Overview

Cycling is a great way to experience the diverse scenery and rural cultures of Southeast Asia. This cycle trip with the unique itinerary takes you from the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City through traditional rural villages to the notable temple complex of Angkor Wat. You will be free to enjoy the gorgeous landscape along the way with our comfortable modern bicycles, support crew riding on a steady pace. We will also have a backup vehicle available to give a break for any tired riders. This 12day trip begins from the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, from where we depart towards the serene roads to the Cu Chi Tunnels and then to the Mekong Delta region, the rice bowl of Vietnam. A vast wetland expanse of floating markets, Khmer pagodas, and villages surrounded by rice paddies and flooded forests. We cross Cambodia by boat and have plenty of time to enjoy the trip to palaces, pagodas, and French-inspired architecture of Phnom Penh before heading north toward Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. Explore the incredible ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat on a bike and experience stilted village life on the Tonle Sap, or Great Lake.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All ground transport including bike
  • Meals

What's excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Arrival Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival, your driver will welcome and transfer you to your respective hotel. On the way, he will give you a brief explanation on your further trip. After reaching the hotel, check into the hotel. You can choose to relax in the hotel or go out to explore this bustling city. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. It is the lively and dynamic economic capital and the cultural trendsetter of the country. Yet, within the teeming metropolis, you will find the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. This gorgeous city full of energy will dispel even the slightest feeling of jet lag.

Day Two:

Cu Chi Tunnels and City Tour

This morning, we head out for a sightseeing tour. We take a short bus trip to Hoc Mon town where we will hire a cycle and ride through picturesque rice paddies and rubber plantations, making the way towards the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels. This tunnel is a twisting network of narrow underground tunnels and rooms the Viet Cong used as its military base and living quarters during the Vietnam War. Here, we can learn about the underground lifestyle of the Viet Cong, and we can also explore the network of tunnels on foot. After visiting this astonishing site, we will stop for a short lunch break at a local restaurant. After lunch, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City for the afternoon tour. We head out to visit some of the most significant sites of the city. Firstly, we will visit the Reunification Palace, an incredible structure of 1960s architecture, steeped in modern history. It was the spot where the Vietnam War came to an end in 1975 when the city of Saigon fell after a North Vietnamese army tank collided on the palace gates, from which point the city came to known as Ho Chi Minh City. Next, we will visit other notable landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral, an impressive neo-Romanesque Catholic cathedral built in the late 19th century, the Saigon Post Office, which is a classic French building that bears an impressive portrait of Uncle Ho and many grand architectural details. To conclude the day's trip, we will visit the famed Ben Thanh Market, a huge vibrant marketplace where you can find everything from fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and sweets, to suitcases, clothing and white goods, traditional lacquerware, handicrafts, and kitschy tourist trinkets. Go for shopping around the place while haggling with the vendors. Even if you are not thinking of buying anything, visit around the market, the market itself is a spectacle to witness.

Day Three:

Cycle to Vinh Long

Today we will be moving towards relatively less busy roads. We start the morning with a drive towards the Mekong Delta region. Once we reach the starting point, we ready our bikes and start riding on the serene roads towards the Mekong delta. This is a rural region where locals are very friendly, and riding the bike through this region offers a great chance to connect with the locals and learn about their daily lifestyle, lifestyles of agriculture and craftsmanship. After riding for a while, we stop for a lunch break in a garden café. This afternoon, we head south, moving through an island of the majestic river delta to another one of which we have to board on a ferry boat to cross. We will be staying at a basic guesthouse for the night.

Day Four:

Cycle to Can Tho

After breakfast, we prepare our bike and begin the ride towards the south. We head towards a region deep in the Mekong Delta named Tam Binh. We ride at a steady pace along the backroads so that we can appreciate the serenity of the region and make few stops along the route to interact with locals while sipping tea and enjoying snacks. We will stop for lunch at a local's house where they will serve us a traditional lunch which will give us a further view of the local's lifestyle of the region. At Tra On, we take a boat and cruise through the Hau River upstream to Can Tho, the biggest town in the Mekong Delta.

Note: Boat schedules might change without prior notice. In such a case, we will transfer to Can Tho by road.

Day Five:

Cycle to Long Xuyen

Waking up early in the morning, we visit the Cai Rang floating market, a typical market of the delta. Before heading out to the road, we return to the hotel and enjoy some delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we ride out along the winding trails up the Hau River, northwest to Long Xuyen. Long Xuyen is a market town famous for its fish, rice, and cashew nut trading. Along the route, we will stop by Bang Lang Stork Garden, a bird sanctuary from where we can get stunning views of thousands of resident storks and snowy egrets. There is also a tall viewing platform from where you can watch the birds filling the branched. We will reach Long Xuyen in the late afternoon. The rest of the time is free for your leisure activities.

