See Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand by bicycle with Vietnam Backroads - Vietnam Cycling Tours. Join our unforgettable cycling holidays to experience the fascinating countries in South East Asia. Traveling on zig-zag pathways through the verdant lush Mekong Delta, a rest day by speed boat upstream the mighty Mekong River to Phnom Penh. Meet friendly Cambodian farmers along country back roads, explore the wonders of Angkor Watt, immerse yourself in colonial Battambang City, and cycle the coast of Thailand through stunning beaches.
You are welcome at the Tan Son Nhat Airport and out team will take you to downtown of Saigon. You are free to explore Saigon downtown today. Meet up at our hotel in Saigon for dinner, and make a tour briefing and introduction for the following days.
After breakfast, we'll transfer for 1 hour through crowded Ho Chi Minh City, then Binh Chanh rural Dist. We start cycling adventures in Vietnam on zig-zag paths through rice paddy fields and small villages to the river. Have a ferry crossing, and then we continue the ride to My Tho—bike through charming villages, stunning rice paddy fields, and a green vegetable plantation. The combination of dirt tracks, concrete paths through lush farmlands, rice paddy fields, and large fields of various vegetation gives us a chance to view the more beautiful scenery. Break for lunch in My Tho after a lovely 35 km ride in the morning.
In the afternoon, we'll continue the first-day ride in Cay Lay. The beautiful back roads lead us through the rustic countryside and lively villages alongside the windy rivers to Cai Be, where we enjoy a boat ride crossing the Upper Mekong River to An Binh Island. Overnight in a local homestay.
After a leisurely breakfast, say goodbye to the host, then we ride from home-stay. We depend on the quiet back road through Binh Hoa Phuoc village with a network of small rivers before we follow the single tracks to Cho Lach. Then to Cai Mon, where your guide will lead you cycling through ornamental gardens, bonsai trees, and many nursery farms before we enjoy local lunch in a rural village. Following lunch, we will ride ride to Mo Cay for the afternoon pleasure ride. We'll see locals on a pathway just about 2 meters wide through water palms, coconut plantations, tiny concrete houses, and an irrigation network along the way to the local ferry. After that, we continue biking to Tra Vinh City, check in the hotel, and dine with the team in town.
Tra Vinh's countryside is quiet and peaceful. The routes are well-maintained as smooth paths. There is so much to see along the way, especially the colorful Khmer temples, and its architectural styles are entirely different from Vietnamese and Chinses Pagoda styles. The unique paths will lead you to fertile farmlands, tiny villages, agricultural canals, ferry crossings, and explore islands before transferring to Can Tho.
A boat ride to the floating market, disembark from your boat in Cai Rang, jump back on your bike, and explore the backwater rural of Phong Dien, then continue biking the paths along the rivers and small creeks to Thoi Lai—well-prepared lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, we ride through the quaint countryside, passing shelters and thatch houses along the country roads to Lo Te -T junction, where we'll transfer 30 minutes to Long Xuyen city.
After a short transfer to the outskirt of Long Xuyen, we follow the small road that will lead us to travel across farmland, where people live in remote villages where boats are the primary means of transportation. It was a tranquil area, and few people lived here before 1975. But today is an excellent place for bike adventures. It’s the chance to see the new way of local living. By cycling in the afternoon, we will have a leisurely ride along a beautiful back road to Tri Ton, then to Ba Chu village, and visit a killing field before we ride to Sam Mountain.
After breakfast, spend a morning cruise up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh. The speed boat journey takes 4.5 hours properly, depending on river flows. Today is the day to rest our legs and see the life of locals along the river banks. Check-in the hotel, free to explore the town in the afternoon until we meet up for dinner and briefing for the following cycling days in Cambodia.
