South Vietnam and Grand Cambodia Bike Tour
Journey deep through the two most fascinating countries of Southeast Asia: Vietnam & Cambodia. We spend ample time traversing through the interiors of the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam and then ride into the South Coast of Cambodia ending at Angkor.
Our trip is aimed at travelers who want to pace out their journey to really let the region sink in well. With that add a dash of a dramatic temple city, the central Tonle Sap river along with paddy-clad countryside, fishing villages, and quaint cafes – this is going to be one packed trip.
Saigon, Vietnam | 17:00hrs
Siem Reap, Cambodia
60km or 36mi
off-beat rideExperience the contours of two countries of Southeast Asia on an off-beat trail
|DAY 1||Saigon||Silverland Yen||D|
|DAY 2||Tra Vinh||Coco Riverside Lodge||B,L,D||50km / 30mi*||cycling|
|DAY 3||Can Tho||TTC Premium||B,L,D||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 4||Chau Doc||Chau Pho||B,L,D||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 5||Ha Tien||River Hotel||B,L,D||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 6||Kep||Sabbay Kep||B,L,D||30km / 18mi||cycling|
|DAY 7||Ta Keo||Meas Homestay||B,L,D||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 8||Phnom Penh||House Boutique Eco Hotel||B,L,D||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 9||Phnom Penh||House Boutique Eco Hotel||B,L|
|DAY 10||Kampong Cham||LBN Asian Hotel||B,L,D||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 11||Kampong Thom||Sambor Village||B,L,D||50km / 30mi||cycling|
|DAY 12||Siem Reap||Steung Siemreap||B,L||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 13||Siem Reap||Steung Siemreap||B,L,D||30km / 18mi||cycling|
|DAY 14||Siem Reap – onward travel||B|
Accommodation - Casual Inns
Small luxury and boutique hotels that are true to their heritage and character and reflect local ethos are listed here as Casual Inns. They hold within them an unassuming charm and regional character that is an extension of the destination itself. Most of them fall under the 3-star or 4-star category with a possible mix of homestays.
We have chosen them carefully so that you are well-rested; get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah. The above brief itinerary gives you a clickable list of hotels for your perusal.
Day 1: Saigon
Our guide meets you at your hotel at 17:00hrs for a bike fitting followed by dinner to celebrate the start of our journey on a bike.
The morning is free for you to explore the city. We recommend exploring some of the most popular sites - Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Opera House, Continental Hotel, The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Post Office, The War Remnants Museum, China Town (Cho Lon in Dist 5), Thien Hau Pagoda, Landmark 81 building and Jade Emperor Pagoda. It gives you an excellent introduction to the city’s history with plenty of opportunities to soak up the unique mix of chaos and tranquility that is modern-day Saigon.
Day 2: Tra Vinh
A short shuttle transfer brings us to My Tho – the gateway of the Mekong delta. Ride along a small creek to Mekong estuary past gorgeous paddy fields and lush orchards. Along the way, we may also see how local people use water-coconut leaves to make thatch roofs. Lunch is served en route at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Can Tho
We go deeper into the delta. We ride past numerous rice fields, rivers, and canals, and over a multitude of bridges that may offer views of floating villages. Apart from rice fields, the region is dotted with many plantations of banana, coconut, and citrus trees. It’s a long ride today through the interior trails of Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Set on the southern bank of the Hau River, Can Tho is known for its network of canals and nearby floating markets.
Day 4: Chau Doc
Experience early morning Cai Rang floating market on a boat ride and later ride to the culturally diverse Chau Doc as you get to see mosques, temples, and churches here. If we make it on time, take a boat trip to the Cham communities across the river.
Day 5: Ha Tien
Another stretch of riverside villages and exquisite countryside awaits us today. Here, we begin cycling towards Tra Su, a national reserve forest and a bird sanctuary. The road is quite hilly, but the path is unique. If time permits, at the national forest, experience a classic boat ride through the forest including rowed sampan boats and hiking amidst Cajeput trees. The wetlands here attract a tremendous variety of birds including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl, and water cocks. Witness dramatic limestone formations along the way and later ride to the quaint riverside town of Ha Tien.
Day 6: Kep
Our Cambodian representative welcomes you at the border. Today, it’s a short coastal ride to Kep through salt flats and coastal villages. We ride slowly, taking pictures along the way and taking in the stunning vistas.
Kep’s seaside front is the perfect place for weary legs to feel rejuvenated. Earthy colors and breezy wind make for the perfect ambiance to unwind.
Day 7: Ta Keo
The topography that will be forever etched in your mind is that of a sprawling countryside of fields, palm trees, and lotus farms. Ta Keo is a small town situated amidst beautiful lakes.
