Vietnam

Saigon to Angkor Wat Cycling Experience

Description

An adventurous yet leisurely journey from the commercial capital of Ho Chi Minh City through the countryside of the Mekong Delta and crossing the border to Cambodia’s capital. A slower paced travel journey that allows insight to the lives of locals, while escorted by local expert guides and overland travel via private vehicles, cruise and bicycles! This journey is completed with a rewarding finish at the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive: Saigon

  • Upon arrival in Saigon you are welcomed by your guide and driven to the hotel for check-in. The guide will do a quick briefing about the programme, before taking you on a walking orientation tour of the old Saigon and its beautiful colonial buildings. After that, you will be transferred to a local restaurant for a light dinner with noodles called "Pho".

  • Bike fitting and set - up.

  • Overnight in Saigon

 

Day 2

  • Distance: 70 km approx / Accent: 900m

  • Depart:  Saigon

  • Arrive:  Vinh Long

  • Depart in the morning with a car transfer to the doorstep of the Mekong delta in the region of My Tho (approx. 75 km drive/2 hrs).

  • Once at our starting point, bikes ready, we start our 60-kilometer ride on the less travelled roads to the Mekong delta. This region is rural, locals are friendly, and just riding around allows to unveil so much about the daily life. A simple life made of agriculture and craftsmanship. After about 20 kilometres, we stop for a light picnic lunch in a garden café.

  • In the afternoon, we head south for about 40 kilometers, passing from one island of the mighty river to another one on ferryboat; and reach a local guesthouse, where we will get set up for the night.

 

Day 3

  • Distance: 60 km approx. / Accent: 750m

  • Depart: Vinh Long

  • Arrive: Can Tho

  • After breakfast, we get on wheels and begin our ride of today. We head South to a region where very few go called Tam Binh. We ride on the backroads of the delta and immerse fully into the tranquil atmosphere. We have many chances to stop en-route, whether to enjoy a tea with locals or simply to break and contemplate.

  • Check - in and evening at leisure

 

Day 4

  • Distance: 60 km approx / Accent:  400m

  • Depart: Can Tho

  • Arrive: Long Xuyen

  • We will wake up early this morning to go on a boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market. The market is no longer what it used to be years ago, less merchants crowd around, but there is still a good amount of them and this is largely worth the excursion. We return to the hotel, have breakfast and get ready to ride.

  • Today, we go for about 60 kilometres on the roads, winding along the Hau River. We head Northwest to Long Xuyen. A well-developed town of the delta, not touristy at all, but rich with fish, rice and cashew nuts trading.

  • En-route, we stop at a stork sanctuary. A 1.3-hectare bird sanctuary with astonishing views of thousands of resident storks and snowy egrets. There is a tall viewing platform to see the birds filling the branches.

  • We then end our ride with an arrival in Long Xuyen in the afternoon, where we get settled in a comfortable but very “local style” hotel.

Day 5

  • Distance: 50 km approx / Accent:  950m

  • Depart: Long Xuyen

  • Arrive: Chau Doc

  • After breakfast, we hop on the car to transfer 60 kilometers to the West and our starting point. We then start a 50-kilometer ride to Chau Doc. En-route we stop by the Ba Chuc memorial that stands as a reminder to the massacre perpetrated here by the Khmer Rouge in 1978. We keep rolling along the Cambodian border to the Tra Su cajuput forest. We take the time to explore the nature reserve and bird sanctuary, before we end up our ride to Chau Doc.

  • Upon arrival, check - in at the hotel and enjoy the end of the day at leisure

 

Day 6

  • Speedboat

  • Arrive: Phnom Penh

  • Depart: 7:00 am

  • Early morning, we catch the speedboat to Phnom Penh. It departs at 7.00am and takes about 4 and a half hours to reach Cambodia’s capital.

  • We transfer from the pier to the hotel, drop the luggage and go out for a first introduction to Khmer cuisine. In the afternoon, we check-in at the hotel and hop on rickshaw for an orientation tour of the city.

