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Special Interest Travel (Biking)
Mekong River Cruise from the vibrant southern capital of Saigon, Vietnam, to the ancient kingdom of Angkor, Cambodia, the slow way, by bike and boat on a tour specially made to accommodate both cyclists and non-riding partners. Spend your mornings exploring your surroundings by bike or by foot, then in the afternoons, cruise the iconic Mekong River in comfort and style.
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Host: Local guides
Cost: From US$4,990 per person
Trip Type: Hosted Small Groups, Active Adventures, Solo Travellers, Cruising – Yacht to Small Ship
A truly enjoyable way to journey between Saigon and Siem Reap is on river cruise combining both bike and boat. Start out with a walking tour of the lively city of Saigon before boarding the ship, then pedal along the Vietnamese end of the Mekong Delta, through friendly villages and colonial towns. At the end of each day of riding, board the ship, without the need to unpack, and relax on deck with a cold drink as the world of the Mekong goes by.
Once you’ve cruised into Cambodia, enjoy the change of scenery with a day of cycling around Phnom Penh’s Silk Island. Explore Cambodia’s capital city and learn about its history before flying to Siem Reap: the home of Angkor Wat. One of the highlights of this journey will be watching the colors of the day illuminate the sky over the spires of this famous temple and cycling around the grounds of the historical national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Biking or hiking through the backroads and paths of Southeast Asia each morning, you will have the opportunity to meet local people, learn about their lives and traditions, and see first hand the agricultural miracle that is the Mekong Delta, while enjoying delicious local cuisine, and staying in comfort throughout the journey.
We specifically welcome non-cycling partners or friends on this trip and will have special activities planned for them each morning while the riders are cycling.
- Take a walking food tour of the lively city of Saigon and sample local favorites as well as coffee, beer and chocolate.
- Pedal the Silk Islands near Phnom Penh and visit traditional village industries.
- Wander your way through Phnom Penh with your expert guide in tow to learn more about Cambodian history.
- Gaze at the magnificent sunrise over the five spires of Angkor Wat before pedaling through the park.
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Day 1 - Welcome to Saigon
Meet us at the meeting point 9 am, and join us on a walking food tour of this culinary hotspot city. Along the way, taste local specialties such as Vietnamese coffee, chocolate, and beer. We embark our ship in the afternoon to start the voyage on the canal. First dinner together on board. (L,D)
Day 2 - Village and Forest Ride, Cruise to My Tho
Our first ride will take us around the Mekong Delta. The Mekong is the longest river in Southeast Asia and originates in China. We’ll explore this lush delta with a ride through the riverside villages and bamboo forests. Back on board for lunch, we sail up the river to My Tho.
Non-cyclists relax on board the ship as they take in the views of the Mekong Delta life. 25km ride (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Continue to Cai Be
We’ll offer you a morning and afternoon ride. It is your choice to join one or the other, or both. Visit the busy floating villages followed by traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local home.
In the afternoon we cycle to Cai Be, a delta village full of friendly children. We will enjoy a dinner in town before heading back to the ship for overnight. 35-65km ride (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Bike & Boat to Cao Lanh
Cycle along the river banks to Sa Dec, a pleasant colonial town. Lunch is back on board the ship.
In the afternoon, we will explore shaded paths through local villages with handicrafts such as woven mats or even ship builders. We almost reach the busy city of Cao Lanh where we embark our ship again for dinner. 35-65km ride (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Cruise into Cambodia
Last ride through the Vietnamese portion of this adventure before we return to the ship at 11am and continue to the border with Cambodia. Once the border formalities are sorted, we cruise around Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh for sunset. 30km ride (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Explore Silk Island
Silk Island (local name Koh Dac), near Phnom Penh, is known for the local women and their silk weaving skills. We’ll have a chance to learn about the process of weaving before we head back to the boat for lunch. In the afternoon, we explore more of the Mekong river banks around Phnom Penh. 20-40km ride (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Tour of Phnom Penh
Busy and bustling Phnom Penh has many hidden gems to offer, such as the Art Deco Central Market donated by the French. The past though carries a dark history when in the 1970s the city fell to the Khmer Rouge and became totally deserted. In early 2000s Phnom Penh and the country started slowly to get back on its feet. Join us for a walking tour around town before we transfer to the airport and catch the flight to Siem Reap, home to Angkor. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - The Temples of Angkor
We will get up early this morning to reach Angkor Wat just in time for the sunrise. There will be a big crowed at the main temple, but don’t worry, for the rest of the day we have our hidden jungle paths to avoid the tourist hordes. After a private breakfast behind Angkor Wat, we will continue on bikes and visit iconic temples such as Ta Prohm and Bayon, and some lesser-known ancient ruins.
Lunch is served at the Sra Srang Reservoir in the temple complex before we had back to the hotel and an afternoon to relax. We enjoy our last dinner together and then take you out to see the fantastic show at Phare Circus, run by a professional training center for arts. 25km ride (B,L,D)
Day 9 - End of Tour
After breakfast, we’ll visit the Angkor National Museum and then make our way to see the NGO APOPO’s giant rats detect land mines! Don’t worry, the rats and you will be safe. We’ll finish the morning at coffee place before returning to the hotel for a final good bye. (B)
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170 – 250 Km riding The riding is entirely flat. You’ll cycle on a great variety of surfaces, ranging from concrete to hard-packed dirt and even a few forest trails around Angkor. Traffic will almost always be a rarity, allowing you to engage with the locals as you go, stopping for a chat or a photo opportunities as you wish.
This trip includes:
- An air-conditioned backup support vehicle
- Light weight, Cannondale CX3 bicycles
- Experienced English speaking guides
- Meals (as indicated in day-by-day)
Price does not include:
- International Flights
- Visa fees
- All items of a personal nature
- Drinks and meals other than those specified
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
- Any increases due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. park fee increases, fuel surcharges, currency fluctuations)
- August 23-31, 2020 – US$4,990 per person
- November 21-29, 2020 – US$4,990 per person
- December 21-29, 2020 – US$4,990 per person
- February 4-12, 2021 – US$4,990 per person
- March 21-29, 2021 – US$4,990 per person
- November 6-14, 2021 – US$4,990 per person
- December 21-29, 2021 – US$4,990 per person
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Accommodation and tour are subject to availability. Please contact us for more information and pricing based on your dates and customizations.