Biking the Rural Roads of the Mekong Delta

Overview

The mighty Mekong River begins in the snows of Tibet, some 2,800 miles away from Vietnam, and ends at the South China Sea in Vietnam. The river’s name in Vietnamese means “nine dragons” for the nine estuaries that form its wide green delta. During this extension, you can choose between guided biking or guided non-biking activities on each day.

Please Note: This itinerary is very flexible and biking times and distances can be adjusted according to your preferences once you are there.

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1-10
Vietnam & Cambodia Private Journey itinerary

Days 1-10 follow the Vietnam and Cambodia Private Journey itinerary.

Day 11
Saigon / Mekong Delta / Cai Lay Homestay

From Saigon, travel by road to Cai Lay, a lush agricultural area in the green Mekong Delta. Travel by local wooden boat to enjoy the countryside scenery, then stretch your legs with a bike ride (about 15 miles) on a flat route through a peaceful rural scene, an ideal way to enjoy the sweeping panoramas of paddy fields, fruit orchards, canals, and wayside pagodas. You are free to bike as much or as little as you like. A support van travels with you, and you can also enjoy visits en route to villages and markets. Midway through the day, visit with a family and taste fresh fruit picked from trees in their garden, and enjoy a hosted lunch at the home of another family. Tonight, your overnight is a homestay with a local family, including an authentic home-style dinner. You can even help the family prepare traditional dessert dishes if you wish. (Note: this overnight is not luxurious. It is in a village home, with bedding and a mosquito net provided. There is a shared bathroom. While not fancy, a homestay is comfortable and a great way to experience village life in the Mekong Delta...LD

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Day 12
Mekong Delta / Cai Be / Can Tho

After a simple breakfast, bid your hosts goodbye and board a boat for a 1-hour ride to the Cai Be floating market. Traders have lived on the river in their boats for generations here. Bike a peaceful 10-15 mile route along blacktopped roads past rice paddes, where you might meet school kids on their way home or villagers carrying hay on their bikes. Enjoy a local lunch, then arrive in Can Tho, the capital of the Mekong Delta. The evening is free for dinner on your own. Overnight in hotel...BL

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Day 13
Mekong Delta / Cai Rang / Can Tho / Saigon

Early this morning, visit the biggest floating market in the Delta, the Cai Rang floating market, and continue by boat to Rau Ram Bridge, whre you can bike along a canal to Ba Hoi market. After lunch in a local restaurant in Can Tho, you will be transferred back to Saigon. Overnight at hotel...BL

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Days 14-16

Continue Vietnam and Cambodia Private Journey itinerary, starting with Day 11 of that itinerary.

Details

Length: 3 days
Cost From: $985  
Arrive: Saigon, Vietnam
Depart: Saigon, Vietnam
Lodging: 2 nights hotels (first class or deluxe option), 1 night village homestay
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and optional biking

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Vietnam. Your visa must be obtained prior to arrival.