Siem Reap to Saigon Cycling Adventure

Siem Reap to Saigon Cycling Adventure

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Siem Reap to Saigon Cycling Adventure

16 Days Starting in Siem Reap and ending in Phnom Penh

Visiting: Krong Siem Reap, Krong Battambang, Krong Pursat, Phnom Penh, Krong Kampot, Rạch Giá, Can Tho, Bến Tre, Ho Chi Minh City

Tour operator:

Social Cycles

Tour code:

CAMVIET16

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 10

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

21-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural

Activities:

Cycling

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Tour Overview

We’ll explore the magnificent temples of Angkor, navigate through the Tonle Sap wetlands, cycle through remote villages and get completely immersed in the narrow paths of the Mekong Delta. This is a cycling adventure that’s open to all levels. because when the ride is this good, nobody should miss out This adventure suits open-minded travellers that want to escape the tourist bubble and learn more about the real Cambodia and Vietnam, via our local NGO network partners. Enjoy highlights such as cycling up Bokor Mountain, eating fresh seafood at Kep crab-market, learning from the community living and working at the salt fields and tour the local pepper farms of Kampot. In Vietnam, you'll meet the farmers at an organic cocoa farm, learn how rice noodles are made, visit a floating market and meet inspirational heroes from community development based NGOs. The ride is completely flat and fully supported with a van that trails behind, should you want to shorten your cycling day. The small group policy of ten people ensures it's a relaxed and fun ride. In the evenings, we choose to stay in comfortable, boutique hotels and dine in social enterprise based restaurants where possible.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the comfort and security of a fully supported ride, with a van following the ride at all times

  • Learn about social issues from a variety of local experts at NGOs along the way

  • Eat and enjoy great food from social enterprise based restaurants

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival Day And Welcome Dinner

Location: Krong Siem Reap

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

We arrive and stay in the heart of the cosmopolitan lifestyle that has been thrust on Siem Reap since the country has opened up to the outside world.
After we pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel, take some time to relax or explore the city before we meet for a welcome dinner.
Dinner is at one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants, Marum. It’s part of the Friends International social enterprise projects, providing vocational training for marginalized youth.

Day 2 : Sunrise Cycling Around The Temples Of Angkor

Location: Krong Siem Reap

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunrise is from 4.30am as we hit the bikes for the first time, but it is so worth it. Sunrise over Angkor Wat is a bucket list achievement for good reason.
From here we’ll venture on to other, and arguably more impressive, temples in the area for the remainder of the morning.
In the early afternoon, we’ll have the chance to visit our first NGO of the trip. We will spend time with these incredibly inspirational people that have dedicated their lives to helping others.
Hear their stories and understand what the real issues of the country are.
We often dine at Hoem's house, with his family, for dinner. Hoem is the host for the tour.

Day 3 : River Riding, Local Villages And Coffee Stops

Location: Krong Battambang

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We ride out of Siem Reap to the boat port (20km). Travelling across the wetlands and navigating our way around Tonle Sap river is an experience you will never forget.
The road soon turns to single track as we get more and more remote. We farewell our support van and venture on into the rural and barren lands of Cambodia.
Few villages exist out here, supporting themselves through sustainable fishing methods. After the boat, it’s another 20-30km to Battambang, depending on the river levels.
Battambang is great for shopping, with colonial-style streets and hidden secrets where bric-a-brac abounds. Dinner is in another social enterprise based restaurant, Jann Bai, that is often hailed as the best dinner in Cambodia!

Day 4 : Battambang To Banan By Bike

Location: Krong Pursat

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way along the dusty red back roads to the nearby local attraction of Banan Temple. We’ll cycle back to the town of Battambang to explore a little more and grab lunch at leisure.
We’ll get to the town of Pursat by early afternoon and into our hotel to enjoy the swimming pool and on-site massage spa. We’ll get a great experience from an amazing NGO, Sustainable Cambodia. A full presentation by the executives in their office and a tour of their facilities.
See the difference the NGO makes first hand. Be inspired by the real difference made by real people.

Day 5 : Cycling Into Phnom Penh

Location: Phnom Penh

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We start cycling 75km out from Phnom Penh, and ride all the way up to the front door of the hotel. The back roads bring in some of the most spectacular scenery as we pass through villages living on Tonle Sap lake.
The ride takes in great coffee stops, endless photo opportunities and a couple of ferries.
For dinner, it’s a feast of tarantula’s and crickets at the famous Romdeng restaurant, a social enterprise restaurant from the Friends International team.

Day 6 : Friends International, S-21 Genocide Museum And Khmer Bbq

Location: Phnom Penh

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We’ll start the day by meeting the incredible people at Friends International and learn about the wonderful work they do within the community. This is a great insight into REAL local everyday issues, from real local everyday heroes.
We then venture towards the Russian market and move to Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21 Genocide Museum. This devastating chapter of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian history is emotionally challenging but strongly recommended.
There is some free time in the afternoon to process your day, whilst we’ll meet again for a local Khmer BBQ dinner.

