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Bangkok to Saigon Cycle Challenge 2010

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The Bangkok to Saigon cycle challenge

The tenth annual Bangkok to Saigon Cycle Challenge, an epic 1,000 km mountain bike ride along back roads, tracks and trails through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to raise funds for the countries’ most disadvantaged children, will get underway on Nov. 6 and finish on Nov. 21.

Organised by UK and Cambodia-based South-East Asia travel specialist, Symbiosis Expedition Planning, the ride is a fully supported expedition led by experienced cycle guides and with accompanying vehicles on hand to carry luggage, tools, spare parts and first aid kits. Accommodation is in three and four-star hotels or the best available in remoter locations.

The journey includes a two-day rest stop to explore the Angkor Wat Temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. There will also be a further stop day to explore Phnom Penh, the Khmer riverine capital.

The ride will then trace its way through the watery world of southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, criss-crossing the many channels and canals by local ferry boats and numerous monkey bridges.

“After 10 years of running this great challenge, this will be the last in its present format,” says Chris Gow, the organiser of the challenge. “Each year new roads are built so I have to keep adjusting the route to keep us off the tarmac. That can be hot riding in this climate. Fortunately there are still some lovely trails, but they are definitely getting more difficult to find.”

The cost of participating is US$2,500 per person excluding flights. 100 percent of the funds raised by individual fundraising efforts will go to four selected causes. In addition, Symbiosis will donate US$100 for each participant joining the ride to the charities, which are: Rejoice, Mith Samlanh, Krousar Thmey and The Saigon Children’s Charity.

To participate, contact Symbiosis Expedition Planning on +44 (0)845 123 2844 or check out their website at www.symbiosis-travel.com.
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