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cycle Vietnam - Cambodia for ICT

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure

We depart London on an overnight flight.

DAY 2

Arrive Vietnam

We land in Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) where we are met by private bus and transferred to our hotel in the heart of the city. There, we will have a bike fitting and in the evening a welcome dinner with our guides, who will give a full briefing about our adventure ahead.

DAY 3

Travinh - 55 km

After breakfast we transfer out of Ho Chi Minh City to Mytho, the gateway of the Mekong delta. Day three’s biking will lead us right into the heart of the rural Mekong, beginning with a ferry journey across the Tien River at Mytho. The route takes us through narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations, fields of sugar cane, crossing rivers and canals over the lush green landscape of the delta. This makes for superb biking on a mixture of tarred and gravel roads. A final ferry across the gaping expanse of the Cochien River leads us to our destination of Travinh, a pretty tree lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer. It is here that we can finally put our feet up.

DAY 4

Can Tho - 80 km

After breakfast we set off on a short boat trip to Vinhlong, one of the famous fruit towns of the Mekong. Narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails give us biking at its most glorious. We pass through tiny orchards, witness colourful life along the riverside, pedal past picturesque delta homes, across numerous wooden bridges and stop to chat with the locals. We finish at the main ferry for a cooling boat trip across the expansive Co Chien River. We ride the final stretch to the pretty Khmer town of Cantho. There will be time to explore the local area or even to relax with a beer and watch local life pass by.

DAY 5

Chau Doc - 95 km

Today we have a real treat as we cycle through morning bustle, along the banks of the busy river to the famous Cairang floating market. There are endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks, and tiny vibrant markets. Lunch today will be in Cantho and in the afternoon we ride along paddy fields, passing Khmer Buddhist temples. We will also visit Ba Chuc, a small “Killing Field” where Pol Pot launched his fighting in 1978. We arrive in Chau Doc and watch the sun set from Sam Mountain.

DAY 6

Takeo - 78 km

After breakfast at our hotel, we will cycle to the border at Tinh Bien and then continue to the 50km mark for our lunch stop. After lunch we cycle the last 28km to Takeo, passing Ta Mok's house, the former general commander of the Khmer Rouge. Takeo is not on the traditional tourist route but has much historical significance relating to the establishment of the first Khmer civilization. It was known as Funan ‘Kingdom of the Hill’.

DAY 7

Kep - 104 km

After a good breakfast we head south, cycling 57km along back roads to our lunch stop at Banteay Meas. We then continue towards the coast for 45km until we reach the old French resort of Kep on the Gulf of Thailand. After a long day’s cycle we can finally relax and enjoy superb views of the ocean.

DAY 8

Sihanoukville - 126 km

Our final day sees our biggest challenge yet and what we have all been waiting for, the last 126km all the way to Sihanoukville. We will start out early with one of the most beautiful rides in Cambodia. With the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, we pass through numerous fishing villages and lunch in Veal Renh, before the last 50km to Sihanoukville and our hotel overlooking the sea. There we will enjoy a celebratory gala dinner to mark the end of a fantastic challenge.

DAY 9

Project Visit

Today we spend the morning at the International Childcare Trust Project, M’Lop Tapang in Sihanoukville. We will have a chance to meet the street children helped by the project, and learn more about the practical work of International Childcare Trust in Cambodia. After lunch transfers to Phnom Penh and the airport take us to catch our return flight.

DAY 10

Arrive Home

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