Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat cycling tours, Vietnam and Cambodia

“A 12 day, small group tour, fully guided, starting in hoi chi minh and ending in Siem Reap. With eight days of cycling, between 30-60km per day. More fun than fitness, more culture than cols. ”


Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh | Cu Chi Tunnels | Mekong River Delta | Can Tho | Cai Rang floating market | Rach Gia Cambodia: Kep | Kampot | Bokor National Park | Phnom Penh | Koh Dach or Silk Island | Siem Reap | Sambor Prei Kuk temple | Sunrise at Angkor Wat | Roluos Temples| Kompong Kleang floating village | Beng Mealea

Description of Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat cycling tours, Vietnam and Cambodia

This twelve day Vietnam and Cambodia cycling holiday is a small group tour, using a mixture of bikes and private bus transfers to cover some of the most spectacular landscapes and cultural sites of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia. Getting around by bike is definitely one of the most pleasant and and local ways to experience these countries, and we have endeavoured to create a cycling itinerary that takes you to both classic sites and off the tourist trail.

Starting in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, we take time to explore this fast paced and fascinating city, but also cycle out through paddy fields to Cu Chi Tunnels. We spend a couple of days in the Mekong Delta region, with floating markets and traditional villages, before heading into Cambodia. Here, our first stop is Kep, on the coast, for time to chill a little after our first few days of cycling. Similarly chilled is our next stop, Kampot, with French colonial heritage but also the Kampot River, where we have a chance to do some kayaking.

The French colonial theme continues in Phnom Penh, where we also have plenty of time to take in its palaces and pagodas, before our grand finale of cycling trips, which is around the Angkor Wat temples.

On this trip we use comfortable geared bikes and cycle at a steady pace, with a support crew on hand at all times. So you can enjoy the landscapes at a gentle pace, but also take a break with the support crew at any time.

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2018: 25 Mar, 3 May, 3 Jun, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 26 Aug, 16 Sep, 28 Oct, 25 Nov, 6 Dec, 16 Dec
2019: 7 Jan, 9 Feb, 18 Feb, 3 Mar, 24 Mar, 2 May, 2 Jun, 23 Jun, 28 Jul, 25 Aug, 15 Sep, 27 Oct, 24 Nov, 5 Dec, 15 Dec
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat cycling tours, Vietnam and Cambodia


Asia Cycling tours - Our cycling tours in SE Asia have all been designed with sustainable travel principles firmly in mind.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook - Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing - The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely.


On tour, we travel in small groups of maximum 16 cyclists, led by a locally employed and trained leader, to minimise our impact on the communities we visit. We also aim to maximise the financial benefits to local and remote village. We do the latter by purchasing and preparing food locally and providing home stay opportunities, where appropriate, which provide the local villagers with an extra source of revenue. We assist the home stay visits by providing the required sleeping needs for our travellers to the communities.

Getting well away from the main roads by cycling rural back roads will bring you into contact with local people who do not see masses of tourists. This provides you with an opportunity for real and authentic cultural exchange and allows you to make purchases or even supply appropriate gifts to communities that do not benefit from the mass tourist trails.

On certain nights on tour we organise local cooking demonstrations, rather than visiting a restaurant, to again employ the services of locals, utilise their fresh and delicious produce and provide you with an authentic experience.

Cycling tours allow us the opportunity to employ more local staff as bike mechanics and local drivers who are required for additional support. We employ a different local team in each country we visit on the cross-border cycling tours.

With the assistance of our local guides we distribute donated clothing, books & stationery supplies to the children living in remote hill-tribe villages. We also support our local partners clean-up program in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay.

No local payments policy - Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

1 Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat cycling tours, Vietnam and Cambodia

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Cambodia riding bikes through Angkor Wat and Vietnam riding backroads through villages.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure to bring medical (anti nausiand and diahrea) for food poisoning. Packing list provided should be more specific to exact tour ie/ hiking books were not necessary and were heavy to transport across the world.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not particularily

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

7 out of 10

Read the operator's response here:

Many thanks for your comments following your recent cycling adventure in Vietnam and Cambodia. We are pleased that you enjoyed your trip in this fascinating part of the world. I have forwarded your comments to our office in Vietnam that manages this trip and we shall look into the clothing list and fine tune to make things clearer. Our staff in SE Asia work hard to ensure we leave small footprints and please be assured that we always ensure we use local resources, local staff and locally owned hotels to make sure all our travellers contribute as much as possible to the local community and economy. Thank you for travelling with us and I hope you will join us again.

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