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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. 
*Indo China Hotel 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

This morning we ride from our hotel along a lovely quiet backroad, lined with
small villages and dwellings before stopping for lunch and transferring the
rest of the way to Vinh Long by bus. 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

Great trip!

Summary:
Great opportunity to see 3 countries! Great leader!

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
While sad it was wonderful to bear witness to the relatively recent history
of both Cambodia and VIetnam and also great to see the lovely welcome we got!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
I returned from Sri Lanka in October and thought the legendary Suresh was
thee best Guide ever,
Where to start with Is!!
She was just fabulous! She looked after us so we’ll and was always one step
ahead in organizing everything.
At the border crossings she brought pens for filling out the forms and even
spelled out the names of the hotels that we had to put on the forms. She
stopped the traffic with a firm hand which made us feel very safe but she was
always very gracious in her acknowledgment of those that stopped! Her
Tinglish (English) was excellent and she was never off duty. She never
stopped and was unfailing courteous at all times!
The support team in the three countries were great too.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for the heat! The cycling was very doable but oh soooo hot!

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

Answer:
No

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A must for new travellers to this region

Summary:
As a second time traveller to this area I had seen many of the sites by
coach. Cycling is so much better allowing time to absorb the many natural
wonders and culture with the wind through your hair. Our tour leader, nick
name IS, a fully committed Thai lady, gave 110% to everything for the group,
including the 2 boarder crossings that looked like something from a James
Bond film!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Having seen many of the natural wonders previously, and an appreciation of
the countries history, for me the stay over in the Mekong delta Homestay was
my highlight. This was tailored for our group only and included a ferry
transfer, evening cooking lesson and traditional entertainment with musicians
and dancers; an evening of great memories.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader ,”IS”. Was inspirational. As said, she gave 110%
commitment to the group ensuring everything was in place, put in place or
corrected where found wanting. I can’t sing her praises enough.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Yes, please check with Exodus shortly before departure that all travel
documentation is in place, particular if flying with Malaysia Airlines. We
had trouble at check-in and we’re not allowed to board until we had signed
an Airline Waiver of no responsibility; this caused some angst and was
embarrassing holding up other travellers in the check-in queue.

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

Answer:
Apart from the issues at check- in on departure, everything ran extremely
smoothly; this was due to the efficiency and committment of the tour leader.
The only other point is that some hotels outside of the main cities were
wanting! Mainly due to plumbing issues, i.e. blocked toilets and flooding
bathrooms. We had to change room once and others in the group similarly.

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Wonderful contrasting country cycling

Summary:
This tour gives a great overview of the 3 countries visited with differing
food, landscapes and people. Our group was small (only 9: Brits and
Americans) which gave us a very close bonding time together and our leader
‘Is’ was outstanding in her warmth, compassion and sense of humour. The pace
was faster than expected and yet although we cycled further than I have
experience of, it was completely manageable and I was never tempted to get on
the bus. It’s hot and sweaty but virtually flat the whole way. There is more
traffic and car fumes than anticipated and it felt a bit risky at times, but
‘Is’ had her eye on us the whole time with help from the crew. The food is
wonderful and as a gluten free vegetable lover I was in heaven. There really
is no need to bring anything extra except perhaps a bag of muesli. The cycle
snacks are never ending and delicious. Culturally, we were indulged in many
new tastes, sights and sounds from spiders, silk worms, frogs, rats and
snakes to be eaten in the local markets to fabulous home cooking in the home
stay. We toured Angkor Wat in its splendours over 3 days and enjoyed the boat
ride in Cambodia and the homestay in Vietnam. Entering Vietnam, we
experienced the New Year celebrations in a riot of colourful flowers and
local costumes and decorations as well as some evening shows. We enjoyed
every aspect of the trip and followed straight on to the Exodus Cycle Vietnam
trip. This was totally manageable and I recommend it as a way of enhancing
the experience if you can manage that amount of time and expenditure (see my
review for that trip too). We loved the time spent in Saigon and also had a
few extra days in Bangkok at the start to acclimatise to the time zone
difference and the weather. The hotels along the way can be basic but all are
clean and comfortable and most have swimming pools. Laundry is easy to do.
Leave space in your suitcase for shopping. There are lots of possibilities
along the way for cheap and colourful clothing, crafts and food items. The
history of war can be hard to digest and the visits in Pnom Penh quite
devastating. But we were taken for lunch to a community restaurant project
rehabilitating street children, which was so uplifting that we could see how
the people have moved forward from their dark history with quiet hope,
endurance and humility. We have so many great photos and memories but are
already thinking about where to go on our next adventure. A big thanks to
‘Is’ and Exodus for this great holiday.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Hearing about the Cambodia history and seeing how the people have forgiven
though not forgotten all their strife.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fantastic in every way

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
No need to take snacks along. Don’t take too much clothing and leave space in
your suitcase.

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

Answer:
Highly recommended

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First multi day cycle trip & certainly not the last!

Summary:
This was an excellent trip which has certainly encouraged us to look at
another cycling holiday. Our guide, Rit, who was with us from Bangkok to
Saigon was excellent, forever patient, informative and professional, he was a
pleasure to be with. As we entered Cambodia & Vietnam we were joined by local
guides for the journey through their country & they were also equally
professional, as were all members of the support teams. Their humour
certainly assisted us through some warm days.The cycle days were split quite
well, with timely stops with lovely snacks & drinks supplied in some
memorable settings.
The trip covers some of the iconic places to visit in all three countries but
also includes quite a bit of low key mixing with locals which was equally
memorable.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Whilst Bangkok, Ankor Wat, Seim Reap, Phnom Penh, Mekong Delta & Saigon are
certainly places to tick off a ”must visit” list, some of the cycling
through villages, stopping at local establishments & the general friendliness
of the locals was equally inspirational.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit was brilliant, as were the local guides who assisted in Cambodia &
Vietnam. The bus drivers were always where they should have been & the cycle
support team were very supportive!
We appreciated the Exodus leaders more so after joining another trip with
another company immediately after this & had a very poor, disinterested
leader.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
We would both consider ourselves fit despite being in our 60’s.
However don’t underestimate the first three days; 28 miles, 55 miles then 52
miles is quite a challenge especially in warm conditions, fresh onto a new
bicycle. Put the miles in before you go & you’ll benefit.
DEFINITELY take cycling shorts!!

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

Answer:
Whilst we did have free evenings, some group members mentioned that another
couple of free evenings (without an organised meal) wouldn’t go amiss.
Everyone mixed well & we met some lovely folks but being together from first
thing in the morning to last thing at night on so many days could have been
cut back slightly.

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WOW brilliant trip

Summary:
It was a brilliant trip . Very well run. The cycling was varied from long
straight roads in Thialand to rough tracks along the Mekone valley . It was
my first cycling trip and I’m now looking to do another. The support from the
team was excellant , I was often near the back of the ride and thier was
always a team member with us. . They were very supportive and encouraging .
The bikes were well serviced. The stops for snacks had lovely fruits and
drinks.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Ankor Wat was the best site we saw. The best cycling was along the Mekone
river , along rough tracks through villiages . You got the real sense of the
place.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rik was brilliant , always thier to support and encourage.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The trip notes stated that the speed would be 8-10 miles per hour , I was at
the back of our group and I was doing an average speed of 12-15 miles per
hour , the lead pack was even faster.

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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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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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