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Bike for Young Lives: Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

27 February - 10 March 2018 On Sale
Duration 12 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £299
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Bike for Young Lives: Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia

Bike for Young Lives is a very exciting new and unique event that will raise funds for children and young people with cancer through the work of three very special charities; Children with Cancer UK, CLIC Sargent and Teenage Cancer Trust.

This unique and rewarding challenge is an amazing 450 km ride through two of South East Asia’s most fascinating countries. This cycle is open to people of all ages and from all walks of life, who want to come together to do something amazing. It will be life-changing in many ways. For you, you'll experience these stunning countries by bike and get up close to the local culture and tradition, and for the children and young people, they will benefit from the incredible work of these amazing charities.

The challenge starts in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City and finishes at the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Along the way, you will experience breathtaking scenery, ancient temples and the warmth of the local people.

Your itinerary

Day 1 & 2
London - Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre

We board overnight flights from London to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Once we land in Ho Chi Minh City, we are met at the airport by our support team. We then have a transfer to our hotel in the town of Ben Tre. We have lunch at the hotel, followed by our bike fitting in the afternoon. Dinner is served at the hotel, before a briefing about the exciting challenge ahead.

Day 3
Ben Tre - Tra Vinh | 50 km

Today, we have a warm-up day with the cycling being relatively easy and the distance not too challenging. After breakfast, we cycle out of the hotel along lovely country roads with very little traffic, so we're able to take our time and soak up the sights and sounds of Vietnam. Heading south, we follow a traffic-free route through villages that give us insight into Vietnamese rural life. Cycling slightly in-land, we follow the coast down, crossing a number of river tributaries by bridge and even one by a short ferry. About an hour later, we reach the main Mekong River, where we re-group for a longer ferry crossing of the river.

Day 4
Tra Vinh - Can Tho | 100 km

The cycling today is fairly flat and takes us through rural communities and a number of small towns. We pass many traditional pagodas, which are stunning examples of South Asian & Buddhist architecture. During the day, some make perfect rest stops and we can take the time to explore these temples as we refuel for the next leg of our cycle.

Day 5
Can Tho - Chau Doc | 80 km

We leave our hotel early this morning with a road transfer to the town of Amcham, where we start cycling. We stop at a local restaurant in the small town of Triton for lunch, before continuing through scenic agricultural land. This afternoon, we encounter our first real climb, which lasts for a couple of hundred meters. Further, smaller climbs take us into the town of Chau Doc, where we find our overnight hotel. On arrival, we will de-fit the bikes in preparation for our crossing into Cambodia.

Day 6
Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Today, we enjoy a day off the bikes and the fascinating journey by boat from Vietnam to Cambodia. After breakfast we have a short transfer to the harbour, where we embark on the boats that will take us along the historic Mekong River to the border. After crossing the border, we continue our journey up-river to the city of Phnom Penh and we have lunch in a restaurant overlooking the busy harbour. After lunch there will be time to visit this city’s historic sites, including the Royal Palace which is described as an impressive Khmer style Palace. We overnight at a hotel in Phnom Penh, where we'll be briefed by our Cambodian support team.

Day 7
Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham | 50 km

Today we have our first day of cycling in Cambodia. Following an early breakfast, we will have a short transfer to take us out of the city's busy and colourful streets to the surrounding countryside where quiet roads await us. The route takes us through stunning scenery as we head for Kampong Cham on the banks of the River Mekong, where we spend tonight.

Day 8
Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom | 110 km

This is probably our most demanding day of cycling. After breakfast we leave town heading north. Our route takes us through Cambodia's lowlands on a winding road that passes many temples and pagodas. We arrive at a forest of rubber trees, one of Cambodia's largest industries, where we weave through the rows of trees. We have lunch today in a large Pagoda complex, before continuing our ride into the picturesque town of Kampong Thom.

Day 9
Kompong Thom - Siem Reap | 60 km

This morning, after an early breakfast, we have a transfer of approximately 100 km to our starting point. Our route takes us through the Cambodian countryside until we reach the outskirts of Siem Reap. Here lies the entrance to the ancient city of Angkor, home of the Khmer kingdom in the 9th to 15th centuries. The temple ruins now surround the city; but at its height, this great empire was the hub of civilisation with the grandest architecture and art. Our finish line will be at the entrance to the ancient city of Angkor where we will enjoy a celebratory drink and have the perfect photo opportunity.

Day 10
Siem Reap - Visit Angkor Wat / Free Day

Today is your free day to explore the ancient ruins and temples in the area, or relax by the pool or do a spot of shopping. Why not re-visit the Angkor Wat temple, take a walking tour of the overgrown ruins of Ta Prohm which is entwined with tree roots and gigantic creepers, visit the tranquil Bayon with its multitude of serene stone faces, or see the impressive 350m long Terrace of the stone Elephants?

Day 11
Depart Siem Reap

We hope to have some free time this morning for last minute shopping, before we depart for the airport at Siem Reap to begin our journey home.

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Funding options

Sponsorship

Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum amount.

£3,300

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Your charitable funds must be paid in by 19 December 2017.
  • The charities will pay the challenge costs on your behalf.
  • In return, everything for the challenge will be provided – flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge), food, accommodation, guides, use of bikes, transfers, medical support etc.
  • The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the three charities. You are therefore encouraged to exceed the minimum fundraising target.
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FAQs
Bike for Young Lives: Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once the event is fully booked, we will send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.

How you fund your challenge is completely up to you. Some people will decide to pay their own tour costs, so they can tell their donors that the donation they are making is going directly to support the work of the charities. Others will fundraise the full amount.

A cycling helmet is essential. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system. Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We will supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go. Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and we suggest that you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.

We will stay in tourist class hotels, lodges and guest houses in shared rooms throughout.

If you don't reach your fundraising target you a can either top up the additional funds yourself or simply forfeit your place on the challenge and lose your registration fee.

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay, you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course, we would deduct the cost from your balance). If you contact us in the office, we would be happy to recommend some ideas for pre or post trips and can arrange additional nights if needed.

In addition to paying your registration fee, you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, personal travel insurance and tourist visa for Cambodia, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses, including travel to and from the departure airport in London.

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send to you. You can however take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in Vietnam and Cambodia. British passport holders require a tourist visa for Cambodia. We will send you information and an application form to apply for your visa.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.

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