Vietnam and Cambodia bicycle tour

  • destination VN * KH
  • activity Biking
  • duration 16 days
  • grade Moderate

Our Vietnam and Cambodia bicycle tour is a real biking adventure! Explore Northern and Central Vietnam and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat on two wheels and experience the pure nature and original cultures of these nations, from their mountains to the beaches. Each destination in this package has been carefully selected to ensure you have the very best active biking holiday.

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TOUR CODE: VC16A
PRICE: from 2146USD

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi airport. Ky Son village and Red River countryside
Day 2: Ancient village of Duong Lam and Hanoi street food tour
Day 3: Explore Hanoi on wheels. Night train to Lao Cai
Day 4: Sapa, Hill tribe biking and Homestay
Day 5: The remote minority villages and Nam Cang Riverside Lodge
Day 6: Xa Pho minority and Hilltop Bungalows
Day 7: Relax at Topas Ecolodge and train to Hanoi
Day 8: Cruising in Halong Bay
Day 9: Continue cruising. Back to Hanoi
Day 10: Explore Hue’s Imperial City on bikes
Day 11: Countryside cycling to Hoi An
Day 12: Biking to the hidden beach of Hoi An
Day 13: Relax in Hoi An and flight to Cambodia
Day 14: Cycling to visit Angkor complex: the hidden temple of Meng Mealea
Day 15: World famous Angkor Wat biking
Day 16: Boat trip to Tonle Sap. Departure Siem Reap

Day 1: Arrive at Hanoi airport. Visit Ky Son village and the Red River countryside

Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, you will meet your guide and start the adventure. After two hours driving you will reach Ky Son village. At the village, set deep in the Red River Delta, you will enjoy aspecial welcome drink at the Moon Garden home stay. While waiting for your steam bath to be prepared, you can enjoy your drink and taste some of the local products, such as sweet potato and cassava, depending on the season. The traditional, refreshing steam bath is made using fragrant lemon grass, pomelo leaves and holy basil leaves. Following your bath you will get your first taste of why Vietnam is world famous for its delicious cuisine. Stay overnight in Ky Son village in a beautifully restored old house. (-/-/D)

Day 2: Ancient village of Duong Lam and Hanoi street food tour

If you like to rise early, it’s possible to take part in the daily Yijin Jing traditional exercises. Next up, it’s time to start the biking with a 12km ride on easy trails, giving an insight into the local farming communities and Duong Lam ancient village. During the trip, you will see plenty of picturesque views of the remote countryside. In Duong Lam villageyoucycle between many old mud and laterite houses, dating back 400 years. You will then cycle back to Moon Garden for a cooking class and lunch and an optional hand spa. After this,you will be driven into your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. In the late afternoon, a guided walk takes you along the Old Quarter’s narrow streets to find some of the best local street food. Overnight in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Explore Hanoi on two wheels. Night train to Lao Cai

In the morning, enjoy a relaxing bicycle tour to the west of Hanoi. Shortly after leaving your hotel, you will be riding in peace to a ceramics market on the bank of the Red River. Many ceramic products are carried here by boat from famous ceramics villages before being distributed onward. After seeing this, you will visit the flower fields which provide the colorful bouquets to Hanoi’sflorists. From here, you continue the ride around the capital’s beautiful West Lake and visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, constructed in the 6th century and one of the oldest in Hanoi. You will then cycle to your hotel to refresh and check out. In the afternoon you will continue your ride and explore the French Quarter, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside), Hoa Lo Prison, the Temple of Literature and more. Later, you will head to Hanoi train station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight onboard the train in a four bed soft-sleeper cabin. (B/-/-)

Day 4: Arrival in Sapa. Biking to a hill tribe village and a homestay.

The train arrives in the Vietnam – China border town of Lao Cai early in the morning and here you meet your mountain guide for the one hour transfer to the historical mountain town of Sapa. After a short refreshment break and breakfast you will start cycling downhill on a winding road in the Muong Hoa valley, home to the Black H’mong, Giay and Red Dao minorities. On the way you will have many opportunities to enjoy amazing scenery of mountains and rice paddy terraces, especially between the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. A picnic lunch is served at a nice spot on the way. After lunch, your ride will be more challenging with a later steep climb where some may like to walk. However, the views are worth it, with the Muong Bo River snaking along the valley floor. In the Thanh Phu village of the Tay minority people you will meet your local host. Here, you will have a tasty dinner and stay overnight in a local Tay minority house. Overnight in a homestay in Than hPhu village. (B/L/D)
Cycling data:
Distance 28 km,
Elevation gain: 250m
Elevation loss: 800m
Highest elevation: 1500m
Lowest elevation: 300m

