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INDOCHINA ADVENTURE CYCLING BANGKOK TO SAIGON

Summary

Trip Profile: Indochina Cycling with Vietnam Adventure Cycling starting from Bangkok (Thailand) and finish in Saigon (Vietnam) through the Cambodia, pedaling past scenic coastline in Thailand. Cross into Cambodia at the Cardamom Mountains riding dirt roads to Battambang. Cruise through floating villages and discover the ancient Angkor temples in Siemreap. And Phnompenh the capital of Cambodia, Enter to Vietnam Cycle through the Mekong delta on the way heading up to Saigon.
Such a beautiful trip you should book if you plan to ride in three of Southeast Asia’s most diverse and fascinating countries Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam. You will have a chance to see the difference of the culture, believe ,religion ,food and the living life of three country.

Departure Dates Guaranty start with minimum 2 pepple .
Total Distance 800+ km
Number of cycling days  13 day of cycling
Group Size Maximum 25 people
Support All buses with A/C and experienced Driver, one 16 seats regarding group size of less 6; one 25 seats of less 12 or two 16 seats regarding group size of less 12; and one 25 seats plus a luggage van for group size of up to 24.
Road Surface  Mostly rural,small, coastline ,rolling hill, undulating .follows asphalt roads, dirt 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.
Biking guide Experienced English speaking-biking guides with enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Biking guides are first aid qualified and can maintain bikes. Their role is to deliver a safe and enjoyable tour to the clients, they manage the group, co-ordinate the driver and support vehicle, buy snacks and fruit along the way, look out for clients needs. They are cultural guides as well as pure biking…
Accommodation  Hotels range from standard to superior classes, 3 star and 4 star hotel, guesthouse in some remote areas.
Food Included (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
Entrance fees Included
Boat & ferry Included
Snacks, fresh fruits, water Provided (daily)
Safety Our people take the best cares & safety for your trip. The first aid kits are provided.
Photo taking You can stop wherever you want for 'Kodak moment'!
Cycling pace Are you a beginner or professional biker? we all care with our best efforts to make your trip superb. Enjoy your riding speed from 10km per hour up to as many more as you can.
Climate Biking all year-round
What is not included Travel insurance, personal expenses, Tip( recommend 5 usd/day/person) alcoholic drinks, flight ticket to/from thailand Vietnam, visa in thailand,Vietnam,Cambodia...and what is not mentioned as above itinerary

Itinerary

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Day 1: BANGKOK – LAEM MEA PIM BEACH
Vietnam Adventure Cycling Tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and transferred south away from the busy streets of Bangkok to the laidback and beautiful Laem Mae Phim Beach. Have lunch and we will the gentle riding along the coastline for 38 km to the hotel to checking the bike . Reach your beautiful resort you will have some free time to relax or even take a dip in the clear warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand before enjoy our traditional Thai \'Welcome\' dinner Activities :

  • 38 km cycling
  • Meals: welcome Dinner.
  • Accommodation : Grand Blue resort or similar .


Day 2: LAEM MEA PIM- CHAOLAO BEACH
Get up early as you acclimatize to the weather. The bike ride hugs the coastline as you pass from beach to beach on small local roads that are very quiet to traffic, the seascapes are marvelous. This is an interesting bike route that lets you see the local Thai way of life, as you cycle through local fishing villages, sea food markets and plenty of temples where you can stop for a well earned rest and refreshments. The mangrove swamps and fruit plantations add a diversity to the scenery on this very picturesque of rides. You also take some short ferry crossings which help to save some distance by taking you directly across the estuaries. You finish the bike ride right on the quiet beach of Chaolao. From here it is so easy to take a refreshing dip in the sea before dinner. Activities :

  • 70 km cycling
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation : Chao Lao sandune resort or similar


Day 3: CHAOLAO BEACH- PONG NAM RONG
Today is a big day as you cycle through 100km with some steady climbs near the end. Initially you bike inland and notice the scenery changing from coastline to forests and distant mountains. Again this bicycle ride is on small paved roads that have little traffic and are a joy to cycle on. You are now in Chantaburi Province which is well known for its fruit and you will see and taste plenty as you pass by plantations, forests and lots of small local villages. The last 17km of the ride is on a busier road and this is where the small climbs begin. However, on arrival in Pong Nam Ron the reward is the hotel\'s pool where you can relax with a well earned beer, overlooking the adjacent golf course with a backdrop of forested mountains.. Activities :

