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Bicycle From Saigon To Angkor Wat Tour

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The Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride takes you through 500 kilometres of history, culture, and fantastic scenery. Ride past plantations, across waterways, and through villages in the lush Mekong Delta and cross to the countryside and ancient temples of Cambodia. Set out from bustling Ho Chi Minh City and travel south to where the Mekong River branches over the flat planes in to thousands of small waterways. The terrain is flat, the roads are relatively quiet, and the scenery is spectacular! For the first half of the journey, pedal from My Tho down to Chau Doc, which sits near the Cambodia border. There are endless miles of quiet backwaters and tiny roads, ancient temples and countless colourful pagodas, havens of calm and tranquillity, bustling markets and busy, bargaining vendors

 

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Charity Cycling, Family Cycling, Multi-Country Cycling, Road Cycling
    • Activity Level Strenuous
      4/8
    • Group Size Medium Group
      16
    All about the Bicycle From Saigon To Angkor Wat Tour.

    Bicycle From Saigon To Angkor Wat Tour 10Days

    Highlights: The Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride takes you through 500 kilometres of history, culture, and fantastic scenery. Ride past plantations, across waterways, and through villages in the lush Mekong Delta and cross to the countryside and ancient temples of Cambodia. Set out from bustling Ho Chi Minh City and travel south to where the Mekong River branches over the flat planes in to thousands of small waterways. The terrain is flat, the roads are relatively quiet, and the scenery is spectacular! For the first half of the journey, pedal from My Tho down to Chau Doc, which sits near the Cambodia border. There are endless miles of quiet backwaters and tiny roads, ancient temples and countless colourful pagodas, havens of calm and tranquillity, bustling markets and busy, bargaining vendors. The countryside is vibrant – beneath the calmness there harbours a hive of activity and work that seems unique to Vietnamese people. Travel by boat along the Mekong in to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, a charming city with a tragic past. Venture out of the current capital along country roads to the ancient capital of Oudong, passing ox carts and villages on the way. Continue to the floating villages of Kampong Chhnang, a small town that is typical of rural Cambodia, before reaching Battambang in the far west of the country. The last leg of your journey takes you across the massive Tonle Sap Lake in to Siem Reap, home to the temples of Angkor. There is no better way to explore the hundreds of temples than by bike. Spend the afternoon pedalling amongst the ruins stopping as you wish to explore the intricate details of the imposing buildings. As you reflect back on your trip, we think you’ll agree: Exploring this region on two wheels is the best way to delve deep in to the culture and lifestyle of the South Vietnamese and Cambodian people.

    Cycling Information
    Terrain

    Distances vary from 30 – 95km per day. Our route is mainly on tarmac roads of varying quality with some that are more like dirt tracks; terrain is generally flat with a few gentle hills. There are several waterways we cross by small boat. Traffic is usually light and we will cycle at our own pace, but when we pass through a large town we go through as a group, or load up for a short transfer. We will always take safety into consideration and reserve the right to change the itinerary on that basis. We will be using 24-speed mountain bikes fitted with semi slick tyres.
    We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.

    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.
    * English Speaking tour leader (other languages upon requests)
    * All accommodations base on twin-share at hotel, guesthouse and Home stay.etc…
    * Meals detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast , L = Lunches ,D = Dinners)
    * A/C transfers and transportation.
    * Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
    * Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
    * Spare bike
    * Mineral water drinking.
    * Seasonal fruits.
    * Snacks
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    * International airfares
    * Travel insurance and bike helmet (compulsory)
    * Items of a personal nature
    * Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
    * Mineral water beyond that supplied
    * Single Supplement
    * Optional excursions
    * Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
    * Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
    * Mountain bicycle (Bike Hire US$/per day)
    * Visa fees
    * Departure taxes
    * Tipping for guiding
    1. Day 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

      On arrival we transfer to our hotel and have a trip briefing before getting a good night’s sleep, ready for the start of our challenge! Night hotel.

    2. Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City – Tra Vinh

      Drive approx. 1.5 & 2.5 hours; cycle approx. 48km
      After an early breakfast we drive (approx. 1.5 hours) out of the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. A sanctuary for the Vietcong at the height of the Vietnam War, they give us a good insight into the country’s relatively recent history. We then drive south towards the Mekong Delta (approx. 2.5 hours). We stop near Ben Tre, the gateway to the Mekong Delta, and after lunch and ensuring our bikes are comfortable, we set off! It’s a wonderful place to start our ride. We cycle on narrow lanes and tracks through the heart of this rural area, passing banana plantations, sugar cane fields and the lush rural landscape of the Delta. We have a short ferry crossing before reaching Tra Vinh. Night hotel.

    3. Day 3 Tra Vinh – Cau Ke – Can Tho

      Cycle approx. 90km
      Our first full day’s cycle takes us along quiet backroads to Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta, known for its picturesque canals full of scenes of everyday life. En route we pass numerous Khmer temples and pagodas, and cross several waterways – some by footbridges, some on ferry crossings. We will start to get a great feel for the friendly Vietnamese culture, and the traditional rural scenes we see are fascinating. We ride today on a mix of roads and tracks; most of it is very quiet, but the last section gets busier as we approach Can Tho. Night hotel.

