VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

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OFFICIAL CHALLENGE NAME:
HO CHI MINH CITY TO ANGKOR WAT 1000KM CYCLE CHALLENGE
DATES:
28th November to 10th December 2023
LEVEL OF CHALLENGE:
Tough
Tour Information
Includes / excludes
Itinerary
  • Cycle 1000km from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) to Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
  • Experience the amazing people and culture of Vietnam & Cambodia while travelling through the unique country.
  • Climb to the French influenced mountain town of Dalat.
  • Visit the wartime Cu Chi Tunnels, once inhabited by the Viet Cong.
  • Cycle over the famous yellow bridge on the Mekong River.
  • Observe the daily religious festivals of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with blessings from the monks of Angkor Wat.
VIETNAM & CAMBODIA CYCLE CHALLENGE ITINERARY
P3 SUMMIT ITINERARY AND TOUR INFORMATION
Join the Performance 3 team on a tough 1000km cycle challenge through Vietnam and Cambodia. The history and culture of the Vietnamese country and its people hit you as soon as you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Its people will be keen to impress on you that Vietnam is a country, not a war, but there are echoes of that period in the country’s history all around you.

Our amazing ride will take you through some diverse environments, cities, villages, mountains, coastal and riverine, all of which have their own personality. The changes in environment and altitude will bring changes in conditions from the hot and humid weather of the Southern coastal regions to the cool air of Dalat.

Vietnam in particular is host to the most diverse religious communities on the planet and we will see, visit and experience many of the temples and sculptures paying homage top Buddhism, Hinduism and many others.

You will cover a good mix of terrain on this tour. Most days you will be cycling on main roads and highways between destinations, covering up to as much as 130km in one day.
Our support vehicles will be nearby at all times and there will be the option to take a break whilst the group cycles on if needed.

As a result of both nations aspirations to attract more tourism, the hospitality in Vietnam and Cambodia is second to none; our hotels are the most welcoming and comfortable in our portfolio.
Before you travel
  • Fitness training notes
  • Access to training weekends (Optional)
On the challenge
  • International flights to and from the UK (including all known UK air taxes, and fuel surcharges, at the time of costing)
  • Fresh drinking water on challenge days
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in the itinerary)
  • Accommodation during the challenge (usually in twin share with single supplement)
  • Internal road and air transfers as per the itinerary
  • All ground staff including English speaking guide, drivers, cooks, and porters
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Activity equipment such as tents and rafts as per the challenge activity
  • A Performance3 technical challenge T-Shirt & Hoodie
  • All challenge management before, during and post event
  • An English speaking first aid trained challenge leader and full local support team (assistant, drivers, mechanic, medic)
  • Entrance fees to national parks or other places of interest visited on the itinerary
  • Two Performance3 leaders
  • Public liability insurance
What's NOT included
  • Travel to and from the UK airport of departure
  • Vaccinations (please check Trip Notes for requirements)
  • Travel Insurance (Proof of cover required before departure)
  • Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List (unless otherwise stated)
Itinerary
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 1 – Tues 28 Nov 2023 - Depart London Heathrow
Departs Terminal 3
Day 2 – Weds 29 Nov 2023 - Arrive Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) (15-20km cycling)
You will arrive in the early morning; take the day to settle in to your environment and recover from the flight. Later we will enjoy dinner as a group at a local restaurant.

You might like to take in the central sights of the Independence Palace, French Cathedral, and the colonial-era city hall or central post office before heading to the night market and Pham Ngu Lao “the backpacker’s quarter”, Dinner will be at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

Accommodation: Sanouva Hotel (Saigon)
Day 3 – Thurs 30 Nov 2023 – Hi Chi Minh to Mui Ne (100-120km cycling)
Depart Hi Chi Minh this morning and drive to Long Hai. A relaxed seaside retreat and fishing port, Long Hai is the start point for today’s bike ride, which will see us cover some 100-120km of the southern Vietnamese coast en route to Mui Ne, another popular coastal town.

We aim to reach Long Hai around 9am and depart shortly afterwards, following the coastal highway for 50km until we reach Binh Chau, a popular hot springs resort, around noon. No time for hot springs today, unfortunately, just lunch in a local restaurant, before we continue for 55km along the coastal route to La Gi. From La Gi, it is a short one hour drive to our evening’s rest in Mui Ne.

Today’s ride is a relatively gentle introduction to the region, which will see us cycle along a mostly flat coastal route, with only a few short climbs. There will be plenty of time to admire the views and take in the scenery. As the route is fairly easy, the group might like to extend the route further.

Accommodation: Blue Ocean Resort (Mui Ne)
Day 4 – Fri 1 Dec 2023 - Mui Ne to Phan Rang (100km cycling)

An early start as we depart Mui Ne around 8am and cycle 55km along the coastal route to Phan Ri Estuary, a small fishing port recognisable by its distinctive lighthouse. We aim to arrive around noon, in time for an early lunch, before setting off again for the 45km ride to Ca Na, a former Cham outpost now famous for its white-sand beaches.

From Ca Na, it is a short 1 hour drive to Phan Rang, where we overnight.

