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Cycle Indochina & Angkor

Cycle through 3 countries from Thailand to Vietnam



At a glance

* 12 nights hotels (all with en suite facilities) and 1 night homestay
guesthouse to experience some ‘Mekong Delta’ hospitality
* 9 days cycling with 95% vehicle support
* Generally good tarmac in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, with some easy
dirt roads in Thailand and Vietnam. 
* Traffic levels higher near the larger towns, so you should be comfortable
riding occasionally in traffic

Cycle through 3 countries from Thailand to Vietnam

This journey takes us through three countries with divergent histories and
subtly different cultures. From the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the
serene tranquillity of the shimmering paddy fields, to the magnificence of
Angkor’s temples, we see a little piece of everything these amazing
countries have to offer. In Vietnam we enter the Mekong Delta, a spectacular
patchwork of rice paddies and waterways. Our journey ends in Saigon where the
frenetic pace and vibrant street life contrasts starkly with the rural areas
we have cycled through, and will leave a lasting impression.

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
* All accommodation 
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Arrival & departure transfers
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included.

The food on this trip is a real highlight for many. Southeast Asian cuisine
is known for its abundance of freshly prepared dishes with strong aromatic
flavours. There is a focus on herbs and citrus to ensure each dish packs a
punch; chilli does feature highly too but is easily avoided if desired.

Typically most dishes will come with rice and many are often served in a
banana leaf with a variety of dips and herbs served separately.

The three countries visited ensure a different culinary experience every time
you cross the border; ensure you try the freshly made Pad Thai noodles from
the street stalls of Bangkok, the fish amok curry in Cambodia for a creamy
coconut-based fragrant curry and the Banh Xeo (huge sizzling pancakes) found
in Vietnam cannot be missed!

Western food is readily available almost everywhere except in the Mekong
Delta region.

Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any
special dietary requests.

Please note that the availability of certain specialized products for
restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent
and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from
home.

You may find it beneficial to bring some ‘cycling snacks’ with you from home
if you have high energy bars or gels that you like to use during a ride. For
those who wish to contribute, a kitty is normally arranged (see extra
expenses) – fresh fruit, nuts, biscuits and local snacks are all provided
from the snack kitty along with drinks and electrolyte powders.

Start destination: Bangkok

End destination: Saigon

Cycling profile

Day 1

There will be a group meeting and briefing in the evening with you leader
followed by an optional group dinner for those that would like to join. Your
main luggage will be transported ahead of you to the start point early in the
morning so please bring this with you to the meeting; just hang on to what
you need for the night/morning – you will be with your luggage again
mid-morning tomorrow.
*Rembrandt Bangkok Hotel or similar*

Day 2

An early start this morning as we venture out of Bangkok to the ancient town
of Ayuttaya. Our two-hour transfer takes us into the heart of this
fascinating site and we start cycling by the huge reclining Buddha. Much of
the old town was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century and we will
cycle through the remaining shrine towers and enormous temples to appreciate
the past magnificence. We will finish today’s warm-up ride at Aranyik
village, famed for traditional knife making, and will pause to learn a little
about this age-old tradition that has been passed through generations. 

*Ingtharn Resort or similar*

Day 3

Today we follow minor roads through rural Thai landscapes including rubber
and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields. There are a
few easy rolling hills but the route is mostly flat.The ride ends when we
join a busier road before driving the final short distance to the town of Sa
Keaw by bus. 
*River Resort or similar*

Day 4

Leaving our hotel early in the morning we ride towards Tha Krabak where we
can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the
other side. We will break for lunch before carrying on cycling on quiet but
well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, 10km from the
Cambodian border. 
*Station One Resort or similar*

