fbpx
skip to Main Content
Bangkok To Saigon Cycle & Food Tour

Bangkok to Saigon Cycle & Food Tour

Bangkok to Saigon Cycle & Food Tour

HIGHLIGHTS

Mekong Delta, Angkor Wat, Cycling the rural backroads and amazing food

FROM

NZ$4,995

DURATION

19 Days

Our Bangkok to Saigon cycle tour is graded moderate:

Moderate grading: Medium length rides suitable for the leisure cyclist who exercises regularly and has good mobility. Fitness is more important than technical ability for this level, as the road surfaces will be mostly smooth and the hills relatively gentle. Distances of between 50-80 kms per day. As it will be hotter and more humid than you’re used to, you’ll get maximum enjoyment if you are of average to good fitness. If you haven’t biked for a while, we suggest you add biking a four times a week for around 30-60 km, to your fitness regime, about 6 weeks before going on the trip. The longest cycle day can be up to 80km, however you always have the option to travel in the support vehicle if necessary. Most days are between 30km and 70km in length, with a total of 12 biking days and 6 sightseeing/rest days.

*All our tours are non-smoking

This incredible Bangkok to Saigon cycle tour is no doubt one of the most interesting and authentic overland itineraries available. Combine it with our Saigon to Hanoi cycle tour for a more in-depth tour. If you choose to book both the Bangkok to Saigon Cycle and Food Tour and the Saigon to Hanoi Cycle and food tour back to back, we will be able to do so at a discount of NZ$175 per person based on Twin share and NZ$458 on a single rate. Please let us know at the time of booking.

This route encapsulates all that is great about the region with an emphasis on the amazing local food and delicacies. You will pass from one vibrant and bustling city to the next pedaling through one palm fringed village after the next greeting friendly locals along the way. Each country is bursting with new adventures and each is distinctly different with their own characteristics and styles of food. On the way, you take in some spectacular sights such as the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor and the majestic Mekong River Delta before finishing up in historic Saigon.

TRIP SUMMARY

Duration: 19 days from Bangkok to Saigon
Trip focus: An moderate cycle tour exploring three fascinating countries with a focus on local food and authentic sightseeing
Accommodation: 18 nights standard hotels
Transport: Cycle, private vans and buses, boat
Group size: Maximum 12 + tour leader, Minimum 6
Single supplement: NZ$1131 per person
E-bike supplement: Limited E-bikes available in Cambodia and Vietnam only. NZ$846 per person
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Truck support from 05 passengers up for cycling days
  • Mechanic support from 7 passengers up
  • Bicycle rental and helmets
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Superb local meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Healthy snack, fresh local fruits and water for biking days
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing
  • All sightseeing entrance fees where required in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in twin shared room in standard hotels with daily breakfast

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight to Thailand and from Vietnam
  • Any visas that are required. Cambodia $40USD (issued at the border).
  • Vietnam $30USD (Vietnam visa must be obtained ahead of time)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Personal expenditure (phone, laundry, shopping and so on)
  • Tips for guides, drivers, porters.
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion

DAY 1 & 2 – BANGKOK

Most flights arrive late into Bangkok, so you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel on Day 1. On Day 2 at 3.30pm, you will meet your tour guide and other traveling companions for a trip briefing then head out on a welcome- Tuk Tuk Eat and Repeat- food tour. During this unique style of welcome dinner, you will get to sample some of the great food Thailand is famous for, while getting into the back streets and experiencing some of the best that the city has to offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner on Day 2

DAY 3 – BANGKOK to KHAO YAI

Meet in the hotel foyer after breakfast, then transfer approx. 3 hours to the Khao Yai National Park area. In the late afternoon we’ll get to try out our bikes by taking a short warm up ride through the nearby rural villages, and then chill out by the swimming pool at our overnight accommodation and enjoy a locally cooked Thai dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 4 – KHAO YAI to PRACHINBURI

Our cycle route today is 50km. The support vehicle follows and you can cycle as much or as little as you like. Our route follows minor roads, byways and the occasional dirt trail as we skirt Khao Yai, which translates as ‘the Big Mountain’. We will pass through small rural villages, Buddhist monasteries and rice paddy fields. Continuing the ride along country back roads, we arrive at our resort in the late afternoon with time to relax before sampling some of the local dishes.

