Cycling from Luang Prabang to Angkor Wat 21 Days
Cycling from Luang Prabang to Angkor Wat 21 Days This Cycling from Luang Prabang to Angkor Tours combines the cultural interests of the two countries, starting from the Laos World Heritage Site Luang Prbang to Cambodia World Heritage Site of Angkor Complex. This cycling tour take you through Laos from North to South via the capital Vientiane. From Vientiane to Pakse there is not much interest to see and it is also a long way to cycle.
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Laos and Cambodia Cycling from Luang Prabang to Angkor 21 Days
This Cycling from Luang Prabang to Angkor Tours combines the cultural interests of the two countries, starting from the Laos World Heritage Site Luang Prbang to Cambodia World Heritage Site of Angkor Complex. This cycling tour take you through Laos from North to South via the capital Vientiane. From Vientiane to Pakse there is not much interest to see and it is also a long way to cycle. So we recommend to take the flight to Pakse. Then we cycle follow the Mekong River to Cambodia. The cycling route we have taken are interesting with nice scenery of the 4 Thousand Islands. After that, we cross the border to Cambodia by bike and the visa is issued at the border. The visa costs USD20, please take 1 photo passport size.
In Cambodia, we continue to cycle along the Mekong River to see the endangered Irrawady Dolphines and experience the cycling at the highland Mondulkiri to visit the minority hill trbie people before heading to Angkor following the Mekong River. We cycle 1,237km on mix tarmac road and dirt road. Through our research, we have known many enjoyable and fun off roads which we use for this trip. However, there are still a few tarmac roads which we cannot avoid but the sealed roads we use more quiet and safe to cycle.
Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind JET Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
Vehicle for transfers and support
Tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
Sightseeing entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
Accommodation pre/post trip.
Arrive in Luang Prabang
Arrive in Luang Prabang. Welcome by our guide to transfer to the hotel. Free day to wander around this world heritage town. Bike fitting and briefing on the tour. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang to Kiew Ka Cham (78Km)
After checking your bikes, depart from Luang Prabang cycle the way to Kiew Ka Cham passing on the mountain road passing lush forest and many small H’Mong villages that sit dwarfed by the amazing landscape of limestone mountains that surround them. Dinner and overnight in Kiew Ka Cham.(B,L,D)
Kiew Ka Cham – Kasi (94 Km)
After breakfast, fill in water and be prepared to get on the bike. Today is the hard part of cycling with some up hills and down hills. So, we will start a bit early. You will be high in the mountains for the first half of the day following a ridge line up and down with peaks all around. In the afternoon it is time to relax a bit as the road is largely downhill along a valley to our overnight stop of Kase, a small village on top of the mountains. (B,L,D)
Kasi – Vang Vieng (57 Km)
Cycle the 57km to Vang Vieng hopefully arriving early afternoon, spend
afternoon to go caving or tubing on the Nam Song River or just relax. The ride to Vang Vieng is a relatively easy day traveling through the lush green of rice fields. Vang Vieng is set in a prime location. Surrounded by limestone peaks, caves and rivers this town see its fair share of travelers but for good reason. Overnight in Vang Vieng. (B,L,D)
Vang Vieng – Phong Hong (Nam Ngum Lake) 85km
Spend the day cycling mainly downhill to Phong Hong and to the Nam Ngum Lake
a man-made lake, formed by the damn. Dinner and spend the night near the lake. (B,L,D)
Nam Ngum Lake – Vientiane 85km
After breakfast cycle the last part of the journey to Vientiane the road becomes mainly flat for this ride and you should be in Vientiane late afternoon. If time permits, visit National Museum and former Royal Palace. (B,L,D)
Vientiane – Pakse
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Pakse. Afternoon, city tour around Pakse or free at leisure and relax before continuing our next cycling adventure. Pakse is the only city in Southern Part of Laos which has the airport and connection with the tourist attraction in Southern part of Laos. Dinner and Overnight in Laos. (B,L,D)
Pakse – Wat Phou (70km)
