This family-friendly adventure will enable you to get in touch with the unique Mekong flora by cycling through coconut plantations, beautiful orchards and traveling along peaceful canals before experiencing the local handicraft.
Our experience guides will take you through authentic villages, boarding a few boats along the way and visiting local artisans, to give you a deeper understanding of the Vietnamese life on the river through an experience rich with the traditions, scenic landscapes, and unique gastronomy of Southern Vietnam. The flat countryside along the river as well as rural trails make it suitable for beginner to advanced cycling lovers.
Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Vinh Long 40km+ (L, D)
7:30 Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City followed by a quick transfer to Cai Lay, approximately 90minutes (75km). We are off riding through stunning sites on paved rural roads. On the way, you will get the opportunity to travel through locally grown vegetable and exotic fruit farms such as star apple and sapodilla plantations.
The Mekong is Vietnam’s richest agricultural region. The area offers a profusion of fresh fruits but not only! ‘Vietnam’s rice bowl’ is also home to many handicrafts workers that you will be able to meet along the way.
As we head further south along concrete canal paths, the vegetation grows denser and the streams start to look more like the larger branches of the Mekong River. Aiming to provide you with the most authentic experience possible of the region, we will visit a busy typical-Vietnamese marketplace as well as many other surprise stops on the way!
Lunch will be served by a lovely family in a village, with foods obtained from the nearby marketplace. After lunch we will board on a boat to An Binh Island where we will spend our night at a homestay. Our host family lives in a typical Mekong delta Vietnamese house, with airy rooms and an outdoor kitchen. The rest of the afternoon you will be free to walk around the homestay or help preparing a Vietnamese dinner with your host family.
Day 2: Vinh Long – Ben Tre – Saigon 40km+ (B, L)
After breakfast at the homestay, we’ll have a short boat trip to one of the famous coconut towns and nursery gardens in the Mekong, Ben Tre. Then, our driver will meet you on the other side of the Mekong river for a short transfer (1h) to Cho Lach district of Ben Tre. Back on your bikes, you will witness colorful scenes along the riverside while pedaling past charming delta homes and villages. We will cross narrow canals on a local sampan (traditional boat), before boarding on a ferry for a refreshing boat trip across the wide Co Chien River. Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer back to Saigon (2h), get back to your hotel around 5 – 6 pm.
- Meals as indicated
- Water and snack during cycling day
- Van and truck
- Biking guide