Saigon to Bangkok Multi-country Cycling Tour - 14 Days

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Ride through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and experience Southeast Asia's diverse culture, beautiful scenery and friendly people!

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Vietnam and Cambodia from Saigon
Departs From:
Ho Chi Minh
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
14 days and 13 nights
Availability:
Sunday at upon request
Product Code:
3747
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Description

Starting in Saigon, we head into Vietnam's rice bowl and the Mekong Delta. This fascinating area is flat and lush and is quite unlike anywhere else in Vietnam. Although it is a densely populated area we manage to take quiet back roads and see some of the serene beauty of this area as we pass lotus flower ponds surrounded by ancient trees, ride along and over canals and roads lined with coconut trees and bamboo.

Our entry into Cambodia is by boat as we head up one of Asia's great rivers, the Mekong, to Phnom Penh. Enjoy the French colonial charms of Phnom Penh before cycling on to Kampong Thom where after our tour of the temples and a local lunch we ride among paddy fields before our two hour transfer by road to Siem Reap.

One of the highlights is, of course, riding amongst a thousand years of history at Angkor as we explore the extraordinary temple complexes.

After the wonders of Angkor we head to the faded colonial city of Battambang. This sleepy backwater city is well worth a visit and we arrive in time to explore. We cross into Thailand at a small immigration point nestled in the small mountains that separate Thailand from Cambodia. We then ride the short way to the main road where we transfer to the beach for a well earned rest.

The road surfaces on this tour are mixed. We ride a combination of good quality tarmac, wide dirt tracks and broken roads that are sometimes badly potholed but are easily passable by bike. The terrain is predominantly flat. Only on a few days do we cover longer distances (85 kilometers), so experienced riders will find the distances long enough to challenge them, while less experienced riders are easily able to travel at a more relaxed pace.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City

We meet at Northern Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City. We spend the day unboxing and testing bikes and give you some time to explore the city. In the evening we dine at the enchanting Temple Club Restaurant.

(Meals included: Dinner. Accomodation at Northern Hotel.)

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City - Tra Vinh (45 kilometers)

After breakfast we will be transfered a couple of hours out of Ho Chi Minh to Cai Be, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Today's ride will lead you right into the heart of rural Mekong, as you pedal down narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations and sugarcane fields. A section of biking takes us off road onto gravel and dirt lanes, weaving through hamlets, across rivers and through quite thick vegetation, this makes for superb biking. A final ferry crossing takes to Tra Vinh a pretty tree-lined town with many ethnic Khmers.

(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accomodation at Cuu Long Hotel.)

Day 3 - Tra Vinh - Can Tho (92 kilometers)

The route today is peaceful and the road is scenic all the way to Can Tho. There are plenty of things to see along the way: from contrasting architectural

styles of Khmer homes and temples, to the rich and colourful river scenes as we cross small bridges.

(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accomodation at Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel.)

Day 4 - Can Tho - Chau Doc (90 kilometers)

We will visit the Cai Rang Floating market before we are transferred approxiamtely 1 hour to where we will start today's ride. Once more the scenery is completely different. From Tri Ton the cycling starts to gently undulate and mountains begin to loom as you we get closer to Chau Doc. The presence of Thot Not trees indicates the growing proximity to Cambodia and the local people speak Vietnamese as their second language. We cycle to the Killing Fields of Vietnam at Ba Chuc, where Pol Pot's regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. We then loop around Ba Chuc along the border and ride the rest of the way to Chau Doc along incredible country roads. Those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain for the magnificent sunset!

(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accomodation at CHau Po Hotel.)

Day 5 - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

We'll take a cruise up the Mekong River, heading to Phnom Penh. We get a chance to rest our legs as we observe the scenes of local daily life along one of Asia's great rivers. As we head to Cambodia, we'll stop at the capital Phnom Penh before conitnuing north to cycle among a thousand years of Khmer history.

(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accomodation at Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.)

Day 6 - Ride to Oudong (45 kilometers)

We'll start the day by riding through the back roads out of the modern capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, to the town of Oudong where we branch off towards Phnam Prah Reach or Oudong Mountain, which was once the capital of Cambodia. The over 400 steps to the top will get our legs working overtime, but the view is worth it! This ride gives us a chance to see rural Cambodia - stilted houses, rice paddies, ox carts, waving children and of course the friendly Khmer people. After

the ride we head back to Phnom Penh and have lunch. The rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating city.

(Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch. Accomodation at Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.)

