Road Biking from Saigon to Angkor

Day 1 Meet in Saigon

We meet at the hotel in Saigon at 3 pm (you can check in from 2 pm) for a city tour. The first stop will be Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace, and it was this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30, 1975, marking the fall of Saigon. From there, we stroll to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: The Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, the Opera House, and City Hall. In the evening, we go over our upcoming tour and have a welcome dinner.

Grand Hotel
Dinner

Day 2 Saigon – Phan Thiet

This morning we transfer about 2.25 hours out of the vibrant city to avoid the chaotic traffic. We start riding along a coastal road to Phan Thiet, which has one of the best beaches in Vietnam. We cycle past Ke Ga Cape near the Ta Kou National Reserve as we ride north to Phan Thiet. Our quiet, flat road runs between sand dunes, pine forests, and the sea. A white sand beach is waiting for you at the end of the day!

Unique Mui Ne Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 103km

Day 3 Phan Thiet – Dalat

We stick to the coastline for a flat and fast start before our inland route starts to climb on the journey towards Dalat, a hill station town at more than 1,500m. At the 90-km mark, we climb over 700m in just 10 km and then get a bit of a break before our last push until Di Linh. En-route, we ascend a total of 2000m on quiet roads but we'll take several breaks, including one at Dai Ninh hydroelectric dam. Feel free to hop into the support vehicle for any section of this tough ride. From Di Linh, we take a transfer (to avoid busy roads) to our hotel in Dalat. Enjoy the views and colonial atmosphere of the town with the surrounding pine trees that this city is known for.

Dalat Du Parc Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 119km

Day 4 Dalat – Madagui

We are rewarded for our climbing efforts yesterday with an overall descending day riding down over 2000m. It is also a picturesque ride through numerous banana and rubber plantations in the rich, red earth that marks the Central Highlands. This is also where Vietnam’s finest teas and coffees are grown. We end the day at the small town of Dambri after the descending “Banana Hill”. Transfer the rest to Madagui. We cross a suspension bridge over the Da Huoai River to reach our rooms.

Madagui Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 133km

Day 5 Madagui – Cu Chi

Transfer 1.5 hours to the starting point and avoid the busy national road. Our first cycling section goes through pepper and cashew farms. The route leads us to the Tri An Lake and dam with a hydroelectric station with the capacity of 320,000 kw that supplies Dong Nai province and the surrounded area with the electricity. There are 2 ferry crossings today. After the first one, you will get into closer to pomelo farms, eucalyptus forests, and then coffee and rubber plantations. After the second one, you go through the new city of Binh Duong and enter the Cu Chi tunnel area. Just 20 km more to get to our resort for the night.

Lex Hameaux de l'Orient Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 120km

Day 6 Cu Chi – Moc Bai Border – Phnom Penh

You can enjoy the swimming pool, green spaces, and leisurely breakfast at Les Hameaux de l'Orient before getting ready for the last section in Vietnam to approach the Cambodian border at Moc Bai. Cycling along rice fields and canals on a good and flat route. Once formalities are done, we can enter Cambodia and catch our first glimpses of rural Cambodian life. We have an easy cycle past traditional wooden houses on stilts framed by a backdrop of vast rice fields. Once we arrive in the quiet provincial town of Kor An Doeuk, we transfer about 2.5 hours by private vehicle to Phnom Penh.

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 100km

Day 7 Phnom Penh Rest Day

Today is free for you to discover Phnom Penh at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own, so you can explore different food options. Feel free to ask the guide for suggestions and tips.

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Breakfast

Day 8 Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang

After breakfast, we cycle out of Phnom Penh's busy traffic towards a Japanese bridge and start cycling first over a busy stretch of road and then through the Cambodian countryside. You will share the road with light local traffic and get a good sense of what Cambodian transportation actually is. We pass the ancient capital of Oudong, where Oudong Mountain is still home to many of the old Royal Palaces. We pay a visit to one of the remaining stupas, and after a visit, ride on the paved road heading northwest to Kompong Chhnang. The Tonle Sap River passes by Kampong Chhnang, and the floating village is quite an attraction. You’ll witness great views of the countryside and for sure will meet hordes of people welcoming you with a broad smile and a “Hello Mister!”

Sovanna Phum Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 91km

Day 9 Kampong Chhnang – Pursat

It'll be another flat ride as we cycle north to Pursat, also a provincial capital. On the way into town, we are sure to spot a marble carving workshop, as the region is known for their skilled craftsmen who sculpt huge Buddhas and beautiful statues. A local lunch of Khmer food will fortify us for the ride to the hotel where a refreshing swimming pool awaits.

KM Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 96km

Day 10 Pursat – Battambang

We continue north with endless views of rice paddies to Battambang, not surprisingly, known as the rice bowl of Cambodia. Before reaching our ho-tel, we stop to see a statue of an ancient Khmer king holding a stick he used to quell rebellions in the area. Statues, many of animals (mythical and real), are scattered throughout this charming town, which also has a number of fine early-20th-century French colonial buildings. Have a wander around town before dinner to find them!

Stung Sangke Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 107km

Day 11 Battambang – Sisophon – Siem Reap

We start with a short transfer but still have a long cycling challenge ahead. Thirty km out Battambang, the team and bikes are ready for you to start your 166-km challenge along the historic highway connecting Battambang and Angkor Wat. There is plenty along the way to see. A short time stop to refresh your energy after 60 km before we continue other 40 km before lunch. After another 66 km, we celebrate as we reach the finish line, located a short distance from the Western Gate of Angkor Wat, in an open field to watch the sun set over sugar palm trees. We'll save visiting the temples for tomorrow and head to our hotel for dinner.

Tara Angkor Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 165km

Day 12 Siem Reap – Angkor Wat

This morning, we start our bike ride to the entrance of Angkor Wat and head to Ta Prohm, famous from the film “Tomb Raider”, deliberately left by French conservationists in the same condition as it was discovered – over-grown by strangler fig and silk-cotton trees, giving the temple a mystical and romantic appeal. We continue to Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, and the Terrace of the Elephants. We enjoy lunch at the Angkor Café before we explore the biggest religious Hindu edifice in the world - Angkor Wat. Considered the masterpiece of Khmer architecture, this Vishnuite temple is the king’s funerary temple, which is why the temple faces west. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with carvings and basreliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. After our visit to these magnificent temples, we cycle back the 7 km to Siem Reap. We meet up for our farewell dinner.

Tara Angkor Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 32km

Day 13 Siem Reap – Departure

We enjoy a free morning taking in the sights and sounds of Siem Reap, before we head to the airport for onward flights.

Breakfast