Saigon to Bangkok by bicycle via Cambodia
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Info : Saigon to Bangkok by bicycle via Cambodia

Explore three of the most fascinating and mystical regions in South-East Asia with this two week intensive biking tour through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Starting in Saigon, you will journey through Vietnam’s Rice Bowl, and enjoy the stunning scenery along the Mekong Delta. Following entry into Cambodia, spend time exploring the charming colonial town of Phnom Penh, and witness the wondrous temples of Angkor. Crossing through the mountains into Thailand, the tour ends with a relaxing sojourn in a picturesque Thai beach setting.

  • Explore Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cycle through banana plantations and explore floating markets along the Mekong Delta
  • Khmer Culture and Architecture in Tra Vinh
  • Rural Cambodia
  • The Temples of Angkor
  • Tranquil Thai Beaches of Chantaburi

Tour Profile: The total distance covered is 557 kilometres. There are six full days of cycling, and two half days. The terrain is mostly flat. On a few days during the tour, distances of up to 85km are covered, allowing experienced cyclists the chance to challenge themselves, while less experienced bikers can choose a more relaxed pace. Three days are set aside for relaxation and recovery with travel by boat and some vehicle transfers. Mixed road surfaces provide some challenges, including stones, rocks, loose and hard-packed road surfaces, dirt tracks and pot-holes.

 Suitability: The trek can be covered by most riders with a reasonable fitness level.

 Trail Conditions: Well-maintained tarmac roads can be found, as well as pot-holes, broken road sections, and wide dirt tracks. Off-road or technical biking experience is not necessary. Where possible, a support vehicle will always be available to help you, apart from the narrow sections of the Mekong Delta. Your guide will be there at all times.

Day-to-Day Itinerary : Saigon to Bangkok by bicycle via Cambodia

Pre Tour

Prior to your tour we will include flights from the UK to Vietnam. If you would like to spend time in Vietnam before the cycling tour begins this can be arranged, please call us for details.

Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City

The meeting point is the Northern Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, where bikes will be tested. You will have ample time to explore the city. Dinner takes place at the picturesque Temple Club Restaurant.

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City to Tra Vinh

 Breakfast will be followed by a transfer to Cai Be - your entry point into the Mekong Delta. The bike ride leads you into the centre of rural Mekong, with narrow winding paths, sugar cane fields, and banana plantations along the way. You will ride briefly off-road through dirt and gravel lanes, navigating through thick vegetations and hamlets, traversing rivers and streams. Crossing the ferry, you will arrive in the fascinating and beautiful town of Tra Vinh, a place rich with Khmer culture.

45km Ride

Day 3 - Tra Vinh - Can Tho

 A tranquil cycling route shows off the beautiful and varied landscapes of Vietnam, ending in Can Tho. You will pass quintessential Khmer homes, ancient temples, and lively scenes along the river, with many small bridges along the way.

92km Ride

 Day 4 - Can Tho - Chau Doc

Cai Rang Floating Market is a highlight that you will have an opportunity to explore today. Cycling from Tri Ton to Chau Doc, the scenery changes as you near Cambodia. Arriving at Ba Chuc, you will see the Killing Fields of Vietnam, a historically important place where 3000 Vietnamese were massacred under the regime of Pol Pot. Beautiful country road scenery then leads you to Chau Doc - those with an energy reserve may choose to climb Sam Mountain as the sun sets.

90km Ride

Day 5 - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

A Mekong River cruise from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh gives you a chance to rest your legs and enjoy the stunning scenery and colourful South-East Asian river life along the mighty Mekong. Pausing to enjoy Cambodia’s modern capital Phnom Penh, the tour will lead you north to explore a millenium of ancient Khmer culture and history.

Day 6 - Oudong Ride

Depart Phnom Penh on the back roads leading to Oudong. Oudong Mountain, or Phnom Pra Reach, offers a breathtaking high-altitude vista, with more than 400 steps leading to the extraordinary view. Witness the wonderful scenery of rural Cambodia from the peak, with its ox carts, houses on stilts, rice paddies, and friendly local people. Following the return to Phnom Penh by bike, you will be free to wander though the city at your will.

45km Ride

Day 7 - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Transferring from Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom, you will explore the site of the 7th century temple Sambor Prey Kuk. One of the oldest Cambodian temples, vegetation covers the majority of the site. A unique riding experience, you will cycle between temples with guides leading you through each one. The local community will provide you with a picnic lunch along the Stung Sen river. Greet the locals along the ride through picturesque paddy fields and charming villages, followed by a two hour transfer leading to Siem Reap.

 36km Ride

Day 8 - The Temples of Angkor

 From Angkor Wat you will set out on bike for Ta Promh, left overgrown and in the condition it was found by French conservationists. Famous for its appearance in the film Tomb Raider, Ta Promh is romantic and mystical in its appearance, with silk-cotton trees and strangler fig covering the temple. The bike tour continues to Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, and the Terrace of Elephants. After lunch explore the enormous and magnificent Angkor Wat - the biggest Hindu edifice worldwide. The tour of Angkor Wat is followed by a 7km cycle to Siem Reap.

30km Ride

Day 9 - Journey to Banteay Srei

 Breakfast is followed by an onward journey to Banteay Srei, through stunning rural country scenery to the temple site, with its well-preserved Cambodian bas-reliefs and carvings of stone. The temple is small in size, but a very culturally significant part of the Angkorian Era.  Rural scenic paths lead you to Kbal Spean, with a short lunch break in a restaurant along the way. Upon arrival, you will abandon the bikes for a few hours and immerse yourself in an uphill jungle trek through to the riverbed. Witness the beauty of the waterfall in the rainy season, and observe the submersed carvings along the way. A vehicle will transport you back to Siem Reap, where you are free to make dinner plans at your leisure.

 56km Ride

Day 10 - Siem Reap - Battambang

Give your legs a rest today and visit Tonle Sap floating village. You will then cross the lake and head to the charming colonial town of Battambang, the second capital of Cambodia.

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Day 11 - Battambang - Pailin

The cycling trek south from Battambang to Pailin is one of the toughest parts of the tour, with some roads suffering from poor maintenance, bumps, and dusty sections. Fortunately, the scenery along the journey into Thailand is incredibly rewarding. Crossing streams and bridges along the way, you might feel like you are venturing into unchartered territory.

89km Ride

Day 12 - Pailin - Chantaburi

A well deserved break from unchartered territory and strenuous riding, today’s ride is an easy 44km with quiet and scenic paths. You will pass through a rural crossing used mainly by locals and traders to process immigration formalities before venturing into Thailand. Enjoy the lovely Thai countryside and when you arrive on the main road, your guides, bikes, and vehicle will change over and you will be transported to the beach in Chantaburi, with lunch along the way.

 44km Ride

Day 13 - Chantaburi Beach

In this secluded and very special coastal part of Thailand, you are free to relax and enjoy a day on the beach. An optional morning ride covering some of the most beautiful off-track beaches and local sights in the region is offered.

Day 14 - Chantaburi - Bangkok

Feel free to use the morning for beach relaxation, before you return to Bangkok in the afternoon. Having too much fun to leave? Enquire about a tour extension to Koh Chang.

 

 

 

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