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Cycling the Mekong Delta

2024 Small Group Departure - Example 8 Day Tour
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Join this incredible 8-day small group cycling journey through the heart of Vietnam that will show you the stunning scenery and vibrant cultures of the Mekong Delta. The adventure begins in Ho Chi Minh City, a dynamic blend of modernity and tradition. Pedal through the enchanting route, traverse diverse terrains, and witness urban and rural settings. Travel to Cai Be, where there is an intricate network of canals, floating markets, and a vibrant livelihood. Continue through Tra Vinh, a haven of traditional villages with ancient temples, offering a glimpse into Vietnam's cultural tapestry. Can Tho await a city on the banks of the Hau River. Pedal through Long Xuyen, where the rural charm captivates with lush rice paddies and authentic local life. The journey concludes in Chau Doc, a town nestled at the intersection of the Mekong and Bassac Rivers. Here, the diverse cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia converge, adding a unique cultural dimension to your exploration.
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Highlights
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh City's historical places, temples, and markets
  • Visit the floating market in Cai Be and see local products and delicacies.
  • Discover Ba Om Lotus Pond and Khmer temple in Tra Vinh
  • Bike along the Hau River and rice paddies in Can Tho
  • Pedal through Long Xuyen's charming villages and rice paddies
  • See the diverse culture of Vietnam and Cambodia in Chau Doc
Places Visited
Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.
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Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to the hotel on your arrangement.

Depending on your arrival, the guide will meet your group in the hotel lobby for a trip briefing. After that, you will visit the historic landmarks of the colonial city once known as Saigon: the old Saigon Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Chinatown of Cho Lon, and Ben Thanh Market.

The guide will give you more details about your cycling tour of Vietnam during a group dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Please note that the hotel room is at your disposal starting at 14:00.
 

Day 2: Cai Be | Vinh Long

You will first set out to reach Cai Lay, where you will begin cycling and crossing over creeks lined by beautiful orchards. Today, you will have the chance to observe and learn about the different artisanal skills from the region, like paper making, coconut candy making, and popped rice making. Crossing the stream by local ferry during the day, you will have the chance to observe the richness of the Mekong Delta and its sprawling plantations of exotic fruits, from durian and jackfruit to mangos, coconuts, and pomelos. Then, embark on a cruise heading to An Binh Island, where you will spend the night. If you would like to, set out and explore the island's trails by cycling or walking after you arrive and settle in.

You are free to relax for the rest of the afternoon or assist the guesthouse owner in preparing dinner.

Cycling Level: 2
Distance: 50 kilometers (31 miles)
Duration of Cycling: 5 hours (including breaks)
Terrain: Off-road, Concrete canal paths
Transportation: Full-day vehicle support - 75 kilometers (46 miles), 1 hour, 30 minutes to 2 hours

Day 3: Vinh Long | Tra Vinh

Begin the day by embarking on a local boat ride to reach your vehicle, which will take you to Vinh Long, a famous fruit town on the Mekong. From here, cycle through the countryside's narrow lanes and lush orchards. As you pedal around the charming Delta homes and villages, you will be fascinated by the vibrant local life that perches right on the riverbanks. Make a stop for lunch before continuing through a coconut plantation. Then, catch a ferry to cross the main arm of the Mekong and head to Tra Vinh, a Khmer town where you will stay overnight. Once you arrive and settle in Tra Vinh, you will have plenty of time to explore its paths and trails if you like.

Cycling Level: 2
Distance: 60 to 70 kilometers (43 miles)
Duration of cycling: 7 hours (including breaks)
Terrain: Concrete canal paths and narrow countryside lanes
Transportation: Full-day vehicle support - 26 kilometers, (26 miles), 30 minutes + ferry crossing (5–10 minutes)

Day 4: Tra Vinh | Can Tho

On day 4, set out straight from your hotel to the Ba Om Lotus Pond, where you can stop and explore a Khmer temple and a few villages sprawled along your path. As you cross bountiful rice fields, take in the tranquility that these landscapes exude until you reach Can Tho by bicycle (or by bus or van if you choose), where you will spend the night.

