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|15 October - 23 October 2020||On Sale|
Join Women V Cancer in 2020 for the challenge of a lifetime in Thailand!
Starting off with a free day to explore the crazy capital of Bangkok, our cycle starts in the exotic Phetchaburi and takes us on a Thai-riffic five-day route through the Southern countryside and into the gorgeous Gulf of Thailand.
Our stunning challenge ends with a day on the paradise island of Ko Samui to kick back and relax on its golden palm lined beaches.
Not only is the location beautiful, but so is the cause, as we come together from all cycles of life to raise vital funds for people affected by breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.
Places for this stunning Women V Cancer challenge are limited and are likely to sell out very quickly, so please register today to avoid disappointment.
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Amazing experience that I'll never forget! It was so well organised and everyone was so enthusiastic.Alice
Our adventure starts with an overnight flight to Thailand’s crazy capital of Bangkok, where our challenge guides greet us at the airport. From here, we’re transferred to our hotel in the city and we have the rest of the day free to rest or explore Bangkok. You may want to take a trip to the colourful and bustling China Town or visit some of the city’s iconic monuments, including the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the Reclining Buddha. This evening, we meet back at the hotel and settle down for our bike fitting and challenge briefing.
This morning, we transfer away from the city traffic to our challenge starting point in the rural province of Phetchaburi. This is a perfect place to commence our cycling, following a gentle road flanked by paddy fields and palm trees. We then ride along the gorgeous beach into Cha-am and on to the even more scenic (if a little busier) beach resort town of Hua Hin. This postcard perfect town is closely tied to Thai royalty and the beloved king currently lives at the summer palace just outside town. Our last 20km stretch is on a main road; but we have a wide shoulder to ride on and if the traffic proves to be too heavy, this section can be transferred. We top off our day with a seafood dinner on a pier in the centre of town.
Heading out of Hua Hin, we ride a charming route towards Sam Roi Yot National Park. “Sam Roi Yot” means 300 peaks and it’s no wonder! Striking limestone peaks form the backdrop of our route through the park as we pedal on quiet back roads alongside beaches. Leaving the park behind us, we now have a short road section before we’re back along the coast. We get a feel for the local life style as we cycle past a number of local villages and come to another idyllic beach, which takes us all the way to our hotel In Prachuap Khiri Khan, very close to the Thai/Myanmar border.
Our day starts with a short, pretty ride along the beach front until we reach a main road. Now away from the touristy areas, we can immerse ourselves a little more in the country’s wonderful culture as we cycle along quiet roads in good condition. Eventually, we end up at our nature-friendly boutique resort on a serene beach, where we can relax in a hammock and listen to the sounds of the sea.
You’ll be pleased to know that today’s whopping route of approx. 112km gives us a taste of paradise. Cycling along quiet roads with very little traffic, we can enjoy views of the gorgeous Gulf of Thailand to our left and rugged mountains on our right. We are passing through the narrowest part of Thailand now, only 20km from the Myanmar border. Tonight, we rest in a hotel on yet another secluded beach, this one lying in the town of Chumpon.
After breakfast at our hotel, we finish our epic challenge with a last 45km stretch on our bikes, which takes us to our finish line and ferry at Thung Makham Pier. Buoyed up by our incredible sense of achievement, we cross the sea to the amazing Ko Samui. There’s no better place to end our adventure. We have the rest of the afternoon and the following day free to relax, snorkel and shop for souvenirs on this idyllic island, full of frangipanis, palms and beaches and renowned for its beauty.
Along with ridiculous natural beauty, Ko Samui is also blessed with an airport, which means this morning, we can catch an internal flight from the island to Bangkok. From there, we catch our flight back to home sweet home, arriving on the same day.
The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support those affected by women's cancers!
Minimum sponsorship target
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for women who are looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the women who will take part in this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. Women V Cancer is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime. Once you are signed up for the challenge we give you a realistic training programme, which gradually builds up as the event gets closer.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Women V Cancer challenges are renowned for the incomparable camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for your group on the Women V Cancer Cycle Thailand 2020. 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 Women V Cancer is that women of all ages will come together to do something very special to raise funds for three fantastic women’s cancer charities. The age range is likely to be from 18-80!
How you fund your challenge is entirely up to you. Some women will decide to pay their own tour costs (£1,699) 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 Camelbak-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 it is suggested that you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.
We will stay in comfortable hotels in shared rooms throughout the challenge.
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 in Thailand, you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £350 but subject to change), personal travel insurance, 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 you details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in Thailand. Currently, British passport holders can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. We'll let you know if this changes.
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