Saigon To Angkor Wat Bike Ride 11Days
Saigon To Angkor Wat Bike Ride 11Days The Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride takes you through 500 + – kilometres of history, culture, and fantastic scenery. Ride past plantations, across waterways, and through villages in the lush Mekong Delta and cross to the countryside and ancient temples of Cambodia. Set out from bustling Ho Chi Minh City and travel south to where the Mekong River branches over the flat planes in to thousands of small waterways. The terrain is flat, the roads are relatively quiet, and the scenery is spectacular!
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Saigon To Angkor Wat Bike Ride 11Days
Itinerary: Hochiminh-My Tho – Tra Vinh – Can Tho – Long Xuyen – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang – Battambang – Siem Reap
Highlight: The Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride takes you through 500 + – kilometres of history, culture, and fantastic scenery. Ride past plantations, across waterways, and through villages in the lush Mekong Delta and cross to the countryside and ancient temples of Cambodia. Set out from bustling Ho Chi Minh City and travel south to where the Mekong River branches over the flat planes in to thousands of small waterways. The terrain is flat, the roads are relatively quiet, and the scenery is spectacular! For the first half of the journey, pedal from My Tho down to Chau Doc, which sits near the Cambodia border. There are endless miles of quiet backwaters and tiny roads, ancient temples and countless colourful pagodas, havens of calm and tranquillity, bustling markets and busy, bargaining vendors. The countryside is vibrant – beneath the calmness there harbours a hive of activity and work that seems unique to Vietnamese people. Travel by boat along the Mekong in to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, a charming city with a tragic past. Venture out of the current capital along country roads to the ancient capital of Oudong, passing ox carts and villages on the way. Continue to the floating villages of Kampong Chhnang, a small town that is typical of rural Cambodia, before reaching Battambang in the far west of the country. The last leg of your journey takes you across the massive Tonle Sap Lake in to Siem Reap, home to the temples of Angkor. There is no better way to explore the hundreds of temples than by bike. Spend the afternoon pedalling amongst the ruins stopping as you wish to explore the intricate details of the imposing buildings. As you reflect back on your trip, we think you’ll agree: Exploring this region on two wheels is the best way to delve deep in to the culture and lifestyle of the South Vietnamese and Cambodian people.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
Accommodation pre/post trip.
Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (L,D)
Upon arrival in to Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met at the airport in transferred to your hotel. After a trip briefing and bike fitting, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Tra Vinh (B,L,D)
Transfer by road to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta and the start of your cycling journey. Travel through the heart of the delta along narrow paths, past fields of sugar cane, fruit plantations, and lush green paddy fields. Enjoy watching the activities of the locals and soaking in the atmosphere as you pedal along the waterways to Tra Vihn. (Today’s journey is 52km of cycling). Overnight in Tra Vinh.
Tra Vinh – Can Tho (B,L,D)
Peaceful roads lined with Khmer temples and river scenery take you from Tra Vinh to Can Tho. Stop along the way to rest your legs and visit peaceful temples, observe the local farmers, and visit a local school to spend time with the students journey is flat and picturesque through this part of the delta. (Today’s journey is 82km of cycling). Overnight in Can Tho.
Can Tho – Long Xuyen (B,L,D)
This morning, travel through bustling markets on the way to Phong Dien and be amazed at the contrast inactivity from the previous day. Vendors and craftsmen go about their business busily during the morning hours and cycling amongst the action is a great way to experience the local life. Loop back to Can Tho for lunch and continue riding to the town of Long Xuyen. (Today’s journey is 95km of cycling). Overnight in Long Xuyen.
Long Xuyen – Chau Doc (B,L,D)
Your last day of cycling in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta takes you through different scenery as you head southwest toward Cambodia. The roads have a slight undulation and mountains begin to appear in the far distance. As you approach the town of Chau Doc, veer off toward Sam Mountain where a steep climb will reward you with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Coast back down the mountain and return to Chau Doc in time for dinner. (Today’s journey is 75 km of cycling). Overnight in Chau Doc.
Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (B,L,D)
Travel along the Mekong and Bassaac Rivers by boat as you depart Vietnam and head to Cambodia’s capital. Arrive in to Phnom Penh in time for lunch near the riverfront and soak in the town’s colonial atmosphere and buzzing local life. In the afternoon, visit Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields to learn about Cambodia’s turbulent past under the Khmer Rouge regime. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang (B,L,D)
Depart Phnom Penh on your bike and head toward Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, passing magnificent scenery and friendly locals. Climb to the top of Phnom Oudong for sweeping views of the countryside before pedaling on tarmac roads towards Kampong Chhnang. This quiet, riverside town is known for producing some of the country’s best pottery. (Today’s cycling distance is 91km). Overnight in Kampong Chhnang.
Kampong Chhnang – Battambang (B,L,D)
The morning’s ride takes us along dirt roads through sugar palm trees and endless paddy fields, with small green hills in the background. The local children will come out to greet us as we pedal through the village watching the potters and other artisans at work. After a picnic at a local family’s house, we continue along highway 5 to Battambang either by bike or by car. (Today’s cycling distance is 100 km). Overnight in Battambang.
Battambang Cycling (B,L,D)
Although Battambang is one of Cambodia’s largest towns, you certainly won’t notice it as you cycle through the stunning rural scenery. A combination of tarmac and hardened dirt roads lead out to temples like Phnom Banan and Phnom Sampeau, both of which offer great viewpoints of the surrounding area. Once an area of strong Khmer Rouge activity, we will also stop at a memorial to honour the victims of this tragic era. (Today’s cycling distance is 45km). Overnight in Battambang.
Battambang – Siem Reap (B,L,D)
Today we drive to Siem Reap, home of the temples of Angkor, built by the might Khmer empire from the 9th-14th centuries. After lunch, pedal out the Angkor Wat, the largest Hindu monument in the world, where you will explore the endless corridors, looming towers, and intricate carvings of this wondrous temple. (Today’s cycling distance is 20km). Overnight in Siem Reap
Angkor Wat – Siem Reap – Departure (B,L)
For an amazing start to the morning, there is the option to return to Angkor Wat to watch the sun rise, then, hop on your bike for your last, and perhaps most memorable day of cycling. Travel through the Angkor Archeological Park on two wheels, stopping to visit the jungle covered Ta Phrom, the enigmatic towers of Bayon, the walled city of Angkor Thom and many other fascinating ruins all the while learning about their history from your knowledgeable guide. After a full day’s exploration, return to your hotel for late check-out and a transfer to the Siem Reap airport for your onward flight. (Today’s cycling distance is 25km)
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.