This journey takes us through three countries with divergent histories and subtly different cultures. From the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the serene tranquillity of the shimmering paddy fields, to the magnificence of Angkor’s temples, we see a little piece of everything these amazing countries have to offer. In Vietnam we enter the Mekong Delta, a spectacular patchwork of rice paddies and waterways. Our journey ends in Saigon where the frenetic pace and vibrant street life contrasts starkly with the rural areas we have cycled through, and will leave a lasting impression.
There will be a group meeting and briefing with your leader in the evening followed by an optional group dinner for those that would like to join. Your main luggage will be transported ahead of you to the start point early in the morning so please bring this with you to the meeting; just hang on to what you need for the night/morning - you will be with your luggage again mid-morning tomorrow.
Ramada Plaza Bangkok Mae Nam Riverside Hotel or similar
An early start this morning as we venture out of Bangkok to the ancient town of Ayutthaya. Our two hour transfer takes us into the heart of this fascinating site and we start cycling by the huge reclining Buddha. Much of the old town was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century and we will cycle through the remaining shrine towers and enormous temples to appreciate the past magnificence.
The Kantary Ayutthaya Hotel or similar
Today we follow minor roads through rural Thai landscapes including rubber and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields. There are a few easy rolling hills but the route is mostly flat. The ride ends when we join a busier road before driving the final short distance to the town of Kabin Buri by bus.
Kantary Kabinburi Hotel or similar
Leaving our hotel early in the morning we ride towards Tha Krabak where we can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the other side. We will break for lunch before carrying on cycling on quiet but well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, 10km from the Cambodian border.
The VELO's Hotel & Pumptrack or similar
After breakfast we drive to the busy border and complete customs formalities as we cross into Cambodia at Poipet. We then drive to Siem Reap. Due to years of civil war the country is poorer and less developed than its neighbours. Apart from growth in the capital and around Siem Reap, the way of life in the countryside is still very much the same as it has been for centuries. This afternoon's ride from Siem Reap takes us past Wat Athvea, a modern temple in the grounds of the ruins of an Angkorian temple, and ends at a market and picnic area outside of Siem Reap.
Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar
Today we may choose to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide area and are linked by shady avenues; meandering our way between them by bike gives us a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the ancient stones, Angkor Thom with the famous Bayon temple of 37 towers (originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king, and of course the incredible Angkor Wat, with its huge moat, long causeway and massive towers - it is the largest temple complex in Asia.
Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar
Today we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th Century and contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in exquisite carvings. In the afternoon as we cycle back to Siem Reap we can stop and visit a few of the less visited Angkor temples. Siem Reap town is pleasant to wander around; the market has plenty of interest and excellent shopping and there is a vibrant nightlife scene. This afternoon there should also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, which is a branch of the Mekong River. This optional trip includes a boat ride to see the floating fishing villages. Anyone wanting to do this visit may need to miss part or all of the ride back to Siem Reap, depending on timings. Cycle approx. 70 km. if riding the full distance to and from Banteay Srei.
Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar
Today we take a bus journey of approximately 7 hours along National Road 6 to Phnom Penh, with a couple of stops along the way. We visit Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments with some of the oldest structures in the country. We'll also pause for a traditional Khmer lunch at a community restaurant before stopping in the town Skuon, which is known for its local delicacy of fried spiders. The road is currently undergoing some resurfacing so some sections will be a bit of a bumpy ride! We should arrive in Phnom Penh for late afternoon, the perfect time for a sundowner on the Mekong.
Patio Hotel or similar
The fortunes of Phnom Penh have shifted dramatically during its history and the terrible years of the Khmer Rouge and subsequent civil war through the 1970s and 1980s have scarred the country. During our stay we visit two sites which give us a vivid impression of some of the horrors. There is the Genocide Museum, which is the former Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21 or Tuol Sleng, in the centre of the city. And 15kms of out of town is the area known as the 'Killing Fields,' a mass grave and execution site for the former inmates of S-21. While visiting Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields may not appeal to everyone, we feel they give us an important understanding of what the country and its people had to endure just a few decades ago.
On a more positive note, the city is very much on the rise again and is a fascinating place with fine examples of French colonial architecture. We tour the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda. There is also excellent shopping at the 'Russian' market, and the lively Mekong waterfront area.
Patio Hotel or similar
This morning we transfer south out of Phnom Penh to the town of Takeo. Here the road becomes quieter and we mount our bikes for the 50km ride to the Phnom Den / Tinh Bien border. Once border formalities have been completed, we cycle approximately 30km to Chau Doc.
Victoria Chau Doc Hotel or similar
This morning we ride from our hotel along a lovely quiet backroad, lined with small villages and dwellings before stopping for lunch and transferring the rest of the way to Vinh Long by bus. Leaving the bikes on the mainland, we take another boat (20 minutes) to reach our homestay guesthouse on an island in the Mekong Delta, known as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam. After settling in we can explore the area on foot. The rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta form an amazing network of waterways. The area is famous for its abundant rice production but in many areas farmers are now moving to more profitable fish-farming and fruit and vegetable growing. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner at the homestay and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided.
Homestay Guesthouse Mekong Delta
We leave by boat, stopping en route for a look at the Cai Be floating market. Here large boats moor up in the Mekong River, weighed down with fruit and vegetable produce. Local traders and shop owners buy in bulk in this strictly 'wholesale' market. Recently, Cai Be floating market is becoming less crowded and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local market and trade being conducted traditionally on a smaller scale.
