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CYCLE INDOCHINA 21DAYS-20NIGHTS

Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap


  • OVERVIEW & TOUR MAP
  • DETAIL ITINERARY
  • TOUR PRICE & INCLUSIONS
Itinerary in Brief
Days 1-2
Saigon
Day 3
Saigon - My Tho
Day 4
My Tho - Tra Vinh
Day 5
Tra Vinh - Can Tho
Day 6
Can Tho - Long Xuyen
Day 7
Long Xuyen - Chau Doc
Day 8
Chau Doc - Kep
Days 9-11
Kep - Kampot (Bokor)
Day 12
Kamport - Takeo
Day 13
Takeo - Phnom Chisor
Days 14-15
 

 

Group Size (Green Path Style)
Maximum of 20 persons per tour
Transport
Cycling, walking, cyclo, tuk-tuk, pick-up truck, public bus, local boat
Accommodation
18 nights 2-3 stars hotels, 1 night dormitory (bokor hill station), 1 night homestay
Meals
20 breakfasts, 19 lunches, 14 dinners
Allow approx US$40-70 for meals not included
Drinks
Not included, allow approx $5 per day for water & sodas (it is advisable to drink about 2 litres of soft drinks per day).
Tips
Allow approx $5 per day

Day 1 – Ho Chi Minh City
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! You will be met upon arrival and driven to your hotel, situated at the center of the City, 100 meters away from Ben Thanh market. As there are no planned activities on your first day in Indochina, you may check-in anytime after 12 o’clock. In the evening, you will have a first group meeting with your tour leader followed by a welcome dinner. Please check the hotel notice board for the time and place of this meeting; you will also have some suggestions what to do in and around Saigon.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City at Hai Long Hotel or similar

Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City - city tour
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. It is also the commercial capital of the country, under growing economic and cultural liberalization. We will begin the exploration of the city with a stroll from the hotel in the area around Dong Khoi Street, also known as the Old French quarter, where you will see some ancient French-colonial structures, such as the Theatre Hall, the General Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Then, we will walk the short distance to the Reunification Hall, a prominent symbol of the country’s political history. After having lunch in a local restaurant our focus will be on the Asian characteristics of the city. We will first drive to the Thao Cam Park to visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. Then, we will continue to the Jade Emperor Pagoda, known for its exquisite architecture and ornate carvings. We will continue to the nearby Tran Hung Dao Temple and the Vinh Nghiem pagoda
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City at Hai Long Hotel or similar
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels & My Tho (60km cycling) (B / L / D)
To avoid the heavy morning traffic, we will be driven 30km out of Saigon. We start the cycling on back-paved roads through some rubber plantations to the Legendary Cu Chi tunnels, a place of utmost significance during the Vietnam War. After an audio-visual presentation on tunnel history, we will follow the guide through the undergrowth to visit the area, see the tiny trapdoors and the reconstituted booby traps and for the braver amongst us, enter into one of the claustrophobic tunnels and crawl a short distance underground. After lunch we continue cycling to Trang Bang, a place that is famous for the picture that was taken of the vietnamese children fleeing a napalm attack on the village. We continue cycling towards some villages to reach My Tho, a lovely city with old colonial buildings and Chines houses.
Overnight in My Tho at a hotel

Day 4 – My Tho to Ben Tre & Tra Vinh (47km cycling) (B / L / D)
Right after breakfast, we start our cycling tour. Our destination will be the city of Trah Vinh. First we cycle a short distance to the first ferry crossing to reach the province of Ben Tre, lush with vast coconut tree plantations, famous for its coconut candy. Another short 12 km ride through the countryside will take us to another ferry; then cycle another 25 kms before the final ferry journey to Tra Vinh. This city is remarkable for the diversity of its people and its places of worship. Its population includes not only Khmer people, but also many of Chineses and Christians. We will see the Khmer-style Ong Met Pagoda with its portico posts surmounted by four-faces images of the Buddha, the vibrant and colourful Chinese Ong Pagoda and the colonial-style with Khmer influences Tra Vinh Church.
Overnight in Tra Vinh at Thanh Thuy hotel or similar

