Rice paddies near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo via Flickr:ND Strupler

Cycling the beauty that makes up Cambodia and Vietnam. Photo via TO.

Siem Reap to Saigon

Cambodia, Vietnam Bike Tours

Bike from Cambodia to Vietnam

  • Few bike tours contain as much variety as this one that runs from Siem Reap to Saigon: ancient temples, friendly villages, two rapidly modernizing cities emerging from a difficult past are all waiting to be explored.

    This is a journey in the truest sense of the word. From the most significant archeological site in Cambodia, to the most significant commercial city in Vietnam, the contrasts along the way are what makes this an educational, enjoyable, and achievable ride for anyone passing through Southeast Asia.

    With hardly a hill in sight, but enough variety in scenery and surface to keep the ride interesting, the cycling is punctuated by a boat ride down the Mekong River and finishes off with two full days of riding through the intriguing Mekong Delta.

    If you want to get far away from the daily grind and immerse yourself in Indochina, this is the ride for you.

  • Twin/double: £ 1424 $ 2,531 1752 NOK 17083 kr 15769 $ 2,050 Single room: £ 299 $ 531 368 NOK 3583 kr 3308 $ 430

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  • Travel

    For this tour, you will fly into one international airport and out of another.
    For the start of your tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport is the closest.
    For the end of your tour in Saigon, the closest international airport is Tan Son Hnat International Airport

    Local Travel

    Arrival:
    Siem Reap is less than 15 minutes from the airport and taxis charge a flat rate of $7 to all hotels in town. There are no public transportation options available.
    Departure:
    Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the largest airport in Vietnam. It is located 4 mi (6 km) north of the center (District 1) of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Taxi to the airport will be approximately the equivalent of $15 USD.

    Climate

    The coolest time of year is from November to February with temperatures rising to a peak in April and May. With the arrival of the rains in June temperatures drop, with rain falling mainly in the afternoons in short, heavy showers. September and October are the wettest months with a return to dry conditions in November. A combination of lower numbers of tourists, sharp light and refreshing showers make July and August a great time to cycle in this part of Indochina

    Passports and Visas:

    You will need a valid passport with at least 6 months validity.  Visas will require at least one page so please be sure you have enough blank pages. A one month tourist visa on arrival costs $30 USD and requires one passport sized photo. You can also apply for an electronic visa before your travels as Siem Reap is one of two airports that accept the e visa. For entering VietNam


Tour Dates

July 8, August 27, September 30, November 9*, November 15*, December 25, 2018
January 26, February 24, April 27, June 15, August 5, September 22, November 9, and December 14, 2019

*Guaranteed departures. Minimum of 2 people to confirm a departure. Maximum group size is 10 travellers.

Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from Dec 20 to Jan 5 there is a peak season surcharge of 7% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.

Skill Level

The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads, tracks and trails. The tour takes place as much as possible on traffic-free tracks and traisl, but at times it is necessary to resort to secondary roads, although no more than 5 km over the whole tour on anything resembling a highway. The riding is easily achievable for those who are comfortable on a bike, with hardly any hills and no daily distances over 75 km. You should be comfortable riding in quite hot conditions and it is highly recommended to get some practice on unsealed surfaces with a little loose sand and gravel as this will help you feel more confident at times on this ride. The support vehicle is always on hand should you require a break from riding, and in the Mekong Delta, where you are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails (where the support vehicle cannot follow), it will meet you at intervals of 10 km or so.

Where You’ll Stay

The hotels we use are a great, and sometimes unexpected, part of this tour. In the larger cities and established tourist centres we use stylish and supremely comfortable hotels and resorts, while in the smaller and more out of the way areas we stay in the best available accommodation, which is often simple yet always well run, clean and comes with air-conditioning and a private bathroom.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Top quality, well maintained Cannondale or GT mountain bike with hybrid tires for touring
  • Handlebar bag
  • Air condition support vehicle for luggage transfer and sag wagon
  • Energy bars, local snacks, water, and sports drinks during your cycling itinerary
  • Cycling jersey

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights are highly recommended. If you would like to book extra time in Siem Reap, ask us about the day tours that are offered here. For example, we can offer a day bike tour to the Ankor Temples. If you would like to explore Saigon more, there are various activities including food tours that will keep you occupied. Ask us about the one day tour to the Cu Chi tunnels. We can help book your hotel accommodation.

