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    Angkor to Saigon (CAMCYC5) 10 Days
    Itineraries: Angkor-Phnom Penh-Takeo-Chau Doc-Longxugen-Chantho-Travinh-Mytho-Saigon (TOUR PRICE: USD1,098 PER PERSON)

     

    We ride approximately 555 km on tarmac roads, back road and some dirt road and less travel  path. The border crossing at Phnom Den is quiet and easy crossing. The next town Takeo is the less visited which has much history homed to the First Capital of Khmer Empire known as Funan. Then home to the Khmer Rouge General Commander known as Ta Mok.

    Exploring Angkor ruins complex on the back road. Take the boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by crossing Tonle Sap lake. Discover Mekong Delta on bike to Saigon. It is a great experience to visit the 2 countries on bike. From the world famous temples of Angkor to the bustling city of Phnom Penh, then the less visited Takeo town before crossing the border to Chau Doc where we cycle through the Mekong Delta to Saigon.
    The starting point can be Ho Chi Minh City or Angkor. We can help to arrange pre and post tour accommodations at competitive price.

    TOUR ITINERARY:

    thailand_cyclingDay 1: Siem Reap-Angkor Complex (30km by bicycle)
    Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples.angkor_tour

    Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the temples. Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodia's great king, Jayavarman VII. Then visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. Angkor Wat is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in the form of massive 'temple mountain' dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L,D)

    Day 2: Banteay Srei and River of Thousand Lingas (90km)

    Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2km before turn right to the rural road. The road is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Srei before lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as women citadel (built in 967 A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some of temple are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and still an excellent state of preservation.

    Bangkok07Continue cycling to visit Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas, lying under the river bed, people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows to Siem Reap. Walk 1,200meters to visit the Lingas and enjoy lunch and the water fall. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira. Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors' donation to fund his work. Overnight in Siem Reap.


    Day 3: Siem Reap-Phnom Penh (18km)Tonle_Sap_trip
    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to board speedboat to Phnom Penh. This boat trip takes 6 hours; the boat has life jacket and toilet. It is one of the best boat trip to cross Tonle Sap lake, one of the biggest fresh water lake in South-East Asia. When the boat leaves the dock, immediately you will be able to view the picturesque floating village. This community comprise of Cambodian, Vietnamese and Muslim minorities. The market, gas station and school are also floating. They move up and down depends on the season. In rainy season, Tonle Sap lake reaches 10,000 squre Km, but in dry season it's got only 5,000 squre Km. Arrive in Phnom Penh port, afternoon visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
     

    DAY 4: PHNOM PENH (35 km)Phnom_Penh_tour
    Breakfast at the hotel. Today be guided through this bustling city to explore the main sights by bike, including Wat Phnom and Cheung Ek killing field. Phnom Penh has got more than 1 million population and the traffic has become very busy now. There is another option to visit the city by van. In the afternoon, visit the Independence Monument, Tuol Sleng Museum and Russian Market.  Overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
     

    DAY 5: PHNOM PENH - TAKEO (67km)Cycling_Vietnam
    After breakfast. Transfer 15km out of the busy traffic in Phnom Penh. Begin to cycle to visit Ta Phrom and Yeary Pov temples (12 century). Take a break for water and snack before heading to Phnom Chisor to visit the hill top 11th century temple. Enjoy packed lunch overlook the scenery of the countryside. Afternoon, cycle to Takeo passing Ta Mok's house, the former general commander of the Khmer Rouge. Takeo is a less visited town with much relation to the past history. Board on the boat for sunset to Phnom Da to visit the hill top temple former the capital of Khmer Empire in the early century known as Funan. Overnight in Mittapheap Guesthouse. (B,L,D)

    DAY 6: Takeo-Chau Doc (78km)Saigon3
    Early breakfast. Fill in water and check visa for Vietnam one more time as Vietnam visa has to be done in advance. Cycle 53km to Phnom Den border crossing point. Take a break in half way for water stop. After immigration, say goodbye to our Cambodian driver. Lunch at the local restaurant at the border. After lunch, cycle to discover along the Mekong Delta road into the beautiful green countryside. Along the way you will see rice fields and water buffalos nearby the road. Arrive in Chau Doc, those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain for sunset! Dinner and overnight in Chau Doc. (B,L,D)

