Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia

Introduction

Bokor Hill Station is the place travellers must not miss when coming to Kampot. It surrounded by large national park. This palace had the most spectacular panoramic views of the landscape of Kampot. This is one of a cycling adventure trip you ride through small towns and removed charming villages, experience real life of Vietnamese and Cambodian, view the landscapes of Mekong Delta flat land, cross natural creeks of Mekong Rivers by ferry boat, overland in Cambodia with short border cross in Ha Tien, ride up hill to Bokor Hill station, and explore incredible ruins of Angkor Watt. You’ll delve into the rich history, ancient traditions and glorious landscapes that make these countries unique.

Tour details

Price
USD $1855.00 1855.00
Tour code
VBR: MCT10F - HCM - REP - 2
Duration
Number Of cycling days
10 days
Single supplement
375.00$
Average distance per day
45Km
Bike Hire
US$100
Total cycling distance
570km
Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
04
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
9 nights: double room/ twin room
English speaking guide throughout the tour
Pick up & drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Visa to Vietnam & Cambodia
Tips to bike guide and driver

Full Itinerary

Cycle route Ho Chi Minh - Ha Tien - Kampot
Day
1
HCM – Go Cong – My Tho - Ben Tre

After you are picked up at hotels, a 45 minute transfer by vehicle to outskirt of HCM for a morning’ cycling. Today' bicycle riding is divided into 2 different sections. In the morning, we bike through Can Duoc countryside; biking through jasmine rice paddy fields, okra, squash vegetable fields. We stop for lunch in small town of Can Duoc. Can Duoc district is a major rice producer, particularly Jasmine rice (Nang Thom) which is grown nationwide. But, the most delicious is Nang Thom Cho Dao variety cultivated in My Le commune. The taste is silky, soft and delicate flavor from the unique exotic region because of its. After lunch, we bike to ferry where we cross Vam Co River. Our pleasure ride is on unique paths along Vam Co River; passing local farms which growing shrimp, fish. The last ferry will take us crossing Small River. Lovely countryside in Cho Gao and its' friendly people here makes your pleasant cycling become a highlight of today' ride

Ben Tre Riverside Resort
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
2
Ben Tre - Tra Vinh - Soc Trang

After your breakfast with your host, check out for a short transfer takes you to Mo Cay’ rural to experience home land of coconut in the morning. Beautiful countryside with shady pathways gives a lovely ride through water palm plantations, coconut gardens. It has bike paths criss-cross its land and these paths link village to village. Some local ferry boats are small but big enough for you to cross natural creeks. After crossing Co Chien River lunch will be served at restaurant in Tra Vinh city. In the afternoon, you will have a chance to meet Khmer at their home, to stop at colorful temples and to understand Khmer culture. Your guide will lead you ride on back roads, cross ride rice paddy fields, villages of Khmer to Tieu Can where the today’ ride is end up. Then we relax on van/bus to Soc Trang

Que Toi hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
3
Soc Trang - Vinh Chau - Bac Lieu

On your cycling adventure today, the route will divide into two different separate parts. After we have a stop at Bat pagoda, then we bike to remote in the morning. A beautiful bike ride through gently undulating farmland filled with large shrimp and fish farms. You will enjoy and experience a leisurely way of local life, friendly people in countryside villages until you reach the Vinh Chau town. After lunch in town, we bike through tranquil villages and bustling riverside markets before we reach and cycle on quiet back roads closed to ocean side to Bac Lieu.

Saigon Bac Lieu
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
4
Bac Lieu - Nga Nam - Nga Bay - Can Tho

Nga Bay is a very new town so on your ride today will take you into new route. Westerners are rare to be seen on the ways. Your guide will choose the best route to accommodate your ride so you could discover new places. We start riding from urban Dist not far from Bac Lieu town. We cycle pass many peaceful villages with Chinese, Vietnam and Khmer living together. See different life styles of local, and experience techniques of growing different kinds of vegetable. Ride over small wooden bridges, see working buffaloes on farm. We’ll have lunch in Nga Nam town and will continue cycling onward to Nga Bay. Then we get on van/bus for a transfer to Can Tho.

