Hoi An to Siem Reap Cycle Tour 13 Days (11)
Hoi An to Siem Reap Cycle Tour 13 Days (10)

Hoi An to Siem Reap Cycle Tour 13 Days

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Hoi An to Siem Reap Cycle Tour 13 Days you to cycle two of the most fascinating destinations in South-East Asia. Start your cycling adventure in Hoi An, pedal through the Mekong Basin before crossing into Cambodia and finishing off in Siem Reap.

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      Mountain Cycling, Multi-Country Cycling, Road Cycling
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    All about the Hoi An to Siem Reap Cycle Tour 13 Days.

    Hoi An to Siem Reap Cycle Tour 13 Days

    This 13-day tour allows you to cycle two of the most fascinating destinations in South-East Asia. Start your cycling adventure in Hoi An, pedal through the Mekong Basin before crossing into Cambodia and finishing off in Siem Reap.

    In the spirit of pioneering overland expeditions JET 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.

    Holiday Overview


    Siem Reap and the UNESCO-listed temples at Angkor Wat
    Meet the Bahnar and Jarai ethnic minorities of the Vietnamese highlands
    Free day and market visit at Banlung, a remote Khmer provincial town
    Take a boat trip on the River Mekong in search of rare Irrawaddy dolphins

    On this mountain biking holiday from Vietnam into Cambodia, you’ll feel like a time traveller journeying through history, from the 4th Century ruins at My Son and the 9th Century temples at Angkor, all the way through to the present day. As well as the several UNESCO World Heritage sites on our route, expect to be amazed by the unforgettable scenery, from Vietnam’s coastline on the South China Sea, to rice paddies and rustic villages, coffee plantations and golden sunsets over the Mekong River. We start cycling in Hoi An, once the largest harbour in South-East Asia and nowadays famous for its tailoring and colourful lantern-lit bridges. Our introductory ride takes us out to the Champa site at My Son and then, on the following day, we quickly move forward to the 20th Century as we cycle to Mai Lai, where there is a Vietnam War memorial. Then, climbing up into the highlands, we find ourselves in the homeland of the Bahnar and Jarai ethnic minorities who still practice animism and a subsistence lifestyle. Crossing the border into Cambodia and the lands of the former Khmer Empire, we encounter more ethnic tribes in a remote region where foreigners on bicycles are still very much a novelty. A day off the bikes at Banlung gives us the chance to do some exploring, including the chance to take a dip in a mysterious crater lake. Then, it’s on to the mighty Mekong River, where we will be hoping to catch a glimpse of endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. Continuing our ride through the Cambodian countryside, we see more ancient sites, such as the 1000 year old bridge at Kampong Kdei. But, these are just tasters ahead of one of the major highlights of the holiday; our full-day visit on our bikes to the Angkor Wat temple complex at Siem Reap. This is a brilliant cycle journey through one of the most culturally fascinating parts of South-East Asia.

    This cultural journey by mountain bike takes us from the coast of Vietnam, through the central highlands to the heart of Cambodia. We cycle approximately 790 kilometres in 11 cycling days, with lots of time spent sightseeing and exploring the countryside. The cycling is non-technical on a mixture of well-surfaced roads and good quality dirt tracks. The terrain varies from flat days to hilly and undulating days. Ride at your own pace after consulting the guides about the route ahead, stop to take photographs and to soak up the magnificent sites we visit. Starting out with a couple of shorter rides, the itinerary does also have several days with approximately 100 kilometre rides. To get the most out of this road cycling tour you should be a regular weekend rider with a good level of physical fitness. However, the bus is always close at hand for those who need to take a break

    At A glance

    11 days biking
    790 kilometres
    90% surfaced road – 100% vehicle supported
    Max altitude – 1200 metres
    Join in Hoi An, Siem Reap

    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. If group more than 5 people we will use minivan and truck to carry bikes and logistics
    • English speaking local cycle guide / mechanic
    • All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
    • Boat Trip Mention n 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, however they can be hired for USD180
    • Drinks with included meals
    • Expenditure of a personal nature
    • Discretionary tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Any payment / money transfer charges

    1. Day 1 Arrive in Hoi An

      Our team will meet you in the ancient town of Hoi An. This merchant town was an important port of call for Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese traders during the 17th and 18th centuries. More than anywhere in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of the past and is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site with more than 844 structures of historical significance. It is a fantastic place to spend the day wandering the narrow streets. At night there will be a welcome dinner and trip briefing.

