Cycling Vietnam to Cambodia - Mekong Adventures

Tour details

Price
USD $1985.00 1985.00
Tour code
VBR: MCT11F - HCM - REP
Duration
Number Of cycling days
6 full days+ 4 half-days
Single supplement
425.00$
Average distance per day
35km
Bike Hire
90
Total cycling distance
510 km
Destination
Ages to ride
14 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
B = Breakfasts, L = Lunches, D = Dinners
10 nights: double room/ twin room
Speed boat to Phnom Penh
Pick up & drop off at hotels
All airport in/out
Bicycle mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Single supplement
Visa to Vietnam & Cambodia
International Flight
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Saigon - Cu Chi tunnel

Vietnam Backroads team will meet you at hotel in Ho Chi Minh for 1.5 hours transfer takes you to rural village for a half day biking. Just 3km cycling on back road we then cross Saigon River by small ferry before we see local life on dirt track; pass fruit gardens, rice paddy fields and villages. Stop at family make rice paper. Then another ferry will take you to Cu Chi tunnel. We spend an hour explore tunnel network. After lunch, we will return back to Saigon. On the way back, we will stop at cricket farm and taste some fried crickets wrapped in a spring roll, just eat it like a local snack during the farm visit. It’s an opportunity to experience the local doing business of cricket farm. 

Aquari Hotel
Lunch
23km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
2
Saigon - Tra Vinh

Leave Saigon city centre and enjoy the scenic scenery along the National High way. After 2 hours and half transfer by vehicle, we arrive at further side of Upper River branch of Mekong River. After Rach Mieu bridge, we’ll start our first day ride after this bridge. We ride on small back road, ride rural villages, get through farmlands of coconut trees until we reach to city of Ben Tre. There will be many stops at local family workshops; producing coconut jelly, sweet candies and and honey bee farms. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant at a local restaurant. After your delicious lunch, we then cross the Ham Luong bridge and continue biking on smooth concrete paths to countryside of Mo Cay; cross a small river by small ferry then we stop at local factory making coconut fabric. We then continue cycling on path through water palm until we reach to another ferry which takes us to further side of Co Chien River. A short transfer us to hotel in Tra Vinh city.

Nha Khach Tra Vinh
Brerakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 45km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
3
Can Tho - Tra Vinh

After breakfast, a 20 minute transfer will bring you out Tra Vinh city for a morning ride takes you deeply into the homeland of Khmer people (Cambodian) where most of them follow Buddhism branch which influenced original Buddhism from Indian.(Theravada) This morning ride will give your opportunities; to see monks walking along villages in countryside, visit many old colourful Khmer temples. Then we continue riding through rice fields, cross irrigation canals until we reach to Cau Ke town and will have lunch in this town. In the afternoon, get back on your bike, ride through fruit orchard and have some ferry crossings to Binh Minh before we get on vehicle for driving to Can Tho, the capital of Mekong Delta Vietnam.

TTC Hotel Premium - Can Tho
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 70km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
4
Can Tho - Sadec - Cao Lanh

After breakfast, we do check out for a motor boat ride to bustle Cai Rang floating market. After the floating market, then we get on the bikes from Binh Minh rural Dist. On this morning, we ride across farmlands of sweet potatos then on dirt tracks along rivers and villages. We will stop at local houses where locals producing rice and sticky rice powders. Your lunch will be served with local food at restaurant in Sadec town. We will stop at vist Huynh Thuy Le house which related to the movie"The Lover" An old love story is what people still talk about this house and its owner – Mr. Huynh Thuy Le and his l'amant (lover) M. Duras. On this afternoon’ cycling through many small village through mango gardens, rivers and we have a van/bus transfer to Cao Lanh city.

Sao Mai hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 65km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
5
Cao Lanh - Gieng Island - Chau Doc

Cao Lanh is the wetland province of Mekong Delta. Most of removed village's houses are on stilts because of yearly flooded season. In the morning, we ride to learn the lives of local through stilt house villages It's a chance for you to see the difficult ways to earn a living here. We will enjoy some ferry crossings Mekong River and keep learning local culture in islands and we ride pass Catholic monastery. In the afternoon, we will explore farmlands of rice plants and vegetable and agricultural irrigation system; water pump and criss-cross canals and rice husking mills in countryside of Thap Moi. We take the last ferry to cross Basac River to Chau town.

