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Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Bike Tour

Cycle & Sail Along the Mighty Mekong River in Indochina

From $6,998 - $7,548 pp dbl. occ. | 9 days / 8 nights

(+$3,300 to $3,600 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $400 to $450


Bike through a place of intriguing contrasts: exotic silks and down-to-earth rice farmers. Raw jungles and floating markets. Bustling cities and ancient temples. You might see a monk texting on a smartphone one moment and a family of six on a moped the next. Let the river be your guide to this mysterious part of Southeast Asia.

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Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Luang Prabang/Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Highlights

  • Sail and bike your way along the Mekong, one of the world's most captivating rivers and one of the richest in biodiversity
  • Marvel at Indochina's beauty, from the Khmer carvings at Angkor Wat to river life in the Vietnamese delta
  • Pedal peaceful roads past bucolic villages, emerald green rice paddies and lively floating markets
  • Engage your senses with the exotic sights, sounds and flavors of three distinct countries and cultures
Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Luang Prabang/Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Behold the charms of Luang Prabang, ancient capital of the historic Kingdom of Laos and now a World Heritage site | Ride to quiet neighboring villages | Give alms as monks walk through the streets in morning procession.

Days 3-4 Fly to Cambodia, then discover Angkor as you pedal among iconic stone monuments, learning about the Khmer civilizations | Receive a water blessing from a monk | Visit a market and an artisan's workshop | Greet the sunrise over Angkor Wat | Explore the Roluos Group, temples dating back to the 9th century and hailed as Angkor's oldest | A local family invites us into their home for lunch.

Days 5-6 Travel by air from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh | Experience French colonial architecture, lively cafés and colorful markets | Board our luxury river ship to start our Mekong River cruise | Float across the Cambodian border into vibrant Vietnam.

Days 7-9 Cruise and cycle narrow waterways to an ecological reserve | Admire fine handicrafts in silk- and rattan-making workshops | Enjoy the views as you cruise along the Mekong | On foot, witness the buzz of activity on the busy docks of Sa Dec | Savor a final ride along the Mekong as it widens into a vast delta, arriving by bike and boat at Cai Be, known for its floating market | Journey to Ho Chi Minh City.

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2018 February
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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,398 pp dbl occ
2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,398 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $6,998 - $7,548 pp dbl. occ.
9 days / 8 nights

(+$3,300 to $3,600 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $400 to $450


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Premiere Hotels & Ship*

La Residence Phou Vao
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

Luang Prabang (2 nights)

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor

Siem Reap (2 nights)

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Phnom Penh (1 night)

Heritage Line
Heritage Line Ship

Jahan or Jayavarman (3 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

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Premiere Hotels & Ship*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

La Residence Phou Vao

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

Luang Prabang (2 nights)

Surrounded by lush mountains, this elegant French colonial hotel invites you to unwind at its open-air spa and in its infinity pool overlooking the jungle. (pool, spa)

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor

Siem Reap (2 nights)

Described by Andrew Harper as a "stylish and beautifully restored landmark resort-hotel surrounded by a 15-acre park, less than five miles from Angkor Wat." (pool, spa)

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Phnom Penh (1 night)

With a distinguished blend of Khmer, art deco and French colonial architecture, this iconic hotel has offered unmatched luxury since 1929. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Heritage Line

Heritage Line Ship

Jahan or Jayavarman (3 nights)
*

Blending the very best of old-world Europe and Indochina in its sophisticated décor, superb cuisine and top-notch service, this ship exudes bygone elegance. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 15 100
2 20* 600 25* 600 32 800
3 15* 0 24* 200 31* 200
4 12* 0 28* 200 34 200
5 13* 0
Phnom Penh Walking Tour
6 Tan Chau Walking Tour
7 10 0 24 0
15 0
8 12* 0 23* 0 32 0
9 Conclusion of the Trip
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations, Group Size & Meals

For three nights, the Heritage Line ship is your floating luxury hotel, taking you into a remote region rarely explored by bicycle! We've limited our Backroads group size to 26, but just like any hotel, we'll be sharing the ship with other guests. These 52-passenger ships are custom-designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing with other guests. All dinners are prepared by the ship's classically trained chefs and are served on board in the ship's dining rooms.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary while cruising on the Mekong is based on scheduled sailing times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. Should any unforeseen change due to low or high water happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with Heritage Line's captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow. Depending on the situation, our leaders may adjust the rides and activities as necessary.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our land-based hotels, which have similar room categories, the Heritage Line ships offer a range of stateroom categories. Since the ship has only 26 cabins, making it the perfect size for visiting small shoreline communities, few suites are available. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Biking in an Emerging World

Your journey through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos will probably be unlike any other travel experience. The people you'll meet and places you'll visit will likely stay with you for a very long time. As wonderfully fulfilling as travel is in this region, it's not always easy. These are developing countries and even something as simple as crossing the road can be a challenge, especially in larger cities like Phnom Penh. In the countryside, many of our routes have little traffic, but are remote enough that they also lack some of the usual roadside comforts, like bathrooms or cafés serving cold drinks. Our itineraries and Trip Leaders remove as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible, making your next extraordinary encounter always within reach. Of course, we can't remove haze and noise from the air, or replace a poorly maintained road. But if you can be flexible and approach the region with an open mind, you'll enjoy your trip to the fullest! Due to the varied road conditions on our routes, we have specially fitted our bikes to maximize your comfort and control. All Backroads bikes on this trip come with upright handlebars, as the terrain includes some rough roads with dirt and sand sections. Upright handlebars are safer and more comfortable over these mixed-surface roads.

Why Travel with Backroads in

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations, Group Size & Meals

For three nights, the Heritage Line ship is your floating luxury hotel, taking you into a remote region rarely explored by bicycle! We've limited our Backroads group size to 26, but just like any hotel, we'll be sharing the ship with other guests. These 52-passenger ships are custom-designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing with other guests. All dinners are prepared by the ship's classically trained chefs and are served on board in the ship's dining rooms.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary while cruising on the Mekong is based on scheduled sailing times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. Should any unforeseen change due to low or high water happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with Heritage Line's captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow. Depending on the situation, our leaders may adjust the rides and activities as necessary.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our land-based hotels, which have similar room categories, the Heritage Line ships offer a range of stateroom categories. Since the ship has only 26 cabins, making it the perfect size for visiting small shoreline communities, few suites are available. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Biking in an Emerging World

Your journey through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos will probably be unlike any other travel experience. The people you'll meet and places you'll visit will likely stay with you for a very long time. As wonderfully fulfilling as travel is in this region, it's not always easy. These are developing countries and even something as simple as crossing the road can be a challenge, especially in larger cities like Phnom Penh. In the countryside, many of our routes have little traffic, but are remote enough that they also lack some of the usual roadside comforts, like bathrooms or cafés serving cold drinks. Our itineraries and Trip Leaders remove as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible, making your next extraordinary encounter always within reach. Of course, we can't remove haze and noise from the air, or replace a poorly maintained road. But if you can be flexible and approach the region with an open mind, you'll enjoy your trip to the fullest! Due to the varied road conditions on our routes, we have specially fitted our bikes to maximize your comfort and control. All Backroads bikes on this trip come with upright handlebars, as the terrain includes some rough roads with dirt and sand sections. Upright handlebars are safer and more comfortable over these mixed-surface roads.
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