      Meals included: D
      Distance cycled: n.a.
      Level of difficulty: n.a.
      Accommodation: Hoian Venus Hotel & Spa(4****)

    2. Day 2 Cycle from Hoi An to My Son

      Have an easy start to your bike riding with a visit to another World Heritage Site. After a short transfer you ride to see the My Son Temple Complex, the ancient centre of the Cham Civilization. Bicycle along scenic backcountry roads, past rice paddy fields, through a eucalyptus forest, and many scenic villages. The road eventually climbs away from the coast, offering stunning views as you move into an increasingly more remote region. This 14 kilometers (9 miles) road cuts through the lush jungle alongside the Song Tranh River and eventually leads us to My Son, which was once Champa’s greatest city. Although many of the temples were destroyed during the war, there is still enough of the archaeological site to impress most visitors. Enjoy your picnic lunch and spend the afternoon visiting the site. In the afternoon return to Hoi An by bus. This evening dinner is on your own account. A great chance to choose from Hoi An’s many fantastic restaurants.

      Meals included: B, L
      Distance cycled: 54km (34 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Beginner
      Accommodation: Hoian Venus Hotel & Spa

    3. Day 3 Cycle from Hoi An to Quang Nghai & My Lai

      This morning you transfer from Hoi An and begin your bike ride from a small village. The road is shaded by arching palm trees and surrounded by tended rice paddies. Around lunchtime you arrive at My Lai, the site of one of the worst massacres of the American/Vietnam War. Take a sobering guided tour of the site and museum. The cycling continues out into the Vietnamese countryside where you stop to visit a traditional pagoda before heading to your hotel in town.

      Meals included: B, L, D
      Distance cycled: 46km (29 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Beginner
      Accommodation: Central Hotel(4***)

    4. Day 4 Cycle from Quang Ngai to Kontum

      Today is a more challenging day as you leave the coast and head into the central highlands towards Quang Nam and on to Kontum. You bicycle only part of the route, along undulating roads through thick pine forests and with stunning photo opportunities. Drive about 2 hours to the town of Bato in the highlands and cycle 15 kilometers (9 miles) uphill to the top of Viloluk Pass which is located 1000m above sea level. This is followed by a fantastic 20 kilometers (12 miles) descent to the bottom of the pass. From here the route undulates past many remote villages, tropical forests, over bridges and along quiet and scenic roads.

      Meals included: B, L, D
      Distance cycled: 90km (56 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Intermediate
      Accommodation: Indochine Hotel(3***)

    5. Day 5 Cycle from Kontum to Pleiku

      After breakfast, you bike ride out into the countryside to visit some local villages of the Jarai and Bhanar ethnic minorities. These tribes still practice animist beliefs, that demons inhabit all of creation. The area is well known for their communal houses with very steep and tall roofs. Each village takes great pride in these unique designs as they define the regional landscape. After a local lunch you cycle to the town of Pleiku, which has some of the best coffee in Vietnam. This is an easier day and you will notice the change in scenery as you bicycle through a wide valley surrounded by mountains punctuated by tea and coffee plantations along the route.

      Meals included: B, L, D
      Distance cycled: 60km (37 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Beginner
      Accommodation: Hoang Anh Hotel(4****)

    6. Day 6 Cycle from Pleiku to Banlung via Cambodian Border

      After breakfast you will be transferred to the Cambodian border by car which takes approximately 2 hours. 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 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 biking 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.

      Meals included: B, L, D
      Distance cycled: 70km (44 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Intermediate
      Accommodation: Ratanak Resort(3***)

    7. Day 7 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, and 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.

      Meals included: B, L, D
      Distance kayaking: 18km (11 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Beginner
      Accommodation: Mekong Bird Resort(2**)

    8. Day 8 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.

      Meals included: B, L, D
      Distance cycled: 85km (53 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Intermediate
      Accommodation: Oudom Sambath Hotel(2**)

    9. Day 9 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 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 bike 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.

      Meals included: B, L, D
      Distance cycled: 85km (53 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Intermediate
      Accommodation: 7 Makara Hotel(3***)

    10. Day 10 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 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.

      Meals included: B, L, D
      Distance cycled: 80km (50 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Intermediate
      Accommodation: Sambor Village Hotel(3***)

    11. Day 11 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 shoot to Dam Dek and then transfer to Siem Reap for the night.

      Meals included: B, L
      Distance cycled: 90km (56 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Intermediate
      Accommodation: Central Boutique Hotel(3***)

    12. Day 12 Explore the Angkor Temples by bike

      This morning you will meet your specialist temple guide once you are ready you will begin your bicycle 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 farewell dinner.

      Meals included: B, L, D
      Distance cycled: 40km (25 miles)
      Level of difficulty: Beginner
      Accommodation: Central Boutique Hotel(3***)

    13. Day 13 Bid farewell to Siem Reap

      After breakfast you will be free till transfer to airport for your onward flight leaving hidden charm of Vietnam and the mighty Khmer Empire with many wonderful cycling memories.

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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

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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.

    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.

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