Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Cycle Indochina & Angkor tour
Bangkok Mekong Delta Cycle Indochina & Angkor Trip
Phnom Penh  Saigon Cycle Indochina & Angkor Trip

Cycle Indochina & Angkor

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
From: $ 2,649 $ 166 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cycle through 3 countries
  • Discover awe-inspiring ancient monuments
  • Explore incredible Angkor by bike
  • Wander the streets of Cambodia's Phnom Penh, an exciting capital city with a frontier feel
  • The fertile Mekong Delta and Saigon, Vietnam's most vibrant city
  • Experience a taste sensation with mouth-watering cuisine

Short Description

This journey takes us through three countries with divergent histories and subtly different cultures. From the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the serene tranquillity of the shimmering paddy fields, to the magnificence of Angkor’s temples, we see a little piece of everything these amazing countries have to offer. In Vietnam we enter the Mekong Delta, a spectacular patchwork of rice paddies and waterways. Our journey ends in Saigon where the frenetic pace and vibrant street life contrasts starkly with the rural areas we have cycled through, and will leave a lasting impression.Cycle through 3 countries from Thailand to Vietnam

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Bangkok
End City Saigon

Travel Theme

Cultural Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Thailand Vietnam Cambodia

Activities

Culture Cycling

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Local bike hire

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London

Depart London

Day 2 Arrive Bangkok

There will be a group meeting and briefing in the evening with your leader followed by an optional group dinner for those that would like to join. Your main luggage will be transported ahead of you to the start point early in the morning so please bring this with you to the meeting; just hang on to what you need for the night/morning - you will be with your luggage again mid-morning tomorrow. *Rembrandt Bangkok Hotel or similar*

Day 3 Early transfer to the old kingdom of Ayuttaya; warm-up ride on trail

An early start this morning as we venture out of Bangkok to the ancient town of Ayuttaya. Our two-hour transfer takes us into the heart of this fascinating site and we start cycling by the huge reclining Buddha. Much of the old town was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century and we will cycle through the remaining shrine towers and enormous temples to appreciate the past magnificence. We will finish today’s warm-up ride at Aranyik village, famed for traditional knife making, and will pause to learn a little about this age-old tradition that has been passed through generations.  *Ingtharn Resort or similar*

Day 4 Cycle to Sa Keaw

Today we follow minor roads through rural Thai landscapes including rubber and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields. There are a few easy rolling hills but the route is mostly flat.The ride ends when we join a busier road before driving the final short distance to the town of Sa Keaw by bus.  *River Resort or similar*

Day 5 Ride to Aranyaprathet

Leaving our hotel early in the morning we ride towards Tha Krabak where we can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the other side. We will break for lunch before carrying on cycling on quiet but well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, 10km from the Cambodian border.  *Indo China Hotel or similar*

Day 6 Into Cambodia and on to Siem Reap

After breakfast we drive to the busy border and complete customs formalities as we cross into Cambodia at Poipet. We then drive to Siem Reap. Due to years of civil war the country is poorer and less developed than its neighbours. Apart from growth in the capital and around Siem Reap, the way of life in the countryside is still very much the same as it has been for centuries. This afternoon's ride from Siem Reap takes us past Wat Athvea, a modern temple in the grounds of the ruins of an Angkorian temple, and ends at a market and picnic area outside of Siem Reap.  *Angkor Holiday or similar*

Day 7 First of two full days to explore the temple complex of Angkor by bus and bike, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon and Banteay Srei

Today we may choose to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide area and are linked by shady avenues; meandering our way between them by bike gives us a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the ancient stones, Angkor Thom with the famous Bayon temple of 37 towers (originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king, and of course the incredible Angkor Wat, with its huge moat, long causeway and massive towers - it is the largest temple complex in Asia.  *Angkor Holiday or similar*

Day 8 Second day at Angkor temple complex

Today we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th Century and contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in exquisite carvings. In the afternoon as we cycle back to Siem Reap we can stop and visit a few of the less visited Angkor temples. Siem Reap town is pleasant to wander around; the market has plenty of interest and excellent shopping and there is a vibrant nightlife scene. This afternoon there should also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, which is a branch of the Mekong River. This optional trip includes a boat ride to see the floating fishing villages. Anyone wanting to do this visit may need to miss part or all of the ride back to Siem Reap, depending on timings. Cycle approx. 70 km. if riding the full distance to and from Banteay Srei. *Angkor Holiday or similar*