Sam Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
6
Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Today we leave Vietnam for Cambodia and stay a night in Phnom Penh Capital city. Our start is a bit earlier; have breakfast and do check out and ready to go at 6:45am. Our speedboat takes you upstream the Mekong River to the capital of Cambodia. This unique mean of transportation gives you an amazing chance to admire the natural beauty of the Mekong Delta's timeless scenery. With comfort of your seat, watch real life in front of you; fishing villages, tiny villages, bamboo-stilt houses, colourful floating markets and local ferries take locals across Mekong River. We will arrive at the dock in Phnom Penh after 4 hours speed boat riding. Our team will take you to hotel for check in.

Double Leaf Boutique Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Hang Chau speed boat
Day
7
Phnom Penh - Udong - Kampong Chhang

Oudong is a town in Cambodia, at the base of Phnom Udong Mountain, northwest of Phnom Penh. It was the site of the royal capital from the 17th to the 19th centuries. There are many old Royal Palace and historical sites in Udong. After breakfast, a transfer takes you to Prev Phnov Bridge. We take a leisurely cycle through many small village communities, farmlands; through rice paddies and stopping along the way to learn rich culture and history about this region. Then we continue bicycling to Udong Mountain around lunch-time and enjoy lunch before visiting the stupa. In the afternoon, we ride on country back roads to Kampong Tralach District before a transfer to Kampong Chhang

Sovann Phum Hotel and Restaurant
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
8
Kampong Chhang - Battambang

Today we set off a bit earlier because there is a long way to Batambang. We do check out after our an early breakfast. We will be transferred to Moung Ruessie for today's ride. We will learn alot about local education in countryside where we explore by bicycle. Ride on back roads through pottery village, farmlands, schools and local market all from Koas Krala to Phum Sala Trav via Phnum Thippadei. After lunch, a transfer takes us to Batambang.

Classy Hotel & Spa
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
9
battambang's Countryside and it highlights

Battambang founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire, Battambang is the leading rice-producing province of the country. For nearly 100 years it was a major commercial hub and provincial capital of Siamese province of Inner Cambodia (1795-1907). A leisure ride today will give you more time to enjoy local culture, history and to witness ordinary life of local. We'll enjoy bike ride through the beautiful surrounding countryside of Battambang; stopping at cottage industries producing sticky rice, noodles and fish paste. You will have an opportunity to experience bamboo train which can be seen in this country only. The bamboo train trip takes 20 minutes and it takes you through villages, rice paddy fields and lush green forest. Then we visit Phnom Sampov before we return to Batambang by vehicle.

Classy Hotel & Spa
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 40km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
10
Battambang - Siem Reap

Battambang town centre has some of Cambodia's best French colonial buiding styles and it's a peaceful and pleasant city situated closed to the tranquil Sangker River which through Battambang Province. We will have a short transfer to outskirt of Battambang for a morning countryside exploring. We will stop at a scarf workshop, and some local home workshops; experience making bamboo sticky rice, rice wine and we ride pass fish market and pay a visit the Ek Phnom Temple. Wat Ek Phnom is an Angkorian temple located on the left side of the Sangker River at the small creek of Prek Daun Taev northwest the G Peam Aek spot approximately 9 km north of the city of Battambang. We then continue biking on through farmlands to highway where we get on vehicle for a transfer to Sisophon town- Meanchey Province for lunch. Then we head onward to Siem Reap.

Ibis Styles Hotels
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 50km
Flat- easy/ moderate
Day
11
See Angkor Watt by bike

From the hotel we have van/bus transfer through Angkor pass check point, and then we start riding to Angkor Watt on shady road. Our visit to Angkor complex sites are included; Ta Phrom temple, Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple. Then we continue biking to Angkor Watt and spending time to discover before we return to Siem Reap by van/bus. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch
25km
Flat- easy/ moderate

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 is to your trip

You do not have to ride the exact kilometer distance as it's showing on the daily biking of each itinerary. It will be flexible as you want. Even you could choose the 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. However, the Mekong Delta River network has natural creeks and canals that small ferry boats are such essential ways of travelling in the countryside, and riders have no choice!


Cycling 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. Our guides are licensed, 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 and levels of cycling skills.


How were the backup vehicles support cyclists on the trip?

Most routes are small, narrow, just wide enough for two bicycles OR mopeds. There are vehicles to support riders on the entire trip (van/minibus to take up all cyclists and truck to carry all bikes and spare bikes), but they are too big to drive on, follow riders along through the countryside. Do remember! All support vehicles are permanently closed and not far from the group. Where are the support vehicles during the trip? Depends on routes, vehicles sometimes move along the high roads, second highways, or country roads as close to riders as possible. If one of the riders wants to relax on A/C vehicle, the tour leaders will find the shortest route that leads he/she to the support vehicles that are always on standby. That is very easy and also the way Vietnam Backroads organized. 

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




 

 
 

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