Land Saigon's 12-member cycling team will begin its seven-day and 1,000km-long journey from HCM City to Bangkok, Thailand on March 6.

On the completion of the cycling tour, the group will earn the distinction of becoming the first Vietnamese tourist group to cycle to Thailand.

The amateur cyclists will pass through Neak Luong, Phnom Penh, Pursat, Sisophon in Cambodia and then Sa Kaeo, Nakornayok before reaching Bangkok.

As planned, the Tourism Authority of Thailand will award the team a certificate once it reaches Bangkok.

"We planned this journey five years ago and it is finally realised now. The 1,000km route will not be easy to follow and our aim is to race amongst ourselves," said Land Sai Gon's founder Vo Huu Thien.

"This event is very meaningful for me because not everyone at the age of 75 can cycle 1,000km in seven days," said the team's eldest member Tran Tam Quang, who had ranked fourth in the men's track cycling event during the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok.

Quang said he is very eager to participate in the journey and to get the chance to return to the capital of Thailand after 49 years.

In preparation for the event, the team had trained during the Tet holidays so that they are in the best physical shape for the challenge.-VNA