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Bike Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia
Tour Dates: October – April

Our Bike Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia combines two wonderful cycling destinations in Southeast Asia. You will delight with the diverse beauty, exotic culture, ancient history, and extraordinarily friendly people. Join us as we travel to one of the world’s great destinations! We specialize in small, highly personalized tours.

2016 Price: $5400 US/pp (2-3 people), Price: $5100 US/pp (4-7 people), Price: $4800 US/pp (8+ people)

Price Includes:
  • English Speaking local guides
  • Trek & Giant MTB with 24 speeds, helmets, spare parts, aid kits, tool kits
  • Internal flights: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (Day 5) & Siem Reap to Hanoi (Day 8)
  • Entrance fees, boat ride, Victoria high speed boat to Phnom Penh
  • B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner as mentioned in the tour itinerary
  • Two special dinners at each Victoria hotels.
  • Water, snacks, fresh fruits, wet towels
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Transportation
Price Does Not Include:

International flights to Saigon and from Hanoi, beverages with meals, travel insurance (medical, trip cancellation, evacuation. etc.), other personal expenses, International flights, Vietnam & Cambodia Visa fees.

Tour Difficulty

Most people with a reasonable fitness level will have no problem riding all or most of the day. The terrain we ride is gentle and the mileage moderate. There is always an air conditioned support vehicle nearby and you are welcome to climb in whenever you like. We stop frequently to enjoy the sites and the scenery.

  • Difficulty: Relatively Flat
  • Road Conditions: Mixture of paved and dirt roads
  • Recommended Bike: Mountain Bike

Tour Highlights

  • exotic culture
  • ancient history
  • small fishing villages

Tour Overview

Exploring Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and other regions by bicycle allows us to take a closer, more intimate look at the beautiful countryside and traditional lifestyles. We’ll pedal past brilliant green rice fields and small fishing villages where little has changed in the last 1,000 years. We’ll cruise through the Delta’s vibrant and bustling floating markets by both sampan (small boat) and bicycle. After exploring all day, we’ll be rewarded with delicious Vietnamese cuisine and very comfortable nights in the finest hotels along our route. Included in our Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary are the two most spectacular sights in Southeast Asia – the ancient Khmer temples at Angkor in neighboring Cambodia, and Vietnam’s Halong Bay, a dazzling seascape of densely concentrated limestone pillars, grottoes and caves. Both are World Heritage sites and are not to be missed.

Tour Map

Tour Video

Saigon, Mekong Segment

Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City (L,D)

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) where your guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon take a tour of the sites in dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, including the old Saigon post office and the well-known War Remnant museum.

Day 2 - Saigon – Ben Tre - Tra Vinh (25-50Km) (B,L,D)

We start the trip with a 2 hour transfer to My Tho, home of the “Coconut Monk” who practiced his own blend of Buddhism and Christianity. And here we mount our bikes for our journey into the Mekong Delta. On our ride to Tra Vinh, we cycle along beautiful tree lined roads and paths that wind through lush farms and small villages crossing rivers on small ferries. Throughout our days in the Mekong we will travel through areas seldom traveled by Westerners where the local people find us as new and interesting as we find them. Overnight in Tra Vinh.

Day 3 - Tra Vinh – Can Tho (30-70 Km) (B,L,D)

A special ride today as much of the area is populated by Khmer people. The regional architecture is interesting and there are some Khmer temples to admire en route. The road is peaceful, narrow and very pretty all the way to Can Tho! Stop to visit a local Buddhist Temple School if possible. Arrive by water taxi at Can Tho the Mekong’s largest town located at the confluence of the Can Tho and Hau Giang rivers. Enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel restaurant.

Day 4 - Can Tho- Chau Doc (30-70 Km) (B, L, D)

Early morning take a local sampan (boat) tour to explore the interesting Cai Rang floating market and enjoy the daily local lives along the riverbank. Then We’ll ride along small paths that follow canals through the countryside. Experience the sights of cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, and small boats loading/unloading rice in this vibrant area. After lunch visit a stork sanctuary and complete the the journey to the riverside city of Chou Doc by air conditioned vehicle. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 5 - Chau Doc-Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

After breakfast, take a Victoria boat up the historic Mekong River which supports more people than any other river on earth. We will see many boats and life along the river banks and then stop at Cambodian customs to get our visas. After customs, We head up river to Phnom Penh.

