Cycling Holidays Vietnam Cambodia Laos Tour 17 days
Cycling Holidays Vietnam Cambodia Laos Tour 17 days Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are located along the Mekong River. The 3 countries share the benifit from the Mekong providing water, fish, and rich resource for farming. Cycling to visit the Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos along the Mekong is one of a great experience in life. There are many interests, the culture, the people as you cycle along, the villages, the historical Angkor temple complex. There are 4 thousands islands along the Mekong. When cycling up north, you will be able to visit the dolphin and the upstream toward Laos.
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Cycling Indochina Adventures 17 Days
Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are located along the Mekong River. The 3 countries share the benifit from the Mekong providing water, fish, and rich resource for farming. Cycling to visit the Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos along the Mekong is one of a great experience in life. There are many interests, the culture, the people as you cycle along, the villages, the historical Angkor temple complex. There are 4 thousands islands along the Mekong. When cycling up north, you will be able to visit the dolphin and the upstream toward Laos.
|Tour Cost||Contact Us|
|Bike Rental|| $200 (Trek or Giant) Extra
|Total Distance||947 km|
|Number of cycling days||15 days|
|Road Surface||This tour mostly follows asphalt roads, and one dirt road passing the countryside and the rice field. The back road along the Mekong river and village is small but good enough for cycling, less busy. A little bit sandy.|
|Support||Support van including spare part, cool box and back up service|
|Group||Minimum 2. Maximum 15.|
|Staff||Groups of 6 or more, a Cycling Tour Leader, plus English-speaking cycling guide, drivers and assistants. Groups below 5 will be led by our local guide and our local support team.|
|Food||Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B: breakfast, L: lunch and D:dinner)|
– Accommodation 3* stars hotel
– Cycling experienced guide
– Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B: breakfast, L: lunch and D:dinner)
– Support van for transfer & tour with cool box
– Snack, water, fruits and cold drink (Coke light)
– Boat for transfer & tour
– All entrance fees
– International Flights
– Departure Tax
– Visa fees, please contact us.
– Alcoholic, and other beverages during meals
– Tips for guides.
– Personal travel insurance
– Any services not mentioned in itinerary
Cycling Ho Chi Minh-Mytho-Travinh (50km+ cycling)
After breakfast you will transfer a couple of hours out of Ho Chi Minh City to Mytho– the gateway of the Mekong delta. Today’s biking will lead you right into the heart of the rural Mekong. The cycling begins after the ferry journey across the Tien River at Mytho. The route takes you through narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations, fields of sugar cane, through the lush green landscape of the delta, crossing rivers and canals by numerous, ubiquitous, fascinating ferries. A section of biking cuts off road onto gravel and dirt lanes, and weaves around hamlets, across water channels, and through quiet dense vegetation. This makes for superb biking. A final ferry across the gaping expanse of Cochien river leads us to Travinh, a pretty tree lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer. Overnight in hotel in Travinh (L,D).
Cycling Travinh-Cantho(80km+ cycling)
After breakfast at home stay, the last short boat trip will be reached Vinhlong, one of thefamous fruits town in Mekong. You bike along narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails. This is biking at its most glorious-through tiny orchards, witness colorful life along the riverside, pedal pass picturesque delta homes, pause to chat with welcoming villagers, clack across innumerable wooden bridges. Cross narrow canals on a local sampan, before finishing at the main ferry for a refreshing boat trip across the expansive Co Chien River. Ride final few km to the very pretty Khmer town of Travinh. There will be plenty of time to explore side tracks and trails as the cycling distance today is not far. This gives a great first impression of the “heart of Mekong”. Overnight in local hotel in Can Tho (B,L,D).
Cycling Cantho-Longxuyen(90km+ cycling)
Today’s ride is split into two sections and is a contrast to the previous day’s ride. After a veryearly breakfast, you will take a boat trip to the famous Cairang floating market before riding on a narrow paved road market to Phong dien. The route weaves through morning market bustle along the banks of the very busy river. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets. You will continue by bike on the narrow lane to the main road, which transfer along the highway back to Cantho for lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue riding along a tiny road leading upstream towards Longxuyen. The ride ends with a final ferry crossing and short transfer to hotel in Long Xuyen (B,L,D).
