Angkor Wat Cycling To Hue Tour 16 Days

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Siem Reap, Beng Melea, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Ban Lung, Kontum, Mang Den, Quang Ngai, Tam Ky, Hoi An, My Son, hue

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Charity Cycling, Culture, Cycling, Discovery, Guided Tours, History, Mountain Cycling, Multi-Country Cycling, Road Cycling
    • Activity Level Tough
      6/8
    • Group Size Small Group
      16
    All about the Angkor Wat Cycling To Hue Tour 16 Days.

    Angkor Cycling To Hue Tour 16 Days

    A great Cycling adventure from the heart for the former Khmer Kingdom to the ancient trade port of Hoi An, with remote and intriguing lands in between. This trip runs Siem Reap to Hoi An.Angkor temples of the Khmer Empire with the historic UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An. The journey between offers an amazing diversity of landscapes and overnight stops from the Mekong Basin and remote areas near the Lao border to the area surrounding the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the Vietnamese highlands coffee country, to the coast.

     

    Thing to be prepared:
    1. Hat
    2. Small backpack
    3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
    4. Sunglasses
    5. Gloves
    6 .Some Cash
    7.Camera
    8.Personal drugs
    9.Passport
    10.Sunscreen

    ON THE ROAD
    The terrain is a mixture of sealed and unsealed on secondary roads. We rarely cycle on main roads or highways and if we do, it’s only for a few kilometres to get to the next turn. The majority of the ride is on small roads through the villages with minimal traffic. The road surface can at times be rough and broken, depending on seasonal conditions. In most cases, there is a comfortable line through the puddles or potholes and it makes for more interesting riding than a perfect road. There are some hills involved in this tour. These are a maximum of 8km long at any time. Most are shorter at around 3-4km in length. The gradient would not exceed 10% at any time. There is one day in excess of 100km in distance. The mixture of adventurous cycling, kayaking and travel in relatively remote areas, makes this a slightly more challenging tour than most of our Cambodian adventures, so we have rated it at four out of five stars. With the use of the support vehicle riders who might find this ride a little too challenging can still experience the adventure that this tour presents by using the support vehicle when the conditions get too hard.
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    • Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy
    • Meals as indicated in program B = breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
    • Bikes (Trek) and helmet
    • Support private van or bus  serving throughout the tour with Professional English Speaking Guide.
    • All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
    • Cold water and towel during the tour
    • Snack and seasonal fruit
    • We have vehicle through the tour, if you tours feel tired they can get on the vehicle.
    • First Aid Kids

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    • Visa stamping fee
    • Travel assurance
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Personal expenses
    • Service which are not mentioned in the program
    • International air ticket and airport departure taxes
    • Meals and drinks not mentioned in program

    1. Day 1 Arrival Day in Siem Reap
      The tour starts with a late afternoon briefing followed by dinner. You can arrive any time before 4pm into Siem Reap. You will be met from your flight by our driver. If this is your first visit to Siem Reap we highly recommend arriving a day or two earlier so you have a chance to explore the Angkor Temples.
      Meals: D
    2. Day 2 Cycle to Beng Melea 70km, Transfer to Kampong Thom
      The riding starts today with an early rise to catch the cool of the day. Our ride route takes us on brilliant back trails and secondary roads through coconut and palm trees and into a dry zone leading up to just near the Kulen Range. Here we find Beng Melea, a pre-Angkorian temple that now sits in an amazing moss covered, ruined state. After exploring the temple, a drive will bring us to Kampong Thom, the provincial capital and a low key evening stop.
      Meals: B , L ,D
    3. Day 3 Cycle to Kampong Cham 80km
      A short drive gets us through some busy traffic then onto the bikes we ride an open, secondary road, passing through plantation country. Cassava, rubber and various other crops grow here due to the fertile soil and stable climate brought by the Mekong River that sits just over the next couple of low hills. On the approach to Kampong Cham we ride more of the fantastic village trails and pass a US-era airstrip, now disused. Kampong Cham is a pleasant, small city, set on the banks of the Mekong in the shadow of a long bridge, linking North Eastern Cambodia with the central plain.
      Meals: B ,L ,D
    4. Day 4 Cycle & Transfer to Kratie 80km
      Today is a ride like no other as you follow the course of the Mekong River, at first on well used roads then onto smaller dirt tracks where village life takes a noticeable downshift in pace. As the day rolls on we take a ferry and cross to the eastern bank. We then drive into Kratie, a charming little town that has only recently seen travellers coming through. In the late afternoon, we take a gentle pedal around Koh Trong, a river island just off Kratie where village life is uninterrupted by cars and horses and bicycles are the best transport option.
      Meals: B , L , D
    5. Day 5 Cycle & Transfer to Stung Treng 40km
      More island hopping and ferry riding start us off on a great ride today. We continue alongside the river on small trails, crossing rickety bridges and stopping to snack at home-style food stalls. A drive forwards us to Stung Treng, a town of little notoriety, placed at the confluence of the Sesan and Mekong Rivers. The afternoon is free to explore on foot or just kick back and take stock of the adventure so far.
      Meals: B , L , D
    6. Day 6 Kayak the Mekong, Transfer to Ban Lung
      It’s time to trade our bikes for floating craft as we paddle instead of pedal. We first drive north towards the Lao border where our kayaks await. This is a highly enjoyable and memorable experience. Paddling downstream, pass through the flooded forests that are made possible by the riverÕs passage over falls to the north that oxygenate the water and make a range of plant, bird and fish life possible in this area. We paddle for around three hours, but thanks to the currents of the Mekong, you can take it easy on the paddle and just enjoy maneuvering the craft through the forest. We finish up around lunchtime and then take a drive away from the flatlands into the hills of Ratanakiri Province and to our comfortable home for the night at Terres Rouge Lodge.
      Meals: B , L , D
    7. Day 7 Rest Day in Ban Lung