    4. Day 4 Can Tho – Long Xuyen

      Cycle approx. 75km
      After an early breakfast we set off by boat through the Can Tho floating market, seeing a multitude of boats trading livestock, fruits, rice and fish. We then get back on our bikes and cycle along the banks of the busy river continuing towards Sa Dec. After lunch we cycle upstream alongside the river towards Long Xuyen. This is a beautiful day, with some wonderful photo opportunities. We end our ride at a bird sanctuary, home to thousands of storks – we can have a quick visit to see them before loading up into the vehicles for a short transfer (approx. 45 mins) into Long Xuyen. Night hotel.

    5. Day 5 Long Xuyen – Tri Tron – Chau Doc

      Cycle approx. 95km
      This is our last day of cycling in Vietnam! We have a short transfer (30 mins) out of town to avoid the traffic, and then set off. Our route starts to undulate a little as we near the hills near Chau Doc; although these climbs are fairly gentle, our leg muscles have become used to flat terrain so they often feel harder than they really are! The heat, moreover, makes them feel tougher. We cycle via the Killing Fields at Ba Chuc, where Pol Pot’s regime massacred over 3000 Vietnamese people in 1978; harrowing history. We continue our ride to the busy town of Chau Doc. Night hotel (near border).

    6. Day 6 Chau Doc – Takeo – Phnom Penh

      Cycle approx. 70km
      Today we set off early, heading north towards Phnom Penh. After around 20km we reach the border with Cambodia and meet our new guides who will be waiting for us. We then head off through the lovely rural landscapes of Cambodia. At the small town of Takeo we load up into the buses, which take us the remaining distance to Phnom Penh, stopping en route to visit the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleung Museum, a former school which was turned into the notorious Khmer Rouge interrogation camp during the Pol Pot regime. Although it tells a tragic story, it is a fascinating place to visit and essential to understanding present-day Cambodia. We then arrive at our hotel in Phnom Penh; once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient and which, despite its turbulent recent history, retains a colonial charm. Night hotel.

    7. Day 7 Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang

      Cycle approx. 90km
      We leave Phnom Penh by bus (approx. 45 mins) to avoid the city traffic before we start our ride. As we head to Udong we see the rice paddies stretching out for miles, busy with workers in the fields. The roads in the region tend to be a rich red which is very striking against the dazzling green paddy-fields – be prepared to take lots of photos! We ride through Udong, once the ancient capital, and pass by a hill temple with stunning views of the fertile region and many of the old Royal Palaces. Continuing on, we cycle towards Kampong Chhang and the enormous Tonlé Sap Lake. Night hotel.

    8. Day 8 Kampong Chhnang – Siem Reap – Beng Mealea

      Boat ride approx. 3.5 hours; cycle approx. 35km
      A beautiful boat ride awaits us this morning, as we cross the immense Tonlé Sap. The largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia, it features an incredible biodiversity and has UNESCO biosphere status. We enjoy a rest from our bikes as we soak up the views of fishing communities and calm waters. Reaching Siem Reap, we pass the floating village of Chhong Kneas, an unforgettable insight into life on the lake. On arrival, we load up and drive for approx. 45 minutes, then cycle the rest of the way to the incredible temple of Beng Mealea. Frequently dubbed the ‘Indiana Jones temple,’ it dates from the early 12th Century and lies unrestored, swathed in jungle canopy. Incredible tree roots break through walls and stone carvings, and exploring it is truly atmospheric. Our ride to it is no less exciting, as small roads and bumpy rural tracks take us through thick forest and small settlements. Many people refer to this as the best ride of the whole trip; it’s a real highlight. After plenty of time to explore Beng Mealea, we return by bus (approx. 1 hour) to Siem Reap. Night hotel.

    9. Day 9 Angkor Wat Cycle

      Cycle approx. 30km
      Today we ride to the famous World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. The area is dotted with many ancient buildings and temples amidst dense forest; the sheer scale of the complex will astound you. We ride a circuit around some of the temples, including Ta Prohm, the best-known of the temples overgrown by trees and reminiscent of scenes from Tomb Raider. Our ride also takes in the Bayon in Angkor Thom, the old city central to the area. It is a fascinating ruin, featuring many mysterious giant carved faces and some incredible wall carvings, and is one of the most remarkable sights in the area. Our ride ends at Angkor Wat itself, one of the most impressive and best-preserved temples of the complex. If there’s time, it is worth climbing the remarkably steep and narrow steps of the central spire for the view over the whole temple surrounded by jungle. It’s a wonderful place to finish our challenge after more than 500 hot kilometres across two countries! After the obligatory group photos we transfer back to our hotel (approx. 30 mins) and should have some free time this afternoon to spend as you wish – relax at the hotel, or explore Siem Reap’s markets for last-minute shopping opportunities, or visit more of the temples. We meet again in the evening to celebrate our achievements. Night hotel. (Dinner not included)

    10. Day 10 Free time; flight departs

      We will have some time free for further exploration of the incredible temples and ruins that make up the Angkor complex; or simply relax or haggle in the markets if you prefer. How much time we have free depends on our flight schedules. We meet again at the hotel, say a fond farewell to Cambodia and transfer to the airport for our flight. (Lunch not included).

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    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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