Cruise the Mekong region from Siem Reap to Saigon
Travel from Angkor to Saigon, the bustling southern capital of Vietnam, the slow way, by Bike & Boat, on a tour specially made to accomodate both cyclists and non-riding partners.
Spend your mornings pedaling among temple ruins and down red roads through villages full of smiling faces, or for non-riders join daily guided walking tours. In the afternoon cruise the iconic Mekong River in comfort and style. Exploring this rich region with activity and then leisure will give you a full sense of its beauty.
This bike & boat tour travels from Siem Reap to Saigon.
Pricing: Standard Cabin - $4,990 | Upper Cabin - $5,690 (p/person)
Departs: Jul 30 - Aug 9 - (5 cabins left)
Dec 20 - 30 - Xmas Special: $200 Off (only 1 cabin left | Upstream itinerary)
2020 - Departures (New itinerary)
Jan 20 - 28 - (8 cabins left)
Mar 20 - 28
Aug 23 - 31
Nov 21 - 29
Dec 21 - 29
2021 - Departures (New itinerary)
Jan 5 - 13
Feb 4 - 12
Mar 21 - 29
A truly enjoyable way to journey between Siem Reap and Saigon is by bike and riverboat. Start out in your luxurious hotel in the ancient temple town of Siem Reap, then explore the ruins of Angkor before boarding your boat for a cruise down the Mekong, finishing up in the glistening, bustling and vibrant southern city of Saigon, Vietnam.
Along the journey, cycle and cruise down the Tonle Sap River in Cambodia then through the lush canal network that is the Mekong Delta. Biking or hiking through the backroads and paths each morning, you will have the opportunity to meet local people, learn about their lives and traditions, and see first hand the agricultural miracle that is the Mekong Delta, while enjoying delicious local cuisine, and staying in comfort throughout the journey.
We specifically welcome non-cycling partners or friends on this trip and will have special activities planned for them each morning while the riders are cycling.
11 days duration
270-305 km distance
Price p/person (USD)
Standard Cabin: $4,990
Upper Cabin: $5,690
E-bike option: $385
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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Toum Tiou - Luxury Mekong Riverboat
Grasshopper Adventures’ choice of vessel is the small and intimate Toum Tiou 1, beautifully crafted with only ten cabins. The Toum Tiou and her sister ship Toum Tiou 2 are the only cruise vessels on the Mekong which manage, due their size and shallow draft, to reach the center of Saigon city rather than the ports two hours out of town.
The shallow draft allows us to access remote villages and river arms.The ship is elegant and comfortable, without being stiff or formal. Style and decoration blend with Cambodian and Vietnamese culture.
The Toum Tiou is under private charter to Grasshopper Adventures with our own Grasshopper tour director.
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.
Simple to use and a pleasure to ride the Trek Conduit+ pedal-assist bike expands touring possibilities for all riders, and anything that enables people to explore more of the world by bike is a great thing in our books! Find out more about our E-Bikes here.
Always striving to deliver a premium tour experience Grasshopper Adventures are the first (and currently only) to offer pedal-assist e-bikes as a tour option in Southeast Asia. An upgrade can be purchased for this trip, availability is limited and on a first-in basis. Please select the e-bike option when making your online booking our support team will follow-up regarding availability.
On this tour, we are welcoming non cycling partners as there will be plenty of exciting tours for you to do. Visit local village and produce markets, meet with Artisans and stop to explore a few historically important locations. These activities will be available to you each morning while the riders are out on the road. Groups will reunite aboard the Toum Tiou for lunch, and will spend the hot afternoons relaxing and cruising up the river together.
The hotels in Siem Reap & Saigon are a highlight of this tour. In Siem Reap our hotel of choice is Jaya House, River Park, while in Saigon guests will stay at either MGallery or Le Meridien (based on seasonal availability). All hotels are top rated and offer you incredible service, luxurious amenities and excellent on-site dining.
Aboard the boat, you can recharge for another adventurous day in your wood-finished twin or double bed cabin, each fitted with private ensuite, air conditioning and large windows that allow for good views and plenty of natural light. The large vessel contains just ten cabins, specifically designed to give guests the feel of being on a personalised yacht, not a bland hotel room or mass cruise.
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.
A bike mechanic will join the group an 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 cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a custom drink bottle as an extra memento.
8 to 20
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of 8 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 20 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.
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 is made entirely from recycled cooking oil.
for Mekong Boat & Bike Adventure tour
Siem Reap - Arrival Day
Welcome to Siem Reap. Today you check in to Jaya House, River Park, a lovely boutique property well-located along the river in a quiet area near the centre of town- our hotel of choice in Siem Reap. In the late afternoon we will meet for a briefing, sundowners by the pool and then an early dinner.
Angkor Sunrise Tour
Our adventure begins with a spectacular start: sunrise over Angkor Wat. This reward is well worth the day’s early wake up call! All guests will be transferred into Angkor Park by van, meaning riders and non-riders will have the chance to explore the key temples together before heading their separate ways.