      Ban Lung, whilst the capital of Ratanakiri, is little more than a sleepy country town. There are trekking opportunities for those with the energy and the town offers some sites, such as the crater lake or market. Otherwise the hotel is an oasis in which to relax and enjoy the slightly cooler weather.

      Meals: B , L ,D

    8. Day 8 Cycle and Transfer to Kontum 70km

      We have a very different ride today on a well sealed surface as we ride up further into the highlands to the Vietnamese border. We are now in the neighbourhood of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and while we wonÕt actually get to ride the trail due to its challenging terrain, we will get a feel for the kinds of conditions that it takes in. A sleepy border post sits in wait for us to enter Vietnam. After farewelling the Cambodian support crew, we continue in the vehicle to reach Kon Tum. This area is home to a number of ethnic minorities with their own traditional farming techniques. We take an afternoon ride to get a feel for the area which is also known for coffee production.
      Meals: B , L , D

    9. Day 9 Cycle to Mang Den 54km
      This morning is a lazy start as we have a relatively short distance to cover. It is then a pleasant ride on a secondary road to reach the tiny settlement of Mang Den. Accommodation here is simple, but it sets us up nicely for the next day of riding.
      Meals: B , L , D
    10. Day 10 Cycle to Quang Ngai 110km
      Today is a ride to remember. After a few rolling hills, we get into a thrilling descent, taking us down out of the hills onto the flatlands. Some amazing views can be seen over the side of the mountains and on a clear day you may even see the ocean. After our descent we are in very different country with rice becoming the main crop and the density of villages increasing. We roll into the bustling regional capital of Quang Ngai in the late afternoon.
      Meals: B , L , D
    11. Day 11 Cycle to Tam Ky 80km
      As Quang NgaiÕs working populace head on their commute by motor-scooter, we will be heading for the coast. Along the way, we encounter a point of tragic history at the My Lai Massacre site. It was here that one of the most barbaric incidents of the US-Vietnam war took place and when uncovered by the media had a profound effect on US public opinion over the war. After learning a little about this, we continue on a ride along the coast, a very different feel to our previous days. Tam Ky is a smaller town with a pleasant hotel and great local food.
      Meals: B , L , D
    12. Day 12 Cycle & Boat to Hoi An 60km
      Saving the best for last! This is a great ride to finish with. We first ride quiet roads right along the coast, passing tiny fishing communities and village markets and schools. Late morning, we arrive at a river where a boat is waiting to take us into our destination. We arrive by boat into the UNESCO listed Hoi An Old Town, an introduction that few people have the pleasure of experiencing. A short pedal has us at our hotel and the end of our ride.
      Meals: B , L , D
    13. Day13 Hoi An Free for Shopping and Beach Relaxing
      Whilst the tour concludes after breakfast, we can highly recommend spending some additional time in this lovely location. There is lots to see and a nice beach nearby.
      Meals: B
    14. Day 14 Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An (75km+ cycling)
      8:00 Am .Our guide pick you up at the hotel .Transfer out of the town and start the bike ride at the country roads to My Son former Champa Kingdom. Time to visit the world heritage.
      Picnic lunch en-route. Afternoon cycling back to Hoi An and around the ancient town to visit Thanh Tra pottery village. Experience the rural life of Vietnamese in the central Vietnam.
      Break and swim on the Hoi An beach. Cycling back to the hotel for overnight in Hoi An.
      Meals: B ,L
    15. Day 15 Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue (90km+ cycling)
      Breakfast at the hotel, check out and leave Hue Imperial city, on the way near Da Nang visits Marble Mountain and marble stone sculptures in Ngu Hanh Son. Bike ride along the coast and  up to Hai Van Pass (20km up and down).
      Stop for lunch at Lang Co beach. Afternoon ride to Cau Hai lagoon and cross the lagoon to Thuan An village. Transfer the rest way to Hue for overnight. Dinner and enjoy the traditional music on boat in Perfume river(option)
      Meals: B ,L
    16. Day 16 Hue city – Departure (30km+ cycling)
      Along the Perfume river, cycling to visit Hue Old Citadel, Thien Mu pagoda, Tu Duc tomb and Khai Dinh tomb. Back to city for lunch. Transfer to the airport for your next destination. For those who need to get home, the nearest airport is Hue ( Phu Bai Airport )  where there are limited international flights and many connections to Hanoi or Saigon for a greater range of options. End of services.
      Meals: B ,L
    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:
    When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