TTC Hotel - Premium Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
5
Can Tho - Long Xuyen

Today' ride is along day for us but flexible distance allows you to choice the best or riding all the way. We will take a boat trip to famous Cai Rang floating market before cycling on rural country road cross small natural rivers, ride alongside some rivers, and authentic villages. We stop for coffee break at Phong Dien. Then we will ride on tiny concrete paths alongside many small/big rivers to Tho Lai. By cycling, you can see rivers used as a means of travel or transport in the area such as wooden cargo boats, water taxi, grocery boats and rowing boats are moving busily up and down. Your lunch is reserved at local as planned. Then we take dirt track, trails through agricultural irrigation canals to rural area of Long Xuyen city. The afternoon ride enables you to see farmers raising ducks on both farming lands and canals.  Besides these activities, can see some frog and eel farms at home of local. We get on the van for a short transfer to Long Xuyen city.

Hoa Binh I
Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
6
Long Xuyen - Tra Su - Tri Ton - Ba Chuc - Ha Tien

The type of local’s living we see today is also more characteristic than the places you have been and seen previous day. In the morning ride, you will cycle on quiet country road through local factories making bricks, local markets and meet local who rarely see westerners over here. After lunch, we will cycle on dirt track crossing manmade canals, rice paddies to Tra Su forest, and then we continue our riding on hilly country back roads to Ba Chu village. Stopping and walking to memorial of killing field before we continue cycling Ha Tien

Ha Tien River hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
7
Ha Tien – Xa Xia border cross– Kep, Cambodia

Today we will have a van taking us to Xa Xia border to meet Cambodia team. After crossing the border then cycling visit Kompong Trach’s Market then we start cycling through the countryside passing the lovely view with some hilly then we spot at Phnom Vur where the Khmer Rouge camp are at the south Cambodia then enjoy the picnic lunch next handmade lake and swimming then continue cycling to the hotel.

Boutique Kampot Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 45km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
8
Kep – Kampot – Phnom Penh

After breakfast, we cycling through Kampot Pepper Farm follow the countryside road and with a really nice few of the local life and then stop at Chnurk’s mountain to visit the cave then continue to Kampot is a small lay back town, quiet but a charming city with some beautiful colonial buildings and houses remain to be seen. People mostly are living on fishing, some are cultivating salt from sea-water then visit Kampot city to see French colonial building then transfer 4 hours to Phnom Penh for check the hotel

Double Leaf Boutique Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 45km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
Day
9
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

In the morning, transfer to visit Tuol Sleng Museum (S21) then Royal place head out On our way to Siem Reap we will stop at the market town of Skoun, famous for this special delicacy then continue on to the Chong Chneach floating village to take the boat for sunset on the Tonle Sap lake then to the hotel.

IBIS Styles
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 45km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
10
Angkor Wat by bike

Prepare to be astounded as we journey to Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world, and an unforgettable fortress of stone pinnacles, intricately carved reliefs, and colorful shrines. You'll also visit Ta Phrom, a temple overgrown with python-like strangler trees, and the Bayon, a towering ruin guarded with hundreds of mysterious stone faces then returning to Siem Reap. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km
Flat- easy

More Info

Road Condition

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta, Vietnam, has rural path network systems, and they had very well-developed by governments. All country back roads are asphalt, concrete paths connecting villages to villages as it's a vast network. The rest are dirt tracks, so do not worry about exploring the Mekong Delta by bicycle, even you are a beginner. Depending on the regions, lowlands, or jungles, and rural villages of each province, our hand-picked routes are the best for your biking trips


Flexible route - The most important key to you

You do not have to ride the exact kilometer distance as it's showing on daily biking of each itinerary. It will be flexible as you want. Even you could choose some longest distance that more than 80km per day if a whole day ride. You could spend more time cycling if you think the biking distance is too short! Or you can enjoy short routes and spend more time taking photos, stopping at villages/ small markets, or the home of locals to find something interesting.


Throughout the Mekong Delta and its rivers with thousand branches! You will ride on various roads; flat trails, paths, rural roads, and country back roads where they are too small for vehicles. There are four Ethnic groups of people lying in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. They are Khmer, Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese. Each province has its own characteristics, economy and local style of living and culture and history. However, the Mekong Delta River has a thousand branches, natural creeks, and canals that small ferry boats are so important in the countryside, and riders have no choice!


