Thailand-based SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has
launched a 13-day tour from Vietnamís Saigon to Cambodia's Angkor
Wat in Siem Reap.
It is the first road cycling tour outside of
Thailand for SpiceRoads and has been developed due to the
increased popularity of the sport worldwide.
The adventure, named On the Road from Vietnam to Cambodia
by SpciceRoads, starts in
Saigon (more formally known as Ho Chi Minh) with a tour of
this historical area including Reunification Hall (formally the
Presidential Palace); where Saigon officially surrendered to the
North Vietnamese, and the fashionable Dong Khoi Street with its
French colonial buildings including the old Gothic-styled Saigon
Post Office decorated with French colonial maps and a portrait of
Ho Chi Minh.
The following day the cycling begins with a
delightful ride down the coastal road to Phan Thiet. This quiet
flat road runs between sand dunes, pine forests and ends at one of
the best beaches in Vietnam.
The tour then heads inland towards Dalat, a
colonial hill station town at more than 1,500 meters surrounded by
dense pine forests. There is an ascent of 2,641 meters to get
there, but there are lots of breaks, and the support vehicle is
never too far behind with drinks and snacks.
Other highlights include a visit to the famous
Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of interconnecting underground
tunnels constructed by the Vietnamese resistance fighters (the
Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars and a day
exploring the magnificent city of Phnom Penh.
The tour ends at the spectacular Angkor Wat.
There is a visit to Ta Prohm (made famous by the film Tomb Raider
where the ruins are overgrown by strangler fig and silk-cotton
tresses), Angkor Thom, Bayon temple and the Terrace of the
On the Road from Vietnam to Cambodia covers a
total of 1,130 kilometers in 10 cycling days on smooth tarmac
roads and is fully supported with knowledgeable guides,
ensuring you always know what is coming up in terms of distance,
terrain and sights.
Patricia Weismantel, Product Manager of
SpiceRoads Cycle Tours, said, ďThis tour was set up as our
customers were asking for a road bike tour that took in two
countries. Vietnam's diversity, from the sea to the mountains, and
Cambodia's history make these two appealing landscapes to cycle
through. When you factor in fresh local flavors, charming
accommodation and two cultures, this tour hits all the right notes
for road riders.Ē
The tour costs US$2,750 with an additional $195
if bicycle rental is required. Accommodation, all meals (except on
the rest day), drinks and snacks on route are all included.
SpiceRoads is offering US$200 off on its first two tours (25 January
and 22 February, both in 2015), use promo code VIETNAM-CAMBODIA
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