Tourists at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo via Flickr:Xiquinho Silva

Buddha statues at Wat Mahathat, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo via Flickr:telmo32
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Saigon to Bangkok Bike Tour

Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand Bike Tours

Bike Southeast Asia

  • This bike tour in Southeast Asia explores three fascinating countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly ​Saigon, this adventure then leads into the "water world" of the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam's rice bowl, a unique, lush, agricultural wonderland. Although it is a densely populated area, you will cycle quiet back roads lined with coconut trees and bamboo, passing lotus flower ponds. A serene beauty awaits.

    You enter Cambodia by boat, en route to Phnom Penh, on one of Asia's great rivers, the Mekong. In the final stage of this adventure, you cross into Thailand at a small immigration point nestled in the mountains. Cycling a short cut then to the main road, you are then transferred to the beach to enjoy a much needed rest.

    Combining three countries together in one tour gives great insight into Southeast Asia, its culture, its scenery and its wonderful and friendly people.

    Additional hightlights:

    • Siem Reap
    • Colonial city of Battambang
    • Temples of Kampong Thom
    • Angkor

    If this trip isn't quite your speed, check out all of our bike tours in Vietnam.

  • Twin/double: $ 4895 £ 2523 $ 4,434 3024 $ 5104 kr 31619 $ 3,295

    Single supplement: $ 780 £ 402 $ 706 482 $ 813 kr 5038 $ 525 *

    *Single Travelers:  On request, it can be arranged for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender. If you cannot be matched you will provided a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is required to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above. 

    extra options

    Extra nights before or after your tour are available on request and based on availability. Ask us for pricing.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Your tour begins in Saigon and ends in Bangkok. Fly to Saigon Tan Son Nhat International Airport Airport (SGN) and fly out of Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).

    Local Travel

    Taxi from the airport to Saigon city ($10 to $15) each way. A private transfer can be arranged. Prices depend on the number of passengers.

    Climate

    Cambodia has two distinct seasons - wet and dry. The dry season usually lasts from October to April. The wet season starts in May until September. Within each season there are variations in temperature. The coolest being 24° C around November/December and hottest hitting 35°C around April/May.
    Thailandgenerally has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. The North and Central region have a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. Northeast Thailand has a humid hot and dry weather alternating with medium rain while the coastal areas of the east are humid and hot with intermittent rain. The South of Thailand has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. VietnamWeather in Vietnam is divided into 4 main regions - the far north, north, central and south. In Hanoi and the north, it is hot, wet and humid from May to October while November to April is cooler and dry.

    Recommended

    Please visit your health care provider and ask about typhoid, polio, tetanus, and hepatitis A vaccines. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days. Vietnam is a malarial area and you are advised to take anti-malarial tablets. Please speak to your doctor for the most up to date information. It is compulsory that you take out travel insurance

    Remarks

    Wearing a helmet is required and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding.

    Documents

    PASSPORTS AND VISAS:
    All nationalities require a valid passport for entry into all three countries. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your stay in the country

    Vietnam: Most nationalities require a visa in advance, (please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry) and check if your nationality is exempt from visa requirement. For 46 nationalities, including Australians, Canadians, and Americans, an e-visa can be obtained. This must be applied for and received before departure to Vietnam. To check for the E-visa and tourist fee for single entry and multiple entries please check the Visa fee. You must scan a copy of your photo and passport when applying and get your approval letter for your visa on arrival at the international airport of Vietnam. The processing time is 1-3 working days (not including Saturday, Sunday, and Vietnamese holiday). 
    Cambodia: Visas can be obtained easily at any Cambodian Embassy around the world in advance and may avoid potential overcharging at some land crossings. If you do not have time or for some reason, it is diffi­cult to get a visa in advance, it is possible to get a visa on arrival at the Vietnam/Cambodian border at a cost of $30 (please also bring two extra passport photos). There may be a small service charge of a few dollars. An e-visa is not valid for overland crossings. We can provide more information upon request.
    Thailand:  If staying less than 30 days, then a visa in advance is not required of European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of Thailand to be eligible for the visa on arrival. This is strictly enforced. Please check this page to see if you qualify. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of Thailand to be eligible for the visa on arrival. This is strictly enforced.
    Please note: A tourist visa is valid for a single 30 day stay. You must specify your arrival date when applying for a visa and it is from this date that the 30 days will be calculated. Read the visa carefully to make sure that you do not arrive before it begins or stay after it expires.
    If you have any queries or concerns regarding visa issues please do not hesitate to contact us.


Tour Dates

2019

December 15, 2019*

2020

December 29, January 12*, January 19, February 9*, February 23*, May 3*, June 7*, June 28*, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 1, November 22, and December 13, 2020

* Departures are guaranteed to depart. Please do not hesitate to ask in regards to status of other departure.

