Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are located along the Mekong River. The 3 countries share the benefit from the Mekong providing water, fish, and rich resource for farming. Cycling to visit the Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos along the Mekong is one of a great experience in life. There are many interests, the culture, the people as you cycle along, the villages, the historical Angkor temple complex. There are 4 thousands islands along the Mekong. When cycling up north, you will be able to visit the dolphin and the upstream toward Laos.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh - Mytho - Travinh (50 km, cycling).
After breakfast you will transfer a couple of hours out of Ho Chi Minh City to Mytho– the gateway of the Mekong delta. Today’s biking will lead you right into the heart of the rural Mekong. The cycling begins after the ferry journey across the Tien River at Mytho. The route takes you through narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations, fields of sugar cane, through the lush green landscape of the delta, crossing rivers and canals by numerous, ubiquitous, fascinating ferries.
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. A final ferry across the gaping expanse of Cochien river leads us to Travinh, a pretty tree lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer. Overnight in hotel in Travinh. Includes: (L, D).
Day 2: Travinh - Cantho(80 km, cycling).
After breakfast at home stay, the last short boat trip will be reached Vinhlong, one of the famous fruits town in Mekong. You bike along narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails. This is biking at its most glorious-through tiny orchards, witness colorful life along the riverside, pedal pass picturesque delta homes, pause to chat 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 trip across the expansive Co Chien River. Ride final few km to the very pretty Khmer town of Travinh. There will be plenty of 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”. Overnight in local hotel in Can Tho. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: Cantho - Longxuyen(90 km, cycling).
Today’s ride is split into two sections and is a contrast to the previous day’s ride. After a very early breakfast, 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 weaves through morning market bustle 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.
You will continue by bike on the narrow lane to the main road, which transfer along the highway back to Cantho for lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue riding along a tiny road leading upstream towards Longxuyen. The ride ends with a final ferry crossing and short transfer to hotel in Long Xuyen. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Longxuyen - Chaudoc(50 km, cycling).
Once more, the scenery is completely different. After a short transfer to Triton, the cycling starts to gently undulate and mountains begin to loom as you ride closer and closer to Chaudoc. The presence of Thotnot trees indicates the growing proximity to Cambodia and the local people speak Vietnamese as their second language.
This afternoon you will cycle to the killing fields of Vietnam at Bachuc, where Polpot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. The route loops round to Chaudoc from Bachuc along the border, or re-trace back to triton (depending on road conditions) and ride the rest of the way to Chaudoc along incredible country roads. Those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain for sunset! Dinner and overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (no cycling).
After having breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to board the speedboat to Phnom Penh. The boat takes 4 hours 30 minutes. You can get Cambodian visa at the border for USD20 per person. Please bring your passport and a photo passport size. Arrive in Phnom Penh, lunch at the river front restaurant. Afternoon, city tour to visit the bustling Phnom Penh capital including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 6: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (18 km).
Early morning, transfer to board the speedboat on Tonle Sap lake to Siem Reap (7:00-13:00). The boat has air conditioner, toilet and life jacket. Bofore arriving at the dock, the boat will pass the floating village where you can see the whole village on water including the floating houses, school, gas station, mechanic. Upon arrival, cycle 18km to check in at the hotel. Afternoon, free at leisure to wander around the town on your own. Overnight in Siem Reap. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Cycling Small Circuit (25 km).
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. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Banteay Srei, and Kbal Spean (River of Thousand Lingas) 60 km.
Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2 km 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. Continue 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 1,200 meters 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. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: Siem Reap - Kampong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk (50 km).
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we begin with a transfer 2 hours to visit 12 century Naga bridge in Kampong Kdei. After Kampong Kdei, we drop off and start cycling from the junction to visit pre-Angkorian temples in Sambor Prei Kuk (615-650). Sambor Prei Kuk was served as the capital before Angkor period during the Chenla Kingdom. Enjoy packed lunch under the shade of the big trees and relax on the mat. After lunch cycle to Kampong Thom town. It is the less visited town with just a stop over for the tourists who travel between Phnom Penh to Siem Reap as it is the half way. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Thom. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Kampong Thom - Kampong Cham (68 km).
