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Women V Cancer Cycle Thailand 2021

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

10 June - 18 June 2021 On Sale
Duration 9 days

What does it cost?

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

Women V Cancer Cycle Thailand 2021

Join Women V Cancer in 2021 for the challenge of a lifetime in Thailand!

Get tropical with us and join our cycle through the paradise of southern Thailand. Starting with a free day to explore Bangkok, we kick off in the countryside. Hopping on our bikes in Phetchaburi, we'll ride a Thai-riffic five-day route ride into the gorgeous Gulf of Thailand.

Our stunning challenge ends with a day on Ko Samui, an island renowned for its beauty, boasting white-sand beaches, tropical jungles and shores ideal for snorkelling.

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.

 

Why not finish your adventure with an awesome optional excursion?

We're delighted to offer you an optional half-day excursion on our free day in Ko Samui (Day 8) and an optional three-day extension on Ko Samui at the end of this challenge.

You can visit the amazing Samui Elephant Sanctuary, relax with your choice of treatments at the heavenly Eranda Herbal Spa and take more time to make the most of the paradise island 

Please get in touch with us for more information and/or if you'd like to take part in either the half-day excursion on Day 8 or the three-day extension, from Day 8 to Day 11.

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.

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Amazing experience that I'll never forget! It was so well organised and everyone was so enthusiastic.

Alice

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
London – Bangkok

Our adventure starts with an overnight flight to the beautiful Bangkok.

Our awesome local challenge guides greet us at the airport and we transfer together to our hotel in the city.

After our bike fitting and an exciting challenge briefing, you then have the rest of the day free to rest or explore Bangkok.

Why not check out Bangkok's amazing China Town or visit some of the 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.

Day 3
Bangkok – Hua Hin | approx. 80km

This morning, we transfer away from the city traffic the rural province of Phetchaburi, 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 Hua Hin.

This postcard-perfect beach resort 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 is too heavy, this section can be transferred. We top off our day with a seafood dinner on a pier in the centre of town.

Day 4
Hua Hin – Prachup Khiri Khan | approx. 98km

This morning we take a short transfer to Wat Khao Tao, where our cycling begins. 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 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. This takes us all the way to our hotel In Prachup Khiri Khan, very close to the Thai/Myanmar border.

Day 5
Prachup Khiri Khan – Ban Krut | approx. 76km

Our day starts with a short, pretty ride along the beach front until we reach a main road. Now onto quieter roads away from the touristy areas, we can immerse ourselves more in the local culture.

We enter Wing 5, the Prachuap Royal Airforce Base, before passing through the narrowest part of Thailand, only 20km from the Myanmar border.

Eventually, we reach our nature-friendly boutique resort on a serene beach, where we can relax in a hammock and listen to the sounds of the sea.

Day 6
Ban Krut - Chumphon | approx. 110km

You’ll be pleased to know that today’s whopping route of approx. 110km gives us a taste of paradise. Cycling along quiet roads with very little traffic, we enjoy views of the gorgeous Gulf of Thailand to our left and rugged mountains on our right.

We stop at the Laem Taen lookout, before continuing to the outskirts of Chumphon to visit a local primary school.

Tonight, we rest in a hotel on yet another secluded beach, this one lying in the town of Chumphon.

Day 7
Chumphon – Thung Makham - Ko Samui | approx. 45km

Rise and shine to our last day in the saddle! Today sees us riding to our finish line at Prince Chumphon Veterans Memorial Shrine in the beautiful Phuket.

After some well-deserved celebrations, we transfer to Thung Makham Pier and cross the sea to Ko Samui. A slice of paradise off Thailand’s east coast, there’s no better place to end our adventure.

Days 8 & 9
Ko Samui - Bangkok - UK

We have a free day to relax, snorkel and shop for souvenirs on this idyllic island, full of frangipanis, palms and beaches and renowned for its beauty.

Later this afternoon, we transfer to Ko Samui Airport for our internal flight to a hotel in Bangkok. We fly back to the UK on the morning of Day 9 and arrive home the same day.

