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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
Cai Lay / Cai Lay Village Homestay

Today depart early from Saigon (about 7:30 am) for a two-hour drive west through rice paddies and fruit orchards. Upon arrival in Cai Lay, famous for its orchards, board a charming wooden boat to enjoy country scenery and watch riverside life, then stretch your legs a bit with a bike ride over easy, level terrain. Cycling is the perfect way to discover the distinct scenery and agricultural river life of the Mekong Delta. The ride takes you along narrow village lanes and through small settlements. The locals will often greet you with a “xin chao” (“hello”) along the way. At the home of a tropical fruit farmer, stop to enjoy a walk through his orchard, then relax with a short ride on a small sampam (paddle boat) along the canals. Disembark in a village, where you enjoy a home-hosted lunch of Mekong Delta specialties. Continue riding through the Delta before you reach the home of a local family, where you can experience true Mekong life. Your guide will be with you during your homestay (please note: the bedding and mosquito netting may not be as luxurious as a hotel, but most trip members consider this homestay to be a highlight and a wonderful way to get a glimpse of life in the Mekong Delta). Overnight Village Homestay, with simple but comfortable accommodations and a basic shared bathroom...LD
Approximate Biking Mileage: 15-20 miles

About the Biking Program: Touring by bike is the ideal way to enjoy the sweeping panoramas of paddy fields, fruit orchards, canals, and wayside pagodas, and also the friendliness of the local people. You are free to bike as much or as little as you like, but most people enjoy biking several hours in the morning and several in the afternoon. The biking routes typically take you from town out into the countryside, through a mix of more busy to tranquil roads. Traffic can cosist of cars, mopeds, and other bicyclists. Some paths along the Delta can be narrower and small, but you will have the company of your guide at all times.  The bikes are Cannondales, with Giro helmets. Your support van travels with you at all times and is stocked with cool drinks and snacks. You can stop biking at any time and still experience local villages and markets.

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Day 12
Cai Von / Can Tho

After a simple breakfast, bid farewell to your hosts, then board a wooden motorboat for a one-hour cruise to Cai Be to explore the bustling Cai Be Floating Market, where many boat burst with fruits, vegetables, and other products for sale. Traders have lived on this river in their boats for generations and have become incredibly inventive to sustain their life on the river. Next, take a bike ride around peaceful black-top roads past rice paddies and orchards, passing villagers carrying hay on their bikes or school children on their way home. Lunch is en route at a local eatery, arranged by your guide. Continue by cycle to Cai Von, where you transfer by over the Can Tho Bridge to Can Tho, the capital of the Mekong Delta. The evening is free for independent exploration, with dinner on your own. Overnight at the Victoria Can Tho...BL
Approximate Biking Mileage: 15-20 miles

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Day 13
Can Tho / Saigon

After an early breakfast, enjoy a boat trip to the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang, where you’ll see many boats laden with fruit, vegetables, and fish, with local buyers and sellers jostling for trade. Sellers advertise their wares by calling out across the water or tying their goods to a tall pole attached to their boat so that buyers can see from a distance what is being sold. Travel by boat to Rau Ram Bridge, where you board your bicycle and peddle along a canal to the Ba Hoa Market. Then continue by cycle through peaceful villages, watching daily life as you approach Lo Vong Cung, where you finish the cycling trip. After lunch at local restaurant in Can Tho, transfer back to Saigon. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at hotel...BL
Approximate Biking Mileage: 10-15 miles

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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: $1195  
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)
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.