Day 5: Remote minority villages and Nam Cang Riverside Lodge

On day 5, you will be in a remote area of Sapa, rarely visited by other travelers. The roads vary between paved, cement and dirt. The area is dominated by the Red Dao minority, but you will also have the opportunity to encounter the Blue Hmong, who live only in Nam Than village. The views are amazing, with deep valleys, waterfalls and terraced rice fields. In the late afternoon you will arrive at Nam Cang Riverside Lodge, which is perfectly located by the Muong Bo River. Dinner is served to the sounds of nature. If you have time,we recommend you take a walk in the village as this is truly remote. Overnight at Nam Cang Riverside Lodge. (B/L/D
Cycling data:
Distance: 19 km
Elevation gain: 500m
Elevation lost: 200m
Highest elevation: 950m
Lowest elevation: 550m

Day 6: Xa Pho minority and Hilltop Bungalows

You will wake to the sound of the river running just a few meters from the lodge. Today’s ride will be a little softer as the road back via Thanh Phu village is almost all downhill. You will pass by a few smaller minority villages and may encounter the Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest ethnic groups in Vietnam and one that lives only in this area. Your lunch will be served en route. In Ban Ho village, you take a break and have a cup of tea in a traditional Tay stilt house before a car takes you uphill to Topas Ecolodge and your very own hilltop bungalow. Here, you can relax after some great cycling days and enjoy the breathtaking mountain view from your private bungalow balcony. Overnight in a private bungalow at Topas Ecolodge. (B/L/-)
Cycling data:
Distance: 20 km
Elevation gain: 200m
Elevation lost: 400m
Highest elevation: 800m
Lowest elevation: 450m

Day 7: Relax at Topas Ecolodge and take the train to Hanoi

Spent a day at your leisure at Topas Ecolodge. You can relax at the lodge set deep in the mountains, take an optional local hiking tour, or take a shuttle bus to visit Sapa town. In the late afternoon, you will transfer to Lao Cai Station for the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on board the train. (B/-/-)

Day 8: Cruising in Halong Bay

You arrive early at Hanoi station for a transfer to Hoan Kiem Lake, where hundreds of Hanoians practice Tai Chi right in the heart of Hanoi. You will visit Ngoc Son temple before enjoying breakfast at a local restaurant. At 8:00, a shuttle bus departs for Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the wharf just before noon, you will get on board for your overnight cruise. Drinks and a fresh seafood lunch will welcome you aboard. Enjoy lunch as the traditional junk boat cruises into the unique seascape of Halong Bay, a UNESCO natural heritage site. The cruising route is customized to offer you the best that Halong Bay has to offer. You can relax on the deck, have a swim in the emerald water and visit a cave. After a seafood dinner, you can enjoy your own private and well-equipped cabin.(B/L/D)

Day 9: Continue cruising. Return to Hanoi

Rise early and, if you wish, practice Tai Chi on the deck as the sun rises. The boat continues its cruise between thousands of beautiful limestone karst islets. Breakfast or brunch will be served onboard before disembarking. After a transfer back to Hanoi you will be taken to the airport for a flight to the historic city of Hue where you will be transferred to your hotel near the historical center. The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure. Overnight in Hue. (B/L/-)

Day 10: Explore Hue’s Imperial City by bike

On day 10 you will saddle-up for an exploration of Hue. First, you will visit Dong Ba market, one of the main symbols of Hue, where you will learn about the local food that makes up Hue people’s daily meals. Next,continue cycling along the northern bank of the Perfume River to the old town of Bao Vinh, which harks back to the days of flourishing trade between Hue and other key cities in the region. Arriving at the Citadel and the Imperial Museum, you will experience the lifestyle of the royal family and the aristocrats of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam (1805- 1945).  You will also visit one of the typical garden houses of Hue and finally visit the Heavenly Lady Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in town. Overnight in Hue. (B/L/-)