After breakfast, cycle along the Mekong river. Have a water stop the first 20km to enjoy the fresh fruit, snack and drink. Then we follow the Mekong river and cross the ferry and continue cycling leaving the Mekong river on the backdrop. There, appear the Wat Phou temple on the foot of the Champasak hill. It is a 12th century temple built by a great Khmer King Jayavarman VII. Visit the temple 45 minutes to 1 hour. Afternoon, transfer to Don Daeng. Dinner and overnight in Don Daeng. (B,L,D)
Don Daet – Se Pian National Biodiversity and Conservation Center (60km)
Breakfast in Don Daeng. We fill in the water and be ready to get on the bike to cycle to Se Pian Biodiversity Conservation Center located near Cambodia border to Rattanakiri province. Visit the community of the ethnic minority. Enjoy the lunch in the community. Afternoon, cycle back to Don Daeng. Dinner and overnight in Don Daeng. (B,L,D)
Se Pian – 4 Thousand Islands (50km)
Breakfast in Se Pian. Today, we cycle to visit 4 Thousand Islands known as Si Phan Don in Laos. The 4 Thousand Islands situated on the Mekong River. Enjoy lunch at the 4 Thousand Island. Make sure we keep the empty bottle of water and can in the rubbish bin to keep the environment clean. After lunch, we cycle to Don Khong. Dinner and overnight in Don Khong. (B,L,D)
Don Khong – Stung Treng (80km)
After breakfast, today we cycle along the 4 Thousand Islands. Cross the ferry and visit the wonderful water fall at the border with Cambodia. Immigration process. Say Goodbye to our Laos guide and driver. You can get Cambodian visa at the border at USD20 per person. Please take 1 passport size photo for the visa. Cycle the last 57km to Stung Treng. Dinner and overnight in Stung Treng. (B,L,D)
Stung Treng – Irrawady Dolphin – Kratie (75km)
Breakfast in Stung Treng. Cycle along the Mekong River on dirt road for 30km. We transfer on the National Road as we cannot avoid this part. Cycle the last 45km on the back road along the Mekong River. The road is sealed but small with less traffic than the National road. It is also interesting to see the villages and scenery along the Mekong. We stop halfway to take the boat trip at Prek Kampi to spot for endangered fresh water Irraway Dolphin. If you miss the chance to see the Dolphin at 4 Thousand Islands, you will be able to see at Prek Kampi for sure. After the boat trip, cycle the last 23km to Kratie. Dinner and overnight in Kratie. (B,L,D)
Kratie – Mondulkiri (Northern Hill Tribes Territory) (80km)
After breakfast, we transfer about 2 hours via Snoul to Keo Sima. Along the road, we can see some of the rubber plantation initiated by the French. Then we start cycling with some uphills. The scenery after lunch is the best in Cambodia for cycling. We can view the pine forest and endless hill with green grass. We arrive in Mondulkiri and check in the hotel. Late afternoon, we cycle around the town and go up hills about 300 meter altitude high to view the sunset on top of the hill at the Sea-Forest to see how amazing the nature is. Dinner and overnight in Mondulkiri. (B,L/D)
Sen Monorom – Bou Sra Water Fall (Cycling 77km)
Breakfast in Sen Monorom. Fill in the water, start cycling out off Sen Monorom. Soon, we get to the dirt road passing the coffee plantation. We stop to have a quick visit at the plantation. Then continue on some of the sealed and dirt road through the jungle. Stop and relax to enjoy the truly nature. Then go to Bou Sra waterfall. Enjoy the lunch nearby the water fall. Enjoy swimming at the water fall and take some photos with Phnong minority clothes. Afternoon, return back to Sen Monorom for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Dak Dam Phnong Village & Rose Garden (36 + 10 km)
After breakfast, we start the cycling completely on dirt road through some pine forest. We have water and snack stop at the rose garden. Then visit Phnong Village in Dak Dam. Phnong is one of the ethnic minority in Cambodia. They are now, have the same rights to access to education and keep their own tradition. We cycle back to Sen Monorom for lunch. The distance is 36km and maximum altitude is 1000km high. Afternoon, we cycle 10km to visit the Buddhist temple on the hill top to have the panaromic view. Dinner and overnight in Sen Monorom. (B,L,D)
Sen Monorom – Elephant Valley (20 + 20km) Danrey Choun Walk5km
Breakfast in Sen Monorom. Then we cycle 10km to Elephant Valley. This is a rescue center to protect the elephants from trafficking. You have a chance of full day volunteer to work in this Elephant Valley to take care of the elephants. The staff at the project will guide you how to do the job. Lunch at the valley. Another option, if you do not want to volunteer at the Elephant valley, we cycle to visit Damrey Choun villages near by Sen Monorom and trek 5km to visit the forest and water fall. Dinner and overnight in Sen Monorom.
