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Indochina Cycle

12 Days, Ho Chi Minh City (saigon) to Bangkok
Indochina Cycle

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Many visitors to Southeast Asia spend much of their time rushing around clogged city streets. Break free and see the region from a bicycle seat on this 12-day trip. Roll read more...

IS THIS Active TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Want to physically engage with your environment
    • Are looking beyond a mere vacation as you hike, bike and kayak
    • Like exploring the world's greatest vantage points
What's Included
  • 11 nights accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Cycling routes and sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
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  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Support vehicle as per group size.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Cycling equipment including bicycle.
  • Travel Insurance.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
Allow USD150-195 for meals not included.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Ben Tre
Day 3 Ben Tre/Tra On
Day 4 Tra On/Chau Doc
Day 5 Chau Doc/Phnom Penh
Day 6 Phnom Penh
Day 7 Phnom Penh/Siem Reap
Day 8 Siem Reap
Day 9 Siem Reap
Day 10 Siem Reap
Day 11 Siem Reap/Bangkok
Day 12 Bangkok
Departures
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

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Places Visited
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Ben Tre
  • Tra On
  • Chau Doc
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Bangkok
  • Ho Chi Minh City (saigon) to Bangkok Map
  • DAY 1 Ho Chi Minh City

    The adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, the CEO will review the details of the trip.

    Welcome to bustling Ho Chi Minh City, one of Vietnam's most thriving cities.

    There are no activities planned, but there will be a scheduled group meeting in the evening around 6pm. After the meeting, opt to head out for an optional dinner to get to know the CEO and fellow group members.

    Until the meeting, enjoy free time to relax and explore the city. Why not take the chance to visit Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas, Ben Than Market, Reunification Palace or the War Remnants Museum?

    Please check at the reception desk or look for a G Adventures notice board with details of the actual meeting time. At this meeting the CEO will ask to see your travel insurance, double check your Vietnam visa, and complete some other paper work. Please note that most nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please double check this with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 18:00
    The adventure begins. Feel free to explore -- but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, the CEO will review the details of the trip.

    Optional Activities - Day 1
    Tran Quoc Pagoda Visit
    Hanoi
    Visit one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam located on the eastern shore of Tay Ho. Learn about Tran Quoc's history from the 17th-century stela found on site. View it later in the day, if you can - the tall structure is striking against the setting sun.

    Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) Visit
    Hanoi
    Visit this sprawling temple built to honour Confucius, sages, and scholars. Dedicated to learning, it housed the country's first university in 1076. Explore its five courtyards, containing various gates, altars, sanctuaries, shrines, the stelae of doctors, and the Well of Heavenly Clarity.

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Visit
    Hanoi
    Tour the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum built in the square where Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence in 1945. Get in line to tour the grounds; queues of visitors come to pay their respects daily.

    Old Quarter Orientation Walk
    Hanoi
    Take an orientation walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter, a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. Each street is named after the trade practiced on that street for several generations; it's an interesting glimpse into the life of a Hanoian in one of the oldest parts of town. Need a rest? Stop at Bia Hoi corner and pull up a plastic stool. Drink the local brew with the locals and make new friends. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Ben Tre

    Cycle out to Cu Chi and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a relic from the Vietnam War.

    In the morning, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the Vietnam-American War. The Cu Chi Tunnels are a complex network of tunnels that Viet Cong forces lived in to protect themselves from the opposing forces. They stored ammunition, had underground hospitals and served as a hidden base to attack the allied forces. If you are not claustrophobic, you may want to crawl through some of the tunnel network to get a feel for what it must have been like during the war.

    Approximate cycling distance: 25km (15 mi)

    Private Vehicle
    Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi 30m-45m 28km
    Load up the support vehicle with bikes in the morning and head out towards Cu Chi.

    Cu Chi Cycling
    Cu Chi 1h-2h 25km
    Start off on the back roads. Ride through rubber plantations and sleepy villages where residents tend rice fields. See where rice paper is made. Finish the ride at the Cu Chi Tunnels, extensive underground bases and an example of one of the greatest advantages the Viet Cong held over the Americans in the war.

    Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
    Cu Chi
    Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you're not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.

    Private Vehicle
    Cu Chi - Mekong Delta 1h-2h
    Drive from Cu Chi into the Mekong Delta.

    Ferry
    Mekong Delta - Ben Tre
    Take the ferry across the Mekong to Ben Tre. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Ben Tre/Tra On

    Enjoy a morning boat trip before cycling from Ben Tre to Tra On.

    Start the day by exploring the breakfast options at both the hotel and the local market. Then take a boat ride to explore the surrounding area. There are a number of islands situated in the river which are sometimes not connected to the mainland other than by a small ferry. It's then time for some cycling.

