3 independent reviews for Cambodia & Vietnam community cycling holiday

Reviews for Cambodia & Vietnam community cycling holiday

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review 10 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The wonderful greetings given by all the families as we cycled through villages. The incredible temples in the middle of the countryside and spectacular scenery. Of course, you can't forget the early morning cycle to Angkor Wat and the splendour of these temples. We also loved the impromptu boat rides when the road disappeared under water. Our guides were amazing and the visits to the NGOs were inspiring.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for some incredible experiences, some extremely varied cycling, from the craziness of Phnom Penh to the isolation of dirt tracks through the paddy fields. Enjoy the local food and try as many restaurants run by Friends International as possible!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, the visits to the NGOs were inspiring and we have not only made our stipulated contributions (which we considered a brilliant idea) but we also now support them monthly. Local impact was kept low and positive and it was fantastic to see how some of the NGOs were helping to sustain village life and crops

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The most amazing experience for us all, whether we were young adults in their twenties or in our fifties!

review 13 Feb 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Visiting th NGOs, cycling out of Phnom pehn, flighting through sand in the midday sun, cycling through rice fields, conquering a 20k mountain climb or cycling into the chaos of Saigon/ hoi chi mihn? Too many to mention....

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do some training .. get just some saddle time in so that you are used to a few hours on the bike. Don't expect western culture or cuisine ... it rice and noodles and mor rice and noodles. Delicious but a mental shift for breakfast.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes absolutely. Brett really made sure the hotels and ngo visits really focussed on local economy and culture.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Bloody brill ain't. Not life changing but a shift off the norm. Opened your eyes and brought me back to reality from 10 years of corporate safety net. Do these holidays ... really open your eyes to what is going on I our world and the wonderful, friendly smiley people who are out there.

review 2 Feb 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Very hard to pick just one element of the trip, it was all memorable. Cycling through Vietnam and Cambodia gives you a chance to immerse yourself in local life in a way that travelling by any other means would have been impossible. We cycled well off the beaten track, through villages and paddy fields, along dirt tracks and local paths. We ate incredible local, fresh food and visited some fascinating places on the rest days. Brett is a great tour leader, knowledgable and committed to making a difference to the communities we visit, he genuinely enjoys sharing his passion for this part of the world and encouraging others to see how they can make a difference.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go with an open mind, a willingness to learn and be ready to enjoy all the experiences that the trip will bring you. Don't be put off if you are travelling on your own, you will be sharing this wonderful adventure with a group of great, like-minded people.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

What makes this tour different to other cycling holidays is the opportunity to visit and engage with NGOs working with some of the most disadvantaged communities. Their vision and commitment to making a lasting difference is inspiring and we were able to directly support their work. On a daily basis, we stopped in cafes and markets in small villages and town along the route to buy food and drinks and stayed in local, family run hotels supporting local tradespeople.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was, without doubt, the most memorable and wonderful small group holiday I have been on. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in visiting and learning more about this amazing part of the world, who enjoys a physical challenge and/or want their travel to have a direct, positive impact on local communities.

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