  • 80 km cycling
  • Meals:breakfast ,lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation :the Nature garden resort or similar


Day 4: PONG NAM RONG- PAILIN ( CAMBODIA)
This morning you head east on less travelled roads, cycling towards the quiet Thai / Cambodian border crossing, nestled in the foothills of the scenic Cardamom mountains. Immediately on crossing the border you will notice the difference in the fortunes of these neighboring countries as you leave the tarmac of Thailand and cycle on the bumpy red dirt roads of Cambodia! It is also very obvious how the concrete homes of Thailand give way to the wood and thatch shacks of Cambodia. After 20km of Cambodian cycling you arrive at the small, dusty town of Pailin, which was once home to both a thriving semi-precious stone mining industry and some former high ranking officials of the expired brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Activities :

  • 50 km cycling
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch.
  • Accommodation :memorial palace or similar


Day 5: PAILIN- BATTAMBANG
Bike on the tarmac road all the way to the outskirts of Battambang. After a few early climbs the majority of the day is downhill, not that you will obviously notice it as you weave around the large potholes! Initially you cycle through cash-crop plantations such as corn, cassava, and cashew nut, however getting closer to Battambang this changes to the emerald green of endless rice paddies. You cycle through various pleasant small villages made up of wooden shacks and shady trees. Excellent places to stop for a rest and get some real interaction with the curious and friendly locals. About 15km from Battambang you cannot fail to miss the imposing limestone outcrop of Phnom Sampeau with its hilltop pagoda. If you still have excess energy you may choose to climb the 700+ steps and be rewarded with great views of the surrounding countryside. Battambang is a relaxed and laid back town sitting on the banks of the Sangker River and a pleasant place to explore before having dinner.. Activities :

  • 110 km cycling
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation : Classy hotel or similar .


Day 6: BOAT TRIP FROM BATTAMBANG –SIEMREAP (or by bus)
You have an early start from the hotel driving through the sleepy streets of Battambang to board the boat to Siem Reap. This is arguably the most fascinating river trip in Cambodia and takes around 6 - 7 hours (N.B. When the water levels are low it may not be possible to take the boat trip, and the journey will be made by road). As the river winds its way into the Tonle Sap Lake (South East Asia\'s largest freshwater lake) you pass an amazing variety of landscapes and lives, seemingly unchanged for hundreds of years. As the river joins the Tonle Sap Lake you pass the protected wetland of Prek Toal, regarded as the single most important breeding ground for globally threatened large water birds in South East Asia. After crossing the vast expanse of this inland sea and heading towards Siem Reap port you pass through the floating village of Chong Khneas where we witness an entire bamboo village complete with homes, gas stations, schools, hair dressers, and even karaoke bars floating on water! Once you arrive at the port our van will be there and transfer us to the hotel you get a chance to shake your legs by walking around have some Angkor Beer .. Activities:

  • no cycling
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: hari residence & spa or similar.


Day 7: EXPLORE THE ANGKOR TEMPLE BY BIKE
On your first morning in Siem Reap we head out to begin our cycle exploration of these incredible temples. Today we will focus on the Small Circuit which features temple greats such as: the pyramid of Takeo, the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster \'Tomb Raider\'; Sras Srang, known as the King\'s bathing pond; and the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom. You will also bike to other important sites in this immense walled city. After lunch it is time to cycle to the majestic Angkor Wat, the world\'s largest religious building. After returning to the hotel you are free at leisure to experience Siem Reap\'s nightlife which includes many fine restaurants and lively bars.. Activities:

  • 40 km cycling
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:hari residence & spa or similar.


Day 8: SIEMREAP- BANTEAY SREI- SIEMREAP
This morning you bike north towards Banteay Srei. This cycle ride is a real delight and your first introduction to the wonderful Cambodian countryside and its friendly villagers. On route we will stop off at a couple of villages to get a closer look at the wooden stilted homes and everyday life. One thing you will notice for sure is large black pots in people\'s gardens containing a thick light brown bubbling mixture - this area is famed for its sugar palm tree sweets, sure to give any cyclist a much needed energy boost! On arrival at Banteay Srei you will be struck by its delicate beauty. It is an elaborately decorated temple, embellished with floral motifs and scenes from the Ramayana, all carved from pink sandstone. You will have lunch at a local restaurant, after which you cycle back towards Siem Reap and depending on the time explore some other temples on the way. This evening you will enjoy dinner and a mesmerizing Apsara dance performance. Activities:

  • 80 km cycling
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hari residence & spa or similar.


