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Destinations: Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Krong Siem Reap, Angkor Wat Basin
Type of adventure: icon-12.png Cycling
Guide language: English
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  • Overview
  • Date & prices
  • Itinerary
  • Kit list

It would be difficult to find a more beautiful and contrasting cycle than Vietnam to Cambodia. Covering over 270 miles in 6 days of cycling, we explore the lush Mekong Delta with its plantations and paddies, before reaching the dry fields and forests of Cambodia. We pass havens of tranquility in the pagodas and temples of Vietnam and Cambodia, culminating in the world famous ruins of Angkor Wat and Sambor Prey Kuk. We also explore the crazy, teaming floating markets of Caj Rang and Phong Dien in Vietnam. The Vietnamese and Cambodian people are among the most welcoming in Asia and will give us a an incredible insight into this wonderful culture. The ride will take in every type of road imaginable, and every mode of transport conceivable. Paved roads will give way to rutted dirt tracks, rivers are crossed with unpowered ferries and bamboo bridges. The local people are welcoming, the cultural differences from home will be mesmerising.

Departure & Return Duration Price (incl. flight) Price (excl. flight)
04 November 201615 November 2016 12 days £2,295 £1,695
16 November 201627 November 2016 12 days £2,295 £1,695
12 November 201723 November 2017 12 days £2,295 £1,695

• Local guides and a western 360 guide
• International flights
• All internal transfers
• Baggage transfer
• Bike and helmet, full cycle support
• Hotel accommodation throughout (of varying grades
dependent on location) based on twin occupancy
• All meals as shown in the itinerary
• Entry fees to all attractions
• Professionally edited video of the trip
• Visas
• Travel insurance
• Personal equipment and excess baggage
• Staff and guide gratuities
• Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry,
room service, etc.
• Personal drinks and snacks

Depart London Heathrow
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to hotel
The flight arrives in Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be met and transferred to a centrally located three star, air con hotel to relax. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is located in the delta area of the Saigon and Dong Nai rivers. It is Vietnam’s largest city and has a diversified topography, ranging from mainly agricultural and rural areas in the north to a widespread system of rivers, canals and dense mangrove forest to the south. This afternoon you will receive a full trip briefing and bike fitting. In the evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner to introduce us to the local cuisine.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho
Transfer from Ho Chi Minh to Can Giuoc. Our challenge begins! We pedal along the narrow roads and lanes that weave their way through the local communities, past banana plantations, fields of sugar cane, through the lush green landscape of the Delta, crossing rivers and canals by numerous, fascinating small ferries from Can Giuoc to My Tho - the heart of rural Mekong delta. The heat will be felt today by all but a nice steady pace will help with acclimatisation, ensuring we complete the first day’s distance. Overnight in My Tho.

Cycling distance: 60 - 65 km
My Tho – Can Tho
After an early breakfast we start off cycling down peaceful, narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails that open up beautiful scenery all the way to Can Tho. This is biking at its most glorious: passing through tiny orchards, witnessing colorful riverside life, pedaling across innumerable wooden bridges and pausing to chat with welcoming villagers. More narrow canal crossings using local sampans to reach the main ferry for a refreshing boat trip across the expansive river to Vinh Long. From here, we transfer by bus the last 30km to Can Tho city. Overnight in Can Tho.

Cycling distance: 70 km
Can Tho – Chau Doc
After a very early breakfast, we catch the boat to Cai Rang floating market, and then cycle a narrow road to Phong Dien floating market. Floating markets are a bustling hub of trade for locals as well as travellers selling everything you could want, with much of the produce grown locally in the areas we cycle through. We weave our way by boat through the morning markets which bustle along the banks of the very busy river; absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading and unloading rice. We then continue with our cycling challenge along narrow lanes to the main road, where we stop to have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we continue riding along tiny roads leading upstream towards Long Xuyen. We then transfer to Chau Doc, where we overnight.

