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A cycle tour is undoubtedly the best way to really connect with a country, its people, to experience the tempo of village life, and escape the well trodden tourist trail. This Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh ...

A cycle tour is undoubtedly the best way to really connect with a country, its people, to experience the tempo of village life, and escape the well trodden tourist trail. This Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) cycle tour is fully supported and fully guided, and it keeps you away from the main roads which many similar tours follow. Your cycle tour of Thailand begins by hugging the coast and passing some beautiful beaches, before heading inland towards the Cardamom Mountains. You cross into Cambodia at a remote border crossing and follow dirt roads to laidback Battambang. After a relaxing cruise passing fascinating floating villages you arrive in Siem Reap and discover the spectacular ancient Angkor temples of the mighty Khmer Empire. After resting in charming Phnom Penh, you head south passing endless rice paddies, and taking breaks in everyday villages, before reaching quiet colonial coastal towns. After another remote border crossing you are in Vietnam where you explore the fascinating and wonderful watery world and traditional lifestyles of the Mekong Delta, before finally arriving back into the hustle and bustle of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). For anyone wanting to discover the real Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, this is the tour for you!

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  • Cycling from Bangkok to Saigon 15DaysA cycle tour is undoubtedly the best way to really connect with a country, its people, to experience the tempoof village life, and escape the well trodden tourist trail. This Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) cycle tour isfully supported and fully guided, and it keeps you away from the main roads which many similar tours follow.Your cycle tour of Thailand begins by hugging the coast and passing some beautiful beaches, beforeheading inland towards the Cardamom Mountains. You cross into Cambodia at a remote border crossing andfollow dirt roads to laidback Battambang. After a relaxing cruise passing fascinating floating villages youarrive in Siem Reap and discover the spectacular ancient Angkor temples of the mighty Khmer Empire. Afterresting in charming Phnom Penh, you head south passing endless rice paddies, and taking breaks ineveryday villages, before reaching quiet colonial coastal towns. After another remote border crossing youare in Vietnam where you explore the fascinating and wonderful watery world and traditional lifestyles of theMekong Delta, before finally arriving back into the hustle and bustle of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City (formerlySaigon). For anyone wanting to discover the real Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, this is the tour for you!Day 1: Bangkok-Rayong (Cycling 50km)Day 2: Rayong-Chantaburi (Cycling 60km)Day 3: Chantaburi-Pailin (Cycling 47km)Day 4: Pailin-Battambang (85km)Day 5: Battambang-Siem Reap (18km)Day 6: Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (25km by bicycle)Day 7: Banteay Srei and River of Thousand Lingas (90km)Day 8: Siem Reap-Phnom Penh (18km)DAY 9: PHNOM PENH (35 km)DAY 10: PHNOM PENH - TAKEO (67km)DAY 11: Takeo-Chau Doc (78km)Day 12: Chau Doc - Longxuyen (50km+cycling)Day 13: Longxuyen-Cantho (90km+cycling)Day 14: Cantho - Travinh (80km+cycling)Day 15: Travinh - Mytho - Ho Chi Minh (50km+ cycling)Detail ItineraryDay 1: Bangkok-Rayong (Cycling 50km)Meet with our guide to brief on the tour and check the bike. Then transfer to Pattaya. It usedto be US marine base, now boom with night life activities. Start cycling by taking coastlineroad by the sea around 50km. Stop for lunch. Late afternoon, we arrive in Rayong. Dinner atlocal restaurant. Overnight in Rayong at the beach hotel. (L,D)Day 2: Rayong-Chantaburi (Cycling 60km)Breakfast at the hotel. Start biking to mangrove study center around 60km. On the way westop and pay visits and talk to local people, see how they earn their livings. At the mangrove,we can walk around and visit one of the most successful forest restoration project of Thailand.Then check in and spend the night in Chantaburi. Dinner at local restaurant. (B,L,D)Day 3: Chantaburi-Pailin (Cycling 47km)Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Pongnamron and start cycling to the border 27km. Afterthe immigration, lunch at local restaurant. Then cycling 20km to the Pailin town located onthe foothills of the scenic Cardamom mountains. Pailin used to be Khmer Rouge Strong-holdsurvived by trading gem stones. Until 1998, Khmer Rouge has demobilized their forces into
