DAY1: SAI GON-TRA VINH( L,D) Cycling 34 km
Pick up at hotel. Transfer 2 hours to Ben Tre city, we will test our bikes cycling through the tranquil hamlets with the cottages houses nestling in the orchards and coconuts plantation.
Short visit the DONGKHOI museum(where considered of VietNamese communist cradle during VietNam war) cross narrow canals on the local sampan before finishing at the main ferry for a refreshing boat trip across the lower MeKong.Ride final 4km to Tra Vinh town.
DAY2: TRA VINH-CAN THO(B,L,D) cycling 70 km
The regional architecture is interesting and there are many Khmer temples to visit and admire en route .Our guide will design a special route for this day depend on your cycling ability.Ater lunch keep riding to Tra On boat dock and take the boat to Can Tho city.
DAY3: CANTHO - LONGXUYEN - CHAUDOC( B,L,D) Cycling 30 km
Early morning, boat trip to Cai Rang floating market and more cruise on meander canals(depend on the tide of river) to visit rice paper home work-shop and rice mill ,before riding 3 hours under shade of orchard.After lunch , transfer to the peak of a visit to Sam Mountain . The views from the top are spectacuclar and you can easily look out over Cambodia border and behold sunset .
Day 4: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (no cycling) (B,L,D)
Depart early for the boat journey up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh (take water, food, book etc for your approx 6hr journey). Once arriving at the pier at Chau Doc you will say Goodbye to your Vietnamese guide & bikes and cruise up the Bassac River for approximately 1hr to the Cambodian border. At the Cambodian border the boat crew will obtain your visas on your behalf (you will need a spare passport photo, fill in a form and pay the $20 visa fee). This process will take about to half an hour. The boat will then continue to take you upstream to Phnom Penh, where you new Cambodian team will be ready to greet you with your new bikes. You will then continue your journey into Cambodia & Phnom Penh. This capital city was once considered one of the most beautiful in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. After lunch at the atmospheric Foreign Correspondent’s Club and you will transfer to Cambodia’s killing fields and a visit to S21, Tuoel Sleng genocide museum. Later this afternoon you will transfer to your hotel where your bikes will be ready for you to fit and check. Overnight in hotel.
Day 5: Phnom Penh - Kampong Chhnang (91km cycling) (B,L,D)
We depart in the early morning by bike and we head north on National road N5 via the ancient Japanese bridge and start traveling through the Cambodian countryside. You will share the road with light local traffic and get a good sense of what Cambodian transportation actually is. After 12Km you get to Prek Phnov and at the junction we left turn to unpaved roads passing local villages and rice fields. We pass the ancient capital of Udong where Udong Mountain is still home to many of the old Royal Palaces. We pay a visit to one of the remaining stupa’s and after a visit you will ride on the paved road heading north-west to Kampong Chhnang.
Kampong Chhnang is the provincial capital of the province with the same name. The Tonle Sap River passes by Kampong Chhnang and the floating village is an attraction itself. It is located 91 km North of Phnom Penh. The area is scenic and if you cross the river you will find several ancient temples from the Chenla period, such as Samrong Sen and Prasat Prah Srey. You’ll get great views of the countryside and for sure will meet hordes of people welcoming you with a broad smile and a “Hello Mr.!” quote. Overnight in Samrong Sen hotel - Kampong Chhnang & dinner at local restaurant.
Day 6: Kampong Chhnang - Siem Reap (70km cycling) (B,L,D)
This morning you will start with a transfer by (private) boat to Siem Reap crossing the immense Tonle Sap Lake. The Tonle Sap Lake is the beating heart of Cambodia and nearly half of the Cambodians live from this lake. It’s the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and its biodiversity has put the lake on the ecological 7 wonders of the world. The transfer takes about 4 hours. Upon arrival in Siem Reap we pass the floating village of Chhong Kneas. This large sized village is a bustling trade centre for fish, other lake “products” and tourism. The arrival will definitely one you will never forget. We cycle the 12km into town and settle in our hotel. A lunch will give us the power we need in order to explore the world largest heritage site: Angkor Wat. We will cycle towards a small but very significant temple called Banteay Srey. This temple is best preserved and its carvings and painting are remarkable. The road leading there passes through the Angkor Area and you get a glimpse of the massive complexes that were built between the 11th and 13th century. We continue the 25km to Banteay Srey through pretty countryside over a good and paved road. The late afternoon sun will only contribute to the beauty of the pink stone walls and towers of Banteay Srey. After our visit we cycle back towards Angkor Wat where a nice surprise awaits you! We celebrate your accomplishment and head back to town for dinner, a fine feast & celebration with traditional Khmer dancing and food in the Apsara Theatre. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7: Full day in Angkor Wat/ Depart Siem Reap (no cycling) (B,L)
If you want to this morning you can ask your Green Trail Tours leader to arrange a sunrise visit to the temples of Angkor (for a small additional fee, approx $5pp) to give you the opportunity see the ruins in all their splendor. Angkor Wat itself is just one of the many temples in the region but is one of the best preserved and most impressive. It is worth climbing the remarkably steep and narrow steps of the central spire for the view over the whole temple surrounded by jungle. Angkor Thom, is a fascinating ruin featuring many mysterious giant carved faces and some incredible wall carvings, and is one of the most remarkable sights in the area. Also not to be missed is the temple of Ta Prohm, which has been left to be reclaimed by nature and features incredible tree roots breaking through the stone carvings and walls, a fascinating tribute to the power of nature over man and an experience reminiscent of ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Tomb Raider.’ . Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap – Departure (B)
today we have free time to explore Siem Reap by own until transfer to airport for your flight.
- English speaking guide
- Water, snacks, fresh fruits, cool towel,helmets.
- Air-conditioned Van/bus
- Mountain bike
- Entrance fees
- Boat trips
- Truck for carrying bikes for big group
- Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Personal expenes
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