Explore Mekong Delta Cycling Tours -  10 Days
Explore Mekong Delta Cycling Tours -  10 Days

Explore Mekong Delta Cycling Tours - 10 Days

Explore Mekong Delta Cycling Tours this region is known as Cuu Long, or “Nine Dragons”, a reference to the nine tributaries of the Mekong River that dovetail across plains fashioned by millennia of flood-borne alluvial sediment. These rich soils have turned the delta into Vietnam’s rice bowl, an agricultural miracle that pumps out more than a third of the country’s annual food crop – not just rice, but also sugar cane, coconut and fruit – from just ten percent of its total landmass

Day 01: Saigon - Can Duoc - Go Cong - My Tho
8:00 AM picked up at your hotels and 45 minute transfer by vehicles to outskirt of HCM. Today' bicycle riding is divided into 2 different sections. In the morning, we bike through Can Duoc' countryside; biking through jasmine rice paddy fields, okra, squash vegetable fields. We stop for lunch in small town of Can Duoc. Can Duoc district is a major rice producer, particularly Jasmine rice (Nang Thom) which is grown nationwide. But, the most delicious is Nang Thom Cho Dao variety cultivated in My Le commune. The taste is silky, soft and delicate flavor from the unique exotic region because of its. After lunch, we bike to ferry where we cross Vam Co River. Our pleasure ride is on unique paths along Vam Co River; passing local farms which growing shrimp, fish. The last ferry will take us crossing small River. Lovely countryside in Cho Gao and its' friendly people here makes your pleasant cycling become a highlight of today'ride.

  • 30 – 70 km, easy/moderate
  • Lunch/ Dinner

Day 02: My Tho - Ben Tre - Tra Vinh
After your breakfast at hotel, a short transfer you over Rach Mieu Bridge to Chau Thanh Dist, Ben Tre for a morning ride. The areas we cycle to explore today is Ben Tre’ countryside. Your guide will choose shady path to lead you cycling through plantations of coconut and banana. It has bike paths criss-cross its land and these paths link village to village. Your guide will arrange a locally made lunch. After lunch, you can take a rest on hammocks/ a short nap before the afternoon' ride continue. passing local primary schools, stopping at kindergarten to see parents picking up their kids from school. Then we keep cycling on smooth concrete paths through water palm, villages to Co Chien River.

  • 40 – 75 km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 03: Tra Vinh – Dai Ngai - Soc Trang
In the morning, we start biking from the hotel. We follow small road which linking to rural village, then we continue ride to through Khmer villages, local markets to Cau Quan, you can see how rural lanes offer rural trails into the heart of Khmer community. Your guide will lead the ways through tranquil villages, pass shimmering rice paddies, observe farmers working on the fields, and visit some Vietnamese, Chinese Buddhist temples and colorful Khmer temples. After we go across Mekong Rivers by 2 public ferries, then we enjoy lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, your adventure starts as we cycle through many of the wildest and untouched countryside; natural rural trails, a network of natural creeks and tiny villages. The rural cycling routes in the areas is such a wonderful rural back road; smooth concrete along small branches of Mekong River and they are wide enough for 2 bikes get through. We end up today' ride in urban Dist, not far from Soc Trang city.

  • 30 - 70 km, easy/ moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 04: Soc Trang – Vinh Chau - Bac Lieu
Our adventure day is divided into two different separate parts after we have a stop at Bat pagoda, then we bike deeply to remote villages in the morning. A beautiful bike ride through gently undulating farmland filled with large shrimp and fish farms. You will enjoy and experience a leisurely way of local life, friendly people in countryside villages until you reach the Vinh Chau town. After lunch in town, we bike through tranquil villages and bustling riverside markets before we reach and cycle on quiet back roads closed to ocean side to Bac Lieu.

