Cycling Through the Ancient Khmer Empire

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Escape Kit

  • A Nine-Day Cycling Trip Through Vietnam and Cambodia ($1,199 per Person), Including:
  • Six Days of Cycling Accompanied by English-Speaking Cycling Guides and an Air-Conditioned Support Vehicle
  • Transportation by Boat on Days Two and Five
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for One Night a Le Duy Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, One Night Cuu Long Hotel in Tra Vinh, One Night at Hua Giang Hotel or Tay Do Hotel in Can Tho, One Night at Ha Long Hotel in Chau Doc, Two Nights at Cardamom Hotel in Phnom Penh, and Two Nights at Royal Crown Hotel or Angkor Holiday Hotel in Siem Reap
  • Eight Breakfasts, Seven Lunches, Six Dinners, and Drinks and Snacks While Cycling
  • Full Day Tour of Ta Prohm, Agkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and Angkor Wat
  • Visits to Cai Rang Floating Market, the Killing Fields of Vietnam, Oudong Mountain, and Sambor Pre Kuk
  • Hotel Fees and Entrance Fees per Itinerary Included
  • Bring Your Own Bicycle and Equipment or Rent Bicycles from SpiceRoads Cycle Tours
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destination
A thousand years ago, the busiest metropolis on Earth wasn't Rome, Paris, or London—it was Angkor, capital of southeast Asia's Khmer Empire, a global power center that produced both jaw-dropping cultural treasures and a long, often violent history of upheaval. That dual legacy remains apparent throughout present-day Cambodia and Vietnam's Mekong Delta, the Khmer Empire's geographic footprint.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) rattles back and forth between noisy street markets, wide French-inspired boulevards, and serene beaches. Closer to the South China Sea in the Mekong River Delta, floating markets like the one at Cai Rang echo centuries-old commerce systems, with boats humbly displaying a seasonal haul of pineapples, mangoes, and papayas.

In Cambodia, just northwest of Phnom Penh, low-lying rice paddies and winding country paths rise up to meet the mountainside town of Oudong, where the statue of Buddha sitting amid the sharp spires of Arthross Temple faces east in reverence of the Khmer Empire's glory. If anything commands such reverence, it's the stunning temple complex at Angor Wat, a massive sprawl of moss-covered stone, overgrown tree roots, sun-soaked walkways, and broad canals.

See the Khmer Empire then and now with this nine-day cycling tour through Vietnam and Cambodia, courtesy of SpiceRoads Cycle Tours.

The Itinerary
day 1: arrival in ho chi minh city
Your group will meet at Le Duy Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You may bring your own bicycle and equipment or rent one from SpiceRoads Cycle Tours. The rest of the day will be free to test bicycles and explore the city. In the evening, you'll eat dinner at the Co Ngu Restaurant.
Overnight at Le Duy Hotel. Dinner provided.

day 2: ho chi minh city to tra vinh
After breakfast, you'll take a transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Hop on your bike for a ride right into the heart of rural Mekong, pedaling down narrow lanes past plantations of bananas and sugarcane. One section takes you off-road onto gravel and dirt lanes, weaving between hamlets, across rivers, and through thick vegetation. A final ferry crossing brings you to Tra Vinh, a lovely tree-filled town inhabited by many ethnic Khmers. You will have biked approximately 28 miles today.
Overnight at Cuu Long Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 3: tra vinh to can tho
Today's route is peaceful and scenic all the way to your destination of Can Tho. There is plenty to see along the way, from the contrasting architectural styles of Khmer homes and temples to the many small bridges and rivers. You will have covered roughly 57 miles today.
Overnight at Hua Giang Hotel or Tay Do Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 4: can tho to chau doc
This morning, visit Cai Rang Floating Market before taking a one-hour transfer to the start point of your bike ride. From Tri Ton, the cycling starts to gently undulate and mountains begin to appear as you approach Chau Doc. The presence of Thot Not trees and locals who speak Vietnamese as a second language indicates you're nearing Cambodia. You'll ride to the Killing Fields of Vietnam at Ba Chuc, a solemn site where Pol Pot's regime massacred Vietnamese in 1978. Then, loop around Ba Chuc along the border and follow incredible country roads the rest of the way to Chau Doc. You will have biked around 56 miles, but those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain to catch the sunset.
Overnight at Ha Long Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 5: chau doc to phnom penh
From Chau Doc, you'll take a boat cruise up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh. You've earned the chance to rest your legs while glimpsing scenes of local life that play out along one of Asia's great rivers. The first stop upon entering Cambodia is the capital of Phnom Penh. No cycling today gives you time to relax and recuperate.
Overnight at Cardamom Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 6: day trip to oudong
In the morning, take off from the modern capital of Phnom Penh en route to the ancient capital of Oudong Mountain, also called Phnom Prah Reach. More than 400 steps to the top of Arthross Temple will get your legs working overtime, but the views are worth it. This ride will give you a chance to see rural Cambodia—stilted houses, rice paddies, ox carts, waving children, and the friendly Khmer people, of course. You'll head back to Phnom Penh for lunch, then have the rest of the day free to explore the city. Today, you will have covered approximately 28 miles in total.
Overnight at Cardamom Hotel. Breakfast and lunch provided.