A little further on we make a short stop to see cottage industries producing such items as popped rice, pancakes, wine and other homemade products. We start our ride towards Cai Lay where we take a scenic route through fruit orchards and along the Mekong riverbank. Back on the bus in My Tho, we drive on to the heat, hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, still usually known as Saigon. This is an exciting and absorbing city where scooters pack the streets and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, it is now a free market city where anything goes.
Sila Urban Living Hotel or similar
The whole day is free to explore Saigon, do some shopping and to relax. There are a number of interesting things to see - the Saigon River, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral are all within easy walking distance. Alternatively a short cyclo (cycle taxi) ride will take you to the War Remnants Museum with an interesting (if a little gruesome) photographic record of the Vietnam/American War.
For those that are interested your leader can arrange an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, located 2 hours outside the city. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. Originally these were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to explore the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine!
Sila Urban Living Hotel or similar
The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Saigon.
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.
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Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. As this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available from our customers, but here are the comments that have been received from previous Exodus travellers.
It must be said this is a bit dull to begin with - the first three cycling days are not particularly interesting - but it builds and in the end it is a great experience. Cambodia is a fascinating journey from the pomp of Angkor Wat to the rat infested piles of rubbish in Phnom Penh to the anguish of the Killing Fields; I'll never forget it. Vietnam was a complete contrast - colourful, enterprising,confident, resplendent with gold starred red flags everywhere.
Just returned from this trip . Myself , my husband and 3 more friends went on the trip - we are all keen on cycle touring. For myself and my husband, our overall experience was very good . Our guide, Chai was the best we have ever had . He dealt with a varied group with humour, fantastic organisation and always a smile. The group we were with was made up of British , Canadian, American and Australian cyclists . The group was great and bonded well under Chai's expert guidance. Culturally the trip is very interesting - Angkor Wat is fascinating and beautiful and the Killing Fields in Cambodia were life changing. Travelling through the 3 countries and seeing the various levels of development, political situations and living conditions was interesting and sometimes disturbing. However the cycling itself was sometimes disappointing - in the first few days there is rather a lot of cycling along straight, featureless , flat roads in 35 degrees of heat. Being taken out to eat local food in the evenings was very enjoyable and welcome after this. Cycling around Angkor Wat and the various temples which make up the complex was beautiful and the cycling in Vietnam is amazing - cycling through communities , hopping on and off ferries - everywhere a riot of colour and interest.
This is a really wonderful trip. I would highly recommend it. You get a unique view of the people, country life and see very few other tourists, outside of the big cities! A good balance between cycling and transfers on the bus.
I’ve previously been on several exodus trips either hiking or sightseeing ones or a mixture of the two. I thought I’d give cycling a go, I’m not a cyclist at home but keep myself fit. The trip was amazing, the cycling tough in the heat, but you get looked after so well, the bike teams manage the traffic so well and look after your hydration and energy levels. This trip isn’t just about the cycling though, the combination of 3 different countries, with different cultures and foods and fantastic sights and cities you get to see, make this a very memorable holiday.
Just did cycle trip Nov 8-23...what a fabulous time!!!. I am not a cyclist and was worried about being able to do this trip, but it was amazing. The group was large (18) with a mixture of couples and singles all around 25-69 yrs in age. I did fall off the bike on the first day and ended with a slight sprained wrist and cuts and bruises. 2nd day fell off again lol. Our guide looked after me well. I did ride the bus in places I did not feel comfortable with. Cycling was pretty decent, around 12-15km/hr for most of the group, the faster riders went ahead. Bike teams were fabulous and kept the equipment well looked after, snack foods plentiful. The heat and humidity was incredible, but after 3 days I was fine. Crossing boarders was easy. Visited many markets along the way and tried Grasshoppers, Silk Worms, Beetles, Snake, Tarantula, Scorpion and many other delicious Asian dishes. Visiting the Killing Fields, S21, War museum was very eye opening. The home stay was amazing! what a beautiful experience, got to help with dinner prep, beds were comfy, out door shower relaxing. The only thing I would say is if travelling single it is worth the extra cost to book single supplement. Spending 24/7 with the group is great but its nice to have time alone. I took the advice of reviews and packed light...took a back pack and carry on and I did fine, you can wash clothes in the sink and it dries quickly or laundry is cheap.
Great organisation, team, guides and Leader; Chai, we experienced people, food, culture and daily life in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Saw most wonderful temples in Angkor, deeply moving visits to the Killing Fields and the Vietnam War Remnants museum and the great buzz of SiemReap, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh cities
My husband and I went on this tour in July 2019. We were impressed from the beginning by the excellent organization and by the professionality of our guide Nut. We also had a terrific group, a good mix of more ambitious cyclists and those who desired a more leisurely pace (although I should mention that the tour is somewhat demanding and isn't for total beginners). Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time regardless of their cycling ability. Having experienced guides made things so much easier than if we had tried to organize the trip on our own - which we never would have attempted as a cycling tour.
This was a superb trip in many respects. If you are unsure about booking this trip, then just book it, as it will be a unique and positive experience.
I have just returned from the Indochina Angkor trip and can thoroughly recommend it. So many different experiences are included in the trip without overwhelming the group and I have memories that will last a lifetime.
This was our third cycling trip with Exodus. It was an amazing journey and adventure and we loved every single moment of it. It was a fantastic way to see some ‘highlights’ of three beautiful countries.
