Challenge your comfort zone by embarking on this cross-border cycling adventure from Hoi An in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia!
Calling all the adventurers out there to embark on this 12-day ultimate road trip! While we start cycling from the historic city of Hoi An in Vietnam, we will cross the border to reach our final destination at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We will pedal through the picturesque Vietnamese countryside, coastal and mountainous region before we head towards the border and explore the Cambodian rural scenery. This once in a lifetime experience should definitely be on your bucket list!
Day 1 – Hoi An
The starting point of our 12-day cycling adventure is the ancient town of Hoi An. Regarded as one of the well-preserved major trading ports in Southeast Asia, Hoi An was a significant port of call for the Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese merchants during the 17th and 18th century. While wandering around this town, you will definitely feel nostalgic as there are more than 844 structures boasting historical charms and multicultural influences. The best way to indulge in the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is to stroll through its narrow and quaint alleyways. After everyone has arrived in Hoi An, we will gather for the trip briefing at 6 pm and greet each other during the welcome dinner.
Day 2 – Hoi An / My Son / Hoi An (45 km)
Located just an hour away from Hoi An, we will cycle towards another UNESCO World Heritage Site for today. After a short transfer by van, we will start riding to reach the ancient centre of Cham Civilization, My Son Temple Complex. We will cycle through the picturesque countryside on backcountry roads where we will pass by extensive paddy fields, lush eucalyptus forest and many scenic villages. As we climb away from the coast into the remote area, we will be welcomed with the stunning rural scenery on the 14-kilometre-jungle route alongside the Tranh River. This route will lead us to the ancient ruins of My Son where the Cham Kingdom once flourished. We will have our picnic lunch before we explore this historical site for the rest of the afternoon. Although many of the temples had been destroyed during the war, the ruins at this archaeological site are still a sight to behold. Once we learn more about the history of ancient Vietnam, we will head back to Hoi An by van. You will have a free evening to enjoy dinner at your own expense.
Day 3 – Hoi An / My Lai / Quang Ngai (46 km)
Today, we will leave Hoi An and board our van to reach the starting point of our cycling trip. From a small village, we will head out to the countryside as we cycle through the verdant paddy fields and arching palm trees. By noon, we will arrive at My Lai and have our lunch before we set off to learn more about the tragic history of Vietnam here. My Lai was the site of the worst massacre during the Vietnam War where more than 504 unarmed civilians were murdered in the battle. Next, we will resume cycling in the countryside through the Sa Ky Fishing Harbour and visit the ancient Thien An Pagoda. We will transfer back to our hotel in Quang Ngai by van and enjoy our dinner before retreating for the night.
Day 4 – Quang Ngai / Mangden (70 km)
As we leave the coastal area of Quang Ngai, we will head into the Central Highlands and enjoy a cooler climate for our cycling route towards Mangden today. We will only complete part of the route between Quang Nam and Mangden as we spend more time to enjoy the stunning scenery when climbing up to over 1,000 meters into the highland. After we drive for around 2 hours passing the town of Bato, we will start cycling for 20 kilometres through the villages, rice fields and rivers to reach the bottom of Violak Pass. Our van will transfer us to the summit of the pass where we will get to snap some awesome pictures. Next up, we will pedal through the ethnic minority villages and lush jungles to reach Mangden. Get ready to embrace the fresh air from the jungle and quaint back roads while riding here! We will stay the night at Mangden.
Day 5 – Mangden / Kon Tum / Pleiku (60 km)
Once we have our breakfast and check out of the hotel, we will board our van to visit the Pa Sy Waterfall which is famous for its natural beauty. After that, we will return to Mangden and begin our cycling trip down a 12 kilometre mountain pass towards Kon Tum. Here, we will have the opportunity to meet the Jarai and Bhanar ethnic minority groups at the local villages. Known for their communal houses with very steep and tall roofs, this area houses tribes that are still preserving their animist beliefs. Each village here showcases unique architectural designs which define the regional landscape. Along the way, we will also stop by an old wooden church. After we are done exploring Kon Tum, we will board the van to Pleiku where we will stay for the night. This region is famous for producing one of the best coffees in Vietnam.
Day 6 – Pleiku / Cambodia Border / Banlung (70 km)
Get ready to have an exciting day ahead as we are crossing the border to Cambodia today! After driving for around two hours from Pleiku, we will bid farewell to the Vietnamese cycling crew and go through the Le Thanh immigration checkpoint. As we cross over to Cambodia, we will meet the local team and start cycling towards the Banlung town of Ratanakiri. We will pedal along the recently paved winding roads with slight hilly terrain which is also part of the former Ho Chi Minh Trail. This track was famous for being the military supply route between the northern and southern Vietnam which cuts through the dense forest of Laos and Cambodia during the war. As we follow this trail, we will arrive at Banlung where we will spend the night at a traditional Khmer-style house.