Day 9 Drive to Phnom Penh, stopping at Sambor Pre Kuk and Skuon

Today we take a bus journey of approximately 7 hours along National Road 6 to Phnom Penh, with a couple of stops along the way. We visit Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments with some of the oldest structures in the country. We'll also pause for a traditional Khmer lunch at a community restaurant before stopping in the town Skuon, which is known for its local delicacy of fried spiders. The road is currently undergoing some resurfacing so some sections will be a bit of a bumpy ride! We should arrive in Phnom Penh for late afternoon, the perfect time for a sundowner on the Mekong. *Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 10 Sightseeing including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the 'Killing Fields'

The fortunes of Phnom Penh have shifted dramatically during its history and the terrible years of the Khmer Rouge and subsequent civil war through the 1970s and 1980s have scarred the country. During our stay we visit two sites which give us a vivid impression of some of the horrors. There is the Genocide Museum, which is the former Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21 or Tuol Sleng, in the centre of the city. And 15kms of out of town is the area known as the 'Killing Fields,' a mass grave and execution site for the former inmates of S-21. While visiting Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields may not appeal to everyone, we feel they give us an important understanding of what the country and its people had to endure just a few decades ago. On a more positive note, the city is very much on the rise again and is a fascinating place with fine examples of French colonial architecture. We tour the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda. There is also excellent shopping at the 'Russian' market, and the lively Mekong waterfront area. *Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 11 Transfer to Takeo then cycle to Vietnam border and Chau Doc

This morning we transfer south out of Phnom Penh to the town of Takeo. Here the road becomes quieter and we mount our bikes for the 50km ride to the Phnom Den / Tinh Bien border. Once border formalities have been completed, we cycle approximately 30km to Chau Doc.  *Chau Pho hotel or similar*

Day 12 Cycle/drive through the Mekong Delta to Vinh Long; catch boat to homestay guesthouse

This morning we ride from our hotel along a lovely quiet backroad, lined with small villages and dwellings before stopping for lunch and transferring the rest of the way to Vinh Long by bus. Leaving the bikes on the mainland, we take another boat (20 minutes) to reach our homestay guesthouse on an island in the Mekong Delta, known as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam. After settling in we can explore the area on foot. The rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta form an amazing network of waterways. The area is famous for its abundant rice production but in many areas farmers are now moving to more profitable fish-farming and fruit and vegetable growing. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner at the homestay and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided. *Homestay Guesthouse Mekong Delta*

Day 13 Transfer to Cai Be for floating market; scenic cycle along Mekong riverbank; transfer to Saigon

We leave by boat, stopping en route for a look at the Cai Be floating market. Here large boats moor up in the Mekong River, weighed down with fruit and vegetable produce. Local traders and shop owners buy in bulk in this strictly 'wholesale' market. Recently, Cai Be floating market is becoming less crowded and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local market and trade being conducted traditionally on a smaller scale. A little further on we make a short stop to see cottage industries producing such items as popped rice, pancakes, wine and other homemade products. We start our ride towards Cai Lay where we take a scenic route through fruit orchards and along the Mekong riverbank. Back on the bus in My Tho, we drive on to the heat, hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, still usually known as Saigon. This is an exciting and absorbing city where scooters pack the streets and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, it is now a free market city where anything goes.  *Huong Sen hotel or similar*

Day 14 Free day in Saigon

The whole day is free to explore Saigon, do some shopping and to relax. There are a number of interesting things to see - the Saigon River, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral are all within easy walking distance. Alternatively a short cyclo (cycle taxi) ride will take you to the War Remnants Museum with an interesting (if a little gruesome) photographic record of the Vietnam/American War. For those that are interested your leader can arrange an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, located 2 hours outside the city. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. Originally these were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to explore the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine! *Huong Sen hotel or similar*

Day 15 Fly to London

Fly to London

Day 16 Arrive London

Arrive London



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Day 1 Start Bangkok

There will be a group meeting and briefing in the evening with you leader followed by an optional group dinner for those that would like to join. Your main luggage will be transported ahead of you to the start point early in the morning so please bring this with you to the meeting; just hang on to what you need for the night/morning - you will be with your luggage again mid-morning tomorrow. *Rembrandt Bangkok Hotel or similar*

