Cycle Bangkok to Saigon
14 days | Guided | From £1,539
This mouth-watering journey from Bangkok in Thailand takes you into Cambodia via the Angkor Wat Temple all the way to Saigon in Vietnam. The cycling is fully vehicle supported throughout meaning you aren't carrying heavy luggage, and can hop on board for a lift anytime you don't feel like riding.
14 days | Guided | From £1,539
Exotic Southeast Asia on two wheels
- Experience a cultural journey like no other
- Fully vehicle supported and your bike is provided
- Explore amazing Angkor Wat from the saddle
- Cycle three countries in two weeks
- Enjoy a homestay in the Mekong Delta
This incredible journey takes you from bustling Bangkok in Thailand down into Cambodia via the Angkor Wat Temple, and all the way into Saigon in Vietnam. Our cycling trips are all fully vehicle supported throughout meaning you aren't carrying your luggage and you can hop on board for a lift anytime you feel like resting those legs. Not only that, but your bike hire is included in the trip fare meaning you don't have to worry about bringing your own bike halfway around the world, or the extra cost of renting one either.
Your adventure through these exotic lands involves the pleasures of 'slowly, slowly' travel by bicycle on a mix of backroads, byways and dirt trails. Travelling by bike makes you really feel part of the scenery, so rather than just observing it you get to fully enjoy and appreciate your surroundings and feel the wind in your hair! We'll avoid the busy, main roads by travelling overland for a bit here and there, as we make this outstanding adventure possible for all of us who only get a regular two week holiday break from work at home.
Our daily cycling distances are relatively modest, the terrain mostly flat or undulating (there are no monster thigh-bursting ascents), and the riding is not of a technical nature either meaning it is within the capabilities of just about anyone who can ride a bike and with a reasonable level of fitness. Of course there is always the option of taking a rest for all or part of a ride on the support vehicle as well if you're in a more leisurely frame of mind - and likewise plenty of opportunity to push yourself if you want more. For now you'll need to use your imagination as to just how stimulating it is cycling through the fragrant rurality of Thailand, and seeing life in the paddy fields unfurl at a pace that allows you to take it all in.
In Cambodia being able to cycle around Angkor Wat is most definitely the best way to explore, and as for being able to cycle alongside the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and then actually stay with the locals here too, well... it's an experience and delight you'll be able to dine out on for years.
Of course as almost all the rural peoples of South East Asia get around by bicycle too, being on a bike is a perfect opportunity to make the most of interacting with the local people as you ride through tiny, traditional villages, and not being in a rush hopefully means you won't miss a thing. So, our advice is don't just imagine how wonderful this journey experience is... join us!
- Day 1 Depart UK
- Depart the UK and relax on your overnight flight to Bangkok. We can book this for you, or ask us for recommended flight times if you prefer to book your own.
- Day 2 Arrive Bangkok and transfer to Khao Yai.
- Arrive and rendezvous at Bangkok Airport for your group transfer to Khao Yai.
- Day 3 Cycle to Prachiniburi
- It's time to jump onto your bikes now and we'll begin pedaling our way to Saigon, accompanied by our trusty support vehicle. Today we ride along rural back roads and the odd dirt trail to Prachiniburi.
- Day 4 To Sa Kaew
- Continuing through rural Thailand, we cycle past rubber and eucalyptus plantations, paddy fields of rice and tapioca and take our time to greet the local people along the way.
- Day 5 To Artanyaprathet
- Today you'll cycle towards the beautiful Pang Sida National Park, where we can stop off for a well-deserved refreshing swim and then ride along scenic roads to Artanyaprathet, just 10km from the Cambodian border.
- Day 6 Into Cambodia and to Siem Reap
- On our bikes we ride to the border, complete the formalities and enter Cambodia. We'll continue to ride as far as Sisophon and then transfer to Siem Reap.
- Day 7 Angkor Wat by bike
- We clearly could not come here and miss a visit to Cambodia's most famous attraction, the magnificent Angkor Temple complex. Of course we simply have to explore Angkor by bike, which affords us a unique perspective.
- Day 8 Banteay Srei by bike
- Cycling out of Siem Reap we head for the intricately stone carved temples of Banteay Srei and explore before transferring back to Siem Reap.
- Day 9 Travel to Phnom Penh via Tonle Sap Lake
- Today we'll take a day off from the bikes so we can cover some distance and avoid cycling on major highways. We'll make our way to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
- Day 10 Tour of Phnom Penh
- In the morning we'll enjoy a guided tour of Phnom Penh, including the Royal Palace and Tuol Sleng Prison.
- Day 11 Cycle to Vietnam
- It's back on the bikes today! But before getting in the saddle once more we'll transfer to Takeo and avoid the heavy traffic. We then cycle all the way to the Vietnam border and once across, cycle on to Chau Doc.
- Day 12 Mekong Cycling and village home stay
- We have a road and then ferry transfer to start our day. Then it's cycling on scenic backroads to Vinh Long. Here we leave the bikes and the mainland behind and hop on a boat to an island in the Mekong Delta, where we'll have the opportunity to stay with some local residents.
- Day 13 To Saigon
- We can visit the Cai Be floating market before we cycle along the banks of the Mekong River to My Tho, from where we then transfer to Saigon.
- Day 14 Saigon
- Our journey is complete! We'll take a morning tour of the sights of Saigon and leave the afternoon free to explore, do your last minute souvenir hunting and take in the sights and sounds. Tonight we shall celebrate the end of our amazing journey from Bangkok to Saigon and reflect back on the many, many wonderful experiences we've no doubt had along the way.
- Day 15 Depart Saigon
- Depart Saigon on an overnight flight back to the UK.
- Day 16 Arrive UK
- Flights arrive back in the UK today.
For a full itinerary and detailed information on this trip, please download our Trip Dossier.
- Trip Features : Cycling, culture, homestay, overland travel
- Trip Code: ABTS
- Physical Grade: B - Moderate
- Adventure Grade: B/C
- Group Size (Min - Max) : 4 - 16
- Accommodation : Hotel x9, Guesthouse x 3, Homestay x 1
- Meals : 13 x Breakfasts, 7 x lunches and 2 evening meals incl
- Overseas joining point : Bangkok International Airport