Mekong Ride

Starting in the city of Bueng Karn in Thailand’s north-east, you’ll spend two days following the incredibly bio-diverse Mekong River before heading west through villages and rural communities not often visited by foreigners. Following a well-deserved rest day in the middle, you’ll ride into one of our homes, Home Hug in Yasothon to be greeted excitedly by the children you have worked so hard to support.

Overview

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500km in 5 days:  The Hands Across the Water rides are designed to be inclusive – meaning the goal is not to finish first, but to finish together. As a group you will travel 500km in 5 days, with a rest day in the middle.  There is plenty of support both on and off the bike and there will be no shortage of people to help you achieve this incredible feat.
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Stunning Scenery: Cycle through remote villages and witness the beauty of Northern Thailand as you embark on this life changing adventure. You’ll spend a lot of time taking in the views of the Mekong River before heading inland to a place called Yasothon.
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Fundraise $5,000: Raise AU$5,000 to qualify for the ride, with 100% of fundraising going directly to the children in Thailand. We will support you with your fundraising every step of the way with access to our dedicated events and marketing team.
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Meet the children: Finish the ride at Home Hug in Yasothon to be greeted warmly by the very children you have worked so hard to support. You’ll see firsthand the difference your phenomenal effort has made to so many lives.

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Inclusions

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9 Nights Twin Share Accommodation

26th February – 5th March inclusive

Hotels will be modest in their offering and often in remote areas. WiFi is not always available however majority of the hotels do have WiFi services.

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Hybrid Bike

You will be riding a hybrid bike which is a flat bar bicycle with tyres that are thinner than a mountain bike and thicker than a road bike.

You will have options to bring your own seats, seat covers, pedals and cleats and we will provide more information about this closer to the event.

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Meals and Ground Transfers

All meals excluding lunch on the rest day and the DIAKRIT Experience Day are covered in your registration. Our cycling provider takes care of breakfast, lunch and dinner on the rides and provides plenty of sustenance throughout the day at the water stops. You definitely don’t go hungry on the ride!

Ground transfers between domestic flights are covered in your registration. You will be responsible for arranging your own airport transfer when you arrive into Thailand from Australia.

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Custom Cycling Kit
Your registration includes a customised cycling jersey, cycling knicks and gloves. You will have the opportunity to order additional kit if you choose. Our kit comes from our great friends at Ollo and you won’t be disappointed. 
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Travel Bag and Team Shirt
You will receive a Hands Across the Water travel bag for the trip. You will be required to use this bag on the trip for your main luggage. There is plenty of room in the bag for the tour and additional clothing you might want to bring for holidays pre or post the ride. You will also receive a Hands Across the Water team shirt.
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Support crew and bike mechanics

We only work with the best and you will get to meet some of the nicest Thai people and support crew that you will have ever met. Nothing is too much trouble as long as you bring your manners. Our bike mechanics keep everything running tip top during your tour in Thailand.

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Individual Fundraising Profile
Once you have registered and paid your $500 deposit, you will receive a link to your personal fundraising page. You can update this page with your story and share your unique link to start raising funds. The team at Hands are here to support you with ideas so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
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Training Program
You will receive a training program that will help prep you for your 500km journey. The key to your training will be time in the saddle as opposed to km’s ridden so even if the weather turns poor, you can get to the local gym or spin class to clock up your hours on the bike.
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Dedicated ride coordinator
We have a team of people to help you through your journey but importantly there is a dedicated ride coordinator who is there to answer any questions about the ride and arrange any additional activities you might need to organise for your experience. We’re here to help so just ask!
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Ride Communications
We’ll send you a rider information pack upon registration to get you on your way. You will also receive regular rider newsletters and invitations to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to support other riders and ask questions in a safe community.

Proposed itinerary

Wednesday 26th February

  • Arrival into Bangkok
    It is the responsibility of the rider to arrange their own international flights. You may wish to come in earlier in which case we would be more than happy to help you out with finding suitable accommodation for your time.
  • Overnight Novotel Sukhumvit 20

Thursday 27th February

  • Travel Day
    Flight to Udon Thani and Bus Transfer to The One Hotel. Optional temple tour in the afternoon.

Friday 28th February

  • Ride Day 1 – Bueng Kan to Ban Phaeng – 110km

Saturday 29th February

  • Ride Day 2 – Ban Phaeng to Nakhon Phanom – 102km

Sunday 1st March

  • REST DAY – Nakhon Phanom

Monday 2nd March

  • Ride Day 3 – Nakhon Phanom to Mukdahan – 114km

Tuesday 3rd March

  • Ride Day 4 – Mukdahan to Amnat Chareon – 124km

Wednesday 4th March

  • Ride Day 5 – Amnat Chareon to Yasothon – 82km

Thursday 5th March

  • Flight from Ubon Ratchathani to Bangkok
  • Overnight Novotel Sukhumvit 20

Friday 6th March

  • Digital Live Day at DIAKRIT – please note the experience will run from 10am to 2.30pm. The day will finish up in time for you to make International flights home departing after 5pm

Cost and Payment Details

Payment Schedule

$500 deposit upon registration – secure your spot today!
$1,000 due 30th August 2019
Balance due 30th November 2019

Please complete the credit card authorisation form so that payments can be deducted as per the payment schedule. Please send to jenny.tuntevski@handsgroup.org.au.

To participate, you will need to raise AU$5,000. Don’t worry – we will help you find your fundraising feet. Don’t forget to check out our useful fundraising resources page.

Single supplement available upon request. Cost for single share is $4,135. Please email team@handsgroup.org.au to make arrangements.