Day 8: Phnom Penh
Get ready for a ride towards Phnom Penh past some amazing lake scenery surrounded by paddy fields and lotus farms. We stop by along the way at Phnom Chiso Temple, situated on the top of a hill with 400 steps to climb up. Later ride to Killing Fields. An essential on the itinerary due to the historic hook and for understanding the country better, we walk through the killing fields. Experience the painful story of a country that leads to the death of 2 million Cambodian people between 1974-1979.
We take a shuttle and arrive at the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, at the edge of the Mekong River. Historical splendors are spread in every corner whether it’s the local palace or the horrific remnants of the Khmer atrocities.
In the evening, taste some local Khmer cuisine at one of Phnom Penh’s finest dining place, Romdeng. End day with a walk or tuk-tuk rides back to the hotel.
Day 9: Phnom Penh
Today get ready to be immersed in the Cambodian culture and history of the city as we kick off our walking tour from Independence Monument. Enjoy walking along the Tonle Sap river, considered the lifeline of the region. Continue towards the National Museum, which houses several national treasures from three different eras: Pre-Angkorian, Angkorian, and Post-Angkorian, giving the flavor of diverse culture and architecture. The last leg of our walk takes us to the gilded Royal Palace, shimmering with silver tiles and sculptures of Buddha, which gives an insight into Cambodian Royal Life. After the museum, hike up the steps of a small hill to see Wat Phnom Temple, the birthplace of Phnom Penh. Later, enjoy some leisure evening time walking around the beautiful riverfront.
We insist that you step outside for dinner after a short break, to enjoy the local nightlife and enjoy the street food. Traditional dishes like amok (coconut fish curry served in a banana leaf), bobor (rice porridge), and lok lak (stir-fried beef) are easy to find on the streets.
Day 10: Kampong Cham
After a short transfer to the outskirts of Phnom Penh, ride along the Mekong River for a good part, and through a tropical plantation landscape consisting of rubber, cashew, and cotton. Today’s ride takes us through remote bucolic villages, and past beautiful wats and riverside towns. Kampong Cham is a less visited place yet has the charm of a beautiful riverside town.
Day 11: Kampong Thom
A short ride along the Mekong River brings us to Wat Hanchey, an 8th-century hilltop pagoda offering the best views of Mekong in Cambodia. Continue riding along tropical farmlands dotted with cashew and rubber plantations and bucolic villages. Later take a transfer and arrive at Kompong Thom.
Day 12: Siem Reap
In the morning, ride around Kampong Thom’s Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex, which predates Angkor Wat by at least 200 years.
Later, ride through the bucolic countryside with a spectacular view of paddy fields and lotus farms all around.
In the evening, explore some of the local food in the cafes that flank the narrow roads.
Day 13: Siem Reap
The Angkor temple complex is synonymous with Cambodia, so a ride around the temple is essential. We start riding directly from the hotel and reach the moat of Angkor Wat. Exquisite sculptures, tall towers, and maze-like trails flanked by large banyan roots, you might want to spend ample time photographing as you would have seen nothing like this before. We will loop back to Angkor Wat for a detailed tour at the end of our ride.
Continue riding towards Angkor Thom and enter the city from the South gate. Beat the crowd and climb the surrounding wall of the city and ride on top of it. Take a break here for a rich fascinating account of the city from our guide. A further ride through East gate takes us to Bayon, a richly decorated face temple within the Angkor complex is one of the highlights here. Exit from the second East gate of the city and ride towards jungle-clad TA Prohm. Our guide shares historical anecdotes and walks you through temples along the way.
The Angkor Wat requires more than a morning, so we loop back for a more detailed guided tour. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the largest religious complexes in the world and it’s bound to enthrall you. If time permits, climb Phnom Bakheng for a classic view of Angkor during sunset.
Day 14: Siem Reap – onward travel
Make a final early morning visit to Angkor and witness the magnificent views in the backdrop of sunrise.
Dates and Prices
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From US $550
From US $350
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We offer private departures on almost all our itineraries, and for groups of four or more, they cost the same as our standard trips!
All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).
Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.
Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.
A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.
Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.
Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.
Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.
E-bikes are available on this trip at a surcharge. Please send a note to your tour consultant to book one.
When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consist of the below bikes as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.
Specialized Rockhopper (Vietnam)
Included in your trip price
Cannondale Trail 4 (Cambodia)
Included in your trip price
Bianchi Metropol-e (Vietnam)
Available at a surcharge
Giant Talon E+3 (Cambodia)
Available at a surcharge
South Vietnam and Cambodia is a year-round cycling destination because of its pleasant tropical climate. April and May can be hot, but for the rest of the year, the temperature hovers around 30°C. There is moderate rainfall from May to early November but it settles soon, leaving the weather cool and the countryside lush. November to February is the best time for cycling in South Vietnam with warm weather, clear blue skies, and a light ocean breeze blowing in from the Pacific.