    Our Homestays:
    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Our Accommodations

    Our Homestays

    Bicycle Advice

    Suitable Bicycle. MTB, Touring Bike, Cyclocross/Gravel bike.

    At JET we hold firmly to the opinion that using your own bike, the bike on which you feel at home and comfortable is the finest way to enjoy a cycling adventure.

    Most kinds of bicycle, except light-weight racing bikes are suitable for this tour: touring bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids or cyclocross bikes are all fine. Road conditions vary from asphalt to gravel and some hard packed dirt tracks. Tyre’s from 35mm in width upwards will be fine but we recommend 40mm on 700c and 2” on 26” wheels as a minimum.

    South East Asia is generally a warm place so the ability to carry one or two water bottles is essential (either on your bike or in a backpack). Our back-up vehicle carries water and tools although for those competent with tools bringing your own pump, puncture kit, and multi took is recommended as it would speed up repairs and minor adjustments. If bringing your own bike please bring along a few spare spokes that fit your wheels (please note that different wheels have different size spokes). If your bike has disk brakes or hub gears please bring any components that you feel may be necessary. We carry some spares for our hire bikes but we cannot guarantee that we will have any tubes other than 26” car type valves. Tyres and tubes other than 26” can be difficult to come by in many parts of the world so please make sure you have spares. If in doubt please ask at your local bike shop. A means of carrying your camera, sunblock etc is also useful – either an on-bike bag, handlebar or saddlebag for example, or a lightweight day-pack.

    Recommendation: Although our hire bikes come equipped with a saddle if you have a saddle you use and are happy with it is strongly recommended that you use it on tour. If you use SPD type shoes please bring your own matching pedals. We are happy to fit these for you. You may also like to bring bar ends if you use them at home.

    ESSENTIAL! Please be sure that your bicycle is in perfect condition before you leave home. Again, if in doubt please consult your local bike shop.

    Rental Bicycles

    If you wish to hire a bicycle for the duration of your holiday with us we can arrange for the hire of good quality cycles from our in-country agent. Typically these bikes are mountain bikes, often Trek 4 series or similar. Please request a hire bike at the time of booking, fields to do so are on the booking form. Payment for hire bikes can be made with the balance of the tour payment or in cash on arrival.

    Rental Bicycle Recommendation. Although our hire bikes come equipped with a saddle if you have a saddle you use and are happy with it is strongly recommended that you use it on tour. If you use SPD type shoes please bring your own matching pedals. We are happy to fit these for you. You may also like to bring bar ends if you use them at home.

    Our Accommodations:

    When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
    Our Homestays:
    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.

    For groups of 5+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.

    Our support team:
    Our support team carry your luggages and provide a nice place for tea and coffee break on the route ( 20 – 25 km for each stage). Our staff will make any running repairs on your bikes. Once riding we keep you stop with water, fruits, soft drinks and snacks, energy bars, and we make sure you get a nice cold towle drink with cold towel as well. Prepare picnic lunch enroute for cyclis,.at the end of cycling day, we make sure you will enjoy good meal, clean and prepare bike for next days.

    An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.

    The international profile of Local Traditional food has increased over the last two decades with very good reason. A cuisine that has evolved with the culture and landscape of Vietnam provides for an astounding level of variety from south to north. Each town and city has its own subtle twist on iconic dishes and some of their own creations. Our leaders are passionate about their food and look forward to taking you on a culinary adventure in unison with your cycling adventure. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.

    Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.

    This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 16 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.

    There is no surcharge for single travellers – we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.

    This tour is 100% operated by Journey Expedition Travel. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our fleet of over 300 bikes. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Journey Expedition Travel quality.

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