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cycle Vietnam to Cambodia for MAG

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure

We depart London on an overnight flight.

DAY 2

Arrive Vietnam

We land in Ho Chi Minh (formally known as Saigon) in the afternoon to be met by our guides who will transfer us by private bus to our hotel in the heart of the city. This evening we have a welcome dinner with our guides, who will give a full briefing about our adventure ahead.

DAY 3

Tay Ninh - 77 km

After an early breakfast we will transfer north of Saigon (approximately 2 hours) to the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. Here we have a bike fitting before visiting the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war years. After a visit of the tunnels we commence our challenge proper. The route to Tay Ninh unwinds along quiet rural roads, with the scenery transforming into a patchwork of paddy fields. We look out for the water buffalo as we continue riding through the local villages on route to the bustling market town of Tay Ninh and our hotel for the night.

DAY 4

Svay Rieng - 80 km

After an early breakfast we set off for the Moc Bai border crossing, via the striking Caodai Great Temple. Once formalities have been completed we can enter Cambodia and catch our first glimpses of rural Cambodian life. We pass traditional wooden houses on stilts framed by a backdrop of vast rice fields before stopping at a school for snacks, the smiling children eager to welcome us. The day comes to a close in the quiet provincial town of Svay Reing.

DAY 5

Kompong Cham - 80 km

We continue our journey north through paddy fields dotted with coconut palms for as far as the eye can see. Whilst crossing the Mekong River, we hope to be treated to the sight of the rare Mekong River dolphin. As we approach Cambodia’s third largest city we are greeted by the sight of a hotel complete with pool to soothe our weary limbs!

DAY 6

Kompong Thom - 90 km

After breakfast, we leave the city behind and embark on the longest day of the challenge. Heading into the backwaters of Cam-bodia, we cycle through tropical countryside where the jungle stretches all the way to the foot of the road. A 10km off road section will take us right to the heart of the sleepy backwaters where lycra-clad foreigners cause quite a stir! Our day draws to a close as we finish at a local school before transferring the final busy section into our accommodation in Kompong Thom.

DAY 7

Angkor Wat - 85 km

Today we avoid some of the poorer roads in Siem Reap province by transferring two hours to the ancient Kampong Kdei bridge, one of the best examples of the remaining 800 year old bridges in Cambodia. From the bridge we follow the historic highway connecting the provinces of Kampon Thom and Angkor Wat. We stop for lunch near Banteay Samre, one of the main outlying temples belonging to Angkor Wat. The road into the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat is lined with temples and it creates a fitting entrance to this unique and spiritual city. After celebrating our arrival in Angkor Wat, we cycle the last few kilometres to Siem Reap where we will spend the night and enjoy a well earned celebratory meal together.

DAY 8

MAG Centre Battambang

This morning we transfer to the MAG office in Battambang to understand a little better the importance of MAG’s work here in Cambodia. On return to our hotel we have the rest of the day free in this historic city.

DAY 9

Free Day in Siem Reap

This morning we return to Siem Reap (3hrs transfer) and have the day free to discover this beautiful and exciting town. This is also a great chance to visit the temples or watch sunset over Angkor Watt.

DAY 10

Depart Siem Reap

Today we transfer to the airport for an overnight flight back to the UK.

DAY 11

Arrive UK

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