|16||Cycling||Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam||$3469|
FIXED DEPARTURE DATES
This tour starts on fixed Sundays as below;
(Prices in March and April 2019 departures will increase, please contact us for more details)
(B: BREAKFAST, L: LUNCH, D: DINNER)
|Day 1||Bangkok – Khao Yai||Thanyapak Resort||B,D|
|Day 2||Khao Yai – Prachinburi||Suan Nong Nut Resort||B,L|
|Day 3||Prachinburi – Sa Kaew||River Resort & Spa||B,L|
|Day 4||Sa Kaew – Aranyaprathet||Indochina||B,L|
|Day 5||Border – Siem Reap||Bou Savy Guesthouse||B,L|
|Day 6||Siem Reap||Bou Savy Guesthouse||B,L|
|Day 7||Siem Reap||Bou Savy Guesthouse||B,L|
|Day 8||Siem Reap – Phnom Penh||Angkor International hotel||B,L|
|Day 9||Phnom Penh||Angkor International hotel||B,L|
|Day 10||Phnom Penh – Sihanouk Ville||Good Time Resort||B,L|
|Day 11||Sihanouk Ville – Kep||Mealea Resort||B,L|
|Day 12||Kep – Ha Tien||River Ha Tien hotel||B,L|
|Day 13||Ha Tien – Rach Gia – Can Tho||West hotel||B,L|
|Day 14||Can Tho – Cai Be||Homestay||B,L,D|
|Day 15||Cai Be – Saigon||Vien Dong Hotel||B,L,D|
|Day 16||Saigon departure||N/A|
Meet in the hotel foyer after breakfast at 0830am for your tour briefing. Transfer approximately 3 hours to the Khao Yai National Park area. In the afternoon we’ll get used to our bikes by taking a short warm up ride through the nearby rural villages, and then chill out by the swimming pool at our overnight resort accommodation.
Our cycle route today is 50 kilometres from door-to-door, but we suggest you don’t attempt to cycle the full distance unless you are already well acclimatized to the heat. The support vehicle follows and you can cycle as much or as little as you like. Our route follows minor roads, byways and the occasional dirt trail as we skirt Khao Yai, which translates as ‘the Big Mountain’. We will pass through small rural villages, Buddhist monasteries and rice paddy fields. Continuing the ride along country back roads, we arrive at our rustic resort in the late afternoon with time to relax before sampling some of the local dishes.
Riding directly from the resort, we follow minor roads through Thai rural landscapes including rubber and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields. Today, there are a few easy rolling hills, but the route is mostly flat. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and chat with the friendly Thai locals. The ride ends with a short section on a busier road as we enter the town of Sa Kaew.
Leaving our hotel early in the morning, we ride towards the beautiful Pang Sida National Park, where we can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the other side. The afternoon ride follows very quiet, but well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, a town located just 10km from the Cambodian border.
After breakfast, we cycle to the border and complete customs formalities as we cross the busy border into Cambodia. On arrival in Poipet, we transfer by bus to Siem Reap, when you arrive Pouk district, you will start cycling across the countryside till Siem Reap Town for check in hotel.
The magnificent Angkor complex of temples is without doubt one of the most astounding archaeological sites in the world. Scattered over an area of 200 square kilometers, only Egypt’s Nile Valley can compare to this vast array of ancient monuments. The ancient city of Angkor served as the royal Centre from which a dynasty of Khmer kings ruled one of the largest, most prosperous and sophisticated kingdoms in the history of South East Asia. With a history covering over 600 years from 802 AD to 1432 AD, at the height of their power, the kings of Angkor ruled over a territory that extended from the tip of the Indochina peninsula, northward to Yunnan and from Vietnam, westward to the Bay of Bengal.
Today, we may choose to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide area, and are linked by shady avenues: meandering our way between them by bike gives us a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include visits to Ta Prohm, the jungle-covered temple with amazing tree roots clinging to the ancient stones, the Bayon, with its 37 pagodas (originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king, South Gate of Angkor Thom, Elephant Terrace, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Leper King and, of course, the fabulous Angkor Wat – with its huge moat, long causeway and massive towers – it is the largest temple complex in Asia.
After breakfast, we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 28km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th century and, although it is not a big temple, it is famous for its detailed and intricate stone carvings. It has been sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’. After visiting Banteay Srei, you have the choice to either continue cycling around and exploring more temples independently or driving back to Siem Reap. Siem Reap town is pleasant to wander around and don’t forget the Night Market for some great souvenir shopping or perhaps a “Dr. Fish” massage. Pub Street (and the surrounding alleys) in the evening, offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars to choose from – so you won’t go hungry (or thirsty) during your three nights in Siem Reap.
