“Explore the richness of the Mekong Delta on this fabulous cycling holiday!”
Spend a week travelling around the luscious, sub-tropical countryside of the Mekong Delta. Cycle among the palms and trees laden with ripe fruit which thrive in the rich soil. As you criss-cross the land, beginning in Ho Chi Minh City, you will move further and further from the city bustle and out into the serene land of hill tribes and fishing villages.
Between dense mangroves and wide open water, you will see all sides of the delta and the life that has sprung up around it. Authentic Vietnamese life is to be found here, off the beaten track. Visit beautiful pagodas, working fishing villages, and buzzing floating markets, as well as stopping off at some of the most breath-taking natural viewpoints. Get a breath of fresh air on this incredible cycle tour!
Your tour guides take sustainability very seriously. You will see this in the way they collect trash wherever possible to create a cleaner and more beautiful environment and to set a good example. Your group size will be limited to 10 so that they can effectively guide you on how best to treat the environment and your hosts. Small numbers also allow for your food to be provided locally and sustainably. Your hosts will cook for you, giving you a taste of traditional Vietnamese fare. Your money will go to local people to support a livelihood in tourism rather than more destructive industries. In return for learning about the delicious local food and the beautiful culture, the guides will encourage conversations with locals about maintaining clean, healthy environments.
You will stay with locals in homestays and guest houses run by local people. Learn about Vietnam as locals see it and feel the warmth and hospitality of the culture. Homestays work in rotation through the villages since this shares the wealth and experience throughout the whole village.
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! Your guides will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel to check-in. You will get to meet your steed for the tour...your trusty bike. Adjust the seat and make sure everyone has something that suits them, then you are free to rest or have a wander around the city. Ho Chi Minh is the commercial hub of Vietnam. It is a diverse and vibrant city, a clash and amalgamation of old and new. You will find street food, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants amongst the colonial architecture.
Fuel up for your adventures with a delicious breakfast, then head out at 8 am and transfer by minivan to Long An. Here, you will hop on your bikes and start the ride through rice fields, dragon fruit farms, and Myphong village, where rice noodles are made. Pass the Rach Mieu Bridge and continue along the beautiful country roads under the leafy coconut palms. These palms are what makes the Ben Tre region famous. Keep an eye out for the many delicacies made from coconut here! Arrive in the town of Ben Tre, where you will take a boat trip around the village and have lunch at a local house. In the afternoon, take a minivan over the Ham Luong River to catch the ferry, before continuing your bike ride to Tra Vinh, where you will stay the night.
Your first destination today is Tieu Can, where you will discover the stunning Theravada Pagodas and meet Khmer monks, originally from Cambodia. A short cycle ride on, you will find yourselves at Ang Pagoda. From there, move on to Tra Met for a lunch break. It will be a long morning but well worth it for the many stunning sights you will see. Refuel with a delicious lunch in Tra Met.
The van will meet you at your lunch spot and take you a short ride on to Luc Si Thanh, from where you will cycle on a further 21 km to Tra On. Once there, drive with the van to the Cai Cu Harbour and take the ferry over to Can Tho, where you will have some dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Can Tho.
Begin the day with a refreshing early morning boat trip. You will visit the floating market in Cai Rang, where locals sell fruit and vegetables. Watch the bustle as produce passes from hand to hand, from boat to boat. Cruise the natural waterways back to land. From there, cycle a local route along the canal to Vi Thanh. Here, you will watch the locals make incense sticks, before continuing on along the canals and paddy fields to O Mon. On the way, you will visit the Bang Lang Stork Garden. This is one of the Mekong’s best stalk sanctuaries, where thousands of birds have made a home.
Afterwards, enjoy lunch before setting off again to the Long Xuyen Crocodile Farm, Go Quao, and Rach Gia. See rice prepared at a rice-husking factory, and browse bamboo handicrafts in a local village. Overnight in Rach Gia.
Rach Gia is close to the Cambodian border and this morning you will be cycling along the west coast of this vibrant border town. Absorb some culture by visiting the tomb of a national hero, Nguyen Trung Truc. Cycle on a further 10 km to Hang Pagoda and Father and Son Rock. Along the way, you will find yourself gliding between limestone mountains, through mangrove swamps, and past sandy beaches and lush rice fields. Overnight in Ha Tien.
Today you will cycle along the Vinh Te border canal to Tri Ton. Tri Ton is a town of shrimp farms, dense mangroves, and melaleuca forest. Before that, you will have a taste of history at the Ba Chuc ossuary, known as the Killing Fields of Vietnam, from when the Khmer Rouge came from Cambodia to Vietnam in the 1980s.
Ride up the sacred Sam Mountain, for panoramas over the plains of the Mekong Delta and far into Cambodia. You will be here around sunset to make the experience all the more magical!! If you do not want to cycle the mountain, you are free to walk or take a cable car.
If there is spare time today, you will visit the Tra Su Forest, home to many rare, Red Listed animal species.
Overnight in Chau Doc
This morning you will visit a Muslim Cham Village. Learn about the unique culture of the Cham people, a minority in Vietnam who originated in Indonesia. Afterwards, head out on a boat ride through a buzzing floating market and past fishing villages. Take a ferry crossing, then cycle on small roads to Thuan Giang and Cho Moi and on to Cao Lanh. This rural area is known as ‘the Rice Basket of the Mekong Delta’ and it will show; you will pass immense rice paddies on your journey. In the afternoon, head to Cai Be for the night. Overnight in a homestay here.
Depart at 7.30 am on a cruise along the delta to explore another floating market. You will stop be Cu Lao Tu Phong to explore the fruit orchards, including the notorious durian fruit. This fruit has been described by the phrase: “smells like hell, tastes like heaven”. You can make your own mind up on this! Afterwards, take a 30-minute boat ride along the canals under the green palm canopy.
Continue your cycle on to My Tho for a lunch stop on the river or in the village. At 5 pm you will meet your driver for a ride back to Ho Chi Minh city, where the tour will officially end. Take a transfer for a night flight home or head to a hotel. Any accommodation will be booked separately from the tour so please let us know if you wish to choose this option!
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- Airport transfer
- Entrance fees and activity fees
- Some meals
- Bike and helmet
- Some meals
- International Airfare
- Drinks and snacks outside of the included meals
- Personal expenses