Be astounded by natural wonders
Get a closer view of this world heritage
Cycle the backroads and get a glimpse of how Cambodians live
Get your dose of sights, sounds and smell that's not found anywhere else
Sample the local delicacies of each country
Cycle and chill in style
Go to where the real action is - with the local people
Soak in the splendor of historical monuments
See the simpler side of life
Get up close and personal with local life

Saigon to Bangkok by Bicycle

Duration
14 days
Site savings
$55
From
$2,695 USD

Send your tires sliding through three of Southeast Asia’s sensational countries – Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Enjoy these diverse and magnificent lands from the unique vantage point of your bike as we ride along the Mekong Delta, take in the wondrous history of Angkor Wat, kick back on the beach, and, of course sample some of the finest food in the world.

  • Category
    Adventurous
  • Destination
    Ho Chi Minh City
  • Duration
    14 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    377.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    37.9 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    14 days
  • Main Destination
    Ho Chi Minh City
  • Distance
    377.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    37.9 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Touchdown time

    Step into the wonder that is Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as it’s known to the locals. The capital of the mesmeric Vietnam is where you first set foot and it is quite the introduction to a whole new land.

    To make sure you’re all set for the ride, all bikes are tested out first before hitting the sights. Round off the day with a welcome dinner at the beautiful Temple Club Restaurant.


    Bike hires are available for USD 195
    The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension.

    • Northern Hotel
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2River Riding Time on the Mekong Delta

    Following your first night in Vietnam it is time, of course, for your first day of riding. Begin by transferring to Cai Be – the district that holds the key to the Mekong Delta and the first major highlight of your journey.

    Twisting and turning alleyways are synonymous with Vietnam and you will explore your fair share of them here. While gliding past sugarcane fields and banana plantations you may find yourself thinking of the National Geographic pages and not realise that this is a reality.

    The day concludes when you reach Tra Vinh following a ferry crossing and it is here where you will rest your head for the night.

    • 40.4 miles
    • -16.4 ft
      816.9 ft
      833.3 ft
    • Cuu Long Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  3. Day 3Serene Passage to Can Tho

    After a big first day, take it down a notch or two with a serene ride to Can Tho. The vistas are exquisite as you cross small bridges and take in the vastly different Khmer homes and temples in this region. It is a day of tranquility that will have you breathing in contentment.

    • 57.2 miles
    • 6.6 ft
      1118.8 ft
      1112.2 ft
    • Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4From floating markets to looming mountains

    Kick things off  with a visit to one of Vietnam’s world famous floating markets at Cai Rang. Having sampled the delicacies, take a transfer to get the cycling started. At this point new vistas enter the fray as mountains begin to come into view as you approach Chau Doc. Cambodia is getting nearer by the second, however, you still have one final important stop to take in the Killing Fields.

    This historical landmark is where a brutal massacre of 3,000 Vietnamese people took place in 1978 and it is an important point for a stop. Having taken in this momentous place, leave Ba Chuc and continue the journey to Chau Doc along beautiful countryside lanes. The sunset at the nearby Sam Mountain is quite spectacular if you fancy a hike and your energy levels aren’t totally sapped.

    • 43.5 miles
    • -6.6 ft
      1197.5 ft
      1204.1 ft
    • Chau Po Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  5. Day 5Cambodia is calling!

    Vietnam is done! Next up is Cambodia and you will be glad to hear that this day allows some rest as everyone takes a boat into the capital of Phnom Penh. This allows for you to take in yet more beautiful views without the need for pedalling!

    Step off the boat and it’s back to your trusty bike as you ride off into a new land alongside your local guides. The first day involves heading north as you take in a new countryside before stopping off for historical visits to the Cambodian Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Prison.

    • Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  6. Day 6Current and former capital delights

    It's rare to explore two capitals in one day but today you can. A late start affords the chance to take in Phnom Penh’s sights before riding your way to Phnom Pra – the former capital of this country. If your legs are up to the task then it’s just a few steps to the top (400 or so, with a view that makes the climb worth it!).

    The vistas here are truly astounding. It also gives you the chance to see just how far you've cycled. Round off this day by transferring a few hours to Kampong Thom where you'll stay for the night.

