Take to the saddle and peddle your way through Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region into Cambodia to see spectacular temples of Tha Phrom and the legendary Angkor Wat


12 Days, 11 Nights     FROM US$ 2506 PER PERSON

Take the slow lane and explore a captivating region of Southeast Asia from the saddle. Peddle your way from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and give the local landscapes and sublime vistas your total attention and the time they deserve.

From Ho Chi Minh City you’ll ease into your journey as you move into the heart of the Mekong Delta region to see local, authentic life as you maneuver your way through a maze of rice paddies, orchards and villages, waving to locals as you glide by on two wheels.

You’ll follow the Mekong upstream, cycling out of Vietnam after visiting Tra Vinh, Can Tho and Chao Doc, making diversions to the captivating Cambodian coastline to take well-earned rest stops in Kep and Sihanoukville.

In the Cambodian capital you’ll balance an experience of the top cultural sites with an insight into local life, and also learn about the nation’s complex and turbulent history.

The experience-packed cycling trip climaxes in Siem Reap where you can investigate some of the most magnificent temple complexes in the world.

You’ll ride to and explore the spectacular temples of Banteay Srey, Tha Phrom and of course the legendary Angkor Wat before enjoying one last cultural immersion at the Apsara Theatre to observe a traditional ballet performance.


Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

The Backyard Travel Team,


Visit the legendary Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, renowned as one of the world’s most magnificent temple complexes
Observe and compare local life in Vietnam and Cambodia at a gentle pace as you peddle your way through rice fields and small villages filled with waving locals
Take a break from peddling and unwind on the idyllic beaches of Kep and Sihanoukville on Cambodia’s coastline
Enjoy visits to some of Southeast Asia’s most fantastic floating markets

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

    Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by your local Backyard Travel guide who will transfer you to your hotel.

    After a stop to refresh your senses you’ll be briefed on your tour and be fitted out for your mountain bike before being taken to a local restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included on this day: Dinner

  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Tra Vinh

    Your biking adventure will begin from My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. After breakfast you’ll be transferred from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho by private vehicle, to begin your ride from a safe starting point.

    Today’s ride will be a gentle 52km, easing you into the experience. As you move through the heart of the Delta, you’ll traverse narrow pathways past sugar cane fields, fruit plantations and lush rice paddies. You’ll see farmers going about their daily duties and friendly locals waving as you cruise past. Along the way you’ll make a stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

    Once you arrive in Tra Vinh you’ll have the chance to relax, shower and then set off on a mini tour of some of the city’s famous Khmer pagodas with your expert guide. In the evening your Backyard Travel guide will take you to an authentic local restaurant for dinner.

    Overnight in Tra Vinh

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 3: Tra Vinh - Can Tho

    Today you’ll build on a steady first day with an 82km ride. Once you’ve devoured your breakfast at the hotel you’ll hop back in the saddle and glide down peaceful roads lined with Khmer temples and riverside scenery which you’ll observe on your way to Can Tho.

    Although further than yesterday, the route is flat and forgiving today, and you’re able to take the ride at your own pace, stopping for photographs or interacting with locals as you please.

    Lunch will be eaten at a local restaurant on the way before you arrive in Can Tho. Once in Can Tho your Backyard Travel guide will lead you to your hotel and assist with check-in.

    You’ll have the chance to relax and unwind before your expert guide picks you up to take you for dinner at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant where your guide will help you try some local specialties.

    Overnight in Can Tho

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4: Can Tho - Chau Doc

    After breakfast you’ll make an early start and set out on boat to visit the Phong Dien floating market with your Backyard Travel guide. The market is one of the busiest on the Mekong with floating vendors converging to trade their fruits and fish within a maze of buoyant shops. The market also depends on the lunar cycle, which your local Travel Specialist will discuss with you while planning your booking.

    Bustling markets such as Phong Dien are excellent places to observe vibrant local life and this particular market features less motorized boats than others in the region, making for a more peaceful experience.

    You’ll then mount your bikes and hit the road as you travel away from the Mekong Delta towards Cambodia. Your 90km ride will take you over undulating roads towards Chau Doc, a city that lies on the Vietnamese side of the border with Cambodia.

    Along the way you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy some more traditional Vietnamese food.

    Before you come to rest in the historic city, you’ll have the chance to view the area and picturesque countryside from a lofty perspective with a jaunt up the side of Sam Mountain to see pancake-flat plains, rice fields, temples and nearby Cambodia.

    You’ll then make the easy journey down the mountain to Chau Doc where an authentic meal awaits at a charming local restaurant.

    After dinner your time will be free to spend as you please, wandering the streets of Chau Doc or recovering from your cycling exploits at your hotel.
    Overnight in Chau Doc

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 5: Chau Doc - Kep

    After you’ve fueled yourself with breakfast at the hotel you’ll return to Sam Mountain to take a guided tour around the beautiful temples and pagodas that overlook Cambodia and the surrounding countryside.

