Vietnamese guy cycles across Southeast Asia to raise charity funds

Tran Viet Anh is taking a trip across Southeast Asia by bicycle in order to raise money for charity. The funds collected will be used to purchase five tons of rice to help the Vietnamese community living in floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia, on the upcoming occasion of the Lunar New Year. Beginning on February 16, Vietnam’s Lunar New Year is the biggest celebration in a year. The 25-year-old, who started the journey on December 1 in Hat Yai, Thailand, has arrived in Bandung, Indonesia, completing about one-third of his trip. He plans to travel around Southeast Asia for 60 days. For a guy on the road with a bicycle, the places he stays at night vary. “I’ll sleep there as long as there is a roof, In Malaysia, I sleep at Islamic mosques. In Indonesia, I sleep at the desa [an administrative village] to get to know the villagers, or look for those who could let me camp.” Anh and his old bicycle that he bought in Thailand. Photo: Anh’s Facebook page Anh shared one recent story involving staying at a person’s house. “Mama and Papa run a cafeteria. I was having a meal, talking to them and letting them know that I planned to stay at the desa,” he said. “‘Stay here! Stay here!’ Papa Jono said. So I stayed. “Papa was hospitable. I showed him the photos I took from Vietnam to Indonesia. “Mama told the people there that I was Korean. I…

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