Since 2018, the real estate industry has supported Hands Across the Water through the Digital Live education program in Australia and three bike ride experiences in Thailand. Raising over $750,000, and with 100+ real estate agents on the road in Thailand, this experience is fast becoming the biggest charity initiative in the industry.
Anyone and everyone from across the real estate sector is invited to join us. This is not a franchise exclusive ride. This is an industry ride. A place for the industry to come together as one and make a difference in the lives of those that are less fortunate while making a difference in their own lives.
The Mekong Ride starts in Bueng Khan in Thailand’s North-East. You’ll follow 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.
Bueng Kan to Yasothon
14th August, 2022 - 22nd August, 2022
500km in 5 days
60 amazing humans
Travel to Bangkok.
You will be responsible for your own flights and transfers to the hotel from the airport.
Accommodation: TBC pending Covid testing and hotel requirements.
Today we fly to Udon Thani where we will transfer to the start of the ride by coach. The Hands Team will take care of the domestic flight for this part of the trip.
There will be a 3 hour bus ride from the airport to our hotel where we will start riding from the following day. We will also host a ride briefing after setting up our bikes in the afternoon.
Today our adventure begins. Be prepared to ride through some of the most beautiful villages and meet the locals.
Bueng Kan to Ban Phaeng – 110km
We have another 100km day today but the great news is we have a rest day the next day.
Ban Phaeng to Nakhon Phanom – 102km
A much needed rest day after 2 solid days in the saddle. Enjoy the beautiful town of Nakhon Phanom.
Back on the bike for more beautiful scenery and friendly locals.
Nakhon Phanom to Mukdahan – 114km
Our biggest day on the bike but nothing that can't be achieved together. We start as a team and finish as a team. There are no prizes for first place!
Mukdahan to Amnat Chareon – 124km
The day you have all been waiting for. Our final ride into Baan Home Hug where you will meet the beautiful kids that you have worked so hard to support.
Amnat Chareon to Yasothon – 82km
A lunchtime flight from Ubon Ratchathani will have you back into Bangkok in time for the Australian International flights home. We say goodbye from here as you head back home or onto new destinations.
The domestic flight to Bangkok is arranged by the Hands Team. You will need to arrange your own International flight or other domestic flights for your trip.
What Previous Riders Say
The annual Ride to Provide experience is consistently ranked 10/10 by all our riders year after year! More often than not the experience exceeds our riders expectations. It's this amazing feedback which drives us at Hands to continue to deliver amazing shared experiences which deliver benefit to both the riders and their communities and the children in our homes.
"Absolutely Phenomenal!" Erin.
"It's an absolutely brilliant experience that pushes you both physically and mentally and makes you grow in so many ways!" Jenny T.
"After speaking with a number of previous riders my expectations were high but the ride exceeded my expectations." Steven F.
"Best experience of my life, so well organised and what a great cause." Doug
"Without a doubt the most amazing thing I have ever experienced." Melissa J
"Deciding to ride and raise the $10k is without doubt one of the best decisions I have made in my life!" Micheal P.
Fees and Fundraising
8 Nights Twin Share Accommodation
14th – 21st of August 2022 inclusive
Hotels will be modest in their offering and often in remote areas. WiFi can be a little hit and miss in some areas.
Your registration includes a hybrid bike which is a flat bar bicycle with tyres that are thinner than a mountain bike and thicker than a road bike.
All meals excluding lunch on the rest day are covered in your registration. Our team on the ground takes care of breakfast, lunch and dinner on the rides and provides plenty of sustenance throughout the day at the water stops.
Your registration includes a customised cycling jersey, bibs and gloves. You will have the opportunity to order additional kit if you choose. You will receive a sizing chart in coming months to help you order the right size kit for the tour.
Travel Bag and
You will receive a Hands Across the Water travel bag for the trip. 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 Ride to Provide training shirt to wear during your training and in Thailand.
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.
During the registration process, you will be prompted to set up your 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.
You will receive a training program that will help prep you for your 800km 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. We also have a great series of videos if you are new to cycling or looking for some additional training tips.
TOUR COST: AU$3,595*
You can pay in full or choose to make regular monthly payments for 6 months.
There is a $500 non refundable deposit included in the tour cost. Your place will not be secure on the ride until we receive full or partial payment.
*In the event of price rises made by suppliers as a result of Covid-19, there may be an increase in registration fee for 2022.
Each rider is asked to raise a minimum of AU$5,000
Fundraising can be done via
Your own fundraising page
Selling or purchasing ticket packages to Future of Leadership
A personal donation
Holding your own event
Selling raffle tickets
What is the Cost ?
In addition to the tour costs you will need to arrange international flights to and from Bangkok, Thailand. To register you can either pay in full or choose the 6 month payment plan.
To participate, it is a requirement to raise AU$5,000
Cancellation greater than 3 months out from the ride: $500 + any costs already paid
Cancellation 3 months out: 50% of total registration fee
Cancellation 2 months out: 75% of total registration fee
Cancellation 1 month out: 100% of total registration fee
What happens if the event is cancelled due to coronavirus?
In the event of the ride being cancelled due to COVID-19, a full refund will be issued or the credit can be transferred to a future ride.
If the event is postponed due to COVID-19 any funds paid will be transferred to the new date or a different Hands experience.
In the event that a participant chooses not to particpiate in the ride experience that is still going ahead due to coronavirus concerns will be treated as a 'change of mind' therefore cancellation. The non refundable $500 deposit will be forfeited and any balance funds will be carried over to a future ride or Hands Experience.
Is Fundraising Compulsory ?
Yes. By fundraising a minimum of $5,000 for your ride experience, you provide 350 children in our care with access to basic necessities, healthcare and education. Importantly, you are providing them with a life of choice.
What is the best way to start my fundraising?
Getting started can be a bit daunting at first; we always say the first $1,000 is the hardest and then it gets easier. Below are our top 3 tips to get your fundraising dial off zero:
- Your online fundraising page is the most simple and effective way to kick start your fundraising. Update your page with your profile image, a story about why you are fundraising and share directly from your page to kick start those dollars coming in.
- Make a personal donation to your fundraising page. This can help set the tone for your supporters and show your commitment to your experience.
- Download our fundraising guide that includes tips and tricks for planning events, auctions and raffles to help you raise your funds.
If you need support please reach out to the team at email@example.com
So... are you up for the challenge?
With places strictly limited to 60 people, this amazing once in a lifetime experience is not to be missed.
Secure your place today via deposit using the checkout below. You'll be talking about this experience for years to come!