Cycling from Siem Reap to Saigon Tour 16Days (10)
Cycling from Siem Reap to Saigon Tour 16Days (9)

Cycling from Siem Reap to Saigon Tour 16Days

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Cycling from Siem Reap to Saigon Tour 16Days trip of Cambodia bike tours and the Mekong Delta cycling tours. This dynamic region which was once entirely ruled by the Angkor Kings and which now comprises Vietnam’s most fertile food producing land and the majority of the modern Cambodia. A trip full of contrasts and contradictions.
For the budding historian, a relative goldmine of material. For the cyclist, variety of riding from single lane bike trails to remote back roads through the Cambodian countryside, something to satisfy all riders appetites. For the gourmet traveler, some real treats of cuisine on both sides of the border with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, fish and seafood, but with all tastes catered for.

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    All about the Cycling from Siem Reap to Saigon Tour 16Days.

    Cycling from Siem Reap to Saigon Tour 16Days

    Itinerary: SIEM REAP, ANGKOR WOT SURROUNDS, TONLE SAP LAKE, BENG MELEA, KAMPONG THOM to KAMPONG CHAM, OUDONG MOUNTAIN, PHNOM PENH, KEP, PHU QUOC ISLAND EXPLORATION, CHAU DOC to LONG XUYEN, CAN THO to SAIGON

    Few trips contain as much variety as this one. Ancient temples, friendly villages, two rapidly modernising cities emerging from a difficult past, the last frontier of Indochina’s beaches, Phu Quoc, and the food bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta, are all waiting to be explored. Cycling from Siem Reap to Saigon. This is a relatively easy tour with hardly even a hill in sight, but enough variety in scenery and surface to keep the ride interesting. A ride punctuated by some great rest time on the lovely island of Phu Quoc where you can lounge by the beach, go snorkeling or explore the islands wild interior. If you want to get far away from the daily grind and immerse yourself in Indochina, this is the ride for you.

    What to expect:
    The essential discovery trip of Cambodia bike tours and the Mekong Delta cycling tours. This dynamic region which was once entirely ruled by the Angkor Kings and which now comprises Vietnam’s most fertile food producing land and the majority of the modern Cambodia. A trip full of contrasts and contradictions.
    For the budding historian, a relative goldmine of material. For the cyclist, variety of riding from single lane bike trails to remote back roads through the Cambodian countryside, something to satisfy all riders appetites. For the gourmet traveler, some real treats of cuisine on both sides of the border with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, fish and seafood, but with all tastes catered for.

    For those who wish to connect with village life in Asia, there could not be abetter trip, it really has something for everyone.

    Highlights:
    Cycle and experience both Vietnam and Cambodia
    Gourmet treats of cuisine on both sides of the border
    Triple towers of Angkor Wat at Dawn
    Iconic Angkor temples and hidden treasures of the Angkor area
    Tonle Sap Lake – the largest in South East Asia
    Beng Melea Temple – peaceful and less visited
    Oudong Mountain
    Rest Day in Phnom Penh
    3 nights and Rest Day in Phu Quoc – the last frontier of Indochina’s beaches
    The maze of waterways that is the Mekong Delta, crossing numerous canals by bridge and boat
    Tour of Saigon city

    Tour Features:

    CUISINE
    This is as much a food adventure as it is a bike one. Whilst Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as Vietnamese, it offers some subtle, understated flavors. There is a strong emphasis on fish and fresh vegetables in the traditional diet, but contemporary Cambodian cuisine offers a wide range of options and surely has something for everyone. Vietnamese food is now known around the world, but what may not be so well known is that there is a great deal of variety within the national menu. In the southern area where we will be, a lot of seafood is available and also freshwater fish. In reality though, the Delta produces such a mind boggling amount of food that the range of choice may endanger any hopes you had of losing weight on this bike tour. Our local guides are experts at introducing you to the finest food on both sides of the border.

    SNACKING
    Organic energy bars and electrolyte drinks as well as delicious local snacks and mountains of fresh fruit are provided to keep your energy up for the riding.

