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Sat 03 Nov - Tue 13 Nov 2018

OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

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INFORMATION

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sat 03 Nov 2018

International departure from London

The journey begins at the airport where you meet your teammates and Charity Challenge representative. Any last minute nerves will turn to excitement as the plane touches down in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) after an overnight flight.

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Day 2, Sun 04 Nov 2018

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

On arrival, a local Charity Challenge representative will accompany the group to a centrally-located hotel. Lunch will be served after check-in, followed by a full trip briefing and bike fitting, and perhaps a little spare time to explore the surrounding area.

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 3, Mon 05 Nov 2018

My Tho to Tra Vinh (approximately 52kms)

After breakfast, transfer to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Our cycling adventure begins after a ferry journey across the Tien Giang river. A varied section of biking follows off-road, gravel and dirt lanes, weaving around hamlets, across water channels and through dense vegetation. The final ferry of the day sees you cross Co Chien river to Tra Vinh.

Accommodation: Hotel

 

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Day 4, Tue 06 Nov 2018

Can Tho (approximately 82kms)

The road may be long, but the atmosphere is calm and peaceful as you head along narrow and pretty roads to Can Tho. There’s plenty to see, including the magnificent lotus flowers at Ba Om Pond. The route also takes in the contrasting architectural styles of ethnic Khmer homes and Khmer temples, as well as fascinating river scenes from countless wooden bridges.

Accommodation: Hotel

 

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Day 5, Wed 07 Nov 2018

Long Xuyen (approximately 90kms)

After an early breakfast, take a ride on a narrow paved road via Cai Rang floating market. Weave through the morning traders, and pedal along the banks of the very busy river. After enjoying another market, we continue on to Phong Dien Village and eventually stop for lunch. There’s a 30-minute transfer to the town of Long Xuyen.

Accommodation: Hotel

 

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Day 6, Thu 08 Nov 2018

Chau Doc (approximately 80kms+)

After a short early morning transfer to Tri Ton, the cycling starts to undulate as you ride closer to Chau Doc. The afternoon is spent at the killing fields of Vietnam at Ba Chuc, where Pol Pot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. The route then loops around to Chau Doc along the border for the final night in Vietnam.

Accommodation: Hotel

 

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Day 7, Fri 09 Nov 2018

Chau Doc to Phnom Penh

Rise early to take a boat journey up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh. Its three hours upstream to Cambodian capital city, where you’ll meet your Cambodian guides and be fitted with your new bike. After lunch at the atmospheric Foreign Correspondents’ Club, travel to Cambodia’s harrowing killing fields and the Tuoel Sleng genocide museum.

Accommodation: Hotel

 

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Day 8, Sat 10 Nov 2018

Kampong Thom (approximately 65 kms)

Starting with an early morning bus transfer to Kampong Cham,  The group heads north via the ancient Japanese bridge, to visit one of Cambodia’s most famous towns, Skun. Here, you’ll Transfer to Thnong village, from where you’ll commence a 65km cycle through the stunning tropical countryside. Once you arrive at Kampong Thmor, it’s another 38km to the final stop of Kampong Thom, on the banks of the Stung Saen river.

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 9, Sun 11 Nov 2018

Kampong Thom to Siem Reap (approximately 66kms)

It’s the final day; a 66km ride to the incredible Royal Temples of Angkor Wat. Reach the finish line as the sun sets over the Angkor temples, and provide the perfect finish to a successful challenge.  

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 10, Mon 12 Nov 2018

Full day in Angkor Wat, then depart Siem Reap

Shake off the heavy legs by watching an incredible sunrise over Angkor Wat (optional). Explore the rest of the temples in the complex, including Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII, and Ta Prohm. Unfortunately, your challenge is over and it’s off to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodation: In the air

 

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Day 11, Tue 13 Nov 2018

Arrive home

Armed with a sense of achievement, you can feel proud as you touch down into the UK and share your fantastic journey with your family and friends.  Don’t forget to exchange contact details with your fellow cyclist as you depart.

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Important information

The itinerary and distance approximations are there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather, road conditions, the strength of the group, and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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