Vietnam Bike Ride
Join us for a bespoke Itinerary that will take in the wonders of Northern Vietnam, as well as a whole day visiting local people who have benefited from loans through Lendwithcare.
This unique trip starts with a night on a ‘Junk boat’ in the famous Ha Long Bay, before starting the 500km challenging ride which will take us South West, before heading up in a loop, back to Hanoi, taking in several National Parks and Nature Reserves on the way.
On day 9 of the trip we will have the opportunity to find out about how our loans platform Lendwithcare works in more detail, as well as meeting people who have received loans in the area. This will help us develop a really good understanding of local life, the local economy and the impact that loans can have on local families.
What an honour! To be able to see a country on a bike and to be supported every km of the way by a team of wonderful people just made it that much more magical. I will never forget the radiant fields of rice as far as the eye could see, the smile of the entrepreneurs, the brilliant costumes of the group, and (last for a reason) the HEAT. I've never done anything that cool in my life. And I'll be doing it again next year if possible!
Laos to Cambodia Bike Ride participant
- Route Info
Our 500km circular route cycling challenge will begin in Hanoi and take us through some incredible countryside where we’ll visit some fantastic locations in Northern Vietnam.
We will enjoy the spectacular seascape on an iconic Huong Hai Junk boat in the Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will glide across the emerald waters of the bay.
We will then cycle immersed in nature through Cuc Phuong national Park, Tam Coc and Pu Luong Nature Reserve. These areas are blessed with rich forest, limestone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breath-taking scenery.
Heading east we will arrive at Hoah Binh where we will meet entrepreneurs who have had their lives changes after receiving a loan from Lendwithcare, allowing them to start or grow a business and provide them with a sustainable income.
We will make the most of our final time in the saddle together as will cycle back to Hanoi where our unforgettable challenge will come to an end.
When is the event?
The event will take place between Tuesday 18 to Sunday 30 April 2018.
Who takes part?
People from all walks of life will be taking part. Most of the time participants will sign up as an individuals, but groups of friends, colleagues and couples will often choose to take part together as well. Whether you are an individual or part of a group, by the time you have completed the trip you will have made friendships that will last a lifetime.
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’s a typical day on the ride like?
Whilst we are biking we will be up at around 6:30am. After an early breakfast buffet we will normally start biking around 8:00am. We will cycle for around 3-4hrs, stopping on average every 15-20km (every hour/hour and a half) for snacks and drinks. Lunch will normally be cooked in a local town restaurant and there will be plenty of dishes to choose from. On arrival at the next night’s accommodation, you will be allocated a room and have the opportunity for a shower and well-earned 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.
- Return flights from London including flight taxes
- Accommodation, based on sharing a room
- Professional local bike guides, UK leader and UK doctor
- Meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Hire of a quality mountain bike
- Support bus for any transfers & truck for the bikes
- Snacks, water, fruits and cold drinks en route
- All entrance fees inc. junk boat to Ha Long Bay
What isn’t included?
- Departure taxes
- Vietnam Visa (currently $25 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
What do I have to spend additional money on?
Before: Vaccinations, a tourist visa, and any kit required that you don’t currently have.
During: All meals and accommodation are paid for but you will need money for drinks in the evening and personal shopping during free time.
Do I need any specialist kit or pro cycle gear?
No, except for a good quality cycling helmet – this one is non-negotiable. However, it is advised to get padded shorts (usually lycra) – you can wear these under some comfortable clothes if you wish. We would advise you wear breathable/wick away fabrics as the hot and humid weather will make cotton based clothes uncomfortable. A full suggested Kit List will be sent when you register for the event.
Do I need travel insurance?
Everyone will need to organise and take out their own comprehensive travel insurance covering health, accident and loss before departure. You will need to provide confirmation of your insurance to the CARE Events Team by 31 January 2018 – this is the same date that 80% of your total fundraising target will be due.
Can I extend my trip or book flights from a different airport?
