Cultural Road from Hoi An to Siem Reap

Day 1 Meet in Hoi An

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. An important point of call for Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese traders, the architecture reflects its cosmopolitan past. More than anywhere in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of the past and is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 844 structures of historical significance. It is a fantastic place to spend the day wandering the narrow streets and rubbing shoulders with the locals. We meet for a welcome dinner and trip briefing.

Pho Hoi Hotel
Dinner

Day 2 Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

An easy start to riding with a visit to another World Heritage Site. After a short transfer to avoid busy H1, we ride to see My Son, the ancient centre of the Cham civilization. We cycle along scenic country back roads, past rice paddy fields, through a eucalyptus forest, and pass many scenic villages. The road eventually climbs away from the coast, offering stunning views, and then turns into rough gravel as we move into an increasingly more remote region. This 14-km road cuts a gorge through the lush jungle alongside the Song Tranh River and eventually leads us to My Son, which was once Champa’s greatest city. Although many temples were destroyed during the war, there is still enough of the archaeological site to impress most visitors. We take lunch before spending the afternoon visiting the site. In the afternoon, we transfer by bus back to Hoi An. Dinner is on your own to choose from Hoi An's many fantastic restaurants.

Pho Hoi Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch
Ride 54km
+757m
-734m

Day 3 Hoi An - Quang Ngai - My Lai

This morning, 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. By lunch, we arrive at My Lai, the site of one of the worst massacres of the American/Vietnam War and take a sobering guided tour of the site and museum. The cycling continues out into the Vietnamese countryside where we stop to visit a traditional pagoda before heading to our hotel in town.

Central Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 46km
+269m
-269m

Day 4 Quang Ngai - Kon Tum

Today is more challenging as we leave the coast and head into the central highlands towards Quang Nam and on to Kon Tum. We cycle only part of today, along undulating roads through thick pine forests with stunning photo opportunities. We transfer about 2 hours to the town of Bato in the highlands and cycle 15 km uphill to the top of Viloluk Pass (1000 m above sea level) and the brand-new town of Mangden. This is an incredible experience, followed by a 20-km descent to the bottom of the pass. From here, the route undulates past many remote villages, tropical forests, over bridges, and along quiet and scenic roads.

Indochine Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 90km
+2460m
-2055m

Day 5 Kon Tum - Pleiku

After breakfast, we ride out into the countryside to visit some local villages of the Jarai and Bhanar ethnic minorities. These tribes still practice animism, believing that demons inhabit all of creation. The area is well known for their communal houses with very steep and tall roofs. Each village takes great pride in these unique designs as they define the regional landscape. After a local lunch, we pedal to the Pleiku, home of the best coffee in Vietnam. This is an easier day, and you will notice the change in scenery as you cycle through a wide valley surrounded by mountains, punctuated by tea and coffee plantations along the route.

HAGL Hotel and Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 60km
+649m
-415m

Day 6 Pleiku - Cambodia Border - Banlung

A two-hour transfer by car after breakfast takes you to the border with Cambodia. At this point, it is time to say goodbye to the Vietnamese team. After the immigration formalities at the Le Thanh border checkpoint, our team will be waiting for you on the Cambodia side. We start our ride from the O Yadao border to Banlung in Ratanakiri. Banlung is one of the most remote of the Khmer provincial capitals. We spend the night in the surroundings of Terres Rouge, a traditional Khmer-style house oozing with old world charm in this remote part of Cambodia.

Terres Rouges Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 70km
+642m
-542m

Day 7 Banlung Rest Day

Wake this morning to a well-deserved day of rest and relaxation. The day is yours to do as you wish. For the early bird, there is the early morning market buzzing with merchants of every description hawking their wares. Take a picnic lunch and explore the mysterious crater lake of Boneng Yeak Laom, believed to be the home of water demons and is so deep, its bottom has never been touched. Or just stay and enjoy the lodge, where we meet up for dinner beneath the stars.

