Why fly from Bangkok to Saigon when there is a wealth of wonderful scenery, culture and history to be seen between these two regional centres? The 15-day Bangkok to Saigon Explorer tour can only be described as ‘epic’ yet still achievable for riders of all ages and abilities.
The journey takes travellers through a dynamic region once almost entirely ruled by the Angkor kings, and which now comprises eastern Thailand, the majority of modern Cambodia and Vietnam’s most fertile region.
Getting well and truly off the beaten track, the tourbegins with a breezy ride along the coast east of Bangkok. Crossing the border into Cambodia the route heads through gem-riddled hills around Pailin, a town also famous for harbouring a number of senior Khmer Rouge members for many years after the fall of the tyrannous regime.
Passing through Battambang, a colonial city which still boasts some wonderful French architecture, the tour continues to the town of Siem Reap with its myriad of wonderful temples. Angkor needs little introduction, but still manages to overwhelm even the most seasoned traveller…
After a well-deserved day of rest in Siem Reap the tour heads south, taking in some of central Cambodia’s lesser-known but still fascinating sites, before arriving in the country’s bustling capital: Phnom Penh.
“After having plenty of time to explore the city, we say goodbye to Cambodia as we cross the border to Vietnam, where a Mekong Delta adventure begins in earnest.Cycling has never been more fun as we cruise shady, canal-side tracks and paths through peaceful villages and tropical fruit orchards.”
The end to a wonderful journey comes in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), a thoroughly modern metropolis and the commercial heart of Vietnam, concluding 2-plus weeks of immersion in Southeast Asia.
The Bangkok to Saigon Explorer is a carefully designed itinerary, riding on a mix of sealed and unsealed roads, with no more than 5kms over the whole tour spent on anything resembling a highway. The terrain is mostly flat, and there are no distances over 80kms on any single day. A support vehicle is always on hand to give tired legs a break from cycling and the ride has a relaxed pace, with regular fruit and water breaks.
While the days may be rugged the nights are anything but! 12 nights on tour are spent in supremely comfortable and well run hotels with a touch of class and character, while the remaining 2 nights are in simpler, but still very clean and comfortable properties, with private bathrooms and air-conditioning.
Upcoming Departures: 27 June 2015, 22 Aug 2015, 17 Oct 2015
Cost: US$3950 pp
Duration: 15 days
Days Cycling: 10 days
Cycle distance: 475km