Arrive in Rach Gia after crossing the border and enjoy some fun biking and seafood
Discover the serenity of the Mekong Delta
Explore Cambodia and Vietnam in a friendly, like-minded group

Phnom Penh to Saigon

Duration
12 days
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Get on a bicycle, off the beaten track and explore the contrast in countries between Cambodia and Vietnam over 12 fascinating days on a socially conscious adventure tour. With an adventure beginning in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and finishing in Saigon, Vietnam, you can truly explore and uncover the mysteries of these two incredible countries. Get ready to cycle almost 500km across Cambodia and Vietnam. From Choeung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh to the mighty Mekong Delta, you will be taken on a journey that will push your physical limits, challenge your ethical values and completely open your mind. You are about to go on a journey that may well change your life. And the lives of others.

  • Category
    Multi-Activity
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    12 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    310.7 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    44.1 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    12 days
  • Main Destination
    Phnom Penh & surrounds
  • Distance
    310.7 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    44.1 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrival Day

    Welcome to Cambodia! Check in to the hotel is any time from 2pm. If you’re flying in to Phnom Penh today, the tour operator will arrange your airport transfer. Spend your day exploring this great city until the group arrives and you’ll meet up in the evening for a welcome dinner at Romdeng, part of the Friends International Social Enterprise Franchise. Not only a great restaurant, but a fantastic training ground for marginalized youth. You’ll jump into the culinary deep end with an array of local feasts.

    • Mito Hotel, Phnom Penh
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2Friends International, S-21 and BBQ

    You’ll start the day by meeting the incredible people at Friends International and learn about the wonderful work they do within the community. This is a great insight into REAL local everyday issues, from real local everyday heroes. You'll then venture towards the Russian market and move to Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21 Genocide Museum. This devastating chapter of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian history is emotionally challenging but strongly recommended. There is some free time in the afternoon to process your day, whilst you’ll meet again for a local Khmer BBQ dinner tonight and feast on a selection of local meats and vegetables, cooked at the group table on a communal BBQ.

    • Mito Hotel, Phnom Penh
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  3. Day 3Phnom Penh to Kampot

    Your cycling day takes you south of Phnom Penh to Chisaur Mountain Temple in rural Cambodia. You will casually cycle through remote villages and waterways, via narrow dirt tracks. This temple, at the top of a 130m (426ft)  'mountain' was built in the 11th century, about 200 years prior to Angkor Wat. You’ll have a late lunch at the base of the mountain and then jump in the van to get into Kampot for the early evening for you to explore the culinary delights of coastal Kampot at your leisure.

    • 40.4 miles
    • Vibola Guesthouse or similar, Kampot
    • Breakfast
  4. Day 4The Bokor Mountain Cycle Challenge

    Start the day with an (optional) mammoth Bokor Mountain cycle challenge! It’s 40km (24.8mi) to get to the top. The first 10km (6.2mi) is flat, then it just keeps on going up, and up, and up! If cycling uphill doesn’t rock your world, the tour operator can bring your bike in the van and you can cycle down! Whilst at the top, you can take some time to explore the French ghost town of Bokor Hill Station in Preah Monivong National Park. If you feel like taking some time off the bike, Kampot is a great town to caffeinate, people watch and relax.


    • 37.3 miles
    • Vibola Guesthouse or similar, Kampot
  5. Day 5Salt fields and ethical fashion

    In the morning, you’ll visit Chumkriel Language School (no children will be in attendance at the time of visiting). A fantastic NGO and inspirational human being, Mr Suthy has set up a very grassroots local school to give access to education for children of the salt field community. In the afternoon, you'll partake in a cooking class, teaching you the best of Khmer cuisine! There's an optional 10km (6.2mi) cycle today to the salt fields.


    • 6.2 miles
    • Vibola Guesthouse or similar, Kampot
    • Dinner
  6. Day 6Pepper farms, crab markets and Vietnam

    Today you will cross over the border into Vietnam, but not before discovering the wonderful province of Kep. Located just before the border, this town is famous for it’s fresh seafood, particularly crab. You’ll spend a couple of hours exploring the famous pepper plantations and salt lakes on the way.

    Navigating through the back roads, you’ll make your way around the National Park and to the border crossing into Ha Tien, Vietnam. Arrive Rach Gia after crossing the border. From Ha Tien, you’ll jump in the van and head to Rach Gia for a feast of local seafood and Banh Xeo.

    • 40.4 miles
    • Dai Luong in Rach Gia
    • Dinner
  7. Day 7Cycling the Mekong Delta

    Can Tho is where the Mekong Delta really comes into it’s own! To get there you will cut through the back roads of rice paddies and farm land, arriving in the city by late afternoon. With a population of over a million and a thriving tourist trade, Can Tho has a vibrancy about it like none other. The ride finishes about 20km (12.4mi) out of the city, but if your legs and daylight permit, there’s an option to continue all the way in, making today's ride 100km (62mi) if you dare!

    In the evening you can relax and explore this amazing city. For dinner, you’ll pull up a patch of grass at the night market and treat yourself to a degustation of delightful street food!

    • 49.7 miles
    • Ninh Kieu in Can Tho
    • Breakfast
  8. Day 8Floating markets, noodles and cocoa farms

    This morning you'll have a fantastic boat tour and catch the floating markets for sunrise. You'll enjoy having your breakfast brought to you on the water! Following that, you’ll visit the noodle factory where you’ll have a chance to make your own noodles and the cocoa farms just before lunch.

    Another free afternoon today where you can choose to sit and relax, grab a massage or take a wander through the market.

    • Ninh Kieu in Can Tho
    • Breakfast
  9. Day 9Mekong Delta and Homestay

    You’ll take a day to casually explore the oasis that is the Mekong Delta. From the coconut candy factories of Ben Tre to the canals and floating markets of My Tho, this is a place to relax and unwind. You’ll avoid the hordes of tourists in My Tho by using Ben Tre as a base to explore the region. It’s still a full day cycling from Can Tho and you’ll enjoy getting amongst the maze that is the Mekong Delta. Cycling ranges between 85-100km today. You should get into Ben Tre for 5pm, just in time to rest, relax and spend the evening at a local homestay.

    • 52.8 miles
    • Homestay in Ben Tre
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  10. Day 10Cycling into Saigon

    You’ll start early to beat the heat and some traffic. Cycling into Saigon for the last cycle day of the tour is an incredible experience. Ho Chi Minh is what the world would look like if cars weren’t invented. With whole lanes and roads dedicated to two wheels, it is the city of the future as the population grows. The last 12 km (7.5mi) will be where you can rest up and transit into the city centre itself via the support van. Your boutique hotel is in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the Street Food Market for dinner and a live band.

    • 49.7 miles
    • Tripwriter, Saigon
    • Breakfast
  11. Day 11Saigon

    You’ll visit the incredible Mekong Plus NGO from Vietnam. Mekong Plus work in over 800 villages throughout Vietnam and Cambodia in community development. They have a holistic approach that includes education, vocational training, health, micro finance and much more.

    Tonight you'll have the final dinner at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a social enterprise based restaurant designed to teach skills to disadvantaged youth in the area. Not only does KOTO do good, it tastes incredible! This is your chance to discuss the NGOs you have learnt about and decide where you'd like the donation to go.

    • Tripwriter, Saigon
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  12. Day 12Departure Day

    Congratulations! You’ve cycled across two countries, covered almost 500km (310mi) in the saddle and more than scratched the surface as to what these fantastic countries are about. You’ll enjoy a final breakfast together before you're on your way home. Departure airport transfer not included in tour, cost is approximately US$8-US$10.

    • Breakfast