Vietnam and Cambodia Cycling Experience

Vietnam and Cambodia Cycling Experience

An active adventure that linger through the profound beauty and culture of Vietnam and Cambodia. You will experience the spectacular sights more in-depth as you detour off the beaten track and interact with locals. You will cycle among stunning landscapes and local villages where you will explore the daily life of smiling people and experience the difference between north and south of Vietnam, as well as gain an insight into the history and culture of the neighbouring country, Cambodia.
Duration
13 days
Price from
$1900
when
Year-round
destination
Vietnam, Cambodia
type
Set Departure

itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Hanoi

You will be greeted on arrival at Noi Bai International airport from where you are transferred to your hotel. Following check-in, you will enjoy a walking tour of the fascinating Old Quarter – the 36 ancient streets where large and small merchants trade their wares as they have done for centuries. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for a deserved rest before gathering again for an authentic Vietnamese dinner.
 
Note: Early check-in at the hotel is subject to availability, the standard check-in time is 14:00.
 
Accommodation: In Hanoi 
Meals: Dinner
Cycle: Nil 
Transfer distance: 30km
Flight Info: Please advise us
Day 2

Red River Delta Biking

Today, you will be driven to Bac Ninh (approximately 1,5-hour drive), home of Quan Ho, the unique folk music which has been sung for nearly a thousand years. Here you saddle up and peddle through the rice fields and local villages. Your first stop is Tho Ha village, one of the very few traditional villages in Vietnam that are truly well maintained. In the village, you will visit a local home and learn about the rural Vietnamese lifestyle. You will have the opportunity to sample the special local ‘welcome wine’ while the villagers perform their traditional folk music. Later, you will take walk around the maze of narrow alleys in Tho Ha village and explore more about the local culture. After crossing the river by local boat you will stop for lunch before continuing by bicycle to meet your bus for a restful transfer back to the hotel.
 
Accommodation: In Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (lunch box)
Cycle: Distance – Approx. 40 – 45 km; Grade – Easy
Transfer distance: 50km
Day 3

Cycle to Van Long Nature Reserve & Kenh Ga Floating Village

In the morning you will drive south to Ba Sao, Phu Ly, where you will cycle for 22 km through the stunning landscape of the Northern Plain’s largest nature reserve, Van Long. Here limestone karsts rear dramatically from calm waterways on which local people paddle silently amongst the fields. Following lunch, you will cycle on through villages and rice fields to Kenh Ga village. From here you will ride a further 16 km along the bank of a small river with beautiful views of traditional villages. After a busy cycling day, your chauffeur will drive you to the hotel, where you will have a chance to freshen up before dinner.
 
Accommodation: In Ninh Binh 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycle: Distance – Approx. 55 km; Grade – Easy
Transfer distance: 80km
Day 4

Cycle to Hoa Lu & Tam Toc and Return to Hanoi

Cycle through local villages and farms to Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital (968-1009) for an introduction to the history of 10th century Vietnam, and visit the temple of King Dinh. Next, cycle to Tam Coc through more unspoiled villages and limestone karsts.

At Tam Coc, board a small boat and quietly row away to see more of Tam Coc (Three Caves), said to be like Halong Bay on land. Spectacular mountains rise vertically out of the placid water. Then, paddle through an idyllic landscape of green paddy fields. Return to Tam Coc for lunch at a local restaurant. Ride 7km to Bich Dong temple through the picturesque rural landscape. Enjoy the temple before heading back along the road you came by. You will be taken back to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Accommodation: In Ninh Binh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Transfer distance: Nil
Cycle distance: Approx. 35 – 40km; Grade – Easy

Day 5

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Sightseeing

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City – still called Saigon by many locals. Ho Chi Minh City is located near the Mekong Delta and is the largest city in Vietnam. Today the city centre is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French buildings. However, as the undoubted economic centre of Vietnam, high-rise office towers are starting to take their place amongst the wonderful colonial architecture.
 
