Backroads Cycling From Phnom Penh To Ho Chi Minh Tour 7Days
Cycling from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh 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 the Mekong Delta, visit the bustling city of Phnom Penh ruins complex on the back road. The starting point can be Ho Chi Minh City to suit some who wish to travel in Vietnam first. We can help to arrange pre and post tour accommodations at competitive price.
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
Tour Price Excludes:
– International Flights
– Departure Tax $25 (international)
– Visa Fees $20 (issued on arrival) for Cambodia, for Thailand and Vietnam, please check with us.
– Alcoholic, and other beverages
– Tips for guides & drivers.
– Personal travel insurance
– Any services not mentioned in itinerary
– Bike Rental: US$10/Day
Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival (D)
n arrival at Po Chen Tong Airport, you are met by our guide and transferred tohotel. The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh lies near the confluence of theMekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. This riverside town still maintains considerablecharm despite its recent turbulent history. An afternoon city tour acquaints uswith some major sights of Phnom Penh. The private quarters of the Royal Palaceare now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. Atthe northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacredtemple in the country. We follow it with a walk up to a small hill for uninteresting visit to the legendary Wat Phnom and a fantastic view over the surrounding areas. O/N in Phnom Penh.
Day2: Phnom Penh (35 km)
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. PhnomPenh has got more than 1 million population and the traffic has become verybusy now. There is another option to visit the city by van. In the afternoon,visit the Independence Monument, Tuol Sleng Museum and Russian Market. Overnightin Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
Day3: Phnom Penh – Takeo (67km)
After breakfast. Transfer 15km out of the busy traffic in Phnom Penh. Begin tocycle to visit Ta Phrom and Yeary Pov temples (12 century). Take a break forwater and snack before heading to Phnom Chisor to visit the hill top 11thcentury temple. Enjoy packed lunch overlook the scenery of the countryside. Afternoon,cycle to Takeo passing Ta Mok’s house, the former general commander of theKhmer Rouge. Takeo is a less visited town with much relation to the pasthistory. Board on the boat for sunset to Phnom Da to visit the hill top templeformer the capital of Khmer Empire in the early century known as Funan. Overnight in Mittapheap Guesthouse. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Takeo-Chau Doc (78km)
Early breakfast. Fill in water and check visa for Vietnam one more time asVietnam visa has to be done in advance. Cycle 53km to Phnom Den border crossingpoint. Take a break in half way for water stop. After immigration, say goodbyeto our Cambodian driver. Lunch at the local restaurant at the border. Afterlunch, cycle to discover along the Mekong Delta road into the beautiful greencountryside. Along the way you will see rice fields and water buffalos nearbythe 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 5: Chau Doc – Can Tho (50km+cycling)
After breakfast, we leave for the floating houses on upper Mekong river by boatwhere we can see plenty of catfishes, red snappers… breeding under right theirhouses. What is an amazing life! Then keep boating to visit the Cham villagewith about 12.000 people who those are weaving sarongs, hats…by hands askeeping their ancestral tradition. Walk to the mosques that Muslims pray andteach Cham kids in Arabic for a while. Then we start cycling along incrediblecountry roads from Chau Doc to Bachuc along the border, or re-trace back totriton (depending on road conditions). The cycling starts to gently undulateand mountains begin to loom as you ride out off Chau Doc. The presence of Thnottrees indicates the growing proximity to Cambodia and the local people speakVietnamese as their second language. This afternoon, you will cycle to the killing fields of Vietnam at Bachuc, where Polpot’s regime massacred over 3,000Vietnamese in 1978. Dinner and overnight in Can Tho. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Cantho – Travinh (80km+cycling)
After breakfast, there will be time to explore side tracks and trails as thecycling 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 thefamous fruits town in Mekong. Then you bike along narrow country lanes, easydirt tracks and trails. This biking is at its most glorious-through tinyorchards, witness colorful life along the riverside, pedal pass picturesquedelta 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 Tra vinh. Overnight in Tra vinh.(B,L,D)
Day 7: Travinh – Mytho – Ho Chi Minh (50km+ cycling)
After breakfast, start with a section of biking cuts off road onto gravel anddirt lanes, and weaves around hamlets, across water channels, and through quietdense vegetation. This makes for superb biking after a ferry across the grapingexpanse of Cochien river from Travinh, the pretty tree lined town with a large-population of ethnic Khmer. Then anothersection 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 beforearriving 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 bus ytraffic. Tour Ends
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.
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