• vietnam
  • June 2012

cycle the central highlands & build a home in the Mekong Delta

Challenge MeterDates: June 16-30
Price For 5-7 people: $3,199 / person
Price For 8-10 people: $2,799 / person

Single supplement available upon request.


This adventure philanthropy expedition comprises 7 days cycling through Vietnam's highlands + 3 days building a house for a homeless family in the Mekong Delta. Two distinct Southeast Asian geographies and cultures in one transcendent expedition that challenge you in all the best ways.




Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is. ~ Sartre


expedition route & itinerary

Our 7-day cycling route begins in the white-sand coastal city of Nha Trang and leads north and then west into the Central Highlands and the coffee-growing provincial capital, Buôn Ma Thu™t. From there, we cycle south, through some truly stunning valleys and over a few challenging passes to Dalat, an alpine redoubt infused with French-colonial accents like fresh croissants and strong coffee.

Daily cycling mileage and terrain varies from 35km to 70km, taking you into the rugged and lesser-seen regions of the southern Central Highlands, home to indigenous tribal communities. We're always looking for serendipity in our schedule, and sometimes that results in shared meals€”and some rice wine€”with local residents. Our brand-name mountain bikes are provided by our Dalat-based partner, Phat Tire Ventures.

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your volunteer project

This adventure philanthropy expedition begins its second phase in the Mekong Delta, in the coastal town, Rach Gia.

In just 3 days, alongside the local community and in cooperation with our non-profit partner, the Catalyst Foundation, you'll build a simple home out of brick, plaster and concrete for a local family that is currently homeless. 

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expedition cost & timeframe

This adventure philanthropy expedition began Sunday, June 17, in Nha Trang, a city of palm trees & long, white-sand beaches. The cycling ends in Dalat on June 23, spending two nights there to unwind after our two-wheel adventure.

In the Mekong Delta our house-building project will last 3 days, through June 28. On Friday, June 29, we'll fly back to Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City), for a celebratory dinner and the closing moments of our expedition.

The cost of this adventure philanthropy expedition includes all lodging, domestic air and ground transportation and most meals - excluding those taken on your own - quality mountain bikes, a support van and a fully developed volunteer project that we'll start and finish in 3 days.

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lodging & food

We're traveling through Vietnam's breadbasket, and the food we'll encounter along our route promises to be healthy, fresh, delicious€and mostly Vietnamese. Lots of noodle and rice-based dishes with fresh vegetables, sauces and soups. Vegetarians and meat eaters each do quite well in Vietnam.

Expedition members can expect single rooms in superior hotels upon your arrival in Nha Trang, for a soft landing after a long journey from home. During our 7 days cycling and during our volunteer project days in the Mekong Delta, we'll be staying by necessity in clean if quite basic hotels in the central highlands.

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arrival & departure


You should arrive in Nha Trang on or before Saturday, June 16. Connecting flights are easily made from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, often on the same day as your international arrival.

Departures from Vietnam can begin from Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday, June 30.

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