Days of cycling: 10
Terrain: Roads/Quiet backroads with some sections on dirt tracks and easy trails. There are hills and rolling countryside on this tour so a reasonable basic level of fitness is recommended.
Support vehicle: Yes
Tour staff: Local cycle guide(s) (English speaking), Support vehicle driver.
After a sound night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast, we’ll hop onto our transfer vehicle that’ll be ready to take us out of bustling Ho Chi Minh to our first cycling destination- the coastal province, Ben Tre.
We’ll start Day Four fresh and early with a morning trip to the Cai Rang Floating Market. Hailing its name from its bridge of origin, the market spans half a kilometre, and is host to a rush hour like congregation of boats, selling wonderfully coloured tropical fresh fruit. The market’s joyous atmosphere will set the tone for today’s relatively flat cycle.
With no cycling today, we’ll head straight out into the transfer vehicle for our day uncovering Cambodia’s recent dark history. Our first destination is The Killing Fields; their chilling beauty an artefact of the once ruling Communist Khmer Rouge Regime. Led by then leader Pol Pot, the fields functioned as a space for mass executions, where over 1 million civilians are recorded to have lost their lives.
This morning we’ll be sure to have an energising breakfast, as today we’ll be pedalling our longest distance yet! Hopping aboard our saddles we’re heading north toward the Cambodia/Thailand border, to the Palin Province.
Today we’ll make sure our passports are on hand, as we leave the hotel with the sun glistening down upon our backs, to bike down the serene earthy roads towards the Cambodia/Thailand border.
Today sadly brings us to the end of our Asian adventure. We’ll have an easy morning at the resort, packing our belongings and recent wonderful memories away before we take the lengthy drive towards Bangkok International Airport.