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Cycling on Indochina Heritage Route 15 days
In the spirit of pioneering overland expeditions Asia Adventures created a couple of brand new adventure tours for you. With the recent opening of a border checkpoint in the North East of Cambodia, you now can bicycle from the capital city of Hanoi to the ancient city of Hoi An and end in the world heritage site of the Angkor Temples. Experiencing a holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia and you will discover the allure of an unspoilt and little explored countries which for many travelers with a sense of adventure is irresistible.
• All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
• All accommodation as detailed
• Air conditioned support vehicle
• English speaking local guide
• English speaking local cycle guide / mechanic
• Kayaking in Stung Treng Province
• All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
• Daily drinking water, cool face towels & snacks whilst cycling
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast – L = Lunch – D = Dinner)
• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• International flights to Vietnam and from Cambodia
• Vietnam and Cambodian Visa fees
• Bicycles, however it can be hired
• Drinks with included meals
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Discretionary tips
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, TLV Adventure Tour guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Morning Flight – Hue
We take early morning flight o Hue at —-after one hour we will be landed in Hue city. our driver pick you up and transfer to Hotel. Following to breakfast, you will fix the bike and cycle leizurely to explore Hue city and citadel and royal toImperial Citadel and & tomb Architecture .Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centers of Vietnam. So far, Hue remains to be the only originally historical vestiged city in Vietnam. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the romantically named Perfume River with 11km length. This valuable construction includes more than 100 architectural works, which are the reflection of the life of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s reign.
Day 3: Hue – lang Co Beach
After hearty breakfast in hotel, we start new day by cycling to Thanh Toan covered roof bridge, on the way you will be impressive on different view in rural villages and imperial city. You will be interesting in typical image of Vietnam traditional houses, communal houses and local markets. You have good chance to interact with friendly people. Arriving Thanh Toan Village, you spend the time to visit and take picture one of incredible covered roof bridge that built in 1776 by kind – hearted woman.
Our cycling tours continue to ride through peaceful village and villages,lagoon to Thuan An Beach. Have short break for cold water and tropical fruits. We also ride through fascinating village, where you can admire hundred magnificent mauseums. We ride on tarmac road to Tu Hien Lagoon, crossing brigde and climb short pass before descending to T junction high way no1. Transfer to local restaurant for lunch.
After lunch we ride on newly paved road lead to Lang Co Beach.Arriving Lang Co beach check in front beach resort , relax with cold beer in swimming pool. Have dinner and sty in front beach resort
Day 4: Lang Co Beach – Hai van Pass – Da Nang – Hoi An
Today is great and amazing day with us, we fill up full energy and water before challenging incredible Hai Van Pass. Start cycling from Hotel, turn left on high way No1 and ascend to summit with 13 km long climb. On the way you will rewarded by breathtaking scenery, cloud and ocean. You enjoy picturesque panoramas on summit in bothside Lang Co and Da Nang city.
Upon arriving summit. Snack, cold water and tropical fruit are available for you. Taking picture and refreshing before descending 12 km to Da Nang City, cycling along the coast , passing resorts complex alluring sand beaches to Hoi An Town. Arriving Hoi An late afternoon, do check in and cold beer break
Have dinner and stayovernight in Hoi an Riverside Resort
Day 5: Hoi An Back Road
Hoi An, which is a world heritage of Vietnam, has long been a cultural crossroad and remains such a ancient beauty after nearly 300 circles of the four seasons. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.Cycling both in ancient town and rural villages, offer for you interesting challenging. Our trip start in Hotel ride on single track, paved road through peaceful villages, water coconut falm trees, cannals to vibrant Hoi An Town.take the time to capture remarkable image of Japanese covered roof bridge, Communal houses. then commence to Thanh Ha traditional Ceramic villages, Tra Que herb village and Thuy Linh Lattern lamp shades workshops, back Hoi An for lunch/ After lunch . we ride to Cua Dai for swimming in imposing sand beach. Have dinner and stay in Hoi An Riverside Resort.
Day 6: Cycle from Hoi An to Ngoc Hoi Highland
While you cycle to Ngoc Hoi you pass many old military bases. Bicycle along tribal villages, rice paddies and rivers. Wind up the day’s bike ride with a relaxing drive to Ngoc Hoi. Ngoc Hoi is a small town located near to the border of Laos on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. From Ngoc Hoi it’s about 20 kilometers (12 miles) to the Bo Y border.
Day 7: Cycle from Ngoc Hoi to Kontum & Pleiku……
Today will be the longest day of your biking adventure. Follow the Ho Chi Minh trail highway to Kontum. There you catch a bus to the summit of a long, high pass to Pleiku. Cycle through beautiful countryside, past rice paddies and meet friendly locals on your way to Gia Lai province which is located in the centre of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The provincial capital, Pleiku, sits at the junction of Routes 19 and 14, making it the crossroads for any exploration of the Highlands.
