Angkor to Saigon by Bike

Travel from Angkor to Saigon by Bike – A journey in the truest sense of the word from the most significant archaeological site in Cambodia to the most important commercial city in Vietnam. The contrasts you see along the way are what make this an educational, enjoyable and achievable ride for anyone passing through Southeast Asia. This is one of our easier cycling tours with hardly a hill in sight, but enough variety in scenery and surface to keep the ride interesting. The biking is interrupted by a boat ride down the Mekong River and finishes off with two full days of pedaling through the intriguing Mekong Delta. If you want to get far away from the daily grind and immerse yourself in Indochina scenery, culture, and cuisine, this is the ride for you.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Drive to Kampong Thom & Cycle Sambor Prei Kuk

Riding: 55km cycling – After we pick you up early from the Siem Reap hotel, a 2 and a half hour drive awaits to reach the neighboring province of Kampong Thom. After a bike fitting, we mount our bikes and start pedaling towards the set of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk for an exploration. These 7th-century ruins are in remarkable shape despite being swallowed by the jungle, and the remoteness of their location provides a unique and off the beaten track experience. After we escape the hottest part of the day, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and are rewarded by a delicious local meal.

Riding: 45km cycling – This morning we begin a little later for a 3-hour drive to Oudong Mountain which was once the capital of Cambodia, where we will find a nice temple on the summit and breathtaking views. After a Cambodian style picnic, and we will enjoy a ride on bumpy village roads and trails. We will pedal our way through rice paddies and farmland, passing the smaller Basset Mountain. From here, once we cross a railway line, the views shift quickly. If you are willing to bike in traffic, cycle straight onwards to the night’s accommodation. For those who would prefer a ride, the support vehicle is there for the transfer. Tonight we will eat by the Tonle Sap River, near where the country’s three main rivers converge.

Riding: 30km cycling – This morning we saddle up and make our way through the nearby Mekong islands where we will cycle through friendly villages, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of more recent temples. This ride shows you another side of the Phnom Penh area that will be a unique cycling and cultural exploration.
Phnom Penh’s history is far from uneventful. The French settlers transformed this collection of wooden shacks into a thriving city in the 19th century. In 1975, this changed quickly with the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge, and Phnom Penh was left to decay. Recently it has become a center of rapid development and growth. Explore the capital city with the help of your guide, and enjoy a late afternoon walk for a cultural exploration of this city.

Enjoy a reinvigorating rest day. Spend your morning exploring Phnom Penh or lounging by the pool, then board an international boat that takes us down the Mekong River where we will cross into Vietnam via Chau Doc- a bustling Delta town that specializes in salted fish. Enjoy the views as we float towards the next leg of our adventure.

Riding: 75km cycling – Today we begin our exploration of the Mekong Delta. After a short ferry ride, we will cross canals by bridge and boat and cycle our way through the maze of waterways. Observe the fertile delta lands that are used for food production, and watch the locals hard at work to grow, harvest, or transport these products as we pedal past. We’ll be cycling on small, paved canal roads that allow for only cycling or motorbike travel. We will arrive in the large town of Long Xuyen in the late afternoon.

Riding: 70km cycling – We finish up our cycling on canal paths that provide an intriguing final day of exploration. Pedal through the scenic countryside that hosts many small canals and large crops such as otherworldly jackfruit. We will ride past mat weavers and wooden boat builders today before enjoying another delicious lunch. The day ends with a relaxing boat ride as we arrive into the busy town of Can Tho in the late afternoon.

Spend the early morning exploring the floating markets of Can Tho. You’ll be impressed by a wide variety of boats and markets selling a huge array of fresh vegetables and fruit. After our morning meal, we will board the van for a 3-hour drive into Saigon. Enjoy lunch and a short walking tour of the city and its main historical sites before the tour concludes. Saigon is an exciting city and is certainly worth a couple of extra days if you have time to spare.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 05, 17USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
February: 09USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
July: 05USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
August: 09USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
September: 05USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
November: 22USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
December: 27USD $2,100.00USD $2,560.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Hotel Transfer to starting point of the ride & Bikes in a full range of sizes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Portrait of Cambodia

Discover the Portrait of Cambodia. Venture to the bohemian city of Battambang to explore the local market and colonial architecture. Explore the ancient temple of Ek Phnom, the Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau and the five-spire temple of Phnom Banan. Discover the iconic temples of Angkor including the favourites of Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

On arrival in Phnom Penh, be transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Cardamom Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh

Enjoy a full day city tour of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Visit the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the beautiful Silver Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit the chilling Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Killing Fields memorial of Choeng Ek. Both sites give an important insight into Cambodia’s turbulent history.

