Pedal the Path Less Travelled: Top 10 Reasons to Cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia |

Vietnam to Cambodia Cycling Adventure

Pedal the Path Less Travelled: Top 10 Reasons to Cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia

Embark on a two-wheeled journey unlike any other – a 450km cycling adventure from the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to the the world’s largest religious building of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or an enthusiastic beginner, here are ten compelling reasons why this adventure should be at the top of your list….


1. Dive into Dynamic Cultures

The journey begins in Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh, where ancient temples coexist with modern skyscrapers. As you pedal towards serene backwaters and narrow lanes, you’ll experience a tapestry of cultures – from the long-lived traditions of the Vietnamese for respect of land, sea and people to the age of the Khmer empire and Theravada Buddhism of Cambodia. Cycling offers a slower pace of travel, allowing time for genuine interactions with local people, a deeper understanding of the way of life and the ever-changing amazing landscapes. Ride where the action happens!

2. Spectacular Scenic Routes

The varied terrain, from the flatlands of the Mekong Delta to the rural pathways of Cambodia, provides both challenge and charm, ensuring each day is as rewarding as it is beautiful. Your senses come alive traversing through the diverse landscapes and villages. Feeling the sunshine on your face, the heat penetrating your clothing, the dust covering your skin, and your ears alive with the sounds of nature, moped beaps and the ever present friendly chants of ‘hello’. With all your senses heightened during your time in the saddle, you’ll feel more alive both inside and out. There is nothing better than travelling through a place verses arriving at. This dynamic blend of urban, rural, remote, and cultural landscapes creates a superb setting for a two-wheeled adventure.Explore Vietnam to Cambodia


3. Flexible & Authentic Encounters

Cycling in Vietnam and Cambodia invites spontaneous detours and personal exploration at your own pace. Unlike fixed-schedule tours, cycling adventures are flexible and can be tailored on the fly. Incorporating  your interests and things happening in the here & now. Where you can engage with friendly locals, share food, and exchange stories, enriching both your journey and local people’s experiences with memorable connections. Plus there’s the direct economic benefits to the communities through purchasing that much needed cold drink or freshly crushed sugar-can juice, enjoying newly picked fruit, investing in a hand-woven hat, staying in locally owned guesthouses and dining at local restaurants & bars.

4. Culinary Delights 

Food is not just fuel; it’s an experience that enriches every journey. Explore the captivating 6km-long floating market of Cai Rang, the bustling wholesale hub of the Mekong Delta. Keep a look at what’s tied to the long pole above the boat to see what they’re selling. The food on this trip is a real highlight as the Southeast Asian cuisine of freshly prepared dishes with strong aromatic flavours is incredible. Relish local delicacies, from Vietnamese pho to Cambodian amok, each bite enriched by the day’s exertions. Beyond tantalising your taste buds, cycling is an excellent cardiovascular exercise, enhancing heart health, stamina, and muscle tone. It’s a win-win all round.

5. A Meaningful & Eco-Friendly Adventure

Pedalling through peaceful villages in Vietnam and Cambodia allows you to witness first-hand the way of everyday life in these compelling countries. Cycling lets you immerse yourself in a place, and not just travel through it. Powered by nothing but your legs, there’s a great simplicity to cycling. When you stop in a town you are not seen as a tourist but as a traveller and the warmth of local hospitality is truly humbling. Opting to cycle also reduces your carbon footprint, contributing less to air pollution and congestion. It’s a responsible and sustainable way to explore, ensuring the trails and towns remain tidy for both the local people and future adventurers. 

6. Historical Insights

This journey also grants you a powerful glimpse into the deep and recent historical past of these two countries. Visit Ba Chuc Tomb House in Vietnam, recognised as a national historical relic following Pol Pot’s genocide. It stands as a ghastly reminder of the horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge who crossed the border into Vietnam.

Whilst in Cambodia, witness more of the harrowing history of the Khmer Rouge by visiting the significant site of the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, deepening your understanding of Cambodia’s resilience. Visiting both sites with your local guide is an incredibly moving experience, and one never forgotten. Although you are not obliged to visit either site, we implore you to do so no matter how hard it might be to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the people who call these two countries home.

7. Charismatic local guides

Our charismatic, knowledgeable and friendly local guides help bring this vibrant journey from Vietnam to Cambodia to life. Our guides are not just navigators of the countless back streets and alleys, but storytellers and historians, enriching your cycling journey from Vietnam to Cambodia with deep cultural and historical insights. They offer powerful personal stories and facilitate authentic local encounters, allowing you to really get under the skin of both countries. Through their unique perspectives and local connections, your experience will be an eye opening one. Together with the ever-smiling and super helpful local crew, these teams bring so much more to your journey. Plus the banter and sense of humour is priceless. 


8. Sunset Celebrations

Your journey culminates near Angkor Wat’s Western Gate – a fitting end to a profound adventure. Cycling into the sunset is not just picturesque, but also a celebratory moment of collective achievement. This experience is enriched by the shared sense of accomplishment, enhancing the joy and unity among fellow travellers. The stories and reflections are abound as the sun dips below ancient spires, casting a golden glow that marks the completion of a memorable two-wheeled journey.

9. Experience a sunrise you’ll never forget

After an incredible 6 days of cycling, the timeless allure of the Angkor Wat temple complex awaits, promising an unforgettable sunrise that will etch its impressiveness into your memory forever. As darkness fades to the soft hues of dawn, the air fills with anticipation. Around you, fellow travellers gather in quiet awe, eyes fixed on the majestic silhouette of Angkor Wat emerging against the slowly brightening horizon. Following this incredible start to your day, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the heart and soul of Cambodia. One of the most inspired monuments ever conceived by the human mind. Plus you’ll visit other carefully selected temples that are off the beaten track and away from the tourist trail. This is an opportunity to connect with a rich history and profound serenity, offering a deeper appreciation for the ancient cultures that shaped these lands.

10. Journey through the lands of temples and smiles

There’s not many places in the world where you can pedal 450kms with a smile on your face for the entire journey despite the relentless heat and dust. Through remote villages, bustling markets, narrow lanes alive with activity, beautiful rural landscapes, ancient temples; there’s constant warm greetings from all generations of local families waiting for you as you cycle past.

One member of our most recent cycling group, Stuart, summed up the journey perfectly –

“Both country’s have a richness in everything except money.”

Despite their harrowing recent history, both Vietnam and Cambodia radiate a heartening richness through the warmth and friendliness of their people. Experiencing their welcoming hospitality, along with the countless awe-inspiring ancient temples, is a true privilege.

These cycling journeys offer an exceptional way to travel, fostering camaraderie that can forge lasting friendships and enhance social well-being. Each pedal stroke creates a story, each mile cements a memory, and every day ends with a sense of wonder and pride in what you’ve achieved together.

Ready to Ride?

Get ready for an adventure that goes beyond physical travel – it’s a powerful, intriguing, and captivating journey. Whether you crave exploration, getting amidst the action, a cultural immersion, or the thrill of a challenge, cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia promises all this and more. 

Take a look at our detailed itinerary and join us in pedalling into a story worth telling – a journey worth every mile.

For more info or any questions, simply email us at or call/WhatsApp +44(0)7747 346 588! Don’t wait – the path less travelled beckons.