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This tour is designed to discovery the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia by bike. We will visit Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), signs of Vietnam's largest metropolis quickly vanish and the lush green colors of the fabled Mekong Delta fill our field of view. Using an extensive ferry network when the roads end, we pass ancient temples, countless colorful pagodas, lively floating markets, and tranquil backwater villages.

Crossing into Cambodia, we glide towards Phnom Penh where we take time to explore this vibrant capital rapidly rebounding from a tragic past. Bike to the famous Angkor Wat via Kampong Chhnang...

Quick Reference Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh Arrival.
  • Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City – Tra Vinh.
  • Day 3 - Tra Vinh – Cau Ke – Can Tho.
  • Day 4 - Can Tho – Long Xuyen.
  • Day 5 - Long Xuyen – Tri Tron – Chau Doc
  • Day 6 - Chau Doc – Takeo – Phnom Penh
  • Day 7 - Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnan
  • Day 8 - Kampong Chhnang – Siem Reap – Beng Mealea
  • Day 9 - Angkor Wat Cycle
  • Day 10 - Siem Reap Departure
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Trip Highlight

Experiencing the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

Explore the famous Cai Rang floating market.

Visit the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleung Museum.

Visiting the cultural highlights of Phnom Penh.

Cycling through the Angkor archaeological park.

The beautifully carved temple of Banteay Srei.

Delight in the lush green countryside and fertile rice fields

  • Ho Chi Minh Arrival.

    Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival.

    On arrival we transfer to our hotel and have a trip briefing before getting a good night’s sleep, ready for the start of our challenge.

    Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Saigon.

  •  Ho Chi Minh City – Tra Vinh.

    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Tra Vinh.

    After an early breakfast we drive (approx. 1.5 hours) out of the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. A sanctuary for the Vietcong at the height of the Vietnam War, they give us a good insight into the country’s relatively recent history. We then drive south towards the Mekong Delta (approx. 2.5 hours).

    We stop near Ben Tre, the gateway to the Mekong Delta, and after lunch and ensuring our bikes are comfortable, we set off! It’s a wonderful place to start our ride. We cycle on narrow lanes and tracks through the heart of this rural area, passing banana plantations, sugar cane fields and the lush rural landscape of the Delta. We have a short ferry crossing before reaching Tra Vinh.

    Drive approx. 1.5 & 2.5 hours; cycle approx. 48km 

    Meals:  B,L
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  • Tra Vinh – Cau Ke – Can Tho.

    Day 3: Tra Vinh – Cau Ke – Can Tho.

    Our first full day’s cycle takes us along quiet backroads to Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta, known for its picturesque canals full of scenes of everyday life. En route we pass numerous Khmer temples and pagodas, and cross several waterways – some by footbridges, some on ferry crossings. We will start to get a great feel for the friendly Vietnamese culture, and the traditional rural scenes we see are fascinating. We ride today on a mix of roads and tracks; most of it is very quiet, but the last section gets busier as we approach Can Tho.   

    Cycle approx. 90km 

    Meals:  B,L
  •  Can Tho – Long Xuyen.

    Day 4: Can Tho – Long Xuyen.

    After an early breakfast we set off by boat through the Cai Rang floating market, seeing a multitude of boats trading livestock, fruits, rice and fish. We then get back on our bikes and cycle along the banks of the busy river continuing towards Sa Dec. After lunch we cycle upstream alongside the river towards Long Xuyen. This is a beautiful day, with some wonderful photo opportunities. We end our ride at a bird sanctuary, home to thousands of storks – we can have a quick visit to see them before loading up into the vehicles for a short transfer (approx. 45 mins) into Long Xuyen.

    Cycle approx. 75km

    Meals:  B,L
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  • Long Xuyen – Tri Tron – Chau Doc

    Day 5: Long Xuyen – Tri Tron – Chau Doc

    This is our last day of cycling in Vietnam ! We have a short transfer (30 mins) out of town to avoid the traffic, and then set off. Our route starts to undulate a little as we near the hills near Chau Doc; although these climbs are fairly gentle, our leg muscles have become used to flat terrain so they often feel harder than they really are !. The heat, moreover, makes them feel tougher. We cycle via the Killing Fields at Ba Chuc, where Pol Pot’s regime massacred over 3000 Vietnamese people in 1978; harrowing history. We continue our ride to the busy town of Chau Doc. Night hotel (near border). 

