Cultural Road from Hoi An to Siem Reap

Price from
US$ 2,750
Duration
14 Days / 13 Nights
Distance
791 km
Tour code
MCT-MHS
Next departure
25-Feb-2018
Number of Cycling Days 11
Average Distance Per Day: 72
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 600
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance 791 kilometres
Accommodation Included
Bike Hire Mountain Bike: US$ 185
Single Supplement US$ 470

All About this Tour

On this cycle tour from Vietnam to Cambodia you'll feel like a time traveler as you relive many periods of history from the 4th century ruins of My Son to the 10th century Khmer Empire all the way through to present day. As we ride between three UNESCO World Heritage sites you'll also be regaled by unforgettable scenery, ranging from long coastal roads, to coffee plantations covering the highlands, to golden sunsets on the Mekong River.

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Itinerary

Day 1

We 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 2

We ride to see My Son, the ancient centre of the Cham civilization. Although many of the temples were destroyed during the war, there is still enough to impress most visitors.

Day 3

We transfer from Hoi An toward Quang Ngai and begin our ride from a small village. The road is shaded by arching palm trees and surrounded by tended rice paddies. We stop at the infamous My Lai, site of one of the worst massacres of the American/Vietnam War.

Day 4

We leave the coast and head into the central highlands towards Quang Nam and on to Kon Tum. We have a pass to conquer today, Viloluk Pass (1000 m above sea level) but then are rewarded with a 20-km descent.

Day 5

We cycle through Jarai and Bhanar villages and see communal houses with very steep and tall roofs. Next, we enter tea and coffee plantations before reaching Pleiku, home of the best coffee in Vietnam.

Day 6

After breakfast, we 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 rustic surroundings.

Day 7

Day of relaxation 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 we meet up for dinner.

Day 8

Get back in the saddle to Stung Treng province along a rustic highway. Ride through rice paddies and stop to enjoy the simple pleasures of rural life as we cycle towards the setting sun. Tonight, experience delicious Khmer food paired with very personalised service at Tonle Tourism Training Centre.

Day 9

We 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 rooftop terrace of your hotel.

Day 10

We take a ferry across the Mekong to Chhlong and ride pass French colonial houses and Buddhist pagodas. Then cycle up to Wat Han Chey, an 8th century pre-Angkor temple, to enjoy a picnic lunch and stunning views of the Mekong.

Day 11

We 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.

Day 12

We transfer to the ancient bridge at Kampong. Later, ride to Domdel vil-lage and transfer to Siem Reap to our overnight hotel.

Day 13

We start our ride to the Angkor Wat complex to see the biggest religious Hindu edifice in the world. We also visit Tah Prohm, famous from the film “Tomb Raider”. We continue to Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple, ending our day with a beautiful sunset in the Angkor Park.

Day 14

The morning is free until we transfer you to the airport.

Additional journey information

Meets: Hoi An, Vietnam
Ends: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Fly in to: Da Nang International Airport (DAD)
Fly out of: Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
Countries visited: Vietnam, Cambodia
Minimum age: 18 (on scheduled departures)

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