Yes you can. If you want to arrange your own flights you can pay for them yourself and we will reduce your minimum sponsorship to £2,450 reflecting this change.
Alternatively we can book different flights for you to extend your trip on either side, although we would always recommend staying on after the trip rather than going out earlier. There will be a £50 administration charge and you will be required to pay the difference if the flights are a higher cost.
What will the food be like?
Food will be top notch and there will be plenty of it! During rest stops we’ll be providing dried and fresh fruit, chocolate bars, crisps, nuts, fizzy drinks and water. Basically everything you’ll need to provide you with energy throughout the day.
Lunch and dinner stops will offer local cuisine with both meat and veggie options, and lots of rice. Plenty of dishes will be on offer for you to choose from, which will usually be shared across the table.
Specific dietary requirements can be specified in the registration form, and we’ll ensure that these are catered for on the trip.
Who will I share a room with?
Room allocation is done firstly by preference – have you asked to share with anyone? This might be a friend you are coming with or someone from the group you have met before the trip on got to know on our Facebook group for the event. If you haven’t requested anyone we will pair you based on gender and age – we will never mix genders and we will also be able to swap you during the trip if there are any problems. If you would like your own room for the majority of the trip, we can arrange this with a single room supplement of $250 (US). This will secure you your own room for every night of the trip apart from on board the junk boat on day 3.
What is the registration fee? How much do I have to fundraise?
Registration fee: £250 (can be paid in instalments if required)
Minimum fundraising target: £3,250
When does my money need to be raised by?
You will need to have banked 80% of your fundraising target (that’s £2,600) by 31 January 2018.
If you need a bit more time you can make a personal payment which can be refunded once your fundraising has been completed after the trip. Unfortunately we can’t offer any flexibility around the 31 January deadline, as this will be when we pay for your costs on the trip.
I’ve never fundraised before, how do I start?
A great way to start fundraising is to set up an online sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/care which you can send to everyone you can think of: workmates, clients, friends, family… you name it! Many fundraising will also organise events such as dress down days, quiz nights, five–a–side football tournaments, golf days, car washing, cake bakes… which have all proved to be successful and great fun! There are many ways to raise funds and when you’ve signed up we’ll give you a Fundraising Guide and be happy to support with ideas as well.
What fundraising support will I receive?
We’ll send you our Fundraising Guide, full of tips to help you reach your target and you’ll have a dedicated member of the CARE Events Team who you can talk through your ideas with and give you advice, whenever you need it.
How much of my fundraising does care receive?
To take part you need to pay a registration fee of £250 and raise £3,250. The costs of the trip, which are approximately £1,750, will come out of the total fundraising target. Therefore, a minimum of £1,750 will go to CARE’s poverty fighting work.
Will people think they’re sponsoring me to go on a holiday?
This challenge is tough, for many reasons. Some people find being far from home in a new country as tough as the cycling itself, a challenging 500km over 8 days, and we can guarantee that although you will have an amazing time, it will not be your average holiday!
It is also common for people taking part to contribute personally to the costs themselves which ensures all fundraising goes to CARE. Whilst this isn’t always possible, if this is something you want to do you could consider making a donation monthly onto your online sponsorship page towards your costs.
Where does my sponsorship money go?
Your funds will support CARE International. CARE is one of the world’s top aid agencies, fighting poverty and injustice in over 70 countries around the world and helping vulnerable people to find routes out of poverty. We deliver long term programmes to fight poverty, and are always among the first to respond to emergencies. We can’t do any of our life saving work without the support of people like you.
How do I sign up?
To register your interest please enter your details HERE. A registration form will then follow by email.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 7091 6111 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How we'll support you
- Your very own CARE branded cycle jersey
- Full event preparation information and briefing day
- Fundraising pack
- Training advice
- Regular emails and on-hand support from our events team
- Full support on the trip including UK leader, local guides and UK doctor
If you're not quite ready to sign up but want to know more, please fill out the form below and we'll get in touch.