Day 9: SIEMREAP- PHNOMPENH ( BY BUS)
The easy day will start from the hotel transfer by bus to Phnompenh the capital of Cambodia , the journey will take around 4 hours . in the afternoon we reach Phnompenh have lunch and start our city tour by visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Overnight in Phnom Penh.. Activities:

  • no cycling
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Skyline Boutique hotel or similar.


Day 10: PHNOMPENH- TAKEO
We will stop and visiting S21 Prison before heading to Choung EK , The Killing fields, to understand more about the darkest time in Cambodia .have lunch and back to the bus transfer to cycling point the team will be ready and waiting for us. We will cycle along the dirt road but good enough for us to enjoy the cycling .we cycle throught the village passing rice fields ,you all will tired by Chamreap Sua “hello in cambodia” from school boy and school girl. Dinner and overnight in the guest house in Takeo , the small border town with Vietnam .. Activities:

  • 40 km cycling .
  •  Meal :Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
  • Accommodation: alice guesthouse or similar.


Day 11: TAKEO- CHAU DOC( VIETNAM)
We will start our adventure cycling day right after the breakfast at the hotel ,we will cycling 45 km to the inland boder between Cambodia and Vietnam. You will have a chance to know more about the living life of the local people in Cambodia .crossing the boder you will see he diffirence between Cambodia and Vietnam.the lush green rice field will welcome you to Vietnam.stop for lunch and keep cycling 30 km along the borderline to Chau Doc ,the smuggling town.Overnight in Chau doc. Activities:

  • 75 km cycling
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Victoria Nui sam Lodge or similar.


Day 12: CHAU DOC- LONG XUYEN
After breakfast, we leave for the floating houses on upper Mekong river by boat where we can see plenty of catfishes, red snappers… breeding under right their houses. What is an amazing life! Then keep boating to visit the Cham village with about 12.000 people who those are weaving sarongs, hats…by hands as keeping their ancestral tradition. Walk to the mosques that Muslims pray and teach Cham kids in Arabic for a while. Then we start cycling along incredible country roads from Chau Doc to Tra Su forest continue cycle to Ba Chuc, the killing fields of Vietnam, where Polpot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. Spending a short time to know what happened in this area before heading to tri ton on bike . jupm on the bus and transfer to Long Xuyen for overnight . Activities:

  • 70 cycling
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:dong xuyen hotel or similar.


DAY 13: LONG XUYEN – CAN THO
a short transfer to avoid the traffic will start your day to the cycling point ,we will cycle on a tiny road, Along the cannel to see the local living life , stop for visit the Bird Sanctuary and continue get on the bike and follow the concrete tiny road, you will see how friendly Vietnamese are . stop for lunch at the local restaurant before heading to Can Tho by bike for overnight. Activities :

  • 75 km cycling
  • Meals:breakfast ,lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation :Victoria Can Tho hotel or similar


DAY 14: CAN THO – TRA VINH
After breakfast, enjoy a boat ride to Cai Rang floating market, your boat will cruise through the market slowly as you could admire the colorful floating market in Vietnam Mekong Delta. After your boat ride, cycle on paths to Cau Ke via Tra On. In this afternoon, continue cycling on narrow country lanes to visit Khmer temples in countryside of Tieu Can. Right here, you can see the living activities of Khmer community in Vietnam. Continue pedaling on rural roads to Tra Vinh. Activities:

  • 85 km cycling
  • Meals:breakfast ,lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation :Cuu Long Hotel or similar


DAY 15: TRA VINH- HO CHI MINH
Another day we will start from the hotel ,the road is smooth under the shade of the tree, we heading to Ben tre by crossing the ferry in Mekong river . continue cycle on the tiny concrete through the coconut garden ,here you will have a chance to try the really fresh coconut ( 1 minute from the tree to the table ) after the break time ,again we follow the country road crossing the several local ferry just for the bike only before reach the main road. Jump on the bus and transfer to restaurant for lunch .Ho Chi Minh city will be the last destination on the trip after one and half hours transfer . the team will drop you at your hotel . end of the Journey . . Activities:

  • 50 km cycling
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch.
  • Accommodation:

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