6 of the best bike rides in Southeast Asia

Cycling in Angkor

Avoid wasting precious holiday time and rent a bike! Not only will you travel further than on foot, but you’ll see far more than from behind a car window. Who needs air conditioning when you’ve got the wind in your hair? Drop into tiny pagodas, make friends with villagers, try new food at the locals’ market and take in scenery that feels a million miles from Southeast Asia’s big cities.

1. Cycling tour of Luang Prabang, Laos

E-biking in Luang Prabang

The UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang is one of Laos’s loveliest corners. Don’t miss a thing with a bike ride to the main highlights to the stupa at Wat Visoun, the Royal Palace, the gilded Wat Mai Temple and Wat Xieng Thong.

All that culture is hungry work! Take a ride to Phosy Market to pick up a snack or two before heading to Ock Pop Tok, a non-profit organisation that seeks to preserve traditional cultural activities and the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre. Find out more.

2. Cycling at Angkor, Cambodia

Cycling in Angkor, Cambodia

As Cambodia’s most popular attraction, you won’t have the Angkor temples to yourself, but it is possible to escape the crowds by cycling to the outer reaches and quiet corners of these ancient Khmer ruins. Top tip: Leave Angkor Wat until last – it tends to be the first stop on most itineraries.

3. Cycling around the imperial tombs of Hue, Vietnam

Cycling in Hue

History lovers shouldn’t leave Hue without visiting the beautiful tombs of the Nguyen Emperors. The tombs are in the surrounding countryside – the perfect excuse to hire a bike, passing the imposing French-built Quoc Hoc High School, Catholic Quarter, daily market at Phu Cam Church and Quoc An pagoda as you leave the city.

As well as seeing the tombs, you’ll also whizz past Buddhist pagodas and shrines, visit craft villages, and take a short boat trip across a reservoir.

4. 4,000 Islands by bike & boat, Laos

4000 islands, Laos

The 4,000 Islands is a serene backwater that teeters on the border with Cambodia. Hire a bike and hop on local ferries to see how many you can explore, taking on the winding dirt roads and passing temples, lush countryside and fishing villages.

5. Soksa bike tour of Battambang, Cambodia

Soksa cycling in Battambang, Cambodia

With flat paths, quiet countryside and rural communities, Battambang is one of the best places to take a leisurely cycle ride in Cambodia. For the best experience, team up with a guide; not only will you be able to meet villagers without awkward phrase books, you'll also have chance to learn about local cottage industries.

6. Biking the Islands of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cycling on islands near Phnom Penh Cambodia

Take a short ferry on the Mekong River to swap Phnom Penh’s big city buzz for the pretty stilt villages, small pagodas and lush rice paddies of rural Cambodia. Despite being so close to the capital, few tourists explore the surrounding countryside so you may well have these sprawling landscapes all to yourself!

Our World Heritage Indochina itinerary combines several of the destinations on this list, but it's just the beginning of what we could design for you. If you're interested in planning your own adventure, get in touch with one of our Southeast Asia experts to find out more.

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