Saigon to Siem Reap Cultural 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.
  • The relatively unknown beaches of Kep, where you can swim in the warm clear waters.
  • Riding through a land full of copious experiences like great food, hearty smiles and pristine landscapes.

This tour takes you through the two most fascinating countries of Southeast Asia: Vietnam & Cambodia. We start our journey witnessing the life around Mekong Delta in Vietnam and then take a boat ride and enter into the land of the majestic Angkor Wat and home to some of the most pristine and untouched sceneries on earth, Cambodia is sure to leave you wonderstruck. Ride through the ‘Temple City’ under blue skies, swim around riverine islands and along virgin beaches on your journey through Cambodia. Enjoy pulsating history stored in its vivid monuments, local culture rife on its river banks, warm and welcoming people and awesome food.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Saigon, Vietnam / Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Price

    Casual Inns: From $2,895 pp dbl. occ.
    The price is indicative and may vary due to size of group, accommodation, time of year you travel

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

  • Local Specialist

    Ms Ly from Saigon, Vietnam

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1 – 2SaigonCinnamon Boutique225km / 15mi
3Tra VinhCoco Riverside Lodge160km / 24mi
4Can ThoTTC Premium150km / 30mi
5Chau DocMurray Guesthouse 170km / 42mi
6 – 7Phnom PenhTea House2boat ride
8TakeoMeas Homestay150km / 30mi*
9KepLe Ponton Hotel150km / 30mi*
10KampotMea Culpa150km / 30mi
11 – 13Siem ReapSteung Siemreap330km / 18mi*
30km / 18mi
40km / 24mi*
14Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Saigon – Arrival & Walking Tour

The morning is free for you to explore the city. Post-lunch, 2:00pm, 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 to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels. A shuttle transfer of about 90min brings us to the countryside of city. After a short ride through narrow rural trails, take a ferry to a nearby island and bike past typical rural hamlets, rubber plantations and paddy fields. Another ferry brings us closer to Cu Chi Tunnels. Our guide takes us on a walk through the tunnels and share anecdotes along the way. Try the famous Cassava with green tea and peanut dip, food of soldiers living in the tunnels during the war. After a lunch at local restaurant by the Saigon river, shuttle back to city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance Cycled: 25km / 15mi*

Day 3: 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 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. Set on the southern bank of the Hau River, it’s known for its network of canals and nearby floating markets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi

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, 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.

Our Cambodian representative welcomes you at boat pier and transfer to your hotel.

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 to S21, Tuol Sleng genocide museum.

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, ending at Wat Phnom.

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Ta Keo – Killing Fields and countryside trail

Get up early and start with a shuttle 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. A short shuttle transfer from here brings us to Angkor era Ta Prohm temple. Take a quick tour of the temple and get ready for a ride towards Phnom Chiso Temple, situated on the top of a hill with 400 steps to climb up. Continue riding towards Takeo past some amazing lake scenery surrounded with paddy fields and lotus farms. Ta Keo is a small town situated amidst beautiful lakes. Enjoy the rest of evening walking around the town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*

Day 9: Kep – countryside trail

We gradually amp up the tempo by picking up on the kilometres. Today, it’s long ride to Kep and we end the ride with a short transfer. The topography that will be forever etched in your mind is that of a sprawling countryside of fields, palm trees and lotus farms. 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: ~ 50km / 30mi*

Day 10: Kampot – Pepper route

Another stretch of riverside villages and exquisite countryside awaits us today. You can see the bright green pepper vines crawling up along tree trunks. Visit a stunning cave along the way and later ride to the quaint riverside town of Kampot. After lunch at a beautiful riverside restaurant, step out to discover local life at Kampot. Enough anecdotes and local street food flows to keep us engaged.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*

Day 11: Siem Reap – Bokor mountain trail & fly to Siem Reap

Take the winding roads and climb the Bokor mountain today. Admire the views of stunning bay and forest before descending to the base by bike or shuttle. Transfer to Sihanoukville airport for an evening flight to Siem Reap, our next big pit stop for the ride ahead.

Our representative meets you at airport and transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap. We go out for dinner tonight.

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

Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Loop

The Angkor temple complex is synonymous to Cambodia, so a ride around the temple is essential. Our guide meets you at your hotel around 8am and takes you back into Angkor era on a bike ride. After bike fit, start riding directly from hotel and reach the moat of Angkor Wat. Catch the brilliant morning rays on the ancient temple complex and 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. Climb Phnom Bakheng for a classic view of Angkor during sunset.

We recommend to take a riverside walk and have dinner at charming river-front place, Chanrey Tree or Por Cuisine which also have fabulous Apsara dance performance.

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

Day 13: Siem Reap – Rolous Group & Banteay Srei

A short transfer today brings us to the countryside of Siem Reap. Ride along the river past Barays and reach Rolous Group of temples, north of Tonlé Sap. Rolous group marks the beginning of classical period of Khmer civilization, dating from the late 9th century. Some were totally built with bricks, others partially with laterite or sandstone.

After an informative walk of the temples, head north towards Banteay Srei by bike. Stop off at village en-route to experience everyday Cambodian country life and taste some sugar palm tree sweets famous for this region. Visit the decorated temple of Banteay Srei, jewel of the era, intricately carved from pink sandstone, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. We shuttle back & explore Preah Khanor (Sacred Sword) temple en-route.

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

Day 14: Siem Reap – onward travel

Please make plans as per your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

*with shuttle – short transfers

MEET THE LOCAL SPECIALIST

Ms Ly

Ms Ly

From Saigon, Vietnam

I have always had an interest in travel and discovering new places, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. The experience offered on a bike cannot be matched by touring in a car or bus. By seeing the countryside on two wheels, we are able to immerse ourselves in the culture, feel the wind in our face and see what village life is like as we ride through it.

REVIEWS

from our friends

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

INSPIRATION FROM THE ROAD