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Gear up for a 450km charity cycle through the stunning countries of Vietnam and Cambodia on one of our most popular overseas challenges in history!
Kicking off in Ho Chi Minh City, we’ll cycle through the beautiful Mekong Delta, alongside rivers lined with banana plants and palms, past orchards and villages, to an epic finish exploring the ancient temples of Angkor on our bikes.
Our stunning, mostly flat cycling route gives us chances to visit the Floating Market on the Mekong River, pay our respects to the victims of the Khmer Rouge at the Killing Fields near Phnom Penh, and ride through remote settlements far off the beaten tourist track.
This charity 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 practising responsible tourism, we've designed our amazing itinerary to give back to the places we visit.
We have picked fantastic suppliers local to the area and we're off-setting the carbon of the ground operations for this challenge; so rest assured that we are minimising the impact of your cycle!
Can't wait until 2024?
There's still time to join us in 2023! Find out more and secure your place here.
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.
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 the registration fee (£349) and challenge costs (£2,100) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475).
Pay The Balance
Pay the registration fee (£349) and airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475), and fundraise £4,200 or more for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
Please don't be! Most people sign up to our charity challenges on their own. Our cycle from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat is a brilliant opportunity to meet new people and make loads of new friends, who share your commitment to fundraising for charity.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia 2024. 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 your fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can train and fundraise with.
One of the amazing things about our challenge cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia is that people of all ages will come together to achieve something very special for charity. Everyone who is 18 years old or over by the challenge departure 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 £2,100 (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.
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.
In addition to paying your registration fee (£349) and either paying your challenge costs or raising the minimum sponsorship target, you'll need to budget for your:
We will stay in comfortable local hotels on a twin-sharing basis throughout our challenge in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Our hotel accommodation is included in your challenge cost on a twin-sharing basis. However if you would prefer to have a room to yourself and pay for a single supplement, we'll be happy to arrange this for you at an additional cost.
The group size for this overseas cycling challenge is likely to be around 40 people. You will no doubt make loads of new friends.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance upon registering for this challenge, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. We advise that you arrange personal travel insurance as soon as you can after you register to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as the challenge itself.
Dream Challenges has a provider detailed in your Welcome Pack, which you will receive shortly after booking your challenge, which provides appropriate cover for this type of activity and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19. You can also call us for details on 01590 646410 during our office hours (9am, 5pm, Monday - Friday).
You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity bike 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 cycling challenge for charity and we 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 Welcome Pack with everything you need to know about your overseas challenge, including the itinerary, an example insurance policy, details about our challenge destination and the weather we can expect on our cycle in Vietnam and Cambodia, the structure of an average cycling day, a full kit list and a realistic training plan to help you get fit for the challenge. The training programme builds up gradually as the our departure date gets closer.
We'll also send you regular updates in the lead-up to the cycling challenge, with more important details and seasonal fundraising ideas. During the cycle, we'll have a UK doctor with expedition medicine training accompanying the group at all times, along with a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides.
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