Bike ride from Saigon to Angkor Wat by Vietnam Bike Tours .com

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Can Tho (50km+ cycling) (L,D)
Drive from Saigon to Cai Lay and ride to Cai Be (2hours). The bike ride is from Cai Lay back-road to Cai Be, take a boat
                                              trip along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to view the daily
                                              lives of people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta.
                                              The trip includes a visit to the unique "floating" market at Cai Be, and to a
                                              family-run business producing rice paper - a key ingredient in Vietnamese
                                              cuisine. Lunch is on an island mid-river, in a local house set amongst fruit
                                              orchards and bonsai trees, and then followed by a performance of tradi-
                                              tional Vietnamese music. After lunch, continue riding on to An Binh island.
                                              (Seasonally, on the way to the Mekong Delta, we can enjoy the peaceful
                                              scenes of farmers seeding, ploughing, and harvesting the rice crop.) In the
                                              afternoon, visit craft industries in VinhLong to see local residents make
                                              tofu, floor tiles, bricks, and rice farming. Ride the rest way to Can Tho and
                                              spend the afternoon at a fruit market. Overnight in Can Tho city.

Day 2: CanTho – Chau Doc (80km+ cycling)(B,L)
Today's ride is split into two sections and is a contrast to the previous day's ride. After a very early breakfast, you will take
a boat trip to the famous Cai Rang floating market before riding on a narrow paved road market to Phong Dien, many
canals here used as the boat transportation during the Vietnam war, the guerrillas have hidden under the shade of water
coconut from the American helicopters on the head top. The route weaves through morning market bustle along the banks
of the very busy river. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks
loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will continue riding along a
tiny road leading upstream towards Chau Doc. The ride ends with short transfer to hotel in Chau Doc.

Day 3: Depart Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (20km cycling)(B, L, D)
Today, we take speedboat to Phnom Penh. It is one of the interesting boat trip to cross the border from Vietnam to
Cambodia. Cambodian visa will be obtained at the border, please bring 2 passport photos and the visa fee is USD25. Along
the Mekong River, it is a great view to see the lives of the people in both countries. At noon, we arrive in Phnom Penh
port, welcome by our guide and transfer to local Hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, we cycle to visit National
Museum, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 4: Phnom Penh – Kompong Thom (80km cycling) (B, L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer about 2 hours out off the bustling Phnom Penh city and start cycling at Romlorng. We
cycle on the back road through the village and the rubber plantation. The road is mostly flat and tarmac only 2km after the
rubber plantation there is broken dirt road but smooth. Enjoy picnic lunch under the shade inside the rubber plantation.
Half of the road in the afternoon we will cycle on the main road. After lunch, we continue cycling to Kompong Thom with
a stop at the village where they do the stone carving. Dinner and overnight in Kompong Thom.

Day 5: Kompong Thom – Siem Reap (85km cycling) (B, L, D)
Early morning breakfast. Transfer 1 hour out off Kompong Thom town to the ancient Naga bridge at Kompong Kdei. We
get off the van and start cycling on the national road No.6. Keep the single line on the ride hand size of the road. Enjoy
picnic lunch in Rolous Group, the pre-Angkorian temple when the first capital of Angkor was located started from the year
800A.D. Afternoon, we cycle on the back road through the village and rice field. This is the short cut road to Tonle Sap
lake where we take the boat trip to visit the floating village. Dinner and overnight Siem Reap.
Day6: Siem Reap departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free until transfer for departure flight.
End of tour.