Enjoy your first night under the jungle canopy listening to the sounds of the forest

Accommodation: Saigon Ninh Chu (Phan Rang)
Day 5 – Sat 2 Dec 2023 - Amazon Jungle Trek
Today’s ride will see us leave the coast as we ride inland en route to Dalat. In the course of a day, we’ll travel from sea level to 1,500m, and from the coastal plains and scorching beaches to the cool, temperate highlands. Naturally, much of the route is uphill, making this one of the toughest days. As the route involves crossing two high mountain passes, some of the journey will need to be completed by vehicle.

Leaving Phan Rang early this morning we cycle 50km to Song Pha, at the foot of the Ngoan Muc Pass, where we’ll rejoin the vehicles and cross over the mountain pass to Don Duong, our lunch stop. The views from the Ngoan Muc Pass are spectacular, on a clear day stretching back across the plains and paddies all the way to the coast and Mui Ne – you’ll be able to see much of the route you’ve covered over the course of the last two days.

From Don Duong we cycle 40km to Khuong-Prenn at the foot of the Mimosa Pass, from where we drive through pine forested hills to Dalat. Famous for its cool air, Dalat should present a refreshing change from the heat of the southern Vietnamese coast.

Accommodation: Golf 3 Hotel (Dalat)
Day 6 – Sun 3 Dec 2023 - Dalat to Saigon (90-110km cycling)
Drive to Lien Khuong this morning, where we begin riding. The initial journey is on the highway to Di Linh (50km). The route becomes quieter and winding as we leave Di Linh and cycle a further 40km, much of it downhill, to Bao Loc. In Bao Loc we’ll re-join the vehicles and drive the rest of the way to Saigon, arriving back in the city early this evening.

Accommodation: Sanouva Hotel (Saigon)
Day 7 – Mon 4 Dec 2023 - Saigon to Phnom Penh (90-150km cycling)
Today we cross the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. We’ll cycle out of Saigon and through the city to Cu Chi (50km), where we stop to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and have lunch. From Cu Chi we bike another 40km to Moc Bai, on the border with Cambodia. After completing the registration formalities and crossing into Cambodia, we’ll begin the drive to Phnom Penh, arriving late afternoon. If the group if feeling up to it, the last 60km of the route to Phnom Penh, from the Nek Loeung Bridge, can also be biked, in part or in full.

Accommodation: Ohana (Phnom Penh)
Day 8 – Tues 5 Dec - Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom (80-125km)
Our ride today departs from Phnom Penh. The roads here are much quieter than in Saigon, and the journey out of the city will be comparatively quick and easy. From thereon, it’s an 80km ride to Skun, mostly along the highway but where possible on country roads. After lunch in Skun, we cycle 35km to Kampong Cham (optional), from where we drive the rest of the way to Kampong Thom.

Time-allowing, we can make a detour from Kampong Cham to visit the temple at Wat Nokor, a short 10km ride.

Accommodation: Glorious Hotel & Spa (Kampong Thom)
Day 9 – Weds 6 Dec 2023 - Kampong Thom to Siem Reap (100-130km)
Leave Kampong Thom early this morning and cycle to the seventh-century temple of Sambor Preikuk (30km along narrow country roads). There will be time to briefly visit the temple before continuing 150km by bike and then vehicle to Roulous, a small village and collection of temples outside Siem Reap, where you’ll have your first glimpse of the famous temples of Angkor. Cycle the last section of the journey into the city, 15km in total, along good roads. On arrival, rest up at the hotel with a traditional Khmer massage!

Accommodation: Saem Siem Reap (Siem Reap)
Day 10 – Thurs 7 Dec 2023 - Siem Reap to Sra Aem via Koh Ker (120km)
Depart Siem Reap this morning and cycle 120km to Koh Ker, a remote, rarely visited archaeological site whose sculptures and temples have largely been swallowed up by the jungle – it’s a great escape from the crowds of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap!

Today’s ride will see us start from just outside Siem Reap and cycle through jungle and hilly terrain as we approach the remote jungle temples. The route to Koh Ker has recently been paved but still receives relatively little traffic, making it great for biking. There will be time to stop mid-way for lunch and to visit the ruined temple of Beng Mealea. On arrival in Koh Ker, time-allowing, visit the temples, before continuing by vehicle to Sra Aem.

Accommodation: Preah Vihear Boutique (Sra Aem)
Day 11 – Fri 8 Dec 2023 - Sra Aem to Siem Reap via Preah Vihear Temple (30-120km)
An early start as we cycle 30km to Preah Vihear Temple, arriving in good time so as to beat the crowds. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Preah Vihear is a spectacular 11th-century Hindu temple famed for its remote hilltop location and unique architectural style, and the perfect point to end our biking tour.

There will be time to explore Preah Vihear on foot before returning to Siem Reap by bike/vehicle. The distance biked on the route back to Siem Reap will depend on the strength of the group.

We’ll arrange for a special celebratory group dinner this evening to mark the completion of the challenge.

Accommodation: Saem Siem Reap (Siem Reap)
Day 12 – Sat 9 Dec 2023 - Departure
At leisure in Siem Reap until your schedule transfer to the airport of the return flight home. Your flight departs Siem Reap Terminal 1 at 17:25.
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