Angkor + Saigon Bike Tour

Bike tour from ancient Angkor to the South Vietnam

From: $2,595

9 days / 8 nights

Collection: Classic

Level: 2

Trip Overviews

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.

We cycle leisurely through the breathtaking landscape and get insight into the simple life 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 contrasts 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 temple of Angkor Archaeology Park, Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon & Ta Prohm temple, 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 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 explores the living life of the local residents

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Siem Reap, Cycle Siem Reap Backroads

Welcome to Cambodia! Your tour guide & driver will welcome you from the airport and transfer you straight to your accommodation for a few hours rest.

We venture from your hotel to spend the afternoon cycling quiet roads along Siem Reap River, observing the close connection between the river and those that live on its banks. We’ll soon find ourselves riding on a dirt road as we cycle in the countryside and in the middle of numerous rice paddy fields. With the guidance of one of our tour guides, Siem Reap is a perfect place to explore Cambodia’s rural way of life and interact with local people. We stop to visit a variety of local farms including a vegetable farm, lotus farm, and mushroom farm. We’ll then take another break at the local dining area, it’s time for watching the sunset while having dinner and tastes of Cambodia through the local cuisine.

Meals: Dinner
Accomplished: 20 km (12 miles)
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel

Day 2: Pedal to Angkor Archaeology Park

Today’s ride will begin early with a trip up to 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 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 the 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 is surrounded by a moat, and Angkor Thom with the famous Bayon temple of 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 & Floating Village

This morning, we embark on the Siem Reap backroads to the former Angkor city 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 house before we continue another 12 km to Tonle Sap lake to take a short cruise to Kampong Phluk 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 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 has supplied the water to several provinces to do agriculture. In the rainy season, the lake serves as the big water storage and water flows out through its branches from the lake to the Mekong River 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 pass many stilted houses and pagodas to make this final ride of today full of joys.

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

Day 4: Depart Siem Reap - Kompong Thom - Phnom Penh

We start the day with a 2-hour drive to Kampong Thom, where hop on our bikes, riding through the ancient temple site of Sambor Prei 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 about 3 hours to Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
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 hustle and bustle city 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 backroad, 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 testament to life under the Khmer Rouge and you should be aware that many people find their visit quite distressing. 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 who are weaving crafts as keeping 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 could see farmers growing vegetables, water 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 on the van to Can Tho, the capital of the Mekong delta. Can Tho is also famous for the floating market which attracted more than 10 million travelers come to this place.

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 into the heart of Mekong.

We’ll take the first short boat trip to Vinh Long, one of the famous fruits towns in the Mekong. Afterwards, we cycle along narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails. This cycling is at its most glorious-through tiny orchards, witness colourful life along the riverside, pedal pass 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 final few kilometres 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 lead you right into the heart of rural Mekong. We’ll start with a section of biking cuts off road onto gravel and dirt lanes, and weaves around hamlets, across water channels, and through quiet dense vegetation plantation. 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, we pedal down narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations and fields of sugarcane of the delta. The ride leads 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.

Your trip will conclude and your guides will bid you farewell in Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 50 Km (31 miles)

Arrival Details

Airport City: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Pick-Up Location: Viroth’s Hotel

Departure Details

Airport City: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Drop Off Location: Phnom Penh International Airport

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 park
  • Boat trip to Floating Village
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

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Terrains

The terrain is flat and we cycle on a mixture of tarmac roads and tracks. We mainly follow quiet backroads and 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 non 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.

Clothes

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/trousers and quick drying cycle tops. Please note for the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and 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 these activities may not be included in the trip price.

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