After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer out of the city and begin the morning ride to Oudong Mountain, the former capital of Cambodia. The ride is on dirt tracks and gravel through local material stilt houses; learn the cultural diversity along the rural hamlets, stilt- houses, and ox carts, see the temples along the way, and see mountain views in Oudong surroundings. Today Oudong is well-known as a tourist attraction site due to its historical background as an ancient city of the post-Angkorian period, and persistent religious and cult beliefs maintain the mystical sacred aspect of the site. Following lunch is a transfer to Kampong Thom in the afternoon.
After breakfast, we travel by support vehicle about 15 minutes from the town; we then cycle to Sambor Prei Kuk, a ruined complex that dates back to the Pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom from the late 6th to 9th century. The property comprises more than a hundred temples, ten octagonal, unique specimens of their genre in South-East Asia. The routes to Sambor Prei Kuk are undeveloped, and it's countryside is beautiful, with stilted house villages, large rice paddy fields, and plenty of palm trees.
The roads are a mix of dirt tracks on rural and country roads; we visit the temple on foot and learn about the site of Sambor Prei Kuk, "the temple in the richness of the forest. Then we continued the day on the road 219, which had less traffic toward Highway 6, and lunch en route to Siem Reap. After lunch, we transfer to Siem Reap, break on the way at Kompong Kdei bridge before going to Siem Reap.
An early morning transfer to Angkor with breakfast takeaway. See Angkor Temple at sunrise, walk through and around the main temple- Angkor Wat, and learn about the history and symbolism of Angkor Wat. Have breakfast and coffee, then start cycling. Follow the tracks through small villages, and see how the locals go about their daily lives. Through the jungle trails, you will continue to discover other sites, such as Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, and other less-known temples. Then, the cycle to Ta Prohm temple was overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many ruined parts of the temple. Return to Siem Reap by vehicle after lunch.
We leave Siem Reap for Battambang today with a transfer to Tonle Sap for a boat ride crossing its lake to Battambang. It's an opportunity to experience, to watch the life of locals living on the Tonle Sap and Sangker Rivers. After the boat gets into Sangker River, we'll disembark from your boat for a bicycle ride. After a few km on the road, we turn onto small dirt tracks, bike along the river, and pass tiny villages, primary schools, and lush green fields, Samrong Knong Killing Field, before we cycle into Battambang city.
- Rainy season/ high water levels Cruising to Battambang from late July - early January
- Dry season/ low water levels - transfer to Battambang from late January to Early July
We start the day cycle to Pallin with a transfer out of the town, just about 20 minutes from the hotel. We ride and explore the rustic villages, weaving kids, passing agriculture farms, seeing ox carts carrying farm products and little tractors taking people along the country roads. The routes are mixed with dirt tracks, paved roads, and country back roads, and many are zig-zag, and some parts are along the rivers. Break for lunch at Rotanak Mondol. The afternoon, We will stay 9km on the main road. We turn onto the rural roads and bike through the stunning countryside, enjoying lovely scenery, rice paddies, durian orchards, and rustic villages. We end the day; as we reach the main road, highway 57, we hop on the support vehicle for a-30 minute transfer to Pailin town.
Leaving Cambodia for Thailand today with a short transfer to the border gate for a complete immigration procedure, then meet the Thai bike guide team to ride to Chanaburi, Thailand. Many local traders are moving along the roads as we take our ride easy with a gentle ride toward Chantaburi 's beach. We hop on the support vehicle transfer to the hotel. Lunch en route in Chantaburi. The rest of today is on the beach
We explore the coastal road, flat routes, and some little hills to Laem Mae Phim. The back roads are quiet, with less traffic, passing fishing villages, seafood markets, and beautiful local beaches. Make a stop at the mangrove swamp forest, with many stops along the way, see local fish, shrimp farms, and oysters, and the daily life of locals along the coasts. Then we ride through lush farmlands and orchards, pineapple, jackfruit, banana, and so on... as we reach Rayong province.
There is no cycling today; stay on the beach in the morning, and enjoy the warm, clear water and sandy beach until we check out. Following lunch is the transfer to Bangkok City. Tour End!