The trip was great from beginning to end, the cycling was great, the guides were knowledgeable, the support crew looked after us, the other adventurers were class acts and it was an amazing way to see Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The trip took us through some rural scenery in the Far East. It was a treat to see the real country as well as the big cities. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of back up from the support team. They seemed to have thought of everything.
Great opportunity to see 3 countries! Great leader!
As a second time traveller to this area I had seen many of the sites by coach. Cycling is so much better allowing time to absorb the many natural wonders and culture with the wind through your hair. Our tour leader, nick name IS, a fully committed Thai lady, gave 110% to everything for the group, including the 2 boarder crossings that looked like something from a James Bond film!
This tour gives a great overview of the 3 countries visited with differing food, landscapes and people. Our group was small (only 9: Brits and Americans) which gave us a very close bonding time together and our leader 'Is' was outstanding in her warmth, compassion and sense of humour. The pace was faster than expected and yet although we cycled further than I have experience of, it was completely manageable and I was never tempted to get on the bus. It's hot and sweaty but virtually flat the whole way. There is more traffic and car fumes than anticipated and it felt a bit risky at times, but 'Is' had her eye on us the whole time with help from the crew. The food is wonderful and as a gluten free vegetable lover I was in heaven. There really is no need to bring anything extra except perhaps a bag of muesli. The cycle snacks are never ending and delicious. Culturally, we were indulged in many new tastes, sights and sounds from spiders, silk worms, frogs, rats and snakes to be eaten in the local markets to fabulous home cooking in the home stay. We toured Angkor Wat in its splendours over 3 days and enjoyed the boat ride in Cambodia and the homestay in Vietnam. Entering Vietnam, we experienced the New Year celebrations in a riot of colourful flowers and local costumes and decorations as well as some evening shows. We enjoyed every aspect of the trip and followed straight on to the Exodus Cycle Vietnam trip. This was totally manageable and I recommend it as a way of enhancing the experience if you can manage that amount of time and expenditure (see my review for that trip too). We loved the time spent in Saigon and also had a few extra days in Bangkok at the start to acclimatise to the time zone difference and the weather. The hotels along the way can be basic but all are clean and comfortable and most have swimming pools. Laundry is easy to do. Leave space in your suitcase for shopping. There are lots of possibilities along the way for cheap and colourful clothing, crafts and food items. The history of war can be hard to digest and the visits in Pnom Penh quite devastating. But we were taken for lunch to a community restaurant project rehabilitating street children, which was so uplifting that we could see how the people have moved forward from their dark history with quiet hope, endurance and humility. We have so many great photos and memories but are already thinking about where to go on our next adventure. A big thanks to 'Is' and Exodus for this great holiday.
This was an excellent trip which has certainly encouraged us to look at another cycling holiday. Our guide, Rit, who was with us from Bangkok to Saigon was excellent, forever patient, informative and professional, he was a pleasure to be with. As we entered Cambodia & Vietnam we were joined by local guides for the journey through their country & they were also equally professional, as were all members of the support teams. Their humour certainly assisted us through some warm days.The cycle days were split quite well, with timely stops with lovely snacks & drinks supplied in some memorable settings. The trip covers some of the iconic places to visit in all three countries but also includes quite a bit of low key mixing with locals which was equally memorable.
It was a brilliant trip . Very well run. The cycling was varied from long straight roads in Thialand to rough tracks along the Mekone valley . It was my first cycling trip and I'm now looking to do another. The support from the team was excellant , I was often near the back of the ride and thier was always a team member with us. . They were very supportive and encouraging . The bikes were well serviced. The stops for snacks had lovely fruits and drinks.
This trip was a great experience and the best cycling holiday we have been on to date. Our tour leader Nut was outstanding, he could not have done more to ensure everyone on the trip had a great holiday, we could not rate him more highly. The trip itself was well thought out and we covered so much in just a few weeks. The highlights included: Cycling in Vietnam, particulalry down the muddy tracks! the homestay in the Mekong Delta, the Killing Fields and the variety of food in each country. I would recommend this trip.
There will simply be not enough space to detail all the great experience we had on this trip. Firstly our guide Nut, was outstanding and he ensured we that we covered off of everything that was available to us. Sights, sounds, experiences, feelings, emotions, tastes and the list goes on! Apart from a positive sweeping endorsement about this trip, below are a handful of highlights as felt by us. 1. Nuts food recommendations. 2. The Killing Fields in Cambodia. 3. Saigon. 4. The Thai/Cambodia crossing. 5. The greetings by all the children in Vietnam. 6. All the sights available to you whilst riding a bike. 7. The amazing support staff. 8. Majestic temples. 9. The accommodation in Phnom Penh. We highly recommend this trip to anyone who would like a unique adventure through Thailand/Cambodia and Vietnam. If you are not a bike rider thou, best you do some preparation.
Great trip with lots to see apart from the cycling. Temples,monkeys etc Great guide and team. Would recommend this trip 👌🏻
This was my first cycling trip and really enjoyed it. Great local food and some interesting sightseeing on the trip as well.