 NUMBER OF                  BIKE/HELMET                SINGLE SUP (IF        TOUR COST
 PEOPLE                     RENTALS                    ANY)
 1PERSON                    US$ 00                     US$ 00                US$ 887

                                                   INCLUSIVE SERVICES OF:

    •    English speaking cum biking guide
    •    Accommodation as itinerary
    •    Food as itinerary (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner) (depending on condition of local area, we have picnic for
         lunch sometime)
    •    Land transport as itinerary (one 16seats van to carry bike & biker)
    •    Water, snacks, fresh fruits, cool towel for cycling days
    •    Good bike/helmet rental for tour(If you bring your own bike, fee is deducted)
    •    All entrance fees and boat trips
    •    First aids care and mechanic for bike
    •    Truck to carry bike and luggages
    •    Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh
    •    Airport transfers in Ho Chi Minh & Siem Reap
    •    Hang Chau Speed boat to Cambodia

                                                EXCLUSIVE SERVICES OF:

    •    Travel insurance (recommend to have your own travel insurance)
    •    Personal expenses (telephone, laundry…)
    •    Alcoholic drinks
    •    Visa to Vietnam, Cambodia
    •    Flight to/from Vietnam
    •    Others are not mentioned on itinerary

                                                      HOTEL DETAILS

 OVERNIGHT CITY               HOTEL NAME                 HOTEL TYPE            ROOM TYPE                NIGHT

 CAN THO                      MY KHANH                   HOME-STAY             SIMPLE                   1

 CHAU DOC                     BEN DA NUI SAM             2-STAR                STANDARD                 1

 PHNOM PENH                   NEW YORK                   2-STAR                STANDARD                 1

 KOMPONG THOM                 KOMPONG THOM               2-STAR                STANDARD                 1

 SIEM REAP                   ROYAL CROWN                2-STAR                    STANDARD                   1

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Head Office:
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Hotline 24/7: International call (+84) 9741 31032
                  In Vietnam call: 09741 31032 – Mr. Wee

