Cycle the Highlights of Mekong 4 days
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Cycle the Highlights of Mekong 4 days

Ho Chi Minh - Tra Vinh - Can Tho - Chau Doc

Overview

Explore the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the delta is carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens where boats, houses, markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams. This tour takes you on a journey along scenic canal paths and orchard trails, in ferries that only fit half a dozen people, and through the charming villages and towns of the Mekong Delta area to immerse you deep in the unique way of life here.

Hightlights

  • Cycle through bright green rice fields, fruit and vegetable farms, small villages, local markets and ornate pagodas.
  • Savor a flavorful, home-cooked Vietnamese meal in a private residence.
  • Explore the floating markets at a time when only locals are bustling around.
  • See Chau Doc where is border crossing to Cambodia.

Itinerary

Please check the full itinerary and photograph of this Mekong biking tour for your reference. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY – TRA VINH

(Cycling distance up to 50 km )

Leave the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City behind and drive south toward to Vinh Long and embark on a boat journey out to one of the Mekong islands, biking along narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails. This is biking at its best: passing through tiny orchards, colorful riverside life, pedaling across innumerable wooden bridges and pausing to chat with welcoming villagers. Cross a narrow canal on a local sampan and reach the main ferry, traveling like locals across the expansive Co Chien River. The final stretch of the ride is along quiet roads to the charming Khmer town of Tra Vinh. Arriving early this afternoon, there is plenty of time to explore side trails. Today’s journey is a great first impression of the ‘Heart of the Mekong’. Overnight in Tra Vinh.

Meals: Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

mekong delta biking

DAY 2: TRA VINH – CAN THO

(Cycling distance up to 80 km )

Day 2 marks a unique day of riding and sightseeing. As much of the area is populated by Khmer people, the regional architecture is interesting and there are many Khmer temples to stop and admire en route. Cycle along the beautiful surroundings with a support vehicle always nearby. The road is peaceful, narrow, and very picturesque all the way to Can Tho. Pedal to Ba Om Pond with its magnificent lotus flowers, where many local women get their futures predicted in the small temple nearby. En route, visit a local Buddhist Temple (doubling as a school) and learn about the life of the students. Arrive late in the afternoon to Can Tho, the Mekong’s largest town located at the confluence of the Can Tho and Hau Giang Rivers. Overnight in Can Tho.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide


DAY 3: CAN THO – CHAU DOC

(Cycling distance up to 50km )

The third day’s ride is split into two sections and is a contrast to the previous day’s ride. In the early morning, we will take a boat trip to the famous Cai Rang floating market before riding on a narrow paved road market to Phong Dien. The route weaves through a bustling morning market along the banks of the very busy river. You’ll absorb sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets. 

Afterward, we’ll begin cycling towards Chau Doc. The road is quite hilly, but the path is unique. The presence of Thot Not trees indicates proximity to Cambodia and the local people speak Vietnamese as their second language. Along the way, you will stop at the killing fields of Vietnam at Bachuc, where Polpot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. Then, we’ll continue cycling for a mid-afternoon arrival in Chau Doc. Those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain for a great view of the sunset. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Chau Doc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide

mekong delta

DAY 3: CHAU DOC – HO CHI MINH CITY

(Cycling distance up to 40km )

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll board a boat and head to the floating houses of the upper Mekong River. We’ll stop to look beneath the floating homes at catfish and red snapper farms. Then, we’ll keep boating to visit a Cham village of about 12,000 artists where the locals weave sarongs and hats by hand, in keeping with their ancestral tradition. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and return to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour guide: English speaking guide


Pricing

Category Price valid from Jan 1st – Dec 31st, 2020 (per person in US dollar)
2 people 3 – 4 people 5 – 6 people 7 – 8 people

Single

Supplement

Superior $769 $616 $577 $499 $129
Deluxe $823 $670 $631 $553 $183

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Cities Hotel Category 
Superior Deluxe
Tra Vinh Mekong Garden – Bungalow Mekong Garden – Bungalow
Can Tho Vinpearl Can Tho – Deluxe  Can Tho Ecolodge – Deluxe Room
Chau Doc Victoria Nui Sam – Superior Victoria Nui Sam – Superior

Include & Exclude

TRIP INCLUSIVE

  • Luggage transfer.
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person.
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling.
  • Snacks and local fruits.
  • Certified English Speaking Guide with one first aid kit per guide.
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools.
  • The main support vehicle will have spare parts.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).
  • Boat trip / Ferry ticket of places mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing tickets of places mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.

TRIP EXCLUSIVE

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides

Note:

* Check-in time: 02.00pm – Check-out time: 12.00pm.

* Price is based on a minimum of 2 people sharing 1 double/ twin room. A single supplement is surcharged when one person occupies one room

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