  • 30 – 75 km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 05: Bac Lieu – Ganh Hao - Ca Mau
Today is really a long day for us to benefit most from real life of local in untouched countryside, especially the way of earning a living. We pedal cross salt fields and shrimp farms and mangrove forest before we stop at Ganh Hao for lunch. This afternoon gives a you a chance to experience daily activities in the areas that water way is a regular transport; small and long composit boats with long tailed engines are almost seen here. It is because they go fast and also could go on shallow water rivers and canals. Countryside of rural Dists in Ca Mau is beautiful. You can see farmers working on farmland with buffaloes and cows. Many shelters along the country back roads are small for ducks, cows buffaloes and we could stop for photo taken. We will end up our ride today
in outskirt of Ca mau city and get on A/C van/bus for driving to Ca Mau city

  • 30 – 85 km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 06: Ca Mau – U Minh - Rach Gia
Today ‘ride is easy and lovely ride as we cycle on smooth path through untouched villages, small jungle. Especially, we cycle the real back roads a long remote rivers; see many stilt houses, timber factories, and mangrove forests. We ride past tiny villages that Vietnamese and Chinese and Khmer living along river bank. You can see locals living use boat as main mean transport; cargo boats, water taxi, family high-speed boats with long tailed engine moving from different directions. After we have lunch at local restaurant, we get back to the bikes and continue to hit the path. We choose the best country back road to Tac Cau and have some ferry crossings in rural areas before we follow coastal road to Hoa Rach Gia Resort. Another option for the afternoon ride: who love to rock and roll on single track through cajuput forest for 15 km before we reach to small town where we get on van/bus for driving to Rach Gia city.

  • 35 – 80 km, easy/moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 07: Rach Gia – Tri Ton – Chau Doc
Today's cycling will begin after A/C van taking you Urban Dist where you ready for off-road cycling. We pedal on path, single track across villages and wild grass fields, cajeput forest along river as you racing with local cargo boats. Then we follow a single track along eucalyptus field to mountain To which is near Tri Ton. Passing some pagodas through palm trees closed to mountain. Stop for lunch at Tri Ton town. Tri Ton Dist belonged to An Giang province which owned many beautiful mountains and hilly single track and country back roads in the Delta of Vietnam. This is a chance you can challenge cycling skills and enjoy beautiful road; see farmers harvesting chili, tapioca, and corns. Then we carry on our cycling adventure on back road to Tra Su forest. This is the best time you explore this forest included; motor boat ride, sampan boat rowing, see many kids of birds, bats when they are going back home to sleep. Have a short transfer to hotel after visiting Tra Su forest.

  • 30 - 85 km, easy/ moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 08: Chau Doc – Cho Moi - Cao Lanh
Enjoy an hour motorized boat to catfish farms and floating village before you discover the lowland of Dong Thap province. You will mingle with children on bike on rural road through villages of house on stilts. Ride on dirt track to Cho Moi, pedal past Hoa Hao Buddhism holy temple. On your afternoon cycle, we ride to the Monastery, which was built 120 years ago by the French. The first monastery building site was established in 1874 in Indochina. Then we will explore Gieng Islet; enjoy cycling on smooth country back roads, stopping at local markets, fruit garden before we get on small ferry to Cao rural Dist of Cao Lanh. From here we will have a cycle leisurely through the countryside by Mekong River, passing mango orchards sometime. Today’ ride will end up at urban Dist then we have a transfer to cao lanh city by van/bus

  • 30 – 70 km, easy, moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 09: Cao Lanh – Sadec – Can Tho
Cao Lanh is new town after 1975 and Sadec was the main town before Vietnam War. You can see difference between new and old. The drowsy former capital of Dong Thap province, Sadec is a comparatively peaceful city of tree-lined streets and fading colonial villas. Your guide will lead you cycling beautiful route through flowery villages, flower plantation and will have lunch at the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le. In this afternoon, cycling adventure through the countryside, we bike through sweet potatos fields, local workshop producing rice/ stick rice powders, stopping at eel farms, frog farms. This ride will bring you up close and personal with friendly local people, their unique culture and beautiful villages all the way to Can Tho.

