A biking adventure from Cambodia to Vietnam
Few bike tours contain as much variety as this one. Discover ancient temples, friendly villages, two rapidly modernizing cities emerging from a difficult past, and the food bowl of Vietnam: the Mekong Delta. All this and more is waiting to be explored with the help of a bicycle, your expert local guide, and a specially crafted route.
This bike tour runs Siem Reap to Saigon.
Low Season Discount: For the months of April through September we have a special discounted rate of 10% Off
A journey in the truest sense of the word. From the most significant archaeological site in Cambodia to the most important commercial city in Vietnam, the contrasts you see along the way are what make this an educational, enjoyable and achievable ride for anyone passing through Southeast Asia.
This is one of our easier cycling tours with hardly a hill in sight, but enough variety in scenery and surface to keep the ride interesting. The biking is interrupted by a boat ride down the Mekong River, and finishes off with two full days of pedaling through the intriguing Mekong Delta.
If you want to get far away from the daily grind and immerse yourself in Indochina scenery, culture, and cuisine, this is the ride for you.
Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from Dec 20 to Jan 5 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
7 days duration
230 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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Top quality, well maintained Cannondale (Cambodia) and GT (Vietnam) mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with hybrid tyres for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a comfortable saddle are also provided, with a women's specific version available.
The hotels we use are a great, and sometimes unexpected, part of this tour. In the larger cities and established tourist centres we use stylish and supremely comfortable hotels and resorts, while in the smaller and more out of the way areas we stay in the best available accommodation, which is often simple yet always well run, clean and comes with air-conditioning and a private bathroom.
Experienced English speaking, local leaders will host you on this trip who are well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their countries and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
For groups of 5+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage. In the Mekong Delta, we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails where the support vehicle cannot follow. It will however, meet us at intervals of 10km or so and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
This is as much a food adventure as it is a bike one. Whilst Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as Vietnamese, it offers some subtle, understated flavors. There is a strong emphasis on fish and fresh vegetables in the traditional diet, but contemporary Cambodian cuisine offers a wide range of options and surely has something for everyone. Vietnamese food is now known around the world, but what may not be so well known is that there is a great deal of variety within the national menu. In the southern area where we will be, a lot of seafood is available and also freshwater fish. In reality though, the Delta produces such a mind boggling amount of food that the range of choice may endanger any hopes you had of losing weight on this bike tour. Our guides are experts at introducing you to the finest food on both sides of the border. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
2 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our fleet of over 300 bikes. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Grasshopper quality.
Travel by any means results in some impact to the countries, communities and environments we travel. On this tour we aim to make a positive impact through our Book Donation Program and we seek to minimise our environmental impact through running our Cambodian support vehicles on 100% Bio-Diesel from Naga Biofuels. This is not a crop based product, the fuel made entirely from recycled cooking oil.
for Cycle Angkor to Saigon tour
Drive to Kampong Thom & Cycle Sambor Prei Kuk
After we pick you up early from the hotel, a 2 and a half hour drive awaits to reach the neighbouring province of Kampong Thom. After a bike fitting, we mount our bikes and start pedaling towards the set of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk for an exploration. These 7th-century ruins are in remarkable shape despite being swallowed by the jungle, and the remoteness of their location provides a unique and off the beaten track experience. After we escape the hottest part of the day, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and are rewarded by a delicious local meal.
Transfer & Cycle to Phnom Penh
This morning we begin a little later for a 3-hour drive to Oudong Mountain which was once the capital of Cambodia, where we will find a nice temple on the summit and breathtaking views. After a Cambodian style picnic, and we will enjoy a ride on bumpy village roads and trails. We will wind our way through rice paddies and farmland, passing the smaller Basset Mountain. From here, once we cross a railway line, the views shift quickly. If you are willing to bike in traffic, cycle straight onwards to the night’s accommodation. For those who would prefer, the support vehicle is there for the transfer. Tonight we will eat by the Tonle Sap River, near where the country’s three main rivers come together.
Cycle the Islands of the Mekong, Free Afternoon
This morning we saddle up and make our way through the nearby Mekong islands where we will cycle through friendly villages, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of more recent temples. This ride shows you another side of the Phnom Penh area that will be a unique cycling exploration.
Phnom Penh’s history is far from uneventful. The French settlers transformed this collection of wooden shacks into a thriving city in the 19th century. In 1975, this changed quickly with the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge, and Phnom Penh was left to decay. Recently it has become a centre of rapid development and growth. Explore the capital city with the help of your guide, and enjoy a late afternoon walk for a cultural exploration of this city.