Day 5 – Tra Vinh to Cau Ke & Can Tho (80km cycling) (B / L / D)
We leave Tra Vinh in the morning and cycle along the countryside, passing nearby some of the 140 Pagodas which are scattered around the province. We will stop at Ba Om, a charming pond, a sacred worship place with beautiful lotus flowers and encircled by majestic mango trees. In a small temple nearby, local women come to have their future predicted. En route, we will also visit a Buddhist Temple school and learn about the life of the students living there. We continue our cycling and arrive in Can Tho, our final destination of the day. Can Tho is the largest city on the delta, located at the confluence of the Can Tho and Hau Giang rivers and bordering six provinces.
Overnight in Can Tho at Hoa Binh hotel or similar

Day 6 – Can Tho to Long Xuyen (62km cycling) (B / L / D)
After breakfast, we will take a boat to visit the morning market of Cai Rang, the largest of the floating markets around Can Tho. Traders paddle from boat to boat selling a variety of goods amid a traffic jam of sampans. We continue cruising through the small channels to visit a rice noodle making village. The region of Can Tho is a major agricultural centre, with rice milling as its main industry. There you will learn how the noodles of the traditional Vietnamese soup are made and will be able to challenge yourself by crossing a “Monkey bridge”. Monkey bridges are built with bamboo trunks, one for the feet, one to hold oneself; delta people used them for centuries. After lunch we cycle to the bird Sanctuary of Bang Lang, situated near the city of Long Xuyen, and enjoy a 2hrs excursion in the hope to have a glimpse at some rare bird species such as the Bengal Florican, Sarus Crane, Lesser Adjutant, Dater and Asian Golden Weaver. Then a short ride will take us to the city of Long Xuyen where we will spend the night.
Overnight in Long Xuyen at Dong Xuyen hotel or similar

Day 7 – Long Xuyen to Chau Doc (62km cycling) (B / L / D)
After breakfast, we cycle to the city of Chau Doc which borders' with Cambodia. We have lunch on arrival, then enjoy a boat trip to the Cham minority village; we sail by an interesting floating village and see houses with beautiful balconies covered with flowers in full bloom. We will visit Cham village and its traditional stilt houses and mosques. This excursion will take about 2hrs. We resume our cycling and ride to the nearest Sam Mountain to enjoy the stunning view of the rice fields of Vietnam and the plains of Cambodia. The slopes of the mountain are covered with shrines, grottos, pagodas and ancient tombs.
Dinner and overnight in Chau Doc at Chau Pho hotel or similar

Day 8 – Chau Doc (Vietnam) to Kep (Cambodia) (60km cycling) (B / L / D)
Our ride this morning will start at Chau Doc and cycle southwest along a canal until the border of Tinh Bien, Vietnam/Phnom Den, Cambodia. We will cross the border and continue our ride into Cambodia by minibus. We will visit Phnom Bayong a small Chenla temple at the top of a hill in Kirivong district near the border and see for the last time the Mekong Delta in the Vietnamese plains. A 90km drive will take us to Kompong Trach a small city, its main attraction is a series of limestone caves and passages that have been carved into a nearby mountain. We will visit the modern vat Kirisan, built at the bottom of Phnom Sor (White Mountain), from where an underpass goes to another sanctuary in the heart of the hill. The roof of a large cave has collapsed making a small enclosed jungle. We then drive to the city of Kep a small city famous for its seafood. A thirty minutes boat cruise will take us on Rabbit Island, a lovely little island that sits offshore from Kep. You will be able to enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal sea before having dinner of outstanding seafood: it doesn't get fresher than here! We will spend the night in wooden bungalows along the beach of this quiet place.
Overnight in Koh Tonsay (Kep), be aware that the bungalows are very basic with squat toilet and rudimentary shower.