Victoria high speed boats to Phnom – Penh (7:30)

Cambodia Segment

Day 5 - continued: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (B,L,D)

Arrival at the boat station in Phnom Penh will meet our guide and driver with warm welcome then transfer to the FCC restaurant and after that transfer the Phnom Penh airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival will meet our guide and driver with a warm welcome and then transfer to the hotel. Our guide will meet you and take you to the Asian Restaurant for dinner.

Day 6 - Siem Reap (30-50 km)(B,L,D)

We leave Siem Reap after breakfast and ride through remote countryside to Kulen Mountain passing temples along the way and then a steep hike up the mountain. Near the top We will visit the river of 1000 Lingas, a 16th century Buddist Monastery, and then enjoy a picnic at a sacred waterfall. After lunch We will travel back to the hotel for some free time before dinner.

Day 7 - Siem Reap (30-40km) (B,L,D)

We will start the day by cycling to the famous overgrown temple Ta Phrom, then cycle to Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple (Famous for its 4 faces). Along the way, We will stop for a water blessing by the monks of Wat Palylie. Lunch will be served at the house of a local family who will cook traditional food for us. The back to the hotel with an optional stop at a killing field. Borei Angkor Resort and Spa

Day 8 - Siem Reap to Hanoi (25-40km)(B,L)

Today we start very early to see Angkor Wat at sunrise followed by a tethered Balloon ride to view Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples from the air Then cycle through the countryside to Bakong Temple. Then lunch followed by either free time or a visit to the . Transit too airport for the flight to Hanoi.

Hanoi, Halong Bay Segment

Day 8 -continued: Siem Reap – Hanoi

Arrive at Hanoi airport where your guide will meet you and transfer to hotel by our local team.

Day 9 - Hanoi – Halong (B,L,D)

Depart for Halong Bay in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy the journey through rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Magnificent Halong Bay is one of the natural wonders of the world and one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Over three thousand jagged limestone islands emerge from the emerald green waters of Halong Bay. Upon arrival, board the Deluxe junk for a cruise among some of the 3, 000 spectacular limestone islands. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on board while the captain heads the boat out for the horizon. Overnight and dine on board Deluxe junk in Halong.

Day 10 - Halong Hanoi (B,L,D)

Continue the cruise past rock formations named after their shape. Enjoy a short trip by sampan to Luon Cave (tunnel cave). Paddle through the tunnel and emerge into a crater lake, surrounded by impenetrable cliffs and gliding kites (dependent upon tidal conditions). Cruise out to Bai Tu Long Bay around Bai Tho Mountain and head back to dry land. After lunch transfer back to the hotel in Hanoi. We dine at the famous Press Club. After Dinner, enjoy the traditional water puppet performance at the Thang Long theatre.

Day 11 - Cycling to Co Loa citadel (B,L,D)

Co Loa was the first ancient citadel of Vietnam. Lying to the north of Hanoi, the area offers beautiful rice paddy fields, old villages, and many pagodas & temples. This is one of the places closet to Hanoi where you can see the real countryside of Northern Vietnam. Enjoy an authentic Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant.Then Cycle on top of the dike along the Red River and see where two great rivers meet. We stop under an old tree by the river for drinks, snacks, and photos before heading back to the ferry and crossing the river again.Dinner at Highway 4 restaurant.

Day 12 - Sightseeing and departure (B,L)

After breakfast, our guide and driver will meet you at hotel’s lobby for a half-day excursion to explore the modern capital of Vietnam. We will visit the Museum of Ethnology, one of Vietnam’s best with interactive displays and a wide collection of well-preserved objects and documents representing the diverse minority peoples of Vietnam. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a guided historical walk through the Old Quarter, delving into the nooks and crannies of the back alleys of Hanoi. Maybe coffee at a family home-cum-café with great views over Hoan Kiem Lake or time for shopping before you leave for the airport.

Who comes on a Nichols Expeditions Tour?

You can expect a spirited mix of singles and couples in their 20′s to 80′s from all corners of the US and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references and the make-up of any trip that you are interested in joining.

