What to expect
This two-week adventure tours through three countries in Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Setting-off from Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll cycle through the Mekong Delta, visit the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, and ride to Thailand’s idyllic beaches. Suitable for any competent cyclist, 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 colourful villages and Khmer houses before cruising along the Mekong River to Cambodia. Here, you’ll ride to the Killing Fields, cycle to Siem Reap and see the gilded palace in Phnom Penh. Biking across the Thai border is a significant milestone on day 12 – arriving on the sun-drenched coast, you’ll have time to relax on the sand and swim in the turquoise sea before your final leg to Bangkok.
At a glance
- Ride through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
- Siem Reap and the astounding temples of Angkor
- Lush Mekong Delta and idyllic Thai beaches
- Gentle cycling terrain with some sections by boat
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.
Day 2 (Mon):
Ho Chi Minh City – Tra Vinh
28 miles (45km)
Transfer two hours to Cai Be town, 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.
Day 3 (Tue):
Trav Vinh – Can Tho
57 miles (92km)
Enjoy a peaceful day of scenic cycling, following a gentle road to the largest city in the Mekong Delta, Can Tho. Crossing little bridges along the way, you’ll experience colourful river life and see traditional Khmer homes and temples en route.
Day 4 (Wed):
Can Tho – Chau Doc
56 miles (90km)
Visit Cai Rang floating market before transferring to Tri Ton (one hour). Cycle across undulating terrain towards looming mountains and abundant Thot Not (coconut palm) trees as you near Cambodia. Ride to Vietnam’s Killing Fields at Ba Chuc, then follow country roads to the riverside city of Chau Doc. Climb Sam Mountain for sunset.
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).
Day 6 (Fri):
Phnom Penh – 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.
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.
Day 8 (Sun):
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.
Day 9 (Mon):
35 miles (56km)
Pedal through the countryside to Banteay Srei, a 10th-century Hindu temple with Cambodia’s best-preserved bas-relief carvings. Continue on rural roads to Kbal Spean (known as the Valley of 1000 Lingas) and trek uphill through the jungle to a river with submersed carvings and a wet-season waterfall. Transfer back to Siem Reap.
Day 10 (Tue):
Siem Reap – Battambang (rest day)
Take a break from cycling and cross Tonle Sap lake by boat. Enjoy the wildlife and everyday scenes, then step off at Battambang city (in the dry season you’ll alight earlier for a road transfer). Spend the afternoon visiting the city’s colonial buildings and surrounding hilltop temples.
Day 11 (Wed):
Battambang – Pailin
59 miles (95km)
Cycle directly from your hotel to the historic gem town and Khmer Rouge stronghold of Pailin. A tough but very rewarding day, the road is uneven and undulating in parts but the rural scenery is stunning. As you ride through the countryside, you’ll pass farms and villages, crossing a peaceful area of former bandit country.
Day 12 (Thu):
Pailin – Chanthaburi
27 miles (44km)
Pedal along quiet, scenic roads to a rural border crossing used by local traders. Continue into Thailand and ride through the countryside to meet your transfer vehicle. After a change of guides and bikes, stop at Chanthaburi for lunch, then transfer to Chanchaolao Beach Resort for the afternoon.
Day 13 (Fri):
Chanthaburi – Laem Mae Phim
40 miles (65km)
Enjoy a flat and easy coastal ride past mangroves and shrimp farms. Arrive at the local Thai beach of Laem Mae Phimand spend the afternoon swimming and relaxing.
Day 14 (Sat):
Depart from Bangkok
Spend the morning on the beach before transferring to Bangkok. Arrive in the city around 3pm.
Mainly 3* & 4* hotels (two 2* hotels)
We use a pool of 2*, 3* & 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- Mainly 3* & 4* hotels with two 2* hotels
- Full board (apart from one dinner)
- Support vehicle
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 13 nights accommodation
- Board basis: Full board (apart from one dinner)
- Service of a local English-speaking guide
- Air-conditioned support vehicle available for assistance
- Transfers during the tour
- Luggage transportation
- Water, fruit and soft drinks while cycling
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Drinks during meals
Bike Hire & Extras
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle. A water bottle is provided.
24-27 gear mountain bike with a lightweight alloy frame, front suspension, v-brakes and Shimano components
How to Get There
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Fly from Bangkok
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