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Cycling Saigon to Angkor Wat Challenge

12 Days / 11 Nights
, Cambodia

Overview

Follow the Mekong River upstream to the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. Peddle down small lanes, take local ferries, and cycle over small bridges through the maze of rice paddies, fruit orchards, and small villages that make up the Mekong Delta. Explore the ancient temples and rural villages of Cambodia, gateways, and walls that was once a thriving metropolis of its time.

Trip Highlights

Cycling Saigon to Angkor Wat Challenge

Discover the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat

Follow the Mekong River upstream travel by land and water to the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. 

Paddle and Peddle the Mekong Delta

Take local ferries, paddle small riverways and cycle through local villages with spectacular and changing landscapes of the Mekong Delta. 

Learn about the history of the Khmer Empire

Explore the ancient temples that was once the reigning and thriving metropolis of its time. 

Itinerary

1

Arrive in Saigon

Transfer : 30 mins

Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After a trip briefing and bike fitting, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of the city's best restaurants.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

2

Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Tra Vinh

Transfer : 2 hours

After breakfast, transfer by road to my Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta and the start of your cycling journey. Travel through the heart of the delta along narrow paths, past fields of sugar cane, fruit plantations, and lush green rice paddy fields. Enjoy watching the activities of the locals and soaking in the atmosphere as you pedal along the waterways to Tra Vinh.
Overnight in Tra Vinh.

3

Tra Vinh – Can Tho

Transfer : 1 hour

After a tasty breakfast we head off along roads lined with Khmer temples and fascinating river scenes all the way to Can Tho. Stop along the way to rest your legs and visit peaceful temples, observe the local farmers, and visit a local school to spend time with the students. The journey is flat and picturesque through this part of the delta.
Overnight in Can Tho.

4

Can Tho – Chau Doc

Transfer : 2 hours

After an early breakfast we set off by boat to the Cai Rang – Phong Dien floating market, seeing a multitude of boats trading livestock, fruits, rice and fish. Cruising amongst the action is a great way to experience the local life.

Your last day of cycling in Vietnam's Mekong Delta takes you through different scenery as you head southwest toward Cambodia. The roads have a slight undulation and mountains begin to appear in the far distance. As you approach the town of Chau Doc, veer off toward Sam Mountain where a steep climb will reward you with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Coast back down the mountain and return to Chau Doc in time for dinner.

Overnight in Chau Doc

5

Chau Doc – Xa Xia – Kep

Transfer : 1 hour

After breakfast, we start to ride from the hotel ascending Sam Mountain alongside with dozens of pagodas and temples the magnificent view of Cambodia is just a few kilometers away. We also visit the Tay An pagoda; the eclectic iconography alludes to the religious history of the region with Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist aspects. After Sam Mountain, we say good bye to Chau Doc and continue riding to Xa Xia border. Your bike will remain in Vietnam as you walk across the border.

Once across the border, your new team will be ready to greet you with your new bikes. and give you a warm welcome to Cambodia.

Our ride in Cambodia starts with an amazing rural ride from the border to Kep. Kep is a small beach resort with much colonial charm tucked away from the beach. On our ride today we will see many farmers looking at you curiously from under their rice hats and children shouting hello to us.

Upon arrival in Kep we check in at the resort and take the rest of the day off.

Overnight in Kep

6

Kep – Sihanoukville

Transfer from the finish point to Sihanoukvill : 1 hour

We depart today for 85km ride to Cambodia’s premier beach resort, Sihanoukville. This ride is beautiful and all over good tarmac roads. As we cycle, we’ll catch glimpses of the Gulf of Thailand here and there.

This very quiet and relaxing ride passes by Kampot and its Damrei Mountains (or Elephant Hills). On top of these hills is Bokor Hill Station which is visible from the road. These mountains form a perfect back drop of today’s ride. In Kampot we enjoy a short cycle or walk through this provincial capital with its many well preserved French colonial buildings. We cycle onwards through the paddy fields towards Veal Rinh. There we can chose to transfer or cycle the additional 40km over the 7 hills of Sihanoukville.

7

Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh

Transfer from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh: 4 hours

After breakfast we are free to enjoy a morning at the beach. After lunch at 2PM we start our transfer to Cambodia’s capital; Phnom Penh, which was once considered the most beautiful city in the orient. The remains of many colonial buildings are still present in the city.

Phnom Penh has several world famous landmarks to visit, which mostly relate to Cambodia's turbulent past. We check into our hotel and are free to fill in dinner.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

8

Phnom Penh City Tour

Transfer from Killing fields to restaurant : 30 mins

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning we will visit the Tuol Sleng Prison (S21) an extermination camp for political prisoners during the terror reign of the Khmer Rouge and Killing Fields to learn about Cambodia's turbulent past under the Khmer Rouges regime. After that we’ll transfer you to have lunch at Cabaret Restaurant.

After lunch, you’ll start our city tour. First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Your next stop is the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

Return to your hotel, where you will have some time at leisure. Tonight, you will be treated to a delicious Khmer welcome dinner at Romdeng, a lovely charity restaurant where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. The restaurant is located in a restored colonial building with an atmospheric garden right in the city centre.

Overnight in Phnom Penh,

9

Phnom Penh - Oudong - Kampong Thom

Transfer from Phav to hotel : 2 hours

Today we start by taking the back roads out of the modern capital of Cambodia – Phnom Penh for about 45 km to the town Oudong where we branch off towards Phnom Prah Reach or Oudong Mountain, once the capital of Cambodia. The 400-plus steps to the top will get the legs working overtime, but the view is worth it!  This ride gives us a chance to see rural Cambodia - stilted houses, rice paddies, ox carts, waving children and of course the friendly Khmer people. There are plenty of opportunities to shoot pictures along beautiful stretches of the Tonle Sap River. We’ll stop for lunch along the way. Afterward we’ll make our best speed where we will finish for today and then transfer to Kampong Thom

10

Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

Transfer from hotel to Domdek : 2 hours

We start the day 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 our visit we will avoid to some of the poorer roads in Siem Reap province by transferring 85km for about 2hours to an ancient bridge at Kampong Kdei, one of the best examples of the remaining 800 year old bridges in Cambodia.

 

After that will continue to the small town of Damdek, where we will offload the bikes and begin cycling toward Siem Reap for 65km.

Overnight at Siem Reap

11

Siem Reap – Angkor Complex

Transfer from hotel to ride point : 20mins

This morning we start our bike ride to the entrance of Angkor Wat and head to Ta Prohm, famous from the film Tomb Raider, and deliberately left by French conservationists in the same condition as it was discovered; overgrown by strangler fig and silk-cotton trees, giving the temple a mystical and romantic appeal. We continue to Angkor Thom, Bayon temple and the Terrace of the Elephants. We enjoy lunch at the Angkor Café before we explore 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 and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign.

After our visit to these magnificent temples we cycle back the 7 km to Siem Reap.

Overnight at Siem Reap

12

Siem Reap – Departure

Transfer to the airport : 20 mins

Enjoy the day at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your individual departure flight

Important Information

Our services include

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • 1 ExoAdventure Certified English Speaking Guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 8-15 cyclist, 2 assistant guides for 16+ cyclists
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations

Our services don’t include

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides

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