Day 7 : Chisaur Temple

Location: Krong Kampot

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We cycle south of Phnom Penh to Chisaur Mountain Temple in rural Cambodia. It’s not really much of a mountain at 130m and the route is perfectly flat. We casually cycle through remote villages and waterways, via narrow dirt tracks. Chisaur Temple is where we’ll be for lunch as we have plenty of time to explore these ancient ruins which are 200 years older than Angkor Wat. From here, we’ll take the van down to the Cambodian coastal town of Kampot to enjoy the culinary delights on offer.

Day 8 : The Bokor Mountain Cycle Challenge

Location: Krong Kampot

Accommodation: Hotel

Start the day with an (optional) mammoth Bokor Mountain cycle challenge! It’s 30km to get to the top. The first 10km is flat, then it just keeps on going up, and up, and up! If cycling uphill doesn’t rock your world, we can bring your bike in the van and you can cycle down! If you feel like taking some time off the bike, Kampot is a great town to caffeinate, people watch and relax.

Day 9 : Salt Fields, Cls And Khmer Cooking Class

Location: Krong Kampot

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

In the morning, we’ll visit Chumkriel Language School (no children will be in attendance at the time of visiting). A fantastic NGO and inspirational human being, Mr Suthy has set up a very grass-root local school to give access to education for children of the salt field community. In the afternoon, we’ll partake in a cooking class, teaching us the best of Khmer cuisine!

Day 10 : Salt Lakes, Pepper Farms, Live Crab Markets And White Beaches

Location: Rạch Giá

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Today we cross over the border into Vietnam, but not before we discover the wonderful province of Kep. Located just before the border, this town is famous for it’s fresh seafood, particularly crab. We’ll spend a couple of hours exploring the famous pepper plantations and salt lakes on the way. Navigating through the back roads, we’ll make our way around the National Park and to the border crossing into Ha Tien Vietnam.
From Ha Tien, we’ll jump in the van and head to Rach Gia for a feast of local seafood and Banh Xeo.

Day 11 : Cycling The Mekong Delta

Location: Can Tho

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Can Tho is where the Mekong Delta really comes into its own! To get there we cut through the back roads of rice paddy’s and farmland, arriving in the city by late afternoon. The ride finishes about 20km out of the city, but if your legs and daylight are permitting, there’s an option to continue all the way in. Alternatively, you can jump in the van. With a population of over a million and a thriving tourist trade, Can Tho has a vibrancy about it like none other. Relax and explore this amazing city. For dinner, we’ll pull up a patch of grass at the night market and treat yourself to a degustation of delightful street food!

Day 12 : Sunrises, Floating Markets, Noodle Factories And Cocoa Farms

Location: Can Tho

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We’ll catch the floating markets for most of the morning. This is no tourist performance, this is real life for the local people where they trade, sell and buy every day. Following that, we’ll visit the noodle factory where you’ll have a chance to make your own noodles and the cocoa farms just before lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax, get a massage and soak in the culture!

Day 13 : More Mekong Cycling And A Local Homestay

Location: Bến Tre

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We’ll take a day to casually explore the oasis that is the Mekong Delta. From the coconut candy factories of Ben Tre to the canals and floating markets of My Tho, this is a place to relax and unwind. We’ll avoid the hordes of tourists in My Tho by using Ben Tre as a base to explore the region. It’s still a full day cycling from Can Tho and we’ll enjoy getting amongst the maze that is the Mekong Delta. We should get into Ben Tre for 5pm, and relax with a local family in their home (private rooms). You’ll also have the chance to have an impromptu cooking class for great local food!

Day 14 : Cycling Into Saigon

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We’ll start early to beat the heat and what we can of the traffic. We’ll head straight to a coconut candy factory (either by van or by bike) to learn more about this local delicacy. Cycling into Saigon for the last cycle day of the tour is an incredible experience. Ho Chi Minh is what the world would look like if cars weren’t invented. With whole lanes and roads dedicated to two wheels, it is the city of the future as the population grows. Cycling the final 15km or so is completely optional, if you’re not comfortable in the traffic. Usually, about half the riders choose to take the van. Our hotel is in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the Street Food Market for dinner and a live band.

Day 15 : Mekong Quilts Ngo

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We’ll visit our final NGO of the trip in Mekong Plus. With a presence in Cambodia and Vietnam, this grass roots local NGO focus on a hand up, not hand out policy. The social enterprise part of this NGO trains beneficiaries to make quilts, handicrafts and bamboo bicycles. The holistic approach from Mekong Plus includes education scholarships, vocational training, micro finance programs and social enterprise businesses. Use the day to explore at your leisure. There are a feast of local markets, grand shopping centres, museums and attractions in Ho Chi Minh. For the evening we’ll meet up for dinner, swap stories, photos and decide where you’d like the donation money to go to.