  • the government army, then the town had got completely peace. The town is now home tosome of the former Khmer Rouge leaders who are - now in jail awaiting for internationaltribunal. After cycling on the dirt red bumpy road, we arrive in the small dusty town of Pailin.View sunset at Phnom Yat to overlook Pailin. This temple of on Phnom Yat hill is more for KulaMuslim minority who earn their living with gem stone business. The Muslim minority made up5% of the whole population in Cambodia. Return back to the hotel for shower and welcomedinner. Overnight in Pailin.Day 4: Pailin-Battambang (85km)Breakfast at the hotel. Fill the water and briefing on the road condition and water stop. Afterthe town, there are a few climbs and then down hill. Watch for large potholes, and cows mightbe crossing the road with the string so there might a trap. We cycle along this Cadarmommountain range passing the rice field and we wont be tired as the kids like to say hello andwaving from their houses. Recently, the road from Pailin to Battambang has been improved.We stop for water, snack and drink under a big shad of a tree. Then continue cycling another20km before stopping for lunch in Sneung overlooked a nearby a temple near the road. A littlerest on the mat would be good. After lunch we cycle another 20km to Phnom Sampov,overlook the hilltop pagoda and the cave. Just 15km to Battambang, we do a bit of transferas to avoid the busy traffic in town. Battambang used to be second biggest city but nowbecome a relaxed town where Siem Reap is getting more boom. Situated on the bank ofSangker River, Battambang has many French colonial building and traditional Cambodianhouse. It is worth to take the Bamboo train as the local railway is running only twice a weekfor passenger train and cargo train is running more often. So local people enjoy taking morebamboo train. Overnight in Battambang. (B,L,D)Day 5: Battambang-Siem Reap (18km)An early breakfast before cycling for 15 minutes to board on the boat to Siem Reap. The boathas toilet and life jacket and takes about 6 - 7 hours. It is one of the best boat trip in Cambodiato cross the Sangker river viewing the fishermen and all their activities on the river. Thencrossing Tonle Sap lake (South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake). It is the main reserve forwater when the Mekong is flooded, without the lake, Cambodia will be flooded every year. Inrainy season, the water reaches 10,000 square Km when it is only 5,000 square Km in dryseason. The lake is as important as for the human-being and the fish, birds and other wildanimals. One hour before reaching the dock, the boat passes Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary homeand breeding area for some thousands of water birds.After crossing Tonle Sap lake, we arrive at Chong Kneas floating village. The village combinesof Cambodian, Muslim and Vietnamese and they move up and down depends on the season.All the houses are floating with support of the bamboo. After arrival at the dock, get off andprepare to ride bicycle 15km to our hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.Day 6: Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (25km by bicycle)Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cyclingthrough the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you willbegin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced bythe roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). Itwas built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. Whileclearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in placeto serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples.Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above thetemples. Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda,Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King,
  • Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodias great king, Jayavarman VII. Overnight inSiem Reap. (B,L,D)Day 7: Banteay Srei and River of Thousand Lingas (90km)Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west.Continue to cycle 2km before turn right to the rural road. The road is good for cycling as youcan avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Sreibefore lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as women citadel (built in 967A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some of temple are impressive because of their sheer size,Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Its pink sandstonewalls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and still an excellent stateof preservation.Continue cycling to visit Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas, lying under the river bed,people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows to Siem Reap.Walk 1,200meters to visit the Lingas and enjoy lunch and the water fall. On the way back,cycle on the main road to visit Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira. Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearingthe Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirelyon visitors donation to fund his work. Overnight in Siem Reap.Day 8: Siem Reap-Phnom Penh (18km)Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to board speedboat to Phnom Penh. This boat trip takes 6hours; the boat has life jacket and toilet. It is one of the best boat trip to cross Tonle Saplake, one of the biggest fresh water lake in South-East Asia. When the boat leaves the dock,immediately you will be able to view the picturesque floating village. This community compriseof Cambodian, Vietnamese and Muslim minorities. The market, gas station and school are alsofloating. They move up and down depends on the season. In rainy season, Tonle Sap lakereaches 10,000 squre Km, but in dry season its got only 5,000 squre Km. Arrive in PhnomPenh port, afternoon visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Overnight inPhnom Penh. (B,L,D)DAY 9: PHNOM PENH (35 km)Breakfast at the hotel. Today be guided through this bustling city to explore the main sightsby bike, including Wat Phnom and Cheung Ek killing field. Phnom Penh has got more than 1million population and the traffic has become very busy now. There is another option to visitthe city by