Cultural Excursion

Saigon to Siem Reap Cycling Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Biking tour from Vietnam's Mekong Delta into Cambodia

This cycling tour challenges you on one of the most beautiful routes in Asia. You will start from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, riding through fertile fields and small villages of the Mekong Delta. You will enjoy observing local people’s everyday life, tasting their specialties, and visiting the local floating markets.

After crossing the border to Cambodia by speed boat, you will explore Phnom Penh's heritage. Next days, you will jump on a bike again for a long journey winding through peaceful countryside areas of Cambodia. An exploration of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat temples will be a highlight at the end of tour.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax and refresh yourself before enjoying an evening performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and an endearing, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Saigon

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City - Tra Vinh

After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Long An Province by support van with your professional cycling guide. Arriving at the small delta town of Tan An, you’ll take out your bicycles and start your tour on quiet back roads heading toward My Tho. You’ll cycle along small lanes with peaceful villages, orchards, and buffalo herds alongside. You’ll pass over narrow bridges and see the real life of rural towns. A box lunch will be served along the way. If time permits, we’ll call in at the beautiful and ancient Vinh Trang Pagoda. Our support car will then take you to Ben Tre where you’ll continue biking along zigzagging pathways through coconut groves, past thatched houses and, local schools to Tra Vinh for a chance to relax after enjoying the vibrant, rural scenery along your route. Arriving in Tra Vinh in the late afternoon, you’ll have time to refresh yourself at the hotel and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight: Cuu Long Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 3 - Tra Vinh - Can Tho

Your day will begin by cycling to visit several attractions in Tra Vinh: the Khmer Minority People’s Museum and Ong Met Pagoda, a large Khmer Pagoda with an antique structure; and Ba Om Pond with its magnificent lotus flowers. You’ll then leave for Can Tho. The route will pass by paddy fields and rural scenery. The quiet road winds through villages and fruit gardens, with delicious aromas and lush verdant colors making for a memorable biking experience. You’ll stop by to chat with some locals, with our guide’s help, and enjoy the sweetness of fresh coconut or other seasonal fruits – no matter the season there are always fresh fruits available in the Mekong Delta. You’ll pass over small bridges and take in the peaceful scenery. If you'd like, you can visit a vegetable farm to see, and join in, the daily work of the farmers planting and watering vegetables. Today’s distance is a bit longer, but you may cycle as much or as little as you wish; our support van is always nearby when you need a break. Upon arrival at Tra On, you’ll board a boat for a relaxing and scenic voyage up the Tra On River to join the Mekong and proceed to Ninh Kieu Port at Can Tho City, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel for the night.

Overnight: Victoria Can Tho Resort (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 4 - Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc

After breakfast you’ll board a boat and cruise to Cai Rang floating market on the Mekong River, then on to Phong Dien floating market. Both the journey and the markets provide an unvarnished look at the rural Mekong Delta lifestyle. You’ll be eye to eye with all the activity, with hundreds of big and small boats exchanging goods and turning the mighty Mekong into a succession of floating farmer’s markets. If you like, join a local on a small rowboat to chat and explore narrow channels along the river for great photo shooting opportunities. After that, you’ll disembark at My Khanh Village to cycle around the Phong Dien area. You will bike along the canal system to see the real life of local people. The paths lead you over small bridges and past fruit gardens and ancient tombs shaded by the dense, green trees along the route. You’ll stop for lunch at a local house before settling in to our support van for the drive to Chau Doc where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight: Victoria Chau Doc Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 5 - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Today you’ll cross into Cambodia at Vinh Xuong border gate, and continue by high speed boat for 3.5 hours up the Mekong River to the outskirts of Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh pier, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel for check in. After lunch, you’ll be taken to visit the National Museum, with its 5000 object exhibit including Angkor era statues, lingas, artifacts – most notably the legendary statue of the 'Leper King’ - and a good collection of pieces from later periods. You'll call in at the Royal Palace and the nearby Silver Pagoda, and your guide will show you Wat Phnom before returning to your overnight accommodation in Phnom Penh.

Overnight: Villa Langka (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 6 - Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham

After breakfast, you’ll be driven out of the bustling city to get back to bicycling at Rokakong Village, heading up along the Mekong River. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch along the way, and continue cycling upriver in the afternoon. Upon arriving at Kampong Cham you will check in to your hotel, clean up and enjoy dinner. Your overnight stay will be in Kampong Cham.

Overnight: Mekong Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll cycle out of town about 14km, then turn on road No 71 where you’ll pass through a major agricultural district of rubber plantation and corn fields. When you reach Highway 6, you’ll be transferred by support vehicle the rest of the way to Kampong Thom and check in to your hotel where you’ll have lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the nearby Pre-Angkorean complex of Sambor Prei Kuk by bus. You’ll stay overnight at hotel in Kampong Thom.

Overnight: Arunras Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

After breakfast, a one hour transfer brings you to Dragon Bridge, an ancient structure built by King Jayavaraman VII in the 12th century. Then you’ll get on the bike and peddle straight toward Siem Reap, passing by scenic rice paddies and friendly villagers. In the afternoon we’ll turn off the main road, stop at local house for a picnic lunch and to visit the nearby temple, then continue along countryside roads until reaching Siem Reap.  Your overnight accommodation will be in Siem Reap.