    GREAT BIKES
    Merida hard-tail (front suspension only) mountain bikes in a full range of sizes with hybrid tires fitted for touring and special gearing ratios to suit the flat terrain. Lockable suspension forks for the smoother surfaces. A comfortable saddle with a women’s specific version available. A handlebar bag to keep your goodies in and no requirement to change bikes at the border.

    COMFY BEDS
    13 nights are in supremely comfortable and well run hotels with a touch of class and character, tastefully designed in place with their surroundings. 2 nights are in more simple properties, but still perfectly comfortable and clean with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and comfortable beds.

    TWO TO TEN
    This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 10 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.

    YOUR HOST
    Two charming, experienced English speaking tour leaders will host you on this experience. These two leaders overlap for three days before your entry to Vietnam, thereby allowing the second leader to learn your ways before the first departs. Local tour leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour with their passion for their country and ability to talk on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. The 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.

    SUPPORT VAN
    An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.

    YOUR IMPACT
    Travel by any means results in some impact to the countries, communities and environments we travel. On this tour, we aim to make a positive impact through our Book Donation Program and we seek to minimise our environmental impact through running our Cambodian support vehicles on 100% Bio-Diesel from Naga Biofuels. This is not a crop based product, the fuel made entirely from recycled cooking oil.

    Duration : 16 days, 15 nights.
    11 actual ride days.
    2 rest days.
    Distance :  695km
    Ave. Daily :  64km
    Bike Type :  Mountain bike (included)
    Terrain :  Mostly flat. Single lane bike trails to remote backroads
    Accomm : Supremely comfortable well-run hotels
    Meals : 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
    Note: Meal and accommodation inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)

    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.

    • All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
    • All accommodation as detailed
    • Air conditioned support vehicle
    • English speaking local cycle guide / mechanic
    • All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
    • Boat trip as mentioned in the program
    • Daily drinking water, cool face towels & snacks whilst cycling
    • All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast – L = Lunch – D = Dinner)

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

    • Services not detailed in the above itinerary
    • International flights to Vietnam and from Cambodia
    • Vietnam and Cambodian visa fees
    • Bicycle rental
    • Drinks with included meals
    • Expenditure of a personal nature
    • Discretionary tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Any payment / money transfer charges

    1. Day 1 Siem Reap arrive (D)

      As you arrive at Siem Reap airport our JET Bike Tours driver will be waiting for you with a beaming smile. After a short drive to the hotel, you will have some time to relax before the group meeting at 5pm. Your tour leader will conduct a briefing at this time, after which you can try out your bike for size and add any items you may have brought. After this an authentic culinary journey awaits to introduce you to Cambodia.

    2. Day 2 Siem Reap, Angkor Wat Surrounds to Siem Reap, 30km [B, L, D]

      Cycle the Angkor Sunrise Discovery.
      As first light dawns and the roosters begin to crow you will be at the most important religious monument in the country, looking at the triple towers of Angkor Wat across a reflecting pool. After the sun hopefully rises as a giant orange ball behind the towers, the crowds will thin out as most people return to bed or a hotel breakfast.

      For us however, we will make use of the cool temperatures and soft morning light to explore Angkor Wat. Monkeys and a handful of other travellers are the only others you will see. A delicious breakfast spread awaits us just a short pedal away, after which we continue to explore the iconic Angkor temples and some hidden treasures of the Angkor area.

      We ride some lovely back trails and even ride atop the wall of Angkor Thom, overlooking the moat. Lunch is had by a small lake before we cycle back to town.

    3. Day 3 Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake to Siem Reap, 45km [B, L, D]

      Cycle Tonle Sap Lake.
      The Tonle Sap Lake is the largest in South East Asia and is not even closely rivaled in this position by anything else. A huge expanse of water in the middle of Cambodia, connected to the Mekong River by the Tonle Sap, resulting in a natural phenomenon that must be seen to be believed.

      We take a ride on tracks and trails today to reach the lake. Along the way we ride next to the Baray, a huge reservoir used by the Khmer kings for irrigation of the surrounding area. Upon arriving at the edge of the Tonle Sap, we take a boat to explore the floating communities that call this area home.

      These are a less visited collection of villages due to their relative remoteness. We extend our boat ride (time permitting) to see the birdlife of this area before returning to our bikes and to town by a different route.