Terres Rouges Lodge
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Banlung - Stung Treng

After a day of rest, it's time to get back in the saddle. In the morning, we set out on our cycle to Stung Treng province along a tarmac highway. On route, you can expect to see true rural Cambodia. Rice paddies and rubber tree plantations roll away from the raised road as the flat expanse of the landscape is met by electric blue skies. We stop to enjoy the simple pleasures of rural life in Rattanakiri. Making our way into Steung Treng, we are welcomed by the shade of lush green plantations lining the road as we cycle towards the setting sun. Tonight, experience a special dinner at Le Tonlé Tourism Training Centre, where young locals are being trained in hospitality to ensure a better future in Stung Treng. Dining here means most delicious Khmer food paired with a very personalised service. The students are as excited to meet their guests as the guests are to meet the students.

Tonle Meas
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 110km
+557m
-780m

Day 9 Stung Treng - Kratie

We rise early for our breakfast in town. We have a long day of riding ahead of us, towards Kratie, a small provincial capital located right on the Mekong River. This place is primarily known for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins, whose largest population can be found here, near Kratie. After a short morning transfer, we set the bikes down and begin cycling through rural villages. After a while, we pick up the bikes for another short transfer to the junction between the new National Road 7 and the old. Here, we need to watch out for playing kids, chickens, cows, dogs, ducks, and oxen. Just before we arrive in Kratie, we board a boat and enjoy an afternoon cruise on the Mekong to see the Irrawaddy dolphins. We transfer to the hotel where you can enjoy views of the Mekong from the rooftop terrace of your hotel.

Oudom Sambath Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 85km
+289m
-354m

Day 10 Kratie - Kampong Cham

We transfer south through the town of Chhlong and take a ferry to the western bank of the Mekong to start riding from Phnom Han Chey on quiet roads along the river, through small rural villages and scenic countryside. We stop for a drink and snack at the tiny town of Chhlong. The many French colonial houses in this town are among the most beautiful in Cambodia. It is a scenic ride as we pass many Cham communities, which are predominantly Muslim. Buddhist pagodas form a pretty contrast with small mosques, and the particularly friendly locals will welcome you warmly in each village you pass. We cycle up to Wat Han Chey, a small hilltop pagoda that houses an 8th century pre-Angkor temple and offers spectacular views over the Mekong. Here, we enjoy a well-deserved picnic lunch complimented by sweeping views of the Mekong. Then, we cycle the last 22 km to Kampong Cham, where you can relax at the hotel’s swimming pool.

Monorom VIP Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 85km
+385m
-397m

Day 11 Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom

We leave Kampong Cham over dirt and tarmac roads along the Mekong and eventually head for a quiet secondary highway towards Kampong Thom. You will be flanked by rubber plantations, paddy fields, and typical Khmer villages on today’s ride. Kampong Thom is on the banks of the Stung Saen River, and is a good base to visit the wooded Khmer temple site, Sambor Prei Kuk.

Glorious Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 96km
+312m
-337m

Day 12 Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

We avoid some of the poorer roads in Siem Reap by transferring 85 km for one and half hours to an ancient bridge at Kampong Kdei, one of the best examples of the remaining 800-year-old bridges in Cambodia. Continue to transfer another 31 km to Domdek village where the team and bike are ready for you to start your 66-km challenge on back roads through the historic highway connecting the province of Kampong Thom and Angkor Wat. We stop and have lunch in local restaurant. After lunch, we continue our challenge to celebrate when we finish our cycle for today, located a short distance from the Western Gate of Angkor Wat. Tonight, enjoy a celebratory Khmer dinner at Viroth's, a stylish and comfortable restaurant set in a quiet garden.

Steung Siem Reap Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 65km
+153m
-151m

Day 13 Siem Reap - Angkor - Siem Reap

This morning, we start our bike ride to the entrance of the Angkor temple complex. We enter from the south and traverse up portions of tarmac road and jungle paths until we reach our first temple of today, Tah Prohm. After our visit, we carry on through the jungle and toward the eastern gate of Angkor Thom, ancient capital of the Khmer Empire. Near the centre of this massive enclosure, we'll find the enigmatic temple of Bayon. This temple is known for its many smiling faces. As the sun reaches its zenith, we take a short rest and lunch, before visiting the grandest temple of them all, Angkor Wat. Depending upon the time, we can choose to return to Siem Reap after our visit, for a brief rest before returning to the Angkor complex. This evening, we'll enjoy a beautiful sunset in the Angkor Park and return to our hotel by transfer.

Steung Siem Reap Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 30km
+122m
-115m

Day 14 Onward Travels

You are free in the morning until we transfer you to the airport.

Breakfast