Overnight: Tara Angkor Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 9 - Siem Reap: Angkor Temples

In the morning after breakfast you’ll cycle to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, and then to the Angkor Thom complex with its ornate entrances decorated by gods and demons. You’ll also see the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, and then the Bayon Temple with its smiling faces in the heart of the temple complex. Moving on to the incredible Angkor Wat itself, you’ll have some time to explore this fascinating structure. After lunch, you’ll take a boat trip to the floating village of Chong Kneas to see how people live bobbing on the surface of the Tonle Sap Lake. Tonight, your dinner will be followed by a traditional Khmer Apsara Performance at Angkor Village Theater. You’ll stay overnight in Siem Reap.

Overnight: Tara Angkor Hotel(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 10 - Siem Reap: Angkor Temples

After breakfast, you’ll take an easy cycling jaunt through the countryside to the Banteay Srei Temple. The name Banteay Srei means “Citadel of Women” and this is one of the most beautiful temples from the Angkorian period. You’ll return to Siem Reap for overnight.

Overnight: Tara Angkor Hotel(Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 11 - Siem Reap: Kampong Kleang

This morning you’ll be driven to Tonle Sap lake, east of Siem Reap to visit the remote Kompong Kleang stilt village. The villagers’ dwellings are perched on wooden stilts up to a height of 10 metres, designed to cope with the annual inundation of water into the lake during the wet season. A fascinating and insightful excursion to visit an authentic and friendly fishing community whose population is supremely well adapted to a life of adverse change. Depending on the time of your visit, the village houses may be perched towering on their poles, high above the ground, enabling you to stroll its ‘streets’ or a floating waterborne community navigable only by boat. You’ll have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel, with the remainder of the day to enjoy in your own style. You’ll spend the night in Siem Reap.

Overnight: Tara Angkor Hotel(Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 12 - Siem Reap Departure

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrive to transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Accommodation Information

Grand Hotel Saigon

Standing in the riverside area, this colonial style hotel was built in 1930 and was completely restored in 1997. Grand Hotel Saigon is conveniently located 8 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Situated in a quiet corner on Dong Khoi Street, it is also just 1 kilometer away from the city center, where guests will find many markets and restaurants. Guests are also just a short walk away from the scenic Saigon River. The 4-star hotel has a charming garden courtyard surrounding the swimming pool. There are two onsite restaurants to choose from, one serving Cantonese cuisine, and the other serving Vietnamese dishes.

Cuu Long Hotel

The most modern, well-managed hotel in Tra Vinh, the Cuu Long Hotel is a standard, three star hotel. The rooms are very clean and well-kept, with hot water showers, air conditioned and carpeted. The hotel is central to Tra Vinh and features a locally popular restaurant.

Victoria Can Tho Resort

The only luxury hotel in the center of the Mekong Delta, the Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Can Tho town, but a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants.

The Victoria Can Tho Resort features 92 rooms, including 8 luxurious suites, all designed with wood flooring, authentic Vietnamese decoration and balconies offering spectacular views of the river, pool or of the garden. Each room combines the elegance of traditional artefacts and the comfort of an international standard hotel.

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

Built in colonial style with low-rise French architectural design, the four star Victoria Chau Doc Hotel blends perfectly with its natural surroundings. The hotel is located right on the banks of the Bassac River crossing and is an ideal base to explore the fascinating Chau Doc region.

The Victoria Chau Doc Hotel offers front seat views of the river habitat with its famous floating fish farming villages, floating markets and Cham villages.

Villa Langka

A boutique hotel in an oasis of calm, Villa Langka Hotel offers a private hideaway in central Phnom Penh. Hidden in a fragrant garden surrounding a shady pool, Villa Langka Hotel overlooks the ancient spires of Wat Langka Pagoda and is located just around the corner from the Independence Monument and the popular street 278, with its shops, bars and restaurants.

Villa Langka Hotel offers 48 unique rooms blending contemporary elegance with Cambodian traditions, 24 rooms in a traditional khmer villa and 24 rooms in a contemporary building.

Mekong Hotel

This traditionally styled Khmer establishment is the most colorful structure around as its loud yellow color seemingly attracts visitors. Similar to its exterior, the inside of the Mekong Hotel is just as eye-catching. The large rooms and oversized soft beds are the perfect combination after a day of sightseeing or meetings. Sleeping in or spending a day inside could be a very comfortable activity as all rooms are equipped with cable television, hot water and air-conditioning. Suitable for the business or leisure traveler as the inexpensive rates make for quite a bargain. As the sunset and the temperature cools, enjoy a long walk along the Mekong River located next to the hotel.

Arunras Hotel

Arunras, being strategically located, offers two kinds of accomodation. Guests can choose to stay in a guesthouse-like rooms or in standard hotel room at the newly build 4 stories high hotel. Hotel facilities include an in-house restaurant and rooms equipped with air-conditioner.

Tara Angkor Hotel

Tara Angkor Hotel is the first 4-Star hotel in the mystical land of Angkor. Ideally and conveniently located, Tara Angkor Hotel is situated only 6 km from the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat Temples, 15 min drive from the Siem Reap International Airport, a few minutes stroll to the Angkor National Museum and a short ride to the city town center with an array of Cambodian souvenirs, shopping and culture.

Location

Region: Asia - Southeast

Address:
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam

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General Information

Price Includes

  • Good quality, well maintained mountain bikes for all biking days
  • Boat cruises along the Mekong Delta
  • All accommodations in hand picked boutique style locations
  • Daily breakfast, along with lunch and dinner where mentioned
  • Drinking water and local fruit for all biking days
  • Tours and activities led by a knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel by private, airconditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver
  • Services of experienced Englishspeaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International & Domestic flights
  • Airport taxes if any
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas to Vietnam
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Taxes and Fees