£ Skip to main content
Angkor Wat Cambodia finish line Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia 2019 Dream Challenges

Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

25 November - 6 December 2020 On Sale
17 November - 28 November 2021 On Sale
Duration 12 days

What does it cost?

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

Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia

Due to phenomenal demand, we're delighted to launch Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia 2021! 

Join us from the 17 - 28 November 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!

Worried about fundraising? Don’t be.
Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia 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.

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
London - Ho Chi Minh City

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.

Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City -Ben Tre - Tra Vinh | approx. 62km

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.

Day 4
Tra Vinh – Can Tho | approx. 90km

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.

Day 5
Can Tho - Chau Doc | approx. 75km

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.

Day 6
Chau Doc - Phnom Penh | approx. 8km

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.

Day 7
Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom | approx. 70 - 90km

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.

Day 8
Kampong Thom - Siem Reap | approx. 66km

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!

Day 9
Exploring Angkor Temple Complex by bike | approx. 28km

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.

Day 10
Siem Reap

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.

Days 11 & 12
Siem Reap - UK

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!

Book my place

Funding options

Sponsorship

Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.

£3,800

Minimum Sponsorship Target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.
  • Your charitable funds must be paid in 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), food, accommodation, bike hire, transfers, entry fees where applicable, guides, medical and technical support.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (approx. £350).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf and explain the process to them. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible, so you can choose whether to self fund for the same charity or choose another charity to fundraise for.
Book my place

Self Funded

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.

£1,900

Pay The Balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge cost yourself twelve weeks before the challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), food, accommodation, bike hire, transfers, guides, entry fee where applicable, medical and technical support.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary sanctuary of your choice with no minimum target, or make a personal donation.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (approx. £350)
Book my place

FAQs
Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up for the Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia Challenge 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 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:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350)
  • Meals throughout the challenge (excluding free days, ie. Day 10)
  • Accommodation
  • All transfers in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Entry fees where required
  • A team of awesome, first-aid trained local guides and Dream Challenges staff
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge
  • Medical and mechanical support, including two doctors, who will accompany us throughout the challenge
  • Your Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia medal and t-shirt

*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.

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:

  • Airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (approx. £350)
  • Tourist visa for Cambodia (currently £45)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Your lunch on Day 2 and your lunch and dinner on Day 10.

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 you will need to come out of our group flights.

Please let us know if you decide to do this at least 14 weeks before our departure date, so we can take you out of our group flights and deduct the cost from your balance.

The easiest way to get in touch is by emailing us at events@dream-challenges.com 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. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. 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

Sign up for our dream fuel

Get the Dream Challenges email newsletters

Please enter a valid email address.