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Cycling Mekong 4 Days - CYCLING DEEP INTO THE MEKONG DELTA

Code: SM04C
Routes: HCM City - Vinh Long - Chau Doc - Can Tho
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Features: Taking some time off to fully immerse yourself into the local culture makes travelling much more valuable. Hopping on a bicycle and cycling your way through the Mekong region is positively the best way to explore the daily life here. This trip is the perfect combination of cycling and boat cruising in an amount of time that will ensure a trip of a lifetime.

Trip Itinerary

Leaving HCM City at 8:00 AM, our shuttle will take you for about one hour drive to Long An, the gateway to the mighty Mekong. First stage 25k from LongAn suburb to MyTho city, we will pass through the green rice paddies and dragon fruit farms. Our guide will show you how farmer set up their dragon farms and taking care of this special cacti tree. We also turn to a small village track to visit a rice noodle workshop in MyPhong commune, see an old way of making noodles of the Chinese community back to 1679. From this noodles, it became a famous noodle soup called “hutiu”. Let our guide know if you would like to try.

 

We will break for lunch at a local restaurant in MyTho city.Following lunch, we travel to Cai Lay where we collect our bicycles and enjoy a leisurely, two-hour afternoon bicycle ride on peaceful country lanes and quiet roads that pass through local villages and along canals. This offers you several stops on the route seeing seasonal fruits at the tropical gardens such as rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit, etc...(and they do taste fresh, just off the tree!), perhaps watching farmers harvesting beans, stopping at a market to buy fruit, etc…

 

Arriving in Cai Be, pick up your night backpack, we get on board to cruise over 1.5km-wide Mekong river to BinhHoaPhuocisland. Time to enjoy spectacular sunsets on the Mekong. Dinner and spend the night in an eco-guesthouse on island.

 

(For novice cyclist, there is a shorter cycling route to CaiBe, where we board small sampans and paddle along narrow arroyos (waterways), discover the life on island. Back on our main boat and we cruise to our eco guesthouse on island. However, the possibility of sampan paddling trip depends on the river tide, please discuss with our guide during your lunch time).

 

It’s good to have a small rucksack/bumbag with really just the absolute minimum in it for a night away on the island- change of underwear, shirt, minimal washbag, phone charger, etc.. , as you’ll cycle and boat to the island.

 

Cycling Distance: 25- 50 km

Trail Difficulty: 2/5

 

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, bicycle, entrance fee, local boat, seasonal fruits, lunch, dinner and guest house.

This cycle journey to Chau Doc will take you deeper into the more beautiful and even more interesting areas of the Mekong, and where fewer tourists travel to.  It is really a long day on two wheels, going through immense rice fields and countryside villages.


Following breakfast, under the cool shelter of the green canopy, we take a bike ride for half an hour on small paths, mostly shared with just pedestrians and other local cyclists and scooters, to the ferry crossing for Vinh Long. Back to our shuttle again for an approx. 1,5hr (~70km) transfer to Lai Vung where you collect your bikes and continue your challenging day in the saddle. We ride the flat scenic roads ( ~25km) passing through numerous villages, and pause en route at an over 100yrs old carpet mat weaving village Dinh Yen, and perhaps another village making incense stick, a crocodile farm. Lunch in Long Xuyen, followed by a 1,5hr transfer to the canal in Chau Doc where we are on our bike again for another 12km ride to the sacred Sam mountain.  We’ll take leisurely hike up 2.5km to summit of Sam mountain, enjoy sun set over the vast rice fields between Viet Nam and Cambodia. Overnight in Chau Doc.

 

Cycling Distance: 30- 50 km

Trail Difficulty: 2/5

 

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, bicycle, entrance fee, all meals, local boat and hotel.

Wake up early for a boat cruise through the amazing riverside market with all its bustling activity and smorgasbord of sounds, colors and smells. We also cruise through the floating village with tons and tons of fish farmed underneath hundreds of shelters. Discover the ethnic Cham village with its famous Mubarak Mosque and watch the locals go about their traditional weaving.


Afterward, we will be transferred for about half an hour to BauMuop and remount our bicycles for more flat riding (about 10km) to the Tra Su natural Reserve, featuring picturesque mangroves and rare migratory birds. Also visit to the Khmer pagoda en route at Tri Ton. It’s a great boat trip to visit the birds place in TraSu, but you will have less time for cycling. Please discuss with your guide.

 

After lunch at a local restaurant, our shuttle will take you to Ba Se ( ~145km ; 3hrs), or another place more suitable to your cycling ability, where you will collect your bikes for your continued cycling ( about another 27km) or transfer by van to Can Tho.  Just discuss with our guide direct on tour, and he will plan a loop including only a little riding or as much as you’d like.Overnight in Can Tho. (A city hotel or optional countryside homestay).

 

Cycling Distance: 30- 50 km

Trail Difficulty: 2/5

 

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, bicycle, entrance fee, all meals, local boat and hotel.

Morning boat trip to the interesting and chaotic Cai Rang Floating Market, then up a quiet canal for more cruising. Back on the bikes (about 2 hours) to enjoy the beautiful Mekong Delta scenery meeting the locals (many on bicycle too). After lunch, we head back to HCM City. Tour ends at your hotel around 5:30 PM.

 

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch and local boat.