Cycle Indochina & Angkor- Premium Adventure

Cycle Indochina & Angkor- Premium Adventure Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Premium Adventures, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
Programmes:
Premium Adventures, Cycling
Trip Code:
MOE
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

16 Days Flight Inclusive
14 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

This epic expertly led premium cycling adventure covers three South East Asian countries with divergent histories and subtly different cultures. From the energetic streets of Bangkok, to the tranquillity of shimmering paddy fields, to the magnificence of Angkor’s temples and the alluring Phnom Penh. We experience a piece of everything that these remarkable countries have to offer whilst staying in premium accommodation, including a 3 night stay at Siem Reap’s Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa.

Heading into Vietnam we enter the Mekong Delta, a spectacular patchwork of rice paddies and waterways before our journey ends in Saigon, where the frenetic pace and vibrant street life contrasts starkly with the rural areas we have cycled through, leaving a lasting impression and memories!

At a Glance

  • 13 nights premium hotels and resorts
  • 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
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus local leader

Trip Highlights

  • Three nights at the intimate Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa – the perfect base to explore Angkor
  • Two full days to explore Cambodia's incredible Angkor Wat by bike
  • Enjoy sundowners and spectacular views from our accommodation rooftop bars in Siem Reap & Phnom Penh 
  • Cycle through 3 countries from Bangkok to Saigon experiencing a taste sentation of mouth-watering cuisine along the way; many meals included
  • Stay overnight in the peaceful Mekong Delta at the charming Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa; relax in lush tropical gardens & enjoy an early morning kayak on the Mekong as the sun rises

Is This Trip for You?

This Premium Adventure is rated Activity Level 3- Moderate and classified Road.

9 days cycling, average daily distance 54km/day (33 miles), 95% vehicle support.

Terrain and Route: the road quality is generally good tarmac in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, with some easy dirt roads in Thailand and Vietnam. Conditions will be hot and humid and there are some long days, but there are very few hills. Traffic levels in South East Asia are higher near the larger towns, so you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Though many of the roads are in good condition you should expect potholes and occasional poor road conditions. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

Generally we use different support staff and vehicles for each country, but all groups will be accompanied by one experienced expert cycling Tour Leader from start to finish, either Thai, Cambodian or Vietnamese. The tour leader will be assisted by a second cycling leader, and if required local guides from each country.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

MOE Map

Land Only

Start City:
Bangkok
End City:
Saigon

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Bangkok; welcome dinner

    Welcome to Bangkok! Today is free for you to arrive at any time during the day.

    There will be a welcome group meeting and briefing with your leader in the early evening followed by an included group welcome dinner. 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 welcome meeting; just hold onto what you need for the night/morning - you will be with your luggage again by mid-morning tomorrow.

    Premium accommodation: Riva Surya Bangkok, Bangkok (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Early transfer to the old kingdom of Ayutthaya; warm-up ride on trail

    An early start this morning as we venture out of Bangkok to the ancient town of Ayutthaya. 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. 

    Premium accommodation: The Kantary Ayutthaya HotelAyutthaya (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 30 km / 17 miles
  • Day 3

    Cycle to Kabin Buri

    Today we follow minor roads through rural Thai landscapes including rubber and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields.We stop for lunch at a local restaurant along way. 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 Kabin Buri by bus. This evening, join your tour leader and group for dinner and enjoy traditional Thai cuisine.

    Premium accommodation: Kantary Kabinburi Hotel, Kabin Buri (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 90 km / 55 miles
  • Day 4

    Ride to Aranyaprathet

    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 along the way before carrying on cycling on quiet but well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, 10km from the Cambodian border. 
    Premium accommodation: The VELO's Hotel & Pumptrack, Aranyaprathet (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 85 km / 52 miles
  • Day 5

    Farewell to Thailand; travel into Cambodia and on to atmospheric Siem Reap staying at the Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa

    After breakfast we bid farewell to Thailand and drive to the busy border and complete customs formalities as we cross into Cambodia at Poipet.

    Due to years of civil war, Cambodia 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.

    Arriving into Cambodia, we then transfer to Siem Reap (approx 2.5 hours). Here the group will spend the next three nights at the intimate Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa – providing the perfect base to explore Angkor!

    This afternoon's shorter 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. 
    Premium accommodation: Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa, Siem Reap (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 20 km / 12 miles
  • Day 6

    First of two full days to explore the magnificent temple complex of Angkor by bus and bike, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon and Banteay Srei

    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 provides 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. 

    Premium accommodation: Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa, Siem Reap (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 30 km / 18 miles
  • Day 7

    Second day at Angkor temple complex including a visit to a local village; learn about local life & the art of Khmer Noodle making

    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. 

    We also will stop along the way at a village where we'll have to chance to meet the locals and learn from them about their way of life including the art of Khmer Noodle making. Here we can taste this popular Cambodian dish and a sugar palm tasting too!

    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 interesting and excellent shopping and there is a vibrant nightlife scene.

    This afternoon there may also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, which is a branch of the Mekong River. Time permitting, 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.

    Premium accommodation: Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa, Siem Reap (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 70 km / 43 miles
  • Day 8

    Drive to Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, stopping at Sambor Prei Kuk

    Today we rest our legs and take a longer private transfer (approximately 7 hours) 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 here. The road is currently undergoing some resurfacing so some sections will be a bit of a bumpy ride!

    We should arrive in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh for late afternoon, the perfect time for a sundowner on the Mekong! 

    Premium accommodation: Patio Hotel and Urban Resort, Phnom Penh (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 9

    Sightseeing including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the 'Killing Fields'

    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 will also tour the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda.

    Afterwards, There is also excellent shopping at the 'Russian' market if you wish to visit. And there may also be the option to enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong, your leader will advise locally.

    Premium accommodation: Patio Hotel and Urban Resort, Phnom Penh (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Transfer to Takeo then cycle to Vietnam border; on to Chau Doc

    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 we bid farewell to Cambodia & border formalities have been completed, we cycle approximately 30km to the Vietnamese town of Chau Doc, situated along the banks of the Hau Giang River. This evening, we dine overlooking the river and get our first taste of Vietnam's Southern Mekong style cuisine.

    Premium accommodation: Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, Chau Doc (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 80 km / 49 miles
  • Day 11

    Cycle/drive through the Mekong Delta; visit the ancient village of Long Dien B; overnight stay at Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa

    This morning we depart our hotel and transfer to Chau Giang ferry for a short transfer before cycling along a lovely quiet backroad, lined with small villages and dwellings before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. We then visit the ancient village of Long Dien B; home to many female artists who are known for having inherited and proudly maintaining over the ages their ancestors special technique of painting on glass. Here we have the chance to observe and learn about this traditional culture and art over a cup of tea.

    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. 

    Afterwards, we depart transfer to the Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa, where we will stay overnight. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner at the resort and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. 

    Premium Accommodation: Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa, Mekong Delta (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
  • Day 12

    Transfer to Cai Be for floating market; scenic cycle along Mekong riverbank; transfer to Saigon

    For those who wish (optional), there will be the option to rise early and enjoy the morning sunrise and kayak on the Mekong from the resort before breakfast.

    We then 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. 

    Premium accommodation: The Odys Boutique Hotel, Saigon (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 35 km / 21 miles
  • Day 13

    Free day in Saigon; farewell dinner

    The whole day is free for you 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 extensive photographic record of the Vietnam/American War. lease be aware that some images at the museum are very graphic.

    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!

    In the evening we will have a final farewell dinner together, feasting on delicious Vietnamese specialties.

    Premium accommodation: The Odys Boutique Hotel, Saigon (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 14

    End Saigon

    The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Saigon.

    If you'd like to extend your stay in Saigon and discover more of this vibrant city, please enquire with our sales or customer operations team at time of booking about requesting additional accommodation.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Premium Hotels & Resorts

Lynnaya Urban River Resort and Spa - fresh water pool

Relax at the end of each day in our expertly curated, handpicked accommodation on this Premium Adventure. Each property has been chosen for location, comfort and style, and its unique characteristics. 

Riva Surya Bangkok Hotel (4 star), Bangkok. 1 night.

Riva Surya Bangkok Hotel- swimming pool

Urban Room- Riva Surya Bangkok Hotel

  • Stylish hotel offering tastefully furnished rooms with contemporary decor
  • Offering an urban oasis along the banks of the Chao Phraya River
  • Outdoor pool along the river with stunning views
  • Modern on-site gym and spa treatments also available

Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa (4 star), Siem Reap. 3 nights.

  • Premium initmate resort in the heart of Siem Reap
  • Relax and be pampered in the resort's Nirvana Spa
  • Cool off in the fresh water swimming pool 
  •  Modern and contemporary style property promoting a real sense of comfort
  • Enjoy a drink on the roof top at Palate's Sky Bar overlooking the river

Patio Hotel & Urban Resort (3-4 star), Phnom Penh. 2 nights.

Patio Hotel & Urban Resort- superior room

Patio Hotel & Urban Resort- swimming pool

  • Elegant property boasting a rooftop pool
  • Centrally located in the heart of Phnom Penh, close to many of the city's main sights
  • Open air sky bar and in house restaurant

Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa (4 star), Cai Be. 1 night.

Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa

  • Charming environmentally friendly boutique resort located on the Mekong River with bungalow style rooms
  • Enjoy local Mekong Delta hospitality and cuisine
  • Relax & indulge with a treatment or massage at the resort's Oasis spa or cool off in the outdoor swimming pool
  • Resort with a down to earth atmosphere set amongst lush tropical fruit gardens

The Odys Boutique Hotel (4 star), Saigon. 2 nights.

Superior double- The Odys Boutique Hotel

  • Featuring the Sky Lounge, a rooftop bar offering panoramic views of Saigon
  • Tastefully designed rooms combining both a Vietnamese & European aesthetic 
  • Located in the heart of Saigon, close to many key attractions
  • Enjoy a massage or treatment at the hotel's spa- Nu Spa

 

The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance, however we may need to make changes to a property of similar or higher standard after you have booked. While we will endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance which could, on rare occasions, be at late notice.

Additional Accommodation

It is possible to book additional nights before or after the tour, subject to availability - please enquire for details and prices. 

Single accommodation

Single supplements are available (on request & subject to availability). Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you would like to request a single supplement.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £695.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners 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 specialised 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. However, on premium adventure cycling departures a included snack kitty is provided usually consisting of fresh fruit, nuts, biscuits and local snacks along with drinks and electrolyte powders.

Transportation

Throughout the tour we use a private air-conditioned minibus/coach. There are a couple of long driving days on this trip (up to 7 hours). Road conditions can sometimes not be good, and progress can be slow.

We use different vehicle set-ups in each country, as our vehicles do not cross international borders. In Thailand we have 100% vehicle support. There will be one or two support buses, plus a support truck for the bikes and baggage. In Cambodia, there is 95% vehicle support, with vehicles to carry both clients and bikes. In Vietnam we have 80% vehicle support with vehicles to carry both clients and bikes nearby if needed whilst in the Mekong Delta.

Tet Holiday Period (Vietnamese New Year)

During the Tet holiday period, 21- 26 January 2023 and 9 - 15 February 2024 and two weeks either side of Tet, our itinerary is subject to minor change as despite booking hotels and trains in advance, rooms and seats are difficult to obtain during this busy festive period when people are travelling home to celebrate with their families. It is unlikely that changes will occur, but if required, suitable alternative premium accommodation will be used.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

In Thailand and Cambodia the weather will be hot and humid all year round. The dry season runs from November to April with the monsoon between May and October. April and October are transition months. The dry season is characterised by hot days and generally clear skies, though you can expect the odd shower. The monsoon is characterised by short, sharp bursts of rain and can be a very atmospheric time to travel but an umbrella may be useful!

In Vietnam the weather patterns are very similar to Cambodia and you should expect year round temperatures from 25-39C. The rainy season will normally run from June to September when you should expect short sharp showers, but the sun will normally break through for extended periods.

From the end of March to May the temperatures become very hot and humid with temperatures into the high 30’s between Bangkok and Siem Reap as this is the build up to the monsoon season.

Weather Charts

Siem Reap

Bangkok

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 16 days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London
 As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

 

Travelling land only: 14 days starting in Bangkok, ending in Saigon

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Bangkok in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Free Transfers

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip, for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel and from the end (or post-tour) hotel, and will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance. 

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Free transfers are only applicable if booked in advance directly through Exodus before a trip commences.

Location start:
Bangkok
Location end:
Saigon

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Casual clothes. As it is generally hot and humid, light cotton clothing is recommended for most of the trip when not on the bike. Locals generally dress conservatively and it is recommended that you do also.
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho/umbrella
  • Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip)
  • Strong sun cream
  • Torch/flashlight or headtorch
  • Light cotton trousers & lightweight long sleeved shirt
  • Favourite energy snacks
  • A sun hat and sunglasses
  • A swimming suit will be well used
  • A first aid kit is carried on each trip, but you should bring your own first aid kit with diarrhoea treatment, painkillers, rehydration sachets, plasters and a blister treatment kit.
  • Insect repellent is also highly recommended. Repellent containing DEET is thought to be highly effective.
  • Refillable water bottle (1-2 litre capacity)

There will be plenty of opportunities to get laundry done locally at a very affordable price so fine to pack light. Please remember that you will be expected to cover your legs (to the ankle) and arms (to the elbow) during visits to some temples and palaces. 

We believe in reducing our negative environmental impacts wherever possible, this goes for when you need to spend a penny in the great outdoors! If no toilet facilities are available at some of the planned stops or during our ride, there may come a time when you need to go to the loo behind a tree/bush/rock. To avoid leaving toilet paper behind we recommend taking biodegradable dog poo/sandwich bags with you. Once you have done your business you can pop the used toilet roll in here and take it with you to dispose of when there are appropriate facilities available.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

  • Fingerless cycling gloves 
  • Handlebar bag to carry personal items whilst cycling
  • You might wish to pack a bandana/cloth as this does help some cyclists to keep cool in the heat

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: Your trip will either use Late model Trek Marlin 7 or late model Specialized Pitch Comp 650B Hard Tail Mountain Bikes which include Disc Brakes, all terrain tires & lockable front suspension (on Thailand/Cambodia rides), Giant Rincon disc mountain bike with front suspension (on Vietnam rides).

Discount for bringing your own bike: £150.

A quality local hire bike is now included in the overall price of our cycling holidays (excluding UK trips). At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. If you have a preferred bike size then please request this at the time of booking otherwise we will assign a bike based on your height. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.

Conditions

1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may, of course, bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount on the price of the holiday, as specified above.  You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees.

N.B This does not apply to trips within the UK, for which local bike hire is not included.

You will also be responsible for assembling and disassembling your bike as well as bringing along spare parts and any tools specific to it. It is also your responsibility to ensure your bike is roadworthy and suitable for the type of cycling to be undertaken. If in doubt, the model of local bike hire available should act as a guide and details of terrain, ascent and descent are available both in the itinerary and the ‘Is this trip for you’ sections. Our cycling team only carry the relevant spares for the hire fleet. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Extra Bike Bits

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

E-Bikes Available

Electric bikes offer all the thrills and healthy exercise of a regular bike, but with one crucial difference - power! A tiny electric motor (capped at 25mph) assists your pedalling, allowing you to make molehills out of mountains. Cycle further, see more, have more fun. They are just perfect if you want to try a trip with companions of differing fitness level - or a trip at a slightly harder grade - and want to know there’s a bit of motor power available if you need it.

Practical Information

Passport

Thailand

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Cambodia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Vietnam

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Thailand

A visa for Thailand is not required for British nationals for stays of 30 days or less. If you are unsure of the requirements please check with your nearest Thai embassy.

Cambodia

Arriving By Flight:

An electronic visa (e-Visa) facility is available via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website at the cost of $37.

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCDO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Arriving Overland:

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCDO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Important advice regarding E-Visas

Please be advised, e-Visas are not accepted at all border check points when travelling overland. This applies to the following borders/trips:

Tinh Bien, Vietnam/ Phnom Den, Takeo, Cambodia border: AOX- Thai Indochina Explorer

Xa Xia, Vietnam/ Prek Chak, Cambodia (Ha Tien crossing): FIJ- South East Asia Adventure

You can only purchase a tourist visa on arrival at these borders as e-Visas will not be accepted. More information can be found at: 

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/information/port_entry/3

 

Vietnam

From 15 March 2022, Vietnam has re-introduced visa waivers for British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. All other nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam and this must be obtained prior to departure.

For further information please check the FCDO site and check under Vietnam / 'Entry Requirements'. If you have any questions about whether you need a visa for your trip please contact the Customer Operations department.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Thailand

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Cambodia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Vietnam

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The Travel Health Pro website recommends to have a rabies vaccination on this trip, as cycling is considered a higher risk activity.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Thailand's Timezone:
Asia/Bangkok +07 (GMT +07:00)
Cambodia's Timezone:
Asia/Phnom_Penh +07 (GMT +07:00)
Vietnam's Timezone:
Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh +07 (GMT +07:00)

Electricity

Thailand's Electricity:

220 Volts. Plug types A, B, C and F. Establishments can often take two round pin plugs and/or two flat parallel pin plugs.

Cambodia's Electricity:

230 Volts. Plug types A, C & G; establishments can often take two round pin plugs and/or two flat parallel pin plugs.

Vietnam's Electricity:

220 volts AC, 50 Hz. In Vietnam all sockets are generally dual US (2-pin plug) /Euro (2-pin type) compatible but it is worth having both adapters with you.

Money

Thailand's Currency

The national currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2021) of approximately 45 to the GBP, 33 to the USD, 26 to the CAD, 39 to the EUR, 24 to the AUD and 23 to the NZD.

 

Cambodia's Currency

 The national currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel (KHR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (May 2022) of approximately 4500 to the GBP, 4000 to the USD, 3000 to the CAD, 4200 to the EUR, 2800 to the AUD and 2550 to the NZD.

In practice the economy of Cambodia as far as the visitor is concerned, runs mainly on US dollars (and is preferred). However, you will receive some change in Riel, which can be useful for smaller purchases. USD bills will not be accepted if they are torn, or printed before 2010.

Vietnam's Currency

The national currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2021) of approximately 31,000 to the GBP, 22,800 to the USD, 17,900 to the CAD, 26,800 to the EUR, 16,700 to the AUD and 16,100 to the NZD.

You can obtain Vietnamese Dong before travel or by using an ATM or changing money upon arrival.

ATM Availability

ATMs are now widespread in SE Asia's cities and are the easiest way of obtaining money.

There is a minimum of at least 150 Baht fee for all ATM transactions in Thailand.  

In Vietnam, it is possible to draw a maximum  2,000,000 VND or approx. 65GBP/90USD in major cities in one go. 

ATMs in Cambodia dispense money in US dollars or Cambodian Riel.

Credit card acceptance is now widespread in cities in SE Asia at restaurants and shops catering for tourists.

We would advise getting local currency out in each country but if you would like to bring cash there will be ample opportunity for you to change this. Sterling and US Dollars are both easily exchanged.

As you will likely be carrying much of your money in cash, we strongly recommend using a money belt.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You will need about GBP 225-275/USD 300-370 for meals not included, which will allow you to eat well. Apart from the food, you should allow money to cover drinks (a little more if you like a beer/alcohol) and souvenirs.

Tipping

On all Exodus Premium Adventures tipping for any local support staff is included, and will normally be taken care of via your tour leader (or in some cases through our local agent). So need no for any tipping kitty contributions, or to make your own tips during the trip.

Our ‘included tips’ will normally cover drivers, local specialist guides, certain hotel staff, and serving staff for included meals. Amounts will be in line with the local standard. Of course, if you wish to make a further tip for some extra special service you may do so.

Tips for the Tour Leader are not included. Whether to tip at all and the amount is entirely at your own discretion, but as a starting point we suggest around GBP 2 - 4/US$ 3- 6 per person for the duration of the trip.

Responsible Tourism

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of local guides means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities. During the trip, we use one local leader from either Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia and different local support teams and assistant cycling staff in each country so that clients have the opportunity to interact with support staff from all countries.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • In Siem Reap, we visit a village which directly helps to support the locals. During our visit, we'll have to chance to meet the locals and learn from them about their way of life including the art of Khmer Noodle making.
  • We do a lot to celebrate the cottage industries on this tour, as this is not only a way to directly benefit the locals, but it is also hugely fascinating and enjoyable for travellers. For example, in the Mekong Delta, we visit small businesses and factories which sell handmade coconut sweets, rice paper, soya bean sauce and popped rice amongst other things.
  • There is also the option to see a traditional folk dancing or water puppet show in Saigon (HCMC). This encourages local customs to continue and creates employment opportunities.

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here, including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment. On this trip, some parts of the itinerary stay in smaller towns using accommodation outside of busy cities.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.
  • When visiting landmarks, cultural sites and National Parks such as Pang Sida N.P, Angkor Wat and the Genocide Museum, our fees contribute to the upkeep and maintenence of these places.
  • We provide clients with a re-usable tote bag at the start of the tour (locally made in Bangkok), offering an alternative to single-use plastic bags and a souvenir to take home!

 Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options are available at majority of accommodation and restaurants.

 Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Cultural respect:
    • Please remember that you will be expected to cover your legs and arms (to the elbow) during visits to temples and sacred sites so packing a sarong or other suitable clothing is recommended. Also remember to remove hats when visiting a sacred site.

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.