Cycling Level: 3
Distance: 60 to 100 kilometers or 62 miles 
Duration of cycling: 7 to 10 hours (including breaks)
Terrain: Concrete canal paths and narrow countryside lanes
Transportation: Full-day vehicle support - 54 kilometers (33 miles), 1 hour

Day 5: Can Tho | Long Xuyen

The day will begin with a boat trip to the Cai Rang Market. Once you arrive, you can cycle or ride in the vehicle around the market along the river. Then, set off for the day on your bicycle, crossing through several more charming villages as you head to Stork Sanctuary. You will soak up the incredible sights of seemingly endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading and unloading rice, and tiny yet vibrant markets. You can either ride directly to a nearby restaurant for lunch or get in the support vehicle, depending on how you are feeling.

In the afternoon, continue riding through the picturesque countryside before catching your vehicle back to your hotel in Long Xuyen.

Cycling Level: 3
Distance: 50 to 90 kilometers (approx. 31- 56 miles)
Duration of cycling: 5 to 8 hours (including breaks)
Terrain: Concrete canal paths, narrow country lanes
Transportation: Full-day vehicle support; shorter cycling tour; 40 kilometers (24 miles), 1 hour, 30 minutes (3 short transfers)

 

Day 6: Long Xuyen | Chau Doc

After a short trip to the starting point, begin the day by riding along the busy river channels and traditional brick factories as you make your way to Chau Doc. Along the way, make a stop to explore the Tra Su Nature Reserve before arriving in Chau Doc and settling into the night's accommodations.

Cycling Level: 2 or 3
Distance and duration of cycling: 60 to 100 kilometers (approx 37 - 62 miles)
Terrain: Concrete canal paths, narrow countryside lanes
Duration of transportation: Shorter cycling tour - 37 kilometers (22 miles), 1 hour)
Transportation: Full-day vehicle support
Note: It is possible to add a visit to the Killing Fields of Vietnam Bachuc, where Pol Pot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978, before reaching Chau Doc.

Day 7: Chau Doc | Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast at your hotel, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City in your vehicle. Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure for sightseeing.

Transportation: 240 kilometers (149 miles), 6 hours drive

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City | Return Home

Depending on your departure flight, you will travel to the airport on your own. This morning is for leisure or to explore the nearby villages on foot at your own pace.

Note: Hotel room are at disposal until 12:00 only

Accommodations

Vien Dong Hotel

Vien Dong Hotel
Hotel reception area
Hotel Interior

Ut Trinh Homestay

Ut Trinh Homestay
Ut Trinh Homestay
Ut Trinh Homestay

Tra Vinh Guest House

Tra Vinh Guest House

Iris Hotel Can Tho

Reception area
Iris Hotel Can Tho
Iris Hotel Can Tho

Hoa Binh 1 Hotel

Hoa Binh 1 Hotel
Reception area
Hoa Binh 1 Hotel

Chau Pho Hotel

Chau Pho Hotel
Function room
Bar lounge

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Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear Rental: Bikes & Safety Gear (helmet, first aid kit, snack & bottle of water)
  • All sightseeing, guiding and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English-speaking Cycling Guide
  • A mechanic for group of 4 - 15 persons on cycling days
  • Transportation by private vehicle with A/C + On cycling days in Vietnam: 1–3 persons, a 15-seater van
  • Transportation by private vehicle with A/C + On cycling days in Vietnam: 4–7 persons, a 15-seater van and a truck
  • Transportation by private vehicle with A/C + On cycling days in Vietnam: 8–12 persons, a 30-seater van and a truck
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • International flight tickets and airport taxes. All internal and regional flight tickets in economy class
  • Visa fees upon arrival in Vietnam
  • Meals and drinks which are not mentioned in the program

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