    Cycle approx. 95km 

    Meals:  B,L
  • Chau Doc – Takeo – Phnom Penh

    Day 6: Chau Doc – Takeo – Phnom Penh

    Today we set off early, heading north towards Phnom Penh. After around 20km we reach the border with Cambodia and meet our new guides who will be waiting for us. We then head off through the lovely rural landscapes of Cambodia. At the small town of Takeo we load up into the buses, which take us the remaining distance to Phnom Penh, stopping en route to visit the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleung Museum, a former school which was turned into the notorious Khmer Rouge interrogation camp during the Pol Pot regime. Although it tells a tragic story, it is a fascinating place to visit and essential to understanding present-day Cambodia.

    We then arrive at our hotel in Phnom Penh; once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient and which, despite its turbulent recent history, retains a colonial charm.

    Cycle approx. 70km 

    Meals:  B,L
  • Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnan

    Day 7: Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnan

    We leave Phnom Penh by bus (approx. 45 mins) to avoid the city traffic before we start our ride. As we head to Udong we see the rice paddies stretching out for miles, busy with workers in the fields. The roads in the region tend to be a rich red which is very striking against the dazzling green paddy-fields – be prepared to take lots of photos! We ride through Udong, once the ancient capital, and pass by a hill temple with stunning views of the fertile region and many of the old Royal Palaces. Continuing on, we cycle towards Kampong Chhang and the enormous Tonlé Sap Lake.

    Cycle approx. 90km 

    Meals:  B,L
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  • Kampong Chhnang – Siem Reap – Beng Mealea

    Day 8: Kampong Chhnang – Siem Reap – Beng Mealea

    A beautiful boat ride awaits us this morning, as we cross the immense Tonlé Sap. The largest freshwater lake in South- East Asia, it features an incredible biodiversity and has UNESCO biosphere status. We enjoy a rest from our bikes as we soak up the views of fishing communities and calm waters.

    Reaching Siem Reap, we pass the floating village of Chhong Kneas, an unforgettable insight into life on the lake. On arrival, we load up and drive for approx. 45 minutes, then cycle the rest of the way to the incredible temple of Beng Mealea. Frequently dubbed the ‘Indiana Jones temple,’ it dates from the early 12th Century and lies unrestored, swathed in jungle canopy. Incredible tree roots break through walls and stone carvings, and exploring it is truly atmospheric. Our ride to it is no less exciting, as small roads and bumpy rural tracks take us through thick forest and small settlements. Many people refer to this as the best ride of the whole trip; it’s a real highlight. We transfer bu bus (approx. 1 hour) to Siem Reap. Night hotel. 

    Boat ride approx. 3.5 hours; cycle approx. 35km Day 

    Meals:  B,L
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  • Angkor Wat Cycle

    Day 9: Angkor Wat Cycle

    Today we ride to the famous World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. The area is dotted with many ancient buildings and temples amidst dense forest; the sheer scale of the complex will astound you. We ride a circuit around some of the temples, including Ta Prohm, the best-known of the temples overgrown by trees and reminiscent of scenes from Tomb Raider.

    Our ride also takes in the Bayon in Angkor Thom, the old city central to the area. It is a fascinating ruin, featuring many mysterious giant carved faces and some incredible wall carvings, and is one of the most remarkable sights in the area. Our ride ends at Angkor Wat itself, one of the most impressive and best-preserved temples of the complex. If there’s time, it is worth climbing the remarkably steep and narrow steps of the central spire for the view over the whole temple surrounded by jungle. It’s a wonderful place to finish our challenge after more than 500 hot kilometres across two countries.

    Tonight enjoy your farewell dinner at FCC restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap. 

    Cycle approx. 30km

    Meals:  B,D
  • Siem Reap Departure

    Day 10: Siem Reap Departure

    Breakfast at hotel. Free your time at leisure until our guide and driver pick you up and transfer to airport for your departure flight. 

    Meals:  B
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