Mekong Delta by Bike

Starting From

$1,169/person

Number of days

5

Start Location

Vietnam

Group Size

2-16

Operated by

World Expeditions

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Cycle along the backroads that criss-cross the Mekong Delta. Visit farms and markets in this lush, fertile region of Vietnam

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Join Ho Chi Minh City, cycle to Vinh Long (60km)

We depart in the morning with a car transfer to the doorstep of the Mekong delta in the region of My Tho. About 75-kilometer drive, approximately 2 hours. Once at our starting point, bikes ready, we start our 60-kilometer ride on the less traveled roads to the Mekong delta. This region is rural, locals are fiendly, and just riding around allows to unveil so much about the daily life. A simple life made of agriculture and craftsmanship. After about 20 kilometers, we stop for a light picnic lunch in a garden café. In the afternoon, we head south for about 40 kilometers, passing from one island of the mighty river to another one on ferryboat; and reach a local guesthouse, where we will get set up for the night. Total driving distance: 70km Total cycling distance: 60km / sealed road / 60km flat Accommodation: Local guesthouse

Cycle to Tra On, boat to Can Tho (40-60km)

After breakfast, we get back in the saddle and begin our ride for the day. We head South to a region where very few go called Tam Binh. We ride on the backroads of the delta and immerse fully into that tranquil atmosphere. Many chances to stop enroute, whether to enjoy a tea with locals or simply to break and contemplate. We will have lunch in a local house on the way. The riding distance can stretch from 50 to 70 kilometers to reach Tra On. We embark in Tra On on a boat to cruise the Hau River upstream to Can Tho. It is a nice and relaxing 1.5-hour cruise to the biggest metropolis of the delta. We disembark in Can Tho and transfer to our hotel. Check-in and refresh. End of the day at leisure. Total driving distance: 0km Total cycling distance: +/- 60km / sealed road / 60km flat Accommodation: Iris Hotel or similar

Cai Rang floating market, cycle to Long Xuyen (60km)

We will wake up early this morning to go on a boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market. The market is no longer what it used to be years ago, less merchants crowd but yet a good amount of them and this is largely worth the excursion. We return to the hotel, have breakfast and get ready to ride. Today, we go for about 60 kilometers on the roads winding along the Hau River. We head Northwest to Long Xuyen. A well developped town of the delta, not touristy at all but rich from fishe, rice and cashew nuts trading. En route, we stop at a stork sanctuary. A 1.3-hectare bird sanctuary with astonishing views of thousands of resident storks and snowy egrets. There is a tall viewing platform to see the birds filling the branches. We then end our ride with an arrival in Long Xuyen in the afternoon, where we get settled in a comfortable but very “local style” hotel. Total driving distance: 0km Total cycling distance: +/- 60km / sealed road / 60km flat Accommodation: Hoa Binh 1 Hotel or similar

Cycle to Chau Doc (60km)

After breakfast, we hop in the car to transfer 60 kilometers to the west and our starting point. We then start a 50-kilometer ride to Chau Doc. En route we stop by the Ba Chuc memorial that stands as a reminder to the massacre perpetred here by the Khmer Rouge in 1978. We keep rolling along the Cambodian border to the Tra Su cajuput forest. We take the time to explore the nature reserve and bird sancuary, before we end up our ride to Chau Doc. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and enjoy the end of the day at leisure. Total driving distance: 60km Total cycling distance: +/- 50km / sealed road / 60km flat Accommodation: Hung Cuong hotel or similar

Return to Ho Chi Minh City, trip concludes

After breakfast, you have two possibilities. Either hop on a speedboat for a transfer to Cambodia (additional cost), arriving into in Phnom Penh in the early afternoon. Or drive back to Ho Chi Minh city, a long drive but with a stop enroute at the charming Sadec town and its ancient Cochinchine atmoshere. We have lunch there and can visit the flower fields neaby before continuing to Saigon. Total driving distance: 0km for Phnom Penh / +/-240km to Saigon Total cycling distance: 0km

Additional Information

The Mekong Delta is the southernmost region of Vietnam. Often referred to as the rice bowl of the country it currently produces three crops of rice per year. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its tropical fruits and flowers. The Delta area is the end of a 4500 km journey the Mekong River makes, travelling through six countries. The Mekong’s Vietnamese name is Cuu Long, meaning Nine Dragons, so called because of the nine branches of the river that flow into the sea. The delta region has 12 provinces and has been a place of thriving agriculture and industry since the 1800s when the Nguyen lords reclaimed the area from marshland, building a network of canals. A diverse range of people including Khmer, Chinese and Chams as well as Vietnamese today populates the area today. We explore the fertile Mekong Delta by bicycle and witness it’s wonders at a pace ideal for soaking up its many splendours and meeting the local peoples.

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