Trails of South Vietnam & Central Cambodia Premiere Bike Tour

  • Experience the contours of two countries of Southeast Asia.
  • Ride through the Mekong Delta and live the life around it.
  • A peek into history, at the Angkor Wat temple complex.

This tour takes you through the two most fascinating countries of Southeast Asia: Vietnam & Cambodia. Cycle through the interior of Mekong Delta and take a peek into history, at Angkor Wat temple complex, and stay at some of the most charming properties along the way. Home to some of the most pristine and untouched sceneries on earth, Cambodia is sure to leave you wonderstruck.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    11 days / 10 nights

  • Start

    Saigon, Vietnam | 13:00hrs

  • Finish

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Hotels

    Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

  • Average Distance Cycled

    50km or 30mi

  • Total Distance Cycled

    ~ 300km or 186mi

  • Bicycle

    Included

  • Support Vehicle

    Included

  • Group Size

    Min 2, Max 12

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlacePremiere InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1 – 2SaigonPark Hyatt230km / 18mi*
3Cai BeMekong Riverside Boutique Resort140km / 24mi
4Can ThoVictoria Can Tho160km / 36mi
5Chau DocVictoria Chau Doc170km / 42mi
6 – 7Phnom PenhRaffles Le Royal2boat ride
8Kampong ThomSambor Village140km / 24mi
9 – 10Siem ReapRaffles Grand d’Angkor240km / 24mi
30km / 18mi
11Departure

Detailed Itinerary

VISA INFO

Vietnam VISA:

Vietnam does things a bit differently. Although you apply online, you will then receive a visa approval letter which must be used on arrival for obtaining a visa at the airport. The processing time ranges from 4 working hours to 2 working days, doesn’t get any quicker than that really but as mentioned earlier, best to get visas done earlier. Read more about tourist visas for Vietnam at Vietnam Gov portal.

Cambodia VISA:

You can apply for Cambodian visa during your bike tour. The port of entry is Vinh Xuong border gate named Sông Tiền. Its counterpart across the border is Khaorm Sam Nor Kaoh Roka border gate, Kandal Province, Cambodia. Please bring 2 current passport photos and ensure you have the visa fee of US $30 each.

Please note, Cambodian eVisa is not applicable at the port of entry during your bike tour. Please apply for Cambodia visa in advance with the embassy or obtain a visa on arrival at the port.

Day 1: Saigon – Arrival & Walking Tour

The morning is free for you to explore the city. Post-lunch, 13:00hrs, our guide meets you at your hotel for a walking tour to explore some of the most popular sites (Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Opera House, Continental Hotel, The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Post Office, The War Remnants Museum). This walking tour gives an excellent introduction to the city’s history and provide you with plenty of opportunities to soak up the unique mix of chaos and tranquility that is modern-day Saigon. We convene tonight to celebrate the start of our awesome journey on a bike.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels

Today bike the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels. A local guide will walk us through the tunnels and share anecdotes along the way. The riding is through country backroads after a short transfer in a boat to starting point. Though boat journey is short but it is an exciting way to see morning activities around Saigon river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance Cycled: 30km / 18mi*

Day 3: Cai Be

A shuttle transfer brings us to Cai Lay, outskirts of Saigon. Ride along small creek to Mekong estuary past gorgeous paddy fields and dragon fruit farms. Arrive at Cai Be and take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to experience the daily lives of people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. We also visit the floating market at Cai Be, and a family-run business producing rice paper – a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Break for lunch on an island at a local house, set amongst fruit orchards and bonsai trees.

After lunch, continue riding to our hotel in Cai Be where we spend the night. Seasonally, on the way to the Mekong Delta, we can enjoy the peaceful scenes of farmers seeding, ploughing, and harvesting the rice crop.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi*

Day 4: Can Tho

Another classic day on a bike as we ride through the interior trails of Mekong Delta to Vinh Long and then take a shuttle or ride further to Can Tho. Apart from rice fields, the region is dotted with many plantations of banana, coconut, and citrus tress. Set on the southern bank of the Hau River, Can Tho is known for its network of canals and nearby floating markets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 5: Chau Doc

Experience early morning Cai Rang floating market on a boat ride and later ride to the culturally diverse Chau Doc as you get to see mosques, temples and churches here. If we make it on time, take a boat trip to the Cham communities across the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 70km / 42mi

Day 6: Phnom Penh – Boat ride

Take an early morning 07:30am speed boat and arrive at the capital city of Cambodia via boat, Phnom Penh, situated at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. A perfect base for an introduction to Cambodia for its scenic villages on the edge of Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers, and a subtle infusion of modern industrialization with resolute cultural hooks. Historical splendours are spread in every corner whether it’s the local palace or the horrific remnants of the Khmer atrocities.