    Take an easy, flat ride through the shady canal paths and back roads, stopping along the way to try the fresh fruit and to have a tasty lunch. In the late afternoon, arrive at the home of our hosts. Enjoy some time to relax and, perhaps, help a little with dinner.

    Boat
    Ben Tre 1h-2h
    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Cycling Ben Tre to Tra On
    Ben Tre - Tra On 4h-5h 60km
    Take an easy, flat ride through shady canal paths and back roads, stopping along the way to try fresh fruit and to have a tasty lunch. Arrive at the home of our hosts in the late afternoon. Take some time to relax and, perhaps, help a bit with dinner. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Tra On/Chau Doc

    Spend a day in the Mekong Delta, visiting the floating markets and witnessing the hustle and bustle on the boats. Cycle through the Mekong canals between the islands of the Delta.

    Upon waking, you will be wishing your time in the Delta won't end, but there is still time to see the floating markets for which this area has become quite well known. As most people will head to the chaotic main market near Can Tho, the hosts will take us to a real, local floating market where vegetables are tossed from craft to craft and a little coffee vendor boat bounces in and out of the gaps, serving strong iced coffee to both vendors and customers.

    After taking some time to experience this explosion of colour and activity, return to the mainland. Take to the bikes again to explore some more of those lovely canal paths where the only traffic is an occasional motor scooter or pedestrian. End up with an hour transfer to the hotel in Chau Doc city.

    Floating Market Visit
    Mekong Delta
    Visit a local floating market where vegetables are tossed from craft to craft and a little coffee vendor boat bounces in and out of the gaps, serving strong iced coffee to both vendors and customers.

    Cycling Tra On to Chau Doc
    Tra On 4h-5h 70km
    Return to the mainland, and then take the bikes again to explore some more of those lovely canal paths where the only traffic is an occasional motor scooter or pedestrian.

    Private Vehicle
    Long Xuyen - Chau Doc 1h 60km
    Drive from Long Xuyen to Chau Doc. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Chau Doc/Phnom Penh

    Cross the border into Cambodia and head for Phnom Penh. Explore the city at leisure.

    Our Cambodian driver welcomes the group on the Cambodian side and takes us to Phnom Penh. Visit the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre on the way back to Phnom Penh. Learn about one of the darkest points in the history of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Regime. Arrive in Phnom Penh early in the afternoon.

    Phnom Penh has had a turbulent history. When the French colonialists arrived, it was little more than a collection of wooden shacks by the river, but they soon changed that and in doing so created what was once considered a very beautiful city. When the Khmer Rouge evacuated the city in 1975, they started it on its way to decay and decline, a theme that had carried through until only fairly recently when the country's economic development accelerated rapidly.

    Border Crossing (Vietnam - Cambodia)
    Ha Tien - Phumi Prek Chak
    Cross over the border from Vietnam into Cambodia.

    Private Vehicle
    Chau Doc - Phnom Penh 2h-2h30m 140km
    Drive from Chau Doc across the border into Cambodia and on to Phnom Penh. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Phnom Penh

    Cycle the Oudong Trail, starting along railway tracks before passing through the countryside to Oudong Mountain.

    Oudong Trail Cycling
    Phnom Penh - Oudong 4h-5h 60km
    Start along the railway tracks out of the city. If lucky, see a great Cambodian invention, the Bamboo Train; this serves as a local railway in the absence of the real thing. Leave the railway to see some of the villages populated by people relocated from major project areas in the city. Continue cycling to arrive at some of the most beautiful countryside, which rotates through a cycle of colours depending on the season - bright green rice paddies or yellow fields ready for harvest.

    See small villages with groups of curious, waving children punctuating the path. Arrive at Oudong Mountain around lunch time. Visit a towering temple, which is perched on a mountain that was the capital of Cambodia for about 200 years until the capital was moved to what is now Phnom Penh. After the temple visit, enjoy the stunning view of the area from Oudong Mountain. Enjoy lunch nearby.

    Private Vehicle
    Oudong - Phnom Penh 45m-1h 45km
    Return to Phnom Penh from Oudong Mountain. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Phnom Penh/Siem Reap

    Take to bikes again and explore the surrounding area, passing through charming village communities, fruit orchards, and a variety of temples. Transfer to Siem Reap.

    Enjoy this highlight ride and gain a unique perspective of Phnom Penh and its surrounds.

    Private Vehicle
    Phnom Penh - Siem Reap 6h
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Siem Reap

    Explore the temple complex of Angkor Wat by bike.