Day 2 Early transfer to the old kingdom of Ayuttaya; warm-up ride on trail

An early start this morning as we venture out of Bangkok to the ancient town of Ayuttaya. Our two-hour transfer takes us into the heart of this fascinating site and we start cycling by the huge reclining Buddha. Much of the old town was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century and we will cycle through the remaining shrine towers and enormous temples to appreciate the past magnificence. We will finish today’s warm-up ride at Aranyik village, famed for traditional knife making, and will pause to learn a little about this age-old tradition that has been passed through generations.  *Ingtharn Resort or similar*

Day 3 Cycle to Sa Keaw

Today we follow minor roads through rural Thai landscapes including rubber and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields. There are a few easy rolling hills but the route is mostly flat.The ride ends when we join a busier road before driving the final short distance to the town of Sa Keaw by bus.  *River Resort or similar*

Day 4 Ride to Aranyaprathet

Leaving our hotel early in the morning we ride towards Tha Krabak where we can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the other side. We will break for lunch before carrying on cycling on quiet but well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, 10km from the Cambodian border.  *Indo China Hotel or similar*

Day 5 Into Cambodia and on to Siem Reap

After breakfast we drive to the busy border and complete customs formalities as we cross into Cambodia at Poipet. We then drive to Siem Reap. Due to years of civil war the country is poorer and less developed than its neighbours. Apart from growth in the capital and around Siem Reap, the way of life in the countryside is still very much the same as it has been for centuries. This afternoon's ride from Siem Reap takes us past Wat Athvea, a modern temple in the grounds of the ruins of an Angkorian temple, and ends at a market and picnic area outside of Siem Reap.  *Angkor Holiday or similar*

Day 6 First of two full days to explore the temple complex of Angkor by bus and bike, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon and Banteay Srei

Today we may choose to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide area and are linked by shady avenues; meandering our way between them by bike gives us a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the ancient stones, Angkor Thom with the famous Bayon temple of 37 towers (originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king, and of course the incredible Angkor Wat, with its huge moat, long causeway and massive towers - it is the largest temple complex in Asia.  *Angkor Holiday or similar*

Day 7 Second day at Angkor temple complex

Today we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th Century and contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in exquisite carvings. In the afternoon as we cycle back to Siem Reap we can stop and visit a few of the less visited Angkor temples. Siem Reap town is pleasant to wander around; the market has plenty of interest and excellent shopping and there is a vibrant nightlife scene. This afternoon there should also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, which is a branch of the Mekong River. This optional trip includes a boat ride to see the floating fishing villages. Anyone wanting to do this visit may need to miss part or all of the ride back to Siem Reap, depending on timings. Cycle approx. 70 km. if riding the full distance to and from Banteay Srei. *Angkor Holiday or similar*

Day 8 Drive to Phnom Penh, stopping at Sambor Pre Kuk and Skuon

Today we take a bus journey of approximately 7 hours along National Road 6 to Phnom Penh, with a couple of stops along the way. We visit Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments with some of the oldest structures in the country. We'll also pause for a traditional Khmer lunch at a community restaurant before stopping in the town Skuon, which is known for its local delicacy of fried spiders. The road is currently undergoing some resurfacing so some sections will be a bit of a bumpy ride! We should arrive in Phnom Penh for late afternoon, the perfect time for a sundowner on the Mekong. *Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 9 Sightseeing including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the 'Killing Fields'

The fortunes of Phnom Penh have shifted dramatically during its history and the terrible years of the Khmer Rouge and subsequent civil war through the 1970s and 1980s have scarred the country. During our stay we visit two sites which give us a vivid impression of some of the horrors. There is the Genocide Museum, which is the former Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21 or Tuol Sleng, in the centre of the city. And 15kms of out of town is the area known as the 'Killing Fields,' a mass grave and execution site for the former inmates of S-21. While visiting Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields may not appeal to everyone, we feel they give us an important understanding of what the country and its people had to endure just a few decades ago. On a more positive note, the city is very much on the rise again and is a fascinating place with fine examples of French colonial architecture. We tour the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda. There is also excellent shopping at the 'Russian' market, and the lively Mekong waterfront area. *Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 10 Transfer to Takeo then cycle to Vietnam border and Chau Doc

This morning we transfer south out of Phnom Penh to the town of Takeo. Here the road becomes quieter and we mount our bikes for the 50km ride to the Phnom Den / Tinh Bien border. Once border formalities have been completed, we cycle approximately 30km to Chau Doc.  *Chau Pho hotel or similar*

Day 11 Cycle/drive through the Mekong Delta to Vinh Long; catch boat to homestay guesthouse