Day 3: Phnom Penh to Battambang

Travel north to Battambang, and discover a bohemian city filled with charm on the banks of the Stung Sangke River. Walk along the riverside to see some of Cambodia’s most impressive colonial architecture and explore the local market.

Hotel: Stung Sangke Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Battambang

On a full day tour, head to the ancient temple of Ek Phnom, and stop at a rice paper-making village. Ek Phnom is a partly collapsed 11th century temple featuring impressive and intricate carvings. Visit the Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau, and enjoy breathtaking rural views from the summit. Climb up 358 steps to explore Phnom Banan with its five-spire temple, stop at a small local winery and experience a unique bamboo train ride. Return to Battambang for the evening.

Day 5: Battambang to Siem Reap

From Battambang, journey through some of Cambodia’s prettiest landscapes to Siem Reap. Gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is a small city filled with interesting sights, charm and atmosphere.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 6: Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor

Rise early and venture by tuk-tuk to the East Gate of the temples of Angkor. Away from the crowds, see the sun rise over Angkor Wat’s iconic spires. Spend the morning exploring Angkor Wat, see the many faces of Bayon and discover Preah Khan, before returning to your hotel for some free time. After midday, travel to the outlying temple of Banteay Kdei, explore tree-covered Ta Prohm and see the sun set over Angkor Wat.

Day 7: Depart Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the airport where your Portrait of Cambodia Journey finishes.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Siem Reap daily From $1,265.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English-speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Laos & Cambodia Experience

Experience the picturesque countryside of laidback Laos & Cambodia hidden south coast on this unforgettable journey. Cruise down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, kayak along the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng and discover the sacred temples of Vientiane. Unravel Cambodia’s history in Phnom Penh, venture to the south coast and explore the temples of Angkor.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chiang Rai (Thailand)

On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Laos tour briefing.

Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort or similar

Day 2: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Laos)

At the Lao border, board a private boat and cruise pass small villages along the Mekong to Pakbeng.

Hotel: Phetsokxai or similar

Day 3: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

Continue cruising, stopping at Pak Ou Caves to see thousands of Buddha statues. On arrival in Luang Prabang, take a tuk-tuk to your hotel.

Hotel: Sala Prabang  or similar, 3 nights

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Explore the National Museum, visit Wat Mai temple and continue on to Wat Xieng Thong Temple on a walking tour. After a free afternoon, play a game of petanque before sunset drinks and traditional local snacks overlooking the Mekong.

Day 5: Kuang Si Falls

In the early morning, see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms and enjoy a local noodle breakfast. Drive to Kuang Si Falls to swim in the turquoise pools before spending the afternoon at leisure. Late afternoon take part in the Bamboo Experience cooking school and learn about Lao cuisine.

Day 6: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Drive through stunning scenery to Vang Vieng and climb to the entrance of Tham Chang cave for impressive views of town.

Hotel: Thavonsouk Bungalows or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Vang Vieng

After breakfast, enjoy some light kayaking along the Nam Song River as you soak in the beautiful scenery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Continue overland to Vientiane with a stop at ‘Kilometre 52’, a village with a large ethnic H’mong population. On arrival in Vientiane, discover Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket before seeing the Patuxai Monument.

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 9: Vientiane

See intriguing ‘Buddha Park’ filled with statues inspired by Buddhist and Hindu epics. Visit the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre and COPE Centre to learn about the inspiring work done by both organisations. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, receive a traditional Lao blessing at a ‘baci’ ceremony and enjoy a Lao ‘jaew’ feast.

Day 10: Vientiane to Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Fly from Vientiane to Phnom Penh. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Cambodia tour briefing.

Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 11: Phnom Penh Tour

Spend the day exploring Phnom Penh’s main attractions and take a fun cyclo ride to the Central Market. Visit Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by drinks at the iconic Foreign Correspondence Club.

Day 12: Phnom Penh to Kampot

Travel by train along an historical route from Phnom Penh to Kampot on Cambodia’s south coast. Cruise on Preaek Tuek Chhu River and visit local fishing villages inhabited by the local Cham Muslim population.

Hotel: Columns Hotel or similar

Day 13: Kampot to Kep

On the way to Kep, visit an ancient temple at Phnom Chhnork. Renowned for its salt and Kampot pepper, stop to learn about the production of one of Cambodia’s most valuable exports before continuing to Kep.