    Among the stops you’ll make on your farewell 45km jaunt around this side of the border, you’ll pay visit to Tay An Pagoda. Built in 1847, the temple, which is a mix of Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist styles, has been restored several times and in 1989 was declared a National Historical Site by Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture.

    You’ll then ride down the marvelous mountain once more to the Vietnam-Cambodia border where you’ll make your crossing.

    You’ll leave you bike behind and say goodbye to the Vietnam Backyard Travel team at the border, but once you’ve crossed you’ll be warmly met by a member of our Cambodia team who will be waiting with smiles and new bikes.

    The Cambodian side of the border will offer equally stunning scenery as you begin your rural ride from the border to Kep. Your 20km ride will take you down sandy paths and quiet roads past curious farmers and smiling local children. You’ll make a stop along the way to take lunch at a local restaurant

    Upon arrival in Kep you’ll check in to your resort and have the chance to enjoy a well-deserved moment of relaxation and refreshments.

    Kep is the smallest province in Cambodia and is home to the Kep National Park. This region used to be the country’s most prestigious beach town for the French and Cambodian elite.

    Relax and enjoy your hotel’s picturesque views of the Gulf of Thailand. If you’re still feeling energetic - and there’s enough daylight - the waters that lap the beaches are thoroughly inviting and offer a variety of fun watersports to enjoy.

    In the evening your Backyard Travel guide will take you to enjoy a local dinner at an authentic Cambodian restaurant. The seafood along the coast is especially good so be sure to try!

    Overnight in Kep

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 6: Kep - Sihanoukville

    Day 6 brings another challenging but fun day of cycling with an 85km ride to Sihanoukville. After breakfast you’ll mount up and follow your local Backyard Travel guide along a route that includes glimpses of the Gulf of Thailand to one side and beautiful countryside to the other.

    Your scenic, peaceful ride will also take you to Kampot past the Damrei Mountains, also known as the Elephant Hills. Resting atop the hills you’ll be able to see the Bokor Hill Station, a relic from a time when France occupied this region of Cambodia which has now been turned into a hotel and casino complex.

    On a short break in Kampot you’ll have the chance to take a walk (or stay in the saddle if you prefer) around the well-preserved French-style buildings and enjoy a peaceful lunch at a local restaurant in the provincial capital.

    You’ll then continue on to Veal Renh where you can pick to continue in the saddle for the last 40km, or the more relaxing option of transfer by vehicle over Sihanoukville’s hilly terrain.

    Sihanoukville is the country’s most popular resort town offering the highest quality beaches in Cambodia. Your local Backyard Travel guide will take you to check-in to your next hotel set overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

    After taking time to relax and freshen up, you’ll then be treated to dinner at one of Sihanoukville’s most popular restaurants among locals.

    Overnight in Sihanoukville

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 7: Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh

    After breakfast at the hotel you’ll be free to enjoy your morning at your leisure. Perhaps you’d like to spend the morning on the beautiful beach, or indulge in a spot of snorkeling.

    For lunch you’ll be taken to eat at a local restaurant by your Backyard Travel guide. Sated, you’ll be taken on a 4-hour transfer to the magical city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital.

    Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in Asia, and still retains much of its colonial charm. The bustling city is situated at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers and boasts tree-lined boulevards and an abundance of original architecture.

    Once you’ve checked into your hotel your day will be yours to spend at your own leisure. Your expert Backyard Travel guide will be able to recommend a variety of activities or range of restaurants should you like to go out and explore.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Day 8: Phnom Penh

    After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up and taken to the Royal Palace by your local Backyard Travel guide. The palace was built in 1866 and has been home to Cambodian monarchs ever since (with the exception of the Khmer Rouge reign).

    The palace complex also houses the ‘Silver Pagoda’, known to locals as Wat Prakeo. The Silver Pagoda, which contains many effigies of Buddha made from gold, silver, bronze and crystal, was rebuilt in the 1960s at the behest of Queen Kossamak and is made up of over 5,000 silver tiles that blanket the floor.

    Afterwards, you’ll go to visit the infamous ‘S-21’; a school which was turned into a detention and torture center by the Khmer Rouge. Now housing the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, it’s a harrowing yet important reminder of Cambodia’s recent history.

    Your lunch will be taken at a local charity restaurant which teaches disadvantaged youth the opportunity to develop skills in the hospitality trade. You’ll then cycle out to the legendary ‘Killing Fields’ and back, a roundtrip route of 35km that will allow you the opportunity to reflect on Cambodia’s challenge to move on from such a turbulent event.

