From Saigon (Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam) to Siem Reap Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
When riding around Southeast Asia,
the main airport in the area is in Bangkok, Thailand. Most of the routes that we choose tend to start farthest away from Bangkok and head back towards the airport.
This route is an awesome way to see 2-3 countries.
The terrain in this area is mostly flat, so it’s a perfect route for visiting some amazing places without getting too tired.When you arrive in Ho Chi Min,
it’s nice to take a couple of days not only to recover from some possibly long flights, but to check out the city as well. This place provides a view to the past, yet is becoming modern quite quickly as well.
It’s a blend of the old and the new. Some of the notable attractions include the War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels, Cao Dai Temple, Binh Tay Market, Notre Dame Cathedral, etc.
The Mekong Delta
is a beautiful place that’s full of surprises. We get to ride through small villages, cities, markets and floating markets. Just like Ho Chi Min, this part of the ride gives a stark contrast between the old and the new.
Depending on your pace,
it will take between 5 and 7 days to reach the border between Cambodia and Vietnam.
You’ll have to find an agency or website, of which there are plenty, to get a ticket to cross over to Phnom Pehn by boat. The boat ride can take anywhere from 4-8 hours, and we like to take the slow ride. It’s another experience all on its own, and one that lets you slow down and be in the moment.
is another destination that deserves a couple of days to explore. Among many others, some of the popular things to see are the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Central Market (Phsar Thmey), Ta Prohm Temple at Tonle Bati, The killing Fields, National Museum of Cambodia, etc.
It’s a 330 km trek from Phnom Pehn to Siem Reap.
That should be about a 2-4 day ride, depending on your pace. Make sure to leave yourself some time in Siam Reap, as it’s the home to the famous Angkor Wat.
If you want to go exploring around Angkor Wat, here’s my advice.
- Get up early, like 4:00 a.m early. You’ll beat all the tourists to the ticket office.
- Then, don’t stop at the main temple first, that’s where all the tour buses go. Instead, head further along to Bayon Temple (the one with the faces), Ta Phrom Temple (the one with the trees), or any other site far away from the main temple.
If you do it this way, you’ve got a better chance to enjoy the temples while they’re quiet. The energy that you feel here is tough to put into words, but you’ll remember it for a long time to come.
Once the tours catch up to you and you’re feeling a bit hungry, head over to the lakes for some lunch and a cold beer. Most of the restaurants have some really quiet and cozy spots with hammocks where you can catch some z’s and recharge.