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Mekong Bike & Boat Adventure

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Mekong Bike & Boat Adventure

Bike & Boat Tour

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4990 USD

Duration

9 Days | 8 Nights

Level

2

Tour Code

GHKI20

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Cycling Mekong River Cruise - Saigon to Siem Reap
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Mekong River Cruise from the vibrant southern capital of Saigon, Vietnam, to the ancient kingdom of Angkor, Cambodia, the slow way, by bike and boat on a tour specially made to accommodate both cyclists and non-riding partners. Spend your mornings exploring your surroundings by bike or by foot, then in the afternoons, cruise the iconic Mekong River in comfort and style.

Find out why our Bike & Boat tours offer extra peace of mind for travelers.

Quality Bikes
Cannondale CX3 or E-bike

Your Guide
Friendly Cambodian and Vietnamese teams

Group Size
8 to 20

Accommodation
Tom Tiou Luxury Riverboat & Hotels

Activities
Ride/walk

Minimum Age
14

Overview

A truly enjoyable way to journey between Saigon and Siem Reap is on river cruise combining both bike and boat. Start out with a walking tour of the lively city of Saigon before boarding the ship, then pedal along the Vietnamese end of the Mekong Delta, through friendly villages and colonial towns. At the end of each day of riding, board the ship, without the need to unpack, and relax on deck with a cold drink as the world of the Mekong goes by.

Once you’ve cruised into Cambodia, enjoy the change of scenery with a day of cycling around Phnom Penh’s Silk Island. Explore Cambodia’s capital city and learn about its history before flying to Siem Reap: the home of Angkor Wat. One of the highlights of this journey will be watching the colors of the day illuminate the sky over the spires of this famous temple and cycling around the grounds of the historical national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Biking or hiking through the backroads and paths of Southeast Asia 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.


170 - 250 Km riding. The riding is mostly 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 as you wish.

Pedal-assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour for $175.

Standard Cabin Single room: $1,500 USD
Upper Cabin Single room: $2,000 USD

Highlights

Take a walking food tour of the lively city of Saigon and sample local favorites as well as coffee, beer and chocolate.

Pedal the Silk Islands near Phnom Penh and visit traditional village industries.

Wander your way through Phnom Penh with your expert guide in tow to learn more about Cambodian history.

Gaze at the magnificent sunrise over the five spires of Angkor Wat before pedaling through the park.

Day to Day


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Meal:
LD

Welcome to Saigon!

After picking up from your hotel, get acquainted with your fellow adventurers on a walking tour to learn about Saigon’s history and architecture all the while discovering local life. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to taste local specialties such as Vietnamese coffee and chocolate. In the early afternoon, it’s all aboard our ship for the maiden voyage to the top of the canal. We’ll enjoy our first dinner together on board.

Riding:
30km
19mi
Meal:
BLD

This morning let’s hop on our bikes for our first ride around the top of the canal. The Mekong Delta is the longest river in Southeast Asia and runs through many of its countries, including Vietnam and Cambodia. We’ll have our first look at this lush delta with an explorative pedal through the riverside villages and Dragon fruit farms. Once we’ve cycled up an appetite, we’ll board the barge again for lunch to join the non-cyclists and then sail up the river to My Tho.

Riding:
40-65km
25-40mi
Meal:
BLD

Today you’ll have the option to choose between a morning ride and afternoon on the ship, or morning on the ship and afternoon ride… unless you want to try both! Our morning ride takes us through the busy floating villages and river commerce of My Tho, and ends at a local home for a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

If you choose to pursue the afternoon ride, we’ll cycle along towards Cai Be: another town built on a mix of land and water. This village is full of friendly children, so be prepared to stop and smile or wave at kids biking to school in their blue and whites. Our ship anchors near Cai Be so we can enjoy a flavorful Vietnamese meal in town.

Riding:
40-65km
25-40mi
Meal:
BLD

Again today you have the option to choose whether or not to ride in the morning, afternoon, or both. The morning cycling route takes us along the riverbanks from Cai Be to the pleasant colonial town of Sa Dec, where we’ll devour lunch before boarding the ship again.

Should you choose the afternoon ride, you’ll saddle up on your bike and pedal through narrow, shaded paths past locals hard at work growing flowers, clay brick, and transporting a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies to the market. Our ride ends near the busy city of Cao Lanh, then we board the boat again to stop near the Chau Doc canal for the night.