Day 7 - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (36 kilometers)

We start the day with a transfer near Kampong Thom and the ancient temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk. We saddle up and ride between the temples by bicycle. This temple site was constructed in the 7th century and functioned as the capital of the Chenla Empire. It is one of the oldest temple sites in Cambodia and is mainly covered in vegetation. After our guide assisted tour through the temples we enjoy a local picnic lunch prepared by the local community in small wooden huts along the Stung Sen River and are able to absorb the local sights and sounds. After lunch we have a beautiful ride through rice paddy fields and small villages with many locals greeting you warmly. Afterwards, we will have a 2 hour transfer to Siem Reap.

(Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch. Accomodation at Steung Siem Reap Hotel.)

Day 8 - Angkor Temples (30 kilometers)

In the morning we will start our bike ride to the entrance of Angkor Wat and head to Ta Phrom (famous from the film Tomb Raider), which was deliberately left by French conservationists in the same condition as it was discovered; filled with overgrown strangler fig and silk-cotton trees, giving the temple a mystical and romantic appeal.We continue to Angkor Thom, Bayon temple and the Terrace of the Elephants. We'll enjoy lunch at the Angkor Café before we explore the biggest religious Hindu edifice in the world - Angkor Wat. Considered a masterpiece of Khmer architecture, this Vishnuite temple is the King's funerary temple, which is why the temple is orientated to the West. Inside the temple the walls are covered by carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. After our visit to these magnificent temples, we take a 7 kilometer ride back to Siem Reap.

(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accomodation at Steung Siem Reap Hotel.)

Day 9 - Ride to Banteay Srei (56 kilometers)

After breakfast we'll head to Banteay Srei. We'll cycle through the rural countryside to this famous temple which has the best preserved bas-reliefs and other stone carvings in Cambodia. The temple maybe small in size but it is of huge significance in understanding the Angkorian Era. From here we continue cycling on rural roads, taking a break at a local restaurant for lunch before we reach Kbal Spean, also known as the Valley of 1000 Lingas. We put the bikes aside for a 3-kilometer moderate trek uphill through the jungle and to a river bed with submersed carvings and a beautiful waterfall (in rainy season only). After our visit we return to Siem Reap by vehicle. Dinner is at your leisure.

(Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch. Accomodation at Steung Siem Reap Hotel.)

Day 10 - Siem Reap - Battambang

Today we have another break from riding and visit the floating village before heading across the lake to Battambang, Cambodia's second capital, a sleepy city full of faded colonial charm.

(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accomodation at Khemara I Hotel.)

Day 11 - Battambang - Pailin (89 kilometers)

Today we ride south to Pailin. This is the toughest ride on the tour as roads in some sections of our ride is in poor and bumpy condition (the roads can get dusty during dry seasons), but the scenery along our way towards Thailand is most impressive. The road undulates as we get closer to Pailin but there is nothing too steep or long. We will cross streams and bridges and really get a feeling of riding into unchartered territory. This used to be bandit country, but don't worry the area is now completely safe!

(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accomodation at Memoria Palace.)

Day 12 - Battambang - Pailin (44 kilometers)

Today we'll have a short pleasant ride on the quiet scenic roads to the border crossing. This quiet rural crossing, used mainly by local traders, makes for a pleasant stop while we complete all the immigration formalities. Once these have been completed we ride through the Thai countryside till we reach the main road and transfer with a change of guides, vehicle and bikes to the beach, with lunch en route to Chantaburi.

(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accomodation at Chanchalao Beach Resort.)

Day 13 - Beach Day

We'll have a free day to relax at the beach in this quite secluded part of Thailand. This is a must for anyone wanting to see some off-the-beaten-track beaches. You have an option to take a morning bike ride around the local sites of Chantaburi.

(Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner. Accomodation at Chanchalao Beach Resort.)

Day 14 - Chantaburi - Bangkok

The morning is free for you to enjoy the beach before we leave for Bangkok.

(Meals included: Breakfast.)

Includes

  • All hotels (twin share or dorm)

  • Cycle support by a/c vehicles

  • All entrances to museums and sites mentioned

  • All water and snacks whilst riding

  • Local English speaking guide

  • All meals mentioned

Excludes

  • International Flights

  • Departure Tax

  • Visa Fees

  • Bike hire or spares

  • Alcoholic, and other beverages during meals

  • Tips for guides

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Any services not mentioned in itinerary

Please Note

  • Children under 18-years old are not allowed to join this tour.

  • This tour mostly follows asphalt roads and sometimes broken road or vehicle-width dirt roads, which may be smooth, gritty, stony, rocky, rutted, loose or hard-packed.

  • Support for the northern section includes two pick-up trucks. For the southern section, it will be an air-conditioned bus converted to take bikes and bikers.

  • This tour has a 4 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.

  • There is limited tour availability on some dates in January 2015. Please contact us regarding private departures to confirm availability or for alternative options.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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