The journey through the back roads of South Vietnam and Cambodia, where all your senses will delve deeply into the culture and life style local life along mighty Mekong River.
Begin in Saigon, leisurely cycle through the graceful river landscape, pass lush green rice fields, tropical sugar palms and lotus flower dotted lakes.Visit stunning pagodas and converse with monks who share their knowledge of history and culture of these 2 intriguing countries.
Get an up-close look into the simple life of the locals and give your taste buds a treat with local dishes. From Ha Tien, we then cycle to the Gulf of Siam with its white sand beaches and gorgeous sunsets. The journey concludes in Siem Reap with the 2 full day discovery tour exploring every corner of the famous Angkor complex. Throughout your journey, we’ve chosen the best accommodations for your comfort and enjoyment. The tour is flexible and may begin in Saigon end in Siem Reap or vice versa.
Day 1: Hochiminh Arrival
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Tan San Nhat International Airport, Snail Adventure Tour’s guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of HoChiMinh City . Ho Chi Minh City or fomer Saigon with nickname “the pearl of Far East” .
there are the elegant colonial French boulevards and buildings, the Cathedral, the riverfront, the quiet moments at a sidewalk cafe watching the world literally go by you at breakneck speed.
Arriving in hotel, do check in and have relax by your own. If the time permits, we will spend half day city to visit some highlights of Ho chi minh city such as War Remnants Museum, Sai Gon Central Post office, Independence Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market,, return to hotel for regroup and briefing itinerary before going out for dinner.
Activities:Transfering and Briefing
Accommodtions:The Northern Hotel****
Day 2 : Ho Chi Minh City –Bike ride Ben Tre - Tra Vinh
Leaving hustle and bustle city behind, our shuttle bus takes you the south west of Sai gon for over hour. Upon arrival cycling point, we check our bikes and learn the code of riding. We start riding on sealed road, passing rustic village , dozen cannals and endless rice paddy fields. Stop on the way to chat with local people or visit school, clinic and temple . have luncch in local restaurant. After lunch meal. Our guide will take you ride on narrow route with kids finished from schools. and our guides are also tell you about education system in Mekong Delta's countryside. Stay your first night in town of Tra Vinh.
Activities:Transferring and Cycling
Cycling Distance:50 – 65 km
Day 3 : Cycle Tra Vinh – Can Tho
Have hearty breakfast in hotel. We start new cycling day by riding through endless rice paddy fields. You have chance to experience why Vietnam is the second export rice after Thailand. Then you will ride past traditional villages of Khmer, most of people here still keep their own traditional way of living style. Thacth houses are still popular used and associated within Khmer communities in Vietnam. Stopping at some colourful Khmer Buddhist temples, right here our bike guides will tell you the big difference between two branches of Buddhism. One is Mahayana and other is called Theravada. Continue your bike adventure in the afternoon with exploring tropical fruit orchards and mingle with crowd on bike on islands of pomelo, longan and orange. The cycling of an afternoon give an opportunity to spend more time on ferry through bendy small river to outskirts of Can Tho city. A 30 minutes transfer will to take to hotel for beers and relax.’Summary:
Accommodtions:Van Phat Riverside Hotel****
Cycling Distance:50 Km- 80 Km
Day 4 : Bike from Can Tho – Chau Doc
Early morning boat trip to observe the highlight floating Market of Cai Rang. This is vibrant and hustling market in Can Tho. Boats from all corner of waterways arriving to exchange their tropical products. This is amazing time to witness and experience the daily life of Mekong delta people. After visiting boat trip we will carry on our adventure trip with bicycling to Chau Doc. The morning cycling adventure is to explore undiscovered countryside, pedal past bucolic settlements of networks of irrigation canal. After lunch, we cycle past bucolic settlements and vibrant green rice paddies on wonderfully quiet tracks to stork garden. Enjoy an hour and half driving on A/C van to Chau Doc Dist via Long Xuyen city.Biking distance: 45km
Activities:Cycling and Boat Trip
Accommodations:Chau Pho Hotel***
Cycling Distance:45 – 80 Km
Day 5 : Cycle Chau Doc – Ha Tien
Explore the amazing riverside market at Chau Doc, with all its bustling activity and smorgasbord of sounds, colors and smells. The boat continues through fish farm villages to an ethnic Cham village with its famous Mubarak Mosque. Witness women weaving, using traditional methods. Cycle along pleasant roads, passing green rice fields and limestone formations, looking out for the Khmer influenced pagodas as you get closer to Cambodia. By late afternoon you will arrive in Ha Tien for your hotel check-in.