    As first light dawns and the roosters begin to crow, the day begins at the most important religious monument in the country, looking at the triple towers of Angkor Wat across a reflecting pool. After the sun rises as a giant orange ball behind the towers, the crowds will thin out as most people return to bed. Instead, make use of the cool temperatures and soft morning light to explore Angkor Wat. Monkeys and a handful of other travellers are the only others at the site. A delicious breakfast spread awaits just a short pedal away. After filling up, continue to explore the iconic Angkor temples and some hidden treasures of the Angkor area. Ride through some lovely back trails and even ride atop the wall of Angkor Thom, overlooking the moat on the way back to Siem Reap.

    Angkor Wat Guided Tour
    Angkor Wat
    Enjoy a tour of impressive ancient ruins with a local professional guide. Wake early to watch the sun rise over the magnificent Angkor Wat temple. Visit the enigmatic faces of Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and tour Ta Prohm (aka the "Tomb Raider" temple), which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle.

    Angkor Wat Cycling
    Siem Reap 5h-6h 30km
    Begin the day early at the most important religious monument in the country, looking at the triple towers of Angkor Wat across a reflecting pool. After the sun rises behind the towers, the crowds will thin out as most people return to bed. Make use of the cool temperatures and soft morning light to explore Angkor Wat. Monkeys and a handful of other travellers are the only others at the site. Enjoy a delicious breakfast spread after, just a short pedal away. After filling up, continue to explore the iconic Angkor temples and some hidden treasures of the Angkor area. Ride through some lovely back trails and even ride atop the wall of Angkor Thom, overlooking the moat on the way back to Siem Reap. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Siem Reap

    Siem Reap - Tonle Sap 3h-4h 40km

    Ride on tracks and trails today to reach the Tonle Sap Lake - the largest lake in South East Asia. It's a huge expanse of water in the middle of Cambodia, connected to the Mekong River by the Tonle Sap, resulting in a natural phenomenon that must be seen to be believed. Ride next to the Baray along the way, a huge reservoir used by the Khmer kings for irrigation of the surrounding area. Arrive at the edge of the Tonle Sap, and take a boat to explore the floating communities that call this area home. These are a less visited collection of villages due to their relative remoteness. Extend the boat ride (if there's time) to see the birdlife of this area before returning to town by a different route. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Siem Reap

    Free day to explore more of the Angkor Wat complex and surrounding area.

    Free Time
    Siem Reap
    Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to return to the vast Angkor temple complex and see more of the site, or cycle through the villages around Siem Reap and see a different side of Cambodian life. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Siem Reap/Bangkok

    Cross the border into Thailand. Arrive in Bangkok and enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

    Onward into Thailand today, crossing the Cambodian border. After the border formalities are complete, meet the Thai transport and continue on to Bangkok. The roads will provide an immediate contrast to the country you just departed.

    Private Vehicle
    Siem Reap - Paoy Pet 2h30m
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Border Crossing (Cambodia - Thailand)
    Paoy Pet - Aranyaprathet
    Get ready to cross into Thailand. Aranyaprathet is known for being one of the most hectic border crossings but your CEO will help make the process go as smoothly as possible. The border crossing is done on foot and can take up to an hour so be patient and think of all the fun Thailand has in store.

    Private Vehicle
    Aranyaprathet - Bangkok 4h
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Bangkok Evening
    Enjoy an evening at leisure in one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Bangkok

    Depart at any time.

    As you get ready for the airport and your flight back home, relive the high points of your Trip360 'Indochina Cycle' tour. We are confident you will join us again, sometime soon.

    Please do give us your valuable feedback on adventure@trip360.com (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. Allow USD150-195 for meals not included.

  2. Tour operates with a minimum of 2 pax travelling together.

  3. Start of Tour: Ho Chi Minh City

  4. End of Tour: Bangkok

  5. Route: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Tra On - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Bangkok.

  6. Total Days: 12

  7. Riding Days: 06

  8. Rest Days: 06

  9. Total riding distance: 285 km

  10. Average distance per day: 45 - 50 Km

  11. Cycling conditions: Road conditions in Vietnam are good. Apart from some short sections on dirt the entire ride is on sealed roads. We will be spending time on Highway One so be prepared for traffic that can (and probably will) include trucks, buses, motorbikes, bicycles, pedestrians, children, dogs, chickens, and other fun things. You will need to stay alert at all times.

  12. Helmets: For safe cycling we highly recommend wearing a helmet whilst cycling on our trips. We highly recommend that you bring your own helmet with you. You can hire helmets locally or purchase in Hanoi at the start of the trip (approx cost $30 US), but please note that the quality of helmet may not be as good as what we are accustomed too.


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