Mondulkiri-Chlong-Kampong Cham (85km)
Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to Chlong. Then start cycling along Mekong River. This back road is nice for cycling to see close to real life experience of the local people who earn their living along the Mekong River. Most of them earn their living by farming and fishing. We cycle pass a few Muslim community. Then we cross the Mekong River by ferry at Stung Trong. Continue to cycle another 33km on some dirt road and sealed road to Kampong Cham. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Cham.
Kampong Cham – Kampong Thom (78km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Kampong Cham is one of the biggest province produce fruits and rubber. The land and Mekong River provides rich of resource for farming. We cycle 50km before lunch. After lunch we cycle pass some of the rubber plantation which was initiated by French in 19th century. First they brought the rubber plant from South America but could not survive in Cambodia weather and land. Later on they brought the rubber plant from Malaysia and could survive. After lunch, we cycle the last 28km to Kampong Thmor and transfer for 45 minutes on National Road No.6 to avoid busy traffic to Kampong Thom. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Thom.
Kampong Thom – Sambor Prei Kuk – Siem Reap (67km)
Breakfast at the hotel. We cycle to visit Sambor Prei Kuk pre-Angkorian temple complex. Most of the temples in this complex built by brick between (615-650). Sambor Prei Kuk was served as the capital before Angkor period during the Chenla Kingdom. After visiting, we cycle to Prek Pros Bridge for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, we transfer 2 hours to Siem Reap. Check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (30km by bicycle)
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling throughAngkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of thea few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples.
Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the temples.Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodia’s great king, Jayavarman VII. Then visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. Angkor Wat is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in the form of massive ‘temple mountain’ dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu.Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L,D)
Siem Reap Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Free until transfer to the airport for departure flight. Tour Ends
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.
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What if I can’t find the departure date I need?
Please give us a call or send massage. If you are a group of four or more, we can usually add a departure date within the season to suit you.
Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?
We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you & Best homestay in mountainous or read more at Accommodation.
Will I have a local guide?
Yes, your guide will be English speaking and local. The local guide will be a highlight of your tour as they are experienced and will pass on their knowledge and passion for their country. They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way and give you a real feel for the local culture.
Can I take a break from the cycling?
Yes, if you want to take a break, jump into the the air conditioned support vehicle that is always available.
What will the group size be?
The tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run and there will be a maximum of 16 guests.
What will the food be like?
Vietnamese or Asia food is very varied across the length of the country. Each regional has local adaptations of classic dishes. Your guide will share their passion for their cuisine and they will lead you along a culinary adventure. Drinking water is always included with meals, any other drinks will be extra.
What snacks will I get during the cycling?
You will be supplied with local snacks & energy bars. Clean water and electrolyte drinks are provided to keep you hydrated.
Is there a single supplement?
No, there is no extra charge for single travellers if you share a room with another same sex single guest. If you want your own room you can pay a supplement.
What will the weather be like?
Seasons vary across the vast length of the country, meaning you can travel to Vietnam , Laos and Cambodia.Etc… at any time of the year. You will probably have some rain during your visit.
Can you arrange my flights?
Flights are not included with our tours. However, we are more than happy to offer advice on long haul and regional flights, based on our extensive esperience of travel in Asia.
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.