Cycling on Indochina Heritage Route 15 days
Cycling on Indochina Heritage Route 15 days In the spirit of pioneering overland expeditions Adventures created a couple of brand new adventure tours for you. With the recent opening of a border checkpoint in the North East of Cambodia, you now can bicycle from the capital city of Hanoi to the ancient city of Hoi An and end in the world heritage site of the Angkor Temples. Experiencing a holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia and you will discover the allure of an unspoilt and little explored countries which for many travelers with a sense of adventure is irresistible.
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In the spirit of pioneering overland expeditions Adventures created a couple of brand new adventure tours for you. With the recent opening of a border checkpoint in the North East of Cambodia, you now can bicycle from the capital city of Hanoi to the ancient city of Hoi An and end in the world heritage site of the Angkor Temples. Experiencing a holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia and you will discover the allure of an unspoilt and little explored countries which for many travelers with a sense of adventure is irresistible.
• All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
• All accommodation as detailed
• Air conditioned support vehicle
• English speaking local guide
• English speaking local cycle guide / mechanic
• Kayaking in Stung Treng Province
• All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
• Daily drinking water, cool face towels & snacks whilst cycling
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast – L = Lunch – D = Dinner)
• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• International flights to Vietnam and from Cambodia
• Vietnam and Cambodian Visa fees
• Bicycles, however it can be hired
• Drinks with included meals
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Discretionary tips
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges
Arrive in Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, JET Adventure Tour guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Morning Flight – Hue
We take early morning flight o Hue at —-after one hour we will be landed in Hue city. our driver pick you up and transfer to Hotel. Following to breakfast, you will fix the bike and cycle leizurely to explore Hue city and citadel and royal toImperial Citadel and & tomb Architecture .Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centers of Vietnam. So far, Hue remains to be the only originally historical vestiged city in Vietnam. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the romantically named Perfume River with 11km length. This valuable construction includes more than 100 architectural works, which are the reflection of the life of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s reign.
Cycling Hue – lang Co Beach
After hearty breakfast in hotel, we start new day by cycling to Thanh Toan covered roof bridge, on the way you will be impressive on different view in rural villages and imperial city. You will be interesting in typical image of Vietnam traditional houses, communal houses and local markets. You have good chance to interact with friendly people. Arriving Thanh Toan Village, you spend the time to visit and take picture one of incredible covered roof bridge that built in 1776 by kind – hearted woman.
Our cycling tours continue to ride through peaceful village and villages,lagoon to Thuan An Beach. Have short break for cold water and tropical fruits. We also ride through fascinating village, where you can admire hundred magnificent mauseums. We ride on tarmac road to Tu Hien Lagoon, crossing brigde and climb short pass before descending to T junction high way no1. Transfer to local restaurant for lunch.
After lunch we ride on newly paved road lead to Lang Co Beach.Arriving Lang Co beach check in front beach resort , relax with cold beer in swimming pool. Have dinner and sty in front beach resort
CyclingLang Co Beach – Hai van Pass – Da Nang – Hoi An
Today is great and amazing day with us, we fill up full energy and water before challenging incredible Hai Van Pass. Start cycling from Hotel, turn left on high way No1 and ascend to summit with 13 km long climb. On the way you will rewarded by breathtaking scenery, cloud and ocean. You enjoy picturesque panoramas on summit in bothside Lang Co and Da Nang city.
Upon arriving summit. Snack, cold water and tropical fruit are available for you. Taking picture and refreshing before descending 12 km to Da Nang City, cycling along the coast , passing resorts complex alluring sand beaches to Hoi An Town. Arriving Hoi An late afternoon, do check in and cold beer break
Have dinner and stayovernight in Hoi an Riverside Resort
Cycling Hoi An Back Road
Hoi An, which is a world heritage of Vietnam, has long been a cultural crossroad and remains such a ancient beauty after nearly 300 circles of the four seasons. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.Cycling both in ancient town and rural villages, offer for you interesting challenging. Our trip start in Hotel ride on single track, paved road through peaceful villages, water coconut falm trees, cannals to vibrant Hoi An Town.take the time to capture remarkable image of Japanese covered roof bridge, Communal houses. then commence to Thanh Ha traditional Ceramic villages, Tra Que herb village and Thuy Linh Lattern lamp shades workshops, back Hoi An for lunch/ After lunch . we ride to Cua Dai for swimming in imposing sand beach. Have dinner and stay in Hoi An Riverside Resort.
Cycle from Hoi An to Ngoc Hoi Highland
While you cycle to Ngoc Hoi you pass many old military bases. Bicycle along tribal villages, rice paddies and rivers. Wind up the day’s bike ride with a relaxing drive to Ngoc Hoi. Ngoc Hoi is a small town located near to the border of Laos on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. From Ngoc Hoi it’s about 20 kilometers (12 miles) to the Bo Y border.
