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Due to phenomenal demand, we're delighted to launch a second date for Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia 2021!
Join us from the 27th November - 8th December 2021 for one of our most popular challenges in history!
Discover two incredible countries while raising funds for your favourite charity on this awesome 450km cycle from Ho Chi Minh City to the world-famous Angkor Wat.
We’ll ride a stunning route through the beautiful Mekong Delta, alongside rivers lined with banana plants and palms, past tranquil orchards and villages, to an epic finish exploring the ancient temples of Angkor on our bikes.
Along the way, we even get to stop at a local school, visit the Floating Market on the Mekong River and pay our respects to the victims of the Khmer Rouge at the Killing Fields near Phnom Penh.
This challenge is an incredibly special opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating cultures of both Vietnam and Cambodia, two countries which have gone through dramatic changes over the past fifty years, shaken by war, genocide and tourism.
Cycling is the best way to experience these gorgeous countries and with the chance to raise funds for a charity of your choice, get fit and make new friends, Wat’s there not to love?
Giving back to the planet
As a company dedicated to practicing responsible tourism, we're delighted to assure you that we've designed this amazing itinerary especially to give back to the places we visit.
Not only have we picked fantastic suppliers local to the area; we're also off-setting the carbon of the ground operations for this challenge; so rest assured that we are minimising the impact of your cycle!
COVID-19 - keeping you safe
As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.
Our team of experts here at DC has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.
Worried about fundraising? Don’t be.
Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia 2021 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
Places are limited for our massively popular Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia challenges and they sell out very quickly every year, so please register today to avoid disappointment.
We first meet at the airport in London for our overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City and say Good Morning to Vietnam when we arrive on Day 2.
From the airport, we transfer to a hotel in the city for our bike fitting and challenge briefing from our wonderful challenge leader. The rest of the day is then free for you to chill at the hotel or explore Vietnam’s bustling capital city as you wish.
Why not take this opportunity to visit the War Remnants Museum? It’s a truly sobering but eye-opening experience and a perfect way to get some insight into the country we’ll be riding through.
This evening, we meet back up for our Welcome Dinner and get our first taste of the delicious authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
On our first day of cycling, we keep to a smooth route to ease ourselves into the challenge. After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to My Tho and enter the amazing Mekong Delta, with a ferry journey across the Tien Giang River.
We’re now far from the city traffic and cycle along beautiful tracks bright with banana plants and palms. This takes us through a number of local towns and villages and we stop for lunch at a restaurant in Ben Tre.
In the afternoon, we cross several pretty canals and tributaries and finally end with a boat ride across the Co Chien River to Tra Vinh. Here, we have our dinner and settle down at our hotel.
Cycling further today, we treat our legs to a fairly flat route and our eyes to some gorgeous views along the way.
Pedalling through rural communities and small towns, we pass colourful pagodas and cross the river over small, wooden bridges. Gaining some insight into the countryside communities we’re riding through; we have the chance to visit local Khmer temples and schools – feel free to bring gifts for the children!
The excitement doesn’t end there: we also make a stop at the beautiful Ba Om Pond, bedecked by water lilies and lotuses and surrounded by ancient trees with extraordinarily shaped roots.
We rest tonight at a hotel in the town of Can Tho, where we have dinner at a local restaurant.
Rise and shine to visit the fabulous floating markets in Cai Rang and Phong Dien.
Mounting our bikes, we’ll cycle along the river bank and watch merchants pass their goods from boat to colourful boat. We’ll see endless cottage industries, including timber merchants, coconut shredders and small docks, where tradesmen load massive amounts of rice to and from boats – not your usual supermarket!
Pedalling on, we follow a narrow lane to the main road and stop for lunch. Suitably rested and refreshed, we’re back on our bikes this afternoon, riding along a tiny road upstream to Long Xuyen. This marks the end of our ride today and we can now rest our legs on a transfer to our hotel in Chau Doc.
Today we enter Cambodia! Staying off our bikes for the morning, we transfer to the harbour and take a scenic boat ride from Vietnam to Cambodia’s famous capital city, Phnom Penh.
Once we’re grounded and across the border, we enjoy our lunch in a restaurant overlooking the busy harbour, before mounting bikes in the afternoon. Our short cycle takes us to the famous Tuol Sleng Museum and the infamous Killing Fields of Cambodia.
After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer away from the city traffic and across the Japanese bridge to the surrounding countryside.
Here, we start our first full day cycling in Cambodia, following quiet dirt and tarmac roads alongside the Mekong River. Passing through many friendly villages and orchards, we stop for lunch and pedal on until we reach Totoeng village. Here, our bus awaits and we transfer to our hotel in Kampong Thom.
Beginning with a transfer to Damdek village, we continue cycling through the countryside today and follow village back roads until we stop for lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon sees us back on our bikes and riding until we reach our hotel in Siem Reap, the gateway to the famous ruins of Angkor.