Day 9 – Kep to Kampot (25 km cycling) (B / L)
You will be able to admire the sunrise on the sea or enjoy a long lie on Rabbit Island (Koh Tunsay). This small island has two white sandy beaches with coconut trees and shallow waters. Enjoy a relaxing time on the beach, snorkel in clean waters around the rocks and admire a variety of beautiful fish. You can also walk along the beaches or inside the island through the beautiful forest hoping to see some giant bats. After a picnic lunch, we will go back to Kep and ride our bikes to the provincial city of Kampot. We will pass through pepper and fruit plantations, such as durian, mangosteen, rambutan, pineapple, grapefruit, coconut, mak prang and coconut plantations. Kampot is the durian growing region of Cambodia and is also renowned for producing one of the world’s finest peppers. On the way, we will visit some limestone caves with exotic rock formations and Buddhist shrines. If we arrive early enough in Kampot, you will be able to make on optional sunset cruise on the Prek Kampong Bay River which runs along the city, passing through a Cham village. This excursion takes us to the rapids at Tekchhou a pleasant place and very popular with the locals on the weekends.
Dinner and overnight in Kampot. Accommodation at Borei Bokor hotel or similar.

Day 10 – Kampot to Bokor Hill station (42 km cycling) (B / L / D)
Our ride today we will be on the steep and bumpy road which leads to Bokor. This site is located on a 1000 meters high plateau of steaming jungle, shy wildlife and abandoned buildings. Built by the French as a casino resort in the 1920s (with a casino, a hotel, a post-office and a church), it enjoyed a new boom with the building of the royal residence by King Sihanouk in 1959 before being abandoned to the elements in 1970. Off-limits until recent years, the building fell apart. The specific climate of the site, often shrouded in fog and clouds, completes the mysterious atmosphere of this ghost-town. In addition, the view of the coast from the summit is spectacular. On the way we will stop at the former king’s residence, enjoy a well-deserved picnic lunch and admire this lavish surrounding. We then continue to the ghost town and visit its abandoned church, casino and other moss-covered buildings sitting in dense fog. In the evening your dinner will be prepared by your leader in the kitchen of the park rangers’ casern.
Dinner and overnight in Bokor Hill Station (dormitory)

Day 11 – Bokor Hill Station to Kampot (42 km cycling) (B / L)
After having breakfast at the casern, we cycle to the Vat Sampeau Moi Roi where some monks still live. From there we continue to the Popokvil waterfalls a quite place where we will have a rest and a swim before having our picnic lunch and then cycle back to Kampot. After spending the day on the bumpy roads of Bokor, you may be tempted to have a shiatsu-style massage, a foot massage at “Seeing Hands 5 Massage” or perhaps a “Kampot Massage by the Blind”, one of the two places offering massages by seeing-impaired masseurs and masseuses. Later, we go on to the Epic Arts Café, this Café belongs to the NGO Epic Arts which trains disabled people to do art performances in order to allow them to regain some respect and self-estime.
Overnight in Kampot at Borei Bokor hotel or similar

Day 12 – Kampot to Takeo (75 km cycling) (B / L)
Our cycling today will be north towards the provinces of Kampot and Takeo. We cycle through the Cambodian countryside, passing bucolic villages and scenic rice paddies. We will cross swarms of school children riding their bikes to school and see water buffaloes peacefully lying in pools of water along the road side. En route, we will stop for a picnic lunch thus giving us time to rest our legs and enjoy the scenery. We will arrive in the provincial capital city of Takeo in the late afternoon. After having checked-into the hotel, you will have some time to relax before enjoying a dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Takeo at Mittapheap hotel or similar

