Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

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Visiting: Vietnam, Cambodia

Hotel & Bike

8 nights from £1752 to £2058pp
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Guiding Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code VN006
Good For Multi-Country, Riverside Routes, Solo
Distance 210mi/338km !
Runs Jan, Feb, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Departs Sunday
Fly to Ho Chi Minh
Return from Siem Reap

Overview

What to expect

Enjoy cycling through two of Asia's most unique and vibrant countries on this nine-day trip. Starting from the energetic Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll cycle through the lush Mekong Delta before finishing at the iconic temples of Angkor Wat. Suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, the terrain is mostly gentle and you’ll be riding on tarmacked roads and wide but rough dirt tracks. Some sections are covered by transfer vehicle or boat, and there’ll be a support truck on-hand for much of the way.

Cycling through Vietnam’s rice bowl, you’ll pass local villages, banana plantations and Khmer houses before taking a boat along the Mekong River to Cambodia. Here, you’ll ride to the Killing Fields, cycle to the ancient temples at Siem Reap and see the gilded palace in Phnom Penh. On this tour you will join cyclists taking part in the longer 13-night Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap to Bangkok tour.

  • Cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia
  • Siem Reap and the astounding temples of Angkor
  • Lush Mekong Delta and Phnom Penh
  • Predominantly flat terrain with support vehicle if needed

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Sun): Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

    Check-in to your hotel and take your bike for a test ride in a quiet section of Ho Chi Minh City. Meet for a welcome dinner at the Temple Club – a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant in a colonial-era villa. 
    Meals: Dinner

  • Day 2 (Mon): Ho Chi Minh City – Tra Vinh 40 miles (65km)

    Transfer two hours to Ben Tre, gateway to the Mekong Delta. Cycle along narrow lanes past banana and sugarcane plantations, then detour off-road past hamlets, rivers and lush vegetation. Take a ferry to Tra Vinh town, with its tree-lined streets and Khmer pagodas. 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 3 (Tue): Trav Vinh – Can Tho 57 miles (92km)

    Enjoy a peaceful day of scenic cycling, following a gentle road to Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta. Crossing little bridges along the way, you’ll experience colourful river life and see traditional Khmer homes and temples en-route. 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 4 (Wed): Can Tho – Chau Doc 43 miles (70km)

    Visit Cai Rang floating market before cycling across undulating terrain towards looming mountains and abundant Thot Not (coconut palm) trees as you near Cambodia. From Thoi Lai you will transfer to the lunch stop. After lunch you will have a one-hour transfer to Vietnam’s Killing Fields at Ba Chuc, then follow country roads to the riverside city of Chau Doc. Climb Sam Mountain (more of a hill!) for sunset.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 5 (Thu): Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (rest day)

    Take a boat cruise along the Mekong River and watch local life drift by on your way to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Step ashore to discover the city’s fascinating Khmer history. In the afternoon, visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison (also known as S-21). 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 6 (Fri): Phnom Penh – Oudong - Kampong Thom 16 miles (25km)

    Explore Phnom Penh before taking a transfer out of the city. In the afternoon, ride past stilted houses, ox carts and Khmer villages en route to Cambodia’s former capital, Oudong. Climb more than 400 steps up the city’s famous mountain for incredible views over Cambodia. Transfer 3-4 hours to Kampong Thom.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 7 (Sat): Kampong Thom – Siem Reap 40 miles (65km)

    Transfer to the 7th-century temple site of Sambor Prei Kuk, capital of the former Chenla Empire. Take a guided tour, then transfer to the small town of Damdek and cycle to the vibrant city of Siem Reap – your base for the next three nights. 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 8 (Sun): Angkor temples 19 miles (30km)

    Cycle to the entrance of Angkor Wat and head to the magnificent Ta Prohm temple. Continue to the ruined city of Angkor Thom, home to the Bayon temple and Terrace of the Elephants. After lunch at Angkor Café, visit the world’s largest religious monument, Angkor Wat. From here, it’s a short ride back to Siem Reap.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 9 (Mon): Depart from Siem Reap

    Depart after breakfast. 

Accommodation

3* & 4* hotels

We use a good mix of 3* & 4* hotels and the accommodation will mostly be the best of what is available while maintaining a lovely local charm. Sometimes in isolated areas the accommodation may be more ‘authentic’, but it will always be clean and comfortable.

  • 3* & 4* hotels
  • Full board
  • Support vehicle
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance 

Price includes

  • 8 nights accommodation 
  • Board basis: Full board 
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide in each country
  • A support vehicle available for assistance 
  • Transfers during the tour
  • Luggage transportation
  • Water, fruit and soft drinks while cycling

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • ​Bike hire
  • Visas
  • Cycle helmets
  • Drinks during meals
  • ​​Tips

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle. A water bottle is provided.  

Bike hire
£109

24-27 gear mountain bike with a lightweight alloy frame, front suspension, v-brakes and Shimano components

E-bike hire
£345

Giant Explorer E+

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

Getting back

Fly from Siem Reap

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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What will the group size be?

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 16 guests. If the group is 9 people or more you will have two guides. 

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 support vehicle. 

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. 

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 esperience of travel in Asia.

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