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Biking the Mekong Delta

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Spend three days cycling through the Mekong delta countryside on this Vietnam trip extension out of Ho Chi Minh City. Bike from Cai Bai to Can Tho past rice paddies, local farms, and floating markets as you explore the local villages and lifestyle in the unique Mekong Delta region. A great active tour addition to any south Vietnam itinerary.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Cycle the Northern Delta
Day 2 : Bike Ben Tre to Can Tho
Day 3 : Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights

  • Enjoy meals with locals in their private homes
  • Bike through small villages for a glimpse into life along the delta
  • Peruse the vibrant floating market in Can Tho

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Vietnam
  • Cai Be
  • Cai Lay
  • Can Tho
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Mekong Delta
  • Vung Liem

Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Moderate

Trip Snapshots

Biking in the Mekong Delta Vendor in the Mekong Delta Vietnamese workers in rice paddy Woman on a boat in Vietnam Floating market vendors Local fisherman Vendor at a Vietnamese market Rice paper drying in the sun on bamboo racks

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Cycle the Northern Delta

We start the tour with an early pick up from your hotel and then an 80 km transfer by private van. On arrival in the Delta you can explore a local market or relax with a coffee as our team prepares your bikes.
 
This morning’s ride is the perfect introduction to the region as we pass small villages, rice and vegetable fields, and countless fruit orchards. It’s easy to see why this is Vietnam’s agriculture center. Along the way today we’ll meet farmers and local artisans while enjoying the shaded pathways and rural roads that crisscross the region. We’ll see and taste the region’s celebrated cocoa and end our day of cycling with lunch in a private home. Afterwards we will drive to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.
 
Biking Distance: 18 miles/30 km

Day 2 Bike Ben Tre to Can Tho

Breakfast this morning is enjoyed while taking in views of the Mekong. As the bikes are being set-up for today’s ride, take in your final hours at this magical retreat.
 
Weather and river tides will dictate if we cross the river by boat or by bridge to arrive just outside the town of Ben Tre. The ride today meanders along new canal paths and we cross a few larger tributaries by ferry. You’ll enjoy a stop at a traditional brick factory, the top sourced building material in the region.  For lunch today we stop near the village of Cho Lach at a private home. We continue riding west staying off the main road wherever possible - affording you a true immersion into Delta village life. In mid-afternoon we will board our van and transfer to Can Tho, arriving in time for you to enjoy the rest of day at your own leisure.
 
Biking Distance: 27 miles/45 km

Day 3 Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

The morning starts with an early visit to Can Tho’s floating market where locals gather at sunrise.  It’s a quick drive to the dock where we will jump aboard a private sampan and venture out into the main floating marketplace. Bring your camera to capture images of this special Delta tradition.
 
Returning to the hotel before 8:00AM, there’s time to feast on the hotel’s buffet breakfast before checking out. The bikes will be waiting in front of the hotel and we’ll start our last day in the Delta crossing the Mekong by ferry, heading back north. This region between Can Tho and Vinh Long features many sites constructed during the Khmer rule of the Delta. Even today, nearly 1.5 million people of Cambodian descent still call this area home.
 
After a late lunch, it’s time to board the van for our transfer back to Saigon, arriving approximately 5:00PM.
 
Biking Distance: 16 miles/25 km

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Included

  • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
  • 3 Days Private Guide Service

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Tourist Visa
    • US citizens must obtain visa prior to arrival

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  • $40 Meals not Included
  • $20 Optional Excursions
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