Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh

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Visiting: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam

Hotel & Bike

14 nights from £3195 to £5022pp
Guiding Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code TH006
Good For Multi-Country
Distance 267mi/430km
Runs Jan, Apr, Jul, Aug, Sep, Nov, Dec
Departs Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun
Fly to Bangkok
Return from Ho Chi Minh

Overview

What to expect

This two-week adventure takes in the best of three of Southeast Asia’s most exciting countries. Setting off from Bangkok, you’ll stop at Thailand’s idyllic beaches, see the astonishing temples of Cambodia and discover the Mekong Delta by bike and boat, taking in floating markets and traditional countryside villages as you ride towards Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Your rides will be in a small group and there will be an English-speaking local guide who will really help you make the most of this tour.

Suitable for regular cyclists, the longest day of this tour is 47 miles and the terrain is mostly flat, with a few hills and rough tracks along the way. The air-conditioned support vehicle is almost always on hand if you need a break. Experience the heart of this region, with numerous cultural and historical sites including Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Battambang. Try distinctive cuisines with fresh seafood, vegetables and more, and experience the variation between local village life and the energy of Asia’s vibrant cities.

  • Save £100pp on bookings made by 31 August for all departures from Nov 2019 - discount applied when we confirm your tour
  • Discover the best of Southeast Asia as you ride through Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam
  • Explore Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Try regional food, see local villages and explore vibrant cities
  • Mostly flat backroads with a few small hills

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bangkok

    Meet your guide at 5pm for a briefing and venture out into the vibrant Bangkok for your evening meal.

    Meals: Dinner.

  • Day 2: Bangkok - Chanthaburi 31 miles (50km)

    After picking you up from your hotel, a three hour transfer will take you to the point where today’s ride will commence. You’ll start from a sleepy beach and cycle along Thailand’s gulf, occasionally mastering a few small hills that reward with fantastic views of the ocean. By mid-afternoon you will ride into the riverside town of Chanthaburi, where an evening in a comfortable and welcoming guesthouse awaits.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 3: Chanthaburi - Pailin 37 miles (60km)

    As you leave Chanthaburi you will pass through the old town and catholic quarter, before riding along solid backroads, through orchards.  Towards lunchtime you will jump into the transfer vehicle which will navigate some busy stretches of road up to Cambodia. After crossing the border, you will ride towards your hotel is the town of Pailin, famous for its gemstones.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 4: Pailin - Battambang 25 miles (40 km)

    Riding on from Pailin, you’ll experience some varied cycling with a few dirt tracks. You will pass local villages before joining a main road and cruising downhill onto the plains. With the temperature increasing you will be driven to Phnom Sampou, where you can tuck into a delicious meal with stunning views from a hilltop temple. As the day cools down you will jump back on your bikes and ride on to Battambang to check into your hotel and have some time to explore the relaxed cafes, colonial architecture and charming riverside bars.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 5: Battambang - Siem Reap 16 miles (25km)

    Your morning ride will be led by a group on a NGO vocational training program, who will take you around the villages which surround the city. You’ll discover how local products are made and get to try new foods. After lunch there is a three hour transfer to Siem Reap where, if conditions are right, there is the option to see the sun set over Tonle Sap, the largest lake in South East Asia.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 6: Sunrise over Angkor Wat 16 miles (25km)

    An early start allows you to witness one of the finest spectacles in Asia, the sun rising over the imposing temple of Angkor Wat. You’ll have time to explore the temples by foot and after a short ride you’ll stop for breakfast. Next you’ll pedal on through lesser ridden trails around Angkor, visiting the iconic temples of the Bayon, Ta Prohm and The Elephant Terrace, stopping for lunch at Sra Srang Lake. Your support vehicle will then transfer you back to your hotel by mid-afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Day 7: Siem Reap (rest day)

    The midpoint of this tour is marked by a rest day in Siem Reap, where you will have more time to explore the shopping spots, markets and authentic restaurants. There’s even time to lay by the pool or have a massage to soothe your muscles.

    Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 8: Siem Reap - Kampong Thom 34 miles (55 km)

    Start the day with a two and a half hour transfer to Kampong Thom, where you will ride around the wonderful Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex, which dates back to the 7th century and remains astonishingly undamaged. This region is significantly quieter than Angkor and the quieter paths make this a memorable experience. Later in the day you will ride a different route back to Kampong Thom, where you will tuck in to a mouth-watering meal.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 9: Kampong Thom - Phnom Penh 28 miles (45 km)

    Following a relaxed start to the day, you will transfer three hours to Oudong Mountain to enjoy the wonderful views from Cambodia’s former capital. You will enjoy a Cambodian style picnic before jumping on to your bikes and exploring local villages, passing through farmland dotted with rice fields. After passing Basset Mountain the road will change, becoming busier with traffic as you approach the city of Phnom Penh. If you feel comfortable on these roads you can ride straight to your hotel, if not the support vehicle can take you there. You’ll have dinner beside the majestic Tonle Sap River.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 10: Phnom Penh - Mekong Islands 19 miles (30km)

    Morning ride to explore the delightful village communities of the Mekong islands. Passing orchards, temples and locals weaving silk, you will get a real insight into the life of Cambodians. Then spend the afternoon exploring the golden spires of the Royal Palace and seeing the sights of Cambodia’s colourful capital city. Phnom Penh is a destination that conjures many images, from vibrant markets to busy streets packed with motorbikes, historic temples and gleaming new skyscrapers. There’s an abundance of incredible food to try and take some time to relax in one of the stylish cafes or bars.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 11: Phnom Penh - Boat to Chau Doc