2021

January 10, January 17, February 14, February 21, March 7, May 9, June 6, July 4, August 22, October 24, November 7, November 28, and December 12, 2021

Group size: 2 - 16 riders

Skill Level

This is a moderate to difficult guided bike tour. The route requires a reasonable level of fitness. You will ride a total distance of 607 km total with an average daily distance of 61 km. Average climbing per day. is with 292 m. You will ride a variety of road surfaces consisting of good quality tarmac, wide dirt tracks, and broken roads that are sometimes badly potholed but easily navigable by bike. The terrain is predominantly flat and only on a few days do you cover longer distances (90-95 km). A support vehicle is almost always available except on some parts of the very narrow paths of the Vietnam Delta.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 star hotels.

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations for the duration of the tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary
  • Snacks, local fruits, and water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Bicycle rental (24 - 27-speed mountain bikes with front suspension with lightweight alloy frames
  • English Speaking Guide(s) (If the group is 9 people or more, there will be two guides
  • First aid kit
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees of sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boat fee

What’s Not Included

  • Visa(s) arrangement (Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages other than wat
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenditure
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length14 days
From$3295 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Saigon to Bangkok Map

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Tra Vinh, 41 mi, (65 km)
Day 3: Tra Vinh - Can Tho, 57 mi. (92 km)
Day 4: Can Tho - Chau Doc, 44 mi. (70 km)
Day 5: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 6: Phnom Penh - Oudong - Kampong Thom
Day 7: Kampong Thom - Siem Reap, 40 mi. (65 km)
Day 8: Angkor temples, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 9:  Ride to Banteay Srei, 35 mi. (56 km)
Day 10: Siem Reap - Battambang
Day 11: Battambang - Pailin, 59 mi. (95 km)
Day 12: Pailin - Chantaburi, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 13: Beach day
Day 14: Chantaburi - Bangkok

*This cycling adventure goes beyond the beaten track and the rides are not always predictable. Due to these reasons, it is occasionally necessary to reroute or update itineraries. The guarantee a trip will not be changed unless for safety or to improve it.

The listed hotels are always accurate at the time of writing, but if a change is necessary, the replacement will be an establishment of equal or higher standard.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Meet at Northern Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, the pulse of this emerging country. Here, your guide will give you a briefing of the tour at around 6 pm. You will have an opportunity to test out the bikes before heading to dinner at the enchanting Temple Club Restaurant.

Accommodation: Northern Hotel
Meals: D

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Tra Vinh, 41 mi, (65 km)
After breakfast, a transfer of approximately two hours is provided from Ho Chi Minh to Ben Tre, river market and the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Today’s ride leads into the heart of rural Mekong, as you pedal down narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations and fields of sugarcane. A section of biking is "off road" onto gravel and dirt lanes, weaving through hamlets, across rivers, and through thick vegetation. There is then a final ferry crossing to Tra Vinh, a pretty tree-lined town with many ethnic Khmers.

Accommodation: Cuu Long Hotel
Elevation: +249 m / -254 m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Tra Vinh - Can Tho, 57 mi. (92 km)
The route today is peaceful and scenic to Can Tho with much to see along the way from contrasting architectural styles of Khmer homes and temples to the rich and colorful river scenes.

Accommodation: Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel 
Elevation: +341 m/-339 m 
Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Can Tho - Chau Doc, 44 mi. (70 km)
First on the agenda is the Cai Rang Floating Market before a one hour transfer to the start of the day's cycling. Once more the scenery is diverse. From Tri Ton the terrain starts to gently undulate and mountains begin to loom as you ride closer and closer to Chau Doc. The presence of Thot Not trees indicates the growing proximity to Cambodia. Here the local people speak Vietnamese as their second language. A somber site, the Killing Fields of Vietnam at Ba Chuc is included in the agenda. It is here that Pol Pot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. The cycling continues with a loop around Ba Chuc along the border and then to Chau Doc along incredible country roads. Those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain for the sunset!

Accommodation: Chau Po Hotel 
Elevation: +365 m / -367 m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
Cruise up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh from our overnight stopping place Chau Doc. We get a chance to rest our legs as we see many scenes of local daily life alongside one of Asia’s great rivers. As we head into Cambodia we stop at the capital Phnom Penh before heading north to cycle among 1000 years of Khmer history. In the afternoon we will visit Tuol Sleng Prison (S21) and the Killing Fields to learn about Cambodia's turbulent past under the Khmer Rouge regime.

Accommodation: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel 
Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Oudong - Kampong Thom, 16 mi. (25 km)
The bike begins later in the day giving you time to explore Phnom Penh. A 30-minute transfer takes you to the start of the tour.  Cycle towards Cambodia's former capital, Oudong. The 400-plus steps to the top will get the legs a good workout but the view is worth it! This ride gives you the chance to see rural Cambodia, stilted houses, rice paddies, ox carts, waving children, and of course the friendly Khmer people. After today's ride, you'll be transferred to Kampong Thom (approx 3 - 4 hours).