Day 5

After breakfast we drive to the busy border and complete customs formalities
as we cross into Cambodia at Poipet. We then drive to Siem Reap. Due to years
of civil war the country is poorer and less developed than its neighbours.
Apart from growth in the capital and around Siem Reap, the way of life in the
countryside is still very much the same as it has been for centuries. This
afternoon’s ride from Siem Reap takes us past Wat Athvea, a modern temple in
the grounds of the ruins of an Angkorian temple, and ends at a market and
picnic area outside of Siem Reap. 
*Angkor Holiday or similar*

Day 6

Today we may choose to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds
drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide
area and are linked by shady avenues; meandering our way between them by bike
gives us a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include the jungle-covered
Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the
ancient stones, Angkor Thom with the famous Bayon temple of 37 towers
(originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king, and of
course the incredible Angkor Wat, with its huge moat, long causeway and
massive towers – it is the largest temple complex in Asia. 
*Angkor Holiday or similar*

Day 7

Today we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of
Banteay Srei, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields,
and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th Century and
contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much
smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in
exquisite carvings. In the afternoon as we cycle back to Siem Reap we can
stop and visit a few of the less visited Angkor temples. Siem Reap town is
pleasant to wander around; the market has plenty of interest and excellent
shopping and there is a vibrant nightlife scene. This afternoon there should
also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, which is a branch of the Mekong
River. This optional trip includes a boat ride to see the floating fishing
villages. Anyone wanting to do this visit may need to miss part or all of the
ride back to Siem Reap, depending on timings. Cycle approx. 70 km. if riding
the full distance to and from Banteay Srei.
*Angkor Holiday or similar*

Day 8

Today we take a bus journey of approximately 7 hours along National Road 6 to
Phnom Penh, with a couple of stops along the way. We visit Sambor Prei Kuk,
Cambodia’s most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments with some of the
oldest structures in the country. We’ll also pause for a traditional Khmer
lunch at a community restaurant before stopping in the town Skuon, which is
known for its local delicacy of fried spiders. The road is currently
undergoing some resurfacing so some sections will be a bit of a bumpy ride!
We should arrive in Phnom Penh for late afternoon, the perfect time for a
sundowner on the Mekong.
*Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 9

The fortunes of Phnom Penh have shifted dramatically during its history and
the terrible years of the Khmer Rouge and subsequent civil war through the
1970s and 1980s have scarred the country. During our stay we visit two sites
which give us a vivid impression of some of the horrors. There is the
Genocide Museum, which is the former Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21 or Tuol
Sleng, in the centre of the city. And 15kms of out of town is the area known
as the ‘Killing Fields,’ a mass grave and execution site for the former
inmates of S-21. While visiting Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields may not
appeal to everyone, we feel they give us an important understanding of what
the country and its people had to endure just a few decades ago.

On a more positive note, the city is very much on the rise again and is a
fascinating place with fine examples of French colonial architecture. We tour
the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda. There is also excellent shopping at
the ‘Russian’ market, and the lively Mekong waterfront area.
*Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 10

This morning we transfer south out of Phnom Penh to the town of Takeo. Here
the road becomes quieter and we mount our bikes for the 50km ride to the
Phnom Den / Tinh Bien border. Once border formalities have been completed, we
cycle approximately 30km to Chau Doc. 
*Chau Pho hotel or similar*

Day 11

A morning transfer by road to Long Xuyen where we take a public ferry across
the river. From here we ride along a lovely quiet backroad, lined with small
villages and dwellings, towards Vinh Long. Leaving the bikes on the mainland,
we take another boat (20 minutes) to reach our homestay guesthouse on an
island in the Mekong Delta, known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam. After
settling in we can explore the area on foot. The rivers and canals of the
Mekong Delta form an amazing network of waterways. The area is famous for its
abundant rice production but in many areas farmers are now moving to more
profitable fish-farming and fruit and vegetable growing. The evening is
tranquil as we have dinner at the homestay and enjoy some ‘Delta’
hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the
style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are
provided. 
*Homestay Guesthouse Mekong Delta*

Day 12

We leave by boat, stopping en route for a look at the Cai Be floating market.
Here large boats moor up in the Mekong River, weighed down with fruit and
vegetable produce. Local traders and shop owners buy in bulk in this strictly
‘wholesale’ market. Recently, Cai Be floating market is becoming less
crowded and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the
bridge being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local
market and trade being conducted traditionally on a smaller scale.

