15 Days
Duration
Moderate
Physicality
Hanoi, Hue, Hoian, Ngoc Hoi, Kontum , Pleiku,Banlung , Stung Treng,Banlung , Stung Treng,Banlung , Stung Treng Angkor Temples,
Location
Year-round
Dates

Hanoi to Siem Reap Cycle Tour 15 Days

This 15-day tour will lead you through the Ho Chi Minh Trail as well as the Mekong Basin and across Cambodia. Pedal through the highlands of Vietnam, meet friendly villagers and finish with a fantastic ride along small towns to Siem Reap.

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.

Inclusions:
• 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)

Exclusions:
• 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 at USD150
• Drinks with included meals
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Discretionary tips
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges 

Additional information

DestinationVietnam, Cambodia

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Arrive Hanoi International Airport then you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Lunch and dinner is on your own account.

Meals included: n.a.
Distance cycled: n.a.
Level of difficulty: n.a.

Day 2: Hanoi tour & night train to Hue
Today you can explore Hanoi on the back seat of a motorbike. Visit the main attractions of the city and be amazed. Later on take the night train to Hue and stay overnight on the train.

Meals included: B, D
Distance cycled: n.a.
Level of difficulty: n.a.

Day 3: Cycle through the ancient city of Hue
You will be transferred from the train station to your hotel. After breakfast you start your cycling adventure in order to explore the ancient city of Hue. Bike through Hue’s King Royal Palace, a succession of Nguyen Dynasty. In the afternoon you bicycle along the countryside before returning to the city. Enjoy your dinner in the garden house.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 40km (25 miles)
Level of difficulty: Beginner

Day 4: Hue to Hoi An
The second day of cycling will be from Hue to Hoi An. Cycle back roads through the countryside from Hue to Vinh Hai Beach. The route passes by rural villages and the picturesque Lang Co lagoon. Ascend the mountain pass with stunning views to the coast, followed by a thrilling 8 kilometers (5 miles) descent to the green rice fields surrounding Danang. End cycling in Danang and drive the last 32 kilometers (20 miles) to Hoi An.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 70km (44 miles)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Day 5: Cycle through Hoi An
Today you discover Hoi An by bike. In the morning you cycle through countryside villages and participate in Vietnamese cooking lessons in town, which feature local specialties by one of Vietnam’s most talented chefs. Also taste some local sea food at the beach of Hoi An. The old town of Hoi An is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port, dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and street plan reflect both local and foreign influences that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 40km (25 miles)
Level of difficulty: Beginner

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.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 80km (50 miles)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

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. Cyclel 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.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 120km (75 miles)
Level of difficulty: Advanced

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.

Meals included: L, D
Distance cycled: 70km (44 miles)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

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.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance kayaking: 18km (11 miles)
Level of difficulty: Beginner

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.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 85km (53 miles)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

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.

Meals included: B, L
Distance cycled: 85km (53 miles)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

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.

Meals included: B, L
Distance cycled: 80km (50 miles)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

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.

Meals included: B, L
Distance cycled: 90km (56 miles)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

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 farewell dinner.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 40km (25 miles)
Level of difficulty: Beginner

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.

Meals included: B
Distance cycled: n.a.
Level of difficulty: n.a.

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