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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 Vinh Long, 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.
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Highlights
  • Enjoy meals with locals in their private homes
  • Bike through small villages for a glimpse into life along the delta
  • Visit local Vietnamese market
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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: Ho Chi Minh City - Cycle the Northern Delta

  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will depart from your hotel at 7:00 am and transfer by bus for one hour to a local coffee shop for bike fitting and morning drinks. From here, you will begin your adventure, pedaling through rice paddies on narrow elevated paths. All along this route, there will be countless opportunities to capture spectacular photographs of the lush Mekong landscape.

On the first segment of the journey, the ride will take you down quiet, mostly paved country lanes and roads, sheltered from the sun by avenues of coconut trees. After 15 km, you will arrive at your first river crossing, a local ferry across a tributary of the Mekong River. While waiting for the ferry you will be able to refuel with snacks, coconuts, or some nutrient-rich freshly squeezed sugar cane juice. While the next segment of the ride is relaxed and nontechnical, theres an  option of a shuttle to the finish point. Throughout the ride our transport vehicle and a private shuttle will be on standby, ready to support riders at all times. Once the ride has finished you will be able to enjoy a 1-hour tour on a private boat. The tour will take you down one of the region's most beautiful waterways. Whilst on the boat, you will be able to sit back, relax and watch nature go by. The boat will take you to a local restaurant, where you will be served a feast of authentic Mekong cuisine, soft drinks, and beers.Before leaving the restaurant, you will have the opportunity to refresh yourself with a cold shower. Transfer by boat to the Hidden Charm Mekong farm stay.

Distance: 30-40 km

Day 2: Cycle around Ben Tre – Vinh Long

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.
 
The day will begin with a 45-minute boat transfer to coconut island, in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Have your camera ready, you will be able to see the many boats passing as life on the Mekong River wakes. Once off the boat, you will start your ride through the many exotic coconut, sapodilla, and dragon fruit orchards. Further down the concrete canal paths, the vegetation becomes denser and the smaller tributaries merge into larger branches of the Mekong River. As a rest stop, you will be able to visit a local Vietnamese market selling locally grown produce. After the morning ride, you will be treated to a locally sourced lunch, prepared and served by a welcoming village family. After lunch, you will board a private boat to the Island, to your home for the night. On the island, you will have an afternoon free to walk around and explore at your leisure. With beautiful river views, the Island homestay is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploration and adventure.

Distance: 30-40 km
 

Day 3: Vinh Long – Xeo Quyt – Ho Chi Minh City

After an amazing riverside breakfast, you will say goodbye to the family and leave the homestay at 8 am. You will take a short boat trip to your shuttle, once on the shuttle, you will take a 1-hour transfer to one of the most famous Mango Towns and nursery gardens in the Mekong.

Today’s riding will take you through colorful riverside scenes, past charming traditional Delta homes, and villages. You will be riding through mango country, where the core of the local economy relies on mango production. After you finish your ride, you will cross the narrow canals in a traditional local Sampan. A traditional flat bottomed boat, the Sampan has been used to navigate and work the waterways of the Mekong for centuries. Whilst riding down the canals, you will visit one of the hidden Viet Cong bases, a relic from the Vietnam War.

After your final day of Mekong exploration, you will enjoy a nutritious lunch at a local restaurant. After eating you will have the chance to wash and change, and freshen up for your 2.5-hour transfer back to your hotel at 6 – 7 pm.

Distance: 30-40 km

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Included
  • 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 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
  • Carbon Offset Fee 
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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