Day 13 – Takeo to Phnom Chisor (30 km cycling) (B / L / D)
After breakfast we will enjoy a 40-minute boat trip along the canals of Takeo, (through the rice fields and marshland) to visit the ancient Funan ruin temples of Phnom Da which is the oldest historical site in Cambodia and Angkor Borei as well as visit a nearby museum housed in a small colonial building. We continue to cycle north to Phnom Chisor. At the top of this mountain sits the well preserved Angkorian era temple ruin, built under King Suryavarman I during a period when Angkorian Empire was powerful and on the rise. This temple is Hindu as most of the temples of this period. One sees carved scenes with the Hindu Gods Braham, Shiva and Vishnu on sandstones lintels and pediments. The quality of the ruins and the splendid view of the countryside is well worth the effort of climbing the 412 steps to reach the top of the hill. Then, we cycle to our homestay in the surroundings where we will be received by our host family. After a short rest we will help our host family prepare dinner and enjoy a friendly meal together.
Overnight and dinner at the homestay.

Day 14 – Phnom Chisor to Phnom Penh (50 km cycling) (B / L / D)
With our host family and after breakfast we will resume our cycling tour to the north. The cycling conditions will be similar to yesterdays’; with many opportunities to take picturesque photos of people at work in the rice fields, driving oxcarts or other odd vehicles. On the way, we will have many of opportunities to take a break and visit temples and villages, meet monks and farmers and learn about Khmer culture and rural life. We will have a chance to stop at different food stands along the road and taste the local products, such as delicious fruits and palm sugar or for the more curious, why not try some grilled frogs or deep-fried crickets. After some 30km of cycling, we will stop for lunch at the popular picnic area of Tonle Bati. Beside the tranquility of the Bati river and shady foliage, there are also two beautiful temples to visit, Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau. We arrive in Phnom Penh in the mid-afternoon, after checking, relax for a short time.
The evening dinner will be in the charming garden of the restaurant Le Rit’s, which is owned by the NGO Nyemo. This NGO is helping vulnerable women and helpless children in their reintegration into the workforce and into society. Following the dinner we will enjoy a theatre performance at the Sovanna Phum Theatre. Sovanna Phum (meaning Golden Era) is an independent and self-financed Khmer association whose aim is to nurture, preserve and promote the Cambodian living arts. It also offers opportunities for Khmer artists to earn a living through art. Performances include shadow puppet theatre, classical Apsara dancing, folklore and mask dance, theatre, traditional music and circus.
Overnight at Phnom Penh at Pacific hotel or similar

Day 15 – Phnom Penh – City tour (B / L)
Our last tour after breakfast, will be a ride for about 15kms towards the south of the city to Choeung Ek, a mass gravesite known to the locals as the Killing Fields, after the popular movie by Roland Joffre. Today, Choeung Ek serves as a memorial to those killed under the Khmers Rouges rule. Afterwards, we cycle back to the city center and visit the Tuol Sleng museum. This former high school, in the suburbs of the capital, was onverted to a detention and torture centre - known as Toul Sleng or S21- by the Khmers Rouges when they came to power in 1975. Most of the 17'000 people detained at Toul Sleng were eventually transported to Choeung Ek. We will have lunch at the restaurant Friends which is a non-profit restaurant, run by street youth in training. All proceeds go to the organisation Mith Samlanh, the food is delicious. In the afternoon, we visit the Royal Palace situated on the site of the former citadel. Besides the Royal Residence (closed to the public), the Throne Hall or Vinichhay Temple (the place where kings are enthroned) and the Chan Chaya Pavillon (where traditional dances took place), it includes Wat Preah Keo, better known as the Silver Pagoda. This amazing place, which floor is covered with 5000 silver plates, houses the Preah Keo or emerald Buddha, made of Baccarat crystal. In front stands a 90 kg golden Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. After this, we will walk about 10 minutes to the National Museum. Built around a central courtyard, the galleries, arranged chronologically, present a collection of Khmer art, mostly sculptures.
This evening before dinner we will enjoy a drink on the roof top of FCC restaurant, a prety spot to enjoy the panorama of Phnom Penh. Afterwards, we will have dinner at Veiyo Tonle restaurant. Veiyo Tonle works as an orphanage and day center for disadvantaged children. They support these children to go to school and train them to perform traditional Khmer dancing, at times the children perform a dances in the restaurant.