A great trip, supported by 3 very good teams. The riding was fairly easy - very flat with hardly an incline - , with a great bunch of fellow riders. I dont think we saw the best of Thailand, and it felt like we were out of the country as soon as we started. Temples and Pagodas was the theme of most of the trip, and they didn't dissapoint. We saw monkeys and elephants - too breifly. A lot of people on our trip were more interested in the wildlife, a bit of a shame that more wasnt made of that. Cambodia stole our hearts ! The people were so freindly, the surroundings straight out of 'national geographic' pages. A country with such a sad history, but certainly worth a visit on it's own.
Fantastic temples, fantastic food, relatively easy cycling. Wonderful people. You don't need to be a regular cyclist to do this tour - if you follow the Exodus guide on getting cycling fit, you will have no problem. Bus support was excellent, for anyone that got sick, or just didn't fancy a particular cycle etc. The mix of visiting iconic sites like Angkor Wat/ Angkor Thom etc was just right for us. The cycling is nearly flat all the way from Thailand to the Mekong, and the expected/required cycling pace was relaxed. The only issue is heat; the temperature even in 'winter' was low to mid 30 celsius; regular water stops are provided, and acclimatisation helps. The hotels were either excellent - particularly the choices at Start/Finish in Bangkok and Saigon, and also in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Chau Doc, or otherwise pretty good elsewhere. Almost everywhere had air conditioning, and where not, fans.
This trip had it all, three amazing countries, good accommodation, wonderful food, excellent company and the most personable, knowledgable, competent guides. We crossed two borders, changed bikes and teams and had one unfortunate incident but all was dealt with professionally and seamlessly. Nut, Mr Tao, Kong, Linn and all those whose names I have forgotten, or cannot spell, were so lovely, they managed to stay cheerful, introduced us to some fantastic eating places, kept us all fed watered and entertained throughout. I think Nut’s guitar playing had the edge over Linn’s singing but both were memorable. All three counteries have so much history, it was truly fascinating and left us wishing we had longer to explore. We learnt so much about rice growing, tapioca, rubber, palm sugar, knife making, spring roll making and the effects of snake wine (don’t try it wearing Lycra Rob). I also learnt how to survive two nights without a hairdryer, helmet head is not a pretty sight! Based on this whistle stop experience we shall certainly return, the cycle Vietnam trip is calling! A big thank you to everyone from Exodus, and to the other wonderful people on the trip for making the whole experience so memorable.
The trip was a retirement present to myself and in the months between booking and departing I had intended to get many miles under my (too large) belt. When the time came to leave I was more than a little anxious as I hadn't exactly hit my training targets, had never done this kind of holiday before and was travelling alone. From the moment I first stepped on to the bike I knew that my fears were unfounded, The trip was among the best holidays I have ever taken. The cycling was wonderful, the scenery and ancient sites beautiful, the staff, support, equipment and organisation exemplary and the food delicious and cheap. The accommodation ranged from very good to more modest hotels but all were clean and had en suite facilities. I had paid a single room supplement and was a litle disappointed to be sharing (for one night only) in the delighful 'homestay' but this was a very minor inconvenience. The group was large and diverse but here was huge companionship, support and banter between us and the staff ensured that both stronger cyclists and less experienced had plenty of fun and challenge. It was brilliant to experience three different countries and cultures. In each the local tour guides gave interesting and educational background to visits. This part of the world has had more than its share of troubles and it was brilliant to see how each country is responding and developing. Throughout, the local people were welcoming and friendly - in Vietnam, for example, we were greeted by high-fiving children and shouts of 'hello' at every village. The days ranged from some long rides in the sun to occasional bus transfers and shorter excursions but all were punctuated by the excellent snack van providing lovely refreshments and fresh water at very regular intervals. In summary I loved it, was sad when it finished and am already browsing the web for the next adventure.
I booked this trip after doing the Vietnam cycling trip in February. I had really enjoyed that one and suddenly found myself with time off before Christmas, and with the threat of a cold Canadian winter looming, I decided to get some sun while I could. For a Canadian the logistics of this trip required getting the Vietnam visa ahead of time (Thailand didn't need one and Cambodia offered the ability to get one ahead or at the border). Luckily, having been there recently, my Visa came back quickly. The cost was prohibitive for the few days I would be there, but I enjoyed the country so much last time that I couldn't resist. Our guide was professional and knowledgeable. We also had local guides for Cambodia and Vietnam to augment his knowledge. The organization was top notch and things went smoothly, despite having to cross two land borders and meet up with bus drivers and local mechanics, trucks, and bikes. Everything was waiting and prepared for us. I needed pedals installed, but that was taken care of very quickly (three times) and efficiently. Three countries provided lots of different scenery, different food, and slightly different riding conditions. I saw rolling countryside, lots of livestock, rivers, rice paddies, lakes, vegetation....I am biased, but I liked Vietnam the most. The sights built into the tour were awesome and important. I am glad I went and I do not regret it for an instant. The accommodations on the Vietnam only trip were better than the ones on this trip, but there is nothing to complain about on this trip. Rooms were clean and air conditioned. Our group was small so that allowed for a bit more customization to meet our needs that might not have been possible with a bigger group. I appreciated that our guide worked with us. If you want to read more about my trip, I blogged about it almost every day (December 2 onward). Here is a link to the blog. If you have trouble finding it through the dates, look under the My Travels heading. https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/ I will definitely do another cycling holiday (when finances allow) though I am not sure where. When I got home, the new catalogue was waiting in my mailbox.