    4. Day 4 Siem Reap to Beng Melea (TRANSFER KAMPONG THOM), 70km [B, L, D]

      Cycle to Beng Melea, Transfer to Kampong Thom.
      The ride starts in earnest today as we leave Siem Reap and ride to the north east. We pass through some lovely countryside today and as we go, the villages become more and more remote and simpler. We spend most of the ride on packed dirt roads and trails, but the last section is on black top as we approach the temple of Beng Melea.

      This is a peaceful and less visited temple, only opened to the public relatively recently, covered in moss and shady trees. It is a treat to explore this ruined temple with your guide who can explain the significance of the design and tell you a little of the history. After lunch we take a drive to reach the provincial capital of Kampong Thom.

    5. Day 5 KAMPONG THOM to KAMPONG CHAM, 80km [B, L, D]

      Transfer & Cycle to Kampong Cham.
      Given our location this morning on a busy highway, we will take a drive to get us to the ideal starting point for our ride. Then it’s onto the bikes for a ride through plantation country. Here cassava, corn and rubber make up the agricultural produce. The early part of our ride is on paved, secondary road, the latter part is back on the dirt roads through the villages with minimal traffic. We roll into Kampong Cham in the late afternoon. Tonight’s hotel is located on the banks of the Mekong River, a body of water which is hard to take one’s eyes off as it slides by on its journey from the Tibetan Plateau to the Mekong Delta and the South China Sea.

    6. Day 6 OUDONG MOUNTAIN (TRANSFER) to PHNOM PENH, 55km [B, L, D]

      Transfer & Cycle to Phnom Penh.
      Again a drive is necessary to set us up for a great ride. We have a lazy morning due to timings and after a drive of about two hours, we find ourselves at Oudong Mountain. Surprisingly, this was once the capital of Cambodia, although that time was not a long one. Today it is a hilltop temple with views over the surrounding flatlands. We enjoy a Cambodian style picnic here and then take an afternoon ride on lovely village roads and trails, mostly unpaved. We zig zag our way through farmland where rice is the main product and we pass Oudong’s smaller brother, Basset Mountain. As the ride bears on, we cross the train tracks of the recently refurbished, but as yet un-operational railway line. From here the scenery changes rapidly and for those comfortable riding in traffic you can ride right up to the hotel door. For those that are not game, the support vehicle awaits. Dinner tonight marks the end of the first third of our epic journey and will be had by the Tonle Sap River, not far from where the three main rivers of Cambodia converge, which was the main reason for Phnom Penh’s placement.

    7. Day 7 PHNOM PENH (Rest Day) [B]

      Rest Day in Phnom Penh.
      Phnom Penh has had a turbulent history. When the French colonialists arrived, it was little more than a collection of wooden shacks by the river, but they soon changed that and in doing so created what was once considered a very beautiful city. When the Khmer Rouge evacuated the city in 1975, they started it on its way to decay and decline, a theme that had carried through until only fairly recently when the country’s economic development accelerated rapidly. Your guide can dispense a great deal of advice on how the city can be explored and will offer a late afternoon walk to introduce you to some of the lesser known aspects of this eccentric city.

    8. Day 8 PHNOM PENH (TRANSFER) to KEP, 80km [B, L, D]

      Transfer and Cycle to Kep.
      After a drive to exit the traffic of Phnom Penh, we hit the bikes and find ourselves in picturesque countryside where limestone cliffs loom in the distance and coconut and palm trees line the roads. Our cycling route today is on well made dirt roads with hardly a car in sight. In the late afternoon as we near Kep, we pass through pepper plantations, a product for which this area is well known. We arrive into the seaside town as the sun gets low on the horizon and after some time to relax we walk to the famous crab market where our fresh seafood dinner awaits.

    9. Day 9 KEP to PHU QUOC, 50km [B, L, D]

      Cycle to Phu Quoc.
      Breakfast overlooking the Gulf of Thailand is a nice way to start out last morning in Cambodia. Our ride today passes the salt flats along the coast and then before you know it, we are at the sleepy Ha Tien border point. After completing formalities, bidding farewell to the Cambodian team and entering Vietnam, it is only a short distance further to the boat pier where we take an express boat to Phu Quoc Island. One last ride for the day brings us from the pier to our comfortable hotel that will be your home for three nights.

