Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
This 12 day adventure takes you from the World Heritage Site of Hoi An to Angkor Wat, another World Heritage Site in Cambodia, the largest Hindu temple in the world. This private guided bike tour, provided by our local bike specialist offers the chance to visit off-the-beaten path places, beautiful scenery and to experience the rich ethnic culture.
Cycling Hoi An to Angkor Wat Map
Cycling Hoi An to Angkor Wat Itinerary
Day 1: Hoi An – Quang Ngai – My Lai (46 km ride)
Meet up with our local guide the day before for tour briefing.
This morning we transfer from Hoi An and begin our ride from a small village en route. The road is shaded by arching palm trees and surrounded by tended rice paddies. By lunch we arrive at My Lai, the site of one of the worst massacres of the American/Vietnam War. We take a sobering guided tour of the site and museum. The cycling continues out into the Vietnamese countryside where we stop to visit a traditional pagoda before heading to our hotel in town.
Day 2: Quang Ngai – Kon Tum (90 km ride)
Today is a more challenging day as we leave the coast and head into the central highlands towards Quang Nam and on to Kon Tum. We will cycle only part of the route, along undulating roads through thick pine forests and with stunning photo opportunities. We will transfer about 2 hours to the town of Bato in the highlands and cycle 15 km uphill to the top of Vilolak Pass (1000m above sea level). This is followed by a fantastic 20 km descent to the bottom of the pass. From here the route undulates past many remote villages, tropical forests, over bridges and along quiet and scenic roads.
Day 3: Kon Tum – Pleiku (60 km ride)
After breakfast, we ride out into the countryside to visit some local villages of the Jarai and Bhanar ethnic minorities. These tribes still practice animist beliefs, that demons inhabit all of creation. The area is well known for their communal houses with very steep and tall roofs. Each village takes great pride in these unique designs as they define the regional landscape. After a local lunch we then pedal to the town of Pleiku, which has some of the best coffee in Vietnam. This is an easier day and you will notice the change in scenery as you cycle through a wide valley surrounded by mountains punctuated by tea and coffee plantations along the route.
Day 4: Pleiku – Cambodia border – Banlung (70 km ride)
Two hours transfer by car after breakfast takes you to the border with Cambodia. 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 will be met by your Cambodian cycling crew. We start our 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 riding along a recently paved, winding road with some ups and a few less downs as we climb into the highlands that are home to the former Ho Chi Minh Trail. While the exact location of the trail is hard to pinpoint, it is obvious from the surrounding terrain and dense forest that it was no easy feat for the North Vietnamese to use this as their main supply route between north and south during their war with the US. We 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 5: Banlung – Stung Treng
After breakfast you will be transferred 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. We take to our kayaks 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, we enjoy a picnic lunch, and then meet our van again for the drive down to Stung Treng Province. Check into Gold River Hotel. 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 personalized service from the students.
Day 6: Stung Treng – Kratie (85 km ride max)
Today you will get up early to have breakfast in the town. We have a long day of riding today as we head to Kratie Province, a small provincial capital located on the bank of Mekong River. You stop at Kampi to take a one hour boat ride to see the Irrawaddy dolphins. You then cycle to Kratie Town and board a ferry to Koh Trong where you will spend a night with a Home stay Family. Enjoy tasty Cambodian food with your hosted family.
Day 7: Kratie – Kompong Cham (85km ride max)
You transfer south through the town of Chhlong and take a ferry to the western bank of the Mekong to start riding from Phnom Han Chhey on quiet roads along the river, through small rural villages and scenic countryside. We 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 we pass many
Cham communities which are predominantly Muslim. Buddhist pagodas form a pretty contrast with small mosques and the particularly friendly locals will welcome you warmly in each village you pass. We 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 we can enjoy a well deserved picnic lunch complimented by sweeping views of the Mekong. From here we will cycle the last 22 km to Kampong Cham, where you can relax at the hotel’s swimming pool. Check into Makara Hotel.
Day 8: Kompong Cham – Kompong Thom (80 km ride max)
We leave Kampong Cham over 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 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. Check into Sambor Village Hotel (boutique).
Day 9: Kompong Thom – Siem Reap (95km ride max)
After breakfast you drive about one hour to the town of Kompong Kdei where you will start cycling. You pedal pass quiet villages, rice paddies and palm trees in the area. You stop at Makak Dam for a rest. This man made dam was built during the Khmer Rouges regime and it is still in use today. After another 20km you will arrive at Kvao Village where we are treated to a ride down a 700 year old ancient road to Beng Mealea. After a quick look into this temple ruin you do a final shoot to Dam Dek then transfer to Siem Reap for the night. Check into Royal Crown Hotel.
Day 10: Cycle Angkor Wat Temples (40 km ride)
This morning you will meet your specialist temple guide once you are ready and 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 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 being initially inspired by its overall size you will explore in more detail, getting up close and personal to fully appreciate its architecture and intricately detailed bas-reliefs. After returning to the hotel you are free until we pick you up for a farewell celebratory dinner.
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