Laos to Cambodia Bike Ride
This 650km cycling adventure will take you through two breath-taking countries, whilst giving you the very unique opportunity to visit one of CARE's life changing projects along the way where you’ll see first-hand the difference you’re making to people's lives.
Our cycle begins Pakse in Laos, moving south through stunning countryside, beautiful waterfalls, rumbling rapids, UNESCO world heritage sites, and if we're lucky we might even spot some freshwater dolphins!
As we move into Cambodia we'll follow the Mekong Delta and divert away from the usual cycling route to really get off the beaten track. We'll pass isolated rural villages, lush green paddy fields, and visit Angkorian structures, as well as taking a cruise over the Mekong to see the Irrawaddy dolphins.
We'll head West to Battambang where we visit one of CARE's life changing projects. You'll meet entrepreneurs who have had their lives changes after receiving a loan from our Lendwithcare initiative, allowing them to start or grow a business and provide them with a sustainable income.
Our cycle will end in Siem Reap with a visit to one of the seven wonders of the world; the incredible World Heritage site of Angkor Wat.
Check-out our video from our recent Vietnam to Cambodia Cycle, shot by one of fantastic participants Gary Nicol, to see what you could be in for on the 2016 event!
- Route Info
Our cycle will begin in Pakse in Laos and take us through some incredible countryside where we’ll visit some fantastic locations on route: you’ll visit the ancient temple of Wat Phou, a UNESCO world heritage site dating back to the 7th century; Xe Pian is one of Laos’ most ecologically diverse areas and home to several hill-tribe communities; and Si Phan Don which literally translates as the ‘Four Thousand Islands’, with it’s beautiful waterfalls and rumbling rapids. If we are lucky we may even get to see the playful freshwater dolphins that inhabit these waters!
Once into Cambodia we will follow the Mekong river and divert from the usual cycle route, passing isolated rural villages, lush green fields, 8th Century pre-Angkorian structures, and even taking in a cruise over the Mekong to view the Irrawaddy dolphins. Heading West around Tonle Sap Lake we will arrive at Battambang where we will meet entrepreneurs who have had their lives changes after receiving a loan from our Lendwithcare initiative, allowing them to start or grow a business and provide them with a sustainable income. Our Trip will end in Siem Reap with a visit to one of the seven wonders of the world; the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat.
Route map coming soon.
What’s a typical day on the bike ride like?
Whilst we are biking we will be up at around 6.30 am. After an early breakfast buffet we will normally start biking around 8am. We will cycle for around 3-4hrs, stopping on average every 15-20km (every hour/ hour and a half) for a snack and water stop. Lunch will normally be cooked in a local town restaurant, so you will be able to buy soft drinks if you wish. On arrival at the next night’s accommodation, you will be allocated a room and have a shower and rest. Dinner will with either be in the hotel or a local restaurant and there will also be a short briefing each night about the next day’s ride.
How fit do I need to be?
The event is challenging so it is important that you train, although with the right training anyone can complete this challenge. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy your adventure. Once you have signed up we will send you a training guide that will allow you to reach a suitable level of fitness.
What is included?
- Return flights from London including flight taxes
- Accommodation, based on sharing room
- Professional local bike guides, UK leader and UK doctor
- Meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Hire of a mountain bike
- Support bus for transfer tour & truck for the bikes
- Snacks, water, fruits and cold drinks en route
- Boat, ferry & bamboo train travel
- All entrance fees
What is not included?
- Departure taxes
- Laos Visa (currently $35 for British Citizens)
- Cambodian Visa (currently $30 for British Citizens)
- Alcoholic and other beverages during meals
- Tips for guides or local staff
- Travel insurance
- The cost of any advised or elective inoculations
- Travel to and from the relevant London airport
How much of my fundraising does CARE receive?
To take part you need to pay a registration fee of £250 and raise £2,999. The costs of the trip which are approximately £1,550 will come out of this, so a minimum of £1,699 will be used to support CARE’s poverty fighting work.
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- How we'll support you
- Information evening to learn more about the event
- CARE technical T-shirt
- Full event preparation information
- Fundraising pack
- Training guide
- Regular emails and on-hand support from our events team
- Full support on the trip including UK leader, local trained bike guide and UK doctor
If you're not quite ready to sign up but want to know more, please find out the form below and we'll get in touch.