The Mekong Route

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The Mekong Route

The Mekong is one of the ten largest rivers in the world. On your bicycle journey you mainly follow this legendary water stream.

Distance:

1560 km

Level:

2

Stages:

23

Travel time:

5 weeks

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Culture:

8 / 10

Adventure:

8 / 10

Highlights:
1 Relax and enjoy the sunset on the legendary Mekong
2 Angkor Wat, largest temple complex in the world
3 Bolaven plateau with its waterfalls and coffee plantations

Explore the freedom!

The route starts in Udon Thani, a city located 560 km northeast of Bangkok. The area you cycle through is called the Isaan. Time seems to stand still there and tourists hardly visit the area. It is wonderful to cycle through the lush nature, where most trails lead you over small roads.  

You reach the Mekong after the first stage, where you will enjoy the sunset during the evening in charming accommodation. You follow the Mekong during 6 stages, along the Thai side of the shore. You see, among other things, rubber plantations, temples and rice fields.

You will then arrive in Laos, where modern towns and authentic villages alternate each other.

How about relaxing on the Mekong in the town of Thakhek or eating a baguette in Savannakhet, a city with a colonial past? Afterwards, you will cycle to the Bolaven plateau with an altitude of 1310 meters, a unique area with many waterfalls, known for its coffee plantations. The next few stages are stunning, and will lead you to Si Phan Don, also known as the 4000 islands. Here you can, for example, spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphins and enjoy spectacular waterfalls, considered to be among the most beautiful in Asia.

Just like in Thailand and Laos you will also find a friendly population in untouched Cambodia and you will be greeted enthusiastically. You cycle through areas tourists rarely visit. Passing through authentic villages and towns with colorful markets, you can visit various (ruin) temple complexes along the way. You will be stunned by all you see. You will most likely be an attraction yourself! The route ends in Siem Reap, where the beautiful temple complexes of Angkor (UNESCO World Heritage) are located. You should not miss this when visiting Cambodia! You can also go to the north of Cambodia and cycle through the bustling metropolis of Phnom Penh. From there you can go to Siem Reap by boat or bus. This adventurous and versatile cycle route has everything you can expect from one of our routes!

The Mekong Route offers various combination options with other routes. If you want to cycle further: from Phnom Penh you cycle to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) via our route “Through Cambodia”. You can also follow our Northern Thailand & Laos route from Chiang Mai and change to “The Mekong Route” at the Friendship Bridge in Nong Khai.

From Siem Reap, you can continue to cycle to Bangkok or take the boat/bus to Phnom Penh.
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