South Vietnam & Grand Cambodia Bike Tour

  • Experience the contours of two countries of Southeast Asia on an off-beat trail.
  • Ride through the Mekong Delta and live the life around it.
  • A peek into history, at the Angkor Wat temple complex.
  • The relatively unknown beaches of Kep, where you can swim in the warm clear waters.

Journey deep through the two most fascinating countries of Southeast Asia: Vietnam & Cambodia. We spend ample of time traversing through the interiors of Mekong Delta in South Vietnam and then ride into the South Coast of Cambodia ending at Angkor.

Our trip is aimed at travellers who want to pace out their journey to really let the region sink in well. With that add a dash of a dramatic temple city, the central Tonle Sap river along with paddy clad countryside, fishing villages and quaint cafes – this is going to be one packed trip.

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Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Saigon, Vietnam / Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

Group Departures

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1SaigonCinnamon Boutique1
2Tra VinhCoco Riverside Lodge160km / 24mi
3Can ThoTTC Premium150km / 30mi
4Chau DocChau Pho 170km / 42mi
5Ha TienRiver Hotel 180km / 48mi
6KepLe Ponton Hotel140km / 24mi
7TakeoMeas Homestay170km / 42mi
8 – 9Phnom PenhTea House280km / 48mi
10Kampong ChamLBN Asian Hotel160km / 36mi
11Kampong ThomSambor Village160km / 36mi
12 – 13Siem ReapSteung Siemreap260km / 36mi
30km / 18mi
14Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Saigon – Arrival & Walking Tour

The morning is free for you to explore the city. Post-lunch, 12:30pm, 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: Tra Vinh

A short shuttle transfer brings us to Long An province, outskirts of Saigon. Ride along small creek to Mekong estuary past gorgeous paddy fields and lotus farms. Arrive at Con Phung Island and break for lunch here at a local restaurant. Later trade bike with small boat and cruise through small canals surrounded with lush water-coconut trees. You may also see how local people use water-coconut leaves to make thatch roofs.

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

Day 3: 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: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 4: 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 5: Ha Tien

Another stretch of riverside villages and exquisite countryside awaits us today.Here, we begin cycling towards Tra Su, a national reserve forest and a bird sanctuary. The road is quite hilly, but the path is unique. At national forest, experience a classic boat ride through the forest including rowed sampan boats and hiking amidst Cajeput trees. The wetlands here attract tremendous variety of birds including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl and water cocks. Witness dramatic limestone formations along the way and later ride to the quaint riverside town of Ha Tien.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 48mi*

Day 6: Kep 

Our Cambodian representative welcomes you at the border. Today, it’s short coastal ride to Kep through salt flats and coastal villages. We ride slowly, taking pictures along the way and taking in the stunning vistas.

Kep’s seaside front is the perfect place for weary legs to feel rejuvenated. Earthy colours and breezy wind make for the perfect ambience to unwind.

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

Day 7: Ta Keo – Killing Fields and countryside trail

The topography that will be forever etched in your mind is that of a sprawling countryside of fields, palm trees and lotus farms. Ta Keo is a small town situated amidst beautiful lakes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 48mi*

Day 8: Phnom Penh

Get ready for a ride towards Phnom Penh past some amazing lake scenery surrounded with paddy fields and lotus farms. We stop by along the way at Phnom Chiso Temple, situated on the top of a hill with 400 steps to climb up. Later ride 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.

We take a shuttle and arrive at the capital city of Cambodia via boat, Phnom Penh, at the edge of the Mekong River. Historical splendours are spread in every corner whether it’s the local palace or the horrific remnants of the Khmer atrocities.

In the evening, 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.

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

Day 9: 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 10: Kampong Cham – Mekong trail

After a short transfer to the outskirts of Phnom Penh, ride along the Mekong river for a good part, and through tropical plantation landscape consisting of rubber, cashew and cotton. Today’s ride takes us through remote bucolic villages, and past beautiful wats and riverside towns. Kampong Cham is a less visited place yet have a charm of beautiful riverside town.