Day 8: Cycle from Pleiku to Banlung via Cambodian border
The car transfer to the Cambodian border takes around 2 hours in total. At this point it is time to say goodbye to the Vietnamese team. After the immigration formalities at the Le Thanh border check point, you meet your Cambodian cycling crew. Start your bike ride from the border to the Banlung town of Ratanakiri. Banlung is one of the most far-flung of the Khmer provincial capitals. You continue your cycling adventure along a recently paved, winding road with some ups and a few less downs as you climb into the highlands that are home to the former Ho Chi Minh Trail. You spend the night in the surroundings of Terres Rouge, a traditional style Khmer house oozing with old
world charm in this remote part of Cambodia.
Day 9: Banlung to Stung Treng
After breakfast you will be transferred for 3 hours to the border of Laos PDR and then meet the Mekong River at a point just below a series of falls and rapids. These falls re-oxidize the water and make an amazing area of Bio-diversity possible. You take your kayak and gently drift down the Mekong River, through a flooded forest that is home to a wide range of bird-life. After a few hours of kayaking, you can enjoy a picnic lunch, then meet your van again for the drive down to Stung Treng Province. Tonight you experience a special dinner at Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre where young poor locals are being trained in hospitality and tourism skills to ensure a better future. Having dinner here, means you will get real Khmer food with personalize service from the students.
Day 10: Cycle from Stung Treng to Kratie
Today you will get up early to have breakfast in the town as your hotel does not have a restaurant. You have a long day bike riding ahead of you as you take off to Kratie Province, a small provincial capital located on the bank of Mekog River. You stop at Kampi to take a 1 hour boat trip to see Irrawaddy dolphins. You then cycle to Kratie Town and board a ferry to Koh Trong, where you will spend a night at a local home-stay. You should only bring your backpack and keep the rest of your luggage in the bus. Enjoy tasty Cambodian food with your host family.
Day 11: Cycle From Kratie to kampong Cham
You transfer south through the town of Chhlong and take a ferry to the western bank of the Mekong to start bike riding from Phnom Han Chhey on quiet roads along the river, through small rural villages and scenic countryside. Stop for a drink and snack at the tiny town of Chhlong. The many French colonial houses in this town are amongst the most beautiful in Cambodia. It is a scenic ride as you pass many Cham communities which are predominantly Muslim. Marvel at the diversity of Buddhist pagodas and Muslim mosques, all with friendly locals who will welcome you warmly in each village you pass. You cycle up to Wat Han Chhey, a small hilltop pagoda that houses an 8th century pre-Angkorian temple and offers spectacular views over the Mekong. Here you can enjoy a well deserved picnic lunch complimented by sweeping views of the Mekong. From here you cycle the last 22 kilometers (14 miles) to Kampong Cham, where you can relax at the hotel’s swimming pool.
Day 12: Cycle from Kampong Cham to Kampong Thom
You leave Kampong Cham on dirt and tarmac roads along the Mekong and eventually head for a quiet secondary highway towards Kampong Thom. You will be flanked by rubber plantations, paddy fields and typical Khmer villages on today’s bike ride. Kampong Thom is a picturesque town on the banks of the Stung Sen River, which hosts the magnificent Khmer temple site Sambo Prei Kuk.
Day 13: Cycle from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap
After breakfast you drive about 1 hour to the town of Kompong Kdei where you will start cycling. You bike past quiet villages, rice paddies, palm trees and some new irrigation system in the area. You stop at Makak Dam for a rest. This man made dam was built during the Khmer Rouge regime and it is useful until today. After another 20 kilometers you will arrive at Kvao Village then you turn left via 700 year old ancient road to Beng Mealea. After a short visit of this temple ruin you do a final bike ride to Dam Dek and then transfer to Siem Reap for the night.
Day 14: Explore the Angkor Temples by bike
This morning you will meet your specialist temple guide once you are ready you will begin your cycle exploration of these incredible temples. Today you will focus on the Small Circuit, which features temple greats such as: the pyramid of Takeo, the jungle-clad Ta Prohm made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Tomb Raider’; Sras Srang known as the King’s bathing pond; and the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces smiling beguilingly down at you. You will also visit other important sites in this immense walled city. After lunch it is time to take on the majestic Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. After returning to the hotel you will be taken to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious
Day 15: Bid farewell to Siem Reap
Today you are free at leisure until it is time for your transfer to Siem Reap, Angkor International Airport for your onward flight. Leave the home of the mighty Khmer Empire with many wonderful cycling memories
Bikes: we use the new 4300/4500 trek and Cannondale Trail 5, Tango 5 Mountain bikes for all most cycling trip with different size from
13.5’’ – 23, 5’’.We generally use 2012 /2013 models of TREK mountain bikes because they are high quality, durable pieces of equipment. Besides,
We like the versatility and durability of the mountain bike as it has been designed to cope with different types of terrain and riding. Our trips can be on asphalt and can often be broken or potholed, and there are usually unsurfaced sections included, so mountain bikes are the most suitable. They also have the range of gears to cope with the hills.