Day 11: Countryside cycling to Hoi An

Today’s cycling will pass through the great countryside of Central Vietnam. The ride begins with a 5 km ride to Thanh Toan covered bridge on a road which winds among vibrant green paddy fields. Leaving the ornate bridge, you continue to the scenic Tam Giang lagoon, stopping en route at a village specializing in mushroom cultivation. The views here are regarded as some of the best in the whole of Vietnam. You then pass through a fishing village to An Bang, which is also known as the City of Ghosts due to its huge cemetery full of the symbols of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Catholicism. A scenic road then winds between hills on one side and Cau Hai lagoon on the other, bringing you to an intersection, where you will be transferred to Lang Co beach for a fresh seafood lunchwith views of life on Lang Co Lagoon. After lunch, you will have an opportunity to challenge yourself with a ride over the fantastic Pass of Clouds, or the Hai Van Pass. Your support car will always be there to support you. At the top of the pass, you will enjoy thrilling views of the surrounding sea and mountains. Upon arrival at the foot of the pass, you will have a transfer to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An. (B/L/-)
Note: The cycling distance is 80km, but it can be shortened with the support of a vehicle.

Day 12: Biking to the hidden beach of Hoi An

Together with your tour guide, you will ride to the outskirts of Hoi An. This easy 20km ride is on village paths, with beautiful views of rice fields, villages and rivers. In the morning you will visit a local market and Cam Kim traditional village, famed for its wooden handicrafts and colorful sleeping mats. Next, it’s your chance to ride a water buffalo at Cam Thanh village. Following that, lunch will be served in a local house. In the afternoon, you will have an exciting opportunity to try to catch fish in a round basket boat on the sea under the careful eye of a local fisherman, and then relax or swim at the beach. After a great day you will cycle back to your hotel. Overnight in Hoi An. (B/L/-)

Day 13: Relax in Hoi An and fly to Cambodia

The morning can be spent at your leisure in Hoi An. Hoi An was first called Dai Chien and was at that time one of the most important ports in the Champa dynasty. It was later merged with Vietnam in the 13th century. Since then, Hoi An has been inhabited by Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, British and French. Hoi An Ancient Town is now a World Heritage Centre and a popular traveler destination. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Siem Reap, where your private Cambodian tour guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B/-/-)

Day 14: Cycling to visit the Angkor complex and the hidden temple of Meng Mealea

The Angkor Complex is world famous for its stunning temples. Today’s biking exploration starts with a visit to the hidden temple of Beng Mealea. The ride will run through the peaceful countryside of Siem Reap and you will experience Cambodia away from the crowds. Along the way you will see the rarely visited Chao Srei Vibol temple and encounter the friendly monks who live in the temple area. Beng Mealea is located inside a jungle, 40km east of Angkor Wat. Built as a Hindu monument, the unrestored temple is in a fairy ruinous state, but still maintains all its mystery and charm; this is a prime example of an Angkor jungle temple. After exploring the temple, you will transfer back to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B/L/-)
Cycling distance: 65 km

Day 15: World famous Angkor Wat by bicycle

The cycling tour today takes in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor, one of the ancient wonders of the world. In the morning you will visit the amazing Ta Prohm temple and then the South Gate of Angkor Thom Complex, including some of Angkor’s most important monuments: the Bayon temple, the Terrace of Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, you will visit the most perfectly restored Khmer temple, Angkor Wat itself. You will then take a walk up the Bakheng hill and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the sunset over Angkor Wat and Western Baray. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B/L/-)
Cycling distance: 25 km

Day 16: Boat trip to Tonle Sap. Depart Siem Reap

Day 16 is the last day of your journey and the day’s ride heads to Tonle Sap Lake. You will then take a boat excursion to explore the lake and visit a floating village. The Tonle Sap Lake is the biggest lake in Southeast Asia, with more than 2 million people living on it or its banks working as farmers and fishermen. Following a relaxing day on the water you will pedal back to the hotel. The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure before a transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B/-/-)
Cycling distance: 25 km

Note: The price is per person and based on a group of 4 persons.

Inclusive

Local English speaking guide(s)
Hanoi street food tour
8 days of unique biking in Vietnam
3 days of great days in Cambodia
High quality bikes, helmets and gloves
All indicated accommodation (Twin shared)
All land transfer as indication
Boat cruises in Halong Bay
Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (soft sleeper in 4-berth cabins with AC)
Flight tickets Hanoi – Hue (Economic Class)
Indicated meals (B as breakfast, L as lunch, D as dinner)
All entrance fees to indicated sites
Indicated Homestay and permits

Exclusive

Personal pocket money
Flight tickets Danang – Siem Reap
Insurance Visa to Vietnam and Cambodia
Tip money

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