Hotel: The Beach House or similar, 2 nights

Day 14: Kep & Rabbit Island

Explore Kep’s ruined French villas and uncover the busy crab market which specialises in the region’s most popular dish, Kampot pepper crab. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Rabbit Island, a rustic, rural island.

Day 15: Kep to Takeo

Travel north to Takeo and enjoy an exhilarating speedboat ride before visiting Phnom Da, a striking hilltop temple. Stay overnight at a home-stay in Takeo and share a home-cooked meal with the family.

Hotel: Home-stay or similar

Day 16: Takeo to Kampong Thom

Drive through rural Cambodia to Santuk Silk Farm and learn about silk production techniques. After a delicious home-cooked lunch, continue the drive to Kampong Thom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Sambor Village Hotel or similar

Day 17: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

On the way to Siem Reap, stop at Kampong Kdei to walk across a Naga Bridge, one of the longest corbelled stone arch bridges in the world. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake before arriving in Siem Reap.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa or similar, 3 nights

Day 18: Temples of Angkor

Venture to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate by tuk-tuk for sunrise. Travel on to the nearby Angkor Thom complex for a monk blessing, explore Bayon temple and visit jungle-covered Ta Prohm. Return to town for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 19: Outlying Temples

Discover Banteay Srei, an intricately carved temple and Boeng Mealea, a lesser known temple overgrown by the jungle. Stop at a small roadside village which makes palm sugar and visit the fascinating Aki Ra Landmine Museum. In the evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Day 20: Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January 15$4,159.00$5,115.00
February 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
March 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
April 09$4,159.00$5,115.00
May 14$4,029.00$4,869.00
June 11$4,029.00$4,869.00
July 09$4,029.00$4,869.00
August 13$4,029.00$4,869.00
September10$4,029.00$4,869.00
October 08$4,159.00$5,115.00
November 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
December 10$4,159.00$5,115.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January 14$4,565.00$5,629.00
February 11$4,565.00$5,629.00
March 10$4,565.00$5,629.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers, Boat & air-conditioned vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Vientiane - Phnom Penh
Rail: Train Ticket: Phnom Penh - Kampot
Accommodation: 19 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Cambodia Essential

Discover four different areas on a 7 Day Cambodia Essential private tour overland from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via Kompong Thom. Experience the city, history, villages, culture and crafts of this wonderful country.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

Welcome at Phnom Penh International airport and transfer to hotel. Visit the National Museum, built in 1917. It is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both Angkorian and pre-Angkorian. Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree lined avenues of the city. In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town; and the Silver Pagoda located within the grounds of the Royal Palace (its floor is made up of 5000 silver tiles). Visit the Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum (Genocide Museum). In the former time, this museum was the secondary school. It became a detention and torture centre for thousand of Cambodian people in Pol Pot regime and known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). Nowadays, the Tuol Sleng Museum remains a lot of evidences of deaths’ people.

Hotel: Ohana Hotel

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kompong Cham – Kampong Thom

In the morning drive to Kampong Cham, a small town that has retained its colonial-era charm. Upon arrival, we visit Wat Nokor temple, the local market and French colonial buildings. After lunch, we drive to Kampong Thom. En route visit the 11th century Wat Kohear Nokor to meet local monks and villagers.

Hotel: Glorious Hotel & Spa

Day 3: Kampong Thom – Sambor Prei Kuk – Siem Reap

In the morning drive 30 km to the 7th century Sambor Prei Kuk temple. Along the way observe everyday life of rural Cambodia. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the pre-Angkor period. The complex at Ishanapura is composed of four groups of temples that are among the most ancient surviving examples of Khmer architecture. After lunch, drive to Siem Reap. On arrival check in hotel.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Resort & Spa, 4 Nights

Day 4: Siem Reap – Roluos Group – Ta Prohm

Visit the Roluos group of temples dating from the 9th and 10 century, including Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei temples. In the afternoon, view the Bantey Kdei with its rarely seen sculpted female deities, the Lake of Srah Srang, the impressive Ta Prohm Temple, which remains in the clutches of the enveloping jungle. Visit the Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevada, and Thommanon temples before returning to hotel.

Day 5: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex

Begin exploration of the ancient city of Angkor by entering Angkor Thom via the South Gate. Continue the journey by viewing the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terraces and the Leper King Terrace. In the afternoon, visit magnificent Angkor Wat with its extraordinary architecture and bas-reliefs. End the day with a spectacular sunset from the top of the mountain temple of Phnom Bakheng.