Day 16 - Phnom Penh to Kompong Thom– cycling ~35 km (B)
Today, after breakfast, we will drive to Kampong Thom Province, North of Phnom Penh. On the way, we will stop at the village Skun. If you are looking for a snack, you will get the chance to taste the local speciality, the delicious famous fried spiders (Tarantula called A ping in Khmer). Never try, never know, that’s our motto! A two-three hours drive through a beautiful countryside will take us to the central city of Kompong Thom. Then we will ride our bikes to cycle to a rural village to reach Sambor Prei Kuk where we will have lunch.This is the setting of the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments anywhere in Cambodia. There are more than 100 small temples, scattered through the forest. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Siem Reap where we will arrive for check-in and dinner. Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor and we will have five days to enjoy the town and its surroundings.
Overnight in Siem Reap. Accommodation at Stung Siem Reap Hotel or similar.

Day 17 - Siem Reap (B / L)
You will have a free morning to have a long lie before to begin the exploration of the temples of Angkor. You will be able to explore the city on your own or enjoy a relaxing time with a good massage until lunch time. In the afternoon we will begin to explore the complex of Angkor Wat, the largest and most impressive of all the temples. As we will have only a half-day, we will go to the temples by tuktuk, our famous local transport. It is the best preserved of all the temples. Its layout and its scale are simply breathtaking, the wall surrounding the enclosure measures 1,000 by 800 meters and the moat, said to represent the oceans of the world is 200 meters wide. This amazing temple homes the longest continuous bas relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls.
As the end of the day will approach, we will ride elephants to the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng, climb the imposing remains and meet the crowd for a truly memorable sunset.
Overnight in Siem Reap. Accommodation at Stung Siem Reap Hotel or similar.

Day 18 - Siem Reap - Angkor Complex ~ 30 km cycling (B / L)
Today, after breakfast, we will ride our bicycles and go to the temples complex. We will first go to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm. Ta Phrom has been largely consumed by the jungle and as you will climb through the dilapidated stone structures you will see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself. At every turn you will expect to see Indiana Jones or Lara Croft step out from behind a fallen pillar. Ta Phrom looks as many of the monuments did when European explorers first laid eyes on them. Afterwards, we will continue to bike through the Victory gate to reach the royal city of Angkor Thom. Our visit will begin with the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of Leper King. We will continue to the Bayon, a pyramid temple decorated by about 200 gigantic carved heads.
Then, we will have lunch in one of the local restaurant around the temple and in the afternoon, we will continue to bike along the “grand circuit” to see more temples of the Angkor Era, such as Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup and, if we still have time, Banteay Kdei .
Overnight in Siem Reap. Accommodation at Stung Siem Reap Hotel or similar.

Day 19 - Siem Reap - Banteay Srey ~ 75 km cycling (B / L / D)
This morning, after breakfast, we will cycle to Angkor and then continue 20 km north of the main group of temples, through the countryside, to reach the magnificent Banteay Srei temple – the Citadel of women, decorated with superbly intricate reliefs of male and female divinities. On the way we will cycle through the picturesque countryside and will pass over some small villages. It is a nice way to learn how local people run their daily life, you will glimpse many activities of the villagers in the rice paddies and palm sugar plantation. This a worthwhile cultural experience. We will have a picnic lunch near the Siem Reap River, in a peaceful and relaxing place. On the way back, we will stop at the Cambodian Landmine museum and Rehabilitation Centre which promotes mine awareness and education for both tourists and Cambodian people. Then we will cycle back to the hotel and you will have time to relax by the swimming pool before dinner.
Tonight we will have dinner at the hotel la Noria where we will enjoy a shadow puppets show perform by the children of the NGO Krousar Thmey (New Family).
Overnight in Siem Reap. Accommodation at Stung Siem Reap Hotel or similar.
Please note that the shadow puppet shows at la Noria are usually on Wednesday only. The itinerary is subject to change according to your starting day.