    10. Day 10 PHU QUOC (Rest Day) [B]

      Rest Day in Phu Quoc.
      Phu Quoc is in a geographically curious place for a Vietnamese island. It sits just off the coast of Cambodia but somehow manages to be a part of Vietnam. The culture here is completely Vietnamese, so this is something of a contrast to the areas you have ridden through so far. There are a great many activities that you may opt for on the island, from snorkeling to kayaking, island hopping by boat or maybe some light trekking in the forested interior. For those who feel they have expended enough energy so far, the beach or pool beckons.

    11. Day 11 PHU QUOC ISLAND EXPLORATION to PHU QUOC, 75km [B, L]

      Cycle Phu Quoc.
      Whilst the focus of the last few years has been development on Phu Quoc, there are still many charming corners where fishing villages sit between fruit farms and forest reserves. We take a ride to explore these areas and in doing so encounter some small hills. Any rise in ground is compensated for by a few coasting downhills. The ride will take up most of the morning and the afternoon will be free time.

    12. Day 12 PHU QUOC (TRANSFER) to CHAU DOC, 50km [B, L, D]

      Transfer & Cycle to Chau Doc.
      It’s time to bid this island farewell and return to Ha Tien on the mainland. We arrive at the pier in the late morning, then take a drive to lunch before we ride onto Chau Doc. The scenery now changes a little, the most noticeable is the amount of irrigation, enabling the farmers to plant more than one crop of rice per year as they do in Cambodia. After a pleasant ride on back roads, we visit a bird sanctuary, a project of the local community. After a boat ride to meet the waders and other water birds, we pedal on to Chau Doc, an important regional trading town particularly known for its pungent and tasty fish sauce.

    13. Day 13 CHAU DOC to LONG XUYEN, 75km [B, L, D]

      Cycle to Long Xuyen.
      The Delta adventure starts in earnest today. The first of many short ferry rides comes after about 15km and the rest of the day will involve crossing numerous canals by bridge and boat and following a path through the maze of waterways that is the Delta. You will likely be struck today by the fertility of the land as every square inch is cultivated for food production and each human in sight works hard to grow, harvest, process or transport these products. The riding is predominantly on small, paved canal paths with only motor scooters as other traffic. We roll into the substantial town of Long Xuyen in the late afternoon.

    14. Day 14 LONG XUYEN to CAN THO, 85km [B, L, D]

      Cycle and Boat to Can Tho.
      Our final ride of the trip today has a fitting route. The canal paths continue this morning and become even more interesting as we go. The countryside is just as scenic as yesterday, but with an even higher concentration of canals, the farm produce now includes large fruit such as jackfruit hanging from trees by the paths. We encounter mat weaving and wooden boat building today as well as yet another amazing lunch. We finish up with a boat ride and arrive into the pleasant, bustling town of Can Tho in the late afternoon.

    15. Day 15 CAN THO to SAIGON (TRANSFER) [B, L, D]

      Transfer to Saigon.
      An early morning visit to the floating markets is on offer today. It’s an impressive site with a collection of boats of varying sizes and their crews tossing all manner of fruit and vegetables from boat to boat as the families of the Delta trade. Some produce remains in the Delta but the bulk will go to feed the densely populated city of Saigon. After breakfast, we pack up and board the van for a three hour drive into Saigon. In the mid afternoon as the day cools down just a little, we take to the streets to discover the capital of the former South Vietnam state and the commercial center of the current Republic of Vietnam. After exploring the french quarter and Ben Than Market, we head out for a final meal together.

    16. Day 16 SAIGON DEPARTURE [B]

      Tour Concludes in Saigon.
      The tour concludes after breakfast. Your guide can assist you in making any transport arrangements. Should you wish to book additional nights or any other activities, ask us at the time of booking for more information.

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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.

    Special offers :
    – Mineral water drinking.
    – Seasonal fruits.
    – Snacks
    – 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)

    Notes:
    Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.
    This itinerary allows for 16 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.

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