Day 6: Siem Reap – Kbal Spean – Banteay Srei

In the morning, take a soft jungle trek to the River of a Thousand Lingas. The ancient Khmer civilization used the waters for canals and irrigation. Numerous bas-reliefs remain as do the thousand lingas carved in to the riverbed to bless the water before it flowed downhill to the royal city. In the afternoon proceed to the graceful Khmer Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei – dating back to the 11th century. Banteay Srei means “Citadel of Women” and the site contains some of Angkor’s best preserved sandstone decorations, friezes and lintels.

Day 7: Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast visit Pouk Silk farm village 16km west of Siem Reap. Then onto a visit at Artisan d’Angkor of Seam Reap. This afternoon transfer to Siem Reap International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Phnom PenhPrice on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:6 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Cambodia Experience

An exploration deep into Cambodia reveals the historic charm of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh and one of Asia’s best kept secrets – Cambodia’s south coast. Discover uncrowded beaches in Kep and the charms of the colonial port town of Kampot before traversing the countryside through Takeo for a home-stay and visit Kampong Thom. In Siem Reap, take a trip through the jungle to unveil the majestic temples of Angkor in dawn’s first light – an experience that will stay with you forever. Cruise along Tonle Sap Lake and discover remote Boeng Mealea.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh Tour

nd the day exploring Phnom Penh’s main attractions. Take a fun cyclo ride through the backstreets of the city before wandering through the Central Market which has everything from household items to jewellery for sale. Learn about Cambodia’s turbulent history with a visit to Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the beautiful grounds of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Get to know your group over a sunset drink at Phnom Penh’s iconic Foreign Correspondent Club, known to be a meeting place for travellers across the world.

Day 3: Phnom Penh to Kampot

Travel by train along an historical train route from Phnom Penh to the old French port town of Kampot on Cambodia’s south coast. In Kampot, cruise on Preaek Tuek Chhu River and visit local fishing villages inhabited by the local Cham Muslim population.

Hotel: Columns Hotel

Day 4: Kampot to Kep

Drive from Kampot to the seaside town of Kep and visit an ancient temple hidden within the caves at Phnom Chhnork. Renowned for its salt and Kampot pepper, stop to learn about the production of one of Cambodia’s most valuable exports before continuing to Kep.

Hotel: The Beach House, 2 nights

Day 5: Kep

Popular with the French elite in the early 1900s, Kep is home to many abandoned French villas which were later destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Drive past the ruined villas and uncover the busy crab market which specialises in the region’s most popular dish, Kampot pepper crab. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Rabbit Island, a rustic, rural island just a short boat trip from Kep. Return to the mainland for the evening.

Day 6: Kep to Takeo

Travel north to Takeo and enjoy an exhilarating speedboat ride along a narrow canal. Visit Phnom Da, a striking hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Stay at a home-stay in Takeo which helps support the local community through education initiatives. Share a home-cooked meal and learn about the English-speaking classes they run for the local children.

Hotel: Home-stay

Day 7: Takeo to Kampong Thom

Drive through picturesque rural Cambodia to Santuk Silk Farm. Learn about the traditional techniques of silk production, from collecting the silk from the worms to the dyeing and weaving process. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch before continuing the drive to Kampong Thom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Sambor Village Hotel

Day 8: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

Continue your journey from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap, stop at Kampong Kdei to walk across a Naga Bridge. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake and visit a floating village to see daily life before arriving in Siem Reap.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa, 3 nights

Day 9: Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor

Venture to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East gate by tuk-tuk. Marvel at the silhouetted central spires and explore the temple grounds away from the crowds. After a local Khmer breakfast, travel on to the nearby Angkor Thom complex for a monk blessing and wander through Bayon temple. Visit jungle-covered Ta Prohm before returning to town for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 10: Siem Reap – Outlying Temples

Travel through the countryside to two of the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom – Banteay Srei and Boeng Mealea. After lunch, stop at a small roadside village which makes palm sugar and visit the fascinating Aki Ra Landmine Museum. In the evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Day 11: Depart Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 24$1,905.00$2,419.00
February: 21$1,905.00$2,419.00
March: 21$1,905.00$2,419.00
April: 18$1,865.00$2,339.00
May: 23$1,865.00$2,339.00
June: 20$1,865.00$2,339.00
July: 18$1,865.00$2,339.00
August: 22$1,865.00$2,339.00
September: 19$1,865.00$2,339.00
October: 17$1,905.00$2,419.00
November: 21$1,905.00$2,419.00
December: 19$1,905.00$2,419.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 23$2,095.00$2,665.00
February: 20$2,095.00$2,665.00
March: 19$2,095.00$2,665.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Rail:Train Ticket: Phnom Penh - Kampot
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide:English-Speaking Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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