Residents from a number of countries have visa exemption status for tourist visits to Vietnam. For a full list of up-to-date visa-exempt countries, see the Vietnam Foreign Affairs website.
e-Visa – Vietnam does things a bit differently. Although you apply e-visa online, you will then receive a visa approval letter which must be used on arrival for obtaining the visa at the airport. The processing time ranges from 4 working hours to 2 working days. Read more about tourist e-visas for Vietnam at the Vietnam Immigration portal and apply there.
While applying online for an approval letter, please ensure that you have the following documents:
- Passport scanned copy: A scanned copy of your passport - front (main) page. It shouldn't be a mobile photo or a photo taken from a laptop. Strictly scanned copy done through a computer scanner.
- Passport size photo: portrait photo (4*6 size, colored photo, white background, straight looking without glasses). A photo taken from a mobile or laptop may or may not work, so I would strictly advise getting one made through a nearby photo studio (retail shop) that specializes in taking photos for visas.
Here is an excellent resource on Vietnam visas that may be worth looking at.
Cambodia has three international gateways for arrival by air – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville – and a large number of land borders with neighboring Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. Formalities at Cambodia’s international airports are generally smooth.
Travelers can get a Cambodia visa upon arrival at the airport with a valid passport for 6 months and no longer need to have a pre-arrival COVID-19 test, present a full COVID-19 vaccination card/certificate, or a passenger's health declaration form on arrival in Cambodia. Remote electronic temperature-checking systems remain at the entry and exit gates for Immigration officers to check and advise passengers who may have COVID-19 symptoms.
On this tour, we will cross into Cambodia via the land border between Vietnam and Cambodia through Ha Tien. Here, you can apply for a Cambodian visa at the border during your bike tour wherein we enter Phnom Penh via Ha Tien. The port on the Vietnam side is Ha Tien Landport (known as Xa Xia border). Its counterpart across the Cambodian border is Prek Chak. Please bring 2 current colored passport photos and ensure you have the visa fee of US $30-40 each. Please note that the Cambodian e-Visa is not applicable at the port of entry during your bike tour. Please apply for a Cambodian visa in advance with the embassy or obtain a visa on arrival at the port.
For Visa on arrival at the Cambodian border, please make sure to bring the following things:
- 2 current passport photos
- Ensure you have the visa fee of US $30-40 each
- Passport copy
- Vaccine card copy (proof of vaccination)
Airport pickup and drop
We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.
Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.
Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.
Reviews from our friends
Paul Leventhal from US5.0
We were very excited to ride for two weeks in Vietnam for my 60th birthday. Art of Bicycle Trips seems to have planned a great trip. Then this global health crisis hit and our trip was in limbo. The representative from the company , Shruti was responsive and always working to satisfy my concerns. Initially I wanted them to hold the spot and use the funds for a future trip a few months down the road but as the crisis worsened it became clear that this wasn’t virus going to be so easy to shake. I asked for the balance to be returned. She agreed and without any delay started credit process of about $5400. With other companies, returning funds could have been more of a battle. You never know what or who you are dealing with when you book remotely across oceans. Not in this case.... and that is why I am detailing this transaction. They are more interested in preserving their reputation and doing the right thing. The sigh of a good organization is when things go sideways how do they handle themselves. These guys get an “A” 5 star grade When I rebook , I will use them and will bring along other couples for the trip. I have no doubt they will exceed my expectations. Maybe they will apply part of my non refundable deposit to the next trip ..... who knows. highly recommend.
Martha Binks from US5.0
Will be booking more tours soon
Had a fabulous time cycling through Vietnam and Cambodia. Phooc was an exception guide for the Vietnam leg and a shout out to the different community based guides in Cambodia in Phnom Phen and Angor Watt. Yes, we'll be back!
Allison Hooper from US5.0
Overall very good
We have taken many bike trips and like to select a local company. I think that the value is better and there are more choices for itineraries. Maybe we will take a trip to India with Art of Bicyling. Most hotels were great. We especially liked coconut Riverside, TTC premium, River hotel, Le Ponton, Tea House was great, Sambor Village STeung Siem Reap. Bike guides were also the tour guides with the exception of the art museum at Phnom Penh. The museum guide was not so great. The bike guides were excellent and very knowledgeable about the history, temples etc. loved the bikes and the ebikes. The crew made a point to tidy the van daily and remove trash etc.