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Cultural Road from Hoi An to Siem Reap
Riding along the Vietnamese coastline, visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Hoi An, Southeast Asia’s major trading ports during the 17th and 18th centuries, and My Son, the ancient centre of the Cham civilization. Stop at My Lai for a somber tour of one of the worst massacres of the American/Vietnam War, then head into the central highlands, riding through scenic countryside before reaching Pleiku, home of the best coffee in Vietnam. The next day, cross the border to Cambodia to explore the local Khmer life. Take a cruise on the Mekong River to see the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins and ride through the picturesque town of Siem Reap, which hosts the magnificent temple sites of the Angkor Wat complex.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration14 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance491.5 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance44.7 miles
On this cycle tour from Vietnam to Cambodia you'll feel like a time traveller as you relive many periods of history, from the 4th century ruins of My Son, to the 10th century Khmer Empire, all the way through to present day. As you ride between three UNESCO World Heritage sites you'll also be regaled by unforgettable scenery, ranging from long coastal roads, to coffee plantations covering the highlands, to golden sunsets on the Mekong River.
You start cycling in the charming town of Hoi An, once the largest harbour in Southeast Asia, back in the 1st century. From here you pay a visit to the 4th and the 14th century temples built by the kings of Champa at My Son, then move forward to the 21st century and bear witness at the site of one of the worst massacres of the American/Vietnam War in My Lai. Climbing up to the highlands, meet the Jarai and Bhanar ethnic minorities, who still practice animism and a subsistence lifestyle.
You'll encounter more ethnic tribes once you cross the border to Cambodia, and as this route is well off the beaten track, foreigners on bicycles are still a novelty. Once you reach the rustic town of Banlung a dip in a 700,000 year old crater lake will be a refreshing break before you ride to the mighty Mekong River to catch a glimpse of the Irrawaddy dolphins.
Riding from the pre-Angkor ruins at Kampong Cham you move to the lesser known site of Sambor Prei Ku before reaching one of the highlights of the tour — riding amongst the thousand years of history at the Angkor temple complex.