Bike routes

We tailor-make unique bike trips depend on the specific route and terrain of your tour. Vietnam Backroads is the first cycle tour operator to explore and build up many adventure trips to Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Rach Gia, Vi Thanh, Cao Lanh, and Sadec, and removed villages. Our top cycle tour operator and the pathfinder are Mr Van, nicknamed "Van the man" Each cycling route has to be meticulously well-scouted, investigated, scouted out, and mapped out beforehand by Mr. Van the man. All of our guides are well trained in bike maintenance and navigation and know all routes as they are on their hands. All bike guides can tailor a custom route suitable to your wish, cycling ability, and skills. 


 

Weather

The temperatures in the Mekong delta are all year round, about 25-28°C with only slight variations. The climate of the Mekong River Basin ranges from temperate to tropical. In the Upper Mekong Basin, some of the taller peaks of the Tibetan Plateau are glaciated. Much of this part of the Basin is snow-covered in winter. Melting snow from the Tibetan Plateau feeds the Mekong River’s dry-season flow, especially in the middle reaches. In the relatively lower elevations of the Yunnan province of China, the climate of the Mekong River Basin changes, and the temperature gradually increases.


  • The dry season is from October to the last of April. Farmers make three rice crops per year, so travelers meet them at their homes and see them working on farmlands. Significantly, the dry season is closed to the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, and it makes locals doing more and trying to work hard to get more money. The weather is nice, low temperature and more relaxed than other seasons.

  • The wet season is called the flooded season or the monsoon season. It is the time of year when most of a region's average annual rainfall occurs. Sea level is higher than usual by heavy rains from upstream countries; Tibetan- China, Laos , Thailand, and Cambodia. Provinces in southwest of Mekong Delta have yearly flooded but not so long. It's from last of August to early of Nov. That is the best way to see Mekong Delta on back roads by bicycle.

    In general, the preferred travel time is the dry season. But even during the rainy season from May to October is also a perfect time to travel by bicycle of very short rains. The rain usually comes in short, heavy showers, mainly in the afternoon, and only lasts for an hour. Only a few days a year, the temperature is below 20°C. It usually takes around one hour, then gone, and sunshine turns back to normal.

Vehicles

Private Support Vehicles

2 to 4 riders in a group

There is only one A/C 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases, and bikes. There are four rows of seating for passengers on the A/C 16 seater van. Two people sit on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seats will be folded up, so all bikes will be uploaded here.

A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people

There will be two vehicles to support riders on the entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, icebox to keep cold drinks, and so on




A large group tour: 8 to 14 people

One minibus to take up all riders, including luggage & suitcases, and one truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, water, cold drinks, and snacks...Iceboxes



A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people

We provide two vans and one minibus, and one truck to escort large groups of riders and help ensure their safety. Our pro guide will motivate a team with support vehicles to bring the best services to riders.

 

27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 60 pro MTB bikes and hybrid MTB bikes and available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours

MTB Bikes for kids: wheel size 20", 24" with  suspension seatpost. Kid heights: 120cm, 130cm, 145cm

Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size

27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads.

27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 

1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 

2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake

6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes

7 - 27.5" Alexrims disc brake rims - 32 holes

8 - Maxxis Cross Mark 27.5 x 1.95 - Good quality and suitable for both on road and off-road riding

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team



2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon

Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills

1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame

2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake

6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes

7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes

8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team


Guaranteed to depart

Duration
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Note
2 booked - Price $1899

Reviews

We very much enjoyed our time in Vietnam cycling through the stunning countryside. We saw places that no other tourists go and this was indeed very special. Cambodia was also very interesting and the guide was very good. He explained the culture and sights very well. However cycling on the main roads in Cambodia did not compare to our wonderful experience in Vietnam. Cycling through Angkor Wat and other temples was however exceptionally nice.

We will definitely recommend going on a trip with you to our friends and family. This was a holiday we will remember for a very long time.

Thank you again for showing us the real Vietnam. 04 - 13 January 2020

Monika Saunder…
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Photos

Mekong Delta by bicycle
Mekong Delta floating market
Beautiful Khmer templs
Kep, Cambodia
Single track through the jungle our Angkor Wat
Angkor Thom
Angkor Wat
At the border of Cambodia
Picnic lunch in Kep, Cambodia