After check-in at your central hotel you will set out to explore Ho Chi Minh City on foot. The afternoon tour takes you to the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and provides ample opportunity to admire the many beautiful French colonial buildings, such as the Saigon Post Office and the former Hotel de Ville. Afterwards, you will head back to your hotel to freshen up and relax.
 
Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh City 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycle: Nil
Transfer distance: 45km
Day 6

Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels

A journey (approximately 60 km) outside Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) takes you to the Cu Chi Tunnels. An incredible underground tunnel network was constructed by Viet Cong – the Vietnamese resistance fighters and used to fight the American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War. Your guide will take you on a fascinating tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, where you will learn how the tunnels were built, the living conditions and the hardships people had faced in the tunnels. You will even have the option to descend into the real tunnels where the Viet Cong hid and fought. A historical visit that might just give a greater understanding of the Vietnam War and some of Vietnam’s recent history. There will be some free time in the afternoon for your own exploration, shopping or perhaps enjoying a relaxing Vietnamese massage.
 
Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast
Cycle: Nil
Transfer distance: 70km
Day 7

Mekong Delta Cycling

Today you will leave Ho Chi Minh City at approx. 07:00 and make your way to Vinh Kim where you begin your biking tour. The route winds its way through orchards and farms, this is a great opportunity to explore Mekong delta life and to contrast it with what you have seen in the Northern Plain. The morning ends near Cai Lay where you will have a short break and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. It is time to try out some Vietnamese coffee.
 
Following lunch, the cycling will continue amongst the rice paddy fields, and lush gardens and through plentiful friendly riverside villages to Cai Be, a small river town. From here you will catch a local ferry to Binh Hoa Phuoc island where you enjoy an easy ride to Dinh Khao wharf. After crossing Co Chien river to Vinh Long, a short drive will take you to Can Tho city where you spend your night.
 
This cycling adventure combines the essence of the Mekong Delta with its dizzying variety of greens and mighty waterways as well as some ferry rides, allowing you the opportunity to cruise the Mekong River and experience the local lifestyle.
 
After a rest and dinner, you have free time to promenade at your leisure along the city’s romantic quayside.
 
Accommodation: In Can Tho 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (picnic lunch), Dinner
Cycle: Distance – Approx. 45 – 52 km; Grade – Easy
Transfer distance: 82km
Day 8

Cycle Can Tho and Transfer to Chau Doc

After breakfast, you will take a boat tour to explore the colourful Cai Rang floating market. Next, it’s back on the bikes for a ride along country lanes where you will have ample chance to interact with the locals – by now you will be able to say a few pleasantries in Vietnamese, so this is a fine time to practice them! You then enjoy a picnic lunch from a local café and continue cycling to O Mon. From here you will be driven to Chau Doc, a small town near the Cambodian border. Check in and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: In Chau Doc
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (picnic lunch), Dinner
Cycle: Distance – Approx. 35 km; Grade – Easy
Transfer distance: 100km

Day 9

Boat Trip Cross the Border to Phnom Penh

After an early breakfast, you will board a speedboat for a fascinating six-hour journey along the mighty Mekong to Phnom Penh. After lunch, you will take a leisurely tour of Phnom Penh’s main sights, including the beautiful Royal Palace and the impressive Silver Pagoda. If time permits you will also visit the genocide museum of Toul Sleng. This visit may prove distressing, even for the most robust of travellers, however, it is an important piece of this country’s history. After a rest back at the hotel, you will take Tuk Tuk – an experience in itself! – to a local restaurant for dinner and experience Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife.
 
Note: The visa process on entering Cambodia takes one hour – we make every effort to speed this process up. The visa fee is not included in the package. It costs 30 USD – payment should be made in USD. You should also bring 2 passport-sized photographs for your visa. 
 
Accommodation: In Phnom Penh 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycle: Nil
Transfer distance: Nil 
Day 10

Road Transfer to Siem Reap

Today we travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. This takes around 5 -6 hours through the lush green countryside and small towns of Cambodia. We will stop at the ‘spider village’ where you will see some interesting items on the menu! Cambodian bus journeys are quite an experience. Siem Reap is our base for exploring the magnificent Angkor Wat and the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire.
 
