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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 center 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
- Distance494 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance44.7 miles
How many days is the tour?
You have 14 days and 13 nights of fun on this tour. 11 of which will be spent on the bike.
Where does the tour start and finish?
The tour starts in the charming city of Hoi An in Vietnam. It can be accessed via Da Nang International Airport (DAD).
It finishes in Siem Reap, Cambodia where international flights take off from Siem Reap International Airport (REP).
How many riders will be in the group? And what is the minimum age to join?
We can't say for certain how many will be joining. However to keep the tour personal the maximum number of participants is 16 and minimum is 2.
Minimum age to join is 18 years old
Can you describe the tour?
This biking adventure takes you from the coast of Vietnam through the central highlands to the heart of Cambodia. You will cycle approximately 791 km in 11 cycling days, with lots of time sightseeing and exploring the countryside. The cycling is on a mixture of well-surfaced roads and good quality dirt tracks.
Some of the days are quite long, and experienced riders usually find it sufficiently challenging. Faster cyclists can ride at their own pace after consulting the guides on the route. However, the average rider will want to ride and take photographs, stopping here and there to take in the magnificent sites. If you race through the countryside, you'll be missing out. The terrain is varied from flat days to hilly and undulating days. There will be a few days where you will cover longer distances, but these are mostly on flat terrain, and the kilometers will speed by. Experienced riders will find the distances long enough to challenge them, while less experienced riders are easily able to travel at a more relaxed pace.
Suitability: This trip is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. This trip is mildly challenging, so the more time you have spent in the saddle and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it.
Biking Conditions: This trip is mainly on good quality tarmac roads and some vehicle-width dirt roads. No off-road riding experience is required. A support truck is always available to help when required, and participants can cycle as much or as little as they like and still enjoy the same views as the rest of the group.
Are bike hires available?
Mountain bikes can be hired for locally for USD 185. 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. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical order.
You can also hire an electric bike (or an E-Bike) for the Vietnam section of the tour for the price listed in the tour pricing section. There are 2 sizes available: S = 155 cm - 170 cm and M = 171cm - 180 cm. The E-Bikes are GIANT brand with SHIMANO Alivio1,9 speed, disc brakes, and adjustable suspension fork.
Are helmets required?
A helmet is required to be worn on all biking activities and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you won't be allowed to cycle.
Am I safe?
The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a cycling tour.
Please see a message from the tour operator about policies relating to COVID-19
The Tour Operator is committed to ensuring all trips are safe and that they travel responsibly with the safety of riders, staff and local communities paramount, always.
Their health and safety policies follow recommendations from the World Health Organization and the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators and they have worked with all their suppliers to undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and safety audit for every trip. As every country is different with varying and fast-changing requirements for entry, they require for every trip tocommit to the following basic requirements:
- All participants must be double vaccinated by a recognized vaccine and will need to show evidence upon booking and on arrival.
- All Tour Operator tour leaders and support staff will have completed a COVID-19 health and safety training course and will all have been double vaccinated prior to a tour starting. For 2021 departures onwards, they are planning to have our leaders tested within 72 hours of meeting the group.
- The Tour Operator follows the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels protocol and has received the stamp of approval, which provides travelers with an assurance that they have adopted the health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.