Ride Angkor to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) on this 14 day Cambodia cycling holiday to Vietnam. Cycle rural landscapes and riverside communities plus kayaking and more.
Countryside Adventures arranged cycling adventures starting from Siam Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for those who want to experience the real Indochina. We aim to take tourists to get a first-hand look at the laid-back charm of ancient sights and discover the historical myths or cultural beauty in Cambodia.
The majority of our bicycle routes on this 14 day Cambodia cycling holiday to Vietnam are off roads and back roads. As you ride Angkor to Saigon you’ll enjoy a wild ride around picturesque villages and meet the culture of people with broad smiles and warm hospitality.
Our Angkor to Ho Chi Minh cycle ride is a journey through rural landscapes and riverside communities. We will see history marked by traces of Pol Pot atrocities in Cambodian and Vietnamese killing fields and the Cu Chi underground tunnels used during the first Indochina and American wars.
Day to day plan to ride Angkor to Saigon on this 14 day Cambodia cycling holiday to Vietnam:
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SIEM REAP. D
Upon arrival in Siem Reap. Greetings from our local team and then transfer to your hotel for Check-in. In the afternoon, short transfer to our bike store for Bike Fitting and Tour Briefing, then take a short riding around the Town if we have time. Free until welcome dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 2 : SIEM REAP – ANGKOK COMPLEX .B.L.D
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. 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. An eight-meter high wall encloses this ten square kilometre city, which is encircled by a moat. The famous Bayon, in the geographical heart of Angkor Thom, is a remarkable 54 tower temple. Initially the temple appears to be a shapeless mass of grey and brown stone, but it is only as you get closer that you realize every tower has the carved face of Avalokiteshvara on it.
After the visit, cycle to Angkor Wat to finish the small circuit. Stop at South Gate of Angkor Thom for taking photo. Access via a causeway over the moat that are flanked by statues of Gods on the left and devils on the right. 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.
Cycling distance: 30KM.
DAY 3: SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE. B.L
From our hotel we cycle along Siem Reap River and out into the countryside to Kampong Phluk fishing village. On our way we pass a few Rolous group temples from the 9th Century, Bakong, Lolei, and Preah Ko. An ancient Khmer city here was known as Hariharalaya. We take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) the largest freshwater lake in Asia. Back on shore we transfer back to our hotel in Siem Reap.
Cycle Distance: 40km (25 miles)
DAY 4: CYCLE AND TRANSFER SIEM REAP TO BATTAMBANG.B.L.D
We set off from the hotel riding 30km out, through a landscape of paddy fields on small dirt roads passing through Cambodian villages. We will be greeted by the smiling faces of local people. We stop to visit a silk farm then have a vehicle transfer to Banteay Meanchey town for lunch and then continue to Battambong. Once we’ve checked in to our hotel, we have a late afternoon cycle out to the Bamboo Train. This is a unique railway. From O Dambong, 3.7km east of Battambang’s old French bridge (Wat Kor Bridge), all that remains of the track is 7km southeast to O Sra. The journey takes 20 minutes each way, with a 20-minute stop at O Sra Lav in between.
Each bamboo train (nori) – consists of a 3m-long wooden frame, covered with slats made of bamboo powered by a petrol engine.
Cycle Distance: 50km (31 miles)
DAY 5: BATTAMBANG TO KAMPONG CHHNANG.B.L.D
This morning we ride to the villages just outside Battambang to learn about the lives of local people living along the river. We stop to see rice paper making, banana drying, rice wine and prahok production, we can sample one of the most famous snacks in Cambodia, the kralanh (sticky rice cooked in the bamboo pipe). We ride back to Battambang. After lunch we transfer by vehicle to Kampong Chhnang. Overnight in Kampong Chhnang.
Cycle Distance: 30km (19 miles)
DAY 6: KAMPONG CHHNANG TO PHNOM PENH
We set off from our hotel cycling to visit the pottery villages of Kampong Chhnang, we continue on riding through the rice paddy enjoying beautiful countryside. We make a stop to visit Oudong Mountain, the Capital of Cambodia for more than 200 years from the 17th to the 19th centuries. The 2 mounds of the mountain are connected by a ridge and dotted with stupas and shrines dedicated to former kings. After visiting the mountain- top temple we will ride on quiet back roads through the countryside to our hotel.
