Do you have a curiosity about Vietnam or Cambodia? Do you prefer an active style of exploring when you travel? If so, I believe this adventure with G will intrigue you, as it does me. I hope to create a private group (maximum 15 travelers) in spring of 2021. Would you like to consider joining the fun? Reach out soon to express your interest.
There are other companies and different ways to learn more about the culture in Vietnam and Cambodia, to be sure. You can travel the Mekong on a cushy river cruise (consider AMA Waterways, one of my favorites), join a group experience with Intrepid Tours, or ask your travel advisor to create a customized experience just for you and your companion(s).
I share here the active style with G Adventures, “Cycle Indochina: Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap.”
***At this time, pre our private booking, it is important to note that pricing may be slightly more for 2021 dates, as well as for a private group departure. But certain departure dates are showing currently at $1699 per person based on double occupancy for the ten day trip. This is a great value!
Included in this 10-day journey is the following:
- Bicycle hire and helmet
- •Cu Chi cycling
- •Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
- •Floating market visit (Mekong Delta)
- •Oudong Trail Cycling (Phnom Penh)
- •Tonle Sap cycling
- •Angkor Wat cycling
- •Angkor Wat complex entrance and guide
- •All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
On a personal and professional note, I will share that my experience with G in Peru traveling on both the Inca Trail hike and the Amazon Lodge trip was truly life-changing. I very much appreciate their immersion in the culture of a place. I love Planeterra, the organization that helps locals create jobs and supports local traditions and cultures. Additionally, those who travel with them support it because a portion of the fee is dedicated to the outreach programs, but also because you have the opportunity to interact during the travel with the locals who are benefiting. It’s a win-win and the reason that I feel this kind of travel can be life-changing for you, the traveler.
Here’s a day-by-day peek at the details of this journey. Or read more HERE directly on the G website.
Day 1—Ho Chi Minh City
One of Vietnam’s most thriving cities, you will meet up with your group leader and enjoy a chance to relax and enjoy the city. Perhaps visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas, the Ben Than Market, the Reunification Palace or the War Remnants Museum. You will likely need a VISA to enter Vietnam. Your hotel accommodation will be Liberty Park View Hotel or similar.
Day 2—Chi Minh City/Ben Tre
The cycling days are not great distances; they are more leisurely, so no worry! Today visit Cu Chi and the tunnels, a relic from the Vietnam War. Learn some history, and if you aren’t claustrophobic, you can even crawl through some of the tunnel network! 15 miles cycle distance, it’s a 1 to 1.5 hour drive with bikes to Cu Chi, where you will ride through rubber plantations and sleepy villages where the residents tend rice fields. The guided tour of the tunnels will be awesome!
Then we take a 1 to 2-hour drive into the Mekong Delta for a ferry to Ben Tre. Our lodging will be the Viet Uc Hotel or similar. Breakfast is included today.
Day 3—Ben Tre/Can Tho
Breakfast and dinner is included this day, and the start is in the market to try some local foods. A boat ride to explore the islands follows, and then we take an easy, flat ride through shady canals and back roads. Tonight we stay with a local homestay and perhaps get to assist with dinner preparations. Nice!
Day 4—Can Tho/Chau Doc
Upon waking this morning our hosts will take us not to the chaotic main market, but a real local floating market “where vegetables are tossed from craft to craft and a little coffee vendor boat bounces in and out of the gaps, serving strong iced coffee to both vendors and customers.”
Afterwards we will take the bikes again to explore some wonderful canal paths where the only traffic is an occasional scooter or pedestrian. Our drive from Long Xuyen to Chau Doc will be about an hour. Accommodation: Chau Pho Hotel or similar. Breakfast is included this day.
Day 5—Chau Doc/Phnom Penh
Crossing the boarder into Cambodia, we head for Phnom Penh (2-2.5 hours) to explore the city at leisure. Along the way we will stop for a visit at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre, created in one the the darkest times in the history of the country during the Khmer Rough Regime. Hotel: Diamond Hotel or similar. Breakfast included today.
Day 6—Phnom Penh
This is a wonderful day of cycling the Oudong Trail. If lucky, we may see the Bamboo Train! We will be cycling some incredible countryside, along bright green rice paddies or yellow fields ready for harvest, depending on the time of year. Arriving at Oudong Mountain around lunch time, visit a towering temple, perched on a mountain that was the capital of Cambodia for about 200 years until moved to what is now Phenom Penh. We will enjoy lunch nearby before pedaling back to the city to stay at the same hotel.
Day 7—Phnom Penh/Siem Reap
After the included breakfast, enjoy a highlight ride today that gives a unique perspective of the city and its surroundings. This is a longer driving distance to our destination of about 6 hours, but it passes some amazing scenery and the time is sure to pass quickly! Hotel: Apsara Dream Hotel or similar.
Day 8—Siem Reap (5-6 hours of riding, 30 km)
This day will be special. Upon rising early, we will cycle towards a delicious breakfast and on to Angkor Wat temple, where only a few monkeys and other travelers will be at the site after a short pedal. WE will ride through some back trails and even on top of the wall of Angkor Thom.
The tour of these ancient ruins with a local guide may be the highlight of the entire journey. We will be given the opportunity to pre book the optional Phare Circus on this day, a “unique and socially conscious circus that injects Cambodian culture and history into its inspiring shows.” it will include acrobatics, contortion and aerial arts with theater, modern dance and more. Back to our hotel of the night prior. (3 nights)
Day 9—Siem Reap
Today we bike to Tonle Sap Lake to visit the floating communities who make their homes here and observe some of the bird life. 3-4 hours and 40km of biking. This is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and is connected to the Mekong River. Also included is a boat ride to see wildlife and a less visited collection of villages. Back to our hotel via a different cycle path.
Day 10—Depart any time after your included breakfast
Perhaps you aren’t ready to leave? Extend your trip in this area, or maybe take another few nights over in Thailand? There are some beautiful beaches there, and a visit to Bangkok will never disappoint.
I hope you are intrigued and would like more information or inspiration. Reach out anytime…I would love to hear from you!