Day 16 : Departure Day

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals Included: Breakfast

Congratulations! You’ve cycled across a couple of countries, covered almost 700km in the saddle and more than scratched the surface as to what these fantastic countries are about. We’ll enjoy a final breakfast together before you set off to the airport or your next adventure.

What's Included

  • Entrance Fees

    Angkor Wat one day pass, S-21 Genocide Museum, Kampot Pepper Farm Tour, Cooking Class, Rice Noodle Factory Tour, Organic Cocoa Farm tour, Floating Market Tour

  • Meals – Half Board

    All breakfasts included, some dinners and lunches as per the itinerary.

  • Fully Guided

    Minimum two staff, one driver and one cyclist/mechanic. Both speak excellent English.

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

    The support van will always have unlimited filtered water available for riding days, plus fresh fruits.

  • Accommodation

    Three-star hotels (3 of 4 hotels have a pool).

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Arrival transfers only

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    Bike hire is included. We will also transit by boat and private van (also included).

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Drinks with Meals

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Optional Extras

  • Donation

    For every Social Cycles tour, all riders are requested to contribute a nominal sum for the purpose of a donation. Usually US$150 per rider. During the course of the tour, you are given the chance to engage with, and learn from, local NGOs. We visit no less than three NGOs during the Cambodia tour and spend some time learning about their projects, strategies and challenges. At the end of the tour, the riders are then empowered with new-found knowledge and have the opportunity to combine the allotted donation money and make an impact towards a project of their choosing. In addition to building a profile for our impact partners, Social Cycles also pays each NGO for their time and resources. We spend 1-2 hours with each NGO.

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  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes, most travellers require a visa for Cambodia. Check your

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Most people tip the local guides a

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Cathy  

Enjoyed both our social cycle tours.

01-Aug-2019

Enjoyed both our social cycle tours. Cambodia was a real eye-opener for our 14 year old son. The riding on the Cambodia tour was a lot easier than the Cambodia to Vietnam tour, but personally I enjoyed the variation of the second tour more. I highly recommend Social Cycles, an adventure, a challenge, life long memories!

Cecile  

Highly Recommended

18-Feb-2020

I highly recommend travelling with Social Cycles (SC). I have just completed my second SE Asia trip with SC. The owner Brett's passion, commitment and professionalism shine through consistently and he continually strives to enhance/ improve the tours, which is admirable. The NGO focus is one of the reasons I travel with SC. I found these visits so educational, informative and creating awareness of such important situations, causes, challenges existing I may previously have been unaware of. Travelling off main routes and very often through the countryside allows one to see and experience some of the more "real and non-tourist" layers of the country and simply makes the experience more authentic and special. The group sizes have been perfect, the natural camaraderie that develops means there also always seems to be fun had too! I can't wait for my next SC trip, it's a permanent feature of my ongoing travel planning!

Cathy  

Enjoyed both our social cycle tours.

01-Aug-2019

Enjoyed both our social cycle tours. Cambodia was a real eye-opener for our 14 year old son. The riding on the Cambodia tour was a lot easier than the Cambodia to Vietnam tour, but personally I enjoyed the variation of the second tour more. I highly recommend Social Cycles, an adventure, a challenge, life long memories!

Adam Turville  

Another wonderful trip....

21-Aug-2020

Another wonderful trip.... my recent Siem Reap to Phnom Penh ride is now etched in my memory as one of the greatest adventures of my life." If you would like to embark on a challenging and rewarding holiday/adventure then do a Social Cycles ride.

Kate B  

Far exceeded my expectations

17-Jan-2019

This cycling tour far exceeded my expectations. Incredible! It was such a different travel experience to any other holiday I have had. I loved cycling 'off the beaten track' through rural Cambodia and Vietnam as it provided a totally different perspective to these cultures. It was wonderful to hear first hand from the NGO's that are helping to improve the lives of the local people. I would highly recommend the Siem Reap to Saigon cycling tour.

Ellie  

Great Guides

16-Jan-2020

Buntree and Mr. Hom (guides) were both wonderful. Buntree in particular went out of his way on every step of the trip to make us laugh, to make us feel at home and to share his deep knowledge. I cannot say enough how much I appreciated his work.

Anders  

A Huge Experience!

06-Feb-2020

My wife and I made this tour early February, and I think it was a huge experience! Cycling through the remote areas makes you see so much more, and on some occasions make you interact with locals. It was fun, and sometimes also challenging. The NGO presentations/meetings we had really made an impression. How impressive these people are that are SO dedicated in their mission! We really learnt a lot, and will keep om spreading the word. Buntry and Heom were great companions to make our journey as pleasant

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