    Day 7: Chau Doc - Longxuyen (50km+cycling)VNCY20

    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 Bachuc along the border, or re-trace back to triton (depending on road conditions). The cycling starts to gently undulate and mountains begin to loom as you ride out off Chau Doc. The presence of Thnot trees indicates the growing proximity to Cambodia and the local people speak Vietnamese as their second lanaguge. This afternoon, you will cycle to the killing fields of Vietnam at Bachuc, where Polpot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. Our final cycling to Longxuyen, the scenery is completely different. Overnight in Longxuyen. (B,L,D)

    Day 8: Longxuyen-Cantho (90km+cycling)VNCY19

    Today’s ride is split into two sections and is a contrast to the previous day’s ride. After a very early breakfast, the ride start with a short transfer and a ferry crossing. From the upstream, you will cycle on a tiny road. You will continue by bike along narrow lane to the main road, where we transfer along highway to Cantho for lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a boat trip to the famous Cairang floating market before riding on a narrow paved road market to Phong Dien. The route waves through the afternoon market bustling along the banks of the very busy river. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets. Overnight in local hotel in Cantho. (B,L,D)

    Day 9: Cantho - Travinh (80km+cycling)VNCY18

    After breakfast, there will be time to explore side tracks and trails as the cycling distance today is not far. This gives a great first impression of the “heart of Mekong”. We take first short boat trip to Vinh Long, one of the famous fruits town in Mekong. Then you bike along narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails. This biking is at its most glorious-through tiny orchards, witness colorful life along the riverside, pedal pass picturesque delta homes, pause to chart with welcoming villagers, clack across innumerable wooden bridges. Cross narrow canals on a local sampan, before finishing at the main ferry for a refreshing boat trips across the expansive Co Chien River. Ride final few km to the very pretty Khmer town of Travinh. Overnight home stay in Travinh. (B,L,D)


    Day 10: Travinh - Mytho - Ho Chi Minh (50km+ cycling)VNCY21

    After breakfast, start with a section of biking cuts off road onto gravel and dirt lanes, and weaves around hamlets, across water channels, and through quiet dense vegetation. This makes for superb biking after a ferry across the graping expanse of Cochien river from Travinh, the pretty tree lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer.  Then another section of crossing rivers and canals by numerous, ubiquitous, fascinating ferries, we bike through the route takes us through narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations, fields of sugar cane, through the lush green landscape of the delta. The ride lead us right into the heart of the rural Mekong before arriving at Mytho – the gateway of the Mekong delta to end our cycling trip. From Mytho, we transfer a couple of hours to Ho Chi Minh City to avoid the busy traffic. TOUR ENDS.


    Tour Cost USD1,098 Per Person - Single room Supplement USD150
    Bike Rental USD100 (Trek 4300-4500)
    Total Distance 555 km
    Number of cycling days 10 days
    Road Surface This tour 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. A little bit sandy.
    Support Support van including spare part, cool box and back up service
    Group Size Minimum 2. Maximum 15.
    Staff Groups of 6 or more, a Cycling Tour Leader, plus English-speaking cycling guide, drivers and assistants. Groups below 5 will be led by our local guide and our local support team.
    Food All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    Tour Price Includes

    • Accommodation 3* star in sharing room, guesthouse in Takeo
    • Transportation for transfer and tour
    • Support van for, cool box, back up service
    • Cycling experienced guide
    • Full board meals (breakfasts, lunch and dinner)
    • All ferry crossing and boat trip
    • All entrance fee and temple pass

    Price Excludes

    • International Flights
    • Departure Tax $25 (international)
    • Visa Fees $20 (issued on arrival)
    • Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings 
    • Tips for guides. 
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Any services not mentioned in itinerary
     

     
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