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Ho Chi Minh - Angkor Wat Cycle Tour
(14 days/ 13 nights)

Transport: Car / Flight / Cycle
Hotel: Hotels
Region: Outbound
Itinerary: Ho Chi Minh arrival - Cu Chi tunnels - Mekong delta - Vinh Long - Chau Doc - Kampot - Sihanouville - Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Siem Reap departure
Price: Contact us below for details

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Day 01: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) arrival

Arrive in Saigon where you are transferred to our centrally located hotel. Free at your leisure to explore the city by yourself. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals included: None

 

Day 02: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels

This morning we drive to the outskirts of Saigon and the town of Hoc Mon where we hop on our bicycles for the first time to test our legs and get a feel for the bikes; riding approx 30km through rural countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is also name of the district which hides an extensive underground network (approximately 200 kilometers) of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon. The 1968 Tet Offensive was launched from Cu Chi with surprising effect. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow tourists to get a feel for what the life underground must have been like. We arrive mid-afternoon back in Saigon. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 03: Saigon to Vinh Long (Mekong delta homestay)

We drive south today away from the heat, hustle and bustle of Saigon and into a more peaceful part of Vietnam known as the Mekong Delta. We begin our cycling at the small riverside town of My Tho and ride approx 40km in total mostly following the Mekong River to Cai Lay. From Cai Lay we dismount the bikes and drive by bus to Cai Be where we board our boat for the scenic trip through Mekong River tributaries to our Mekong Delta homestay. En route to our homestay we stop to see various local family-run industries where such products as popped rice, coconut candy & rice paper are made. We arrive on an island near Vinh Long, where we stay overnight in a small house situated on the waterways and surrounded by fruit gardens. The facilities here are basic, with everyone sleeping on camp style beds but the experience is unique in that it offers us a chance to live the way the local people do (for one night at least!). All bedding is provided including mosquito nets. For dinner tonight your host family will cook you up a feast to include the famous delta specialty - Elephant Ear Fish.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 04: Vinh Long to Chau Doc

We usually rise early with the host family (and their early rising farmyard animals) and after breakfast we catch a boat across the Mekong River to Vinh Long. There are a number of cycling routes we can choose today and your tour leader will select the most appropriate one taking into account weather and road conditions. Whatever route you take today it will involve cycling approx 50km along quiet rural roads which run parallel to the many rivers, canals and tributaries that make up the Mekong Delta. You will spend tonight at a hotel in Chau Doc - a quiet town situated on the Mekong River and close to the Cambodian border. Overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 05: Chau Doc to Kampot

This morning we cycle directly from the hotel (approx 20km) past Sam Mountain to the Vietnam (Tinh Bien) / Cambodia (Phnom Den) border. Once across the border we meet our Cambodian leader and continue cycling for another 50km along flat, recently paved & upgraded road to Takeo. At Takeo we will board our bus for the drive along National Highway 3 to Kampot - a quiet riverside with a rich French architectural heritage. A nice way to finish the day is watching sunset with your preferred beverage along the Kampot River. Stay overnight at hotel in Kampot.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 06: Kampot to Sihanoukville

Again we cycle directly from our hotel approx 50km - this time along National Highway 3. At approx 8km after we’ve crossed the Kampot Bridge you will have views on your right of the imposing escarpment of Bokor National Park – a former summer escape for French colonials and later a refuge for Khmer Rouge soldiers. However, for most of the cycle this morning we stay close to the coast passing fishing villages. At Veal Renh, the intersection where National Highway 3 meets National Highway 4, we board our bus for the drive to Sihanoukville. Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s leading beach resort - named in honor of the former King of Cambodia (and father of the current king) - and also the country’s only deep water port. Our hotel is located a short walk to Occheauteal Beach - considered to be the best beach in Sihanoukville with numerous beachside bars & restaurants open all hours of the day and night. This is a good place to enjoy a bit of a ‘sea change’ before heading north. Overnight at hotel in Sihanouville.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 07: Sihanoukville