    Spend the morning exploring more of Phnom Penh. After lunch, you will board a boat and sail down the Mekong River into Vietnam, before mooring in Chau Doc, a busy town on the Mekong Delta.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 12: Chau Doc - Can Tho 31 miles (50km)

    Today you will enjoy an adventure on the Mekong Delta, using a mixture of bikes and boats to explore the waterways of this region. You will cross canal bridges and fertile farmland, passing small palm lined lakes and waving to farmers as they work their land. In the afternoon you will take a 1 hour road transfer to Can Tho to your comfortable hotel, home for the next two nights.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 13: Can Tho loop by bike & boat 31 miles (50 km)

    Your final ride of this tour includes even more stunning cycling through scenic countryside landscapes. As you ride along river paths you’ll see locals weaving baskets and mats, building wooden boats and going about daily life. You’ll stop for another fantastic lunch before enjoying a boat ride back into lively Can Tho where you will arrive in the late afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 14: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh

    It’s an early start to visit the remarkable floating markets of Can Tho. You’ll experience the hustle and bustle of the markets, where fruit, vegetables and other goods are battered for and exchanged. This is a feast for the sense and provides some great photo opportunities. Enjoy breakfast before a three hour transfer to Ho Chi Minh Cinh, where you will explore this wonderfully bright and energetic city. Wander through the streets, seeing the former Presidential Palace, Ben Thanh Market and the French Quarter. Discover what makes this city the diamond of South East Asia before tucking into the final dinner with your group.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 15: Depart from Ho Chi Minh

    This tour ends after breakfast however, with so much to see and do here, it’s well worth spending more time in Ho Chi Minh City or using it as a base to continue exploring the region.

Accommodation

3-5 * Hotels or best available accommodation

The accommodation is a fantastic part of this tour. In larger cities and established tourist centres you will have stylish and very comfortable hotels and resorts, while in the smaller and more out of the way areas you stay in the best available accommodation, which is often simple yet always well run, clean and comes with air-conditioning and a private bathroom.

Example hotels:
Navalai River Resort
Bambu
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor
Himawari Hotel
Victoria Chau Doc
Victoria Can Tho
Hotel Majestic

 

  • Stylish & supremely comfortable hotels or the best available accommodation with AC & private bathroom
  • Full Board (apart from 5 meals)
  • Support vehicle is almost always available
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - other dates may be available on request

Price includes

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Board basis: Full board (apart from 5 meals) 
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide in each country 
  • Air-conditioned support vehicle available for assistance at all times (every 10km in the Mekong Delta)
  • Transfers during the tour
  • Luggage transportation
  • Water and snacks while riding
  • All entry costs & attractions listed on the itinerary
  • For groups of at least 6 people an additional bike mechanic
  • Cycling jersey & a water bottle

Price excludes

  • Flights & transfers
  • Visas
  • Alcohol & soft drinks
  • Tips

Please contact us to discuss alternative departure dates

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Top quality, well maintained Merida (Thailand), Cannondale (Cambodia) & GT (Vietnam) mountain bikes are included in your tour price, fitted with hybrid tyres for touring, a comfortable sadle and handlebar bags. 

Extras

We can arrange airport transfers. Please enquire for details.

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Bangkok

Getting back

Fly from Ho Chi Minh

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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What if I can't find the departure date I need?

Please give us a call. If you are a group of four or more, we can usually add a departure date within the season to suit you.

What will the group size be?

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 14 guests. 

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

Will I have a local guide?

Yes, your guides in each country will be English speaking and local. The local guides will be a highlight of your tour as they are experienced and will pass on their knowledge and passion for their country. They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way and give you a real feel for the local culture. 

Can I take a break from the cycling?

Yes, if you want to take a break, jump into the the air conditioned support vehicle that is always available.    

What will the food be like?

You will experience the best of Thai, Cambodian & Vietnamese food during your trip and it will be a highlight of your holiday. Cambodian food is not as famous as Thai food, but has subtle flavours and there is a strong tradition of fish and fresh vegetables. Contemporary Cambodian cuisine offers something for everyone.

Vietnamese food is very varied across the length of the country. Each regional has local adaptations of classic dishes. Your guide will share their passion for their cuisine and they will lead you along a culinary adventure. Drinking water is always included with meals, any other drinks will be extra

What snacks will I get during the cycling?

You will be supplied with local snacks & energy bars. Clean water and electrolyte drinks are provided to keep you hydrated. 

Is there a single supplement?

No, there is no extra charge for single travellers if you share a room with another same sex single guest. If you want your own room you can pay a supplement. 

What will the weather be like?

From November to February temperatures are at their coolest. Temperatures are at their highest in  April and May. When the rains start in June, the temperatures come down. The afternoon rains tends to be heavy but do not last long. The wettest months are September & October, November heralds the return to dry weather.   

July & August are a fantastic time to visit, as tourist numbers are lower and the showers are light, short and refreshing!


 

Can you arrange my flights?

Flights are not included with our tours. However, we are more than happy to offer advice on long haul and regional flights, based on our extensive experience of travel in Asia.

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This was a wonderful way to see 3 South East Asian countries all with their own distinct cultural identities. The cycling through small rural villages was a delight and although the route was mainly flat there was much variation. We loved the vibrancy of the big cities and the buzzing towns of Battambang and Siem Reap. We learnt so much about the places we visited but also experienced the hospitality of ordinary folk going about their daily lives.

Julia Elvin, UK, February 2018

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