Day Six:

Cycle to Chau Doc

We start the day on a vehicle before hitting up bikes towards Chau Dock. Chau Doc is a major port hub of the region and a hospitable little town with mostly Chinese, Cham, and Khmer communities. You will notice the town's cultural diversity through the mosques, temples, churches, and nearby pilgrimage sites all around the region. Before arriving in Chau Doc, we will explore the gorgeous lush water world of Tra Su Cajuput forest; a beautiful wetland flooded forest and mangrove nature reserve.

Day Seven:

Boat to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Today, we take a day off the bicycles. We catch the early morning boat and cruise across the Vinh Xuong/ Kaam Sam nor border moving into Cambodia, to its capital city, Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh, formerly known as the Pearl of Asia, this city has some of the greatest architectures in the world. The city's architecture and planning look a lot like that of Singapore's. Although the impact of revolution and war demolishes now many architectures, the city is again regaining its shine. The hectic yet delightful city, with one of the best riverfronts in the region, now is one of South East Asia's boom cities, boasting a charming cafe culture, bustling bars, and a world-class food scene. You can visit the National Museum and see lots of Khmer collection. Also, visit some of the tragic Khmer sites that illustrates both the best and worst of Cambodia's past. Upon arrival, check into the hotel, then either rest at the hotel, or head out to discover the city. Enjoy a first taste of the Khmer dish in the evening. The day is free for leisure, so enjoy activities as per your interest.

Day Eight :

Phnom Penh

We will experience rural life today. We take a ferry and head towards Koh Dach, also famous as the Silk island. Here, we ride through scenic villages, silk weaving workshops, pagodas, and interact with friendly locals along the way. Then, we drive back to the city and climb a hill to see the Wat Phnom Temple, the birthplace of Phnom Penh. We will also visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the killing ground of Khmer Rouge. These sites tell the tragic past of Cambodia. From here, we hop on a cyclo and ride through the vibrant streets and pass through the Central Market, Independence Monument, and along the riverside. Likewise, we will tour the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda. The silver Pagoda is renowned for its exotic decorations of the silver paved floor and several Buddha statues made from precious stones and metals. From here, we head towards the National Museum. Then, we spend the rest of the day roaming around the Toul Tompong Market. Here, you can see the lifestyle of Cambodia through local specialties, their houses, their faces, palaces, and buildings of Khmer & colonial-style architecture. 

Day Nine:

Siem Reap

We take a private bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Driving through scenic countryside, we stop in some places along the route and walk through a few local villages. We halt at the town of Skuon, also famous as Spiderville. The village is quite popular for a unique dish, the deep-fried spider. From here, we continue the trip along the road to Kampong Thom, winding through fields, rubber plantations, and classic Khmer villages, on the way to the scenic town on the banks of the Stung Sen River. We stop for lunch at Kompong Them, then head towards Sambor Prei Kuk, a great collection of 7th-century ruins that served as the capital of the pre-Angkor era. Then, we continue towards our hotel at Siem Reap, where we will spend the night.

Day Ten:

The temples of Angkor

Today, we go for a full-day guided sightseeing tour of the temple complex Angkor Park, the largest monuments in the world. We take a bike and explore this complex. We start the trip early in the morning. We begin the trip from Ta Prohm. This temple is still intact, unlike many other temples at Angkor complex. Many trees and forest covers the temples creating an otherworldly atmosphere. Then, we move towards the Ta Keo then through one of four might gatehouses into the old city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the rule of Jayavarman VII, was the most populated city in the world at the time, with more than 2 million inhabitants. Also, we will visit Bayon, the crowning jewel of the city located at its epicenter. This 12th-century masterpiece is a study in grandeur; its exterior gallery walls feature world-class bas-reliefs and its 54 towers, decorated with 216 enormous faces. In the evening, we head towards NGO operated Cambodian circus that is quite famous for their performance. Disadvantaged youths perform arts in this circus and are recognized all around the world.

Day Eleven:

Sem Reap

After breakfast, head out to the Roluos group, located just outside Siem Reap. The temples date back to the late ninth century and are believed to denote the beginning of the 'classic period' in Khmer architecture. We continue our ride south toward the vast wetlands on the edge of Asia's largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap. The lake's size and depth increase with the annual monsoon rains by as much as six times, and local people have found ingenious ways to live with the ever-changing water world. Kampong Kleang is a stilted village settlement of over 20,000 people where structures tower up to ten meters above the water. Here you can learn about the lives of the subsistence fishing families who call this water-world home. Following lunch, we head north toward our final destination for the day, Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple covering over a square km. This temple is largely overrun by vegetation and less frequently visited, giving it an adventurous, 'lost temple' feel. Trees growing from the moss-covered towers and galleries offer some fantastic opportunities for photography. Note: From March to August/September, water levels of the Tonle Sap Lake can reduce dramatically and may result in an amended itinerary. Cycling: ~60 km Overnight: Treasure Oasis Hotel or similar

Day Twelve:

Trip concludes

After bidding goodbye, we will transfer you to the airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight.

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