Why not finish your adventure with an awesome optional excursion or extension?

We're delighted to offer you an optional half-day excursion on our free day in Ko Samui (Day 8) and an optional three-day extension on Ko Samui at the end of this challenge.

The optional half-day excursion on Day 8 gives you a special chance to visit the amazing Ko Samui Elephant Sanctuary, which offers a safe retirement home for elephants who have worked exhausting hours in the logging and tourism industries.

Please go to the next itinerary slide for details of the three-day Ko Samui extension.

We'll send all participants details of both the half-day excursion and the three-day extension in the lead up to the challenge.

Days 8 - 12
Optional Extension

This optional three-day extension, enables you to spend more time on Ko Samui.

Instead of flying back to Bangkok with the group on Day 8, you'll stay on the island for three more days.

The extension package gives you the chance to visit the Eranda Herbal Spa for a selection of treatments, visit the Ko Samui Elephant Sanctuary and enjoy two more free days to do as you please in paradise.

Now well and truly relaxed and refreshed after our challenge, you'll transfer back to Bangkok to fly back to the UK.

We'll send all participants details of both the half-day excursion and the three-day extension in the lead up to the challenge.

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Funding options

Sponsorship

The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support those affected by women's cancers!

£3,400

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay the non-refundable registration fee of £299 which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target for Women V Cancer at least 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the Women V Cancer charities will pay the challenge costs on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), your food, accommodation, transfers, entry fees, guides, bike hire, mechanics and medical support, including two doctors.
  • Please also remember to budget for your visa and your airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350), plus the optional excursion/extension if you choose to take part.
  • The more money you raise for the challenge, the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the Women V Cancer charities.
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FAQs
Women V Cancer Cycle Thailand 2021

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 Thailand 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.

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it's designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for.

A number of the people who take part on this challenge will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have the experience of your lifetime.

Once you have registered for the challenge, we'll send you a realistic and achievable training plan, which builds up gradually as the event gets closer.

If you're feeling nervous, check out these fab messages from two of the amazing Women V Cancer heroes, who took on our first overseas cycle.

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.

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 other 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.

As long as you're 18 years or over by the time we depart for the challenge, you are more than welcome to join the ride!

How you fund your challenge is entirely up to you. Some women will decide to pay their own tour costs, which amounts to £1,700, i.e. 50% of the fundraising target, 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 cycle helmet is essential and must be worn at all times. We also recommend cycling shorts and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system.

Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We'll supply you with a list of everything you'll need to take before you go. Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you're 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! We're delighted to offer you an optional three-day extension on Ko Samui.

This optional three-day extension enables you to spend more time on Ko Samui.

Instead of flying back to Bangkok with the group on Day 8, you'll stay on the island for three more days.

The extension package gives you the chance to visit the Eranda Herbal Spa for a selection of treatments, visit the Ko Samui Elephant Sanctuary and enjoy two more free days to do as you please in paradise.

Now well and truly relaxed and refreshed after our challenge, you'll transfer back to Bangkok to fly back to the UK.

We'll send all participants details of both the half-day excursion and the three-day extension in the lead up to the challenge.

 

Your registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £1,700 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350)
  • Meals throughout the challenge
  • Accommodation
  • All transfers in Thailand
  • 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 support, including two doctors, who will accompany us throughout the challenge
  • Your Women V Cancer Cycle Thailand 2021 medal and t-shirt

*Please note, the optional stay on Ko Samui at the end of our adventure is not included in the challenge costs.

In addition to paying your registration fee and raising your minimum sponsorship target, you will need to budget for:

  • Your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £350 but subject to change)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses including travel to and from the departure airport in London.
  • Optional extension/excursion on Ko Samui

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation.

Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which also covers coronavirus, 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. 

No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. You will need a bag to go on your bike or a waist bag for things like your camera, sun cream, tissues etc.

Any extra items you may need during the day can be carried on the support vehicle, which you'll have access to during lunch and the snack stops.

The group size for this challenge is likely to be around 30 people.

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.

During the cycle, 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.

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

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