The River of Nine Dragons, as locals know the area, is where the Mekong splinters into nine separate branches, crisscrossing low landscapes before reaching the sea. Life moves much more slowly here and is often surrounded by water. You'll find even homes, farms, and markets take on an aquatic adaptation in the Mekong Delta. The best motorbike tours in Cambodia from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap with the amazing experiences all about mixing incredible off-road riding with unique experiences in this exotic and culturally fascinating country.
Day 1: HCM - Tra Vinh (35 - 70 km) ( L , D )
8:00 AM pick up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to Tan An town is just an hour from Ho Chi Minh by bus. Are you are met and picked up at hotels, an hour driving you to this town for a lovely morning ride. We ride on pathways of rice paddies, cornfields, and dragon fruit. Many break stop for fruit, and water. Lunch will be served at a restaurant in My Tho city. The afternoon ride is very easy. Your guide will choose the shady concrete pathways through water palm and local markets. You will have a regular stop at the roadside for short breaks for water, snacks, fruits, and relaxation in hammocks. Our day ends in the countryside of Tra Vinh after a ferry crossing.
Day 2: Tra Vinh - Can Tho (B/L/D) (25 - 80 km)
The scenery on the pathway to Can Tho is wonderful. Depending on group cycling ability, a tailored special route is planned for a long day passing numerous villages of Khmer, colorful Khmer temples, and rice fields on the horizon. We break for lunch in a small town. Then leisurely afternoon bicycle ride on a small track along the riverside through many islands and passing local fruit orchards. A big chance is to break 30 minutes on small ferry boating through some islands before we end up our today's ride at Can Tho bridge
Day 3: Can Tho - Long Xuyen (B/L/D) (25 – 80 km)
After a very early breakfast at the hotel, we will take a boat trip to the famous Cai Rang floating market before cycling on the narrow country roads crossing small natural rivers, ride alongside some rivers, and authentic villages. We stop for a coffee break at Phong Dien. Then we will ride on tiny concrete paths alongside many small/big rivers to Tho Lai. By cycling, you can see rivers used as a means of travel or transport in the area such as wooden cargo boats, water taxis, grocery boats, and rowing boats moving busily up and down.
Your lunch is reserved at local as planned. Then we take dirt tracks, and trails through agricultural irrigation canals to the rural areas of Long Xuyen city. The afternoon ride enables you to see farmers raising ducks on both farming lands and canals. Besides these activities, can see some frog and eel farms at the home of locals. We get on the van for a short transfer to Long Xuyen city.
Day 4: Long Xuyen - Chau Doc (B/L/D) (30 – 90 km)
The fourth day’s ride is more challenging than the past 3 days. The type of local’s living we see today is also more characteristic than the places you have been and seen. In the morning ride, you will cycle on a quiet country road through local factories making bricks, and local markets and meet locals who rarely see westerners at their homes. After lunch, to avoid getting hot at noontime, we will have a transfer to Ba Chuc killing field for a short visit. Then we continue cycling on the natural hilly back roads through small villages, and picturesque pagodas and stop at Tra Su Natural Reserve. A boat trip will take you through the forest with trekking around the areas. After the boat ride, we continue to ride on the path to Sam Mountain where we get on the A/C van for a short transfer to Chau Doc. If time permitted, the ride will continue along the border to Chau Doc.
Day 5: Chau Doc – Speed Boat To Phnom Penh (B )
Chau Doc border town is small but it’s the gateway to Cambodia either waterways or overland. The most interesting thing that travelers shouldn’t be missed is floating villages and Cham village. After your breakfast, we will check out and take a speed boat to Phnom Penh for around 6 hours. Arrival our driver will pick you up to the hotel for check-in. Free time to explore Phnom Penh on your own.
Day 6: Take a motorbike trip from Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom ( B, L, D )
Before the motorbike trip to Northern Cambodia begins, our guide will provide you with the necessary information about the detailed itinerary and safety riding tips. After that, you get on the motorbike and control it through a country lane to get to Udong, which was the Cambodian capital from the 17th to the 19th century. After getting out of Phnom Penh, you take a drive through the scenic road that has few vehicles. Along the way, you have some stops for sightseeing. The first stop is Baseth mountain, which gives you a chance to admire the stunning landscape of Phnom Penh from a distance. You go on the journey on the narrow track where you occasionally meet some farmers. You can stop there to talk with them for more understanding of their daily life. After reaching Udong, you go up the top of the hill that is the residence of a Buddha stupa, from which you can see the panorama of Cambodia. Riding towards Kampong Chhnang, you will reach some traditional pottery villages where you can stop and experience making iconic clay products. Today the final destination you will get to is Kampong Thom. Here you will check in at the hotel before staying overnight.