Travel Style
We think cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is a great way to travel in Asia. Our
aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new people, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes
and most all to have some fun. Cycling is a major part of our trips – they are cycle tours after all. We have designed them
so that they are accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. Different trips will require varying degrees of
physical ability. Each trip dossier has specific details on terrain, cycling conditions, distances covered each day and an
altitude profile. All of our trips are fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you
and a place to put your bike. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the
environment, scenery and culture around you, and to participate in any activities that may be on offer.
Responsible Travel
An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that you are visiting. On this trip there are a
number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.
Vietnam is still quite a conservative region. In rural areas and temples overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You
should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is not
appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the
top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee.
Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.
Phrase Book:
A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak
English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Vietnamese. We will teach you some of the basics but if
you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.
Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old
clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems.
Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some
communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would
like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass
them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in
need by those working in the communities.
There is an enormous amount of poverty in Vietnam which you will see, particularly in tourist areas. If you choose to give
something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. There are organizations
which are working to alleviate this poverty and may be able to do more good with donations that you make. Your Tour
Leader will be able to provide more information about this.
Support Organisations
There are a number of organizations which we hope you can support in one way or another. Your Tour Leader will provide
more information on these as you travel.
Group Size
Minimum 2 (There is a minimum of 2 persons needed to guarantee departure (less than trip can also depart but a
surcharge will be levied).
Due the nature of cycling trips we stay in some towns where the general standard of accommodation is quite low. In these
places we have chosen the best possible place to stay - trust us there's nothing better!
All transport listed is included in the trip price. For the cycling days we will have the backup support of a large songtaew
(local style truck for transporting people) which will carry our luggage, snacks and water, and anybody not cycling. We also
use boats, minibuses and anything else that you might see coming.
Bikes are included in the trip cost (however there is a discount for bringing your own bike – see below). Our mountain
bikes are well-maintained Trek 4500 and Giant . We keep them well-maintained and we travel with all necessary tools and
spare parts. Your tour leader (or mechanic) will fix any bike problems. Supplied bikes are hard tail (front suspension) with
Shimano 21 speed gears, Shimano v-brakes, off road tyres, one bottle cage, ergonomic seat, in sizes 13'', 15", 17", 19" or 21".
Please specify your bike size when booking. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle or handlebar extensions,
as we can easily fit them to our bikes.
You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for
the bikes we provide, we can't guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle's needs so it would be best to bring
your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to
Because we travel with a support vehicle it is not necessary to carry many things when on the bike.You may like to carry a
daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag with personal belongings, camera, sunscreen etc., or you may prefer to leave a daypack
in the support vehicle and carry only a camera & rain jacket (perhaps in a seatpost bag) when cycling.
Food is a very important part of any travel experience. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the trip cost, with a
few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the itinerary table. Vegetarians and vegans are well
catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us.
You will need to bring money on the trip to pay for some meals, drinks, activities in the free time, departure tax and of
course shopping.
The official currency of Vietnam is the Dong, however, the US dollar serves as a second currency and can be used in all
situations. When going to Vietnam it is best to bring small denomination US dollars cash along with travellers cheques as
your main form of money. Credit cards can be used in a few major centres, however, they should not be relied on as the
main way you will access your money. There are now ATMs in most major cities which dispenses VND (Vietnamese Dong),
however, this should not be relied on as your sole source of money.
The amount you bring is going to depend on how much you plan to spend. To give you an indication of prices
Beer would cost around 10,000vnd – 15,000vnd
Dinner at local restaurant 20,000vnd – 60,000vnd
Dinner at foreign restaurant 50,000vnd – 100,000vnd
Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Vietnam bike tours. It will need to include a
minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group
leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day.
Pre/post trip accommodation
If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish
point hotel, just let us know when you book the trip.
You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to participate in this trip. This trip involves some off road riding and/or
longer days over 80km.
Cycling Conditions
Road conditions in Vietnam have improved considerably over the past few years. This trip is mainly on recently made sealed
roads with some stages on dirt roads. Road maintenance, however, is not always the best so you must expect random
potholes, short sections of terrible surface and road works. Traffic is generally light but care must be taken with all those
unexpected surprises like chickens, children and dogs running out in front of you. Stay alert.
In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations we
recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least six weeks prior to departure. Our group leader will have first aid
training and will travel with a first-aid kit, however it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit
with any personal medical requirements. Our group leader is not authorised, for legal reasons, to administer any kind of
drugs, including pain relief tablets, antibiotics etc so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers. Pharmacy
products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. Include the
following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of
bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream and antiseptic wipes.
One month single entry visas can be easily obtained upon entry to Vietnam. Visas at the airport cost US$25 and require
one passport photo. You can obtain a visa in your own country if you wish. Before you travel check your passport to
ensure that there is room for a visa and entry/exit stamps (at least 3 pages) and that it has at least 6 months validity
Luggage / Packing List (Guide Only)
We strongly advise against using a hard shell suitcase for this trip. Vietnam is not suitcase or wheelie-bag friendly country.
We will be camping most nights and the ground will be grass and earth. A soft backpack would be the most suitable, and
the easiest to transfer in/out of the trucks in the morning and evening. Keep in mind when you are packing that often our
local crew are lifting our bags before we cycle into camp, so try to pack as lightly as possible. Please check our climate
charts to assess your clothing requirements, or contact us if you are unsure.
    •      long trousers
    •      shorts
    •      shirts
    •      hat
    •      sandals/light shoes
    •      swimming costume
    •      rain/wind coat
    •      toiletries
    •      small towel
    •      first aid kit
    •      mosquito repellent
    •      camera and film
    •      alarm clock
    •      contact solution
    •      medication (eg. cold tablets, headache tablets, sleeping tablets)
    •      passport with 6 months validity and spare pages
    •      passport photo
    •      travel insurance details
    •      flight tickets
    •      money - travellers cheques / cash / credit card
    •      guide/phrase book
    •      money pouch
    •      sleep sheet
    •      optional daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag.
    •      helmet
    •      cycling gloves
    •      sunglasses
    •      sunscreen
    •      water bottle/bladder
    •      2 x padded bike shorts with something to put on over the top when off the bike
    •      light wind-proof, rain-proof jacket for cycling
    •     cycle shoes
    •     own pedals, seat, bar ends etc.
    •     Optional gel seat cover
One of the reasons that our trips run so well, and are so much fun is the effort and energy put in by our local crew. On
this trip, we will have a driver and a local guide. Their mix of professionalism, enthusiasm and sense of fun are infectious. We
recognise that the wages in an economically developing country are vastly different to ours and ask that if you are satisfied
with the service you show your appreciation with a tip. Your group leader will collect this at the end of the trip and
organise a small thankyou presentation. As an indication only, we recommend you allocate USD 5/day for local guide and
USD 3/day for driver. Tipping is NOT compulsory and it is meant to be a reward for good service.
Our cycling tour leader has the authority to change or cancel all or part of this trip if it is deemed necessary due to safety
concerns. This decision would not be taken lightly, and where possible it would be made in consultation with our local
crew, local operator and Vietnam bike tours management. Your leader will be present on all included activities, staying at all
the same hotels, guesthouses and of course cycling with you. During free time, should you choose to participate in any
optional activities that are not part of our itinerary, please note that we cannot give any representations or guarantees
about the safety of the activity, the standard of the operators running them or the equipment that they use.
In the group meeting on day 1, your tour leader will run a session on cycling safety. Whilst some travellers will have had
years of touring experience, for others this might be their first cycling trip. We need to cater for a range of abilities and
experience and it is in everyone’s interest to learn about the particulars of cycling in this region from someone who has
already done it. It goes without saying that by running and participating in a cycling trip, both parties accept an inherent
level of risk. However, we take the safety of our passengers very seriously and we ask that you cycle in a safe and
responsible manner and that you look out for the well-being of your fellow travellers. Cycling helmets must be worn by all
cyclists at all times whilst cycling.
Most national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel.
We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information before departure.
We recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling in cities, for the safe keeping of your passport,
money, credit cards and traveller's cheques. Utilise the hotel's safety boxes or safe where these are available.
In Vietnam you will be able to access email, phone, fax and post offices. Elsewhere there will be fewer chances to email and
the main communication will be phone. You should leave your family or friends the Vietnambiketours contact details. Our
office staff will be able to get in touch with us in an emergency.
Cycling Tour Leader
Our leaders are passionate about Asia and cycling... phew! They love what they do and take their job seriously. They will
make every effort to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable trip with as much fun as possible. They bring many qualities and skills
to this role; knowledge of group cycling, safety, management, and liasing between you and the local crew. In working for us,
they have made a commitment to learning as much about the culture, language and customs of Vietnam as possible, and
they are happy to share any of this knowledge with you. However, please keep in mind that they are not local and will not
know everything.
We don't have many, but the ones we do have are important. We always abide by the laws of the country that we are
travelling through. This means you are not to use any illegal drugs or use prostitutes. Any passenger who does so will be
asked to leave the tour immediately.
After you have completed the trip, we want to know what you thought about it. This is important to us, as it is through
your feedback that we monitor our trips and make improvements for the future. Log on to our website and click on the
feedback link. It will take you a minimum of 3 minutes, or should you feel like writing in more detail, then a little longer. If
you fill in the feedback form, we'll give you an automatic 5% discount on any of our trips in any other region.
We are always looking for good photos of the regions which we travel through. If you have some that you would like to
send us, we would love to have a look.
International flight, to and from the start and finidh points are not included in the tour price. If you need help or advice
arranging flights please contact us.
Booking terms and payment
Booking places on this trip are limited so it is essential that you secure your place as early as possible.
A deposit of 30% of the tour price is required upon confirmation of your booking. The balance of the tour price (70%) is
payable upon arrival in Indochina & beyond.
Vietnambiketours must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive advice in
writing and cancellation charges apply as follows:
Before 15 days is no charged. Money back guaranteed.
From 15 days to 13 days 15% of all deposits.
From 12 days to 10 days – 25% of all deposits.
From 9 days to 8 days – 50% of all deposits.
After 7 days to departure – 100% of all deposits.
Payment by bank transfer

The information in this Fact Sheet is given in good faith, and covers the average range of conditions likely to be found on
this trip. Where differences exist in the information between this Fact Sheet and previous information, the Fact Sheet is the
correct version and supersedes the brochure or web site. In remote destinations abnormal conditions can prevail at any
time, and all adventurous holidays can therefore be subject to unexpected change and we will do our best to adhere to the
original itinerary and cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes; in order to enjoy them you should be
prepared to be flexible.
                                HAVE A GREAT TRIP WITH VIETNAM BIKE TOURS

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