A little further on we make a short stop to see cottage industries producing
such items as popped rice, pancakes, wine and other homemade products. We
start our ride towards Cai Lay where we take a scenic route through fruit
orchards and along the Mekong riverbank. Back on the bus in My Tho, we drive
on to the heat, hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, still usually known as
Saigon. This is an exciting and absorbing city where scooters pack the
streets and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated
by the Vietnam War, it is now a free market city where anything goes. 
*Huong Sen hotel or similar*

Day 13

The whole day is free to explore Saigon, do some shopping and to relax. There
are a number of interesting things to see – the Saigon River, Ben Thanh
Market, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral are all within easy
walking distance. Alternatively a short cyclo (cycle taxi) ride will take you
to the War Remnants Museum with an interesting (if a little gruesome)
photographic record of the Vietnam/American War. For those that are
interested your leader can arrange an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels,
located 2 hours outside the city. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the
network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. Originally these
were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to
explore the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the
sunshine!
*Huong Sen hotel or similar*

Day 14

The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Saigon.

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Customer Feedback

Excellent trip and experience with a brilliant tour leader – Nuts

Summary:
This trip was a great experience and the best cycling holiday we have been on
to date. Our tour leader Nut was outstanding, he could not have done more to
ensure everyone on the trip had a great holiday, we could not rate him more
highly.

The trip itself was well thought out and we covered so much in just a few
weeks. The highlights included: Cycling in Vietnam, particulalry down the
muddy tracks! the homestay in the Mekong Delta, the Killing Fields and the
variety of food in each country.

I would recommend this trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The friendliness of all the people, the greetings from the local children and
seeing Ankor Wat.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nut was an outstanding tour leader, he thought of everything, he gave
attention and checked on all group members and worked really hard to ensure
that everyone had a great holiday. Looking after a group of 16 with a
variety of needs and abilities is no mean feat and he handled it brilliantly,
we could not fault him and he had a really positive impact on the enjoyment
of our trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Book this trip it is a really good mix of cycling and sightseeing. Read all
the info sent by Exodus and you will be well prepared.

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Outstanding adventure

Summary:
There will simply be not enough space to detail all the great experience we
had on this trip. Firstly our guide Nut, was outstanding and he ensured we
that we covered off of everything that was available to us. Sights, sounds,
experiences, feelings, emotions, tastes and the list goes on! Apart from a
positive sweeping endorsement about this trip, below are a handful of
highlights as felt by us.
1. Nuts food recommendations.
2. The Killing Fields in Cambodia.
3. Saigon.
4. The Thai/Cambodia crossing.
5. The greetings by all the children in Vietnam.
6. All the sights available to you whilst riding a bike.
7. The amazing support staff.
8. Majestic temples.
9. The accommodation in Phnom Penh.

We highly recommend this trip to anyone who would like a unique adventure
through Thailand/Cambodia and Vietnam. If you are not a bike rider thou, best
you do some preparation.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Venturing through the Temples and understanding their existence and history.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Outstanding, we cannot speak more highly of Nut and the job he did. We thank
him for making our trip what it was. My partner Kym is vegetarian (no
seafood) and Nut ensured she was catered for and in fact opened up many
options that she had never tried or thought about.
Thank you Nut.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
pay your money and go!!!! Just do a bit of bike training.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
No we just cannot wait to do the Hanoi to Saigon ride.

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Cycle

Summary:
Great trip with lots to see apart from the cycling. Temples,monkeys etc
Great guide and team. Would recommend this trip 👌🏻

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Angkor temple.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Probably the best guide I’ve had (rit) and I’ve been on a few trips now.

