Ride for Hagar - Saigon to Siem Reap Cycle Tour

  • Tour Code & Duration: Hagar - 29Dec13 15 Days / 14 Nights
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Tour 2 of South East Asia's most exotic countries on a 13-day cycling adventure through Vietnam and Cambodia. Cycle through the watery world of the Mekong Delta, ride by rice paddies, and discover the mysterious Angkor temples.

Join us on this adventure of a lifetime, as we bike approximately 650km through some of South East Asia's most stunning scenery including rice paddies, remote villages, large river deltas and 15th century temples. You will be challenged both physically and emotionally as you connect with the local culture, learn about justice issues, and witness Hagar's life-giving work first hand – all with a group of passionate like-minded individuals. 

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of Hagar Internationalan NGO dedicated to the restoration and empowerment of victims of human trafficking and severe human rights abuse in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan. 
 
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Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
On arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) [flight details to be advised] you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After checking-in you are free at leisure. We will have team briefing at hotel lobby before going to dinner together. 
Meals included: D
Distance cycled: n.a.
Level of difficulty: n.a.

Day 2: Cruise & Cycle to Saigon, Cai Be, Vinh Long & Can Tho
This morning you will meet your cycle guides and be fitted to your bicycles before being transferred to Cai Be which is a bustling river market and here you will enjoy a cruise along the Mekong Delta and visit the colourful floating market as well as visiting nearby Dong Phu Island. Here you will explore the shady surroundings as you spin through orchards and witness the daily life of the farmers. You will have lunch on the island, including a variety of freshly picked fruit. After leaving the island you head to Vinh Long and then continue biking through the heart of the Mekong Delta crossing countless canals and rivers that irrigate this vivid, arable landscape. After a few ferry crossings, always a good opportunity to interact with the friendly locals, you arrive in Can Tho, the unofficial capital of the Mekong Delta. It is a friendly lively city with rice husking mills being a major source of employment. On arrival in Can Tho you will check-in to your hotel. 

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 50km
Level of difficulty: Beginner

Day 3: Cruise & Cycle from Can Tho to Chau Doc
An early start as you take a boat trip along the Hau River to the Cai Rang floating market, one of the biggest in Vietnam, here you will witness a mass of wooden boats of all sizes converging to sell their wares. Your small boat allows you to weave in-between these waterborne traders getting up close and personal, great for photo opportunities and buying some produce yourself! Afterwards it is back on the bicycles as you cycle among vivid greens and friendly faces. You are now biking deeper into the delta and the roads narrow and the traffic becomes lighter. At Thot Not you will stop off at a Stork Sanctuary before having lunch in the town of Long Xuyen. After lunch you will be transferred to your hotel in Chau Doc. 

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 90km
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Day 4: Cruise & Cycle from Chau Doc to Ha Tien
Another early start, biking along a pleasant road, passing vibrant green rice fields, crossing many bridges, seeing towering limestone formations in the distance, and noticing the Khmer influenced pagodas as you get closer to Cambodia. By the late afternoon you arrive in Ha Tien and check-in to your hotel. Coastal Ha Tien, only 8km from the Cambodian border, has a forgotten feel but still retains a certain charm with its shuttered terraces, crumbling colonial buildings and mats of seafood drying in the sun... 

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 80km
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Day 5: Bid Farewell to Vietnam, Say Hello to Cambodia
This morning you bid farewell to Vietnam as you bike the short distance to the border crossing with Cambodia. Once you have completed the customs formalities you will be met by your Cambodian cycling crew. For your introduction to Cambodia you will cycle along quiet coastal dirt roads passing through salt flats and small villages. Your first port of call will be the coastal resort of Kep which is now undergoing a revival after years of neglect. You will have lunch here and perhaps try the tasty seafood the area is renown for. After lunch you bike the final 35km to Kampot, where on arrival you will check-in to your hotel. Kampot has an undeniable charm, being a sleepy, quaint place with a relaxed ambience and friendly locals, the streets are quiet and there is a lot of French colonial and Chinese influenced architecture still surviving, and it all that wasn't enough there is a wonderful riverfront where you will experience possibly the most beautiful sunset in Cambodia as the sun slips down behind the nearby mountains... 

Meals included: B, L
Distance cycled: 65km
Level of difficulty: Beginner

Day 6: Cycle from Kampot to Sihanoukville
After 6 days of cycling in Vietnam and Cambodia, you'll be in top condition as you face the bike ride to the seaside resort town of Sihanoukville. For the first half of the ride you are sandwiched between the mountains of Bokor National Park and the sea, providing great views, particularly as we pass picturesque fishing villages. You will have a picnic lunch relaxing beside a large lake where you can take a refreshing dip. But remember the sting in the tail... 25km before Sihanoukville there are a few challenging climbs. Just keep thinking of the beautiful beaches and before you know it you'll be freewheeling down the other side with a well deserved refreshing swim only minutes away... On arrival in Sihanoukville you will check-in to your hotel and have time to freshen up before being treated to a wonderful seafood dinner. (Your guide will check with the group to see if people prefer to cycle the whole way, or transfer the last half.)

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 55km
Level of difficulty: Beginner

Day 7: Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Samloeum Island (no cycling)
Today is your relaxing day as after breakfast you will be transferred to boat terminal and embark on a wooden boat to Koh Rong Samloeum Island, the most beautiful island of Cambodia. The boat trip takes you about 90 minutes. You will enjoy the white sand beach and crystal clear water and pack lunch. Return back to your hotel and the evening is at your leisure.

Meals included: B, L,
Distance cycled: n.a.
Level of difficulty: n.a.

