Road Bike Tour in Vietnam > Cambodia > Thailand
Saigon to Bangkok ROAD BIKE
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
In 2015, we have organized this road bike trip for a group of road bike cyclists from Europe. The trip started in Saigon with the visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, cycle to Cambodia crossing the land border. Visit the bustling capital of Phnom Penh and the ancient Angkor temples, taking the boat trip on Tonle Sap lake, then cycle to Thailand via Pailin. Follow the coastline road and finish in Bangkok.
Visiting Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand on bicycle is really a great experience where you will see the differences. Entering to the former Khmer Rouge stronghold in Pailin reminds the past bad experience of Cambodia and seeing the change they have now and the Angkor historical complex on the back road and the REAL Thailand on bike.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh-Cu Chi Tunnels-Svay Rieng (84km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning at 07h00am, we transfer to Cu Chi tunnel to avoid the busy part of Ho Chi Minh City. We visit the tunnels site, one of the most famous tunnels in the world dug by Vietnamese during American war. After the visit, we cycle 42km to the border. We cross the border. Our support staff will help to do VIP immigration so that it will help to do the border crossing faster. In the afternoon, we cycle another 42km to Svay Rieng. Dinner and overnight in Svay Rieng.
Day 2: Svay Rieng – Phnom Penh (100km)
Today, we cycle from Svay Rieng to Phnom Penh. Our road is a bit busy as we cycle on the road passing Neak Loeng, the new bridge over the Mekong River built by Japanese. There is not much to see along this route. We transfer the last 25/30km to avoid the busy traffic. We check in our hotel and enjoy the swimming at the pool. Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia founded by King Ponhea Yat back in 15th century with population over 3 millions. Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 3: Phnom Penh City Tour (no cycling)
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour to visit Cheung Ek Killing Field, Toul Sleng genocide museum. Afternoon visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh-Kampong Cham (115km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we cycle to Kampong Cham province. We start our cycling from the bridge at Prek Tamaek, then we cycle to Ou Rang Ov. We arrive at our hotel in Kampong Cham to enjoy the swimming pool. Kampong Cham is the 3rd biggest province in Cambodia and has a lot of rubber plantation and other farming. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Cham.
Day 5: Kampong Cham – Kampong Thom (96km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is one of our best cycling route to follow the Mekong River. All the children will come out from their home to say ‘hello’ and you can say “Sour Sdey” in Cambodian. We cycle up Han Chey hill to get the view of the Mekong River and then cycle pass a Muslim community along the Mekong River. Afternoon, we cycle pass some rubber plantation and then finish our cycling at Kampong Thmor. We transfer the last 40km on the busy road to Kampong Thom. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Thom.
Day 6: Kampong Thom – Siem Reap (100km)
Today we transfer to Kampong Kdei and visit the Naga ancient bridge and start our cycling to Phum Ko Koh and turn right to small road passing Wat Ta Yaek and Samrong. Then we turn right and cycle on tarmac road before heading left to follow the Kulen mountain. In the afternoon, we cycle to our hotel in Siem Reap. The home of many ancient temples. Enjoy the swimming and relax at the pool. Dinner and overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7: Cycling Small Circuit (30km)
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to 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 the temples. 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 (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodia's great king, Jayavarman VII. An eight-meter high wall encloses this ten square kilometre city, which is encircled by a moat. The famous Bayon, in the geographical heart of Angkor Thom, is a remarkable 54 tower temple. Initially the temple appears to be a shapeless mass of grey and brown stone, but it is only as you get closer that you realize every tower has the carved face of Avalokiteshvara on it. After the visit, cycle to Angkor Wat to finish the small circuit. Stop at South Gate of Angkor Thom for taking photo. Access via a causeway over the moat that are flanked by statues of Gods on the left and devils on the right. Then visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. Angkor Wat is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in the form of massive 'temple mountain' dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. Overnight in Siem Reap. Meals include: Breakfast and dinner.
Day 8: Siem Reap - Battambang (by boat)
Early breakfast and transfer to take the boat to Battambang. The boat has toilet and will take about 6 hours. From February to April it will take up to 8 hours due to low water. After the boat leave the dock, it will go through the floating village and passing Prek Toal bird sanctuary. Upon arrival check in at the hotel and take the local experience of Bamboo train. Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city and like the remainder of this beautiful gentle country, Battambang has recently re- opened to the outside world. One fortuitous result of its isolation and lack of development is that Battambang has some of the most well preserved colonial French buildings in the country. We will find local people here to be extremely friendly, they have not been exposed to many foreign visitors and they will be as interested in us as we are in them
Day 9: Battambang – Pailin 85km
Breakfast at the hotel. Then cycle to the Pailin town located on the foothills of the scenic Cardamom mountains. Pailin used to be Khmer Rouge Strong-hold survived 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 to some of the former Khmer Rouge leaders who are - now in jail awaiting for international tribunal. 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 Kula Muslim minority who earn their living with gem stone business. Enjoy the swimming and relax. Dinner and overnight in Pailin.
Day 10: Pailin – Chanthaburi (100km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we cycle all the way from our hotel in Pailin to our resort in Chanthaburi. The road is scenic view with some small hills about 150m high. After cycling 20km, we cross the border into Thailand. We cycle another 28km to Pong Nam Ron. After Pong Nam Ron, we cycle on10km busy road and then turn to smaller quiet road that lead to Chanthaburi. We cycle through many local farms including mangrove steen and durians as Chanthaburi is well known for the fruit production and paradise of bikers. Dinner and overnight in Chanthaburi.
Day 11: Chanthaburi – Rayong (95km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we cycle from our resort in Chanthaburi to Kung Kraben mangrove forest. Visit the mangrove forest initiated by Thais King. Then we cycle on some of the quiet roads which are used by local people for cycling and we might cycle pass some of them. Dinner and overnight in Laem Mae Phin.
Day 12: Rayong – Bangkok (90km)
Today we cycle from our hotel after breakfast. We cycle through some of the quiet road before reaching to Pattaya. We then transfer from Pattaya to Bangkok. Tour Ends.
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||This tour follows asphalt roads, and one back road passing the countryside and the rice field. The back road along the river and village is small but good enough for cycling, less busy. Coastal road, rural road along river side.
||Fully supported van including spare part, cool box and back up service
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||Minimum 2. Maximum 25.
||Groups of 6 or more, a Cycling Tour Leader, plus English-speaking cycling guide, drivers and assistants. Groups below 5 will be led by our local guide and our local support team.
||All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Tour Price Includes:
- Accommodation 4* stars & 3* stars in tourist towns, guesthouse in Takeo (aircon-hot water)
- Cycling experienced guide
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Support van for transfer & tour with cool box
- Snack, water, fruits and cold drink (Coke light)
- Boat ticket Battambang-Siem Reap-Phnom Penh
Note: In case the boat is not running, we will arrange the transfer by van with some extra cycling.
- All entrance fees and boat fees
Tour Price Excludes:
- International Flights
- Departure Tax $25 (international)
- Visa Fees $30 (issued on arrival) for Cambodia, for Thailand and Vietnam, please check with us.
- Alcoholic, and other beverages
- Tips for guides & drivers.
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary