Cycle Cambodia to Vietnam
with Social Cycles
12 day ride from phnom penh to Ho Chi Minh
16 day ride starting from siem reap
with sunrise at angkor wat
July 18 or 22-Aug 2 - sold out!
Nov 17 or 21-Dec 2
Dec 23 or 27-Jan 7
starting at $1955 USD per person*
Join Traverse Journeys in partnership with Social Cycles for up to 300 miles of cycling from Cambodia to Vietnam. Weave through the beautiful green canals of the Mekong Delta and explore pepper farms, fresh crab markets and ancient history. Dive into the Khmer "fast fashion" industry and interact and connect with local NGOs. You'll learn about what really happens on the ground and out in the villages while you combine local impact with cycling and site seeing.
Get educated, get fit and get inspired.
12-Day Phnom Pehn to Ho Chi Mihn:
- 11 nights boutique hotel accommodation, with A/C & private bath
- Full bicycle hire, including helmets
- One Social Cycle guide and one local guide
- 8 breakfasts & 6 dinners in social enterprise-based training restaurants + 1 cooking class
- 3+ visits to our community and village NGO partners + your $200 AUD donation to the partner of your choice
- Cultural education to get the best local experience in Cambodia & Vietnam
- Entry to the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
- Mekong Delta floating market tour
- Small group experience, max 10
- Airport transfers
4-night add-on starting in Siem Reap includes the above plus:
- Additional 4 nights' boutique accommodations
- Daily breakfast, 2 dinners, 1 lunch
- Entry & sunrise cycling around Angkor Wat with guided tour
- Cycle from Siem Reap through Battambang & Pusat to Phnom Pehn then on to ride to Vietnam
Day 1: arrival day in phnom penh
Welcome the the heart of cosmopolitan life in Cambodia, Phenom Penh. We’ll pick you up from the airport and take you straight to the hotel to give you a chance to relax and unwind. Your host will always be in the city to get any travel advice from should you want to go exploring. We’ll meet the rest of the group for dinner for a relaxing, fun meal with local Khmer cuisine.
Day 2: welcome to cambodia
To start off, Friends International will introduce us to Cambodia. You'll learn about the incredibly complicated, cultural challenges faced everyday by the Khmer people. We then move onto recent history at the Tuol Sleng museum where prisoners were kept for interrogation during the Khmer Rouge era. It can feel like a tough day in a beautiful country, so we'll unload at one of the best restaurants in the city.
Day 3: first cycle day - chisuar temple (54 miles)
Our first major cycling day takes us south of Phnom Penh to the Chisaur Mountain Temple in rural Cambodia. It’s not really much of a mountain at 456 ft and the route is perfectly flat. We casually cycle through remote villages and waterways, via narrow dirt tracks. Chisaur Temple is where we’ll be for lunch as we'll have plenty of time to explore these ancient ruins, which are 200 years older than Angkor Wat. From here, we’ll take the van down to the Cambodian coastal town of Kampot to enjoy the culinary delights on offer.
Day 4: The Bokor Mountain Cycle Challenge (50 miles, optional)
Start the day with an (optional) mammoth Bokor Mountain cycle challenge! It’s 25 miles to get to the top. The first 6 miles are flat, then it just keeps on going up, and up, and up! If cycling uphill doesn’t rock your world, we can bring your bike in the van and you can cycle down. At the top, we can take some time to explore the French ghost town of Bokor Hill Station in Preah Monivong National Park. For dinner, we’ll head to the Rusty Keyhole for the best BBQ ribs in the world (that is not an oversell!)
Day 5: Kampot - ethical fashion and slow coffee
Today we'll recover a bit from cycling and visit Dorsu, a sustainable, ethical and inspirational clothing company where we will learn about Cambodia’s largest export - textiles - and the impact and challenges it has on the local people. In the afternoon, you can sit and relax by the pool, sip on local coffee, wander through the market or just take some time for yourself. At sunset we'll cruise down the river and - if we're lucky! - watch the fire flies come to life.
Day 6: Cycle day - salt lakes, pepper farms & crab
Today we cross over the border into Vietnam, but not before we discover the wonderful province of Kep. Located just before the border, this town is famous for its fresh seafood, particularly crab. We’ll spend a couple of hours exploring the famous pepper plantations and salt lakes on the way. Navigating through the back roads, we’ll make our way around the National Park and to the border crossing into Ha Tien, Vietnam. From Ha Tien, we’ll jump in the van and head to Rach Gia for a feast of local seafood and Banh Xeo, or Vietnamese crepes.
Day 7: Cycle day - Can Tho & the mekong delta (51 miles)
To get to our next destination, Can Tho, we cut through the back roads of rice paddys and farm land of the Mekong Delta, arriving in the city by late afternoon. With a population of over a million and a thriving tourist trade, Can Tho has a vibrancy about it like none other. Relax and explore this amazing city. For dinner, we’ll pull up a patch of grass at the night market and enjoy an array of delightful street food!
Day 8: floating market & noodle factory
Today we’ll catch the floating markets for sunrise and have breakfast brought to us on the water! The vibrancy and atmosphere at the break of dawn is incredible. This is no tourist performance, but rather real life for the local people where they trade, sell and buy every day. Afterwards, we’ll visit a noodle factory where you’ll have a chance to make your own noodles and learn more about sustainable agriculture in Vietnam.