Distance: 169KM | Level: Easy | Road: flat tarmac, gravel
Day 7: Ride your motorbike from Kampong Thom to Ta Seng ( B, L, D )
After having breakfast, you mount the motorbike to take a ride through the country lane surrounded by rustic stilt houses and immense rice fields. On the way, you will pay a visit to Sambor Preikuh, which was the first capital of the Chenla dynasty in the pre-Angkor period. It was also recognized by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage sites. With an area of five million square meters, this archaeological site is regarded as the largest temple complex in Asia. After leaving Sambor Preikuh, you follow the narrow trails that will then take you to Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to a variety of rare animal species in Cambodia. You may have some difficulties while crossing these tracks because they are covered with sand, mud, and water. At night, you arrive at Ta Seng and take some rest at the hotel here.
Distance: 121KM | Level: Medium | Road: flat gravel, trail
Day 8: Travel from Ta Seng to Beng Mealea by motorbike ( B, L, D )
Ta Seng is a thousand-year-old village in Cambodia. When taking a trip here, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the large religious complex named the Great Preah Khan, which was built by one of the last kings of the Khmer Empire. After that, you go along a 100-kilometer path that connects Isanapura and Angkor. Before that, it was a key route for trading between the Angkor Empire and other nations. But you will be surprised to know that it is now quite narrow and maybe offers enough space for one motorbike to move around. After one day of experiencing off-road paths, you arrive in Beng Mealea and spend your night here.
Distance: 80KM | Level: Hard | Road: trail, off-road
Day 9: Go through Koh Ker from Beng Mealea before getting to Preah Vihear ( B, L, D )
You will spend the morning visiting Beng Mealea, which shares a lot of common points with Angkor Wat because they were built in the reign of the same king. Due to being located deep into the forest, it was quite challenging for tourists to reach this temple in the past. But in recent years, a new dirt road has been built so that tourists from various places can get to it more easily and quickly. Coming here, you will be excited about the bustling atmosphere here., Go on the journey to Koh Ker and visit Prasat Thom temple, which stands out due to its unique pyramid design. Situated in the forest, this seven-tier temple has a height of 40 meters. From it, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding area of the forest. At the end of the day, you will take overnight in Sra Em.
Distance: 162KM | Level: Easy | Road: flat tarmac, gravel
Day 10: Have a relaxing day in Preah Vihear ( B, L, D )
Today you spend time going around and exploring some popular destinations in Preah Vihear before continuing the motorbike trip to other areas in Cambodia. Some beauty spots you should visit include Noreay temple, Phnom Pralean, Neak Buos, and Kulen Prumep Wildlife Sanctuary. After doing this sightseeing day, you certainly will have more time to regain your energy before conquering other dirt roads. Take overnight in Sra Em.
Day 11 : Go on the journey to Banteay Meanchey ( B, L, D )
Today you will have an occasion to explore another UNESCO World Heritage monument named Preah Vihear temple, which runs across the border of Cambodia and Thailand. With the ancient architecture of the temple, it attracts a host of tourists to come to visit every year. However, due to its special location, tourists sometimes have trouble going into it.,After the visit to the Preah Vihear temple, you move toward Anlong Veng, which witnessed frightful events during the Khmer Rouge period. This site will help you get more knowledge of the darkest years throughout Cambodian history. After the trip, you come to Banteay Chhmar homestay for relaxation.
Distance: 228KM | Level: Medium | Road: steep climb on the tarmac, flat gravel
Day 12: Take a ride from Banteay Meanchey to Siem Reap ( B, L )
After having breakfast and saying goodbye to your homestay host, you leave Banteay Chhmar and move to Siem Reap. Today you will enjoy a smooth ride on tarmac roads before getting to the destination in the late afternoon. After that, you check in at your hotel. End The Tour.
Distance: 135KM | Level: Medium | Road: gravel, tarmac.