Cycling holiday in Indochina
Description of Cycling holiday in Indochina
This cycling holiday in Indochina covers three of south east Asia’s countries, travelling on a small group, fully guided tour with maximum sixteen like minded cyclists. This trip is as much about cultural and natural heritage experiences as it is about cycling and so, although we cover on average 50km per day on our bikes, we take plenty of time to explore important sites along the way.
Cultural highlights on this cycling holiday are many, starting with a full on immersion into Vietnamese life in Ho Chi Minh City. From here we cycle out through the Mekong Delta, past riverside villages and along paddy fields, in a country that always gives a great welcome to cyclists. As is the case throughout south east Asia, as you will discover throughout the trip.
In Cambodia we spend three days in Phnom Penh, exploring all that the historic city and environs has to offer, followed by three days at Siem Reap. The main focus of our time in the latter is exploring the great temples at Angkor where we have a three day pass. Cycling around these great sites is a fantastic way to experience them. The trip ends in Thailand, with time to enjoy cycling through the rice and rubber plantations of Kabinburi, river swims and general chilled pedalling before the contrasting urban onslaught that is the iconic city of Bangkok.
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1 Reviews of Cycling holiday in Indochina
Reviewed on 25 Jan 2019 by Linda Body
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The CuChi Tunnels in Cambodia were terrific and so poignant.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Check out the whole itinerary as there was less cycling than I had anticipated - but I hadn't checked the whole itinerary.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
It helped the local environment in that we used local restaurants, homestays and local businesses.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was a good holiday. A lot hotter than I had anticipated owing to the humidity, so I guess I should've checked that one out too.
PlanetAs a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We have our own Foundation which supports the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) and it is possible to visit while in Siem Reap. The ACCB is committed to promoting the rescue of native Cambodian wildlife, providing adequate rehabilitation and release facilities, conservation breeding of selected threatened species, and serve as an education and training centre for communities, wildlife officials and visitors.
We work with social enterprise Naga Earth which converts recycled cooking oil from hotels and restaurants to produce biodiesel. The biofuel powers our generator and the generators of many of the hotels we partner with.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. We do believe in leaving more than just tyre tracks; this cycling tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like across Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
You will find that we also stay in small, locally owned hotels reflective of the local flavour, carefully handpicked to ensure you get the best travel experience ever and that we’re upholding our values of giving back to the community to help build their economy and employment rate.
PeopleOn this trip we work with our own Foundation project Green Gecko and Paul Dubrule Tourism and Hospitality School to provide work experience and internship opportunities for young and disadvantaged Cambodians.
We also partner with the Angkor Hospital for Children who provide free quality medical treatment for poor children in Cambodia, as well as educating the next generation of medical specialists in the country. While in Siem Reap it is possible to hear about their work at the visitors centre or donate blood for a good cause.
In the field of tourism gender equity is an important issue and one we are actively addressing within our guide and leader ranks. We have grown the number of female guides and leaders working for us and a putting in place more flexible working conditions to make it possible for women to continue to work as guides or leaders once they have family commitments.
Another of our local partners is Kaliyan Mith which provides quality skills training and business and employment support to caregivers of marginalised children. While in Siem Reap it is possible to have a simple but tasty local meal prepared by the caregivers.
Along with visiting the amazing sites of the region our leaders encourage travellers to shop at fair trade business and social enterprises which provide skills training for poor and disadvantaged people.
As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost is donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport, in the form of a bicycle.
On this trip, you will find that we stay in small, locally owned hotels reflective of the local flavour, carefully handpicked to ensure you get the best travel experience ever!