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If you choose to self-fund, we ask you to please also fundraise as much as you can for our Women V Cancer charities, aiming for £1,000.
This isn't mandatory, but 100% of the funds you raise will go directly to the charities' work and make a huge impact for them at a very tough time.
Are you ready to cycle over 400km from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat for people facing cancer in 2024? It's time to take on our all-time favourite cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia for Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, and Ovarian Cancer Action!
We’ll cycle through two of the world’s most fascinating countries, immerse ourselves, in two enthralling cultures and achieve a phenomenal feat in support of people facing cancer.
Our Vietnam to Cambodia cycle is one of our most popular adventures of all time and it's no wonder why! Kicking off in Ho Chi Minh City, the cultural capital of Vietnam, we’ll ride away from the bustle to the beautiful Mekong Delta.
We’ll follow rivers lined with banana plants and palm trees and catch a boat from Vietnam to Cambodia’s infamous capital, Phnom Penh. Our spectacular, mostly flat route continues alongside the river through peaceful local villages and orchards to an epic finish exploring the ancient temples of Angkor on our bikes.
Along the way, we’ll pass local pagodas, 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 women-only challenge is a special opportunity to make a meaningful difference for the Women V Cancer charities, whilst exploring two of the most incredible countries on Earth and gaining life-changing insight into their local cultures and history.
Giving back to the planet
We've designed this challenge 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; so rest assured that we are minimising the impact of your cycle!
Vietnam to Cambodia has been classed as moderate. The distances you will cycle each day will be tough and temperatures will be high during the day with high humidity. You will enjoy a rare break in the cycle on day 6 on the Mekong river. This challenge is particularly popular for the relatively flat ride all week on mostly good tarmac roads.
Our adventure begins at the airport in London, where we meet as a group and catch our overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City, saying Good Morning Vietnam when we touch down on Day 2.
Meeting our awesome local guide at the airport, we transfer to a hotel in the city for our bike fitting and an exciting challenge briefing from our Challenge Leader.
The rest of the day is then free for you to chill at the hotel or explore Vietnam’s cultural hub of Ho Chi Min City as you wish. Why not take this opportunity to visit the War Remnants Museum? It’s a sobering but eye-opening experience and a perfect way to get some local insight into Vietnam’s recent history.
This evening, we reunite for our Welcome Dinner and get our first taste of the delicious authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to My Tho and enter the amazing Mekong Delta on a ferry ride across the Tien Giang River.
Now far from the city traffic, we set off on a smooth cycle along tracks bright with banana plants and palm trees. We get a great taste of the local lifestyle as we pass through local towns and villages rarely visited by tourists and stop for lunch at a restaurant in Bến Tre.
Refreshed, we hop back on our bikes to follow the river further, crossing pretty canals and tributaries, finishing with a boat ride across the Co Chien River to Tra Vinh. Here, we enjoy 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.
We ride through rural communities and small towns, pass colourful pagodas and cross the river over small, wooden bridges. Our route gives us a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into the rural communities, with a special chance to visit local Khmer temples.
The excitement doesn’t end there: we also make a stop at the beautiful Ba Om Pond, bedecked with water lilies and lotuses and surrounded by ancient trees with extraordinarily shaped roots.
We rest tonight at a hotel in Cần Thơ, 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 after breakfast, 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, cycling upstream on a tiny road to Long Xuyen. This marks the end of our ride today and we rest our legs on a transfer to our hotel in Châu Đốc.
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 capital city, Phnom Penh.
Once we’re grounded and across the border, we enjoy our lunch at a restaurant overlooking the busy harbour, before mounting bikes in the afternoon.
Our short cycle takes us to the infamous Killing Fields of Cambodia. This is a truly sobering and chilling experience, which will give you a chance to pay your respects to the victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide and gain important insight into Cambodia's history.
We will end the day at our accommodation in Phnom Penh with a group dinner and our first night sleeping in Cambodia.
After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer away from the city traffic and cross the Japanese bridge to the surrounding countryside.
Our first full day of cycling in Cambodia sees us following quiet dirt and tarmac roads alongside the Mekong River. We cycle through many friendly villages and orchards, getting a feel for the lifestyle this side of the border.
Having worked up an appetite, we stop for lunch and then pedal on until we reach Phum Totoeng village. Here, our bus awaits and we transfer to our hotel in Kampong Thom.
Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we transfer to Damdek village and spend another day cycling through the countryside, following village back roads and stopping for lunch at a local restaurant.
The busyness picks up slightly in the afternoon as we draw closer to Siem Reap, the gateway to the famous ruins of Angkor.
Here, we check-in to our hotel and enjoy some time to shower and relax before we go 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 perfect place to get haggling!
Welcome to the last and most exciting day of our adventure, dedicated to exploring the extraordinary Angkor temple complex by bike! 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 magnificent 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.
After getting the best experience possible of these world-famous religious sites, we settle down for a fantastic Celebration Dinner in Siem Reap. Now it’s time to toast our success at having cycled a whopping 450km for Breast Cancer Now, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Our last full day in South East Asia is free for you to spend as you wish in Siem Reap. You can kick back and relax at the hotel or explore the city. 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 please arrange your own lunch and dinner - a fantastic chance to try out the brilliant local restaurants.
Today, we bid goodbye to Asia and transfer to the airport in Siem Reap for our overnight flights back to the UK.
Touching down in London on Day 12, we part ways for home.
Pay the registration fee (£349) and airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475), and fundraise £3,600 or more for Women V Cancer.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the registration fee (£349) and challenge costs (£1,995) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475). Then fundraise as much as you can for Women V Cancer, aiming for £1,000 if possible.
Pay the balance
Please don't be! Our Women V Cancer charity cycling challenges are renowned for their camaraderie and the majority of people will sign up for Women V Cancer Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia on their own.
Once you've signed up, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the challenge. Please feel free to use this space to swap tips and updates with your fellow Women V Cancer warriors 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 meet up to train and fundraise with.
Women V Cancer Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing charity challenge to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part in this challenge will have a low level of fitness when they sign up.
We'll follow a relatively flat route, but we will cycle in humid conditions and tackle long distances on this challenge, so we strongly recommend you train. Once you sign up, we'll send you a fantastic training plan, which builds up over time and will set you up for success. Remember, the more you train, the more you'll enjoy the real deal!
This adventure is the perfect motivation to get fit, gain amazing insight into the history and culture of Vietnam and Cambodia and most importantly, make a massive impact for people facing breast, cervical and ovarian cancers.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about our Women V Cancer cycling challenges is that people of all ages come together to do something very special. Everyone who is 18 years old or over by the challenge is more than welcome to join our cycle from Vietnam and Cambodia.
Your non-refundable registration fee of £349 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
Your challenge costs cover:
*Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. If you would rather pay for a single supplement and have a room/tent to yourself, we can arrange this for you for an additional cost.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do this at least 17 weeks before the challenge starts.
*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 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 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 self-funding your challenge or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target, you'll need to budget for your:
We will stay in comfortable hotels on a twin-sharing basis throughout this Women V Cancer challenge.
Our hotel accommodation is included in your challenge cost on a twin-sharing basis. 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.
Certainly. 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.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Vietnam or Cambodia, please get in touch with us at least 17 weeks before the challenge and we can arrange this for you at an additional price.
The group size for this challenge is likely to be around 40-50 people.
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 cycle ride in Vietnam and Cambodia.
It is your responsibility to obtain a visa for the countries you are visiting. Ensure that you apply and obtain your visa in plenty of time. Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cambodia.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your cycling challenge for Women V Cancer 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 regular email updates with everything you need to know about your challenge, including the itinerary, an example insurance policy, details about our challenge destination and the weather we can expect on our cycle, 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 event gets closer.
We'll also send you 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
Of the £3,600 minimum sponsorship target you raise, £1,800 covers your challenge costs.
The remaining 50% (£1,800 or more if you've exceeded the target) goes directly to the work of the three charities, divided equally between Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
The money you raise funds the vital work of our three Women V Cancer charities who are raising awareness, providing support and funding research into breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.
If you’d like to know more about how each charity is making a difference for women affected by cancer, visit their websites below.
Breast Cancer Now
Registered charity no 1160558 (England and Wales) and SC045584 (Scotland) and 1200 (Isle of Man).
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Registered charity no. 1133542 (England and Wales) and SC041236 (Scotland)
Ovarian Cancer Action
Registered charity no. 1109743 (England and Wales) and SC043478 (Scotland)
If you don't reach your fundraising target, you can top up the remaining funds yourself or you're more than welcome to transfer to another challenge for Women V Cancer, with all the funds you have already raised and your registration fee going towards the new challenge. Please get in touch with us at least 17 weeks before the challenge departure date and we can transfer you for an admin fee of £50.
Check out our seasonal fundraising ideas to help you reach your target.
No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. However, at the start and end of the challenge, you will need to make your own way to and from the airport in London with your luggage.
You will need a bag to go on your bike or a waist bag for things like your phone, camera, sun cream, tissues etc. Any extra items you may need during the day can be carried on the support vehicle, which you will have access to at the snack stops and lunch.
We fully support gender and sexual equality and the majority of our open challenges welcome all gender identities.
However, we've found that many of our Women V Cancer participants feel more confident taking on challenges in female company.
Women V Cancer gives women from all cycles of life the platform, atmosphere and the opportunity to come together and conquer a mighty feat for our amazing charity trio.
These women-only challenges also have an incredible camaraderie and you're likely to make friendships that will last a lifetime.