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CYCLE BANGKOK TO SAIGON

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Kim Nguyen

INDOTREK

Indotrek offers a wide selection of adventure travel options in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand.

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CYCLE BANGKOK TO SAIGON

This route encapsulates all that is great about the region. You will pass from one vibrant and bustling city to the next pedaling through one palm fringed village after the next greeting friendly locals along the way. Each country is bursting with new adventures and each is distinctly different with their own characteristics. On the way you take in some spectacular sights such as the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor and the majestic Mekong River Delta before finishing up in historic Saigon.

DAY 1

BANGKOK - KHAO YAI

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. Meal: Breakfast, Dinner Read more

Khao Yai
DAY 2

KHAO YAI - PRACHINBURI

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. Cycling distance: 50 Km Difficulty: Moderate Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

PRACHINBURI
DAY 3

PRACHINBURI - SA KAEW

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. Cycling distance: 50 Km Difficulty: Moderate Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

Sa Kaew
DAY 4

SA KAEW - ARANYAPRATHET

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. Cycling distance: 45 Km Difficulty: Moderate Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

Aranyaprathet
DAY 5

TRANSFER TO SIEM REAP

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. Cycling distance: 30 km Difficulty: Moderate Meal: Breakfast, Lunch Read more

Siem Reap
DAY 6

SIEM REAP ANGKOR TEMPLES

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. Read more

Siem Reap
DAY 7

CYCLE TO BANTEAY SREI

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. Cycled distance: Approx. 30 km Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Read more

Siem Reap
DAY 8

SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH

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. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Read more

Phnom Penh
DAY 9

PHNOM PENH

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. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

Phnom Penh
DAY 10

PHNOM PENH - SIHANOUKVILLE

In the morning, transfer by road to Shihanoukville. Free time at leisure to relax on the beach.

Sihanoukville
DAY 11

SIHANOUKVILLE - KEP

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. Cycling distance: Approx. 50km Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

Kep
DAY 12

KEP - HA TIEN (Vietnam)

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. Cycling distance: Approx. 40 kilometres Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

Ha Tien
DAY 13

HA TIEN - CAN THO

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. Cycling distance: Approx. 60 kilometres Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

Can Tho
DAY 14

CAN THO - CAI BE

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. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Distance Cycled: 15 Kilometres Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner Read more

Cai Be
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DAY 15

CAI BE - SAI GON

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. Cycling distance: 25 kilometres Difficulty: Moderate Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Read more

Saigon
DAY 16

SAIGON DEPARTURE

After breakfast, free time at leisure until we transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location KHAO YAI
Hotel THANYAPAK RESORT
Day 2
Location PRACHINBURI
Hotel SUAN NONG NUT RESORT
Day 3
Location SA KAEW
Hotel RIVER RESORT & SPA
Day 4
Location ARANYAPRATHET
Hotel INDOCHINA
Day 5
Location SIEM REAP
Hotel TANEI BOUTIQUE VILLA
Day 6
Location SIEM REAP
Day 9
Location PHNOM PENH
Day 10
Location SIHANOUK VILLE
Hotel GOOD TIME RESORT
Day 11
Location KEP
Day 12
Location HA TIEN
Day 13
Location CAN THO
Hotel WEST HOTEL
Day 14
Location VINH LONG
Hotel HOMESTAY
Day 16
Location SAIGON
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Khao Yai
Hotel Thanyapak Resort
Day 2
Location Prachinburi
Hotel Suan Nong Nut Resort
Day 3
Location Sa Kaew
Hotel River Resort & Spa
Day 4
Location Aranyaprathet
Hotel Indochina hotel
Day 5
Location Siem Reap
Day 8
Location Phnom Penh
Day 10
Location Sihanouk Ville
Day 11
Location Kep
Day 12
Location Ha Tien
Day 13
Location Can Tho
Hotel Irish hotel
Day 14
Location Cai Be
Hotel Homestay
Day 15
Location Saigon
Hotel Vien Dong

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Experienced English speaking guide (Different guide in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam)
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for transfer.
  • Truck support from 5 pax up
  • Biking mechanic from 7 pax up
  • Bicycle rental and helmet for cycling days.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Healthy snack, fresh local fruits and drink for biking days.
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in twin shared room in hotel with daily breakfast.
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Package excludes

  • International flight to/from Bangkok and Saigon
  • Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam visa
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home.
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters. We recommend 5 USD/person/day for guide, 3 USD/person/day for driver and 3 USD/person/hotel when you check in/out. This is for guidance only.
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks.
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

More information

  • Hotels and services in the itinerary are proposed for your review only. We will book services once we receive your official booking requirement and payment. Booking status will be advised afterward. In case we cannot book hotel as we initially proposed due to their unavailability, we will choose the similar hotels at same category and discuss with you for final approval.
  • Hotel check out is normally 12:00pm but sometimes earlier. Check in is after 14.00. Early check in and late checkout is subject to availability only.
  • Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed in the proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes made as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to flight schedules or other operational factors.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Chris Eckett, United States

Went on a day cycle trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, opting for something different rather than the run-of-the-mill coach tours from central Saigon. This tour left the city in a premium van and stopped on the outskirts of the city in a lovely village setting, and we rode all the way to the tunnels, stopping at various scenic points along the way. A fab lunch was served for us after visiting the tunnels too. Awesome operator and a great day out! Recommended! Read more

Deborah, United Kingdom

When I booked this I couldn't find much on the internet about Indotrek. However, their service was so fantastic during the inquiry/booking process that I went for it anyway. We were a group of 4, different level of cycling skills. The whole trip was excellent. From the start, Kim and Richard in the office gave us a wonderful service. Emails were replied to quickly and spot on. All the pre-travel arrangements were excellent. On arrival, we were met by our guide, Thang, who stayed with us up to Hue. Our driver was excellent. Both friendly and knowledgeable. We could cycle as much or little as we wanted each day which was great for our different skill levels. Hotels, on the whole, were better than we expected. From Hue we flew to Hanoi and finished the trip with an overnight on a boat in Ha Long Bay - that is a must do! Overall, brilliant service, brilliant value for money. Read more

Jenny, Spain

Just back from a trip organised by Indotrek. We cycled South to North Vietnam. From start to finish Indotrek provided an excellent service. Prompt reply to emails, good information. The guides and drivers were great - the guides spoke good English. We had some wonderful days cycling off the beaten track. Just what we wanted. We were not interested in just main roads and high mileage. The trip they organized for us was perfect - we did what we wanted and saw some lovely villages and had great interaction with local people. Hotels were on the whole better than we expected. Value for money was excellent. Definitely, would recommend this company. Read more

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