Cycle Distance: 100km (62 miles)
DAY 7: PHNOM PENH FREE DAY.B
Today you are free to explore Phnom Penh. You can visit the sumptuous Silver Pagoda with 5000 silver floor tiles, located in the Royal Complex, the Royal Palace or the ancient Wat Phnom temple, set apart from the bustling streets. The city’s Psar Tuol Tom Pong (Russian Market) or the art-deco Psar Thmei (Central Market) offer the opportunity to do some bartering.
DAY 8: PHNOM PENH TO CHAU DOC.B.L.D
We cycle from our hotel this morning to catch a ferry boat across the Mekong. Disembarking we enjoy a 25km cycle ride through local villages where silk weaving is a principal industry. We take another ferry boat to Call Kah Oknha Tei Island and cycle through market gardens where crops of corn, papaya and mangoes grow. We transfer back to Phnom Penh and this afternoon, bidding farewell to Cambodia, we take a speed boat to Chau Doc in Vietnam. As we reach our destination, we’ll see floating houses, people washing clothes and children bathing in the river. Chau Doc’s cultural diversity with mosques, temples, churches and nearby pilgrimage sites, makes it a fascinating place to explore. The area is defined by Sam Mountain a small but imposing pinnacle that rises dramatically out of the flat landscape. From the peak there are views right across the delta to Cambodia. The mountain is a sacred site for Buddhists, there are brightly painted temples and tombs and an unusual trail of ceramic dinosaurs that leads to the summit. A lookout tower is manned by Vietnamese military monitoring the Cambodian border.
Cycle Distance: 25km (15.5 miles)
DAY 9: CHAU DOC – LONG XUYEN.B.L.D
We cycle along the Vinh Te canal to visit Ba Chuc killing fields. Pol Pot soldiers massacred over 3000 Vietnamese people here in 1978. An ossuary and memorial room mark these events. Our ride continues along the riverside where there are numerous brick kilns and we will see local workers farming the mud for brick production. We continue riding on village roads passing rice fields and frog farms.
Cycle Distance: 70km (43.5 miles)
DAY 10: LONG XUYEN – CAN THO.B.L.D
We begin today with a short transfer to visit Bang Lang Stork Garden, a bird sanctuary with astonishing views of thousands of resident storks and snowy egrets. There is a tall viewing platform we can climb to survey the area. We begin cycling on quiet village backroads witnessing scenes of daily rural life in action. There are timber merchants, coconut shredders, and rice farmers at work. Can Tho is the main city of the Mekong Delta.
Cycle Distance: 85km (53 miles)
DAY 11: CAN THO – VINH LONG HOMESTAY. B.L.D
We will never miss the floating market in Can Tho, after the boat trip, then the bikes will be ready for you. Start riding along the small path in rice fields, stop for a photo and you can learn how the farmer planting rice, and sometimes you can see how they harvest it.
Enjoy all morning ride to experience the daily life of the locals.
We will be transferred to Cai Be Town for a boat trip to our local homestay on the Island for the night at a local place.
In the evening, enjoy cooking with the host. Overnight at a local place.
Cycle Distance: 60km (37 miles)
DAY 12: KAYAKING & CYCLING – HO CHI MINH CITY.B.L
Wake up in the early morning for our water activities by kayaking on the Mighty Mekong River to enjoy the sunrise and experience the morning activities of the locals. We then pay a visit to one of the local village markets to see how the local trading. Enjoy a coffee at the market is one of the highlight experiences. Our Boat takes us back to our homestay for breakfast.
Today we ride on paved country roads through the ‘coconut kingdom of Vietnam’, our route includes a ferry crossing, rice fields, and coconut farms. Our cycling ends at My Tho Packing up the bikes we have a 2-hour transfer to our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and the end of the ride Angkor to Saigon.
Cycle Distance: 50km (31 miles)
DAY 13: HO CHI MINH CITY FREE & EASY DAY
Today is free and easy to explore the City or you can take an optional Cu Chi Tunnels half-day trip with your local guide. Overnight in HCM City.
DAY 14: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE
The Cambodia cycling holiday to Vietnam ends today. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.