Can Too Cycle Asia Challenge

Can Too cycle the backroads from Ho Chi Minh City to of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and help raise much needed funds for Cancer Research.

Challenge Highlights

  • Join Can Too ambassador, on a cycle challenge
  • Experience the bustling streets and markets in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Floating markets, villages and waterways of the Mekong River Delta
  • Admire the iconic temples of Angkor by bike
  • Learn about Cambodia's recent history in Phnom Penh
  • Supported cycling through some of Southeast Asia’s most stunning landscapes

Overview

Cycling is one of the very best ways to experience the diverse scenery and rural cultures of Southeast Asia, and continuing our tradition of pioneering cycle trips, this unique itinerary takes us from the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City through traditional rural villages to the iconic temple complex of Angkor Wat. Our comfortable modern bikes, support crew and steady pace mean that you’ll be free to enjoy the stunning scenery along the way, with our backup vehicle available to give tired riders a break at any time. Our journey begins in fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City, which we leave behind for quieter back roads to the Cu Chi Tunnels and on into the Mekong Delta region, the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’. A vast wetland expanse of floating markets, Khmer pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies and flooded forests. Crossing through to Cambodia by boat, we’ll have time to absorb the palaces, pagodas and French inspired architecture of Phnom Penh before heading north toward Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. Discover the enchanting ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat by bike and experience stilted village life on the Tonle Sap, or Great Lake.

Challenge Grade

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the distances cycled, the condition of the terrain, the altitude, and the length of the trip. The Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat Cycle is graded moderate. This trip does not take place at altitude and most cycling surfaces are well paved roads, however some days cycling are over rough un-graded surfaces and the climate in Cambodia is very hot and humid. Expect cycling time to average up to 7 hours per day.

In order to complete this trip we advise that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, jogging, for at least 45 minutes three or four times a week for a minimum of three months prior to your departure.

Itinerary

Xin chao! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You are greeted by your driver at Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your transfer to the hotel. You will have time to relax at your hotel and adjust to the pace of Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of Vietnam. It is the bustling and dynamic economic capital and the cultural trendsetter of the country, yet within the teeming metropolis you will find the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. This beautiful city is bustling with energy and will soon dispel even the slightest feeling of jetlag. In the late afternoon meet our guide at the hotel lobby for a trip briefing before a welcome dinner. Overnight; Le Duy Hotel

Meals:  D

So as we don't ride on the busy city roads, we start the morning with a car transfer out toward the Mekong Delta region. Once at our starting point, bikes ready, we start our ride on the quiet roads to the Mekong delta. This region is rural, locals are friendly and riding affords a connection to the people and their daily lifestyle, lifestyles of agriculture and craftsmanship. After about 20 kilometers, we stop for a light picnic lunch in a garden café. In the afternoon, we head south passing from one island of the mighty river delta to another, one of which we must catch a ferryboat to cross. Our destination for the evening is a simple but comfortable local guesthouse. Cycling distance: ~65 km Overnight in Vinh Long

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we saddle up and begin our ride, heading south to a region deep in the Mekong Delta called Tam Binh. Riding at a relaxed pace along the backroads allows us to fully appreciate the tranquility of the area, making stops en route to sip tea with the locals and enjoy snacks. A traditional lunch will be served at a friendly local's house, giving us the opportunity to gain a further insight into the local way of life. At Tra On we board a boat to cruise the Hau River upstream to Can Tho, the largest town in the Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho Cycling distance: ~60km

Meals:  B,L,D

Rise early this morning to visit the Cai Rang floating market, a market typical of the delta. We return to the hotel for breakfast before riding out along the roads winding up the Hau River, northwest to Long Xuyen - a market town renowned for fish, rice and cashew nut trading. En route we'll drop by Bang Lang Stork Garden, a 1.3 hectare bird sanctuary with astonishing views of thousands of resident storks and snowy egrets. There is a tall viewing platform to see the birds filling the branches. We'll arrive at our final destination Long Xuyen in the late afternoon where we check into our comfortable accommodation. Overnight in Long Xuyen. Cycling distance: ~60km

Meals:  B,L,D

We again start our day in the vehicle before switching over to the bikes for our ride to Chau Doc, an important port hub of the region and a likable small town with significant Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities. Chau Doc's cultural diversity, apparent in the mosques, temples, churches and nearby pilgrimage sites makes it a fascinating place to explore. Before arriving in Chau Doc however, we have time to explore the stunning verdant water world of Tra Su Cajuput forest, a remarkable wetland flooded forest and mangrove nature reserve. Overnight in Chau Doc. Cycling distance: ~50km