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

Day 11: Kampong Thom – Hinterland trail

A short ride along Mekong river bring us to Wat Hanchey, an 8th century hilltop pagoda offering best views of Mekong in Cambodia. Continue riding along tropical farmlands dotted with cashew and rubber plantations and bucolic villages. Later take a transfer and arrive at Kompong Thom.

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

Day 12: Siem Reap – Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex

In the morning, ride around Kampong Thom’s Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex, which predates Angkor Wat by at least 200 years.

Later, ride through bucolic countryside with spectacular view of paddy fields and lotus farms all around.

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

Day 13: 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 14: Siem Reap – onward travel

Please make plans as per your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

*with shuttle – short transfers

REVIEWS

from our friends

A wonderful experience- the perfect way to experience Vietnam and Cambodia. The bike guides were enthusiastic and flexible so the trip was relaxed and tailored to our needs. We never felt pressured to bike more or less than we wanted to. Safety and comfort were a top priority. Accommodations were very nice and comfortable especially considering we were in some rural areas. Bike quality was very good and bike mechanics excellent at getting the bikes adjusted for maximum comfort. We really liked the overall vibe which was accommodating but not too much handholding that sometimes occur on tours. Overall we had a great time!

Maureen C.

My husband and I did this as the kick off to our three week honeymoon in SE Asia.
We were able to pare down the bike tour to 7 to fit our needs and Ly was very helpful with booking/paying. Our guide, Quang, for Vietnam met us with the van at our friends apartment in the city and was immediately welcoming and friendly. Throughout the tour he made sure we were well fed and hydrated and was exceptional at making sure we experienced Vietnams countryside and people.

We met with Sum, our Phnom Penh guide who got us to lunch, explained a lot of the countries history and current state add gave us a knowledgable tour of Tuol Sleng. He was great as was our driver who would be with us til the end of our trip.

Our guide in Siem Reap was Jerry who was great, knew how to time the Angkor Wat (and surrounding) visits so as not to be swamped by all the other tourists doing the same and he was quite funny and personable. He also gave good advice on things to do in Siem Reap!

All in all it was a great way to see Vietnam and Cambodia! It can be hard to access the good stuff when you don’t speak the language so to have someone looking out for us was nice and biking the mazes of rice paddies and country roads put us in touch with a part of the world many westerners don’t see. It was tough going sometimes due to the heat, skinny roads and (let’s be real) butt bruising and wrist ache but it felt worth it.

The transport was effortless and the hotels were all really (mostly amazing) nice except Chau Doc, which was a big room but pretty spare and the food was suited for (apparently) westerners who did not want to be challenged remotely. It was an oddity in an otherwise great trip though and I can think of many friends I’ll be recommending this tour to anybody.

We thank you so much for the outstanding experience!

Megarie C

Our trip went incredibly well and was fun from start to finish. Our Guide Tan Phuc was fantastic and read the groups ability and interest well. His english was very good and we were able to share a joke as well as learn a lot about the country as we biked along. All of the accomodation was perfect as well as the different restaurants we went to for lunch and dinner. I would have no trouble recommending Phuc as a guide and the Company as a whole. We spent all of our time travelling on small local footpaths so never really had to contend with any of the hectic traffic which was just what we were after. The paths were also generally surrounded by vegetation making it cooler that being out on the open roads in the heat of the day. The timing was also very good so we never spent any time waiting for a connection or the bus at the end of the day.

Graeme

We (group of 6) had an excellent 10 day trip through the by-ways of the Mekong and some of the highlights of Cambodia.

Phuc was our guide through the Mekong Delta. He navigated us through a maze of back alleys, local ferry rides and winding paths with lots of great info about the local area and the people.

After a fast ferry up the Mekong to Cambodia we toured Phnom Penh, then the back roads, guided by Heng. Heng was excellent at introducing us to the backroads, the local people and a bit of the nightlife. He adapted to our interests really well making for a really excellent trip. Our drivers, the accomodation, the bikes and overall organisation were all superb.

Stu