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Biking in the Mekong Delta

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 to Cai Be
Day 2 : Bike to Can Tho
Day 3 : Cai Tho floating market | Return to Ho Chi Minh City


  • Bike from to Cai Lay to your homestay in Cai Be
  • Travel through small villages for a glimpse into life along the delta
  • Peruse the vibrant floating market in Cai Rang

Places Visited

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


Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level


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 to Cai Be

This morning you are picked up at your hotel or the airport to leave the bustling street of Ho Chi Minh City and drive towards the Mekong Delta. Upon reaching Cai Lay, unload the bikes and set out on the journey to Cai Be. Pedal the back roads enjoying scenic views and a stop for lunch on an an island in the middle of the Mekong. After lunch continue biking the rest of the way to your homestay for the evening. Enjoy your stay here with gracious hosts in a typical Vietnamese house with airy rooms and an outdoor kitchen. The rest of the afternoon is free to bike the dirt paths in the area or just relax and learn a little bit about local life in the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a local dinner this evening prepared by your hosts.

Biking Distance: Up to 18 miles/30km on flat roads.

Day 2 Bike to Can Tho

Rise for an early breakfast before you set out by boat for a transfer across the Tien River. This morning you hop on your bike for another 24 miles/40km along the island. Pass by many cottage industries and cross over wooden bridges above small estuaries and a couple of larger rivers by ferry on your way to Vung Liem.

Stop for lunch in a local restaurant on your way and transfer by vehicle briefly to the best cycling route for the remainder of the route to Can Tho. The afternoon ride offers a change of scenery from this morning, with open rice fields lined by palm and coconut trees. These quiet country roads pass through many small villages and offer you another glimpse into life here in the delta. Arrive to Can Tho where you settle in to your hotel for the evening.

Biking Distance: 27miles/45km

Day 3 Cai Tho floating market | Return to Ho Chi Minh City

The morning starts with an early visit to Can Tho’s floating market where locals, gather at sunrise.  A quick drive to the dock to jump aboard a private sampan and venture out into the main floating marketplace. Bring your camera to capture this special Delta tradition.
Return to the hotel for breakfast, then head out by bike on your last day in the Delta, crossing the Mekong by ferry and heading back north. This region between Can Tho and Vinh Long features many sites constructed during Khmer rule of the Delta. Even today nearly 1.5 million people of Cambodian descent still call this area home. After a late lunch, board the van for your transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to relax or explore. 
Biking Distance: 16miles/25 km

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  • 2 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
  • 3 Days Private Guide Service


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