Indochina Discoverer By Bicycle – 15 Days

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Glide down hills, through villages and fields to experience the wilderness.Climb into a traditional cyclo (pedicab) for a 90-minute tour of the colonial city’s traditional “36 streets of 36 wares” in the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake vicinity. In the …

DAY  1: ARRIVAL HANOI [ D ]
Welcome at the airport by your local guide and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, climb into a traditional cyclo (pedicab) for a 90-minute tour of the colonial city’s traditional “36 streets of 36 wares” in the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake vicinity. In the evening enjoy a traditional water puppet show before dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY  2: HANOI CITY – HALONG BAY  [B,L,D]
Half-day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and traditional stilt house, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. Pay visits to typical Vietnamese places of worship. Just before lunch, tour Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. In the afternoon is time for you to test your bike to make sure you have great and comfortable bike for the big journey. Transfer out city , cycling to Halong bay . Arrival in Halong bay late Afternoon . Check in Hotel and seafood dinner at the restaurant in town, Overnight in Halong City
DAY  3 : HALONG BAY CRUISE TO CAT BA ISLAND  [B,L,D]
After breakfast. Depart for Halong Bay  cruising and Board a traditional wooden junk and begin your exploration of magical Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia’s premier tourist destinations. An excellent, fresh seafood lunch will be served on the boat while cruise to the most beautiful areas in Halong for afternoon paddling. About 2 hours of kayaking will lead you through the most dramatic limestone formation, giant cave, beaches and hidden lagoons. Relax on the beautiful beach for swimming.Afternoon Cycling from Gia Luan wharf to Cat Ba Island ,visiting the national park, the central market and the fishing por .  Check in Hotel .
DAY  4 : CAT BA ISLAND CYCLE TO HAIPHONG – HANOI [B,L,D]
After breakfast. In the early morning we take public ferry back to Hai Phong. You can ride 15km on CatHai island before landing. Then we continue your bike trip more 30km then take a bus back to Ha Noi ), stopping at Bat Trang Pottery village. Overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY  5 : HANOI Fight to SAIGON  [B,L,D]
Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure to Ho Chi Minh city , Arrival and pick up to your hotel. A Afternoon City tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, takes in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, a lacquerware factory and Thien Hau Pagoda in the City’s bustling Chinatown. Overnight in Saigon .
DAY  6 : SAIGON – CAN THO MEKONG DELTA  [B,L,D]
Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho (55 Km Biking) .
Leave hotel at 8:00 am and shuttle to Vinh Long with a stop at a Bonsai garden at Trung Luong T intersection. Continue to Vinh Long and lunch at restaurant of Cuu Long hotel. After lunch, turn left onto the main street and the river will be on your right. Ride towards Tra Vinh past Village of Long Ho. After riding for 17 km, turn right toward Ba Ke on the dirt road and get cross the local ferry to reach Ba Cang. Ride along the quiet countryside paved road until we get to highway 1, covering the total biking distance of 45 km. Shuttle from here to Can Tho and transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Can Tho.
DAY  7 : CAN THO – CHAU DOC  [B,L,D]
Morning take a 2 hour boat cruise (bikes are left in our shuttle) along the lower part of the Mekong River (Hau Giang) visiting the busy floating markets of Cai Rang and one fruit garden. Leave the boat and pedal from this garden taking the Vong Cung well-paved countryside road with Arch-shape (My Khanh area) for about 30 km. The road is really shady with banana and green bamboo trees growing all the way long on 2 sides of the road, especially the Mekong River is blending its way on the left hand side along with this road until we reach the National Highway 91. From here, shuttle to Chau Doc with a short hike of 25 minutes into the Bang Lang Stock sanctuary to watch the lively activities of stocks coming back home for the night. After that, drive directly to Chau Doc and enjoy the sunset on the top of Sam Mountain . Overnight in Chau Doc.
DAY  8 : CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH  [B,L,D]
After breakfast we take a boat  ride to visit a floating village, fish farm raise under houses, and then take boat trip to Cambodia (Phnom Penh ), transfer to your hotel. Meet for a welcome dinner accompanied by your guide.
DAY  9 : PHNOM PENH CITY CYCLING  [B,L,D]
(approx. 35 km by bicycle) Explore this bustling city’s major sights by bike, including Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. In the afternoon cycle to the Independence Monument, Tuol Sleng Museum and Choeung Ek killing fields. Dinner at the local restaurant . O / N  in Phnom Penh .
DAY  10 : PHNOM PENH CYCLING to SIEM REAP  [B,L,D]
In the early morning we check out hotel and heading towards Siem Reap port we pass through the floating village of Chong Khneas where we witness an entire bamboo village complete with homes, gas stations, schools, hair dressers, mountain ,villige and  even karaoke bars floating on water! Arrival in Siem Reap late afternoon .In the evening you will be taken to a local restaurant for your  first taste of Khmer cuisine…
DAY  11: SIEM REAP explore ANGKOK WAT [B,L,D]
On your first morning in Siem Reap we head out to begin our cycle exploration of these incredible temples. Today we will focus on the Small Circuit which features temple greats such as: the pyramid of Takeo, the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Tomb Raider’; Sras Srang, known as the King’s bathing pond; and the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces smiling beguilingly down at you. You will also visit other important sites in this immense walled city. After lunch it is time to take on the majestic Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. After being initially inspired by its overall size you will explore in more detail, getting up close and personal to fully appreciate its architecture and intricately detailed bas-reliefs. After returning to the hotel you are free at leisure to experience Siem Reap’s nightlife which includes many fine restaurants and lively bars.
DAY  12: SIEM REAP Fight to VIENTIANE [B,L,D]
Today you are free until your departure to Vientiane ( Laos ), Meer your local guide for  Discover the highlights of Vientiane . Vat Si Saket, Ho Prakeo, Vat Si Muang, That Luang, Patuxai and the Morning Market will be visited on this short city cycle tour. Overnight in hotel
DAY  13 : VIENTIANE cycle to LUANG PRABANG [B,L,D]
Through suburbs, you are leaving Vientiane in northern direction. Our first section of riding takes us along one of the quietest sealed roads in Asia, over a mountain pass .After a few kilometres on the road 10, you cycle on dirt roads from village to village and discover the real countryside. Another descend will bring you to the scenic valley. From here it’s an easy ride to the former capital of Laos and World Heritage town Luang Prabang, located on a penninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan River . Luang Prabang is on this bike tour the perfect place for a few days relaxing or discover the scenic area around town.
DAY  14 : LUANG PRABANG CYCLING  [B,L,D]
After breakfast, begin a full day boat trip on the mighty Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou Caves with their lacquered Buddha statues. Then make a visit to the village of Ban Phanom where traditional Lao textiles are woven on ancient wooden looms & the paper making factory. Visit the former Royal capital, Luang Prabang, the crown jewel of the ancient Lane Xang Empire (pronounced ‘lane sang’ – the Land of a Million Elephants). Visit Wat Visoun, the site of the impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. Phou Sii hill stands right in the centre of this small city. Climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain, alongside the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! Then continue to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) emphasizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Wat Xieng Thong is considered to emphasize & characterize the uniqueness of Luang Prabang’s local style: its several roofs sweep low to the ground. See also the impressive “tree of life” mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana; visit the National Museum, which was once a king’s palace. Displayed inside is a collection of personal artifacts of the former royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from dignitaries of foreign countries. Return to hotel
DAY  15 : LUANG PRABANG DEPARTURE  [B ]
The last chance for some shopping at the huge Morning Market or hang around along the banks of the Mekong , Transfer to Airport for departure .