Like cycling Kerala & the a Tropical South (which I can totally recommend) this was another wonderfully varied trip. Loved the fact that there were many cultural, religious, historical and culinary experiences intermingled with cycling in a great part of the world. The cycling in Thailand was not as scenic as we'd hoped but the food and stops to see temples, rubber plantations, etc. made the long cycling days more interesting. We changed bikes 3 times (different bikes and back up teams in each country) which was not ideal but crossing the busy border between Thailand and Cambodia was a highlight for us (like India without the saris!). It was very hot and humid and some of the fairer people were sunburnt on the cloudy days!
The whole holiday was a great adventure and turned out to be even better than we hoped it would be! So much to see and do, we packed so much in it felt like we had been away for a month! Cycling allowed you to get to see bits of the countries that you would never normally get close too on other types of holidays -Brilliant!
Well where do I start? This holiday was one big adventure from the start, right to the end. I saw and learnt so much.
Three countries with fabulous experiences in each. A great group and a fantastic group leader made this a truly great trip.
My first holiday in South East Asia and my first cycling holiday! I absolutely loved every moment. It won't be my last cycling trip: seeing beautiful countryside, meeting locals, eating delicious food, great accommodation ranging from hotels to homestay, lovely cycling group and great memories that will stay with me!
Cycling South East Asia . We cycled from Bangkok to Saigon - crossed borders , through jungles , stayed in accommodation varying from hotels to homestay - all seamlessly organised by our group leader Chiaya .
Absolutely the best thing we have ever done. Loved every second of this trip.
Fascinating cycle across three countries. All of them different. Very thought provoking. Showed how privileged we are to live in Western European democracies with checks and balances on the despotic use of power. Also showed the importance of free education and health services in Europe. One informed local told us 'you get sick, you go to hospital, you can't pay, you die in the corridor!'
A fantastic experience and we really enjoyed every moment. The organisation and back up were exceptional and all the people who supported us were first class in every aspect.
This was the first time I have travelled with Exodus and I was very impressed. I have travelled with other small-group adventure companies in the past, but I have to say for smooth, efficient organization, quality of hotels, and quality of tour leader, Exodus is probably the best. I was also very impressed with the quality of the bikes that were provided.
The was to be my first cycling holiday abroad and I didn't know what to expect. The organisation of the trip, the bike teams who provided superb snacks at every stop, the excellent bikes, the superb leader, the amazing views.. they all helped make it an enjoyable experience. Several members of the group didn't really cycle much at all but we all managed it, with the more experienced cyclists offering help and advice as needed.
A great trip through 3 very different countries.
Fantastic trip, see so much of 3 different countries
Thailand to Vietnam via Cambodia on bikes over the festive period
The holiday was wonderful. Great cycling, an exceptional leader and a culturally rich experience through three countries.
What a great way to see a country! I am not really a 'tour' person but this was an excellent experience because we got to experience many more things than we would have on our own. I'd love to do another one.
This was a well thought out trip and the bike equipment , the bike team support in each country was superb and the route was brilliant which allowed us to see many sights along the way, in addition to that we had a guide with a passion and enthusiam for her job.
We had a really great time on this action packed trip.There was so much to see especially since we experienced 3 countries in 2 weeks so we never really had a spare moment. The cycling was great mainly flat with some quite long days the longest being 90 k, but the roads are mainly flat with good surfaces and with the excellent bikes the cycling was no problem and although it was quite hot, it was cool in the saddle. We booked the premium trip and were impressed with the standard of hotels and the snacks at the rest stops were amazing.Having been on the Myanmar, Cuba & Costa Rica trips which were all excellent but we thought the premium trip was worth the extra.
My husband and I did this holiday in November 2015 so it has taken me a little while to write this review ! Although I cycle regularly since taking early retirement and he is a very fit cyclist I was anxious about the cycling content. However to reassure anyone who is worried, there is brilliant support and at any stage you can hop in the support bus for a rest as each days cycle is broken up into segments of 15 to 20 km etc . I wanted to see Vietnam and Cambodia and he wanted a cycling holiday and so this was the compromise and it was totally brilliant. There was about 17 in our group, and I immediately found out that most were much better cyclists than me. For the first couple of days in Thailand I found it quite taxing as the cycles were long , but the snacks after each stage more than made up for it when you re-energised and rehydrated.The feeling of achievement at the end of each day was amazing. The sights were fantastic. I thought the Thailand section not as inspiring as Cambodia and Vietnam but it was all part of the experience having never been to any of these countries before. The accommodation was pretty good in most of the places we stayed. The night in the traditional Mekon delta guesthouse was absolutely fine although not perhaps my trip highlight although I understand how it would be with others as the holiday info suggested. You even had a shower and ensuite in the guesthouse rooms although the walls were literally paper thin and the setting was beautiful. The various ferry and border crossings we did on our bikes were an adventure in themselves. All in all an awesome holiday
A thoroughly enjoyable trip. Fantastic scenery off the beaten track and away from tourists to see the real countryside and how the locals live. Our guide was very knowledgeable and great fun and took us to eat local street food that he knew was safe. Food was dirt cheap in Thailand and Cambodia. A bit more expensive in Vietnam. Wine was expensive but beer was cheap. We were lucky with the weather and had only one day where we got drenched. The rest of the time it was hot and steamy. Don't take any notice of the Exodus currency advice. We found it incorrect. Take US dollars only. We took pounds sterling and couldn't change them anywhere and had to supplement the few dollars we had with an ATM withdrawal. Take some Thai baht but don't bother with Cambodian Real or Vietnamese Dong. If you are reasonably fit and adventurous then this is for you. There were support vehicles a plenty if you needed a rest. The snacks provided were very welcome at the breaks. The only negative if you can call it that was the hotels. Excellent 4 star plus but you could have been anywhere in the world. We would have preferred more character. The air con however was very welcome. The most characterful stay was at the homestead in the Mekong delta on an island
Came away feeling that I saw and experienced heaps more than I would have done as an independent traveller. Added bonus was having a good group of fellow travellers which is always a bonus as everyone seemed to gel pretty well.