A private breakfast will be served in the forest behind the main temple. Afterwards those not on bike will travel by an open air vehicle called a 'Tuk Tuk'; a nice, relaxed way to move. The cyclists will follow hidden forest trails past the walls and moat of the ancient city, hopefully catching a glimpse of the birds and other wildlife that are beginning to repopulate the park along the way.
The early start means we are done by lunchtime, leaving the afternoon for a swim in the pool or a wander into town. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant known for sophisticated Khmer cuisine.
Cycle from Siem Reap & Transfer to Ship
This morning we cycle to remote temple sites. We pedal down small dirt roads past 800-year-old temple ruins, interspersed by tiny villages with houses often made out of palm leaves and bamboo. Mid-morning we board our private van and transfer to our ship docked along the Mekong We arrive after lunch and are welcomed aboard with a cool refreshing drink.
Kampong Tralach Exploration
Now aboard our ship we'll cruise up the Tonle Sap River. Today’s cycling involves minimal traffic on hard-packed dirt roads. The people we encounter along the ride are very keen for a chat and will always call out words of encouragement for our efforts. We anchor by a small village community who are no doubt keen to invite you in for a rice wine tasting session.
Phnom Penh Discovery
We are just a short distance from Phnom Penh and arrive early morning. We moor near the cargo port just north of the city centre and then can make our way onto dry land.
Today in Phnom Penh traditional Cambodian culture and way of life mix with more modern structures, a wide variety of shops and eateries and the heavy traffic of a bustling city. Exploring by Tuk Tuk is the perfect way to experience this dynamic city and our morning tour, led by our local guides, is the perfect introduction.
Lunch at a local restaurant is followed by some free time in the afternoon for shopping or exploring. At sundown the ship will depart Phnom Penh for the Vietnamese border.
Chau Doc Discovery
After sunrise we reach the border customs and immigration formalities take place onboard before we continue down the Mekong to Chau Doc, a major port city.
The non-riders have an interesting afternoon visiting a floating fish farm along the river and also a regionally vital bird sanctuary. For the riders, Our ride will involve crossing numerous canals by bridge and boat and following a path through the maze of waterways. You will likely be struck by the fertility of the land as every square inch is cultivated for food production and each person in sight works hard to grow, harvest, process or transport these products. The riding is predominantly on small, paved canal paths with only bicycles and motor scooters.
Cao Lanh Local Experience
Our day today starts early with a Sampan trip to visit a local floating market where varying sizes of boats and all manner of fruit and vegetables being bought and sold.
A fulfilling day of riding starts off with some relatively open road where we can use the cool of the morning to burn off some energy and put some distance behind us. Then we head into the narrow, shaded paths with lots of turns and an abundance of activity. You’ll see locals tending to vegetables and rice, transporting food and fruit, and most of all, eating! We'll make a few quality snack stops today where you'll be able to try some savoury and sweet local specialities.
For the non-riders, we will take a morning walk to visit a well-known market for fish sauce/paste product as well as local products, we then drive along the river, cross a couple of ferries and tour a traditional brick factory.
Cao Lanh to Cai Be
The riders start cycling on a range of concrete paths along and over canals on a large island. Be prepared to smile and greet little kids pedaling to school in their blue and whites, or exchange waves with locals by the side of the road. Keep your eyes peeled for the interesting variety of produce you’ll see being transported to town on the back of motor scooters and glimpse other local scenes from your seat.
The non-riders will take a visit to one of the oldest Catholic Church of the Delta then drive to Sadec. This little town has a large flower village, a beautiful Chinese pagoda and the home of Marguerite Duras, author of the novel, The Lover. Dinner tonight is offshore at a local historical house,
Explore the Delta and My Tho
Our last day of cycling follows another twisting, turning network of paths and roads that are typical of the region.
We will have another day of weaving around the islands. By noon, we will have a home cooked lunch from a local family. Then we board the ship and head to My Tho.
In the afternoon the ship will cruise the fascinating water transport corridor that is the Cho Gao Canal. This evening the guides will be conducting a quiz to see how much we've all learned so far on our trip along the Mekong. You may be surprised how much has stuck with you!
Saigon - City Walking Tour
This morning our final cruise takes us along the busy waterways adjacent to Saigon. Following our late morning arrival we’ll spend time on a guided walking tour of Saigon, sampling lots of tasty foods and local specialities. Plus we’ll pass the former French quarter, stop in for a look at the Opera House, the Cathedral and the former Presidential Palace before arriving at our hotel.
After checking in we’ll enjoy one final farewell dinner and reminisce about our time together in Southeast Asia.
Conclusion of the Tour
The tour winds up after breakfast. There is plenty to do in Saigon if you have the time to stay on. Otherwise, we'll have a driver ready to take you to the airport for your flight.
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly flat terrain
7 days riding
The riding is entirely flat. You’ll cycle on a great variety of surfaces, ranging from concrete to hard-packed dirt and even a few forest trails around Angkor. Traffic will almost always be a rarity, allowing you to engage with the locals as you go, stopping for a chat or a photo opp as you wish. Riders will be provided the route on their devices, allowing you to take your time if you wish. We will also have a support team in tow that you can call on if needed.
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. Aboard the Toum Tiou, we avoid the harshest heat of the afternoons in style.
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.
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