On this newly launched tour from Grasshopper Adventures, intrepid travelers will spend 11-days journeying from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Saigon, Vietnam by bicycle and riverboat. Biking and hiking through the backroads, guests will have an opportunity to meet local people, learn about their lives and traditions, and see first-hand the agricultural miracle that is the Mekong Delta, while enjoying some delicious local cuisine along the way. The Mekong Bike & Boat Adventure is available January 2–12, February 1-11, and July 30 – August 9, 2019. A standard cabin starts at $4,900 per person. For more information, visit https://www.grasshopperadventures.com or call 818-921-7101.
“We will spend the mornings bike touring natural and historic sites on quiet paths through villages full of friendly people and activity, then afternoons cruising the iconic Mekong River,” said Grasshopper Adventures Founder Adam Platt-Hepworth.
Toum Tiou is a 10-cabin traditional Mekong Riverboat fully-equipped with air conditioning comfy beds and an en-suite bathroom and shower. The boat is large enough to find a quiet spot to relax but small enough to navigate the narrower waterways and canals of the Mekong.
The cycling, which ranges from 20 km to 78 km per day, is flat and on a variety of surfaces, alternating from concrete to hard packed dirt and even a few forest trails around Angkor. Traffic will be a rarity, allowing guests to engage with locals.
“This is as much a food adventure as it is a bike one,” said Platt-Hepworth. “While Cambodian cuisine may not be as famous as Vietnamese, it offers subtle, understated flavors, and our guides are experts at introducing guests to the finest food on both sides of the border.”
Non-cycling partners are welcome and will visit local villages, meet with artisans, and explore historically important locations, while riders are out on the road.
Tour Highlights include:
- Exploring Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world
- Cycling ancient temple ruins interspersed among tiny villages
- Participating in a rice wine tasting in a small village
- Touring Phnom Penh, the capital and most populous city of Cambodia
- Visiting Fish Sauce factories in Vietnam
- Having tea in a multi-generational family home
- Attending a brick workshop to see how bricks and other local products are made
- Walking Saigon’s former French Quarter and touring the Opera House, the Cathedral, and the former Presidential Palace
Grasshopper Adventures is a cycling and active travel specialist headquartered in Bangkok. They host more than 25,000 travelers of all ages and abilities on tours ranging from one-day to two weeks in Japan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Uzbekistan, Taiwan, Bhutan & Myanmar.