Cycle from Ngoc Hoi to Kontum & Pleiku……
Today will be the longest day of your biking adventure. Follow the Ho Chi Minh trail highway to Kontum. There you catch a bus to the summit of a long, high pass to Pleiku. Cycle through beautiful countryside, past rice paddies and meet friendly locals on your way to Gia Lai province which is located in the centre of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The provincial capital, Pleiku, sits at the junction of Routes 19 and 14, making it the crossroads for any exploration of the Highlands.
Cycle from Pleiku to Banlung via Cambodian border
The car transfer to the Cambodian border takes around 2 hours in total. At this point it is time to say goodbye to the Vietnamese team. After the immigration formalities at the Le Thanh border check point, you meet your Cambodian cycling crew. Start your bike ride from the border to the Banlung town of Ratanakiri. Banlung is one of the most far-flung of the Khmer provincial capitals. You continue your cycling adventure along a recently paved, winding road with some ups and a few less downs as you climb into the highlands that are home to the former Ho Chi Minh Trail. You spend the night in the surroundings of Terres Rouge, a traditional style Khmer house oozing with old
world charm in this remote part of Cambodia.
Cycling Banlung to Stung Treng
After breakfast you will be transferred for 3 hours to the border of Laos PDR and then meet the Mekong River at a point just below a series of falls and rapids. These falls re-oxidize the water and make an amazing area of Bio-diversity possible. You take your kayak and gently drift down the Mekong River, through a flooded forest that is home to a wide range of bird-life. After a few hours of kayaking, you can enjoy a picnic lunch, then meet your van again for the drive down to Stung Treng Province. Tonight you experience a special dinner at Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre where young poor locals are being trained in hospitality and tourism skills to ensure a better future. Having dinner here, means you will get real Khmer food with personalize service from the students.
Cycle from Stung Treng to Kratie
Today you will get up early to have breakfast in the town as your hotel does not have a restaurant. You have a long day bike riding ahead of you as you take off to Kratie Province, a small provincial capital located on the bank of Mekog River. You stop at Kampi to take a 1 hour boat trip to see Irrawaddy dolphins. You then cycle to Kratie Town and board a ferry to Koh Trong, where you will spend a night at a local home-stay. You should only bring your backpack and keep the rest of your luggage in the bus. Enjoy tasty Cambodian food with your host family.
Cycle From Kratie to kampong Cham
You transfer south through the town of Chhlong and take a ferry to the western bank of the Mekong to start bike riding from Phnom Han Chhey on quiet roads along the river, through small rural villages and scenic countryside. Stop for a drink and snack at the tiny town of Chhlong. The many French colonial houses in this town are amongst the most beautiful in Cambodia. It is a scenic ride as you pass many Cham communities which are predominantly Muslim. Marvel at the diversity of Buddhist pagodas and Muslim mosques, all with friendly locals who will welcome you warmly in each village you pass. You cycle up to Wat Han Chhey, a small hilltop pagoda that houses an 8th century pre-Angkorian temple and offers spectacular views over the Mekong. Here you can enjoy a well deserved picnic lunch complimented by sweeping views of the Mekong. From here you cycle the last 22 kilometers (14 miles) to Kampong Cham, where you can relax at the hotel’s swimming pool.
Cycle from Kampong Cham to Kampong Thom
You leave Kampong Cham on dirt and tarmac roads along the Mekong and eventually head for a quiet secondary highway towards Kampong Thom. You will be flanked by rubber plantations, paddy fields and typical Khmer villages on today’s bike ride. Kampong Thom is a picturesque town on the banks of the Stung Sen River, which hosts the magnificent Khmer temple site Sambo Prei Kuk.
Cycle from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap
After breakfast you drive about 1 hour to the town of Kompong Kdei where you will start cycling. You bike past quiet villages, rice paddies, palm trees and some new irrigation system in the area. You stop at Makak Dam for a rest. This man made dam was built during the Khmer Rouge regime and it is useful until today. After another 20 kilometers you will arrive at Kvao Village then you turn left via 700 year old ancient road to Beng Mealea. After a short visit of this temple ruin you do a final bike ride to Dam Dek and then transfer to Siem Reap for the night.
Explore the Angkor Temples by bike
This morning you will meet your specialist temple guide once you are ready you will begin your cycle exploration of these incredible temples. Today you will focus on the Small Circuit, which features temple greats such as: the pyramid of Takeo, the jungle-clad Ta Prohm made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Tomb Raider’; Sras Srang known as the King’s bathing pond; and the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces smiling beguilingly down at you. You will also visit other important sites in this immense walled city. After lunch it is time to take on the majestic Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. After returning to the hotel you will be taken to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious
Bid farewell to Siem Reap
Today you are free at leisure until it is time for your transfer to Siem Reap, Angkor International Airport for your onward flight. Leave the home of the mighty Khmer Empire with many wonderful cycling memories
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 15 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.