day 7: phnom penh to siem reap
The day begins with a morning transfer to the starting point near Kampong Thom and the ancient temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk. This temple site was constructed in the 7th century and functioned as the capital of the Chenla Empire. It is one of the oldest temple sites in Cambodia and is mainly covered in vegetation. After a guide-assisted bike tour through the site, you'll enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by the local community in small wooden huts along the Stung Sen River. You'll then depart on a lovely ride through rice paddy girls and small villages full of friendly locals. At the end of your 22-mile ride, catch a two-hour transfer to Siem Reap.
Overnight at Royal Crown Hotel or Angkor Holiday Hotel. Breakfast and lunch provided.

day 8: angkor temples
The whole day will be devoted to cycling among the Angkor temples. First, ride to Ta Prohm, deliberately left by French conservationists in the same condition as it was discovered—overgrown by strangler figs and silk-cotton trees, giving the temple a mystical and romantic appeal. You'll continue to Angkor Thom, Bayon temple, and the Terrace of the Elephants.

The group will stop for lunch at Angkor Café before exploring the main attraction, Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Considered the masterpiece of Khmer architecture, this Vishnuite structure is the king Suryavarman II's funerary temple. The walls are covered by carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars fought during his reign. Once you return to Siem Reap, you will have cycled nearly 19 miles.
Overnight at Royal Crown Hotel or Angkor Holiday Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 9: farewell from siem reap
You'll check out of your hotel and catch a transfer to the Siem Reap airport to end the trip.
Breakfast provided.

The Dates
• Arriving February 23, 2014 ($1,199)
• Arriving March 16, 2014 ($1,199)
• Arriving May 25, 2014 ($1,199)
• Arriving June 22, 2014 ($1,199)
• Arriving July 27, 2014 ($1,199)
• Arriving October 19, 2014 ($1,199)
*Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print). Flights not included.

  • "The temple is the heart and soul of Cambodia. Soaring skyward and surrounded by a moat that would make its European castle counterparts blush, Angkor Wat is one of the most inspired and spectacular monuments ever conceived by the human mind."

    -- Lonely Planet

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability; must be made at least 4 weeks prior to departure date
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  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $225
  • Minimum 6 (max 16) people per departure required. If minimum is not met, consumers will have an option to depart on another date or request a refund of amount paid
  • Includes Transportation by Boat on Days Two and Five, Double-Occupancy Accommodations for One Night a Le Duy Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, One Night Cuu Long Hotel in Tra Vinh, One Night at Hua Giang Hotel in Can Tho, One Night at Ha Long Hotel in Chau Doc, Two Nights at Cardamom Hotel in Phnom Penh, and Two Nights at Royal Crown Hotel or Angkor Holiday Hotel in Siem Reap, Eight Breakfasts, Seven Lunches, Six Dinners, and Drinks and Snacks While Cycling, Full Day Tour of Ta Prohm, Agkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and Angkor Wat, Visits to Cai Rang Floating Market, the Killing Fields of Vietnam, Oudong Mountain, and Sambor Pre Kuk, Hotel Fees and Entrance Fees per Itinerary
  • Bring Your Own Bicycle and Equipment or Rent Bicycles from SpiceRoads Cycle Tours; Bike Rentals are $100
  • Does not include airfare, gratuities, meals, snacks or drinks not specified in the itinerary, other personal expenses, passport and visa fees, bike, helmet and spares, maps and navigation aides, accident and travel insurance
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
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