Day 9: Cycle day - can tho to ben tre (61 miles)
We’ll take a slow & steady bike day to casually explore the oasis of the Mekong Delta. From the coconut candy factories of Ben Tre to the canals and floating markets of My Tho, this is a place to relax and unwind. We’ll avoid the hordes of tourists in My Tho by using Ben Tre as a base to explore the region. We'll get into Ben Tre around 5pm, just in time to rest, relax and explore the local market for dinner.
Day 10: Cycle day - ben tre to ho chi minh (55 miles)
Today we’ll start early to beat the heat and what we can of the traffic. Cycling into Saigon for the last cycle day of the tour is an incredible experience. Ho Chi Minh is what the world would look like if cars weren’t invented. With whole lanes and roads dedicated to two wheels, it is the city of the future as the population grows.
The last 8 miles will be where we rest up and transit into the city centre itself via the support van. Our boutique hotel is in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the Street Food Market for dinner and a live band.
Day 11: ho chi minh city
We’ll visit our third and final NGO of the trip, Habitat for Humanity. With a global presence, Habitat believes in appropriate housing for all. As such, they use donors and volunteers to build houses for those less fortunate. Habitat has a "hand up, not hand out" policy, which we will learn more about. Use the rest of the day to explore at your leisure. Enjoy local markets, grand shopping centres, museums and attractions in Ho Chi Minh. For the evening we’ll meet up for dinner, swap stories and photos.
Day 12: departure day
Congratulations! You’ve cycled across a two of countries, covered more than 300 miles in the saddle and more than scratched the surface as to what these fantastic countries are about. We’ll enjoy a final breakfast together before we get you off to the airport and on your way home.
Ankor wat add-on:
We'll start 4 nights prior to the Phnom Pehn departure date:
DAY 1: Arrival in Siem Reap. Take time to relax or explore before dinner at one of the city's best restaurants.
DAY 2: We'll hit the bikes when the sun rises at 4:30 a.m. and make our way around the impressive temples in the area all morning. In the early afternoon we'll spend time with our non-profit partner to hear their stories and learn more about the issues that people face in Cambodia every day.
DAY 3: We'll have a full day to get the blood pumping and the mind wandering as we cycle another to Battambang. We'll travel across the wetlands, around the Tonle Sap river, and through villages that support themselves via sustainable fishing. We'll take a long tail boat ride across the final section of the wetlands before or last bike stint into Battambang. Packed with cafes proudly displaying local art, the town is considered an emergence of young talent in a field that was virtually wiped out by the Khmer Rouge. Battambang is also great for shopping, with colonial style streets and hidden secrets where bric-a-brac abounds. Dinner is in another social enterprise based restaurant.
DAY 4: After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way along the dusty red backroads. We'll cycle through rural scenery for some of the most epic photography. We’ll get to the town of Pursat by late afternoon and into our hotel to enjoy the swimming pool and on-site massage spa. Once there, we’ll get a VIP tour from an amazing NGO, Sustainable Cambodia. After a full presentation by the executives and a tour of their facilities, we will be guided to see their projects working first hand.
DAY 5: We start cycling 46 miles out from Phnom Penh, and ride all the way up to the front door of the hotel. The back roads bring in some of the most spectacular scenery as we pass through villages living on Tonle Sap lake. The ride takes in great coffee stops, endless photo opportunities and a couple of ferries. It’s almost entirely on back streets with minimal traffic. The final mile within the heart of the city can be transferred via van as an option. For dinner, we'll meet the rest of the crew with the start of Day 1 above for the main itinerary.
$2525 AUD (approx. $1955 USD – click here for latest exchange), based on double occupancy
+$275 AUD Single Supplement
+$725 AUD 4-night Angkor Wat add-on
Trip Does Not Include:
- Additional excursions, meals and activities
- Required travel insurance
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About our Partner, Social Cycles
Social Cycles is dedicated to educating riders about issues around culture and poverty in developing countries through group cycling adventures. This includes visits to NGOs, donations made on behalf of or by riders, and an educational component delivered by Friends International. Social Cycles enhances its financial impact by supporting local social enterprises including transport assistance, the support van and all restaurant and hotel choices. Many of the restaurants are connected to local NGOs and are used as training facilities to disadvantaged youth. Social Cycles is a recognized ChildSafe supporter, and as a result, does not visit or engage with any children in institutions, such as schools or orphanages. Their purpose is to learn about complicated cultural issues through local adult experts. Social Cycles also has a commitment to the environment, which includes reducing plastic waste. For additional details on their comprehensive program, read more on their Responsible Tourism page here.
Terms & Conditions
Please refer to registration for complete terms.
A $100 AUD non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler. Deposits may not be refunded.
Payments is made directly through Social Cycles with booking link provided. A non-refundable $100 AUD deposit is due on booking, and remainder is due 60 days prior to trip start.
We get that life happens, and we wish we could compensate for unforeseen circumstances, but we begin to incur costs the moment you book (if not before). Therefore, cancellations are 100% non-refundable.
Travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits (in particular, trip cancellation). Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided. We suggest using Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.
Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.