Day 7 – Banlung / Stung Treng
Instead of cycling, we will embark on a different type of adventure today: kayaking at the Mekong River! After breakfast, we will board the van and ride for around 3 hours to the border of Laos where the Mekong River lies below a series of falls. As the water has been re-oxidized by the falls, the biodiversity has been sustained and flourished in this area. We will begin our kayaking adventure down the Mekong River and paddle through a flooded forest. Once we have spent a few hours to kayak, we will indulge in our picnic lunch and head towards the Stung Treng Province by van. After we check in to our hotel for the night, we will experience a special dinner at Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre. We will taste the authentic Khmer food prepared by the local students who are being trained in the hospitality and tourism industry for a better future.
Day 8 – Stung Treng / Kratie (85 km)
As the early bird catches the worm, we will head down to town early in the morning to have our breakfast. Our cycling route for today is relatively long when compared to previous days as we are riding down to the small provincial capital situated on the bank of Mekong River, Kratie Province. We will stop by Kampi and board the boat for an hour. If we are lucky, we might be able to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. We will then pedal down to Kratie Town and take the ferry to Koh Trong. We will stay the night with a homestay family here and indulge in the scrumptious home-cooked Cambodian food.
Day 9 – Kratie / Kampong Cham (85 km)
To kick-start the day, our van will transfer us down south where we will board the ferry to the western bank of Mekong River. From Phnom Han Chey, we will begin cycling along the river through the rural villages and scenic countryside. We will stop for a short snack break at the small town of Chlong where we could admire the most beautiful French colonial houses in Cambodia. We will also encounter many Islamic structures around the villages of the predominantly Muslim Cham communities. The contrasting scenery between Buddhist pagodas and small mosques along this ride shows a unique sight and represents how the friendly locals coexist together. We will continue cycling up to the small hilltop pagoda of Wat Han Chey. Situated on the summit of the mountain overlooking the Mekong River, the pagoda complex houses pre-Angkorian structure dating back to the 8th century. Don’t forget to admire the spectacular view of the Mekong as we enjoy our picnic lunch here! We will then cycle our last 22 kilometres to Kampong Cham where we will unwind and stay for the night.
Day 10 – Kampong Cham / Kampong Thom (80 km)
We will leave Kampong Cham early in the morning and cycle on the dirt roads along the Mekong River to reach Kampong Thom. After passing by the quiet secondary highway, we will pedal through small villages, rubber plantations and paddy fields where we will get to enjoy the scenic rural Cambodian countryside. Located on the bank of Stung Sen River, Kampong Thom is a charming town housing the Sambor Prei Kuk, the magnificent Khmer ancient ruins temple complex from the Pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom. Once we are done exploring the recently-designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will head towards our hotel and check in for the night.
Day 11 – Kampong Thom / Siem Reap (95 km)
Boost your energy with breakfast and let’s start our day! We will start cycling from Kampong Kdei after driving for about an hour from Kampong Thom. We will pedal pass the serene villages, vast paddy fields and tall palm trees before stopping at Makak Dam for a break. Although the dam was constructed during the Khmer Rouge regime, it is still being used up to this day. As we cycle for another 20 kilometres from here, we will reach the Kvao Village and ride down the 700 year old ancient royal highway before arriving at the mysterious temple of Beng Mealea. Located amidst the jungle, we will explore this temple ruin and immerse in the Angkorian culture. After completing the final leg to Dam Dek, we will transfer to Siem Reap for the night by our van.
Day 12 – Angkor Wat Temples (40 km)
Visiting Cambodia will not be complete without the exploration of the world-renowned Angkor Wat complex! Besides Angkor Wat, there are many incredible temples around Siem Reap that we should not miss. In order to have a better understanding of the history, we will meet our specialist temple guide who will accompany us on our cycling exploration today. To make the most out of our trip, we will focus on the Small Circuit encompassing major and minor temples in the Angkor area such as; the five-tier pyramid temple of Takeo; the jungle-clad eerie temple of Ta Prohm which was famous for being featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, Tomb Raider; Baray Srah Srang known as the Khmer King’s bathing pond; and the stunning Imperial City of Angkor Thom where we can find Bayon, the ornamented Khmer temple with its signature gigantic carved faces and other important historical sites during the reign of Khmer Empire. After we have our lunch, we will resume our exploration and conquer the majestic Angkor Wat. As the iconic symbol of Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world, get ready to be mesmerized by the intricate bas-reliefs and architectural designs depicting the culture and religious beliefs of the Khmer Empire here. Once we channel our inner Indiana Jones exploring the ancient temples, we will return to our hotel and relax until we meet up for a farewell dinner to celebrate our achievement through this ultimate cross-border cycling adventure.
Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up locations that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.
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