Morning Free & Boat to Chau Doc, Vietnam
Enjoy a reinvigorating rest day. Spend your morning exploring Phnom Penh or lounging by the pool, then board an international boat that takes us down the Mekong River where we will cross into Vietnam via Chau Doc- a bustling Delta town that specializes in salted fish.
Cycle & Transfer to Can Tho
Today we officially begin our two-wheeled exploration of the Mekong Delta. After a short ferry ride, we will jump on the bikes and begin criss-cross the canals by bridge and boat, exploring our way through the maze of waterways. Along the ride you’ll get your first good glimpse of the fertile delta lands that are used for food production and see the locals hard at work to grow, harvest and transport these products. Throughout the morning we’ll enjoy cycling on small, paved canal roads that allow for only cycling or motorbike travel.
After a rest stop with some deliciously fresh tropical fruit we will visit a local brick factory and get to know the process of making and baking bricks in the Delta. Lunch today will be in a local restaurant and following our well-earned feast we’ll transfer approximately one hour by van to Can Tho, the capital of the Mekong Delta.
Transfer, Cycle & Boat Loop
Our last day on the bikes begins with a small transfer out of town to escape any city traffic, set up our bikes and start riding. Today we’ll be pedaling through the scenic countryside that hosts many small canals and large crop plantations such as jackfruit, an intriguing spiky tropical fruit that can reach incredible proportions.
We will ride past mat weavers and wooden boat builders along our way and learn about their trade before enjoying another unforgettable Vietnamese lunch. The day’s explorations concludes in laid-back style, with a relaxing boat ride back into Can Tho in the late afternoon.
Floating Markets & Transfer to Saigon
Spend the early morning exploring the floating markets of Can Tho. You’ll be impressed by a wide variety of boats and markets selling a huge array of fresh vegetables and fruit. After our morning meal, we will board the van for a 3 hour drive into Saigon. Enjoy lunch and a short walking tour of the city and its main historical sites before the tour concludes. Saigon is an exciting city and is certainly worth a couple extra days if you have time to spare.
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly flat terrain
5 days riding
The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads, tracks and trails. It is our aim to deliver as much traffic-free track and trail, but at times we do need to resort to secondary roads, although we spend no more than 5km over the whole tour on anything resembling a highway. The riding is easily achievable for those who are comfortable on a bike, with hardly any hills and no daily distances over 80km. You should be comfortable riding in quite hot conditions and it is highly recommended to get some practice on unsealed surfaces with a little loose sand and gravel as this will help you feel more confident at times on this ride. The support vehicle is always on hand should you require a break from riding, and in the Mekong Delta, where we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails (where the support vehicle cannot follow), it will meet us at intervals of 10km or so - and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
Coolest time: Nov-Feb
Wettest time: Jun-Oct
Our favourite: Jul-Aug
The coolest time of year is from November to February with temperatures rising to a peak in April and May. With the arrival of the rains in June temperatures drop, with rain falling mainly in the afternoons in short, heavy showers. September and October are the wettest months with a return to dry conditions in November.
A combination of lower numbers of tourists, sharp light and refreshing showers make July and August a great time to cycle in this part of Indochina.
Extend Your Stay
Why not add a couple of nights before and after your trip?
Siem Reap is a great place to spend a few days. We offer an exciting range of day tours here that combine very well with the Angkor to Saigon ride. These depart daily and are best booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
If you are planning to stay longer in Siem Reap, we can book you extra nights at our preferred hotel or you can find a huge range of hotels online through our friends at agoda.com:
This is an exciting and vibrant city that deserves at least a day or two of your time. There are various activities, including food tours and tours of the back alleys by motor-scooter. We also offer a one day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
For hotels, Agoda is a great place to start. The range in this city is substantial.
What our guests tell us...
Don't take our word for it, listen to what guests say about our tours!
The time was incredible as we bicycled by rice fields and around the walls of Ankor Watt. In fact it was one of the best trips I have ever been on. Ever.
We really enjoyed the village industries they stopped to show us along the trails. Riding thru the villages of the Mekong Delta was a high light. Lots of history along the way also. One will never see this side of Cambodia or Vietnam from a Coach tour.
We have just completed the 7 day Cambodia/Vietnam cycle tour. We had a fabulous time. Our tour guides were amazing … We are now keen to do another multi day bike tour with grasshopper.
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