Cycling Longxuyen-Chaudoc(50km+ cycling)
Once more, the scenery is completely different. After a short transfer to Triton, the cyclingstarts to gently undulate and mountains begin to loom as you ride closer and closer to Chaudoc. The presence of Thotnot trees indicates the growing proximity to Cambodia and the local people speak Vietnamese as their second language. This afternoon you will cycle to the killing fields of Vietnam at Bachuc, where Polpot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. The route loops round to Chaudoc from Bachuc along the border, or re-trace back to triton (depending on road conditions) and ride the rest of the way to Chaudoc along incredible country roads. Those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain for sunset! Dinner and overnight in hotel (B,L,D).
Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (no cycling)
After having breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to board the speedboat to Phnom Penh. The boat takes 4hours 30 minutes. You can get Cambodian visa at the border for USD20 per person. Please bring your passport and a photo passport size. Arrive in Phnom Penh, lunch at the river front restaurant. Afternoon, city tour to visit the bustling Phnom Penh capital including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh.
Cycling Phnom Penh-Siem Reap (18km)
Early morning, transfer to board the speedboat on TonleSap lake to Siem Reap (7h00-13h00). The boat has aircon, toilet and lifejacket. Bofore arriving at the dock, the boat will pass the floating village where you can see the whole village on water including the floating houses, school, gas station, mechanic. Upon arrival, cycle 18km to check in at the hotel. Afternoon, free at leisure to wander around the town on your own. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L,D)
After the visit, cycle to Angkor Wat to finish the small circuit. Stop at South Gate of Angkor Thom for taking photo. Access via a causeway over the moat that are flanked by statues of Gods on the left and devils on the right. 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.
Cycling Small Circuit (25km)
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a 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. An eight-meter high wall encloses this ten square kilometre city, which is encircled by a moat. The famous Bayon, in the geographical heart of Angkor Thom, is a remarkable 54 tower temple. Initially the temple appears to be a shapeless mass of grey and brown stone, but it is only as you get closer that you realize every tower has the carved face of Avalokiteshvara on it.
Cycling Banteay Srei, & Kbal Spean (River of Thousand Lingas) 50km
Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2km before turn right to the rural road. The road is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Srei before lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as women citadel (built in 967 A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some of temple are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and still an excellent state of preservation.
Continue cycling to visit Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas, lying under the river bed, people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows to Siem Reap. Walk 1,200meters to visit the Lingas and enjoy lunch and the water fall. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira. Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors’ donation to fund his work. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Cycling Rolous Group & Tonle Sap Lake (50km)
Depart from the hotel, crossing the bridge at Old Market to cycle 15km toward Rolous Group. The first 2km, is on the tarmac road toward the bus station. Then, passing the rice field and the village. Rolous Group was the first capital of Angkor Empire during 800 A.D. Visit the Pre-Angkorian temples including Preak Ko, Bakong and Lo Lei. Afternoon, cycling to Tonle Sap Lake. Turn left at the crocodiles farm crossing the bridge. Then cycle on small road along the river through villages, pagodas and schools. This road is good for cycling as to avoid the busy traffic. After cycling 8km, turn right across the bridge to the main road as there is no further access on the small road. Continue cycling toward the hill about 3km (July-December) where the boat stop. (Note: January-June, the water is low and the boat will stop further 3km). Board on the boat to visit the floating village, floating school, fishing farm. After 1 hour boat drive. Return the Siem Reap on the main road to avoid cycling the same road. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Cycling Siem Reap-Kampong Thom-Sambor Prei Kuk (50km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we begin with a transfer 2 hours to visit 12 century Naga bridge in Kampong Kdei. After Kampong Kdei, we drop off and start cycling from the junction to visit pre-Angkorian temples in Sambor Prei Kuk (615-650). Sambor Prei Kuk was served as the capital before Angkor period during the Chenla Kingdom. Enjoy packed lunch under the shade of the big trees and relax on the mat. After lunch cycle to Kampong Thom town. It is the less visited town with just a stop over for the tourists who travel between Phnom Penh to Siem Reap as it is the half way. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Thom. (B,L,D)