Accommodations:Green island Hotel***
Cycling Distance:45 – 80 Km
Day 6: Bicycle Ha Tien – kep ( Good Bye Vietnam- Hello Cambodia)
After breakfast in the hotel, we leisurely bike along the border of these 2 countries and heading to the sea. After clear the custom at Xa Xia border gate we continue one more hour biking to Kep passing rice field, school along the sugar palm lined paths. We take some short break visit small fishing village, located on the Gulf of Siam. Tonight we stay in an elegant comfortable bungalow seaside resort, so we can jump into the sea and enjoy the colorful sunset.Biking distance: 80km
Activities:Cycling and Transferring
Accommodations:Kep Bay Hotel & Resort***
Cycling Distance:50 – 80 Km
Day 7 : Boat Trip in Kep – A Jewel on the Gulf of Siam (Boat Tour)
This place is worth for 2 nights stay as it is a jewel on the gulf of Siam. To day, we take the boat trip to the island "Rabbit Iceland", where we spend the day on the sandy beach under palm trees. Enjoy the nature and a freshly well-prepared picnic lunch.
Accommodations:Kep Bay Hotel & Resort
Day 8 : Cycle Kep – Elephant Mountains - Sihanouk Ville
The support van will bring you to the foot of Elephant Mountain where we start the biking. The new asphalt road was only the beginning, completed in 2012. Up to the top there is a colonial church and a huge new casino. In the good weather day, the view is spectacular. In the afternoon we bike along the beach passing the coconut forest and Chinese community heading to Sihanouk Ville. Some fee time in the late afternoon is just for relax at a private beach.Biking distance: 45 km
Accommodations:SoKha beah Resort*****
Day 9 :Ride Bike Sihanouk Ville – Fishing village – Rubber plantation – Water Falls.
Today we start early from the start point near the airport, we ride on the path along the white sand beach of "Riviera of the East", founded by Prince Sihanouk in 1965. Wealthy Khmer spent their summer here and now, many travelers from all over the world. Our first stop at the finishing village where you meet, and talk and visit the home of local fishermen, next we ride in to the green of rubber ruber plantation. The trip ends at the waterfall where you could relax and have some light lunch before going back to resort for whole afternoon at the beach.
Biking distance: 40km
Accommodations:Sokha Beach Resort*****
Cycling Distance:40 Km
Day 10 : Transfer Sihanouk Ville - Fly to Siem Reap
Today after breakfast, we get ready for the short flight to Siem Reap. The home of famous Angkor wat and Angkor Thom. On arrival, our guide and driver will welcome you and take you to Hotel. Later in the afternoon, we take the leisure bike to Angkor Wat or Bakheng for the sunset and get over view of this area.Summary:
Activities:Cycling and Transferring
Day 11: Cycling loop Angkor Wat - one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Since 1992, Angkor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by a lush jungle awaits us a unique temple architecture that deeply impressed us both with their incredible size and extent, but also with its intricate stone carving details. With the bike we ride to the main facilities and visit Angkor Thom, Bayon and of course the towering Angkor Wat. The Srah Srang, the "pool" of the king and, above all, Ta Prohm, the mystical, half sunken in green jungle and overgrown with huge trees. The local guide will take us ride around the ruined temples in the some of the road less travelled and get to know in deep about the great Khmer civilizationSummary:
Activities:Cycling and Visiting
Cycling Distance:25 Km
Day 12 : Biking Angkor grand circle, mysticism, jungle, temples and gods
This morning, we leave hotel early and bike pass the jungle heading to the remote area of Angkor complex to the Bantay Srey which was believe was build by females artists. We pass the country side of Khmer people and stop to see how people make sugar and local vodka from “tnoat”- Khmer sugar palm.The trip end with the lunch at the long house of “Bong Thom”in the middle of the organic rice farm. Afternoon is for relax by hotel‘s pool or our guide will take you to visit the local market. The Farwell dinner will be hosted at one of the finest local restaurants in town.
Cycling Distance:40 Km
Day 13 – Siem Reap – Departure
After breakfast, you will be free until your transfer to the airport for departure.Summary:
Activities:Transferring to Airport
Cycling Distance: No
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent Accommodations.
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Snail Adventure tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes
Tour included in:
- English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
- Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
- Meals details in itineraries ( 12 breakfast, 12 lunches, 12 dinners)
- A/C transfer/ and transportation
- Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
- Boat trip in Cai Rang – Can Tho and Rabbit Islands in Sihanouk Ville
- Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
- Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disc brake and helmets
- Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
- Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
- First aid kit
- Cold water box, small fresh towel.
- Mineral water for drinking
- Fruit and snack for cycling days
- Domestic flight Sihanouk Ville – Siem Reap
Tour excluded in:
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Items of personal nature
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
- Mineral water beyond that supplied
- Optional excursions
- Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
- Visa fee
- Departure tax
- Tip for team and guide