Day 20 - Siem Reap - Countryside ~ 40 km cycling (B / L / D)
In the morning, after breakfast, we will follow some small bucolic roads west of Siem Reap, in the direction of Puok village. We will cycle through the countryside and cross villages before we reach the Sangkheum Center for Children, an NGO which provides a home for orphaned, abused or neglected children, as well as general education and selected vocational training. We will visit the center to learn more about their work and see the children in training in the workshops, the agricultural farm or practicing dance and music. Afterwards we will go to the Western Baray, an ancient reservoir more than 2 km across and 9 km long with an average depth of 7 m. On the island in the middle of the Baray stand the ruins of the western Mebon temple. This artificial lake is now a recreational place for the locals who flock here on the weekend. We will have lunch in this lovely place and spend a part of the afternoon by swimming and tubing or with a boat trip to the island to visit the ruins of the western Mebon. On the way back, we will stop at the small village of Banteay Chreu to visit the popular Buddhist temple Svay Romeat from where we can have a whole view of the surrounding countryside, the Western Baray and the airport. Then, we will continue our ride along a quiet road past Angkor Wat to go back to the hotel for a rest before going to our farewell dinner with a traditional dancing show.
Overnight in Siem Reap. Accommodation at Stung Siem Reap Hotel or similar.

Day 21 - Siem Reap - Tonle Sap lake ~ 30 km cycling (B / L)
This morning, after breakfast, we will cycle along the Tonle Sap River to a rural village where we will enjoy a short oxcart journey through the countryside. Then, we will cycle to the Tonle Sap, the biggest lake of Southeast Asia. We will take a boat for two hours, passing through the floating villages, to see how local people run their daily lives. During the boat trip we will stop to visit a bird garden and a fishing farm, as well as the floating school. During the wet season, a lovely swim in this huge fresh water reservoir is a nice experience. On the way back we will stop at the Krou Sa Richreay orphanage, which means "Happy Family", to bring them some basic requirement and then we will return to the hotel for check-out before having lunch in town. Free afternoon to explore Siem Reap on your own before transfer at the airport or bus station.


TOUR PRICE QUOTED IN US DOLLARS
Group size
1
2
3
4
5 - 7
8 - 12
Tour cost per person
$5,349
$3,249
$2,669
$2,649
$2,499
$2,419
Single Supplement
Included
$439

  • The booking has to be paid at least 42 days before tour starts.
  • The single supplement is the price of one supplementary room for 13 nights (2 single rooms instead of one double/twin room). There is no single room available in homestay. Note that for every odd-number pax, one of the rooms is already a single room.

Price of Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing tours as outlined in itinerary
  • Truck for group size from 5 people
  • A/C transfers and transportation.
  • The services of local guides at some sites
  • Mountain bike with mechanic.
  • Pump, bike tools, and spares tubes.
  • Spare bike
  • Mineral water drinking, seasonal fruits & snacks.
  • Sovanna Phum Theatre in Phnom Penh
  • Shadow puppets show & Traditional dancing show in Siem Reap
  • 3-days Angkor pass
  • Boat trip onto the Tonle Sap
  • Arrival & departure transfers

NOT Included in Tour Price:

  • Personal travel insurance & bike helmet (compulsory!)
  • International flight , airport taxes & excess baggage charges
  • Visa & visa fees, passport & vaccination charges
  • Departure tax
  • All optional tours & activities during free time
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as souvenir, laundry, postage, phone calls, etc……
  • Drinks & tips
  • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary

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