What a brilliant way to see a country or three! This was a trip to remember for all the right reasons. Three fantastic countries with really welcoming people in each. A great group of fellow cyclists who I hope will remain in touch and a fantastic guide called Chai who kept us informed, amused and motivated throughout the trip.
This tour delivered beauty and savagery in equal measures. The scenery varied between flat rice fields as far as the eye could see and dense jungle. The local countryside dwellers were happy and busy turning food crops into a living. The cities were traffic nightmares where cars and scooters came at us from all directions. Distant history was displayed in all its magnificence, while the barbarity of more recent history was laid bare for all to see. The bikes and hotels were good and the leadership was both accommodating and supportive. It was a truly brilliant experience for all that.
This is a very diverse tour. If you are looking for culture, history though the ages, people interaction, terrain, scenery, colours and smells, new experiences, cuisine, good weather, the great outdoors plus many more and some exercise on a cycle this tour will meet and probably exceed your expectations.
An excellent well organised holiday. Everything is well thought out with experienced staff taking care of every need and eventuality. Would recommend this holiday.
I am not in any way a cyclist and only ended up on this tour as I joined a friend who had already booked. I had not even been on a bike for approximately 15 years. Was I nervous, yes very much so, and was worried I had bitten off more than I could chew. I need not have worried as I had an absolutely fantastic time. The support given was superb and it was very well organised, the guides (we had 2 Chai and Nat) and all the support crew were friendly, helpful, and a good laugh. I cannot praise then enough. Chai managed to sort out an incorrect double room booking into the correct twin room booking for the entire trip in a blink of an eye. The route passed a variety of scenery and the roads were on the whole very good. The route was mainly flat although there were some hills. You have 100% support in Thailand, as the support vehicles can follow the same route, in Cambodia as most of the cycling was for site seeing and between the temples it's not really needed although the refreshment bus follows so if needed you can jump on it. In Vietnam as you are cycling through villages the support vehicles cannot fit but you meet them at set intervals throughout the day, around every 10-20km, depending on the area. My only grip would be the trip notes, as I have never done this kind of tour before I relied heavily on these and purchased a repair kit, bike pump, bottle holder, cycling snacks etc. It turned out I did not need any of it, as it was all provided with the support teams (snacks come out of a tipping kitty which you pay into, and are delicious). Even in Vietnam one of the support team who cycles with you, carries these things, so I feel it was a waste of money. I donated most of it to my tour leader and my friend at the end of the trip. Also the price for the optional tour to cu chi tunnels is well out it was more than double, I did not do the others so not sure how accurate these are. Would I do a cycling holiday again, yes. Would I book with exodus again, yes. It was amazing.
This trip exceeded my expectations - crossing three quite different countries for our introduction to SE Asia allowed us to experience different foods, customs and sites of interest.
Excellent trip from start to finish. Organisation was amazing, we didn't have to worry about anything ourselves. Cycling was really good, with amazing support team throughout the three countries. Great group of people too who all enjoyed themselves. Will definitely do another cycling holiday with Exodus
This was a brilliant trip. It combined fair distances of cycling with beautiful scenery and fascinating cultural sites. All the accommodation was good and some of the hotels were quite luxurious! The food was varied and delicious with many places offering local specialities. The drinks and snacks provided during the cycling days were also very good.
fantastic trip - really loved the cycling and felt I saw a lot of South East Asia a lot of other people haven't. Don't be put off by the cycling - it's not as hard as it looks on paper and it's a great experience!
A great introduction to cycling in Asia. Theirs no better way to see a country, feel a country, taste a country than this trip. The level of hospitality shown by the people we met on the journey was amazing. If you have ever wondered whether you could do it, you can, get online and book this trip, you would be mad not to.
A fantastic, inspirational trip, an emotional roller-coaster of pain (from the saddle sore) and extreme pleasure from the sights, culture and people you meet along the way. I would whole heartedly recommend this trip, a once in a lifetime experience.
This was my first trip with exodus and I would definitely recommend it. It was a fabulous mixture of cycling, sightseeing and culture. Fabulous!!
A small, eclectic group of people, who enjoyed each other's company, and shared some wonderful experiences on a cycle through 3 countries. The cycling days were long, fast and flat. Very enjoyable, on well maintained bikes. Safety was taken care of by a very attentive team, shepherding us through busy, but generally slow, and forgiving traffic in towns. Outside the towns, the roads were empty, and well maintained. The sightseeing was well organised, with commentary by well informed local guides.
AN AWESOME TRIP COVERING 3 COUNTRIES IN ASIA
Having just returned from Cycling Indochina, I'm still on a high. This holiday was simply fantastic, with great cycling days, beautiful scenery, interesting sites, delicious food, and lots of laughter. The days flew by far too fast, but because we saw and experienced so much each and every day, it nevertheless feels as if we were there for much longer than just 2 weeks. The trip was very well organised, and the team leader and the local guides and technical support teams were wonderful, always on hand with a smile to help wherever needed.