  • 30 – 70 km, easy/ moderate
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 10: Can Tho – Vinh Long – Cai Be - HCM
Can Tho is located in the center of the 12 provinces which make up the Mekong Delta. It is not only famous for rice but is also wellknow for it's many floating markets. We'll have an early start by boat to a floating market, then head back to the hotel for breakfast. Transfer for an hour to Vinh Long town where we will cross the Co Chien River. Continue by bike to An Binh. Cycle 17 km to Cai Be town, then enjoy delicious lunch at an ancient house. After lunch, we will cycle another 15 km on back roads to Cay Lay, Tien Giang province. Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City for check in hotel - End The Tour

  • Boat ride to floating market
  • 30 km+, easy
  • Breakfast/ Lunch

Departure date : Based on your inquiry

Group Size  : From 2 to 16 riders

Tour cost : Contact Us

Comprised of dense green rice paddies and lazy, winding rivers, the Mekong Delta is like no other region in Vietnam. Whether firmly on land or floating with the river current, this region is flush with wildlife, historical sights, and incredible landscapes. The River of Nine Dragons, as locals know the area, is where the Mekong splinters into nine separate branches, crisscrossing low landscapes before reaching the sea. Life moves much more slowly here and is often surrounded by water. You'll find even homes, farms, and markets take on an aquatic adaptation in the Mekong Delta.

TOP THINGS TO DO IN THE MEKONG DELTA:

Visit on-the-water villages

From the quiet towns of Mỹ Tho and Bến Tre to the floating markets of Cần Thơ, the flower farms of Sa Đéc to the stunning, waterlogged landscapes of Châu Đốc, there is plenty to keep you occupied in the Delta. Head to Mỹ Tho or Bến Tre for verdant islands containing everything from fruit orchards to coconut candy factories. Veer west toward Vinh Long instead and you'll pass Cái Bè, where a French colonial cathedral stands in view of the town's famed floating market. 

See floating markets and ancient houses

Cần Thơ is the region's largest city. Fast developing into a proper hub, this laid-back riverside town boasts its own collection of cultural sights, such as Cái Răng floating market, the most famous of its kind in the Mekong. Other attractions include the Bình Thuỷ Ancient House, a prime example of French colonial architecture.

Step inside the house of The Lover  

Sa Đéc houses the former residence of Huỳnh Thủy Lê, a wealthy Chinese businessman with whom Saigon-born French novelist Marguerite Duras had an affair. Their relationship later served as the inspiration for Duras' novel L'Amant (The Lover) and its 1992 film adaptation. 

Go bird-watching

Nature lovers will appreciate the Delta's collection of wildlife sanctuaries, particularly the beautifully green Tràm Chim National Park, home to a quarter of all bird species found in Vietnam, including the sarus crane, the world's tallest flying bird. Just a stone's throw from the Cambodian border, Tra Su Bird Sanctuary holds plenty of winged wildlife in its flooded forests.

The Weather in the Mekong Delta

Boats are the primary means of transportation in the Mekong Delta so traveling during a season when the water level is high and the temperature is cool is highly recommended.

There are two main seasons in the Mekong Delta: a rainy season and a dry season. The temperature in both seasons is generally comfortable, although some months (November to January) are considered more comfortable for traveling.

Dry Season: December to April

From December to the end of April, Vietnam gets a break from all the rain. During this season, while occasional rains still occur, you can expect clearer blue skies, brilliant green landscapes, and lower levels of humidity.

The average temperature from December to February in the Mekong Delta ranges from about 22ºC at night to about 32ºC in the daytime.

It starts to get hot in March with a temperature of about 34ºC in the daytime and it reaches its highest temperatures in April and May (about 35–38ºC in the daytime).

Rainy Season: May to November

The rainy season begins in May and continues through most of November. While rainy, this is also the hottest time of the year and the humidity is often uncomfortably high. The heaviest rainfall occurs in June and July.

This period is considered to be the low season for traveling in the Mekong Delta. What is the advantage of traveling in the low season?