Once checked in, we have some time to enjoy a shower and relax, before going out for dinner. Why not take the opportunity to browse the souvenirs and handicrafts at Siem Reap’s vibrant night market? Siem Reap is our last stop before we jet home so if you’d like to buy some gifts or a memento of this magical challenge, this is a fab place to get haggling!
Welcome to the last and most exciting day of our adventure, dedicated to exploring the extraordinary Angkor temple complex! Cycling around the ruins together, we get a much more special and intimate experience of the iconic sites and the surrounding area than is possible by car or minivan.
We can marvel at the wonderful Angkor Wat, with its sprawling grounds and ancient sandstone carvings, the Bayon with its multitude of serene stone faces, the 350m long Terrace of the Elephants and Ta Prohm, (aka. the Tomb Raider temple), entwined with fig tree roots and gigantic creepers.
Our beautiful day ends with our celebration dinner in Siem Reap, where we toast our fantastic achievement, having conquered a whopping 450km for our chosen charities.
We end our beautiful challenge with a free day in Siem Reap. Today you're free to kick back and relax at the hotel or explore the city as you wish. Why not go back to the amazing temples of Angkor and explore them at your leisure? You may also want to browse Siem Reap for last-minute souvenirs.
To allow you maximum flexibility on this free day, only breakfast is provided, so you'll need to arrange your own lunch and dinner - a fantastic chance to try out some of the gorgeous local restaurants.
Today we perhaps have some free time this morning, before transferring to the Siem Reap airport for our overnight flights back to the UK. Touching down in London on Day 12, we part ways for home, ready to tell everyone we know “wat” an incredible adventure we had!
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and the challenge costs yourself; then choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay The Balance
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.
Minimum Sponsorship Target
As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.
Our team of experts here at Dream Challenges has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.
With even the government unsure how exactly the coronavirus situation will eventuate, we can't make any guarantees; but we can promise you that we will always put your health and security first and will always be just and flexible in any decisions we have to make, regarding postponements and transfers.
If the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against travel to Vietnam and/or Cambodia in 2021, the tour will either be postponed until a safer time or cancelled.
In this situation, we will email all participants registered for the challenge with options you can take, such as transferring to the postponed date or another challenge.
All tour operators and holiday insurance providers, including us, take our guidance from Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice. Dream Challenges is also proud to be a member of ATOL and ABTOT, which means your money is always protected.
Absolutely! As part of our amazing 14-step initiative to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety on all our challenges we're delighted to have found a fantastic travel insurance policy, which covers you for COVID-19.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up for Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia 2021 on their own. Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the date you've registered for. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising.
You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and 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. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge date is more than welcome to join this awesome cycle.
Your non-refundable registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
Your challenge costs of £1,900 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:
*Please note, your lunch on Day 2 and your lunch and dinner on Day 10 are not included in your challenge costs, to allow for maximum flexibility on your free days.
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 recommend you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on, so you feel right at home on your bike.
We'll also send all participants a free Travel Safety Kit ahead of the challenge and it's essential you bring this with you to minimise both your own and your fellow participants' risk of COVID-19.
Your Travel Safety Kit will include hand sanitiser, anti-bac wipes and face masks for each day of the challenge. Please note, you do not have to wear face masks while cycling.
In addition to paying your registration fee (£299) and either paying your challenge costs or raising the minimum sponsorship target, you'll need to budget for your:
We will stay in comfortable hotels on a twin-sharing basis throughout this fabulous challenge.
If you choose the Sponsorship option for your challenge and don't reach your fundraising target, you 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, please let us know at least 14 weeks before our departure date and we can arrange this for you.
The easiest way to get in touch is by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 01590 646410 (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)
The group size for this challenge is likely to be around 40 people.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation.
We have a recommended policy that also covers you for COVID-19 and will send you the details when you register. 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 (currently £40 for British Citizens but subject to change).
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 challenge. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.
During the trek, we'll have two qualified doctors accompanying the group from the get go and at all times throughout the challenge, along with a team of experienced challenge guides and porters.
As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.
We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.
NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home
Our team of experts here at DC has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and reassure you that you're safe booking with us.
All participants will be sent free Travel Safety Kits with face masks, hand sanitiser and anti-bac wipes.
We're also enhancing our health and safety audits, including COVID-19 training for all event staff.
Sticking to the government and NHS advice, we'll keep two-metres apart wherever possible and depending on group size, cycle in staggered waves to allow for greater social distancing.
Our accommodation and eating establishments will be required to pass COVID-19 hygiene and cleanliness checks as part of our health and safety protocols and have included COVID-19 mitigation as part of our challenge-specific route and risk assessments.
That's just to name a few of the inspired actions we're taking. Please check out our full 14-step initiative here and rest assured that we've got your back.