After breakfast, transfer 40 minutes to Kampong Thmor where we starting cycling on the quiet road passing the rubber plantation to Kampong Cham, the 3rd biggest province in Cambodia. It depends mainly on the farming, big production of the fruit such as banana, jack fruit, tobacco and rubber plantation. Visit Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey and enjoy the picnic lunch from the hill top pagoda. Afternoon, arrive in Kampong Cham, wander around to see the town (optional biking to the nearby Koh Pen island). Situated on the Mekong river, Kampong Cham has a great benefit of the delta to do the farming. Dinner and overnight in Kampong Cham. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 11: Kampong Cham - Kratie (80 km).
After breakfast, cycle to visit Phnom Han Chey. There are some graves of the victims from the Khmer Rouge regim on beside the hill of Phnom Han Chey. Enjoy the water stop, local fruit, snack and drink. Then we board on the local ferry to cross Mekong river at Steung Trong. This area used to be the Khmer Rouge headquarter in early 1970s before they took control of Phnom Penh in April 1975. Lunch and relax on a big shade of the tree. Afternoon, we continue cycling along this fantastic view of the Mekong river. Then we transfer on the van to Kratie. If time permits, we board on the boat and head to see the endangered Irrawady dolphin. Dinner and overnight in Kratie. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 12: Kratie - Stung Treng (90 km).
Breakfast in Kratie. Fill the water and be prepared on the bike. We cycle to visit Wat Sarsar Moy Roy. After water stop, we turn back to the main road. Then we cycle a single line, watch out for the traffic as there are car and truck coming and going. Enjoy packed lunch on a big shade of the tree and relax on the mat. Afternoon we, cycle to complete our 90km, then we transfer by van to Stung Treng. The speciality of local food in Stung Treng is Ngem, the fresh fish wrapped in banana leaves. Dinner and overnight in Stung Treng. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 13: Stung Treng - Laos border - Don Khone (70 km).
After breakfast, today we cycle to the Laos border. We visit Ou Svay community. Lunch with local family to experience rural Cambodia at it most authentic. After lunch we cycle to the border for immigration process, and say goodbye to our Cambodian driver who followed us in the supported van. Continue to cycle to Khone water fall and enjoy the swimming. Dinner and overnight in Don Khone. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 14: Don Khone - 4 Thousand Islands (86 km).
Breakfast in Don Khone. Today, we cycle to visit 4 Thousand Islands known as Si Phan Don in Laos. The 4 Thousand Islands situated on the Mekong River. Enjoy lunch at the 4 Thousand Island. Make sure we keep the empty bottle of water and can in the rubbish bin to keep the environment clean. Afer lunch, we cycle to Don Daeng. Dinner and overnight in Don Daeng. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 15: Don Daeng - Se Pian National Biodiversity and Conservation Center (60 km).
Breakfast in Don Daeng. We fill in the water and be ready to get on the bike to cycle to Se Pian Biodiversity Conservation Center located near Cambodia border to Rattanakiri province. Visit the community of the ethnic minority. Enjoy the lunch in the community. Afternoon, cycle back to Don Daeng. Dinner and overnight in Don Daeng. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 16: Don Daeng - Wat Phou - Pakse (70 km).
After breakfast, cycle along the Mekong river. Have a water stop the first 20 km to enjoy the fresh fruit, snack and drink. Then we follow the Mekong river and cross the ferry and continue cycling leaving the Mekong river on the backdrop. There, appear the Wat Phou temple on the foot of the Champasak hill. It is a 12th century temple built by a great Khmer King Jayavarman VII. Visit the temple 45 minutes to 1 hour. Afternoon, transfer to Pakse and check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Pakse. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 17: Pakse.
Departure. Breakfast at the hotel. Free until transfer to the airport for departure flight. Includes: (B).
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