Travel through the Mekong Delta, starting from Ho Chi Minh City and riding through villages on a bicycle on a 4-day tour. Board a few boats for an up-close look at life on the river, see the life of the locals, and explore the Phong Dien floating market .
What to Expect
The mighty Mekong River flows 2,703 miles (4,350 kilometers) from the Tibetan plateau through China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam before flowing out into the South China Sea. In South Vietnam it spreads into tentacles and tributaries, making the Mekong Delta region fertile and one of the highest producers of Vietnam's rice, vegetables, and fruits.
On a 4-day adventure, travel away from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on a bicycling excursion that takes you on back roads, through rice paddies and orchards, and along and over a myriad of small irrigation canals. Ride from Cai Lay to Cai Be on quiet paths, lunching on an island before staying with a local family. Board a handful of boats for trips along the water and up-close observations of local lives. Travel through the Khmer area, observing the architecture of its temples and discovering the Khmer people living there. Finally, visit the Phong Dien floating market and many of the cottage industries before your tour comes to an end.
Day 1: (Meals: L, D)
Transfer out of bustling Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Lay where you'll begin your ride to Cai Be, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Cycle down narrow lanes, over canals, and past banana plantations to an overnight home stay with a local family.
Day 2: (Meals: B, L, D)
Enjoy a boat journey to one of the Mekong islands, then bike along narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks, and trails as you take in the colorful riverside life. Pedal past picturesque Delta homes, and clack across innumerable wooden bridges to the Khmer town of Tra Vinh. You will stay overnight in a local hotel.
Day 3: (Meals: B, L, D)
There is plenty to observe today, including fishermen, village life, and temples, as you cycle scenic roads, crossing many small bridges, to Can Tho. There are many Khmer temples to stop and admire en route, as well as Ba Om Pond with its magnificent lotus flowers. You will stay overnight in a local hotel.
Day 4: (Meals: B, L)
Spend the morning riding to Phong Dien floating market where you will weave through the teeming market situated along the banks of an active riverfront. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries before lunch and then a transfer back to your starting point.
- Bike hire
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary
Know Before You Go
Please make sure you supply the heights of all passengers when booking. This information will be used to supply the correct-sized bicycles. This tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 adults.