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Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam: Bangkok to Saigon
19th January 2019 - 6th February 2019 (19 days)
Explore three countries in two weeks of fascinating cycling. From Thailand's capital through Cambodia's major sites and finishing in Vietnam. River culture, iconic temples and fascinating culture on this multifaceted trip. Local guides. 65kmpd average. Fly London Heathrow to Bangkok, return Saigon to London Heathrow.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Neil Wheadon
- Grade Challenging
- Booking Status Fully Booked
- Accommodation Hotel
- Board Basis B&B
- Travel Arrangements Air
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Moving-on
- Vehicle Support Full Vehicle Support
- Holiday Ref 01869
Saturday 19th January
Fly from London Heathrow to Singapore on Singapore Airlines flight SQ317, departing at 1055.
Sunday 20th January
Arrive Singapore at 0750. Onward travel to Bangkok on Singapore Airlines flight SQ972, departing at 0945 and arriving at 1110. Transfer to hotel. Stay 2 nights.
Monday 21st January
Free day to explore the fascinating city of Bangkok.
Tuesday 22nd January
Transfer to Ayuttaya, famed for reclining Buddhas and enormous temples. Explore the town, then cycle to Aranyik. 46km. Stay 1 night.
Wednesday 23rd January
Cycle through the rubber and eucalyptus plantations that feature in the rural Thai landscape to Sa Keaw. 90km. Stay 1 night.
Thursday 24th January
Cycle through more rural landscapes to Aranyaprathet, 10 miles from the Cambodian border. 85km. Stay 1 night.
Friday 25th January
Transfer to Siem Reap. Afternoon ride past Wat Athvea, 20km. Stay 3 nights.
Saturday 26th January
Explore Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and the incredible Angkor Wat, by bike. 30km.
Sunday 27th January
Cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei. 70km.
Monday 28th January
Transfer to Phnom Penh, arriving mid-afternoon. Stay 3 nights.
Tuesday 29th January
Explore Phnom Penh, a city back on the up with Colonial French architecture, the Royal Palace and the unmissable Khmer Rouge prison, brilliantly illustrating the horrors of the regime.
Wednesday 30th January
Cycle to Oudong mountain, experiencing rural Cambodia. 40km.
Thursday 31st January
Cycle to Takao. 89km. Stay 1 night.
Friday 1st February
Cycle to the Phnom Pehn / Tinh Bien Border, then across the border into Vietnam finishing at Chau Doc. 108km. Stay 1 night.
Saturday 2nd February
Transfer to the ferry at Long Xuyen then cycle towards Vinh Long, followed by a boat transfer in the Mekong Delta. 50km. Stay 1 night at a simple homestay.
Sunday 3rd February
Boat then bus transfer to Cai Ley, known for its floating market, then cycle along the Mekong Delta. 35km. Transfer to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Stay 2 nights.
Monday 4th February
Day to explore Saigon. It might be possible to visit the Cu Chi tunnels, two hours away, used by the Viet Cong during the war.
Tuesday 5th February
Morning free for further exploration of Saigon. Transfer to airport for Singapore Airlines flight SQ185 to Singapore, departing at 1950, arriving at 2255.
Wednesday 6th February
Continue to London Heathrow on Singapore Airlines flight SQ306, departing at 0110, arriving at 0720.
Accommodation & Meals
This will be in the equivalent of 3 star hotels, in double and twin rooms, based on two people sharing. All breakfasts are included, as are evening meals on three nights.
Passports, Visa & Health
EU citizens must hold a passport with at least six months validity remaining at the end of the tour. A visa is required for Cambodia, and you are responsible for completing your own visa application. Other nationals will need to check their requirements.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for foreign visitors although it is strongly recommended that you are vaccinated against Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A and B. You should contact your doctor or a foreign travel clinic at least three months prior to travel to obtain these vaccinations and the latest advice to travellers.
Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.
The price of £2,700 is based on a minimum number of 12 people taking part in the holiday and is calculated at a rate of US$1.38 to £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published by Yahoo Finance on 2 March 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 10th November 2018, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
- Flights from London to Bangkok and Saigon to London
- Transfers between airports and hotels
- 15 nights hotel accommodation, B&B basis, sharing rooms
- 1 night homestay accommodation, B&B basis, sharing rooms
- 3 evening meals
- Air-conditioned backup and support vehicle
- Vehicle transfers as per the itinerary
- English speaking guide throughout the tour
- Local guides in Cambodia and Vietnam
- Cycle hire costs
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Evening meals on 13 nights
- Drinks with evening meals
- Lunches or other refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions visited
- Any other personal expenses, fees, taxes or gratuities
- Visas (allow US$30 for Cambodia)
- Travel Insurance
- Single occupancy supplement (£450, subject to availability)
A deposit of £300 per person is payable upon booking, with an Interim Payment of £1,000 per person due by 1st July 2018. The final balance of £1,400 per person is to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 10th November 2018.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 1st July 2018
1st July 2018 to 9th November 2018
10th November 2018 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
This tour explores some of the classic highlights of South East Asia. Starting in Bangkok we will head west towards the Cambodian border, encountering enormous temples and passing through rubber and eucalyptus plantations.