Can I charter this tour?

Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.

The Food

The Vietnamese have some of the best food in the world. There are markets everywhere that supply an incredible assortment of fresh,locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as fresh caught fish. The people of Vietnam enjoy a diet of interesting healthy food—-No McDonalds here.

Weather

Vietnam is a long country that crosses several climate zones but most of the country enjoys a tropical climate. There is very little temperature variation in Ho Chi Minh City while Hanoi is cooler in the winter, though still very pleasant. Vietnam does experience a monsoon season and we try to schedule all our trips during the drier time of year, December-February. You can expect warm temperatures between 70-90 degrees. 80′s are common in the South and 70′s are common in the North during our season. Rain is uncommon on our trips.

The Guides

Our Vietnam and Cambodia staff include an experienced bilingual guide and a driver who will be with the group throughout the tour.

Is there much traffic?

We have designed our routes to to take advantage of the most scenic back roads possible but you will encounter traffic. Most of the traffic in Vietnam consists of small motorcycles. We will give a full briefing on road safety and cycling etiquette before you begin pedaling.

Is disease a problem?

Disease is very low risk in the areas that we vistit. For current information go to the web site for the Centers for Disease Control ; http://www.cdc.gov). Another web site to try http://www.traveldoctor.info.

Hotel Quality?

We have selected the finest hotels along our route. Most are very comfortable 4 star hotels with first rate amenities and professional, friendly employees.

What airline should I use?

Check your local hub first when you are ready to book your flights. Korean Air is based at Dulles, which often means better fares and more direct flights. Cathay Pacific has the most direct routing from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Other carriers that you you should check out are Singapore Airlines, Air China, United (now direct from San Francisco), Lufthansa, and Thai Airways. Many of our guests report having good results using a web site called www.kayak.com and www.orbitz to search for flights.

When making travel arrangements, remember that you will cross the International Dateline. This means you will lose a day on your arrival in Vietnam, but you will gain it on the return (arriving the same day as you depart).

Electricity

In Vietnam and Cambodia, electricity runs on 220/240 volts, with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets. If you bring electrical appliances, also pack appropriate EU-style 2-pin adapter plugs or purchase them in Vietnam. For more information on electrical outlets: http://www.funinvietnam.com/other-services/vietnam-tour-information/electricity-in-vietnam/

Shopping

Markets are a good place to buy local clothing, handcrafts and jewelry. There will be plenty of places for shopping along the tour.

Cash & Credit Cards

US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.

Visas

All travelers to Vietnam and Cambodia must have a VISA. FOR VIETNAM: You need to get the Vietnam Visa in advance of the trip. A VISA to Vietnam can be applied for by mail or in person at the Embassy of Vietnam as early as six months prior to the date of travel.Vietnam Embassy VISA information It is recommended that you send your passport FedEx with a FedEx return label –we have ad bad experience with the USPS. You will need a 30 DAY MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA –do not get a single entry visa as the tour departs Vietnam for Cambodia and then returns to Vietnam. FOR CAMBODIA: you need to bring 2 passport photos with you on the tour. We will be stopping at the Cambodian immigration and customs port on the Mekong River and taking care of this when we arrive in Cambodia—usually less than an hour.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!

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About Vietnam

Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 90.0 million inhabitants as of 2013, it is the world’s 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. The name Vietnam translates as “Southern Viet” (synonymous with the much older term Nam Viet); it was first officially adopted in 1802 by Emperor Gia Long, and was adopted again in 1945 with the founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976. ~ Wikipedia

About Cambodia

Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia and once known as the Khmer Empire, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Its total landmass is 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 sq mi), bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.

With a population of over 14.8 million, Cambodia is the 69th most populous country in the world. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by approximately 95% of the Cambodian population. The country’s minority groups include Vietnamese, Chinese, Chams, and 30 hill tribes. The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, the political, economic, and cultural center of Cambodia. The kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with Norodom Sihamoni, a monarch chosen by the Royal Throne Council, as head of state. The head of government is Hun Sen, who is currently the longest serving non-royal leader in South East Asia and has ruled Cambodia for over 25 years. ~ Wikipedia

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