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Siem Reap - tranfer to Kampong Thom - Cycle Sambor Prei Kuk, 34 mi (55 km)
Day 2: Transfer to Oudong - cycle to Phnom Penh, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Islands of the Mekong, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Boat to Chau Doc
Day 5: Chau Doc - Long Xuyen, 47 mi. (75 km)
Day 6: Long Xuyen - Can Tho, 44 mi. (70 km)
Day 7: Floating Markets and transfer to Saigon
 

Day 1: Siem Reap - tranfer to Kampong Thom - cycle Sambor Prei Kuk, 34 mi. (55 km)
Starting with an early pickup from your hotel, we have a 2.5  hour drive to reach Kampong Thom, the neighbouring province to Siem Reap. After a bike fitting, we set off on a ride north of the town to find the sprawling complex of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk. These ruins date back as far as the 7th century and are remarkably intact for their age. The leafy surrounds and absence of tourists makes this a really special experience. After we see out the heat of the day in the shade, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and enjoy a tasty, authentic meal. Meals: L,D

Day 2: Transfer to Oudong - cycle to Phnom Penh, 28 mi. (45 km)
Following a relaxed morning in order to time the day correctly, you transfer around three hours to Oudong Mountain, the former capital of Cambodia, and today a hilltop temple with fine views. After a Cambodian style picnic, you will then take an afternoon ride on lovely village roads and trails, mostly unpaved. You zig zag your way through rice fields and farmland, passing Oudong's smaller brother, Basset Mountain. Crossing a recently refurbished but as yet un-operational railway line, the scenery changes rapidly. For those comfortable cycling in traffic you can ride right up to the hotel door. For those that are not game, the support vehicle awaits. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed by the Tonle Sap River, not far from where the three main rivers of Cambodia converge. Meals: B, L, D 

Day 3: Islands of the Mekong, 19 mi. (30 km)
This morning you take to bikes again and explore the nearby Mekong islands through charming village communities, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of temples from a more recent time. This is a highlight ride and provides a unique perspective to Phnom Penh and its surrounds.

Phnom Penh has a turbulent history. Little more than a collection of wooden shacks when the French first arrived, the colonials transformed it into a beautiful city. With the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 its decay and decline began, with regeneration and rapid economic development only a recent trend. Your guide can dispense a great deal of advice on how the city can be explored and will offer a late afternoon walk to introduce you to some of the lesser-known aspects of this eccentric city
Meals: B, L

Day 4: Boat to Chau Doc
Today is a day off the bike. In the morning you can have a bit of leisure time to enjoy the pool or wander a bit around Phnom Penh. After an early lunch, you embark and enjoy a boat ride down the Mekong River and enter Vietnam via Chau Doc, a bustling Delta town, whose speciality is salted fish. 
Meals: B,L,D

Day 5: Chau Doc - Long Xuyen, 47 mi. (75 km)
Your Delta adventure starts in earnest today. The first of many short ferry rides comes after about 15 km and the rest of the day will involve crossing numerous canals by bridge and boat and following a path through the maze of waterways. You will be impressed by the fertility of the land as every square inch is cultivated for food production and each person in sight works hard to grow, harvest, process or transport these products. The riding is predominantly on small, paved canal paths with only bicycles and motor scooters. You roll into the substantial town of Long Xuyen in the late afternoon. Meals: B,L,D 

Day 6: Long Xuyen - Can Tho, 44 mi. (70 km)
The final bike tour of the trip continues on canal paths which becomes more and more interesting. The countryside is just as scenic as yesterday, but with an even higher concentration of canals and the farm produce now includes large hanging fruit such as jackfruit. You encounter mat weaving and wooden boat building today. as well as yet another amazing lunch. Your day ends with a boat ride into the pleasant, bustling town of Can Tho in the late afternoon. Meals: B,L,D 

Day 7: Floating Markets and transfer to Saigon
An early morning visit to the floating markets is offered today. It's an impressive site with boats of varying sizes and all manner of fruit and vegetables being bought and sold. After breakfast, you pack up and board the van for a 3 hour drive into Saigon. If you have done your reading and research before the tour, you will have read that Saigon is actually now officially called Ho Chi Minh City, though most residents still call it Saigon.  The tour concludes after lunch and a short walking tour of the city center and major historical sites. Saigon is an exciting city and is certainly worth a couple extra days if you have time to spare. Meals: B,L 

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