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SpiceRoads Launches Hoi An - Siem Reap Cycle Tours

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SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has launched a new multi-country bicycle tour Cultural Road from Hoi An to Siem Reap that takes in three UNESCO World Heritage sites as riders cycle 700 kilometres in 14 days from Vietnam to Cambodia.

The first scheduled departure is 8 January 2012.

Commencing in the port town of Hoi An, Vietnam, the tour travels through the central highlands to the remote border crossing of Le Thanh and after a few days in sparsely populated Rattanakiri Province the tour carries on to end at the Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The tour will allow cyclists to explore the culture and landscape of these neighboring countries, whilst visiting historical sites such as My Son.

Beginning in Vietnam, the tour heads to the central highlands where riders will cycle amongst ethnic tribes Jarai and Bhanar whose traditional ways are still preserved. On the 5th day the tour reaches Pleiku, known to be the home of the best coffee in Vietnam. Cyclists will notice how the mountainous scenery is now punctuated with tea and coffee plantations.

As the tour moves on to Cambodia, cyclists will ride beside rice paddies and through local villages to explore the Cambodian culture, as well as traveling alongside the Mekong River, where dolphins are often spotted in Kratie. Cyclists will stop at the Tourism Training Center in Stung Treng an outreach program set up in rural Cambodia where local dinner will be served.

On day 12 the group reaches Siem Reap and will explore Angkor Wat for the remainder of the trip. Angkor Wat is the main attraction in Siem Reap, with well preserved and expansive temples dating from the 12th century. The tour has two days to explore.

The amount of cycling varies day to day, from cycling around temples in My Son and Angkor, to a more challenging 110kms day. A normal days ride can be anywhere between 50-80kms, and a support van is always nearby to help with the more difficult stretches, as well as serving snacks and drinks to refresh riders.

Departure dates are 8 January, 5 February, 4 March, 30 September, 18 November, 23 December 2012.

There January tour is priced at US$1,935 after a special 10% discount. Subsequent trips cost US$2,150.

For the majority of the trip cyclists will stay in hotel accommodation, however the price is not inclusive of bike rental which costs an additional US$165, and if cyclists wish to stay in a private room a single supplement cost of US$425 will be added. The price does include most meals, drinks and snack during riding time.

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