One of the best Vietnam experiences is to have a Mekong Delta tour in the South, which is famous for the lovely beauty of nature and diversity in Vietnamese cuisine with floating markets as a typical highlight. Cycle deep into the heart of southern Vietnam where you explore the Mekong Delta on two wheels. 5-Day and 4-night travel on the bike will get you a unique perspective on this spectacular region with firsthand the daily lives of the region’s inhabitants. This fertile area is where the mighty Mekong River approaches the sea and splits into a network of hundreds of estuaries.
Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Tra Vinh – Can Tho – Long Xuyen – Sa Dec – Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 5 Days
Starts/ Ends: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)/ Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Level: Moderate
Group Size: Available
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – An Binh island
Day 2: An Binh island – Mo Cay – Tra Vinh
Day 3: Tra Vinh – Tieu Can – Can Tho
Day 4: Can Tho – Long Xuyen
Day 5: Long Xuyen – Sa Dec – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – An Binh Island (riding distance: 20 km) (B, L, D)
Departure from hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at 8 Am, drive through busy traffic forwarding to Mekong Delta, after 2 hours driving we arrive in Cai Be wharf, one of the most colorful floating markets of Mekong Delta. Then, boarding on sampan boat, cruising along the river, passing through the floating market, sometimes we disembark for visiting local handy craft such as popcorn, rice paper, and coconut candy making…
Our boat trip will anchor in An Binh Island where our lunch will be hosted by a hospitable local family. The An Binh Island features rice paddy, charming wetland, and tropical fruit gardens where you can taste many kinds of the best fruits which are as specialties of the Mekong Delta region’s cuisine, and experience boating travel on the beautiful rivers.
We will spend the afternoon time to enjoy cycling to the neighbor hamlets; cross bridges and some of the villages on the way. We will return to our local family for dinner and overnight homestay.
Day 2: An Binh Island – Mo Cay – Tra Vinh (Cycling distance: 65km) (B, L, D)
Bid farewell to our house’s family, we keep going by boat for short riding to next destination, we then go on the shore with our bike, start cycling on the village road, passing through many beautiful untouched hamlets, lush and fertility fruit orchards, arrival to a little quiet town of Mo Cay in time for lunch. Mo Cay is in Ben Tre, known as “the world of coconut”, becoming an appealing attraction in the Mekong Delta.
After lunch, we continue cycling to the ferry of Co Chien, cross the river to Tra Vinh town for hotel overnight.
Day 3: Tra Vinh – Tieu Can – Can Tho (Cycling distance: 100 km) (B, L)
Leaving our hotel for the day of challenging long cycling distance, with a bus escort from behind that would guarantee peace of mind; you will be able to rest any time if you feel exhausted which still keeps up with the group. Long cycling routine we can stop to break in villages to get to know about their daily life, chatting with friendly local villagers, visit the Khmer temple of Khmer ethnic minority people, and actual how is Vietnamese cultivated rice on the paddy. Lunch in a local restaurant in Cau Ke town, spend afternoon time ride along lower Mekong River to Can Tho ferry to cross the Hau Giang River to Can Tho.
(Tieu Can is a rural district of Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta, which is famous for its peaceful space, Khmer architectural works, unique cuisine, and famous scenic spots such as Ba Om Pond or the Ok Om Bok festivals). Tonight we stay at the hotel in Can Tho City.
Day 4: Can Tho – Long Xuyen (Cycling distance: 55 km) (B, L, D)
Can Tho is most fascinating with Cai Rang floating market as the largest wholesale market in the Mekong Delta. It is like a must-be place on your Mekong Delta tour.
Starting our day early in the morning for Cai Rang, you would be fascinated by the bustle and very vibrant sounds of the produce market taking place on the water. We then cruise back to Can Tho city for breakfast then check out the hotel. Riding the bike along Mekong river bank to Vam Cong ferry, cross the river to Long Xuyen province, on the way we enjoy the beautiful sceneries of a rural region, chatting with local cycling mate. Long Xuyen is the second-largest city in the Mekong Delta, which has many lively markets, especially lighted streets as inviting you for an extensive walk. Tonight we stay at the hotel in town.
Day 5: Long Xuyen – Sa Dec (Cycling distance: 40 km) – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
We start the new day by cycle along the bank of Lap Vo canal, through peaceful villages, beautiful landscapes, primary culture, and friendly locals with nice smiles available on their broad mind face. Arrive Sa Dec for lunch at the noontime, we then get on the bus for heading straight back to Ho Chi Minh City. Your Ho Chi Minh City day tour ends.
(Sa Dec, known as the charming colonial town and sleepy town of Dong Thap province, is not still very touristy and truly hidden gem in the Mekong Delta.)