Cycling girls in Ao Dai at My Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Cycling girls in Ao Dai at My Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Mekong Delta Cycling Tour 7 Days

Visited places: Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Ben Tre, Cai Be, Vinh Long, Can Tho, Tra Vinh
Tour Activity/Theme: Adventure, Cycling, Exotic lifestyle, Bucolic countryside

Mekong Delta Cycling Tour is an adventure holiday by bike through the exotic Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam for 7 days 6 nights.

The highlight of the adventure is to enjoy the idyllic countryside with peaceful and slow-paced life of local inhabitants slowly... Traveling by bike makes us part of the local communities,  which is different from traveling by car or bus. Besides, the Mekong Delta is crisscrossed by thousands of rivers and canals mostly not accessible by car; traveling by bike, we can visit most communities with interesting lifestyle which are hidden from the crowds.

On the tour, there are various chances for you to not only watch the local life but also to engage into it. You'll learn to cross squeaky “monkey bridges” which span many canals and rivers on our biking route; you'll need to haggle for your condensed milk coffee at local floating markets, you'll pick your own fresh fruits in exuberant orchards...

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1    Arrive in Sai Gon (no meal)
Day2    Sai Gon – My Tho –  Ben Tre – Tra Vinh (140km, Cycling 70km) (B/L/D)
Day3    Tra Vinh – Tieu Can – Cau Ke – Tra On – Can Tho (100km) (B/L/D)
Day4    Can Tho – Long Xuyen (Cyling 65km) (B/L/D)
Day5    Long Xuyen – Cao Lanh – Xeo Quyt - Sa Dec (Cycling 80km) (B/L/D)
Day6    Sa Dec – Vinh Long – Cai Be – Saigon (Cycling 30km) (B/L)
Day7    Depart Sai Gon (B)

Inclusions:

  • English-speaking guide as per itinerary: no guide for free-at-leisure days;
  • Twin/Double-shared accommodation as indicated in the program;
  • Bike as indicated on the tour itinerary;
  • Private car for all airport transfers and support vehicle for tours as indicated in the program;
  • Private boat cruise on the Mekong River at Can Tho and Vinh Long – Cai Be as in the program;
  • Meals as indicated in the program ( B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • All admission fees during guided times in the program;
  • 2 small bottles cold water/person/day

Exclusions:

  • Insurance of any types;
  • Early check-ins and late check-outs: check-in time: 14:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 A.M unless otherwise indicated by each hotel;
  • International airfares and airport taxes other than those mentioned as included above;
  • Drinks, laundry, bar or other personal expenses;
  • Others not clearly specified clearly in the inclusions;

Detailed itinerary

Day1 Arrive in Sai Gon (no meal)
On the first day, our team welcomes you at the airport and transfers you to the hotel.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day2 Sai Gon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Tra Vinh (140km, Cycling 70km) (B/L/D)Mekong River at Ben Tre
Breakfast at the hotel.
We get a car transfer to My Tho, gateway to the Mekong Delta. From My Tho, we cycle on quiet village paved roads under the shade of coconut forests to visit Ben Tre. We have a visit to a local garden house and enjoy seasonal fruits before continuing our trip to Tra Vinh.

Tra Vinh is bounded by the Tien River to the north and the Hau River to the south. The two rivers are the biggest branches of the Mekong River in Vietnam. Tra Vinh City is virtually covered in forests with timber trees of hundred years old. At Tra Vinh, we cycle to Ao Ba Om and the stork sanctuary at the Hang Pagoda.
Overnight in Tra Vinh.

Day3 Tra Vinh – Tieu Can – Cau Ke – Tra On – Can Tho (100km) (B/L/D)Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho
Breakfast at the hotel.
We pedal along the Hau River passing through Tieu Can, Cau Ke and Tra On Districts to Can Tho, the biggest city in the Mekong Delta. The biking routes pass through many orchards, rice fields, Khmer communities and Buddhist pagodas, open-air riverside houses, roadside cafes... and there may be surprising encounters with locals on the way.
Overnight in Can Tho.

Day4 Can Tho – Long Xuyen (Cyling 65km) (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We have a boat trip to visit Cai Rang Floating Market where locals trade in agricultural produce. You could tell their trade from the goods displayed on a pole in front of the boat.

Then we get back to the hotel and continue our pedaling along the Hau River toward Long Xuyen. The town of Long Xuyen has an interesting night market that you don't want to miss.
Overnight in Long Xuyen.

Day5 Long Xuyen – Cao Lanh – Xeo Quyt - Sa Dec (Cycling 80km) (B/L/D)Cajeput forest in Dong Thap Province
Breakfast at the hotel.
On the fifth day, we leave Long Xuyen on a country road for Cao Lanh City, then cycle along the Tien River to Xeo Quyt, a former VC combat base during the war. Have a rowing boat trip to explore Xeo Quyt covered in cajeput forest. Then, pedal further to Sa Dec Town.

Sa Dec preserves many old houses from the French colonial time. At Sa Dec, we visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le featured in the famous French movie “L'amant” and a flower village.
Overnight in Sa Dec.

Day6 Sa Dec – Vinh Long – Cai Be – Saigon (Cycling 30km) (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We cycle along the Tien River again toward Vinh Long. On arrival, we take a boat trip visiting the communities living on the islands on the Mekong River around Vinh Long. Our boat trip concludes at Cai Be Floating Market where the support vehicle transfers us back to Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day7 Depart Sai Gon (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have free time until our driver transfers you back to the airport for your departure. We trust you had a great biking adventure tour through the Mekong Delta with AdventureGreen.