Cycling Kampong Thom – Kampong Cham (68km)
After breakfast, transfer 40 minutes to Kampong Thmor where we starting cycling on the quiet road passing the rubber plantation to Kampong Cham, the 3rd biggest province in Cambodia. It depends mainly on the farming, big production of the fruit such as banana, jack fruit, tobacco and rubber plantation. Visit Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey and enjoy the picnic lunch from the hill top pagoda. Afternoon, arrive in Kampong Cham, wander around to see the town (optional biking to the nearby Koh Pen island). Situated on the Mekong river, Kampong Cham has a great benefit of the delta to do the farming. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Cham. (B,L,D)
Cycling Kampong Cham-Kratie (80km)
After breakfast, cycle to visit Phnom Han Chey. There are some graves of the victims from the Khmer Rouge regim on beside the hill of Phnom Han Chey. Enjoy the water stop, local fruit, snack and drink. Then we board on the local ferry to cross Mekong river at Steung Trong. This area used to be the Khmer Rouge headquarter in early 1970s before they took control of Phnom Penh in April 1975. Lunch and relax on a big shade of the tree. Afternoon, we continue cycling along this fantastic view of the Mekong river. Then we transfer on the van to Kratie. If time permits, we board on the boat and head to see the endangered Irrawady dolphin. Dinner and overnight in Kratie. (B,L,D)
Cycling Kratie-Stung Treng (90km)
Breakfast in Kratie. Fill the water and be prepared on the bike. We cycle to visit Wat Sarsar Moy Roy. After water stop, we turn back to the main road. Then we cycle a single line, watch out for the traffic as there are car and truck coming and going. Enjoy packed lunch on a big shade of the tree and relax on the mat. Afternoon we, cycle to complete our 90km, then we transfer by van to Stung Treng. The speciality of local food in Stung Treng is Ngem, the fresh fish wrapped in banana leaves. Dinner and overnight in Stung Treng. (B,L,D)
Cycling Stung Treng-Laos border-Don Daet (78km)
After breakfast, today we cycle to the Laos border. We visit Ou Svay community. Lunch with local family to experience rural Cambodia at it most authentic. After lunch we cycle to the border for immigration process, and say goodbye to our Cambodian driver who followed us in the supported van. Continue to cycle to visit water fall and enjoy the swimming and visit French death railways. If time permits, visit the Irrawady dolphin. Dinner and overnight in Don Daet. (B,L,D)
Cycling Don Daet – 4 Thousand Islands (60km)
Breakfast in Don Daet. Today, we cycle to visit 4 Thousand Islands known as Si Phan Don in Laos. The 4 Thousand Islands situated on the Mekong River including Don Som island and take the ferry to Don Khong island where we have lunch. After lunch, we cycle another 10km on dirt road to Xe Pian National Biodiversity & Conservation. Then cycle 3km up on down hill to visit Phu Asa temple and enjoy the sunset. Dinner and overnight in the Lodge. (B,L,D)
Cycling Xe Pian National Biodiversity and Conservation Center (54km) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the lodge to enjoy the bird life. We fill in the water and be ready to get on the bike to cycle from Xe Pian Biodiversity Conservation Center located near Cambodia border to Rattanakiri province. After the 10km on dirt road, we transfer on 1 hour on the main road to start cycling on quiet road to Ban Muang where we cross ferry to cycle to Wat Phou located on the foot of Champasak hill built by great Khmer King Jayavarman VII in 12th century. After the visit, we cycle 10km back to the lodge located along the Mekong river. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Cycling Pakse Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Pakse 30-45 minutes for your onward departure. (B) 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.
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 17 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.