  • Summer is the best time to eat fresh fruits that have been grown locally, such as dragon fruits and mangoes. Fishing is also said to be better during these months.
  • You will enjoy lower prices for tours.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation based on Twin Sharing
  • Bikes for complete Tour and helmet
  • All Meals B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D =Dinner
  • Lunch in Midway restaurant/City Restaurant or Pack Lunch
  • Mechanic throughout the tour
  • Boat trip , local ferry
  • Back up AC vehicle for complete tour ( Bus , + Truck for group )
  • English speaking Local Guide - Cum biking guide
  • Fresh Fruits/Snacks (Only Cycling Part)
  • Unlimited filter water during cycling (Only Cycling Part)
  • All road and transport taxes
  • Driver Allowance
  • Toll and Parking charges
  • 10% Government Taxe

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • International flight tickets , visa
  • Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips and Gratitude
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Hard and Soft Drink with meals

Travel Information

Bikes: Trek MTB Bikes

Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

Accommodation

Accommodation is offered at all locations. Most of the hotels are Culture Resort, Home-stay ,Eco Resorts & family run hotels - all with a common line of quality in service. Our costs are based on 'twin-sharing' foundation. For those who wants single room, we offer single room, but at extra cost.

Terrain

The landscape is flatland, biking through the village streets ,fields, fruits garden , local ferry and monkey bridges

Climate

Boats are the primary means of transportation in the Mekong Delta so traveling during a season when the water level is high and the temperature is cool is highly recommended.

There are two main seasons in the Mekong Delta: a rainy season and a dry season. The temperature in both seasons is generally comfortable, although some months (November to January) are considered more comfortable for traveling.

Transportation/Support Vehicles

All transport is involved in the cost. We provide backup vehicle at all times during cycling trip. The vehicle can be used to boat your baggage & yourself as required.

Food

Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the canned standard water. Please make sure that the container is enclosed.

What to bring

  • Footwear
  • Bike shoes
  • Helmet
  • Pedal
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks

Clothing

  • In Vietnam, the conventional of outfit is more traditional. We counsel you to prevent very short shorts/skirts and limited tops/tanktops when viewing small non-urban places,pagodas, temples, mosques or other sacred sites as this may limit your access.
  • Water resistant jacket.
  • Riding a bike equipment like safety gloves and shorts.

Others

  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewear, cap
  • Sun lotion of spf at least 35
  • Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
  • Helmets for riding a bike

Health

Malaria is a avoidable disease that can create trouble if neglected. One can prevent disease by taking recommended anti-malarial drugs and defending against insect attacks. The areas you will be passing are Malaria-free. Make sure that your insurance provider includes illnesses and injuries overseas.

Precautions

  • Bring all the important medications and OTC medications. Do not ignore to have the brands as well as the general titles of the medications one needs to have.
  • Use a sun hat when revealed.
  • Consume a lot of liquids. Don't drink tap water. Use only bottled water which is always kept in the back of your automobile.
  • Bring your personal medical kit and pest resilient.
  • To avoid fungus and parasitic attacks, keep legs clean and dry, and do not go without shoes.
  • Do not eat food bought from road providers.
  • Do not drink drinks with ice.
  • Do not eat milk products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
  • Prevent managing creatures (especially apes, pets, and cats) to avoid attacks and serious illnesses.

Medical Information Update

Details given above are liable to change every now and then and one should contact the Native India tasks of the specific country or the government vacationer offices for more details.

Shopping

You will get possibilities en-route to do a bit of purchasing. However unless particularly requested for, our guide will not suggest any particular store. Neither we nor our driver/guides take any percentage on purchasing.

Spending Money

Every visitor will have different cash specifications and varying personal costs. Please assess your own spending routines while enabling for beverages, purchasing and falling. Also keep aside cash for extra costs like:

  • Foods which are not included
  • Emergencies
  • Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
  • Shopping/Souvenirs/Tips

Foreign Exchange

As Vietnamese currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates: www.vietcombank.com.vn

Airport Taxes

There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of Vietnam .

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