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Cycling in Indochina

Summary:
This was my first cycling trip and really enjoyed it. Great local food and
some interesting sightseeing on the trip as well.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing Angkor Wat for the first time as we cycled around the various temples.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nut was excellent, very easy-going attitude which made us all relax.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I took a Fabric air-cushioned saddle which was comfortable although still
needed padded boxers for the longer 90km days. It is really hot and humid,
Buff head band (they do one specifically for cycling) stopped sweat going in
my eyes.

The Requiem exhibition of photographs by photographers who were killed during
the wars in Indochina on the top floor of the War Remnants Museum in Saigon
is unmissable. BBQ garden is a nice outdoor restaurant in Saigon near the
Independence Palace.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I noticed in Vietnam we were using disposable plastic cups for lime juice
breaks when should be reusable as per in Thailand.

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South East Asia in 14 days !

Summary:
A great trip, supported by 3 very good teams. The riding was fairly easy –
very flat with hardly an incline – , with a great bunch of fellow riders. I
dont think we saw the best of Thailand, and it felt like we were out of the
country as soon as we started. Temples and Pagodas was the theme of most of
the trip, and they didn’t dissapoint. We saw monkeys and elephants – too
breifly. A lot of people on our trip were more interested in the wildlife, a
bit of a shame that more wasnt made of that. Cambodia stole our hearts !
The people were so freindly, the surroundings straight out of “national
geographic” pages. A country with such a sad history, but certainly worth a
visit on it’s own.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The boarder crossing from Thailand to Cambodia was an experience not to be
missed – but the highlight of the 2 weeks had to be the temples in Siem Reap.
Not only Angkor Wat, but so many other stunning temples to see.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
It was difficult to gel with the team – having 3 teams and 3 bikes in such a
short period of time. Because of that, the team leader wasn’t as “prominent”
as other trips because – in his own words – he was the general manager rather
than the tour guide. However, Chai looked after us very well and allowed us
to build up a bit of steam on longer sections.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
In Seam Reap, head straight for Pub Street – a very lively atmosphere, not to
be missed !

The 5am start to Angkor Wat to see the sunrise, was very much an anticlimax
for the views, but worth doing just for the atmospehere of 3000 people at
stupid-o-clock all racing there by tuk-tuk.

When in Phnom Penh, take an evening river cruise – 2 hours up and down the
waterways which was very cheap.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The long, long coach trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh was mind numbingly
tedoius and was a wasted day. You can fly between the 2 cities for , i
cant understand why that wasnt an option, you might want to consider it.

More should have been made of the “elephant farm” or whatever is was that we
passed in Thailand.

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A great mix of temples, scenery and cycling