Cycling distance: Approx 50km
Difficulty: Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5 – PRACHINBURI to SA KAEW

Riding directly from the resort, we follow minor roads through Thai rural landscapes including rubber and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields. Today, there are a few easy rolling hills, but the route is mostly flat. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and chat with the friendly Thai locals. The ride ends with a short section on a busier road as we enter the town of Sa Kaew.

Cycling distance: Approx 50km
Difficulty: Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 – SA KAEW to ARANYAPRATHET

Leaving our hotel early in the morning, we ride towards the beautiful Pang Sida National Park, where we can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the other side. The afternoon ride follows very quiet, but well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, a town located just 10km from the Cambodian border.

Cycling distance: 45km
Difficulty: Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7 – CROSS BORDER INTO CAMBODIA

After breakfast, we drive to the busy border and cross into Cambodia. On arrival in Poipet, we then travel by bus to Siem Reap for lunch. In the afternoon we’ll a ride through Siam Reap and the back country roads for our first taste of Cambodian biking.

Cycling distance: 20 to 40km
Difficulty: Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8 – EXPLORE MAGNIFICENT ANGKOR WAT BY BIKE

Today, we may choose to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide area, and are linked by shady avenues. Our cycle tour will include visits to Ta Prohm, the Bayon, South Gate of Angkor Thom, Elephant Terrace, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Leper King and, of course, the fabulous Angkor Wat – with its huge moat, long causeway and massive towers – it is the largest temple complex in Asia.

Cycling distance: 20 – 40km
Difficulty: Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9 – CYCLE TO BANTEAY SREI & COOKERY AND PHILANTHROPY CLASS

After breakfast, we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 28km from Siem Reap town. This afternoon, as part of a culinary experience you will enjoy a half day Cookery & Philanthropy class. Once the cookery class has finished you will return back to Siem Reap.

Siem Reap town is pleasant to wander around and don’t forget the Night Market for some great souvenir shopping or perhaps a “Dr. Fish” massage. Pub Street (and the surrounding alleys) in the evening, offer a wide variety of restaurants and bars to choose from – so you won’t go hungry (or thirsty) during your three nights in Siem Reap.

Cycled distance: 20-40km
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 10 – SIEM REAP to TONLE SAP LAKE to PHNOM PENH

This morning, we will visit the Tonle Sap Lake at Kampong Khleang Village, about 55km from Siem Reap. Before reaching Phnom Penh, we’ll stop at the town of Skuon, where the local delicacy is fried spiders! We will arrive in Phnom Penh at around 5 or 6pm because of likely traffic we are likely to encounter entering the city. After checking in to your hotel, we will take a walk in front of the Royal Palace and along the Chatomok River (the Four Faces River) to observe the local way of life.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11 – SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PHNOM PENH

After breakfast, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh that includes the Royal Palace and the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison. We will also visit Wat Phnom and the Central Market, where you will find the cities best gold and silver merchants. Free afternoon for a visit to the National Museum or wander around the city.

Cycled distance: 20-40km

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12 – PHNOM PENH to KEP

Early breakfast, then your guide and driver will meet you we will transfer to Kep, a 3-hour drive. After stopping at Chouk, we get back on our bikes and cycle to the coastal town of Kep. We cycle through Phnom Wur Mountain, passing by some of the Khmer Rouge areas and the lake that they was built for use during the war years. We then continue along the foot of the mountains until we reach our hotel in Kep.

Cycle distance: 65km

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 13 – KEP to KAMPOT & SURROUNDING AREAS

Today we cycle from the hotel through the countryside to the beautiful Phnom Sorsea, we then visit a cave before continuing to cycle along farm tracks to visit a famous pepper farm to see the plantation. We then cycle on to Kampot and visit the local market before lunch. After lunch cycle back to Kep.
Dinner tonight is on your own time, however we would strongly suggest a sundowner at the ‘Kep Sailing Club’ by the sea, just a short walk from your hotel for one of the best sunsets in Cambodia.