After check-in, you will visit an orphanage and spend time with the disadvantaged children. Transfer back to the town centre and enjoy an orientation walk of Siem Reap including the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chars, also called the “Old Market”, surrounded by elegant French Colonial colonnades, discover the Pub street and have a drink before continuing your walking tour. You will explore the Wat Preah Prom Rath, one of the most beautiful pagodas in Siem Reap then continue to visit Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom shrine next to the royal residence, which is the holy worship place for local people during the Buddhist religious days. You will walk or transfer back to the hotel.
 
Accommodation: In Siem Reap 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycle: Nil
Transfer distance: 320km
Day 11

Cycle to Explore Angkor Temples

Today you will start with an amazing bicycle trip on the back road to Angkor Wat Temple. Explore Angkor Wat, the biggest and most awe-inspiring temple in the world and enjoy your lunch at a restaurant with the temples as a backdrop – a more magnificent setting for a meal is hard to imagine. Next, cycle more back roads to visit Angkor Thom City via its West Gate. Along the way you will see traditional houses on stilts and, if you are lucky, you might spot some monkeys. Continuing to the Bayon Temple where you can admire the 216 faces of Buddha carved on a grand scale. End the day with a visit to the immense Ta Prohm Temple and from here you cycle back to Siem Reap. The evening is yours to enjoy, perhaps browsing around the old Siem Reap market or simply enjoying a drink at the pub street in town.
 
Accommodation: In Siem Reap
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Cycle: Distance – Approx. 30 km; Grade – Easy
Transfer distance: Nil 
Day 12

Cycle to Beng Mealea

Today will take you far away from the normal tourist spots around Siem Reap. You will ride on little used roads through small villages and stunning countryside to reach the hidden temple of Beng Mealea. This moss-covered, shady temple is an oasis away from the many hundreds of people who visit the main Angkor temples. In his 1944 book, The Angkor Guide, Maurice Glaize wrote: A trip to Beng Mealea, can be combined with a hunting party since the region is rich in both small and large game and wild animals, tigers, panthers and elephants, herds of oxen and wild buffalo inhabit the forest. You might not have a hunting party but you will still have a great adventure. After exploring this huge temple complex you transfer back to Siem Reap for a deserved rest before your farewell dinner.
 
Accommodation: In Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycle: Distance – Approx. 40 – 60 km; Grade – Easy
Transfer distance: Nil 
Day 13

Depart Siem Reap

Before transferring to the Siem Reap airport for departure your time is your own to enjoy this charming town. 
 
Accommodation: Check-out time at 12.00
Meals: Breakfast
Transfer distance: 9km

Tour RATES & details

A rough idea of the price and what is included in this tour program. The exact price depends on season, accommodation and activities, it will be provided on your personalised quote.

Group SizeSuperior
2 persons808
3 – 6 persons781
7 – 11 persons591
12 – 16 persons526
Single Supp.307
  • Rates are quoted in USD per person based on double sharing occupancy.
  • Rates are subject to change with or without prior notice. Amasia Travel reserve the right to change the quoted prices.
  • Rates do not apply over Christmas and New Year.
  • Twelve nights of hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, ten lunches and nine dinners
  • Transportation and transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • All sightseeing as specified, including entrance fees
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Good quality Trek/Giant mountain bikes and helmets
  • Bottled drinking water on cycling days
  • Snacks, fresh fruits and refreshing towels on cycling days
  • Government tax and service charges
  • International, regional flights and airport taxes
  • Vietnam and Cambodia visas
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and drinks, etc.
  • Any other services not specified in the itinerary

Below are departures of the Vietnam and Cambodia Cycling Experience Tour

2023

Start/End – Hanoi/Siem Reap: 02 Mar, 06 Apr,  05 Oct, 02 Nov, 07 Dec

2024

Start/End – Hanoi/Siem Reap:04 Jan, 07 Mar, 04 Apr, 03 Oct, 07 Nov, 05 Dec 

 

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