1- A family cycling holiday through Cambodia and Vietnam offers up some fascinating insights,
“Our philosophy is all about showing this country as it is,” said Hun Socheat, who founded Cambodia Cycling eight years ago. “And the best way is by bike – to interact with the people, and learn from them about our history.”
He now gives two per cent of all profits to support the Angkor Children’s Hospital, and sees his role as nurturing young Cambodian employees – while showing visitors the real Cambodia.
At busy periods – normally in the dry season, from October to February – Hun will have 100 people a month on his tours, many of them individuals, but many also on charity cycling trips. Some serious cyclists book bespoke trips, cycling flat out for 100 miles a day, with elite guides – many of them champion Cambodian racers. “We enjoy peace in our country now,” he said. “And we want to share that with our guests.” >> Read More
On 21st June, 2014 Cambodia Cycling Received The Award of International Star for Leadership in Quality in Gold Category in Paris. The Award is offered by Business Initiative Directions (B.I.D) Group.
We would like to take this opportunity to gratefully thanks B.I.D and all our colleagues in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand for their hard working. Without them we cannot receive this award. "We have achieved our goal to take people around the world to see REAL Cambodia. We have also been maximizing our goal to take tourists around the world to see also REAL Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. We will continue to commit to quality and keep maximizing our goal" said Mr. Hun Socheat, the Founder and Managing Director of Cambodia Cycling.
3- Cambodia Cycling Received Trip Advisor Award of Excellence in June 2014
In June, 2014 Cambodia Cycling has received the Award of Excellence from Trip. In 2013, Cambodia Cycling has also received the Award of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Many thanks to all our colleagues for their working hard and our valuable guests who have always supporting us and they keep returning to book the trips with us. Without them we cannot receive this Award.
"Hun Socheat, who is managing director of Cambodia Cycling agrees, “If you want to get a glimpse of the everyday lives of rural people, get on a bike. It’s not hard as the roads around Siem Reap are all flat. And while most of our customers are between 30 and 40 years old, we also get families with children booking trips as well as couples in their 70s." Read More >>
4- PRESS RELEASE (ASEAN Angle)
For immediate Release - 24 May 2011
INSPIRING YOUTH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ONE PEDAL AT A TIME
An international team of young professionals based in Singapore aim to cycle a gruelling 400km from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise $50,000 for rural communities in Cambodia. They hope to use their journey to inspire youth to make a difference to society through sports.
SINGAPORE, 24 May, 2011, Tuesday – 10 young professionals from Singapore are cycling 400km from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia this coming June to raise funds for a development project in Poi Pet commune, Cambodia. Their expedition aims to foster collaboration among ASEAN youth and inspire them to harness sports to support causes that benefit the region’s underprivileged.
These young changemakers are part of The Gone Cyclin’ Initiative (TGCI), a Singapore-based initiative consisting of individuals who are united in their passion for sports and equally passionate about giving back to society. TGCI is a project of the Rotary Club of Bukit Timah and it organizes projects focussing on raising awareness and funds for sustainable projects under regional NGOs using the platform of endurance sports and adventure. Upon completion of the projects, subsequent awareness-raising events based on the projects are held in Singapore and Melbourne.
The first project of the initiative was the 5-day Tour de Timor that raised over $30,000 for East Timorese NGO, Timor Aid. Ashwin Subramaniam, the co-founder of TGCI, says: “Our inaugural project had a team of only 4 members. Sharing our story after returning from East Timor inspired people. Our small team has now grown to 15 members. We hope to reach out to a greater audience with our Cambodia project and believe that a larger group of youth will be inspired to take up their own mini challenges to make a difference.”
Among the inspired is Masters’ student, Laurens Koppelaar. Laurens asserts, “Having lived in Jakarta and Singapore, I have witnessed the great development disparity that exists in ASEAN. I believe that the expedition has the potential to demonstrate that youth can step up and make a difference to the communities around them.” Banking executive, Mai Ho, adds, “I was drawn to the expedition by the challenging aspect of both cycling 600km and creating social impact at the same time.”
Through the project, the team aims to raise $50,000 for Carpet for Communities, a Cambodia-based Australian social enterprise. The social enterprise is focussed on breaking the cycle of poverty for the rural communities in Poi Pet, Cambodia. CfC works to provide poor mothers with the ability to earn an income from home via the trade of carpet weaving. These unique carpets are sold in major Australian cities and provide much needed regular income to the mothers.
The project has also been moulded with the ASEAN Vision 2020 in mind. Explains Ashwin, “With this fundraiser for CfC, we would be promoting the ASEAN Vision 2020 of building a ‘partnership in dynamic development’ by raising awareness for the underprivileged communities in Cambodia. Our team consists of ASEAN youth from Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia and straddles 4 different ASEAN countries. Thus, we hope to set an example of regional cooperation and help create an ‘outward-looking ASEAN’ as projects such as these help further ASEAN’s development.”
At the end of the expedition, the team will spend a few days in the town of Poi Pet on the Thai-Cambodian border, where CfC operates. There they will be living in the communities and get to witness first-hand the positive impact made by CfC.
The team’s entire expedition will be captured by a film crew from LateNite Films based in Melbourne, Australia and made into a feature-length documentary. “We hope to bring people along for the ride with us via the documentary and ultimately inspire them to take up similar causes,” explained Ashwin.
The team will be sharing their journey with students in educational institutions across Singapore. The documentary film will be screened across various locations including Melbourne.