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14 Days
Availability : Multiple 2023, 2024 Departures
Bangkok
Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Details
Cycle Indochina & Angkor

Cycle Indochina & visit awe-inspiring ancient monuments across 3 countries!

Multiple 2023 & 2024 departures available

Prices starting from $4,175 CAD per person, based on double occupancy

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Travel with a friend in 2023 and they’ll save 25%. Travel solo and save 50% on single supplements!

Departure Location

Bangkok, Thailand

End Location

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Price Includes

  • All breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner
  • 12 nights hotel and one night homestay guesthouse to experience Mekong Delta hospitality
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Cycle Indochina for 9 days, with 95% vehicle support
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Local bike hire

Price Excludes

  • Visas & fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • International Airfare
  • Optional Excursions

Tour Specialist

  • Lesli Heron
What to Expect

This journey takes us through three countries with divergent histories and subtly different cultures. From the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the serene tranquillity of the shimmering paddy fields, to the magnificence of Angkor’s temples, we see a little piece of everything these amazing countries have to offer. In Vietnam, we enter the Mekong Delta, a spectacular patchwork of paddies and waterways. Our journey ends in Ho Chi Minh City where the frenetic pace contrasts starkly with the rural areas we have cycled through.

This trip includes a few of our Citizen Science Departures. These special departures offer you the opportunity to be involved in the collection of freshwater samples during the trip. The environmental DNA information derived from this sample will contribute directly to the eBioAtlas; the world’s largest repository of flora and fauna species data, contributing to the conservation and restoration of biodiversity both locally and globally. To book onto one of these special departures, see the Dates & Prices tab. For more information on these departures and the eBioAtlas, click here.

  • Cycle through 3 countries
  • Discover awe-inspiring ancient monuments
  • Explore incredible Angkor by bike
  • Wander the streets of Cambodia's Phnom Penh, an exciting capital city with a frontier feel
  • The fertile Mekong Delta and Saigon, Vietnam's most vibrant city
  • Experience a taste sensation with mouth-watering cuisine
  • Citizen Science departures available on this trip
For more information on this Cycle Indochina tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Start Bangkok

There will be a group meeting and briefing in the evening with your leader, followed by an optional group dinner. Your main luggage will be transported ahead of you to the start point early in the morning so please bring this with you to the meeting; just hang on to what you need for the night/morning. You will be reunited with your luggage mid-morning tomorrow.

Accommodation: Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel (or similar)

Day 2Early transfer to the old kingdom of Ayuttaya; warm-up ride on trail

There’s an early start this morning as we venture out of Bangkok to the ancient town of Ayutthaya. Our two-hour transfer takes us into the heart of this fascinating site and we start cycling by the huge reclining Buddha. Much of the old town was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century and we will cycle through the remaining shrine towers and enormous temples to appreciate the past magnificence.

Accommodation: iRabbit Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3Cycle to Kabin Buri

Today we follow minor roads through rural Thai landscapes including rubber and eucalyptus plantations, tapioca and rice fields. There are a few easy rolling hills but the route is mostly flat. The ride ends when we join a busier road before driving the final short distance to the town of Kabin Buri by bus.

Accommodation: Serenity Hotel & Spa Onsen (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4Ride to Aranyaprathet

Leaving our hotel early in the morning, we ride towards Tha Krabak, where we can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the other side. We will break for lunch before cycling on quiet but well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, 6.2mi (10km) from the Cambodian border.

Accommodation: La Villa Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5Into Cambodia and on to Siem Reap

After breakfast we drive to the busy border and complete customs formalities as we cross into Cambodia at Poipet. We then drive to Siem Reap. Due to years of civil war, the country is poorer and less developed than its neighbours. Apart from growth in the capital and around Siem Reap, the way of life in the countryside is still much the same as it has been for centuries. This afternoon’s ride from Siem Reap takes us past Wat Athvea, a modern temple in the grounds of the ruins of an Angkorian temple, and ends at a market and picnic area outside of Siem Reap.

Accommodation: Angkor Holiday (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6First of two full days to explore the temple complex of Angkor by bus and bike, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon and Banteay Srei

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; meandering our way between them by bike gives us a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the fromager trees clinging to the ancient stones; Angkor Thom, with the Bayon temple of 37 towers (originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king; and, of course, the incredible Angkor Wat, which has a huge moat, long causeway and massive towers.