    • 15.5 miles
    • 19.7 ft
      272.3 ft
      252.6 ft
    • Sambor Village
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  7. Day 7Time for our first temples

    No visit to Cambodia would be complete without temples and the main draw of Angkor Wat still lies ahead. To give you a taste, you'll begin with the ancient site of Sambor Prey Kuk. Following the tour, take a transfer to Damdek before heading off in the direction of Siem Reap.

    • 40.4 miles
    • 9.8 ft
      646.3 ft
      636.5 ft
    • Steung Siem Reap Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  8. Day 8Reveling in the history of Angkor Wat

    A unique opportunity of this tour is the chance to explore the world famous Angkor temple complexes. Set off by riding to the entrance of Angkor Wat. Immediately the beauty of the place hits you particularly when you see Ta Prohm. It's renowned for its role in the Tomb Raider films, and left just as it was discovered by French conservationists with vast root systems of the jungle enveloping the gasping temples below. The Buddhist temple oozes in atmosphere and will likely leave you lost for words. You won’t regain any of those words soon as you catch the first glimpse of Angkor Wat itself – the largest Hindu edifice on the planet. The seventh wonder of the world is bestowed with incredible carvings and is a subject of fierce national pride in Cambodia. Following this magnificent tour of the temple complex  you'll ride back to Siem Reap.

    • 18.6 miles

    • 623.4 ft
      623.4 ft
    • Steung Siem Reap Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  9. Day 9Back to the country

    Following the splendor of Angkor Wat, it is back to the scenic and slower pace of the Cambodian countryside. No less gorgeous, you'll spend the day cycling towards Banteay Srei, where another famous temple resides which plays a key role in appreciating the Angkorian Era.

    Later on, put the bikes to one side and turn to your hiking boots as you go through the jungle uphill and see some astounding submerged riverbed carvings and a luscious waterfall. There will be some cycling time as you return to Siem Reap by car. For dinner you can head out and choose your own restaurant.

    • 34.8 miles
    • 180.4 ft
      784.1 ft
      603.7 ft
    • Steung Siem Reap Hotel
  10. Day 10Bikes down as we head to Battambang

    Breaks are always needed particularly when water is involved. As eager beavers you may be to cycle over water, today will be a day off. You'll be transeffered by boat and head for Battambang. As always you will have the chance to witness just how locals live their lives and perhaps glimpse some wildlife along the way. Once you have settled in Battambang you are free to venture into the city.

    • Steung Siem Reap Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  11. Day 11Peddling away for Pailin

    Hopefully you are well rested because today presents a humdinger of a riding day. Cracked roads are aplenty on this stretch, but it is broken up with beautiful skies that last forever. It'll be full steam ahead for Thailand now as you skid past rural villages and cycle into uncharted territory.

    • 59 miles
    • 629.9 ft
      2050.5 ft
      1420.6 ft
    • Memoria Palace
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  12. Day 12Time to say ‘Hi, Thailand’

    Wave goodbye to the history and beautiful countryside of Cambodia as you make a short journey to the border and cross into Thailand. This will be unlike any other crossing you make because of it s tranquility and is only used by local traders. Once the immigration formalities are over you'll ride straight into Thailand and transfer guides before heading for the beach.

    • 27.3 miles
    • 36.1 ft
      1233.6 ft
      1197.5 ft
    • Chanchalao Beach Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  13. Day 13Breezy biking and beach bumming

    Your last day of riding. It’s been a long journey and to finish things off you can take it easy with a gentle ride along the soothing sea. The afternoon is free so you can go for a dip in the beautiful Thai sea or run your toes through the warm sand. It is a rich reward for all your hard work.

    • 40.4 miles
    • 20 ft
      823.5 ft
      803.5 ft
    • Bandara on Sea Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  14. Day 14Back to Bangkok and goodbyes

    You can squeeze in one more morning cavorting on the beach before making your way to Bangkok. It is here where you'll bid adieu to all our new friends and reflect on a journey that took in three countries in the most unique way possible. Congratulations on a biking job well done!

    • Breakfast