Sisters fundraise by cycling Vietnam to Cambodia

Friday 5th May 2023

Sisters Sue and Carol Prevost cycled 390km from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia in memory of their mum, Viv and raising an amazing £730 for Forest Holme.

Originally due to take place in March 2022, it was deferred twice due to the ongoing covid travel restrictions, but the two sisters finally got to take on the epic challenge in March this year.

They said, “We cycled a total of 390 km from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia in 6 days. It’s pretty flat but the heat was definitely a limiting factor; approx. 36 degrees C and high humidity makes cycling a challenge. We were in a group of 17 cyclists, mainly from the UK, with a UK based challenge leader and two local teams of guides and ground crew transporting baggage, and providing food and water stops. We booked with Global Adventure Challenges and would definitely book with them again.  It was a great way to see the ‘real’ Vietnam and Cambodia as we were largely cycling away from the major towns and cities, cycling through small villages and farmland. 

The local people were incredibly welcoming, especially the children who called out and waved when we passed by. We were lucky to pass many schools and were able to stop and engage with the kids, causing much excitement for them and us. We stopped at many cottage industries such as coconut processing and silk producers, which was fascinating and I was lucky enough to have a try at silk weaving. A visit to the killing fields at Phnom Penh, Cambodia was a harrowing experience and one which will stay with me for a very long time. Conversely, the temples and monuments were incredible and Angkor Wat was a fitting finale.  Overall, the trip was amazing.  It was certainly challenging, the heat alone made it very tough, but we had such a great time.”

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