Our Cambodian representative welcomes you at boat pier and transfer to your hotel, Raffles. The century old hotel Raffles Le Royal is one of the most premium addresses in the city of Phnom Penh. Established in 1929, the hotel has hosted esteemed guests from many countries.

Post-lunch, transfer to Killing Fields. An essential on the itinerary due to the historic hook and for understanding the country better, we walk through the killing fields. Experience the painful story of country that lead to death of 2 million Cambodian people between 1974-1979. If time permits, visit the Tuol Sleng genocide museum, the site of a former high school, which was used as the security Prison 21 (S-21) by the communist Khmer Rouge regime.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Phnom Penh – Walking Tour

Today get ready to be immersed in the Cambodian culture and history of the city as we kick off our walking tour from Independence Monument. Enjoy walking along the Tonle Sap river, considered as lifeline of the region. Continue towards National Museum, houses several national treasures from three different eras: Pre-Angkorian,  Angkorian and Post-Angkorian, giving the flavour of diverse culture and architecture. The last leg of our walk takes us to gilded Royal Palace, shimmering with silver tiles and sculptures of Buddha, that gives an insight about Cambodian Royal Life. After the museum, hike up the steps of a small hill to see Wat Phnom Temple, the birthplace of Phnom Penh.

Get ready to taste some local khmer cuisine at one of Phnom Penh’s finest dining place ‘Romdeng’. End day with a walk or tuk-tuk ride back to hotel. Enjoy some leisure evening time walking around the beautiful river-front.

We insist that you step outside for dinner after a short break, to enjoy the local nightlife and enjoy the street food. Traditional dishes like amok (coconut fish curry served in a banana leaf), bobor (rice porridge) and lok lak (stir-fried beef) are easy to find by the streets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Kampong Thom – countryside trail

Today is an early morning start by transfer to north of Phnom Penh. We then start our ride passing local villages and head towards the ancient capital of Oudong, where Oudong Mountain is still home to many of the old Royal Palaces. The 400-plus steps to the top will get the legs a good workout but the view is worth it! This ride gives a chance to see rural Cambodia, stilted houses, rice paddies, ox carts, waving children, and of course the friendly Khmer people.

After exploring the area, break for lunch and then drive to Kampong Thom, the route takes you past a cashew nut plantation before arriving at the bustling town of Skoun, lying at the crossroads between the north and east of the country. Skoun’s local delicacy is tasty sauté garlic tarantula! We are surrounded once more by paddy fields and huge open plains, the scenery broken only by sugar palms, wooden huts and pagodas. We arrive in Kampong Thom, a small but energetic town with a fascinating market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi*

Day 9: Siem Reap – Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex

After an early breakfast, have a beautiful ride to ancient temple of Sambo Prei Kuk through a paddy fields and small villages. Break for lunch prepared by the local community near Sambor Preikuk.

Later we transfer by shuttle for about 2.5 hrs to Tonle Sap, the largest in South East Asia. Board a small boat and sail through the traditional floating village of Kampong Phluk, witnessing the residents going about their daily life. It is quite a sight to see a whole bamboo village complete with homes, petrol stations, schools, hairdressers and even karaoke bars, floating on a lake.

Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from July to March.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi*

Day 10: Siem Reap – Angkor Loop

The Angkor temple complex is synonymous to Cambodia, so a ride around the temple is essential. We start riding directly from hotel and reach the moat of Angkor Wat. Exquisite sculptures, tall towers and maze like trails flanked by large banyan roots, you might want to spend ample time photographing as you would have seen nothing like this before. We will loop back to Angkor Wat for a detailed tour at the end of our ride.

Continue riding towards Angkor Thom and enter the city from South gate. Beat the crowd and climb the surrounding wall of city and ride on top of it. Take a break here for a rich fascinating account of the city from our guide. A further ride through East gate takes us to Bayon, a richly decorated face temple within the Angkor complex is one of the highlights here. Exit from second East gate of city and ride towards jungle clad TA Prohm. Our guide shares historical anecdotes and walks you through temples along the way.

The Angkor Wat requires more than a morning, so we loop back for a more detailed guided tour. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the largest religious complexes in the world and its bound to enthrall you. If time permits, climb Phnom Bakheng for a classic view of Angkor during sunset.

In the evening, explore some of the local food in the cafes that flank the narrow roads or at charming river-front place, Chanrey Tree.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 11: Siem Reap – onward travel

If you wish, make a final early morning visit to Angkor and witness the magnificent views in the backdrop of sunrise.

Meals: Breakfast

*with shuttle – short transfers

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REVIEWS

from our friends

We have done 2 trips with The Art of Bicycling-first in Rajasthan and second in Vietnam and Cambodia. They were both excellent from very interesting rides to incredibly good accommodations. In all cases the guides and drivers were excellent and the trips provided a deep cultural experience in addition to an intimate and fun trip. I rarely give five stars but in this case there was almost nothing that we wish had been different.

Nancy S