For those can drag themselves away from Occheauteal Beach your tour leader will today take you on a ride approx 25km around the Sihanoukville peninsula with the chance to stop (and maybe swim) at Sokha Beach, Independence Beach and / or Victory Beach. From Victory Hill you can cycle into town and maybe visit the local market before heading back for another well earned swim at your hotel swimming pool. Overnight in Sihanouville.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 08: Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh

This morning we leave the beach behind and drive approx 3.5 hours along National Highway 4 to Phnom Penh. This afternoon we cycle approx 15km south of Phnom Penh to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Here you will gain an insight into the horrors and atrocities that occurred during the Pol Pot era. This would not be considered a pleasant excursion but one that is an integral part of any visit to Cambodia. If you would prefer not to visit this site please inform your tour leader and he will advise you of alternate sightseeing options. From Choeung Ek you will cycle back to your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 09: Phnom Penh

Today is a rest day from cycling but we still include a city tour by bus to introduce you to the sights of Phnom Penh, a city that lies near the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap Rivers. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are home to King Sihamoni and his family and are therefore closed to the public; however, we are able to visit the Silver Pagoda which is located inside the palace complex and is considered the most sacred temple in the country - and was previously spared from destruction by the Khmer Rouge. Wat Phnom is the temple which gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th century and we’ll also visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum before finishing our tour at the Russian Market. Stay overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 10: Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham

This morning we drive north approx 1.5 hours along National Highway 6 to the town of Skuon, famous for it’s local delicacy - fried spiders! After sampling some of this delicious cuisine (or not) we jump in the saddle once again for the cycle approx 45km along National Highway 7 to Kampong Cham. Just before Kampong Cham is Phnom Pros (Man Hill) & Phnom Srei (Woman Hill) where we can stop for a cool drink before the final leg into Kampong Cham - a relatively quiet provincial town located on the Mekong River and, not unlike Kampot, blessed with the remnants of buildings from a former French era.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 11: Kampong Cham to Siem Reap

This morning we’re back on our bikes once again riding approx 50km north on the quiet National Road 71 to the small town of Baray, where we once again meet National Highway 6 and drive to Siem Reap. The relatively quiet (although rapidly developing) town of Siem Reap is our base for 3 nights and is the best place from which to visit the world-famous temples of the ancient city of Angkor - home to the powerful Khmer Empire that held sway from 802 AD to 1350 AD. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 12: Siem Reap

We spend a full day cycling around & visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided tour. Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. The impressive Bayon temple is the centerpiece of all this. Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure. It is the only one of Angkor's temples with its entrance facing to the west (the others face east), the reason being that it was constructed as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and a westerly countenance was seen to represent a sunset. Ta Prohm temple is an incredible sight, with large trees embedding themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 13: Siem Reap

Today we spend more time exploring Angkor ruins in this memorable archaeological area. It is an early morning start as we cycle out to Banteay Srei (approx 30km each way), famous for its detailed and intricate stone carvings. It is not a big temple, but has been sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’. Back at the main temple complex, Preah Khan contains a maze of vaulted corridors and is another complex that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle. Tonight we celebrate the end of an amazing cycling journey with dinner in a local restaurant and perhaps a few quiet drinks along ‘Pub Street’. Stay overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 14: Siem Reap departure

After breakfast at hotel, free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight to your home. End of services.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

Services Inclusions

Services Exclusions

Home stay and hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

Private transfers and transportation with A/C on tour

Sightseeing and Entrance fees

English speaking guides

All meals list in the itinerary

Mineral water per pax per day

Biking equipment

Vietnam and Cambodia visas

Travel insurance

Other meals and drinks not mentioned

All international flights to Ho Chi Minh and from Siem Reap and airport taxes

Excess or overweight baggage

Other personal expenses

Tipping/gratuities for local guides

Single room supplement

All optional programs


RESERVATION

Contact to

Company: Asiana Travel (Asiana Corp. Vietnam)
Address: No. 159 Phuong Mai Street, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Tel: (84-4) 3573 6748 / 49 Fax: (84-4) 3573 6750
Email: info@asianatravel.com.vn
Website: www.asianatravel.com.vn
 
 

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