Sunset in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo via Flickr:Mike Behnken

Buddhas at Wat Mahathat, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo via Flickr:Telmo32
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Saigon to Bangkok

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
  • Faded colonial city of Battambang
  • Temples of Kampong Thom
  • Angkor

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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
  • Cycling English Speaking Guide
  • First aid kit
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boat fee

What’s Not Included

  • Visa(s) arrangement (Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned in itinerary
  • Beverages beyond water
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length14 days
From$2890 Rates
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Tour Dates

2016:
January 3, January 10, January 17, January 31, February 14, February 28, March 13, April 17, May 8, June 12, July 3, July 31, August 28, October 2, October 30, November 6, November 27, and December 18, 2016

Skill Level

This is a moderate guided bike tour with daily distances between 19 and 64 miles (30 and 103 km). The route requires a reasonable level of fitness. Please keep in mind that the support vehicle will always be accessible in case you need a break.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Saigon to Bangkok Map

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Tra Vinh, 28 mi, (45 km)
Day 3: Tra Vinh - Can Tho, 57 mi. (92 km)
Day 4: Can Tho - Chau Doc, 56 mi. (90 km)
Day 5: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
Day 6: Phnom Penh - Oudong - Kampong Thom, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Kampong Thom - Siem Reap, 25 mi. (40 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, 64 mi. (103 km)
Day 12: Pailin - Chantaburi, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 13: Beach day
Day 14: Chantaburi - Bangkok

*All distances are approximate.

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. (D)

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Tra Vinh, 28 mi, (45 km)
After breakfast a transfer of approximately two hours is provided from Ho Chi Minh to Cai Be, 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. (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. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Can Tho - Chau Doc, 56 mi. (90 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! (B, L, D)

Day 5: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
The morning begins with a boat ride up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh. There is opportunity to rest your legs, if needed, as you experience many scenes of local daily life along one Asia’s great rivers. Entering Cambodia, there is a stop at the capital Phnom Penh before heading north, to once again cycle, this time among 1000 years of Khmer history. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Oudong - Kampong Thom, 15 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. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Kampong Thom - Siem Reap, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today begins with a visit 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. It is one of the oldest temple sites in Cambodia and is mainly covered in vegetation. After our guide assisted tour through the temples, enjoy a local picnic lunch prepared by the local community in small wooden huts along the Stung Sen River and absorb the local sights and sounds. After lunch is a short transfer to Damdek Village. Back on the bike, cycle on country roads, through rice paddy fields and small villages with many locals greeting you warmly on the way to Siem Reap. 

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 an 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. (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. (B, L)

Day 10: Siem Reap - Battambang
No cycling is scheduled today to give your legs a rest. Visit the "floating village" before heading across the lake to Battambang, Cambodia’s second capital, a sleepy city full of faded colonial charm, a perfect blend of urban modernity and small-town friendliness.(B, L, D)

Day 11: Battambang - Pailin, 64 mi. (103 km)
On the agenda this day is a transfer to Kamping Puoy Reservoir located between two mountains to begin cycling. This is the toughest day as the road in sections is in poor condition and bumpy (in dry season can get dusty) but the scenery is the most impressive as you head towards Thailand. The road undulates getting closer to Pailin but there is nothing too steep or long, cycling through stunning countryside, farms, and local villages, seemingly, into unchartered territory. (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. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Chantaburi - Rayong, 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. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Rayong - 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 Chang. (B)

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Customer Feedback

  • Paula Sweeney Fletcher 10 months ago

    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 10 months ago

    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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