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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
- Distance491.5 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance44.7 miles
- Day 1Hoi An
Meet in the charming town of Hoi An, which was one of Southeast Asia's major trading ports during the 17th and 18th centuries, for a welcome dinner and trip briefing.
- Day 2Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An
Ride to see My Son, the ancient center of the Cham civilization. Although many of the temples were destroyed during the war, there is still enough of the archaeological site to impress most visitors.
- 33.6 miles
- Day 3Hoi An – Quang Ngai – My Lai
This morning, transfer from Hoi An toward Quang Ngai and begin the ride from a small village. The road is shaded by arching palm trees and surrounded by tended rice paddies. Stop at My Lai, the site of one of the worst massacres of the American/Vietnam War.
- 28.6 miles
- Day 4Quang Ngai – Kon Tum
Today, leave the coast and head into the central highlands towards Quang Nam and on to Kon Tum. You have a pass to conquer today, Viloluk Pass (1,000m (3,280 ft) above sea level), but then are rewarded with a 20 km (12.4 mi) descent.
- 55.9 miles
- Day 5Kon Tum – Pleiku
Cycle through Jarai and Bhanar villages and see their communal houses with very steep and tall roofs. Next on the route, enter tea and coffee plantations before reaching Pleiku, home of the best coffee in Vietnam.
- 37.3 miles
- Day 6Pleiku – Cambodia Border – Banlung
After breakfast head to the border with Cambodia. Start riding to Banlung, one of the most far-flung of the Khmer provincial capitals and spend the night in the rustic surroundings of Terres Rouge Lodge.
- 43.5 miles
- Day 7Banlung Rest Day
A day of relaxation, a chance to enjoy a morning market, or take a picnic lunch and explore the mysterious crater lake of Boneng Yeak Laom, or just enjoy staying at the lodge where you'll meet up for dinner.
- Day 8Banlung – Stung Treng
Get back in the saddle for a ride along a rustic highway to Stung Treng province. Ride through rice paddies and stop to enjoy the simple pleasures of rural life as you cycle towards the setting sun. Tonight, experience delicious Khmer food paired with very personalized service at Tonlé Tourism Training Center.
- 68.4 miles
- Day 9Stung Treng – Kratie
Today, cycle through rural villages, then board a boat at Kratie to enjoy an afternoon cruise on the Mekong River to see the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. At night, enjoy views of the Mekong from the roof top terrace of your hotel.
- 52.8 miles
- Day 10Kratie – Kampong Cham
Take a ferry across the Mekong to the town of Chhlong, and ride amongst the French colonial houses and Buddhist pagodas. Then cycle up to Wat Han Chey, an 8th century pre-Angkorian temple, to enjoy a picnic lunch and stunning views of the Mekong.
- 52.8 miles
- Day 11Kampong Cham – Kampong Thom
Ride over dirt and tarmac roads along the Mekong to Kampong Thom, a picturesque town on the banks of the Stung Saen River which hosts a magnificent Khmer temple site.
- 59.7 miles
- Day 12Kampong Thom – Siem Reap
Today you take a transfer to the ancient bridge at Kampong Kdei, one of the best remaining examples of the 800-year-old Cambodian bridges. Later ride to Domdel village and transfer to Siem Reap, to the overnight hotel.
- 40.4 miles
- Day 13Siem Reap – Angkor – Siem Reap
This morning start your bike ride to Angkor Wat complex to see the biggest religious Hindu edifice in the world. You'll also visit Tah Prohm, famous from the film Tomb Raider. Continue to Angkor Thom, Bayon temple and end your day with a beautiful sunset in Angkor Park.
- 18.6 miles
- Day 14Onward Travel
You are free in the morning until it's time to be transferred to the airport.