Accommodation: Angkor Holiday (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7Second day at Angkor temple complex

Today we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 21.7mi (35km) from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th century and contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much smaller than the later temples, the buildings here are covered in exquisite carvings. In the afternoon, as we cycle back to Siem Reap, we can stop and visit a few of the less-visited Angkor temples. Siem Reap town is pleasant to wander around; the market has plenty of interest and excellent shopping and there is vibrant nightlife. This afternoon, there should also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, a branch of the Mekong River. This optional trip includes a boat ride to see the floating fishing villages. Anyone wanting to do this visit may need to miss part or all of the ride back to Siem Reap, depending on timings. The cycle is approximately 43.5mi (70km) if riding the full distance to and from Banteay Srei.

Accommodation: Angkor Holiday (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8Drive to Phnom Penh, stopping at Sambor Prei Kuk

Today we take a bus journey of approximately seven hours along National Road 6 to Phnom Penh, with a couple of stops along the way.

We visit Sambor Prei Kuk, the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia, with some of the oldest structures in the country. We’ll also pause for a traditional Khmer lunch at a community restaurant. The road is currently undergoing some resurfacing, so some sections will be a bit bumpy.

We should arrive in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in the late afternoon, the perfect time for a sundowner on the Mekong.

Accommodation: Ohana Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9Sightseeing including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the 'Killing Fields'

The fortunes of Phnom Penh have shifted dramatically during its history and the terrible years of the Khmer Rouge and subsequent civil war through the 1970s and ‘80s have scarred the country. During our stay we visit two sites, which give us a vivid impression of some of the horrors. There is the Genocide Museum, which is the former Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21 or Tuol Sleng, in the city centre. And 9.3mi (15km) out of town is the area known as the Killing Fields, a mass grave and execution site for the former inmates of S-21. While visiting Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields may not appeal to everyone, we feel they give us an important understanding of what the country and people endured.

On a more positive note, the city is on the rise again and is a fascinating place with fine examples of French colonial architecture. We tour the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda. There is also excellent shopping at the Russian market, and the lively Mekong waterfront area.

Accommodation: Ohana Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10Transfer to Takeo then cycle to Vietnam border and Chau Doc

This morning we transfer south out of Phnom Penh to the town of Takeo. Here the road becomes quieter and we mount our bikes for the 31mi (50km) ride to the Phnom Den-Tinh Bien border. Once border formalities have been completed, we cycle approximately 18.6mi (30km) to Chau Doc.

Accommodation: Chau Pho hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11Cycle/drive through the Mekong Delta to Vinh Long; catch boat to homestay guesthouse

This morning, we ride from our hotel along a lovely quiet backroad lined with villages and dwellings before stopping for lunch and transferring the rest of the way to Vinh Long by bus. Leaving the bikes on the mainland, we take another boat (20 minutes) to reach our homestay guesthouse on an island in the Mekong Delta, known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam. After settling in we can explore the area on foot. The rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta form an amazing network of waterways. The area is best known for its abundant rice production, but in many areas farmers are now moving to more profitable fish farming and fruit and vegetable growing. The evening is tranquil with dinner at the homestay and true Delta hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided.

Accommodation: Homestay Guesthouse Mekong Delta

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12Transfer to Cai Be for floating market; scenic cycle along Mekong riverbank; transfer to Ho Chi Minh City

We leave by boat, stopping en route for a look at the Cai Be floating market. Here large boats moor up in the Mekong River, weighed down with fruit and vegetables. Traders and shop owners buy in bulk at this strictly wholesale market. Recently, Cai Be is becoming less crowded and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local market and traditional trade on a smaller scale.

A little further on we make a short stop to see cottage industries producing items such as popped rice, pancakes, wine and other homemade products. We start our ride towards Cai Lay where we take a scenic route through orchards and alongside the Mekong. Back on the bus in My Tho, we drive on to the heat, hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, still usually known as Saigon. This is an exciting and absorbing city where scooters pack the streets and temples stand alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, it is now a free-market city where (almost) anything goes.

Accommodation: Huong Sen hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13Free day in Ho Chi Minh City

The whole day is free to explore Ho Chi Minh City, shop and relax. There are many interesting things to see – the Saigon River, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral are all within easy walking distance. Alternatively, a short cyclo (cycle taxi) ride takes you to the War Remnants Museum, home to a sobering photographic record of the Vietnam War. If you’re interested, your leader can arrange an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are two hours outside the city. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers three levels and approximately 149mi (240km) of tunnels. Originally these were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to explore the system.

Accommodation: Huong Sen hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14End Ho Chi Minh City

You’ll begin your return home after breakfast this morning. To make your journey as easy as possible, there’s a free shared transfer to the airport. To utilise the free departure transfer, this must be requested with Exodus before your trip. And if you’d like to explore this invigorating city a little more, you can always speak to your sales consultant about extending your stay at the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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