Summary:
Fantastic temples, fantastic food, relatively easy cycling. Wonderful
people.
You don’t need to be a regular cyclist to do this tour – if you follow the
Exodus guide on getting cycling fit, you will have no problem.
Bus support was excellent, for anyone that got sick, or just didn’t fancy a
particular cycle etc.
The mix of visiting iconic sites like Angkor Wat/ Angkor Thom etc was just
right for us.
The cycling is nearly flat all the way from Thailand to the Mekong, and the
expected/required cycling pace was relaxed. The only issue is heat; the
temperature even in ‘winter’ was low to mid 30 celsius; regular water stops
are provided, and acclimatisation helps. The hotels were either excellent –
particularly the choices at Start/Finish in Bangkok and Saigon, and also in
Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Chau Doc, or otherwise pretty good elsewhere.
Almost everywhere had air conditioning, and where not, fans.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The greetings and general friendliness of all local people; particularly
children. Quite amazing.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader was Chaiya Jaisodsai or Chai, who was just great. He made
everything so easy for us, and kept everything running smoothly. He
introduced himself to us as our General Manager, there to do anything he
could to make things easier for us. His favourite phrase was ‘No problem’,
no matter what the issue was, and it really didn’t seem to be, even when he
was attempting to ‘herd cats’ ie our group!
Exodus has a policy of local guides in each of the countries; Chai being
Thai, did the Thailand bit, but we had separate local guides at Siem Reap,
Phnom Penh, and in Vietnam. The bike teams also change (as do the bikes) at
the borders, but Chai stayed with us throughout, so crossing the borders was
a breeze with him in control, not to mention him completing almost all of the
paperwork for all eighteen of us the nights before! Amongst the other things
he organised for us he also got us to eat street foods, which we may not have
done without him , such as stuffed frog, tarantulas, crickets etc. Overall
we cannot thank him enough.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Cycling:
If you are not a regular cyclist, do cycle before going to get saddle fit.
(We are not cyclists, and in our early sixties, but did some cycling for
three months leading up to going; the Exodus guide provides good advice,
though we didn’t rigorously follow it)
Do take your own cycle/pedals if you have them. Changing them is no problem
at all for the cycle team.
Do wear padded cycle shorts, and do follow the advice on wearing nothing
under them, it just adds to friction. (I was sceptical of this, but am now a
convert) Clothes are very easily washed and dried overnight in almost all
rooms. The group leader can easily arrange full laundry which is very cheap,
but generally only where you are staying more than one night (Siem Reap/Phnom
Penh)
Consider using or taking Sudocrem or other moisturiser/antiseptic to prevent
or treat chafe.
The bikes are mountain bikes with disc brakes, so if you take a front
pannier, remember that the handlebars are quite thick and your attachments
may well not fit. Ours didn’t and we were not the only ones! Some in the
group had bought relatively cheap velcro fitting ones from Decathlon, which
had long velcro straps and fitted well. You will want some way of carrying
your camera, phone, and those of us that carried a small rucksack got very
sweaty backs. All the bikes have water bottle holders.
Water stops are numerous, electrolyte powders were provided, along with a
huge amount of snacks with every water stop. We didn’t bring our own energy
bars etc, and there was absolutely no need to.

Cities:
If you want to see Bangkok, consider adding extra days at the beginning, this
will also allow acclimatisation to the heat. Similarly, consider added a
night or two at the end if you want to see Saigon, otherwise there is really
very little time to see either.

Insects:
Malaria is not a problem on this route, but other mosquito borne illnesses
like Dengue are, so bite avoidance is important, you will need DEET! If
going again we would also buy a knockdown fly spray, as not all the rooms in
the hotels were mosquito free, and also to spray under the mosquito net in
the homestay on the Mekong (plenty of mosquitoes there!). We would also take
a plug in type mosquito coil with tablets for the same reasons.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The only other comment, is really for Exodus. The bus journey from Siem
Reap to Phnom Penh is about 6 – 7 hours, and is unavoidable. It was broken
for us by lunch at an ancient temple site which we were shown round
(apparently a new feature of this years tour), which was great and in our
opinion fully worthwhile even though it added some time to the journey time,
and by a coffee stop and to taste tarantulas at Skuon, all good fun.
But….. the bus we had for this part of the journey was far too small and
uncomfortable for this length of trip. We know this sounds like a first
world complaint, but the minibuses in Thailand were comfortable, and the bus
used for short trips around Phnom Penh was huge and comfortable, so why the
small cramped bus (with some bags having to be stored in the cabin) for the
longest journey we did?

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Wonderful,..but no hairdryer!

