VIETNAM & CAMBODIA Cycle Adventure Challenge

A cycle adventure along the back roads and through small local villages, as we journey from the bustling Ho Chi Minh City to the exquisite temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raise vital funds for your charity
  • Experiencing the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Crawling through the Cu Chi tunnels
  • Visiting the rural towns of Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom
  • Cycling through the Angkor archaeological park

Overview

Continuing our tradition of pioneering cycle trips, this adventure combines cycling through untouched villages from Ho Chi Minh City to the famed temple complex of Angkor Wat. Our journey begins in the fast paced city of Ho Chi Minh City, which we leave behind for the quieter roads to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Crossing through to Cambodia we delight in the lush green countryside and fertile rice fields where the locals will amaze us with their warmth and hospitality. Our final cycle is rewarded with an in-depth cycle of the renowned complex of Angkor. The flat roads around the temples make exploration of the area ideal by bike.

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. 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

On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City you will need to clear customs and make your way to the group hotel. As we have fundraisers arriving from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost. The remainder of the afternoon is free time to relax and stretch your legs. A group briefing will be held in the hotel late this afternoon with your guide. In the evening you will enjoy your first group dinner.

Meals:  D

This morning you transfer by bus 20 km to get fitted for your bikes. This will then be followed with a visit to The Cu Chi Tunnels, which were of significant importance to the Viet Cong forces during the Vietnam war. Visiting the tunnels you will learn about the history of the site and also have the opportunity to explore some of the expansive underground system. After lunch you start your cycling following the route to Tay Ninh. You will start along quiet rural roads surrounded by a patchwork of paddy fields. Keep an eye out for water buffalo as you cycle as this is an area that they can be found. As you near Tay Ninh you will notice the roads getting busier as this is a bustling market town. Overnight hotel.

Meals:  B,L,D

After an early breakfast at the hotel you will set off for your days cycling challenge to Svay Rieng. The route today follows the Moc Bai border crossing, via the impressive Caodai Great Temple. Once formalities have been completed at the border crossing you will enter Cambodia. Once you start cycling you will notice the difference in rural life compared to Vietnam as you pass scenic villages and rice fields. Following National Road 1 (NR1) you will enjoy flat well paved cycling roads and paths. You will stop en route for lunch at a local village restaurant providing a chance to sample the local specialties such as ‘amok’. Around mid afternoon you should arrive in Svey Rieng. Overnight Hotel.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will start to increase the distance covered. Leaving the hotel early you will have a short transfer of apporx one hour to Neak Lung from where your cycle commences. Neak Lung, is located on the intersection of the road to Phnom Penh and the road to Kompong Cham. Cycling conditions are similar to yesterday as you continue to travel through small local villages, rubber plantations and rice fields to Kampong Cham. In the evening sunset in Kompong Cham is best enjoyed along the quiet banks of the Mekong River. Overnight hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Along day ahead today and the toughest of the challenge. After breakfast, you cycle out of Kampong Cham and cycle towards the backwaters of Cambodia. This is rural Cambodia at it's best, as you cycle through tropical countryside where the jungle stretches all the way to the road. You will have an off road section that will take you right to the heart of the sleepy backwaters. You will be feeling tired now but it is not far to go and you will soon see the welcome sight of your vehicle marking the end of the cycle. You will be transferred the rest of the way to Kampong Thom. Overnight hotel.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you have your final day of cycling and what better way to end than at Angkor Wat. The day starts with a bus transfer of approximately two hours to Kampong Kdei. Here you will find a one of longest corbeled stone-arch bridges in the world. It is one of the few Khmer Empire bridges to have survived. Back on your bikes you will cycle towards Angkor Wat. Along the way you will stop for lunch at one of the outer temples. You will then cycle the final section to Angkor Wat. After celebrating your arrival you will cycle the last few kilometers to your hotel in Siem Reap. Tonight you will celebrate your achievements at your final group dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

The time has come to say farewell. After breakfast your challenge concludes. As we have fundraisers departing from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Farewell celebration dinner
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 21 speed steel framed mountain bikes
  • Experienced local cycling leader , one in Cambodia and one in Vietnam
  • Expert bilingual assistant cycling guide
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • Well located hotels on twin share basis
  • Private support vehicles
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary
  • National park & site entry fees
  • Snacks and fruit whilst cycling
  • Spare bikes ( number will depend on group size)
  • Government tax

What's Not Included

  • Bike helmet (compulsory)
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • Optional excursions
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single supplements
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers

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

Step 1: Choose your charity – determine which registered charity you’d like to fund raise for.

Step 2: Choose your challenge – choose from our range of iconic Adventure Charity Challenges. The Adventure Charity Challenges are all operated by our parent company, World Expeditions, and have been tailor made just for fundraisers. Complete the registration form and pay the registration fee. You can register online 24 hours around the clock or you can download the registration form online and post, email or fax the completed form to us.

Step 3: Charity authorisation - once we have received your registration form we will contact your chosen charity to seek authorisation for you to fundraise on their behalf. Following this the charity will contact you with your permission to fundraise, the minimum fundraising target and most likely directions for you to create an online fundraising page. Your registration will not progress further until the charity officially gives their authorization.

Step 4: Receive your Confirmation Kit - once you are booked on an Adventure Charity Challenge we’ll send you a Confirmation Kit containing:

• Welcome Letter

• Fundraiser’s Guidebook

• Responsible Travel Guidebook

• Trip Pre-Departure Information

• Medical Form (if applicable)

• Travel Insurance document

• Travel Invoice

Step 5: Start Fundraising - now here comes some of the challenge as you set about fundraising for your charity. The Fundraiser’s Guidebook we provide you with will assist you greatly in settling fundraising objectives and determining your fundraising activities. Your charity may have aligned with one of the many online fundraising portals in which case you can set up your personal fundraising page and link to your charity. It’s then a matter of getting your friends, family, colleagues and greater network to support you by pledging donations.

Step 6: Start Training - depending on the type of challenge you have chosen, it may be graded introductory through to challenging, you will need to set yourself a fitness program to ensure you're physically ready for the challenge component of your travel. Take a look at our website where we provide definitions for all levels of grading as well as provide some tips for ‘getting fit’ and some suggestions on the gear you’ll require.

Step 7: Take the Challenge - once the fundraising is done it is time to set off on your Adventure Charity Challenge ... good luck and enjoy the experience with the knowledge that you have made a much needed contribution to your chosen charity.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Non Refundable Registration Fee:USD$90 
Optional Single Supplement:USD$230 
Minimum Charity Donation/Fundraised:USD$400 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 21 Feb 201927 Feb 2019
 10 Nov 201916 Nov 2019
Duration:7 Days
Activities:Cycling
Charity Challenge
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CVC
Travel Cost:USD$1320

The key is to tap into your different networks, friends, family and the broader community and to try different ways of fundraising. From running a BBQ day, to hosting a movie night in local cinema, or an afternoon tea or fun dinner event. We also have a Facebook group just for our team members. Here, people share ideas and feedback on their fundraising. Plus our fundraising booklet with many fundraising ideas and how to make these super duper effective