenever you like. Luggage storage is provided at our hotel if your flight departs later in the day.

Meal: Breakfast

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Inclusions + Details

Meals
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, nutritious snacks
  • Daily drinking water
Accommodations
  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers
Activities
  • All entrance fees to historic sites and national parks
  • Angkor Wat – All entrance fees to historical sites and national parks
  • Sambor Prei Kok – Entrance fee and local guided tour
  • Kampong Phluk – Boat excursion
  • Phnom Penh – Visit the Killing Fields
  • Phnom Penh – Silk Island bike tour
  • Chau Doc Boat Trip
  • Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Saigon – Cycle the Mekong Delta
Gear
  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
Support
  • Expert English speaking guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Exclusions

  • Internation and domestic flights
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Gratuities for a guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Ride & Rad

Essential Information

Terrain

The terrain is flat, and we cycle on a mixture of tarmac roads and tracks. We mainly follow quiet backroads, but sometimes you have to travel on busier roads when leaving the city. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the trip. We have graded the route as easy.

Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the tour guide and on the support vehicle. However, we cannot guarantee to have spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube, and a pump while riding is recommended. We do provide a helmet for every cyclist, but it is also imperative that you bring your own helmet and wear it at all times while cycling.

Safety

Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is not negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet, you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.

Clothing

Cambodia has two distinct seasons – wet and dry. Bear in mind that the area is tropical with high humidity. Lightweight clothing is needed all year round. Other additions that you may find useful are a swimming costume, cycle gloves, cycling shorts or trousers, and quick-drying cycle tops. Please note that for the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and the Angkor Wat temple, shorts are not permitted. Shoulders and knees must be covered, and Sarongs are not allowed.

Non-Rider

On most Ride & Rad trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our tour consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to and from these activities may not be included in the trip price.

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