Cycling distance: 95 km
Chau Doc – Phnom Penh
We depart early from Chau Doc on the boat journey to Phnom Penh. Cross the border to Cambodia at a checkpoint on the river, then head northwest along the Bassac River. A tranquil river journey passing rural life in Cambodia. Arrive in Phnom Penh in the early afternoon. We’ll have lunch along the river and then strike out into the city. Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet. This afternoon we’ll explore two of Phnom Penh’s most famous sites. Our first stop is The Royal Palace. The palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, where more than 5,000 heavy silver tiles cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. Our second stop this afternoon will be the infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. It stands as a somber reminder to us about the erstwhile Khmer Rouge and history of modern Cambodia. We’ll check in to our hotel, where we can relax and shower off before dinner.

Cycling distance: none
Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham
We will wake early this morning and prepare ourselves for an exciting challenge along the Mekong River. After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the outskirts of Phnom Penh to begin our morning cycle. With the river beside us, we’ll watch the city slowly drop away and give way to the idyllic countryside of Cambodia. Along the way we’ll encounter small Muslim communities who live along the riverbanks. As we carry on, the tarmac road gives way to dirt and the tall buildings fade into the trees. Today’s challenge ends at the crossroads of Kang Meas. We’ll load our bikes and transfer directly to Kampong Cham where we’ll overnight.

Cycling distance: 75km
Kampong Cham – Sambor Prey Kuk – Kampong Thom
This morning we’ll begin with a transfer to Kampong Thmor where we will begin cycling once more. To the right we can see some of the low lying mountains that dot the circumference of the Tonle Sap basin. We’ll cycle over gentle back roads in the deep countryside of Cambodia until we reach the ruins of Sambor Prey Kuk, the pre-Angkor capital of the Khmer Empire. Unlike the temples of Angkor, these ruins are only partially restored. Roots of enormous trees envelop the old temples; they look as early European explorers might have found them when they first came to Cambodia. After our visit to Sambor we’ll step back onto our bicycles once more and head for Kampong Thom where we’ll overnight tonight.

Cycling distance: 65 km
Kampong Thom – Siem Reap
We’ll start today with a transfer to the village of Damdek and we’ll begin our cycling challenge through the countryside. Our finish line will be just outside of Angkor Wat. Take a moment to rest and relax in sight of the world’s largest religious edifice, before packing up our bikes and heading to town to relax and have dinner.

Cycling distance: 65 km
Siem Reap – Angkor Complex
After breakfast this morning, we’ll meet with the guides and prepare for our journey through the jungles of Angkor. We begin with a visit to Ta Prohm temple (a setting of one of the Tomb Raider films), built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle, trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. We’ll continue from Ta Prohm to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. An eight meter high wall draws a perfect square around the city ruin. Enter through the ancient East Gate. On each side of the entrance path a row of fifty-four gods and demons hold the sacred Naga snake of Hindu lore. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its fifty-four towers with enigmatic faces representing the fifty-four provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Return later to the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolising Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia’s national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. With the day finished, it’s time to return to the hotel and get ready for our final dinner together. After our farewell dinner, we’ll take in an evening show from Phare. A nonprofit school for the arts, Phare is a demonstration of the graduate students’ acrobatic ability, and it has much in common with Cirque du Soleil with exceptionally talented players.

Cycling distance: 35km
Siem Reap - Departure
After breakfast you normally (flight dependent) have a good part of the day to explore Siem Reap before your transfer the airport for the flight home.
Arrive London

1 * Daysack
1 * Dry Sacks
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Cycle Helmet
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
6 * Breathable Base Layer
1 * Cycling Gloves
3 * Cycling Jersey
1 * Hard Shell
1 * Thermal Top
2 * Cycling Shorts
1 * Cycling Tights
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * Pedals / Cleat Shoes
1 * Socks
1 * Trainers
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Insect Repellent
1 * Travel Towel
1 * Wash Kit
2 * Water Bottles
1 * Wet Wipes
1 * Spare Clothing
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Personal Medication
1 * Camera
1 * Chamois Cream / Vaseline / Body Glide
1 * Entertainment
1 * International Travel Adaptor
1 * Money
1 * Multi Tool
1 * Padlocks
1 * Snacks
1 * Sunblock
1 * Passport
1 * Passport Photos X4
1 * Travel Insurance
1 * Visa
1 * Waterproof Pouch

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of 360 Expeditions
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