In the morning, we will enjoy Tonle Sap Lake, Asia’s largest inland lake also the biggest harvest fresh water fish in the world, which swells to ten times its normal size during the wet season; here you will visit the people living, school, hospital , church, fishing farm, crocodile farm, souvenir shop in the floating village then go ahead to Phnom Penh. We roughly travel around the Tônlé Sap River which flows into the shallow Tônlé Sap Lake, the largest of South East Asia’s lakes. Numerous streams feed the lake and it then drains by the Tônlé Sap River west to the Mekong River. During the wet monsoon season of June to November, thet high waters of the Mekong River reverse the flow of the Tônlé Sap River and increase the size of the lake from about 2,600 to 10,400 square kilometers. As it begins to recede again, the lake’s huge stocks of fish are easily trapped in nets and bamboo traps or simply caught in the branches of trees. Before reaching Phnom Penh, we’ll stop at the town of Skuon, where the local delicacy is fried spiders! In the 1950s and 1960s, Phnom Penh was one of the finest cities in South East Asia. Despite the wide scale destruction that took place after the Khmer Rouge emptied the city in 1975, Phnom Penh still manages to exude some colonial charm from a bygone era. Particularly down on the palm-fringed riverfront where a number of French-era shops and villas still exist and the spires of the Royal Palace pierce the skyline. We will arrive in Phnom Penh around 5pm or 6pm because we have traffic jam in Phnom Penh city.
After breakfast, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh to include the Royal Palace (home to current Cambodian monarch – King Sihamoni) and the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison. Also known as Security Prison 21 (S21), Tuol Sleng Prison is a former high school that was transformed into a detention and interrogation center. An estimated 14,000 to 20,000 Cambodians accused of being traitors were tortured to death or sent to their execution from here.
Continue joining our bus to visit the Russian Market – a good place to look for clothing or sarongs before having the rest of the day exploring Phnom Penh city by ourselves. There’s plenty to see including the temple of Wat Phnom, the National Museum and the French Quarter. There are also ‘bargains galore’ waiting to be picked up at another of the city’s most popular markets – the Central Market is where you will find the cities best gold and silver jeweler merchants.
In the morning, transfer by road to Shihanoukville. Free time at leisure to relax on the beach.
Following breakfast, we have a full day in the saddle. Today’s ride takes us along easy tarmac roads that pass through many rural areas. Cycle through Kampot and view the Damrei Mountains. Kampot is a provincial capital with well-preserved French colonial buildings. Continue to Kep where we spend the night.
After breakfast, we take a visit to the famous crab market before enjoying a 25 kilometres gentle ride across stunning rural areas towards the Ha Tien border crossing, where you will leave your bike in Cambodia and walk across to Vietnam where your new bike awaits. This rural crossing is used mainly by local traders, it makes a pleasant stop while immigration formalities are completed. A short pleasant ride on quite scenic roads introduces you to Ha Tien where we will break for lunch and have an afternoon at leisure to explore the small border town.
After an early morning breakfast, transfer approximately 2 hours to Rach Gia, a laid back fishing village which faces the Gulf of Thailand. The main part of town is on an island connected by road. This area is a stronghold of the Cao Dai faith. We ride on narrow lanes to explore the hidden backwaters of the delta and along canal banks until you reach Can Tho city.
This morning, rise early and get a unique taste of life in the Mekong. Board a local boat and explore the colorful Cai Rang floating market, where many boats laden with fruits, vegetables and fish jostle for trade. Sellers advertise their wares by crying out across the waters or tie their goods to a tall pole attached to their boat so that buyers can see from a distance what is being sold. This memorable experience makes for many excellent photo opportunities. Relax and enjoy the cruise back to the hotel where we will freshen up before we check-out and ride to Vinh Long. Lunch at local restaurant and transfer to Binh Minh where we start riding on tarmac road to Long Ho, we branch off and cycle through quieter countryside roads alongside rice paddies, coconut trees and orchards. Stop along the way for a short break and interact with hospitable locals and then transfer to Cai Be where you spend the night in a local home. The homestay will be an unforgettable experience and will give you a unique insight into the culture of the locals.
Following breakfast, enjoy leisurely cycling from the homestay to visit a local rice paper factory, candy workshop and orchard gardens before your transfer to Saigon. Lunch at local restaurant and then transfer to the hotel for check in and enjoy a half day city tour.
Saigon is the country’s commercial center and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, its a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Enjoy a city tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel. Continue with a visit to the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, drive to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the eyes of the locals (Please note that some of the photos are very graphic).
In the evening, transfer from your hotel to the restaurant for your farewell dinner.
After breakfast, free time at leisure until we transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.