Each bike comes with a single water bottle cage, if you prefer more you are welcome to bring your own. Bikes also have gel seat cover slips if you prefer a softer ride. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with seat, you are welcome to bring it and we’ll fit it. On long tours women specific seats are recommended and we have some available, but we cannot guarantee we will available for every tour. These bikes also are available for rent in case you want to go it alone or just need a bike for a day.
Bikes repairs: basic spares and tools kid are generally carried by guide and on the support vehicle, although we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carring a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Safety: wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Your tour guide are trained in first aid and emergency rescure, tour guide often carry first aid box with their bikes while riding
Support: we often used mini bus and bus with air condition for transfer and back up as itineraries
We use van Support bikes and cyclist
( 1 – 4 pax) we use Van to support and carry out bikes)
( 5 – 8 pax) we use one Van and one truck to supports
Accommodation: When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Our guides: the tour will be led by one of English – speaking guides. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling and introduce that experiences for you. Our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by Vietnam National Tourism. Our guides are also medically skilled in first Aid by SOS and they know how to deal with hard situations.\
Grading definition: To assist you visualize how our trip is difficult, we have graded our adventure tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging, we group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, weather conditions and vehicle support
Easy: suitable for most people in good health. These trips generally include short days, on good paths and at low attitudes
Moderate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels, hill longer days and altitude. All of our moderate trips have a support vehicle following closely, and weary travellers can hitch a ride and take a rest for a while.
Challenging: these trips are physically demanding and best suited for fit people with high endurance level. Day can be longer, often at altitude, in remoted regions and sometimes without supports vehicle nearby.. travellers may be required to carry a backpacks.
Terrain: Distances on full cycling days average around 50 – 80km. Our route is mainly on tarmac roads of varying quality with are some more like hard – packed dirt, Terrain is generally flat or undulating with a few notable climbs.
Distance for second days and half of third day is around 60- 80 km. Our routes are mainly on single track, dirt road and trail, we cycle around villages and villages, through rice paddy terraces.
Food: All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary, are included in the price of this tour. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food in Homestays. While in towns, we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in delicious restaurants
Meals consist of a variety of balanced dishes and aim for universal appeal, we avoid highly spiced foods.
Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking.
Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants
Snack/ Water: when we transfer, ride by minibus ( no cycling day), our bottled waters are always available for you ( two little for one day for person with wet tissue)
When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water and wet tissue in box plus fresh tropical fruits, soft – drink, energy – drinking, ( five little water for cycling day/ person).
Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam, but not include in our trip.
The Homestays: Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and amenities. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Weather: Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons – the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon from October to late march or early April.
Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong seasons to visit Vietnam. The North Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with temperature in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October are hot and dry.the best time visit Vietnam is spring (February – April) or Autumn ( late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to march. The humidity can prove oppressive from May to the early September.
Money: the official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong ( VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in almost tourist centers. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the best networks with a limit a single withdraw limit of 2000,000 d ( 95 USD). Most major currencies can be exchanged in leading in Vietnam, but th USD is preferred away from the tourist centers. Changing 100 USD wil make you to be a millionaire. You cannot legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into USD on departure,.
Clothing: comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as it is in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evening against biting insects. A light weight raincoat or rain cape is a good ideal in the raining season. For on the bike you will need to bring a couple of pairs of cycling shorts and short leeve jerseys, a pairs of cycling glove and if you use them, your clip in cycling shoes/ sandals.. when travel in the North Vietnam during winter months ( late November – March) warm clothe is needed. Visitors to Buddhist countries should not to wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious centers and shoes should be removed before entering private homes.
Passport and visa: All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors. The Travelo Vietnam company is authorized to issue visa on arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang International Airport in Danang, and Tan San Nhat in Ho chi Minh city.The same authorization procedure and a minimum mof 5 days working notice is required. In emergency case they can arrange a visa o arrival if notice of 2 working days is given
Tipping: Tipping for good services is always appreciated in these developing countries. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for . We recommend 5 US Dollar / person/per day for cycling tour guides.. 2 USD/ person/ day for driver and 1 USD/ person/ day for doorbell when checking in and out.
Responsible tourism: we strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
Environment: we have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
Community: Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, moto taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future