From the beginning, this trip kept you surprised, engaged and immersed. Everyday was an adventure and thoroughly enjoyable. The guides had carefully chosen cycles routes which were fun and fascinating giving you a peek into the lives of real people and at times getting off the beaten track. It was action packed as expected, but still well paced, allowing the occasional afternoon to 'chillax'. The cycling support teams were exceptional. It was hot, but I adapted quickly and cycling actually had a cooling effect. The enjoyable cycling routes, wonderful scenery, delicious food and memorable sights delivered beyond my expectations.
Very good cycling trip especially for 'non climbers'. Too much on first 3 days especially 90km on first day after long flight no time to acclimatise
Great way to explore three Asian countries in two weeks. It was my first time in the region and the trip definitely inspired me to return.
A trip of a life time a great opportunity to see 3 countries from a local perspective. The scenery and the bikes were fabulous even the transition from one country to another was seamless with the support teams really taking care of us all. The snacks on the way provided by them were lovely especially the home made lemonade in Cambodia. We really got to know the support teams as they made us all feel safe and their sense of humour was brilliant. As a group we all got on so well and as I had not paid for a single room our guide arranged that us 3 ladies rotated the rooms so we all had at least 3 nights on our own.
the trip was a introduction to the region , leaving you wanting to return and explore further
Cycling trip starting in Thailand via Cambodia to Vietnam. Culture stops at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Saigon. The cycling was back to front with long distances at the start of the trip when I (this was only me, I think!) was struggling to adjust to the high (37 degree) temperatures. It was always possible to stop riding and take the bus, but I didn't feel good about it. I did enjoy the trip immensely once I'd acclimatised and loved the stops at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Saigon. The quality of hotels in these places was really good, too. Would do this trip again in a heartbeat.
This trip provides good balance between cycling and sightseeing. The cycling is mostly on the flat, with no real hills to speak of, and at manageable distances with regular snack breaks, at least every 10 to 20km or so - if you are averagely fit it won't be highly challenging, though there are a couple of longish days towards the start. The sights are really worth seeing though - Angkor Wat being the obvious highlight. Ho Chi Minh City is also a great place to visit - it is changing so fast!
A great way to see the three countries visited - up close and personal. Cycling off the beaten track in Thailand takes you to places other visitors don't usually see and allowed for everyone to cycle at their own pace (be that racer or not). Cycling in Cambodia on the other hand is somewhat of a different nature, particularly in Siem Reap. We really enjoyed the exhilaration of dodging the traffic including mopeds riding the wrong way up your side of the road. Viet Nam was different again with endless over excited children running out to wave and say hello..makes you feel like royalty with all that waving :-)
A very well organised trip, with good accommodation and food and great guides.
We really enjoyed our holiday, our guide Is was excellent, very well organised. There was very littl hanging about The cycling in Thailand was excellent fun as very quiet roads where we could all go at our own pace, race if we wanted to or in my case bring up the rear. Roads were busier in Cambodia and Vietnam but was still great but we could not split into groups so much. I was a bit nervous about keeping up but it was nearly all totally flat and I found I could manage the distances much easier than I had thought. Bikes were excellent but please, please take padded shorts and a gel saddle cover, hardened cyclerswere struggling without. No need to carry a bag whilst cycling as a vehicle follows you around and you just need to take a drinks bottle. food was really good and as a vegetarian I did not have any problems. If anything there was too much food which was particularly true in Vietnam where we were given large lunches which we felt rude not finishing but they were just too big. Although lunches not included you do not get a choice of where to go so I actually think he rip would be better if lunches were included since there is no choice anyway. hotels were a very good standard, much better than I was expecting. The only downside to the holiday was the time in Phenom Penh which was quite a stressful place to walk round and except going to the market I could not find anything to do in our free time and I also found the home stay to be very different to what I was expecting. I was thinking it would be a quiet retreat but our guide cider to do karaoke very loudly from his laptop. it was great fun but not a quiet retreat, we also had a en suite room and it was just a bit strange! great holiday though and I would recommend it.
This trip has so many positives it is hard to list them all but here goes; Organisation from Exodus pre-travel was excellent as was the slight changes I made to my trip to accommodate onward travel to Hanoi. The guide was amazing and her humour and attention to detail made it all run really smoothly. This type of holiday allows you to see at first hand real people and observe their sometimes simple and challenging lives, you would never see this in a coach or car. The bikes were were good quality and sized accordingly. Roads and tracks were easy going really, some shallow inclines and easy off-road. The issue i guess is the heat when cycling rather than the distance. This is compensated for by regular pre-planned stops and plenty of fluid and nutritional snacks, provided by the kitty. The support crews were the unsung heroes really, they made it all work so easily and despite most of them not speaking any English they were always happy to help. It was this whole package that made the trip work so well. The hotels we stayed in were o0n the whole very good and the food was good too. We chose as a group to eat together each night which was a good way to unwind from the exertions of the day! A group holiday required a bit of give and take and that means being a bit laid back, group dynamic is everything to a successful trip. Our group was great ans we all got on really well and helped each other when required. The trip itself offers quite a variety of experiences such as remote farming and fishing communities, temples (plenty of those!), some 'nightlife' such as Pub Street in Siem Reap and equally tranquil moments in really remote places. The variety is there too as each country is different in many ways and it is this that you will remember most.