Riding:
25km
16mi
Meal:
BLD

This morning’s ride weaves us around the top of the canal for our last glimpse of the Vietnamese part of the Mekong Delta. Then it’s all aboard at 11, and we’ll cross into Cambodia just a few hours later. Once typical border formalities have been carried out, we can enjoy a sail around Phnom Penh for sunset, where we’ll anchor near the city’s Silk Island.

Riding:
20-40km
15-25mi
Meal:
BLD

Koh Dac, also known as Silk Island, is a small island close to Phnom Penh that is well-known as the home of silk weaving. Local women practice this traditional activity on looms under their raised houses, and we’ll have a chance to learn about the process of how silk is made as we cycle around this piece of land. We’ll head back to the boat for lunch and have the opportunity to discover more of the Mekong riverside with a ride along its banks in the afternoon.

Meal:
BLD

As the sun rises to its post in the sky, our ship will arrive at Phnom Penh. The capital of Cambodia is an interesting place. Little more than a collection of shacks along the river when the French arrived, it was quickly designed with a grid-style layout and lined with beautiful colonial buildings such as the Central Market which has recently been restored.

The city was forcibly evacuated when it fell to the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s and thus ensued a period of decay that continued through the early years of re-population. In the late nineties and early 2000s as the country started to get back on its feet, the city had a shattered charm to it with many still-vacant buildings and creaking infrastructure.

We’ll have the chance to discover more of this dynamic city with a walking tour in the late morning alongside the non-riders, followed by lunch in the city. Once we’ve had our fill, it’s off to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap.

Riding:
25km
16mi
Meal:
BLD

Prepare for an early rising this morning, as we get moving before the sun has peeked out from behind the horizon and the first roosters have started to crow. We’ll transfer to the otherworldly Angkor National Park, where all tour participants will gather in front of the many imposing towers of the main temple itself. If we get lucky with the weather, we’ll catch a spectacular color show as the sun rises behind the great temple’s spires.

Once the sun is up and the crowds of tourists have dispersed, we will begin our in-depth exploration of this and other ancient temples in the Angkor complex and enjoy breakfast in these peaceful surroundings. Discover the mysteries this jungle has to offer as we cycle down narrow tracks and hidden dirt paths to iconic temples such as Bayon or Ta Prohm, and some of the lesser-known ancient structures. Non-riders will explore the temples by tuk-tuk.

We’ll enjoy lunch by the Sra Srang Reservoir that surrounds the Angkor Wat temple before we head back to the hotel. The afternoon is free to pursue your own wanderings in town or relax back at the accommodation.

After an early dinner, we’ll head to an enthralling show put on by Phare Circus: the acrobatic troupe comprised of talented Khmer who have attended a professional arts training center run by an NGO.

Meal:
B

Our tour concludes this morning in Siem Reap with a few last activities to immerse you fully in Cambodian culture. We’ll start with a visit to the Angkor National Museum, dedicated to the preservation of ancient Angkorian architecture and artifacts, then make our way to the APOPO NGO that uses rats to detect landmines, then finish our morning with some of the best coffee in town at Footprint cafe. You will be transferred to the airport in time for departing flights, or feel free to stay and explore this charming little city on your own.

Dates & Price


Dates Availability Price * Deposit payment: $800 USD
* Single room option: $1500 USD
04 - 12 Feb 2021 Seats available

Standard Cabin (p/person) 4990USD

Upper Cabin (p/person) 5690USD

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21 - 29 Mar 2021 Seats available

Standard Cabin (p/person) 4990USD

Upper Cabin (p/person) 5690USD

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06 - 14 Nov 2021 Fully Booked

Standard Cabin (p/person) 4990USD

Upper Cabin (p/person) 5690USD

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21 - 29 Dec 2021 Seats available

Standard Cabin (p/person) 4990USD

Upper Cabin (p/person) 5690USD

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20 - 28 Jan 2022 Seats available

Standard Cabin (p/person) 4990USD

Upper Cabin (p/person) 5690USD

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19 - 27 Feb 2022 Seats available

Standard Cabin (p/person) 4990USD

Upper Cabin (p/person) 5690USD

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We have specially formulated this tour to involve both cyclists and their non-riding partners or friends as you take on Cambodia and Vietnam by boat and bike or foot. You’ll have the chance to visit the must-sees like Saigon, the floating villages of My Tho, and the temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, while also accessing places only the boat allows you to see. Discover the best Cambodia and Vietnam have to offer with this leisurely exploration of the Mekong Delta Region.

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