Cycling distance: 65km
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 14 – KEP to HA TIEN (VIETNAM)

After breakfast, we visit a famous crab market before enjoying a 25 km gentle ride across stunning rural areas towards the Ha Tien border crossing, where you will leave your bike in Cambodia and walk across to Vietnam where your new bike and guide awaits. This rural crossing is used mainly by local traders, it makes a pleasant stop while immigration formalities are completed. A short ride introduces you to Ha Tien where we will break for lunch and have the afternoon at leisure to explore this small border town.

Cycling distance: Approx. 30-50km
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 15 – HA TIEN to RACH GIA to CAN THO

After an early morning breakfast, we transfer approximately 2 hours to Rach Gia, a laid back fishing village which faces the Gulf of Thailand. The main part of town is on an island connected by road. This area is a stronghold of the Cao Dai faith. We ride on narrow lanes to explore the hidden backwaters of the Delta and along canal banks until you reach the outskirts of Can Tho city.

Cycling distance: 50-70km
Difficulty: Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 16 – CYCLING CAN THO to VIHN LONG to CAI BE

Rise early and get a unique taste of life in the Mekong. Board a local boat and explore the colorful Cai Rang floating market. Then cruise back to the hotel where we will freshen up before we check-out and ride to Vinh Long. Lunch at local restaurant and transfer to Binh Minh where we start riding on tarmac road to Long Ho, we branch off and cycle through quieter countryside roads alongside rice paddies, coconut trees and orchards. Stop along the way for a short break and interact with hospitable locals and then ride to Cai Be, where you spend the night.

Cycling distance: 10-20km
Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 17 – CAI BE to SAIGON, STREET EATS AFTER DARK

Following breakfast, enjoy a leisurely cycle from the hotel to visit a local rice paper factory, candy workshop and orchard gardens before your transfer to Saigon. Lunch at local restaurant and then transfer to the hotel for check in.

Free at leisure till early evening for food tour.

SAIGON STREET EATS AFTER DARK

This evening, meet up with your foodie guide for a tour briefing before setting out to discover some of the best street food gems you can imagine. Join the queue at a local banh mi shop for some of the best bread in Saigon. Drive or walk to a banh cuon eatery (steamed rice flour crepe filled with pork). Next, sample banh trang nuong, a pizza-like snack from Dalat loaded with interesting toppings. Indulge your sweet tooth at a nearby dessert stall selling delicious chuoi nep nuong (grilled banana with coconut milk). Your final stop will be at a busy eatery famous for its fresh grilled seafood, best washed down with a cold local beer. Return to your hotel in the late evening.

Cycling distance: 20-30km
Difficulty: Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 18 – SAIGON VESPA TOUR, CU CHI TUNNELS BY ROAD

Discover the real Saigon like a local on the back of a vintage-style Vespa, seeing local sights and some of the city’s historic landmarks.

From Saigon, take a 2hr drive northwest to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as living quarters, communication and supply routes, and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches.

In the evening, transfer from your hotel to the restaurant for your farewell dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 19 – DEPARTURE DAY

Free time at leisure until transfer to the airport for the flight to next destination or continue on to our Connecting Vietnam Cycle and Food tour

Meals Included: Breakfast

TESTIMONIALS

BikingSightseeingCultural ExperiencesFood and CookingPlaneBusBoatNature

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cycling the rural back roads through villages and padi fields
  • Exploring magnificent Angkor Wat complex by bike
  • The cities of Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Saigon
  • Meeting the locals as you cycle in the countryside
  • The chaos and calm of the mighty Mekong Delta
  • Amazing South East Asian cuisine
  • Tuk tuk Eat and Repeat Food tour in Bangkok
  • Philanthropy & Cooking class in Siem Reap

DATES

Start Date End Date Availability Cost
2nd May 2020 20th May 2020 AVAILABLE NZ$4,995
Back To Top