Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap Cycling Challenge

Cambodia, Vietnam | Minimum Age - 14 years

Cycle from Ho Chi Minh City, the political capital of Vietnam to Siem Reap, the cultural capital of Cambodia riding past cities of Chau Doc, Phnom Penh and many cultural and historical highlights. Our ride past the rural back roads, rice plantations and villages will introduce us to the lives of the locals and along the way we'll give our time to understanding and contributing to community projects in the region. We will end at the stunning UNESCO Heritage Angkor Temples - a visual, architectural and artistic marvel and one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Here stories from archaeologists and anthropologists will bring to life thousands of years old history. The maximum distance on this fully supported ride is 40km per day making it suitable for cyclists of abilities.

What can you expect to achieve from this trip
  • Visit two countries and gain a better understanding of history and culture of the region
  • Explore Mekong Delta, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Sambor Prei Kuk, Banteay Srei & Siem Reap to learn about rural and urban life in the region
  • Challenge yourself with completing a 280 kms ride which incorporates wholistic outdoor leadership skills, team work, and self awareness
  • Stay with the locals for a night in a local homestead in rural Cambodia & get introduced to new cultures
  • Visit schools, and families and work on local community projects, to gain an understanding into the challenging lives of the locals in this region
  • New experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - Independence, interdependence, leadership and more
  • Get rewarded with the certificate of accomplishment from DoTheDifferent

Trip Highlights

Cycle 280 kms from Vietnam to Cambodia
Visit UNESCO Heritage Angkor Temple Complex
Visit UNESCO Heritage Sambor Prei Kuk
Insights into History, Culture, Archaeology, Anthropology & Architecture
Community work with local NGOs
Outdoor Leadership Program
Talk by Archaeologists / Anthropologists

Itinerary - 8 Days

Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival

We land in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to our hotel. The trip starts with a briefing at 6pm on the first day and we have the rest of the day to get a little better acquainted with each other.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (Riding approx. 40km)

We start with a three-hour bus ride to the Mekong Delta also known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Vietnam’

Once here, we get on our cycles for the first time. Ride along quiet backroads, past farms and villages and make a stop for lunch.

We spend the night with a local family and enjoy a wonderful meal of regional specialties.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mekong Delta to Chau Doc (Riding approx. 40km)

We start the day with a ride through the bustling settlements along the river - perfect to shake off those sea legs!

We end the day with a bus ride followed by a ferry to Long Xuyen, and then travel by road to Chau Doc - right on Cambodian border.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tinh Bien – Phnom Penh (Riding approx. 30km)

Today, we cycle to our last destination within Vietnam, the border town of Tinh Bien.

After lunch, we cross the border and transfer by road to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. We spend the evening exploring this city once known as the “Pearl of Asia”.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Phnom Penh - Sambo Prei Kuk (Riding approx. 55km)

We start the morning with a road transfer out of the bustling city of Phnom Penh and get on our bikes to cycle along the Mekong River.

We leave the paved roads behind to ride through local villages before reaching our halt for the day.

This evening we work with local communities.

We spend the night at a local homestay and eat with families from the village while learning more about the customs and traditions.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sambo Prei Kuk- Banteay Srei homestay (Riding approx. 40km)

After breakfast, we start riding through the countryside on unpaved roads passing through local villages.

At the end of the ride we will be transferred by road to Siem Reap, the cultural capital of Cambodia. We will interact with children from local schools and help with a local tree-planting project.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Banteay Srei – Siem Reap (Riding approx. 50km)

Start the day with a ride on tarmac roads and cow cart tracks leading toward to the main temple complex.

We visit the highlights of the site including the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, the famous Bayon temple and of course, the incredible Angkor Wat.

Later in the afternoon we help with a some of the ongoing community projects while interacting with the locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Siem Reap – Angkor Complex (Riding approx. 25km) - Departure

Today, we start the day with an Archaeologist talking to us about the significance to the Angkor complex of temples before heading out for a 25km ride to the temple complex.

With this last ride behind us we are transferred back to the hotel to check out and head to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Expert on this trip

Arvind Bharati

Arvind Bharati

Arvind's background is as varied as they come – a telecom engineer by education he ended up working at a tech start up and then at a recreational firm where he led the team that built one of the country's first running brand - Runners for Life. 10 years later, he switched gears to become an educator at Azim Premji University, a yoga instructor and the founder of India’s first school for ultimate frisbee. Sports is a big part of his life, he also manages sports at Skylight world academy. He enjoys long distance running, cycles to commute, plays football and table tennis and is one of the best ultimate frisbee players you’ll find.

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers at the destination at specified timings. Our team will help you with the details for your trip.

Safe, secure and fun accommodation at hostels, lodges & camps on shared basis - separate for girls and boys.

All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Picnic style lunches and hot dinners with snacks available on most days.

An experienced Internship Leader from the #DoTheDifferent team who travels from India and stays with the group at all times.

Meaningful experiences to introduce you to practical exposure on the subject of your interest.

Certificate for the valuable real experience and knowledge you have gained to boost University Applications & your CV.

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FAQs

What flights should I book? Open or Close

Flights are not included in your trip price. Should you like to travel on the same flight as our Trip Leader from India, we suggest the following flights ex-Bangalore:

Onward:
Wednesday FD 138 BLR 23:30 DMK 04:40 (Next day)
Thursday FD 650 DMK 07.30 SGN 09:15
Return:
Thursday FD 615 REP 15:15 DMK 16:25
Thursday FD 137 DMK 20:55 BLR 23:00

You are welcome to book other flights if you find them suitable, however please aim to arrive and depart within 1 hour of the above group arrival at Ho Chi Minh and departure from Siem Reap to ensure the Trip Leader can personally receive and see you off. Helmet / cycling gear

Do I have to carry my own helmet or cycling gear? Open or Close

Hybrid bicycles and helmets are already included on the trip. However, in case you’d like to carry your own seats, pedals, cleats or accessories, please contact us further information. This route is not suitable for road bicycles.

Are the villages we are cycling through safe? Open or Close

Safety of our participants is our top priority and this part of the world is very safe. The itinerary has been designed to take quiet backroads to avoid traffic and you will be travelling with experienced leaders. The villages are very safe, however, a trip like this comes with risks that any similar active trip may pose. We need that you follow the instructions of our Trip Leaders at all times for your own safety.

What is the accommodation like? Open or Close

On this trip you will stay at a variety of places from locally run hotels to simple home-stays. At your home stay, you’ll be sleeping on simple camp beds in a dorm-style arrangement. Toilet and bathroom facilities at the home-stays are shared with running cold water only. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided.

What if I am unable to cope with the cycling distances? Open or Close

To make the best of this cycling challenge, we recommend that you train a bit to physically prepare yourself before the start of this trip. With an average cycling distance of 40km per day, on a flat terrain, this trip is of moderate difficulty and suitable for beginners. However, the support van will follow the group throughout the trip and you can opt to travel in the van should you not feel up to it on some occasion.

Is vegetarian food easily available? Open or Close

Yes, simple vegetarian food will be available on this trip. However, the style and cuisine is local and choices are fairly limited for vegetarians in this part of the world. We strongly recommend that you keep an open mind as this will help you cope with the whole experience. If you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies, do inform us prior to the trip so we can try to meet your needs.

Do I need a separate visa for Vietnam & Cambodia? Open or Close

Yes, both countries require a different visa. Even though Cambodia has visa on arrival, we prefer that everyone arranges their visa prior to the trip. Visa application process for both countries is simple and DoTheDifferent can help you with this.

Dates

Start Date End Date
19th July 2019 26th July 2019
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