Cycling Through Mekong Delta To Phnom Penh - 8 Days

Cycling Through Mekong Delta To Phnom Penh - 8 Days
Tour Itinerary

Cycling Through Mekong Delta To Phnom Penh - 8 Days. The Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam is a vast maze of rivers, swamps, and islands, home to floating markets, Khmer pagodas, and villages surrounded by rice paddies. Boats are the main means of transportation, and tours of the region often start in nearby Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) or Can Tho, a bustling town in the heart of the delta

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Tan An – My Tho

8:00 AM pick you up from your hotel and transfer to Can Giuoc for 25km biking to warm up your leg towards Tan An, your first impression of Mekong Cycling Adventure on Mtb on single paths & through many vege farmlands. An en-route break for visiting a heroic Nguyen Trung Truc monument and massive dragon fruit fields. After a Vietnamese lunch en route, you have a siesta at the hammock coffee shop and pedal further south of Mekong River Delta to My Tho Town for overnight.

  • Cycling Distance: 60+km (2 biking loops).
  • Type of roads: Flat Easy, moderate & paved roads.
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel.

Day 2: My Tho – Tra Vinh.

It will be stunning to ride along the Mekong river. After about 15 minutes transfer to the other side of Rach Mieu Bridge, start cycling under the beautiful canopy coconut homeland with some excellent breaks for watching coconut products and/or experiencing harvesting coconut with locals. After 35km off the beaten track with multiple feelings, you will have a tasty lunch with all original Vietnamese dishes and another time to be rested nearby the lush coconut palms. In the afternoon, you conquer 35+km along with the zig-zag canal system of the Mekong where you will understand the best about the local cultures while seeing fishing, boating, ferring, etc. You will be driven to your hotel in the no-touristy town of  Tra Vinh for relaxation until dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Cycling Distance: 65+km (2 biking loops).
  • Type of roads: Flat Easy, moderate & paved roads.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel.

Day 3: Tra Vinh – Can Tho.

Today is a wonderfully unexpected cycling day because you can make a door to door with Mtb. This most beautiful rice-paddy ride will start 33km from the oldest Khmer Angkorajaborey pagoda (built-in 990) to Tieu Can. Meet the support team and pedal another 17km to CauKe for lunch. Continuing 35km cycling to Tich Thien & Tra On for Binh Minh where we should bring you to Can Tho for checking in a hotel with dinner.

  • Cycling Distance: 70+km (4 biking loops/optional stop to take the van instead of cycling).
  • Type of roads: Flat Easy, moderate & paved roads.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel.

Day 4: Can Tho – Vinh Long – CaiBe – Cao Lanh.

After visiting Cai Rang floating market by boat in the morning, cycle 35km from Phu Ly to TamBinh and Song Phu for lunch. Afternoon ride to Vinh Long Town and conquer An Binh island about 40km before your transfer to Cao Lanh for overnight.

  • Cycling distance: 65+km.
  • Type of roads: Flat Easy, moderate & paved roads.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel.

Day 5 : Cao Lanh – Long Xuyen.

An interesting morning ride to Sadec Town about 35km to Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House whose owner was in loved with Marguerite Duras then the story became a famous movie. We continue biking through the village of flowers in Sadec, then we keep our afternoon cycling through many small villages of mango/orange gardens, rivers, and wooden boat building hamlets. We have a van/bus transfer to Long Xuyen city.

  • Cycling distance: 65+km.
  • Type of roads: Flat Easy, moderate & paved roads.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel.

Day 6 : Long Xuyen – Chau Doc.

In the morning, you jump on a ferry to Cho Moi Ward with 45km cycling on Cu Lao Gieng which has many old french houses and churches. Your highlight of this biking loop is this mango island. At noontime, a stunning ride continues in the village of religious Hoa Hao and many manufactories of Incense about 40km to Thuan Giang with a short transfer to Chau Doc.

  • Cycling distance: 65+km.
  • Type of roads: Flat Easy, moderate & paved roads.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel.

Day 7: Chau Doc – Tra Su Forest – Chau Doc.

In the morning, you pedal 27km right from your hotel along the Tra Su canal passing the lush Cajuput forest, lotus ponds, and many tiny villages in fields before arriving at Tra Su forest for visiting this bio-atmosphere wetland with more than 72 species of birds.

Options in the afternoon:

Option 1: Continue cycling 35km along the Vietnam and Cambodia border to Ba Chuc killing fields and return to the hotel.

Option 2: After a lovely sight-seeing at Tra Su forest, no cycling this afternoon, you return to Chau Doc for lunch and enjoy a boat trip to the fish farm and floating village. Cruise further to Cham Islam in Chau Giang.

  • Flexible cycling distance: 65 km.
  • Type of roads: Flat Easy, moderate & paved roads.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel.

Day 8: Chau Doc –Speed Boat To Phnom Penh.

Enjoy your early breakfast before taking a high speed-boat to Phnom Penh at 7h30 am, say goodbye to Vietnam Cycling Team, and be ready for another beautiful challenge in Cambodia.

Note: Speed boat ticket - not included - If you want to book please let us know - ( Also you can transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City with our van on the same day ). End The Tour.


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Group Size: From 2 to 16 riders

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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.


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 given 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 collection of cultural sights, such as the 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 Inclusions:

  • Private transfers and transportation on tour.
  • Sightseeing with an English-speaking biking guide.
  • Trek/Cannondale MTB with helmet, water cage, tools kit.
  • All entrance fees, local ferries, and a boat ride on cycling routes.
  • Meals as specified (meals only, no drinks/ water).
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days.
  • Overnight accommodation is inclusive of tax, service charges, and daily breakfast.

Tour Exclusions:

  • Other meals were not mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh city
  • Speed boat to Phnom Penh
  • Drinks/water included lunches and dinners.
  • Flights, Visa & Airport taxes.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips & gratuities.
  • Other services not listed in the inclusive column.
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