Day 8: Cycle Sihanoukville to Takeo
After breakfast you will be transferred to Kompong Speu Province. After lunch you will start biking to Takeo Province. On arrival in Takeo you will check-in to your hotel Takeo does not have a lot to boast about, being a small provincial capital made up of many local government department buildings. However, around the market area there are some old colonial villas in differing states, and the waterfront promenade makes for a pleasant late afternoon sunset stroll.
 
Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 60km.
Level of difficulty: Beginner

Day 9: Cycle from Takeo to Phnom Penh
After breakfast this morning as you leave Takeo you bike north,  passing through more endless rice paddies. After some time, you pass Phnom Chiso and bike cross the national highway to meet a Hagar foster family. Interact with Hagar clients and see how they live and enjoy lunch with them. You will then avoid the 'main' road as much as possible and upon reaching the outskirts of Phnom Penh you will stop-off at the 'Killing Fields'. This is where Khmer Rouge prisoners were forcibly marched from the Toul Sleng prison in the city centre and then executed; it is now a memorial site located in a beautiful tranquil setting. After some contemplation you can either negotiate the rush-hour traffic into the heart of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city, or opt for taking the support vehicle. You will check-in to your riverside hotel and then be taken to a local restaurant for dinner. 

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 70km
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Day 10: Day with Hagar International in Phnom Penh
Breakfast at hotel. You will spend time today with Hagar International to visit their office for presentations about their work, and some of their projects in Phnom Penh. No service is arranged by Asia Adventures except hotel.
Meals included: B
Distance cycled: n.a.
Level of difficulty: n.a.

Day 11: Cycle Phnom Penh to Kompong Cham
This morning you travel in the support vehicle until the traffic thins out. 40km from the city you turn off the main road and enjoy a shady bike ride following the course of the Mekong River along a mostly unpaved, and at times bumpy road toward the town of Kompong Cham. Foreigners are rare through these parts, so expect a few surprised faces as you cycle through the many traditional villages where you will witness people busy with their everyday lives: cooking, cleaning, playing, leading the cows to the river, cycling school kids, pagodas & monks, and the sun-drying of bright red chillies, pepper, rice, and fish by the side of the road, and of course the river life on the mighty Mekong which keeps coming and going from view. There are plenty of cool, shady, scenic spots for rest breaks where the curious locals are sure to want to say 'Hello'. Kompong Cham retains a number of French influenced buildings and trader shop fronts - while often badly dilapidated they retain an austere grace so totally lacking from the more modern concoctions that invariably flank them. Given its small size its easy to explore by foot, which you are free to do after you have checked-in to your hotel.

Meals included: B, L
Distance cycled: 65km
Level of difficulty: Intermediate 

Day 12: Cycle Kompong Cham to Kompong Thom, then transfer to Siem ReapAn early start this morning as you leave Kompong Cham and soon turn off the main highway and follow a road which gradually climbs and passes through shady rubber tree plantations. After biking 75km you reach the small town of Prey Thom Tratrav and rejoin the main highway. From here you will travel in the support vehicle for the 220km drive to the town of Siem Reap. After checking-in to your hotel and freshening up, enjoy the pool and dinner will be served later at hotel restaurant.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 100km
Level of difficulty: Advanced

Day 13: Explore Angkor Temples by bike
This morning you begin your cycle exploration of the incredible Angkor temples. Today focusing on the Small Circuit which features temple greats such as: the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces smiling beguilingly down at you, the jungle-clad Ta Prohm made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster 'Tomb Raider'; Sras Srang known as the King's bathing pond; and You will also bike to other important sites in this immense walled city. After lunch it is time to take on the majestic Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious building.

Meals included: B, L
Distance cycled: 40km
Level of difficulty: Beginner

Day 14: Cycling to Beautiful Banteay Srei Temple 
Today you pedal north towards Banteay Srei. This bike ride is a real delight as you pass through pleasant Cambodian countryside and its friendly villagers. On route, we will stop off at a couple of villages to get a closer look at the wooden stilted homes and every day life. One thing you will notice for sure is large black pots in people's gardens containing a thick light brown bubbling mixture - this area is famed for its sugar palm tree sweets, sure to give any cyclist a much needed energy boost! On arrival at Banteay Srei you will be struck by its delicate beauty. It is an elaborately decorated temple, embellished with floral motifs and scenes from the Ramayana, all carved from pink sandstone. It is said the carvings must have been done by women as the detail is too fine for the hands of a man. You will have lunch at a local restaurant, after which you cycle back towards Siem Reap, and depending on the time, explore some of the temples on the Grand Circuit such as: Preah Khan or 'Sacred Sword', one of the largest temples at Angkor; Neak Pean surrounded by fountains and ponds; and Banteay Kdei. This evening you will enjoy dinner and a mesmerising Apsara dance performance. 

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 80km
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Day 15: Free until departure
Today you are at leisure until it is time for your transfer to Siem Reap / Angkor International Airport for your onward flight, leaving the home of the mighty Khmer Empire with many wonderful cycling memories... 

Meals included: B
Distance cycled: n.a.
Level of difficulty: n.a

Price: USD1,950 (based on double occupancy)

Inclusions:
• All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
• All accommodation as detailed
• Air conditioned support vehicle
• Bicycle rental
• English speaking local cycle guide / mechanic
• All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
• Boat trip as mentioned in the program
• Daily drinking water, cool face towels & snacks whilst cycling
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

Exclusions:
• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• International flights to Vietnam and from Cambodia
• Vietnam and Cambodian visa fees
• Drinks with included meals
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Discretionary tips
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges
 

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