18 January 2023

18 January 2022 – Join UNICEF Australia this October for the unique opportunity to explore the rich culture and beautiful landscape of Cambodia by bike, while raising funds to support the country’s youngest generation.

Set to depart from Siem Reap - gateway to the world heritage Angkor Park - the journey will showcase Cambodia’s natural beauty, ancient heritage, Hindu culture, Khmer art, and local lifestyle. The nine-day trip includes a five day fundraising cycle challenge to support health, education and child protection programs in the country.

The stunning Cambodian countryside will be a highlight, taking cyclists from vivid green rice paddies, through jungle trails and archaeological parks, visiting temples, passing through forests, traditional villages built on stilts, and seeing the wildlife. 

The journey will be an ‘inspired adventure’, going from cycle to Circus, and culinary classes with Cambodian chefs.

UNICEF Australia Cambodia Cycle highlights include:

  • UNESCO world heritage Angkor Park, with the incredible ruins of Angkor Wat
  • Banteay Srey Temple, with some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art
  • Phare, the Cambodian circus supporting Khmer youth with art and performance training
  • Beng Mealea, the jungle temple
  • Meet and eat with local villagers in Trei Nhor and see them craft carpets and clothing
  • Organic farm visit and Khmer cooking class with talented local chefs 

The cycle is rated three out of five in difficulty, with participants cycling between 35km and 75km each day to reach their fundraising goals of $3500 per person.

Before departure, participants will also have the opportunity to meet young people taking part in a UNICEF Cambodia program. Run in schools, the program supports development of life skills and connects adolescents with their communities, teaching problem solving, developing confidence, empathy, communication and leadership skills.

Alice Hall, Director of International Programs, UNICEF Australia said UNICEF Australia has been supporting children in Cambodia for 12 years. 

“For many years UNICEF Australia has been working to improve the lives of children and young people, including education, nutrition, early childhood development, child protection, adolescent engagement, as well as support for parents. 

“For example, we’ve helped deliver nutrition programs across 97 different communities, providing treatment for thousands of severely malnourished children and supporting more than 22,700 parents with nutrition information. 

“During the Cambodia Cycle journey, we are looking forward to sharing with participants the rich culture and beautiful scenery of Cambodia, expanding their understanding of daily living for vulnerable families, showing the impact of UNICEF’s programs, and actively fundraising to improve the lives of children and young people in Cambodia,” Alice said. 

UNICEF Australia’s Cambodia Cycle is run in partnership with charity challenge experts, Inspired Adventures. Travel will be from 2 – 10 October 2023. Cost of travel is $3110 per person twin share. Upgrade to a single room for an additional $522. 

To register, visit: https://unicef.au/cambodia-2023

Register in January and save $150 on costs, pay $325 upfront (usually $475) and pay the remaining amount in installments. 

Cost includes entrance fees, transfers, accommodation and meals as per itinerary, water on trekking days, local guide, bike rental, support bus and mechanic escorting the trip.

Please note this cost does not include international flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, visas, personal expenses, tips and gratuities, soft drinks or alcohol. 

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