This morning we ride from our hotel along a lovely quiet backroad, lined with small villages and dwellings before stopping for lunch and transferring the rest of the way to Vinh Long by bus. Leaving the bikes on the mainland, we take another boat (20 minutes) to reach our homestay guesthouse on an island in the Mekong Delta, known as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam. After settling in we can explore the area on foot. The rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta form an amazing network of waterways. The area is famous for its abundant rice production but in many areas farmers are now moving to more profitable fish-farming and fruit and vegetable growing. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner at the homestay and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided. *Homestay Guesthouse Mekong Delta*

Day 12 Transfer to Cai Be for floating market; scenic cycle along Mekong riverbank; transfer to Saigon

We leave by boat, stopping en route for a look at the Cai Be floating market. Here large boats moor up in the Mekong River, weighed down with fruit and vegetable produce. Local traders and shop owners buy in bulk in this strictly 'wholesale' market. Recently, Cai Be floating market is becoming less crowded and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local market and trade being conducted traditionally on a smaller scale. A little further on we make a short stop to see cottage industries producing such items as popped rice, pancakes, wine and other homemade products. We start our ride towards Cai Lay where we take a scenic route through fruit orchards and along the Mekong riverbank. Back on the bus in My Tho, we drive on to the heat, hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, still usually known as Saigon. This is an exciting and absorbing city where scooters pack the streets and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, it is now a free market city where anything goes.  *Huong Sen hotel or similar*

Day 13 Free day in Saigon

The whole day is free to explore Saigon, do some shopping and to relax. There are a number of interesting things to see - the Saigon River, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral are all within easy walking distance. Alternatively a short cyclo (cycle taxi) ride will take you to the War Remnants Museum with an interesting (if a little gruesome) photographic record of the Vietnam/American War. For those that are interested your leader can arrange an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, located 2 hours outside the city. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. Originally these were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to explore the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine! *Huong Sen hotel or similar*

Day 14 End Saigon

The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Saigon.

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Excellent trip and experience with a brilliant tour leader - Nuts

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This trip was a great experience and the best cycling holiday we have been on
to date. Our tour leader Nut was outstanding, he could not have done more to
ensure everyone on the trip had a great holiday, we could not rate him more
highly.

The trip itself was well thought out and we covered so much in just a few
weeks. The highlights included: Cycling in Vietnam, particulalry down the
muddy tracks! the homestay in the Mekong Delta, the Killing Fields and the
variety of food in each country.

I would recommend this trip.
The friendliness of all the people, the greetings from the local children and
seeing Ankor Wat.


Nut was an outstanding tour leader, he thought of everything, he gave
attention and checked on all group members and worked really hard to ensure
that everyone had a great holiday. Looking after a group of 16 with a
variety of needs and abilities is no mean feat and he handled it brilliantly,
we could not fault him and he had a really positive impact on the enjoyment
of our trip.


Book this trip it is a really good mix of cycling and sightseeing. Read all
the info sent by Exodus and you will be well prepared.


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Outstanding adventure

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There will simply be not enough space to detail all the great experience we
had on this trip. Firstly our guide Nut, was outstanding and he ensured we
that we covered off of everything that was available to us. Sights, sounds,
experiences, feelings, emotions, tastes and the list goes on! Apart from a
positive sweeping endorsement about this trip, below are a handful of
highlights as felt by us.
1. Nuts food recommendations.
2. The Killing Fields in Cambodia.
3. Saigon.
4. The Thai/Cambodia crossing.
5. The greetings by all the children in Vietnam.
6. All the sights available to you whilst riding a bike.
7. The amazing support staff.
8. Majestic temples.
9. The accommodation in Phnom Penh.

We highly recommend this trip to anyone who would like a unique adventure
through Thailand/Cambodia and Vietnam. If you are not a bike rider thou, best
you do some preparation.
Venturing through the Temples and understanding their existence and history.


Outstanding, we cannot speak more highly of Nut and the job he did. We thank
him for making our trip what it was. My partner Kym is vegetarian (no
seafood) and Nut ensured she was catered for and in fact opened up many
options that she had never tried or thought about.
Thank you Nut.


pay your money and go!!!! Just do a bit of bike training.


No we just cannot wait to do the Hanoi to Saigon ride.


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Cycle

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Great trip with lots to see apart from the cycling. Temples,monkeys etc
Great guide and team. Would recommend this trip

Cycling in Indochina

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This was my first cycling trip and really enjoyed it. Great local food and
some interesting sightseeing on the trip as well.
Seeing Angkor Wat for the first time as we cycled around the various temples.