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we enjoy a rest day off the bicycles, catching the early morning boat across the border into Cambodia and on to its capital city, Phnom Penh. During the 1950s & 60s, Phnom Penh was viewed as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, a shining light in city planning and architecture, one which cities like Singapore drew much inspiration from. Although tarnished by the impact of revolution and war, the city is once again fast regaining its shine. The chaotic yet charming city, with a one of the best riverfronts in the region, now takes its place as one of South East Asia’s boom cities, boasting a charming cafe culture, bustling bars and a world-class food scene. Urban explorers can experience emotional extremes at the inspiring National Museum and the heartbreaking Khmer Rouge sites, illustrating the best and worst of Cambodia’s past. Once we've checked in to our comfortable city centre accommodation, we venture out for our first taste of Khmer food after which the remainder of the day is free at leisure. Overnight; River Home Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we have sightseeing of Cambodia capital Phnom Penh. Afternoon we will take a flight to Siem Reap. We continue on to our hotel in Siem Reap. Overnight: Sokha Roth Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a full day to explore the most famous temple complex, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Archaeological Park by bike - the perfect way to experience this awe inspiring place. To beat the crowds we start early at Ta Prohm which unlike many other Angkorian temples has been left as it it was when first rediscovered - a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings. Continue on to the lofty heights of Ta Keo then through one of four mighty gatehouses into the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII and at the time was the most populous city in the world with 2m inhabitants. The crowning jewel of the city is Bayon at its epicentre. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur, its exterior gallery walls featuring world class bas-reliefs and its 54 towers, decorated with 216 gargantuan faces. We'll break for lunch before completing our day at the most incredible temple of them all, Angkor Wat - the ultimate expression of Khmer genius. The temple is in fact the largest religious structure in the world and has inspired visitors for centuries. Note: Appropriate attire when visiting the Temples of Angkor bottoms to cover knees and tops to cover shoulders. these are sacred sites and revealing clothing is not allowed within the temple grounds. Visitors can and are frequently turned away from temples if not wearing appropriate attire. This evening, enjoy a special treat with a performance from PHARE. The Cambodian Circus has long been famous for their performances, and this NGO teaching disadvantaged youths in performance arts is a regular at international circus conventions worldwide. Enjoy their interpretations of traditional folklore tales and modern life. Cycling distance: ~40km Overnight: Sokha Roth Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

The morning is free at leisure in Siem Reap until the airport transfer for your outbound flight.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Can Too Ambassador
  • 8 nights comfortable central hotels
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Expert English speaking guide
  • Modern mountain bikes
  • Medical kit
  • Private support vehicles
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary
  • National park & site entry fees
  • Huma training manual and gear list
  • facebook group page to chat with your fellow supporters
  • 10% discount on all Can Too supporters travel insurance
  • Fundraising support from setting up your online page to tips to reach your target

What's Not Included

  • Bike helmet (compulsory)
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips & gratuities
  • International airfares & departure taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)

What You Carry

  • A support vehicle is available on all cycling days to carry your luggage and you, when your legs get tired. On touring days you will be required to carry a day pack with your water bottle, camera, sunscreen and other personal items.

Fundraising Impact

• Our Vision - Transforming lives through improving health and well being in the community and supporting the research, prevention, care and control of cancer.

• Our Mission - Engaging and inspiring individuals and the community to achieve personal health, well being and altruistic goals. Enabling and assisting fundraising to support innovation in the prevention, care and control of cancer.

• Our Values - We are about fun, fitness, friends and fundraising! Out goals are to inspire, motivate, support, empower, and include others.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Minimum Charity Donation/fundraising:USD$2000 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 28 Oct 20195 Nov 2019
Duration:9 Days
Activities:Cycling
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CA5
Registration Fee:USD$160
Travel Cost:USD$160

• Our Vision - Transforming lives through improving health and well being in the community and supporting the research, prevention, care and control of cancer. • Our Mission - Engaging and inspiring individuals and the community to achieve personal health, well being and altruistic goals. Enabling and assisting fundraising to support innovation in the prevention, care and control of cancer. • Our Values - We are about fun, fitness, friends and fundraising! Out goals are to inspire, motivate, support, empower, and include others.