Crossing into Cambodia we will spend three days in and around Siem Reap, home to a magnificent temple complex that includes Angkor Wat. However there is more to this area than Angkor Wat, so we will cycle to one of the outlying temples at Banteay Srei and visit a landmine museum nearby. Transferring to Phnom Pehn for three nights gives us a chance to explore the capital and to learn more about its dark history. Heading south we will head towards the Vietnam border, passing through rural Cambodia.
Crossing into Vietnam gives an opportunity to experience the Mekong Delta, finishing in a homestay. Our final day’s cycling takes us further along the Delta before a transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) where we will spend a day and a half exploring before flying home.
Rides & Rest Days
It would be impossible in the time we have to cycle all the way. What this tour does is select some of the best bits along the way to give a flavour of the countries we are passing through. As a result transfers are part of this tour with bus and boat trips a part of the holiday.
There are some sections of off-road cycling along tracks and red roads. These require good bike handling skills but are not classed as mountain biking where obstacles are involved. The hire cycles are likely to have wider tyres, which should make handling easier, though I cannot guarantee this.
You will be issued with route sheets, gpx files and instructions about the route each day. There will be no obligation for participants to keep together in one large group whilst on the road. You will be free to ride at your own pace, with or without company, and to stop where you wish for photographs etc. We will regroup at intervals and for snacks mid-morning and afternoon, as required.
Our guide/backup driver speaks English and will be on hand to help at lunch times and to assist with translation and provide information and advice as necessary. He will carry our bags and arrange our accommodation and recommend evening meals for us.
On the road the Tour Manager will not maintain a regular position in the group but will try to keep informed of the location of all the members, and will be carrying a mobile phone for this purpose.
Details of routes and further tour information will be distributed approximately four weeks before the tour departs.
Accommodation & Meals
The accommodation is in good and mid-range hotels. One night is spent at a simple guesthouse in the style of a local dwelling. Some hotels will have swimming pools. Most rooms will have en-suite facilities and a ceiling fan or air-conditioning.
Breakfast will be taken in the accommodation. Lunches are not provided, but there are adequate roadside shops and cafes to self-cater. Evening meals will be at the hotel or nearby.
Vegetarians should notify the Tour Manager in advance of their needs.
The maximum group size will be 16 excluding the Tour Manager(s).
Weather & Clothing
It should be hot and dry, with daytime temperatures around 30C. For most cycling days shorts and light layers will be adequate, although an additional layer maybe needed for descents and early morning starts. Adequate sun protection when required is essential. Casual wear can be worn in the evenings. Modesty is expected in towns and temples: ladies should cover their legs and shoulders when not cycling, and shoes and socks are always to be removed when visiting any religious sites.
Cycles & Equipment
Bicycle travel by air is becoming increasingly restricted. This tour involves four international flights. In addition, the carriage of bicycles across the national borders presents potential problems with customs officials. As a result, participants on this tour will need to hire bikes from the local land agents, the cost of which is included in the cost of the tour. At the time of writing the bikes available are modern Specialized Pitch and TREK Marlin 7 bikes with front suspension, disc brakes and 29 or 27.5 inch wheels. Cycles will not be taken across the border, and thus there will be a change of cycles and support teams at each border, though the standard will remain the same. Mechanical support is included in the cost of the tour. You will still need basic tools, including a pump. Bar bags and water bottles will be supplied with these bikes. It is recommended that you bring your own helmet and saddle, along with pedals if you use SPD's etc.
Helmets are advised, though are not mandatory; if you do not intend to wear one, please check that your insurance will cover you in the event of claim.
Maps & Guides
You will be given daily maps and enough information to navigate during the tour. Several maps of the area are available through the internet, however a map showing the whole area covered by the tour won’t have enough detail. If you want more information, the Rough Guide series of guidebooks can be recommended.
Travel Insurance & Advice
Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.
As we will be passing through three countries, you will need Baht for Thailand, Riel for Cambodia and Dong for Vietnam. ATMs are available in major towns, and cards can be used for purchases. It is advised that you bring US$ for exchange. For lunches and evening meals, allow US$25 a day to include drinks.