van. In the afternoon, visit the Independence Monument, Tuol Sleng Museum andRussian Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)DAY 10: PHNOM PENH - TAKEO (67km)After breakfast. Transfer 15km out of the busy traffic in Phnom Penh. Begin to cycle to visitTa Phrom and Yeary Pov temples (12 century). Take a break for water and snack beforeheading to Phnom Chisor to visit the hill top 11th century temple. Enjoy packed lunch overlookthe scenery of the countryside. Afternoon, cycle to Takeo passing Ta Moks house, the formergeneral commander of the Khmer Rouge. Takeo is a less visited town with much relation tothe past history. Board on the boat for sunset to Phnom Da to visit the hill top temple formerthe capital of Khmer Empire in the early century known as Funan. Overnight in MittapheapGuesthouse. (B,L,D)DAY 11: Takeo-Chau Doc (78km)Early breakfast. Fill in water and check visa for Vietnam one more time as Vietnam visa hasto be done in advance. Cycle 53km to Phnom Den border crossing point. Take a break in halfway for water stop. After immigration, say goodbye to our Cambodian driver. Lunch at thelocal restaurant at the border. After lunch, cycle to discover along the Mekong Delta road into
  • the beautiful green countryside. Along the way you will see rice fields and water buffalosnearby the road. Arrive in Chau Doc, those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain forsunset! Dinner and overnight in Chau Doc. (B,L,D)Day 12: Chau Doc - Longxuyen (50km+cycling)After breakfast, we leave for the floating houses on upper Mekong river by boat where we cansee plenty of catfishes, red snappers… breeding under right their houses. What is an amazinglife! Then keep boating to visit the Cham village with about 12.000 people who those areweaving sarongs, hats…by hands as keeping their ancestral tradition. Walk to the mosquesthat Muslims pray and teach Cham kids in Arabic for a while. Then we start cycling alongincredible country roads from Chau Doc to Bachuc along the border, or re-trace back to triton(depending on road conditions). The cycling starts to gently undulate and mountains begin toloom as you ride out off Chau Doc. The presence of Thnot trees indicates the growing proximityto Cambodia and the local people speak Vietnamese as their second lanaguge. This afternoon,you will cycle to the killing fields of Vietnam at Bachuc, where Polpot’s regime massacred over3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. Our final cycling to Longxuyen, the scenery is completely different.Overnight in Longxuyen. (B,L,D)Day 13: Longxuyen-Cantho (90km+cycling)Today’s ride is split into two sections and is a contrast to the previous day’s ride. After a veryearly breakfast, the ride start with a short transfer and a ferry crossing. From the upstream,you will cycle on a tiny road. You will continue by bike along narrow lane to the main road,where we transfer along highway to Cantho for lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a boattrip to the famous Cairang floating market before riding on a narrow paved road market toPhong Dien. The route waves through the afternoon market bustling along the banks of thevery busy river. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconutshredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets. Overnight in localhotel in Cantho. (B,L,D)Day 14: Cantho - Travinh (80km+cycling)After breakfast, there will be time to explore side tracks and trails as the cycling distancetoday is not far. This gives a great first impression of the “heart of Mekong”. We take firstshort boat trip to Vinh Long, one of the famous fruits town in Mekong. Then you bike alongnarrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails. This biking is at its most glorious-throughtiny orchards, witness colorful life along the riverside, pedal pass picturesque delta homes,pause to chart with welcoming villagers, clack across innumerable wooden bridges. Crossnarrow canals on a local sampan, before finishing at the main ferry for a refreshing boat tripsacross the expansive Co Chien River. Ride final few km to the very pretty Khmer town ofTravinh. Overnight home stay in Travinh. (B,L,D)Day 15: Travinh - Mytho - Ho Chi Minh (50km+ cycling)After breakfast, start with a section of biking cuts off road onto gravel and dirt lanes, andweaves around hamlets, across water channels, and through quiet dense vegetation. Thismakes for superb biking after a ferry across the graping expanse of Cochien river fromTravinh, the pretty tree lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer. Then anothersection of crossing rivers and canals by numerous, ubiquitous, fascinating ferries, we bikethrough the route takes us through narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations, fieldsof sugar cane, through the lush green landscape of the delta. The ride lead us right into theheart of the rural Mekong before arriving at Mytho – the gateway of the Mekong delta to endour cycling trip. From Mytho, we transfer a couple of hours to Ho Chi Minh City to avoid thebusy traffic. TOUR ENDS.TOUR INFORMATION
  • Total Distance: 808 kmNumber of cycling days: 14 daysRoad Surface: This tour follows asphalt roads, and one dirt road passing the countryside andthe rice field. The back road along the river and village is small but good enough for cycling,less busy. A little bit sandy, narrow road, tiny lane, rural road along river side.More: http://www.asiantrailtours.com/package-tours/indochina-cycling-from-thailand/12167/cycling-from-bangkok-to-saigon-15days