Nut was excellent, very easy-going attitude which made us all relax.


I took a Fabric air-cushioned saddle which was comfortable although still
needed padded boxers for the longer 90km days. It is really hot and humid,
Buff head band (they do one specifically for cycling) stopped sweat going in
my eyes.

The Requiem exhibition of photographs by photographers who were killed during
the wars in Indochina on the top floor of the War Remnants Museum in Saigon
is unmissable. BBQ garden is a nice outdoor restaurant in Saigon near the
Independence Palace.


I noticed in Vietnam we were using disposable plastic cups for lime juice
breaks when should be reusable as per in Thailand.


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South East Asia in 14 days !

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A great trip, supported by 3 very good teams. The riding was fairly easy -
very flat with hardly an incline - , with a great bunch of fellow riders. I
dont think we saw the best of Thailand, and it felt like we were out of the
country as soon as we started. Temples and Pagodas was the theme of most of
the trip, and they didn't dissapoint. We saw monkeys and elephants - too
breifly. A lot of people on our trip were more interested in the wildlife, a
bit of a shame that more wasnt made of that. Cambodia stole our hearts !
The people were so freindly, the surroundings straight out of "national
geographic" pages. A country with such a sad history, but certainly worth a
visit on it's own.
The boarder crossing from Thailand to Cambodia was an experience not to be
missed - but the highlight of the 2 weeks had to be the temples in Siem Reap.
Not only Angkor Wat, but so many other stunning temples to see.


It was difficult to gel with the team - having 3 teams and 3 bikes in such a
short period of time. Because of that, the team leader wasn't as "prominent"
as other trips because - in his own words - he was the general manager rather
than the tour guide. However, Chai looked after us very well and allowed us
to build up a bit of steam on longer sections.


In Seam Reap, head straight for Pub Street - a very lively atmosphere, not to
be missed !

The 5am start to Angkor Wat to see the sunrise, was very much an anticlimax
for the views, but worth doing just for the atmospehere of 3000 people at
stupid-o-clock all racing there by tuk-tuk.

When in Phnom Penh, take an evening river cruise - 2 hours up and down the
waterways which was very cheap.


The long, long coach trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh was mind numbingly
tedoius and was a wasted day. You can fly between the 2 cities for $20, i
cant understand why that wasnt an option, you might want to consider it.

More should have been made of the "elephant farm" or whatever is was that we
passed in Thailand.


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A great mix of temples, scenery and cycling

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Fantastic temples, fantastic food, relatively easy cycling. Wonderful
people.
You don't need to be a regular cyclist to do this tour - if you follow the
Exodus guide on getting cycling fit, you will have no problem.
Bus support was excellent, for anyone that got sick, or just didn't fancy a
particular cycle etc.
The mix of visiting iconic sites like Angkor Wat/ Angkor Thom etc was just
right for us.
The cycling is nearly flat all the way from Thailand to the Mekong, and the
expected/required cycling pace was relaxed. The only issue is heat; the
temperature even in 'winter' was low to mid 30 celsius; regular water stops
are provided, and acclimatisation helps. The hotels were either excellent -
particularly the choices at Start/Finish in Bangkok and Saigon, and also in
Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Chau Doc, or otherwise pretty good elsewhere.
Almost everywhere had air conditioning, and where not, fans.
The greetings and general friendliness of all local people; particularly
children. Quite amazing.


Our group leader was Chaiya Jaisodsai or Chai, who was just great. He made
everything so easy for us, and kept everything running smoothly. He
introduced himself to us as our General Manager, there to do anything he
could to make things easier for us. His favourite phrase was 'No problem',
no matter what the issue was, and it really didn't seem to be, even when he
was attempting to 'herd cats' ie our group!
Exodus has a policy of local guides in each of the countries; Chai being
Thai, did the Thailand bit, but we had separate local guides at Siem Reap,
Phnom Penh, and in Vietnam. The bike teams also change (as do the bikes) at
the borders, but Chai stayed with us throughout, so crossing the borders was
a breeze with him in control, not to mention him completing almost all of the
paperwork for all eighteen of us the nights before! Amongst the other things
he organised for us he also got us to eat street foods, which we may not have
done without him , such as stuffed frog, tarantulas, crickets etc. Overall
we cannot thank him enough.