    Back in Phnom Penh, you’ll have the chance to enjoy dinner at the popular restaurant Malis. Renowned for its famous chef, Malis’ menu is packed full of inspirational dishes of modern Cambodian food.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 9: Phnom Penh - Kampong Chhnang

    After breakfast at your hotel you’ll once again climb into the saddle and peddle your way out of Phnom Penh across the Cambodian-Japanese Friendship Bridge, rebuilt with funds from Japan in 1993 after the original bridge was destroyed during the Khmer Rouge conflict.

    Once across the bridge, and having left the traffic behind, you’ll soon discover the scenic Cambodian countryside on roads you’ll share with more traditional means of local transportation.

    After approximately 12km you’ll arrive at Prek Phnov where your route will take you down unpaved roads past small local villages, rice paddies and the ancient capital of Udong which still houses many of the old Royal Palaces. You’ll make a stop somewhere on your ride to take an authentic lunch at a local restaurant.

    On your way you’ll have an opportunity to stop for a visit to explore one of the area’s most interesting stupas before you arrive in Kampong Chhnang.

    Kampong Chhnang is an area of natural beauty around 91km north of Phnom Penh. Often referred to as ‘Cambodia’s pottery city’ due to archaeological discoveries in the region that date back to the 6th century, the province lies at the southeast of Tonlé Sap Lake and is lined with seemingly endless clusters of sugar palm trees.

    Once you arrive in Phsar Leu Village your Backyard Travel guide will lead you to your hotel to check in. Dinner will again be taken at a local restaurant, which your expert Backyard Travel guide will select based on your preferences.

    Overnight in Kampong Chnang

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 10: Kampong Chhnang - Siem Reap

    Due to the boat schedule, you’ll need an early start this morning to catch the morning boat to Siem Reap, home of the legendary Angkor Wat. You’ll be collected from the hotel after breakfast by your Backyard Travel guide who’ll take you to the pier to catch the 6-hour boat transfer.

    The journey will take you across the expansive Tonlé Sap Lake, which will give you the opportunity to learn about life on the lake and the symbiosis of the local people with the vast water source.

    Tonlé Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, though its size varies greatly depending on the season, increasing by approximately 400% during the monsoon season. On your trip you’ll pass floating villages, complete with floating hospitals, schools, pagodas and mosques.

    You’ll arrive in Siem Reap just in time for a late lunch at a local restaurant. Once sated you’ll get back in the saddle and make an 8km ride to the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex along shaded roads offering sanctuary from the sun’s strength.

    Your expert Backyard Travel guide will lead you straight to the legendary Angkor Wat to experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site outside peak visiting hours.

    Built in the 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II, the temple was constructed to symbolize Mount Meru, a sacred mountain in Buddhism considered to be the center of all physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. The temple itself is covered with stone carvings and has more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Angkor Wat is so revered by the nation that Cambodia is the only flag in the world with a building on it - and that building is Angkor Wat.

    Once you’ve investigated Angkor your expert Backyard Travel guide will lead you 1km down the road to climb the stairs of Phnom Bakheng temple before sunset, allowing you to see the temple at its most beautiful. As dusk arrives and the sun dips down, its soft rays cascading across the magical Angkor Wat complex creating a magical moment you’ll cherish.

    Once the sun has set you’ll ride to your hotel to check in and take a moment to yourself to refresh and relax before heading to a local eatery called Viroth’s Restaurant to enjoy a Khmer-style dinner.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 11: Siem Reap - Banteay Srey - Angkor - Siem Reap

    After breakfast at the hotel you’ll take a guided bike ride to visit Banteay Srey Temple complex, a 10th century structure dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located 25km away from your hotel, the temple is one of the best preserved temples in Cambodia and is renowned for its elaborate and decorative wall carvings and is a fine example of classical Khmer art.

    After a leisurely exploration of the marvelous temple you’ll then have the chance to enjoy a scenic picnic at Banteay Srey Pagoda before cycling back to Angkor.

    Your next stop will be at Ta Phrom, which you may recognize from the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

    Ta Phrom is unique in that it has been left largely as it was discovered: overgrown and engulfed by trees and vines, with many parts of the temple in a state of disrepair. This charming characteristic makes the temple one of the most memorable and unique of the Angkor temples.

    Exploration complete, you’ll then cycle back to Siem Reap to celebrate the final night of your tour in style with a dinner at the Apsara Theatre where you can enjoy a classical send off with great food and a moving Apsara Ballet performance.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 12: Siem Reap

    After breakfast you can make the most of the last morning of your wonder-filled tour with a spot of souvenir hunting at the Psa Chas, an old marketplace where you can discover a selection of treasures.

    You will then be transferred to the airport where you will catch your flight home or onwards to your next destination.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast


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All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

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Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
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Service of English speaking guides in every location
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Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Domestic and international flights
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Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
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Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
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