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Backyard Travel Release New Tour: Mekong Delta to Angkor Wat by Bicycle

November 30, 2013 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative travel company, has today released details of a new guided cycle trip entitled: ‘Mekong Delta to Angkor Wat by Bicycle’.

The new tour takes travelers on a guided exploration of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region on two wheels before crossing the border to investigate Cambodia’s most legendary sites, including Banteay Srey, Tha Phrom and Angkor Wat amongst other  The 12-day, 11-night cycle tour begins in Ho Chi Minh City where the eager cyclists can jump in the saddle and ride to Tra Vinh, starting the guided trip with a gentle 52km introduction From there on, the guided cycling tour retains a leisurely, steady pace as travelers move upstream along the Mekong through local villages, lush rice paddies and past image_1waving locals to Can Tho and the Phong Dien floating market, before arriving at Chau Doc near the Once travelers have crossed to Cambodia they return to the saddle and peddle their way to Kep on the picturesque coastline. Kep offers a beachfront sanctuary to compensate travelers for their pedal-power efforts thus far – a reward that repeats the following day too, after cycling on to Cambodia’s most luxurious beachfront location, Sihanoukville.

Next it’s on to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s captivating capital, where travelers can take guided explorations of the city’s famous landmarks and must-see sites. Travelers will spend two nights in Phnom Penh, soaking up insider experiences and visiting the city’s most intriguing cultural sites such as the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Killing Fields and S-21 school which was used as a detention center during the Khmer Rouge reign.

On the way to Siem Reap, travelers will cycle out of Phnom Penh across the Cambodian- Japanese Friendship Bridge to Kampong Chhang, another region of great natural beauty lined with seemingly endless clusters of sugar palm trees.

Siem Reap is the perfect gateway to Angkor’s ancient offerings and is said to be the place that symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. While in Siem Reap tour takers can take guided explorations of Banteay Srey and Angkor Wat – the latter perhaps the most recognizable temple structure in the world.

For those who’ve always yearned to be Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, the tour also provides the unique opportunity to live out their fantasy with a visit to Ta Prohm Temple which was used as the set of the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie.

The final night of the tour of cultural exploration gives travelers the chance to sample some old-fashioned Khmer cuisine at a local restaurant while enjoying a traditional Apsara dance.

“Our expert team of bike-riding Travel Specialists has carefully crafted an experience-packed biking tour that’s sure to inspire cyclists,” said Backyard Travel’s General Manager Maeve Nolan. “We hope this trip will allow travelers the opportunity to understand a unique side of Vietnam and Cambodia from the Mekong Delta all the way to the majestic Angkor Wat.”

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