Accommodation: Sambor Village
Elevation: +83 m / -77 m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Kampong Thom - Siem Reap, 40 mi. (65 km)
The day begins with a short transfer to the ancient temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk. This temple site was constructed in the 7th century and functioned as the capital of the Chenla Empire. After a guided tour through the templeshave, a short transfer takes you to the small town of Damdek , where you will unload the bikes and begin cycling toward Siem Reap for 65 km. 

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel. (B, L, D)
Elevation: +197 m / -194 m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Angkor temples, 19 mi. (30 km)
Pedaling en route to Ta Prohm, famous from the film Tomb Raider, and deliberately left by French conservationists in the same condition as it was discovered, once again, you are surrounded by a unique landscape. Overgrown by strangler fig and silk-cotton trees, the surroundings give the temple a mystical and romantic appeal. Continuing on to Angkor Thom, Bayon temple, and the Terrace of the Elephants, the journey continues. Lunch will be enjoys at the Angkor Café before exploring the biggest religious Hindu edifice in the world, Angkor Wat. Considered the masterpiece of Khmer architecture, this Vishnuite temple is the King’s funerary temple, which is why the temple is orientated to the West. Inside the temple, the walls are covered by carvings depicting Hindu mythology and the wars that Suryavarman II fought during his reign. After visiting these magnificent temples, the final 7 km is completed to Siem Reap.

Accommodation:  Steung Siem Reap Hotel
Elevation: +190 m / -190 m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 9:  Ride to Banteay Srei, 35 mi. (56 km)
This day begins pedaling through rural countryside to the famous temple of Banteay Srei which has the best-preserved bas- relief and other stone carvings in Cambodia. The temple is small in size but of huge significance in understanding the Angkorian Era. From here, once again on rural roads with a break for lunch, destination is Kbal Spean, also known as the Valley of 1000 Lingas. A moderate 3 km trek is on the agenda, uphill through the jungle to a river bed with submersed carvings and a beautiful waterfall (in rainy season only). Return to Siem Reap by vehicle. Dinner is at your leisure.

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel 
Elevation: +239 / -184 m
Meals: B, L

Day 10: Siem Reap - Battambang
Today you'll take a rest from cycling and transfer across Tonle Sap by boat. Along the way you'll see the local people going about their daily lives and perhaps if you're luck, spot some wildlife on the banks. During the end of the dry season, lake levels may be too low to allow boat passage to Battambang. In this case, a van takes you to Battambang.

Accommodation: Steung Sangke Hotel
Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Battambang - Pailin, 59 mi. (95 km)
Today you depart for Pailin, cycling directly from the hotel. This is the toughest day as the road in sections is in poor condition and bumpy (in the dry season can get dusty) but the scenery is the most impressive as you head towards Thailand. The road undulates as you get closer to Pailin but there is nothing too steep or long. You will cycle through stunning countryside area where farms and local villages can be seen along the way and really get a feeling of riding into unchartered territory.

Accommodation: Memoria Palace
Elevation: +625 m / -433 m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Pailin - Chantaburi, 27 mi. (44 km)
A quiet rural crossing used mainly by local traders leads to the border crossing to complete all the immigration formalities, followed by a ride through the Thai countryside and then, by transfer, to the beach! Lunch en route in Chantaburi.

Accommodation: Chanchalao Beach Resort 
Elevation: +376 / -365 m
Meals:
B, L, D

Day 13: Chantaburi - Laem Mae Phim, 40 mi. (65 km)
Today is a flat and easy ride through mangroves, shrimp farms and along the coast. Overnight at a very local Thai beach. Enjoy a free afternoon to go for a swim or a walk on the sand.

Accommodation: Aksorn Rayong 
Elevation: +251 m/- 245 m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 14: Laem Mae Phim - Bangkok
The morning is free to enjoy the beach before heading back to Bangkok. Arrival back in Bangkok at approximately 3 pm. Ask about an extension to the beach or Koh Samet.

Meals: B

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Tour Reviews

  • Paula Sweeney Fletcher 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My husband and I were very happy and pleased with the overall experience. We were particularly pleased with the professionalism and the attentiveness of our guides. In ranking our guides we would rank Thailand first, then Vietnam and then Cambodia in third place. We were a group of 15 people and for the most part compatible. The ride was challenging but that was what we wanted and the guides took our suggestions into consideration. We thought the experience was well planned with a good mix of sight seeing good local dinners and snacks and history of the places we visited.

  • Paula Sweeney Fletcher 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We have just returned from the Saigon Bangkok cycling trip. It was a great adventure. They were some difference in , staffing and resources in each country. Overall we were very pleased, we will elaborate with Spice Road as well, in a day or so when we have caught up on our sleep. Tripsite was very helpful in making sure all our request where met in preparing for the trip. This was my 3 red Tripsite holiday and will not be the last.

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