Summary:
This trip had it all, three amazing countries, good accommodation, wonderful
food, excellent company and the most personable, knowledgable, competent
guides. We crossed two borders, changed bikes and teams and had one
unfortunate incident but all was dealt with professionally and seamlessly.
Nut, Mr Tao, Kong, Linn and all those whose names I have forgotten, or
cannot spell, were so lovely, they managed to stay cheerful, introduced us
to some fantastic eating places, kept us all fed watered and entertained
throughout. I think Nut’s guitar playing had the edge over Linn’s singing
but both were memorable.
All three counteries have so much history, it was truly fascinating and left
us wishing we had longer to explore. We learnt so much about rice growing,
tapioca, rubber, palm sugar, knife making, spring roll making and the effects
of snake wine (don’t try it wearing Lycra Rob). I also learnt how to
survive two nights without a hairdryer, helmet head is not a pretty sight!
Based on this whistle stop experience we shall certainly return, the cycle
Vietnam trip is calling! A big thank you to everyone from Exodus, and to
the other wonderful people on the trip for making the whole experience so
memorable.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The killing fields. How did the world allow that to happen.
Cycling through the little villages in Vietnam was just beautiful.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Amazing.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just throw yourself into it and make the most of every moment.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Nope

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Cycling Indochina & Angkor

Summary:
The trip was a retirement present to myself and in the months between booking
and departing I had intended to get many miles under my (too large) belt.
When the time came to leave I was more than a little anxious as I hadn’t
exactly hit my training targets, had never done this kind of holiday before
and was travelling alone.

From the moment I first stepped on to the bike I knew that my fears were
unfounded, The trip was among the best holidays I have ever taken. The
cycling was wonderful, the scenery and ancient sites beautiful, the staff,
support, equipment and organisation exemplary and the food delicious and
cheap.

The accommodation ranged from very good to more modest hotels but all were
clean and had en suite facilities. I had paid a single room supplement and
was a litle disappointed to be sharing (for one night only) in the delighful
“homestay” but this was a very minor inconvenience.

The group was large and diverse but here was huge companionship, support and
banter between us and the staff ensured that both stronger cyclists and less
experienced had plenty of fun and challenge.

It was brilliant to experience three different countries and cultures. In
each the local tour guides gave interesting and educational background to
visits. This part of the world has had more than its share of troubles and it
was brilliant to see how each country is responding and developing.
Throughout, the local people were welcoming and friendly – in Vietnam, for
example, we were greeted by high-fiving children and shouts of “hello” at
every village.

The days ranged from some long rides in the sun to occasional bus transfers
and shorter excursions but all were punctuated by the excellent snack van
providing lovely refreshments and fresh water at very regular intervals.

In summary I loved it, was sad when it finished and am already browsing the
web for the next adventure.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Angkor Wat was simply stunning and the visit to the Killing Fields and prison
in Cambodia deeply moving . However for me the high point was more banal.
When I was speeding into the lakeside lunch stop after about 45K on day 3, I
was on the wheel of the day’s cycling leader who turned to me and simply said
“strong” and I got such an ego boost. The upshot was that half way through
the afternoon I blew up and finished the day near the end of the
finishers…but hey it was worth it!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nut was a brilliant tour leader. He was professional, friendly and fun,
briefing us well before each day/stage, resolving any problems, taking us to
some great restaurants and he also plays a mean guitar.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The trip notes reccommended bringing faourite snacks, gels, fist aid kit etc.
None of this was necessary as we were well provided throughout and they took
up valuable space in my luggage that I would more usefully have filled with
more cycling jerseys, given the heat and humidity on the road.

Make sure you have plenty of space on your camera/phone. There was so much to
see.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I was posting pictures and short narratives on social media whilst away and
these got more “Likes” than anything I have ever posted… says it ll.

