5 days, 4 nights
The iconic Mekong Delta region is home to simply stunning scenery, lush landscapes, sprawling patchworks of rice paddies and meandering waterways. The best way to touch the soul of the land and its people is by travelling slowly at your own pace. A bicycle is undoubtedly the best way to lap up the views and discover off-the-beaten track trails, and this intrepid five-day cycling tour ticks all the boxes. The itinerary is flexible so tell us how much you want to cycle and we will find the best stretches of roads with diverse landscapes for you to enjoy. A support vehicle follows at all times.
Trade Ho Chi Minh City’s urban bustle for the tranquil coastal province of Ben Tre. From Ho Chi Minh City we board a coach to the Mekong Delta (two hours), stopping in Ben Tre which recently emerged on travellers’ radars. Dubbed the ‘land of coconuts’, this picturesque province is home to sprawling coconut groves and fruit orchards. After unloading our bikes, we start our cycling adventure to the rhythm of the Mekong Delta, travelling along narrow lanes that wind through small villages. We will cycle under the shade of a canopy of coconut trees, passing by farmers and local kids who hurl screams of ‘hello’ as we pass. We stop at a local shop for refreshments, before catching a ferry across the river to Tra Vinh in the afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore this delightfully pretty town. Please note: Today’s cycling varies from 40 km to 100 km depending on individual capability. The recommended distance is 50 km.
After breakfast, we set off on a warm-up ride exploring Tra Vinh, a tranquil town steeped in history. The province itself is dotted with Khmer-era ruins, with relics scattered around the town. During the 11th and 12th centuries, the Khmer Empire stretched from the Angkorian capital in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with this area falling within this empire’s realms. We continue cycling towards Can Tho, passing through Tieu Can, Cau Ke and Tra On districts along trails that meander through a classic Mekong Delta scenery of rich emerald paddies dotted with coconut and water palms. The stretch between Cau Ke and Tra On sees us cycle through orchards ripe with a range of tropical fruits. We then catch a ferry across the river to Can Tho, where we check-in to our overnight accommodation. Dinner is charged to your own account. Please note: Today’s cycling varies from 40 km to 100 km depending on individual capability. The recommended distance is 75 km. A support vehicle accompanies us along the way.
After breakfast, we board a boat to visit the bustling floating market of Cai Rang, the largest floating market on the Mekong Delta. Here, boats jostle on the water to trade the freshest fish, fruit, vegetables and other goods. From here, we start our cycle to Cai Rang along small lanes that meander past canals and rivers and through rustic Mekong Delta scenery. At Binh Thuy (30 km), we stop to visit the ancient house that took a starring role in the French film, The Lover. We then continue to Long Xuyen, enjoying lunch on the way. In the afternoon, we board a ferry to Ong Ho island to learn about local life and visit an ancient village. We then return to Long Xuyen to our accommodation. Dinner is charged to your own account. Please note: There is the option to stay at a local house on Ong Ho. The recommended cycling distance is 50 km.
Following a refuelling breakfast, we catch a ferry across the river to start the day’s cycling from a lush green peninsular towards Chau Doc. The area is home to some Khmer communities, which, combined with local Cham and Chinese people, creates a diverse melting pot of cultures. Chau Doc, which borders Cambodia, also boasts a diverse religious make-up. As well as Buddhists, Catholics and Muslims, an estimated 1.5 million devotees of the indigenous Hoa religion call this area home. As we cycle through the serene Mekong Delta landscapes, we will stop to explore various faming activities, such as rice cultivation, duck breeding and fish farming. We also visit a family home, forging unforgettable memories. We stop for a picnic lunch, arriving at Chau Doc in the afternoon in time for some sight-seeing. Highlights include the Temple of Celeste Lady and Sam mountains. Dinner is charged to your own account. Please note: Today’s cycling varies from 40 km to 100 km depending on individual capability. The recommended distance is 50 km.
After breakfast at the hotel to set us up for the day, we have the morning at leisure to forge some final unforgettable memories and recall those made during the previous days of cycling through the stunning heart of the Mekong Delta. Alternatively, you can spend some time exploring the town of Chau Doc. Nestled on the banks of Hau Giang River, this compact town is dotted with temples, churches and mosques for exploration. Snap up some last-minute souvenirs at the bustling market, take a stroll along the banks of the river, or feast on some local food at the many street stalls that dot the town. We then wave goodbye to the Mekong Delta and start the next leg of our travels by boat to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, or returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Option 1 is to take a boat ride to Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Option 2 is to return to Ho Chi Minh City.
5 days, 4 nights
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