Bek and Steff's
China Challenge
2 - 14 Dec 06

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Motivational meeting

On Tuesday night Marty and I attended the info night for the Oxfam Challenge, put on by Oxfam and Intrepid Travel (who's running the trip).

They were presenting on two trips: Yunnan (China) and Vietnam/Cambodia. Both look awesome but from a novice cycler's point of view - I'm glad we chose the Cambodia trip. Cycling in the Yunnan province involves a lot of hills, or more accurately, mountains!
Previous participants gave very positive and enthusiastic reviews and everyone presenting did a great sell job on the Challenge. If I wasn't all ready registered and paid for, I would have been by the end of the night!!

As a result of the night, I'm feeling fairly motivated again.
We're planning a few events over the couple of months, the first most likely to be a trivia night! And, our training is back on track!

(which should change to involve cycling to the coast)

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh via Singapore. Stay at the Liberty 3 Hotel which is in a central location. A chance to explore the city or take a cyclo tour.
Day 2 Tay Ninh
Travel by bus to the far outskirts in order to avoid the congested roads. First day on the bikes following the back roads to the Cu Chi tunnels.
Day 3 Svay Rieng
Cycle to the Cambodian border at Moc Bai. Complete entry formalities and cycle to Svay Rieng.
Day 4 Prey Veang
Long days cycling through Cambodian countryside
Day 5 Kampong Cham
Head inland to cycle along quiet roads through paddy fields and villages to Kampong Cham
Day 6 Phnom Penh
Cycle along the side of the mighty Mekong to Phnom Penh
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Explore this fascinating Asian capital. Visit to 'the killing fields', some 15 km from Pnomh Penh. Option to visit Oxfam project.
Day 8 Siem Reap
5 hour bus journey to arrive in Siem Riep by late morning. Head out to see the sunset over Angkor Wat.
Days 9 & 10 Free days
Explore the temple region by bicycle
Day 11 Banteay Srei
Ride out to the stunning Banteay Srei temple for out last day's riding.
Day 12 Fly to Bangkok
Fly out of Siem Riep to Bangkok*

Day 13 Arrive home.
Arrive back home

*Bek, Marty and I probably won't head home with the group, but stay on to explore Cambodia and Vietnam (and possibly Thailand) for a few weeks.

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