Cycle To Vinh Long , Tra Vinh And Can Tho ,Mekong Delta – 4 Days

Beginning in the early 17th century, colonization of the area by Vietnamese settlers gradually isolated the Khmer of the Mekong Delta from their brethren in Cambodia proper and resulted in their becoming a minority in the delta.

Prey Nokor was the most important commercial seaport to the Khmers. The city’s name was changed by Vietnam to Sài Gòn and then Hồ Chí Minh City. The loss of the city prevented the Cambodians access to the South China Sea. Subsequently, the Khmers’ access to the sea was now limited to the Gulf of Thailand. It began as a small fishing village known as Prey Nokor. The area that the city now occupies was originally swampland, and was inhabited by Khmer people for centuries before the arrival of the Vietnamese.
In 1623, King Chey Chettha II of Cambodia (1618-1628) allowed Vietnamese refugees fleeing the Trịnh-Nguyễn War in Vietnam to settle in the area of Prey Nokor, and to set up a custom house at Prey Nokor. Increasing waves of Vietnamese settlers,  which the Cambodian kingdom, weakened because of war with Thailand, could not impede, slowly Vietnamized the area. In time, Prey Nokor became known as Saigon.
In 1698, Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh, a Vietnamese noble, was sent by the Nguyen rulers of Huế to establish Vietnamese administrative structures in the area, thus detaching the area from Cambodia, which was not strong enough to intervene. Since 1698, the area has been firmly under Vietnamese administration. The Vietnamese became the majority population in most places.
When independence was granted to French Indochina in 1954, the Mekong Delta was included in the state of South Vietnam, despite protests from Cambodia. In the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge regime attacked Vietnam in an attempt to reconquer those areas of the delta still predominantly inhabited by Khmer Krom people,  but this military adventure was a total disaster and precipitated the invasion of Cambodia by the Vietnamese army and subsequent downfall of the Khmer Rouge, with Vietnam occupying Cambodia.
Activity Active Cycling tours
Start in Saigon
End in Saigon
Group Size 2 -10 Pax
Tour type Group Tour
Code VNBKT -36
Depart Every Thursday – Departure
Price from 535 usd
Day1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Vinh Long (35km+ cycling) (L,D)
Meet up at your hotel in Saigon. Transfer with bikes to Cailay. Ride to Caibe on back roads.
Take the boat trip to visit coconut candy making, rice paper making, popcorn & pop rice making. Have lunch on an island before continuing onto our local home stay run by a lovely retired couple, Mr & Mrs Bay
They live in a typical Mekong delta Vietnamese house, with airy rooms and outdoor kitchen. The rest of the afternoon is free to bike surrounding the home stay. Dinner will be prepared by home stay hosts. Overnight in An Binh island.
 
Day2: Vinh Long – Tra Vinh (60km+ cycling) (B,L,D)
After breakfast at home stay, the last short boat trip will be reached Vinh Long, one of the famous fruits town in Mekong,  bike along narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails.
This is biking at its most glorious-through tiny orchards, witness colorful life along the riverside, pedal pass picturesque delta homes, pause to chat with welcoming villagers ,clack across innumerable wooden bridges.
Cross narrow canals on a local sampan, before finishing at the main ferry for a refreshing boat trip across the expansive Co Chien River. Ride final few km to the very pretty Khmer town of Travinh.
There will be plenty of time to explore side tracks and trails as the cycling distance today is not far. This gives a great first impression of the “heart of Mekong”. Overnight is  in local hotel in Tra Vinh.
 
Day3: Tra Vinh – Can Tho (80km+ cycling) (B,L,D)
A special ride today 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 as much or as little as is preferred; the road is peaceful, narrow and very pretty all the way to Cantho! Pedal with to Ba Om Pond with its magnificent lotus flowers, and observe local women having their future predicted in the small temple nearby.
En route, stop to visit a local Buddhist temple school if possible. Arrive finally at Cantho, the Mekong’s largest town located at the confluence of the Cantho and Haugiang rivers. Overnight is in Cantho
 
Day4: Can Tho – Sai Gon (30km+ cycling) (B,L)
Spend the morning riding to Phongdien before boating to see Cai Rang floating market. Weave through teeming early morning market bustle along the banks of an active riverfront.
Ride on a narrow paved road to Phongdien floating market. Absorb the sights of the endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconuts shredders, small dock loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets.

Continue by bike on the narrow lane and loop round to the main road. Lunch is on the local restaurant. Return to your hotel in Saigon. End of trip

Tour price : 535 Usd / Person
Departure dates : Every Thursday

Group sizes : 2 to 10 Travelers

Inclusive of:

  • Support air conditioned bus/van
  • Truck to carry bikes
  • English speaking biking tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat trip & ferries
  • Airport transfer in/out in the same day
  • Pick up & drop off at your hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic
  • Water, snacks, cold towers, soft drinks and fresh fruits
  • Accommodation
Exclusive of:
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Accommodation in Saigon

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