Tour Package Includes

  • Accommodation based on single occupancy at hotel, 2 – 3 stars hotel
  • Meals as indicated in program,B=Breakfast , L=Lunches ,D=Dinner
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • A/C transfers and transportation.
  • Boat trip mention in itinerary
  • Mountain bicycle 24 or 27Speed ( Trek bike. etc…)
  • Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
  • Spare bike
  • Cold water box, small fresh towel.
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
  • Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees
  • Fight tickets in Tours

Tour Package Excludes

  • Visa stamping fee
  • Travel assurance and bike helmet (compulsory)
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Tips and gratuites
  • Personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.
  • International air tickets to Hanoi and Out Luang Prabang and airport departure taxes
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
  • Optional excursions

Special offers :

  • Mineral water drinking.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Snacks
  • Fresh tissue and some fruits while touring !

What to bring :
Sun Block  , Wide brim hat, Camera + Film, Comfortable shoes, Rain Gear , Warm clothes in winter, Original Passport, Bike Helmet , Small backpack , Shoes and shorts for cycling ,Sunglasses , Gloves , Professional Pedal ,Insect repellent ,Wide brim hat ,Bike water bottle (if you don’t want to use  Indochina Bike Tours’bottle)

 Highlights :
Glide down hills, through villages and fields to experience the  wilderness.

Notes:
Tour can be modified,hotels changed to suit your tastes and budget
Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.
This itinerary allows for 13 field days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 40 -100 km. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.
Total Distance biking  ~ 650  km
Number of cycling days Ten full days and 4 half days
Road Surface This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads, vehicle-width dirt roads, and rough tracks, so some off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.
Support Minibus of 16 seaters take care bikes and bikers
Group Minimum 1
Staff   Vietnamese,Laos ,Cambodian cycling guide and drivers
Food All meals are included from Breakfast = B ,Lunch = L, Dinner = D
ACCOMMODATION ON SCHEDULED TOURS (STANDARD ACCOMMODATION)

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