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

    Saigon, Vietnam | 13:00hrs

  • Finish

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

  • Average Distance Cycled

    60km or 36mi

  • Total Distance Cycled

    ~ 660km or 410mi

  • Bicycle

    Included

  • Support Vehicle

    Included

  • Group Size

    Min 2, Max 12

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 Hotel130km / 18mi
7TakeoMeas Homestay160km / 36mi
8 – 9Phnom PenhTea House285km / 52mi
10Kampong ChamHanchey Bamboo Resort170km / 42mi
11Kampong ThomSambor Village150km / 30mi
12 – 13Siem ReapCity River Hotel260km / 36mi
30km / 18mi
14Departure

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.

If you arrive early then we recommend to see China town (Cho Lon in Dist 5), Thien Hau Pagoda, Landmark 81 building, Jade Emperor Pagoda on your own. It is also interesting to do half-day trip to Cu Chi tunnels (either by bus, by bike or speedboat).

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. 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: ~ 30km / 18mi*

Day 7: Ta Keo
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: ~ 60km / 36mi*

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, 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: ~ 85km / 52mi*

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

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: ~ 70km / 42mi*

Day 11: Kampong Thom

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: ~ 50km / 30mi*

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, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 14: Siem Reap – onward travel

Please make plans as per your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

*with shuttle – short transfers

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South Vietnam & Grand Cambodia Bike Tour
Average rating:  
 3 reviews
by Paul Leventhal on South Vietnam & Grand Cambodia Bike Tour
a great organization to deal with

We were very excited to ride for two weeks in Vietnam for my 60th birthday. Art of Bicycle Trips seems to have planned a great trip. Then this global health crisis hit and our trip was in limbo. The representative from the company , Shruti was responsive and always working to satisfy my concerns. Initially I wanted them to hold the spot and use the funds for a future trip a few months down the road but as the crisis worsened it became clear that this wasn’t virus going to be so easy to shake. I asked for the balance to be returned. She agreed and without any delay started credit process of about $5400. With other companies, returning funds could have been more of a battle. You never know what or who you are dealing with when you book remotely across oceans. Not in this case.... and that is why I am detailing this transaction. They are more interested in preserving their reputation and doing the right thing. The sigh of a good organization is when things go sideways how do they handle themselves. These guys get an “A” 5 star grade When I rebook , I will use them and will bring along other couples for the trip. I have no doubt they will exceed my expectations. Maybe they will apply part of my non refundable deposit to the next trip ..... who knows. highly recommend.

by Martha Binks on South Vietnam & Grand Cambodia Bike Tour
Had a fabulous time cycling through…

Had a fabulous time cycling through Vietnam and Cambodia. Phooc was an exception guide for the Vietnam leg and a shout out to the different community based guides in Cambodia in Phnom Phen and Angor Watt. Yes, we'll be back!

by Norman Sealing on South Vietnam & Grand Cambodia Bike Tour
Loved the small group.

We loved the small group. The guides were flexible to our needs and wants. Some days we were ready to be done biking in hot, humid weather and go to the hotel pool and have a beer! The guides went out of their way to help us interact with local people, food and experiences. Fantastic trip that exceeded our expectations! Looking forward to Southern India next!