I thought the whole of the trip was excellent and very well organised. Nee and all of the staff in the 3 countries visited gave a very good service with a smile. Nothing was too much trouble. Nee made the trip memorable.
A two week cycling trip through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
An absolutely superb trip, so much to see in each country - the scenery, landscape, people and culture. Visiting Angkor was amazing as was staying with a local family in the Mekong Delta.
This was one of the best holidays i have ever had.....simple just that! The team expecially Sutinee Rasp were amazing from start to finish and nothing was too much trouble. The group were great company and we all had a fabulous time. I will be back and certainly try to do more of the trips that Sutinee does the guiding on
My first visit to the Far East , loads of new experiences nearly all positive . The first 3days cycling were quite demanding but once into Cambodia there was a lot more to see and do . Cycling in Siem Reap city was not for the faint hearted. The Mekong Delta was just packed with people . Saigon was full of life and great fun as long as you didn't want to cross the road, there are 6 million motor cycles all driving straight at you.
I found the first there days a little tedious with not much to see and little in the way of cultural experience but if you want to get some cycling miles in then it works! But I went on this trip to see the Angkor Wat temples which did not disappoint. The short bike ride on arrival in Siam Reap to the local market was great fun as this was the first time we came across any real traffic on this trip. The support teams in all three countries were very good and especially in Thailand provided some great snacks at rest breaks. But Vietnam offered the best cultural experience and the best cycling through backstreets and along the canals
This was a fantastic trip which offered a really good mixture of cycling & sightseeing (countryside, cities, historical monuments & wonders of the world). I especially loved the cycling in Thailand, which is where most of the riding is done (the trip notes are not up to date so the mileage each day is a bit different in reality). The Thai cycling team are absolutely fantastic so you can go as fast or as slow as you like & I loved going for it. The feeling of freedom cycling along long rural roads in the sun passing, among other things, paddy fields, water buffalo & rubber tree plantations is amazing. In Cambodia it is more about the sights - Angkor Wat, killing fields etc so there is less cycling & what there is is a bit slower & the group has to stay together due to the roads being very busy. I would recommend reading up a little in advance of the trip so you can make the most & really understand what you're going to see as the local guides cant possibly tell you everything. In Vietnam again the cycling is quite easy but it's a really amazing place. The people of Vietnam are so welcoming with the homestay & Saigon being two of my favourite parts of the whole trip. The optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels is also a must.
A great trip that differs in style in each country. Thailand you are on very quiet roads and complete long (80-90km) rides each day. Very relaxing and you can go at any pace. Staying in small towns with a few bus transfers to avoid the busy roads. Cambodia is mainly in the tourist areas and you cycle around Angkor wat and the surrounding area. This tended to be slower and with the group. Vietnam was through small villages and towns and you spend most your time waving at the locals. Great fun and loads to see and do.
This was a great cycling trip, well arranged, beautiful scenery.
A great experience,perfect combination of cycling,temples and cities, through three interesting countries with like minded travelers and a great guide Rit.
Inspiring, energising, entertaining, funny, thought provoking......
I had a great time cycling and seeing a totally different way of life that I know it
This was my first cycling trip - but it won't be my last! I had a fabulous time traveling with my friend and 2 other people (a very small group) the past few weeks. The highlights were cycling in Thailand - the roads are fantastic (seriously, they're better than in the US/UK...) and the countryside is beautiful, and the support team are fun and helpful; then Angkor Wat in Cambodia - just unmissable, and super to be able to experience them on bike; and then cycling down the Mekong Delta in Vietnam - literally hundreds of children running out to say hello, and an amazing variety of sights and smells as you cycle along tiny back roads.
A fantastic holiday, getting to see the real Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam close-up from the saddle of your bike.
All three countries were very interesting, but different. The people are very friendly.
A travel through 3 very different countries and allthough so similar.
An exciting ride through three countries with varied and wonderful experiences. You must do it!
An excellent way of visiting three exotic countries.
Another superbly organised trip thanks to Exodus and our local guides and support staff. So many positives can not think of a better way to avoid two weeks of cold wet weather in the UK in January.
A fantastic journey through three very varied countries: rural Thailand with its green fields and rolling hills, hectic city life meets ancient temples in Cambodia - and the meeting of the two that is Vietnam. It's a real treat for cyclists and history buffs alike in a part of the world with a fascinating but thought-provoking and sometimes harrowing past.
An absolutely brilliant trip! Full of sights, sounds, tastes, impressions of all kinds. I would do it again anytime.
This trip was brilliant, great variety, great cycling, fantastic food and accommodation that exceeded expectations!
A superbly organised, very well catered for holiday made even more enjoyable by the extent of which the local knowledge was shared and the historical events explained. Superb.
We spent a magical, wonderful fortnight in great company, if possible we would just go back on the spot and re-run the whole trip !
This was one of the most amazing trips i've done so far! Amazing scenery, people and a great company to do it with. Thank you!
Fantastic. Fun, exciting, energetic and an engaging experience!
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This 13 night guided cycling holiday includes:
All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
London flights (if booking incl. flights)
Local bike hire
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This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
12 nights hotels (all with en suite facilities) and 1 night homestay guesthouse to experience some 'Mekong Delta' hospitality
9 days cycling with 95% vehicle support
Generally good tarmac in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, with some easy dirt roads in Thailand and Vietnam.
Traffic levels higher near the larger towns, so you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic