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Vietnam to Cambodia Cycle Challenge 2019

16/11/2019 - 26/11/2019

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THE CHALLENGE…

Cycling up to 383km from the frenzy of Ho Chi Minh to the tranquility of Angkor Wat, this breathtaking challenge is one of the best in the world of fundraising events. We’ll be greeted by intrigued locals as we ride through the bustling coconut groves and thriving river communities at the heart of the Mekong Delta and the stilted villages and mysterious temples of Angkor – ancient Khmer relics of a vanished culture nestled in amongst the sugar palm trees… Join us on this magical cycle and experience South Asia at its best!

DAY 1
We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 2
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to our hotel. After our bike fitting the rest of the day is at leisure to rest or explore the sights and sounds of this fantastic city. We will meet for dinner and a briefing in the evening.

DAY 3
Ho Chi Minh City to Tra Vinh

After breakfast we transfer for a couple of hours out of Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho – the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Today’s ride will lead us right into the heart of the rural Mekong. We pedal along narrow paths and lanes, past banana plantations and fields of sugar cane, through the lush green landscape of the Delta until we reach Tra Vinh – a small town off the tourist trail, with a large population of ethnic Khmer.

Cycling distance – approx. 62km

DAY 4
Tra Vinh to Can Tho

Following breakfast at our hotel, we push on with our cycling adventure – the roads are peaceful, narrow and very pretty all the way to Can Tho. Along the way we cross numerous rivers and streams via bridges and local ferries. There is plenty to see on our journey, including colourful Khmer temples and the pond of Ba Om, where we’ll hear the story of how it was dug and subsequently got its name according to local legend. We cycle along riverbank paths and through busy villages until we join the main road to Can Tho. Can Tho is a popular town on the banks of the Mekong with a night market and waterfront bars and restaurants.

Cycling distance – approx. 90km

DAY 5
Can Tho to Chau Doc

After a very early breakfast, we catch the boat to Cai Rang floating market to see the local farmers selling their produce from their boats on the busy river. Once we’re back on dry land we cycle along narrow roads weaving through the morning market hustle and bustle on the banks of the river, whilst absorbing the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants and coconut shredders. Once we finish cycling for the day we will transfer for approximately one and a half hours to the border town of Chau Doc, where we spend our last night in Vietnam.

Cycling distance – approx. 75km

DAY 6
Chau Doc to Phnom Penh

Today we will say goodbye to our Vietnamese crew and bikes, as we continue our journey by boat up the Mekong and then the Bassac River to Phnom Penh. We stop off en route to officially exit Vietnam and then again to obtain our visas into Cambodia. We arrive in the Cambodian capital for lunch. In the afternoon we may have time to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or one of the killing fields of Cambodia at Choeung Ek – sad but important reminders of this beautiful country’s troubled past.

DAY 7
Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom

Following breakfast we transfer across the Japanese bridge and start cycling alongside the Mekong River on a mixture of tarmac and dirt roads on one of the most scenic rides in the country. We meet and see many friendly locals as we pass through orchards and villages. After lunch we set off on good tarmac roads as the route takes us west once again until we meet up with the main national road. We continue on to our finishing point of today’s cycling – Totoeng Village. We then transfer to Kampong Thom.

Cycling distance – approx. 70 – 90km

DAY 8
Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

This morning’s transfer is approximately one and half hours to an ancient bridge at Kampong Kdei, one of the best examples of the remaining 800 year old bridges in Cambodia. From the bridge we transfer another 31km to Damdek village where our bikes are waiting for us to start our ride. We have lunch along the way and then will continue cycling directly to our hotel in the colonial city of Siem Reap – a fantastic town with markets, bars and restaurants to suit everyone!

Cycling distance – approx. 66km

DAY 9
Siem Reap to Angkor Wat

Following breakfast, we cycle on to the finish line at the famous Angkor Wat. After lunch we explore the incredible city of Angkor – the overgrown Ta Prohm, embraced by tree roots and gigantic creepers, the tranquil Bayon with its multitude of serene stone faces, the impressive 350m long Terrace of the Elephants and the magnificent pièce de résistance, Angkor Wat! After exploring this fascinating world heritage site, we celebrate our achievements in Siem Reap.

Cycling distance – approx. 28km

DAY 10
Enjoy a free morning in Siem Reap before we catch our flight back to the UK.

DAY 11
Arrive UK.
(Please note this is a complex itinerary and subject to change including the timings and distances detailed. Weather conditions, the group’s ability and any other factors outside our control can impact on the schedule set out in this brochure).

To hear more about this wonderful opportunity and listen to its story and challenges, why not email or telephone:
Del Underwood delyth.underwood@nightingalehouse.co.uk or 01978 316800.

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Start:
16/11/2019
End:
26/11/2019
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