A great way to see Indochina and it was a holiday I will not forget. In fact, I will now do more tours this way.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing the sun rise over Angkor Wat was probably the one of the main highlights. This wasn't really part of the tour, but suggested by the guides as optional, who then organized to have a 'taxi' waiting at 5 am. It was INCREDIBLE!! But all the time we spent in Angkor Wat was amazing. Definitely is one of the 7 wonders of the world.
Going to see the students at the School for underprivileged children in Cambodia was very insightful. Great kids!
The Mekong home-stay was really fun as well as the riding around the Delta... would have liked that to last 2 nights it was so good! The family were lovely.
The local people, especially the kids that would rush out and say HELLO and wave when you could cycle past...
- What did you think of your group leader?
Al was with us all the way from Bangkok. Always ready and willing to help and full of knowledge about history, food, where to get odd and ends etc... Always with calm, with a smile and made sure you didn't have to worry about anything.
Fila, our Cambodian guide was GREAT especially with the tours around the temples in Angkor Wat. He is passionate about his country and for its future. He was keen that we tried all the specialities of the Cambodian cuisine and I am pleased that he did. There is some great food!
Or Vietnamese guide was good too, but after Fila, he had big shoes to step into...
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This tour is set up for all levels... you just do what you can at your speed. There is no stress if you aren't very fast and the speedy ones race ahead, but always waiting at the next stop.
There are regular breaks and the support teams always ready with food and drinks waiting for us.
The support teams in each country made sure that the bike was ready for you in the morning and at the end of the day packed it up for you. As well as loading and unloading your luggage at the hotels. You almost didn't have to lift a finger to do anything... Apart from the cycling it was a relaxing holiday as you are so well looked after by the guides and teams.
You are in Asia and it will rain... get used to it. It cools you down, and then you get dry in the warmth. I would not say that it was a down point... It is a change from the heat and sweat.
Make sure you wear padded pants.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am a frequent traveler and sometimes blasé with what I see and the places I visit having traveled so much, but doing a tour of Asia this way, you got to see a less touristy side and it was more down to earth and real.
If you are worried about fitness levels-don't. Doing 500 kms might sound daunting, but it is done with many stops/breaks and there are very few hills.
If you are worried about language barriers or food-don't. The guides take all the worry away.
You are well looked after and I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone.
GO DO IT!!!