Cycling:
If you are not a regular cyclist, do cycle before going to get saddle fit.
(We are not cyclists, and in our early sixties, but did some cycling for
three months leading up to going; the Exodus guide provides good advice,
though we didn't rigorously follow it)
Do take your own cycle/pedals if you have them. Changing them is no problem
at all for the cycle team.
Do wear padded cycle shorts, and do follow the advice on wearing nothing
under them, it just adds to friction. (I was sceptical of this, but am now a
convert) Clothes are very easily washed and dried overnight in almost all
rooms. The group leader can easily arrange full laundry which is very cheap,
but generally only where you are staying more than one night (Siem Reap/Phnom
Penh)
Consider using or taking Sudocrem or other moisturiser/antiseptic to prevent
or treat chafe.
The bikes are mountain bikes with disc brakes, so if you take a front
pannier, remember that the handlebars are quite thick and your attachments
may well not fit. Ours didn't and we were not the only ones! Some in the
group had bought relatively cheap velcro fitting ones from Decathlon, which
had long velcro straps and fitted well. You will want some way of carrying
your camera, phone, and those of us that carried a small rucksack got very
sweaty backs. All the bikes have water bottle holders.
Water stops are numerous, electrolyte powders were provided, along with a
huge amount of snacks with every water stop. We didn't bring our own energy
bars etc, and there was absolutely no need to.

Cities:
If you want to see Bangkok, consider adding extra days at the beginning, this
will also allow acclimatisation to the heat. Similarly, consider added a
night or two at the end if you want to see Saigon, otherwise there is really
very little time to see either.

Insects:
Malaria is not a problem on this route, but other mosquito borne illnesses
like Dengue are, so bite avoidance is important, you will need DEET! If
going again we would also buy a knockdown fly spray, as not all the rooms in
the hotels were mosquito free, and also to spray under the mosquito net in
the homestay on the Mekong (plenty of mosquitoes there!). We would also take
a plug in type mosquito coil with tablets for the same reasons.


The only other comment, is really for Exodus. The bus journey from Siem
Reap to Phnom Penh is about 6 - 7 hours, and is unavoidable. It was broken
for us by lunch at an ancient temple site which we were shown round
(apparently a new feature of this years tour), which was great and in our
opinion fully worthwhile even though it added some time to the journey time,
and by a coffee stop and to taste tarantulas at Skuon, all good fun.
But..... the bus we had for this part of the journey was far too small and
uncomfortable for this length of trip. We know this sounds like a first
world complaint, but the minibuses in Thailand were comfortable, and the bus
used for short trips around Phnom Penh was huge and comfortable, so why the
small cramped bus (with some bags having to be stored in the cabin) for the
longest journey we did?


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 18

Accomodations

10 nights comfortable hotels, 2 nights standard hotels, 1 night standard guesthouse to experience some 'Mekong Delta' hospitality, all with en suite facilities
9 days cycling with 95% vehicle support
Good tarmac in Thailand and Cambodia, with some easy dirt roads in Vietnam
Traffic levels higher near the larger towns, so you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 12 nights hotels (all with en suite facilities) and 1 night homestay guesthouse to experience some 'Mekong Delta' hospitality
  • 9 days cycling with 95% vehicle support
  • Generally good tarmac in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, with some easy dirt roads in Thailand and Vietnam. 
  • Traffic levels higher near the larger towns, so you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic

Trip ID#:

exodus-MOC

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on reques from GBP240 - hotel nights only)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included. The food on this trip is a real highlight for many. Southeast Asian cuisine is known for its abundance of freshly prepared dishes with strong aromatic flavours. There is a focus on herbs and citrus to ensure each dish packs a punch; chilli does feature highly too but is easily avoided if desired. Typically most dishes will come with rice and many are often served in a banana leaf with a variety of dips and herbs served separately. The three countries visited ensure a different culinary experience every time you cross the border; ensure you try the freshly made Pad Thai noodles from the street stalls of Bangkok, the fish amok curry in Cambodia for a creamy coconut-based fragrant curry and the Banh Xeo (huge sizzling pancakes) found in Vietnam cannot be missed! Western food is readily available almost everywhere except in the Mekong Delta region. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that the availability of certain specialized products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home. You may find it beneficial to bring some 'cycling snacks' with you from home if you have high energy bars or gels that you like to use during a ride. For those who wish to contribute, a kitty is normally arranged (see extra expenses) - fresh fruit, nuts, biscuits and local snacks are all provided from the snack kitty along with drinks and electrolyte powders.

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