Cycling Bangkok to Pakse and Siem Reap 12 days
Are you up for the challenge? It’s a 12 days 11 nights of intensive cycling adventure, winding up the route along the famous Mekong River, crossing borders from Thailand to Laos, to Cambodia! JET Bike Tours guide and support crew will lead you safely along this exciting path. Get up close and personal with the locals, their culture, and the beautiful scenery as you cycle along quiet country roads and through small villages. Learn about sustainable tourism projects happening in the region and stay at several eco-lodges on this remarkable journey. Highlights of the journey:
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Tough
Group Size Small Group
Itinerary: Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani-Chong Mek – Don Daeng – Wat Phou – Xe Pian Protected Area – Don Khone – Stung Treng – Kratie – Kampong Cham – Kampong Thom – Siem Reap
Highlights: Are you up for the challenge? It’s a 12 days 11 nights of intensive cycling adventure, winding up the route along the famous Mekong River, crossing borders from Thailand to Laos, to Cambodia! JET Bike Tours guide and support crew will lead you safely along this exciting path. Get up close and personal with the locals, their culture, and the beautiful scenery as you cycle along quiet country roads and through small villages. Learn about sustainable tourism projects happening in the region and stay at several eco-lodges on this remarkable journey. Highlights of the journey: – Exploring Don Daeng: a Laos island situated in the middle of Mekong River, boasting serenity and tranquillity of an old colonial island. Side treat: visit to a temple in the paddy field and a rejuvenating swim in the river. – Full-day non-stop 140-km ride in Cambodia from Stung Treng to Kratie! Cycle south along rural roads amidst ox carts, errant chickens, and smiling children, against the gorgeous Mekong backdrop. Upon arrival in Kratie, enjoy an afternoon cruise as you try to spot the endangered fresh water dolphins that inhabit the area. – The Angkor Wat track: need we say anything more? Explore the glory of one of the most breath-taking man-made creations on Earth from your bicycle! No matter how many guide books have you read, nothing will prepare you for the sheer vastness and magnificence of Angkor Wat.
– Accommodation 4* star & 3* star hotels
– Cycling experienced guide
– Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– Support van & cool box
– Snack and water
– Boat ticket Battambang-Siem Reap
Note: In case the boat is not running from March to July, we provide the transfer by van with some cycling.
– International Flights
– Departure Tax $25 (international)
– Camboidan visa fee $30 (issued on arrival)
– Alcoholic, and other beverages
– Tips for guides.
– Personal travel insurance
– Any services not mentioned in itinerary
Arrival Bangkok – Ubon Ratchathani (D)
After reaching the Thai capital, transfer to the airport for the 1400 flight to Ubon Ratchathani, a small town on the Laos border. Overnight at Tohsang City Hotel, Ubon Ratchathani.
Ubon Ratchathani – Chong Mek – Don Daeng (B,L,D)
Awake early this morning to cross in to Laos and transfer to Don Daeng, a tranquil island in the middle of the Mekong River. This afternoon warm up your cycling legs with an easy ride around the island. (Cycling distance: 10-20 km) Overnight on Don Daeng.
Don Daeng – Wat Phou – Don Daeng (B,L,D)
This morning cross the Mekong River and ride to Wat Phou temple, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple nestled in the foothills of the Champassak province. After exploring the three-tiered temple continue by bike to the old colonial town of Champassak. Late this afternoon return to Don Daeng and relax by the riverside or go for a swim. Cycling distance: 40km. Overnight at Don Daeng.
Don Daeng – Xe Pian Protected Area – Don Daeng (B,L,D)
This morning’s take a boat to reach Ban Muang village for a day of cycling through local communities and beautiful scenery to Xe Pian National Protected Area. The area is home to a diversified mix of flora and fauna as well as many indigenous hilltribe communities. Return to Don Daeng early this evening. (Cycling distance: 60km). Overnight on Don Daeng.
Don Daeng – Don Khone (B,L,D)
For the last full day in Laos, explore the Si Phan Don area. Meaning 4000 Islands in the local language, this area of the Mekong river is filled with islands such as Don Khone where you will feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. With few motorized vehicles and land rich with rice fields, this island is the perfect place for a short biking tour. As you cycle past old temples, soak in the amazing views over the mighty Mekong and observe the daily life of the farm
Don Khone – Lao / Cambodian Border (B,L,D)
Cross in to Cambodia on your bike and tour the Cambodian countryside with a trip around the O’Svay community. Get a true taste of rural life with lunch with a local family, a unique opportunity to experience Khmer hospitality. Continue along rural roads to Stung Treng, wedged between the Sekong and Mekong Rivers. Dinner is a special treat as we support a charity restaurant for disadvantage locals. (Today’s journey involves 77 km of cycling). Overnight in Stung Treng
Stung Treng – Kratie (B,L,D)
Eat a big breakfast this morning as the day is full of riding and activities along the way to Kratie! Cycle south along rural roads where your ‘traffic’ is likely to consist of ox carts, errant chickens, and smiling children. And, as always, the scenery of the Mekong is a gorgeous backdrop to the ride. Upon arrival in Kratie, enjoy an afternoon cruise as you try to spot the endangered fresh water dolphins that inhabit the area. (Today’s journey involves 80-140 km of cycling). Overnight in Kratie.
Kratie – Kampong Cham (B,L,D)
As you head to Chhlong, don’t be surprised if curious locals come out to wave you off on your journey! Few tourists travel these roads, and even fewer by bike! From Chhlong, continue to Kampong Cham stopping along the way at hilltop temples like Phnom Han Chay. Arrive this evening in Kampong Cham, a small riverside town with a laid-back vibe. (Today’s journey involves 72-125 km of cycling). Overnight in Kampong Cham.
Kampong Cham – Kampong Thom (B,L,D)
Today we leave the Mekong River behind to cycle along tarmac roads to Kampong Thom. The journey takes you through rubber plantations and paddy fields and past many typical Khmer villages. Although long, today’s ride is full of fabulous views. (Cycling distance:120km). Overnight in Kampong Thom.
Kampong Thom – Sambor Prei Kuk – Siem Reap (B,L,D)
The morning, travel along small dirt tracks underneath towering fig trees as you explore the wonders of Sambor Prey Kuk, a set of temples built in the 6th and 7th century. Sambor Prey Kuk is often neglected by tourists and it is likely that you are exploring the temples all by yourself. Continue on to Siem Reap, partly by car and partly by bike, arriving late this afternoon. (Today’s journey involves 96 km of cycling). Overnight in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Angkor – Siem Reap (B,L)
Cycle out to the Angkor Temple complex where hundreds of temples are atmospherically surrounded by patches of dense forrest and rice fields. Spend the day exploring the temples, from the evocative smiling faces of Bayon to the stunning carvings along the massive wall of the Terrace of the Elephants. End your day at Angkor Wat whose five iconic stone towers and extensive, ornate carvings will leave you speechless. (Today’s journey involves 25 km of cycling). Overnight in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Departure (B)
This morning is at your leisure for last minute shopping or sightseeing before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Special offers :
– Mineral water drinking.
– Seasonal fruits.
– Fresh tissue and some fruits while touring !
What to bring :
Sun Block , Wide brim hat, Camera + Film, Comfortable shoes, Rain Gear , Warm clothes in winter, Original Passport, Small backpack , Shoes and shorts for cycling ,Sunglasses , Gloves , Professional Pedal ,Insect repellent ,Wide brim hat ,Bike water bottle (if you don’t want to use ours bottle)
Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.
This itinerary allows for 12 days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 40 -100 km. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.