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Indochina is fantastic

Summary:
I booked this trip after doing the Vietnam cycling trip in February. I had
really enjoyed that one and suddenly found myself with time off before
Christmas, and with the threat of a cold Canadian winter looming, I decided
to get some sun while I could.
For a Canadian the logistics of this trip required getting the Vietnam visa
ahead of time (Thailand didn’t need one and Cambodia offered the ability to
get one ahead or at the border). Luckily, having been there recently, my
Visa came back quickly. The cost was prohibitive for the few days I would be
there, but I enjoyed the country so much last time that I couldn’t resist.
Our guide was professional and knowledgeable. We also had local guides for
Cambodia and Vietnam to augment his knowledge. The organization was top
notch and things went smoothly, despite having to cross two land borders and
meet up with bus drivers and local mechanics, trucks, and bikes. Everything
was waiting and prepared for us. I needed pedals installed, but that was
taken care of very quickly (three times) and efficiently.
Three countries provided lots of different scenery, different food, and
slightly different riding conditions. I saw rolling countryside, lots of
livestock, rivers, rice paddies, lakes, vegetation….I am biased, but I
liked Vietnam the most.
The sights built into the tour were awesome and important. I am glad I went
and I do not regret it for an instant.
The accommodations on the Vietnam only trip were better than the ones on this
trip, but there is nothing to complain about on this trip. Rooms were clean
and air conditioned.
Our group was small so that allowed for a bit more customization to meet our
needs that might not have been possible with a bigger group. I appreciated
that our guide worked with us.
If you want to read more about my trip, I blogged about it almost every day
(December 2 onward). Here is a link to the blog. If you have trouble
finding it through the dates, look under the My Travels heading.
https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/ [1]
I will definitely do another cycling holiday (when finances allow) though I
am not sure where. When I got home, the new catalogue was waiting in my
mailbox.

[1] https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing Angkor Wat was amazing.
Eating delicious street food for pennies was pretty awesome too.
Sitting in the Foreign Correspondents Club in Phnom Penn, drinking a cocktail
while overlooking the waterfront was brilliant.
Cycling over the new Dam in Thailand was fantastic.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
My group leader was knowledgeable about the locations, terrain, history and
took time to answer any questions we had. He was a good cyclist, and took
care of the group. Because our group was so small, we had more options than
a bigger group would have had.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Pack light. There are several opportunities to do laundry for a low price in
each country.
The food is amazing–and the beer tastes pretty good too.
There is quite a bit of cycling packed into the first few days, so be
prepared.
There are not too many hills on this trip so you needn’t worry about your
ability.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
You will not regret taking this trip.

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Cycling, food, temples, boats, villages, history, villages and cities – a great and varied fortnight!!

Summary:
Like cycling Kerala & the a Tropical South (which I can totally recommend)
this was another wonderfully varied trip. Loved the fact that there were many
cultural, religious, historical and culinary experiences intermingled with
cycling in a great part of the world. The cycling in Thailand was not as
scenic as we’d hoped but the food and stops to see temples, rubber
plantations, etc. made the long cycling days more interesting. We changed
bikes 3 times (different bikes and back up teams in each country) which was
not ideal but crossing the busy border between Thailand and Cambodia was a
highlight for us (like India without the saris!). It was very hot and humid
and some of the fairer people were sunburnt on the cloudy days!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
No one thing! The variety of experiences was the best thing about the trip.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nut was great – he looked after us all very well.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Pad your saddle (take your own if comfy) and not yourself – padded cycling
shorts were very unpleasant (they just became tight, sweaty/wet and hot). We
ended up cycling in loose thin white t-shirts with loose thin shorts and
walking sandals and found that to be most comfortable. You are on a holiday
cycling through rural villages after all and not in the Tour de France!!).
Despite the trip notes advice most of our group avoided taking anti-malarials
and just used repellant (Incognito worked well and avoided nasty DEET
products) and many didn’t cover up but only one or two bites across the 18 of
us were had!

As always, an extra day or two at the end of the trip to just decompress and
reflect on all you have seen and done is a good call – cocktails and
reminiscence by the pool on our first full day in Saigon was a real
highlight! And the Water Puppet show in Saigon is a must – bizarre but
totally mesmerising!!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If you don’t like cycling with your bottom in the air, a handlebar extender
may be worth taking as in Thailand and Cambodia the bikes had wide and low
handlebars which several of us found uncomfortable.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

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Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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