  • In the evening, get yourself a leg massage, or go for a leisurely stroll along the river.

 

Day 7

  • Distance: 15 km approx / Accent:  50m

  • Depart: Phnom Penh

  • Arrive: Koh Dach –Siem Riep

  • This morning, transfer to the riverbanks to catch a ferry to Koh Dach, known as Silk Island. Pedal through rustic scenic villages, silk weaving workshops, pagodas and meet friendly local people along the way.

  • In the late morning, we drive to Siem Reap. It is an about 6-hour drive with a stop en-route for lunch. Arrival in the late afternoon, we check-in in our hotel not far from the town centre.

  • End of the day at leisure.

Day 8

  • Distance: 40 km approx / Accent:  50m

  • Depart: Cycle around the Angkor temples

  • Head out with your cameras for a day filled with amazing sights and experiences. Explore the amazing temple complex and spend most of the day in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor. Cycle to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Continue to Bayon in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur, its exterior gallery walls featuring extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. Ta Prohm, unlike most other Angkor temples, has been left just it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings, making it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

  • Explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. It is a massive three-tiered structure crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. The centrepiece of any visit to the temples around Siem Reap, Angkor offers many iconic sights for amazing pictures.

  • DRESSCODE:

    • Appropriate attire when visiting Angkor temples is long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover shoulders. Skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed within temple grounds. Visitors can and are frequently turned away from temples when wearing revealing clothing

 

Day 9

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • The day is free at your leisure until transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant flight!

Vietnam

April to September 2020

From R 35 665.00*

per person sharing

October to December 2020

From R 36 397.00*

per person sharing

*All above pricing is based on 3* accommodation and a 2 pax group, inquire with us for 4/5* accommodation and bigger groups.

9 Days / 8 Nights

Validity: Immediately - December 2020

Including

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (check in and check out around noontime)

  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax):

    • For Vietnam:

      • 1-2 pax: car of 7 seats

      • 3-6 pax: car of 16 seats

      • 7-10 pax: car of 25 seats

      • 11-15 pax: car of 31 seats

      • 16-30 pax: car of 45 seats Universe

      • 31-35 pax: car of 45 seats Universe

      • (optional with luggage trucks)

    • For Cambodia:

      • 1-2 pax: car of 4 seats

      • 3-6 pax: car of 10 seats

      • 7-10 pax: car of 25 seats

      • 11-16 pax: car of 35 seats

      • 17-35 pax: car of 45 seats

    • Transportation on days of cycling:

      • Group of 1-2 pax: 1 support passenger vehicle to support clients and carry bikes at the same time (no luggage truck)

      • Group of 3 pax: 1 passenger vehicle 7s car + 1 luggage truck to carry bikes (for Vietnam part only)

      • Group of 4 pax up: 1 support passenger vehicle + 1 luggage truck to carry bikes

  • Local ENGLISH-speaking guides (one guide in Vietnam; one guide in Cambodia) with medical kits

  • One local person to assist beside the local tour leader on days of cycling for group of 8 pax up

  • Mechanic services

  • Speedboat to Phnom Penh

  • Mountain bike rental or similar during cycling days

  • Spare bikes: 01 or 2 spare bikes depending on group size 

  • Snacks, fruits, drinking water on days of cycling

  • Body/leg massage on end of day 3 in Can Tho

  • All entrance fees as program

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the itnerary 

  • Added value from 08 Paying Pax up: 1 Tour Leader Free of Charge based on twin-sharing room (exclusive of airfares and other surcharges)

  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

  • Government tax and service charge

Excluding

  • Travel insurance (compulsory)

  • Bike helmet (compulsory)

  • Airfares (international and domestic)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Visas to Vietnam, Cambodia

  • Tips

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • Insurances

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Peak season surcharges if any

  • All not mentioned above

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

+27 (010) 035 5205

1st Floor, 65 Knoppiesdoring St, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg, 2156

  • Instagram
  • Facebook Social Icon