Join us on this 13 Day Cambodia Cycle Adventure to discover Cambodia essential travel highlights. The bike adventure begins in Siem Reap where you enjoy pedaling on the back roads to visit Angkor temples. Keep moving on to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, Ta Keo, Kampot, Kep, Kbal Chay before you finish the bike ride at the beach of Sihanouk Ville, and get picked up for the way back to Phnom Penh, and onward flight home.
DAY 1: ARRIVE SIEM REAP
Upon your arrival will be met and transfer to hotel for check in. in the afternoon will set up the bike and starting for the first leg along the bank of Siem Reap River to see the floating village of Chong Khneas at Tonle Sape lake. Plenty of floating houses, school, restaurants, stores and church are scattering all over the village. Tonight will be welcomed by dinner of Khmer Cuisine accompany by Apsara Performance to identify of the Hindu and Buddhist’s myths. Overnight in Siem Reap at Stueng Siem Reap Hotel.
DAY 2: SIEM REAP CYCLING – ANGKOR TEMPLES
In the morning after breakfast we cycle to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, and then to the Angkor Thom complex where we see the ornate entrances decorated by gods and demons. We also see the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, and then see the Bayon Temple with its smiling faces in the heart of the temple complex. In the afternoon, we cycle to the incredible Angkor Wat, and explore this fascinating structure. Return to Siem Reap by cycle through the village is sitting on the river bank to see the friendly villagers and nice scenery of plantation. Overnight in Siem Reap at Stueng Siem Reap Hotel.
DAY 3: SIEM REAP CYCLING – ANGKOR TEMPLES
After breakfast, we have an easy cycling trip through the countryside to the Banteay Srei Temple. The name Banteay Srei is means the “Citadel of Women” and is one of the most beautiful temples of the Angkorian period. Overnight in Siem Reap at Stueng Siem Reap Hotel.
DAY 4: SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH
In the morning afer having breakfast will travel to Phnom Penh about 6 hours driving through the country side and will stop to see the carving village at Phnom Santouk and also see the deep fried spider at Skoun. Upon arrival will be checking in at the hotel after lunch, take a visit to the ornate Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda with a floor that is laid with more than 5,000 silver tiles! Testament to the horrifying legacy of the Khmer Rouge, tour the Tuol Sleng museum, a former school turned concentration camp. Move on to the Russian market where the sights and smells will fill your senses in the narrow aisles and passionate locals. Overnight in Phnom Penh at Town View Hotel Khan Daun Penh.
DAY 5: PHNOM PENH – TA KEO
In the morning after breakfast, will transfer to Boeung Cheung Ek known as one of the killing field where executed thousands of the intelligent people during the Pol Pot regime (1975-79). After the visit of the killing field will be back on the bike for cycling to Ta Keo where will having lunch at Tonle Bati then continue on the bike by visiting the wild life conservation centre at Phnom Ta Mao. Overnight in Ta Keo at Dau Keo 2 Guesthouse (Tourist class hotel with private bathroom and air-conditioning).
DAY 6: TA KEO – KAMPOT
After breakfast will cycle to Kampot. Kampot is home of durian where we cycle passing greenery and will visit the fresh market at Kampot then proceed to check in at your hotel. Overnight in Kampot at Nataya Resort.
DAY 7: KEP DAY TRIP
After having breakfast at the hotel will travel by private vehicle to Kep and enjoy to swim at Rabbit Island as well as explore the view of Phnom Kep and caves. Late afternoon return to hotel. Overnight in Kampot at Nataya Resort.
DAY 8: KEP – SIHANOUKVILLE
After breakfast, transfer from the hotel by bus to Ream Kong Keng airport of Sihanouk Ville. Start biking along the Chines beach follow mountain and on the beach and then Otress Beach, across the mountain, down the valleys, passing through the villages until we arrive at the famous resort beach of Ochheuteal. Continue our cycling until we arrive to the hotel and check in. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Sihanouk Ville at Independence Hotel.
DAY 9: SIHANUKE VILLE – KBAL CHAY
In the morning after having breakfast will be back on the bike for cycle to Kbal Chay waterfall where will enjoy to swim and having the picnic lunch on the river bank. Later afternoon cycle back to hotel. Overnight in Sihanuke Ville at Independence Hotel.
DAY 10: SIHANOUK VILLE
After breakfast in the hotel, you will have free time for optional leisure activities. For daytrips you can go to Bamboo Island, or take a boat trip to any of the off-shore islands. Water sports include SCUBA diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and many other activities. Or u can just relax on the beach, or explore the town on your own. You may also want to check out the nightlife and bar scene in town and on Victory Hill. Overnight in Sihanuke Ville at Independence Hotel.
DAY 11: SIHANOUK VILLE – REAM NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the hotel, and then we depart for our trip to Ream National Park. We see the mangrove forest, and relax on a quiet beach before hiking 45 minutes per way through the jungle to the village and enjoy and swim at the protected beach. Overnight in Sihanuke Ville at Independence Hotel.
DAY 12: SIHANOUK VILLE – PHNOM PENH
Breakfast at the hotel, and there will be free time until we transfer to Phnom Penh (about 3.5 hours driving time). Overnight in Phnom Penh at Town View Hotel Khan Daun Penh.
DAY 13: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at your hotel, and then it will be time to get ready for your departure transfer.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary prior to travel. If you have any queries, please contact us.
Please note that while we operate successful cycling holidays in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Bargaining is not a strange fact in Vietnam. There are many places in Vietnam where people bargain, especially in open-air markets, street shops and rural areas. Therefore we are not good at bargaining. We don’t like this trick neither. Our time is precious and we appreciate your time as well. We would prefer spending our time on the tour arrangements to the price negotiation. Our price is fixed.
Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Vehicle for transfers and support
- Tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Bicycle rental
- Sightseeing entrance fees.
- Bottled water.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Visa (required)
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Accommodation pre/post trip.
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
Visitors are required to have a valid visa to Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors.
The official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in Vietnam. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the two largest networks with a limit a single withdraw limit of 2,000,000 d (95 USD). Most major currrencies can be exchanged in Vietnam, but the USD is the most preferred. The exchange rate 1 USD = 22.400 VND (Nov. 2016)
Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons – the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon from October to late march or early April.
Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong seasons to visit Vietnam. The north Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with temperature in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October are hot and dry. The best time visit Vietnam is spring (February – April) or Autumn (late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to march. The humidity can prove oppressive from May to the early September.
Wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Our tour guide often carry first aid kit while riding. Please follow your guide while biking, and much attention is required while you cross streets.
To assist you visualize how our bike trip is difficult, we have graded our Vietnam cycling tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging. We group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, and vehicle support.
Involves cycling for up to two to three hours a day at easy pace and usually, less than 3 days in duration. The cycling distances is around 15 – 30 km per day. There are likely to be no steep and sustained descents as well as demand for technical riding. We will normally ride on flat roads. Suitable for bikers who enjoy occasional weekend riding on trails at home. Push bikes are sometimes used for these itineraries.
Involves biking for up to six hours a day at a steady pace and are usually between three to five days in duration. The cycling distance is about 35 – 55 km per day. Sometimes it can be long flat rides or medium ride with fews up and downhill climbs. The support vehicle will not always be available. We will need a good level of fitness. We use either mountain bikes or road bikes for these itineraries.
Involves biking in mountainous areas with big climbs for up to seven or eight hours a day and usually more than a week in duration. Cycling distance is about 60 – 80 km per day. There will be steep and sustained ascents and descents. The support vehicle will not always be available. These trips will provide a real sustained workout even for fit and experienced mountain bikers.
When cycling we mostly stay in small hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail. In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels. Camping is not available on cycling tours in Vietnam unless it is required and this should be booked months in advance. Please see the details on the quote.
Most of our tour guides speak English. Some other speak French. Few speak other language such as German, Russian, Spanish. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling. Our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding.
We arrange a mechanic, with extra charge only for big groups or when it is required. When there is no mechanic, our guide will take care of problem which may occur during the bike ride.
Depending on the nature of the tour, our cycle journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections. We often use mini bus or bus for transfer and back up (guided tours).
- 1 – 4 people: we use minivan to support and carry bikes. Sometimes we use car with support truck.
- 5 – 8 people: we use one van and one truck to support
- 9 people – over: we use one bus and truck to support
We only provide bike rental and truck to support for self-guided bike tours.
Basic spares and tools kit are generally carried by our guide or mechanic or on the support vehicle, although we can not guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem.
Food and drinks
All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner), are included in the tour price. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food. Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking. Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants.
Snacks and water
When we transfer, ride by minibus (no cycling day), our bottled waters are always available for you in the car/van. When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water (summer) plus fresh tropical fruits, soft drinks. Please find out what is included in our service proposal.
Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.
- 2 pairs of riding shorts
- 2 riding jerseys (quick-dry)
- 2 pairs of quick dry socks for cycling
- Comfortable shoes for biking and walking
- Riding gloves
- 2-3 t-shirts or casual shirts
- Trousers or jeans
- 1-2 pairs of casual socks for non-cycling activities
- 3-5 sets of underwear (quick-dry)
- Cool-weather jacket or rain jacket
- Extra layers and gloves for cooler season or climate (thin, thermal, water-wicking)
- Bathing suit
- Tooth brush and tooth paste
- Hair brush
- Hand sanitizer
- Passport, wallet and ID
- Health insurance card
- Travel insurance card
- Cash and/or credit cards
- Camera (with spare battery)
- Plastic bags (for dirty laundry, wet clothes)
- Electronic chargers (for camera, e-reader, cell phone)
- Adaptors or convertors
Tipping for good services is always appreciated. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for.
Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.