Mekong Cycle Tour to Tra Vinh – Can Tho , Ha Tien and Chau Doc – 5 Days

Mekong Cycle Tour – The Mekong Delta (Vietnamese: đồng bằng sông Cửu Long “Nine Dragon river delta”) is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq mi). The size of the area covered by water depends on the season.

The area is home to large numbers of rice fields. In 1997, in large part thanks to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam was the second largest exporter of rice globally after Thailand and India . In 2007, Vietnam was the world’s second largest exporter of rice. Additionally, the region is home to large exports of basa fish, Tra catfish and shrimp, much of which is exported.

This region has recently been dubbed as a ‘biological treasure trove’. Over 1,000 new species have been discovered in previously unexplored areas of Mekong Delta, including a species of rat thought to be extinct.

The inhabitants of the Mekong Delta region are largely ethnic Viet, with Khmer minority populations living primarily in the Trà Vinh, Sóc Trăng, and Muslim Chăm in Tan Chau, by An Giang provinces. There are also sizeable Hoa (ethnic Chinese) populations in the Kiên Giang and Trà Vinh provinces.

Activity Active Cycling tours
Start in Ho Chi Minh City
End in Ho Chi Minh City
Group Size 2 -10 Pax
Tour type Group Tour
Code VNBKT -37
Depart Every Wednesday – Departure
Price from 695 usd

Day1:  Ho Chi Minh  – Tra Vinh (50km+ cycling) (L,D)

After breakfast . 8:00 Am  Pick up at your hotel will transfer a couple of hours out of Ho Chi Minh City to Mytho – the gateway of the Mekong delta.Today’s ride will lead you right into the heart of the rural Mekong. The cycling with  begins after the ferry journey across the Tien River at Mytho. The route takes you through narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations, fields of sugar cane, through the lush green landscape of the delta, crossing rivers and canals by numerous, ubiquitous, fascinating ferries.A section of biking cuts off road onto gravel and dirt lanes, and weaves around hamlets, across water channels, and through quiet dense vegetation. This makes for superb biking. A final ferry across the gaping expanse of Cochien river leads us to Travinh, a pretty tree lined town with a large population of ethnic Khmer. Overnight in hotel in Tra Vinh.

Day2: Tra Vinh – Can Tho (85km+ cycling) (B,L,D)

After breakfast at home stay, the last short boat trip will be reached Vinhlong, one of the famous fruits town in Mekong. You 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.

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 in local hotel in Can Tho.

Day3: Can Tho – Ha Tien (80km+ cycling) (B,L,D)

Today’s ride is split into two sections and is a contrast to the previous day’s ride. After a very early breakfast, you will take a boat trip to the famous Cai Rang floating market before riding on a narrow paved road market to Phong dien. The route weaves through morning market bustle along the banks of the very busy river. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets.You will continue by bike  on the narrow lane to the main road, which transfer along the highway back to Cantho for lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue riding along a tiny road leading upstream towards Long Xuyen.The ride ends with a final ferry crossing and short transfer to hotel in Ha Tien.

Day4: Ha Tien – Chau Doc (75km+ cycling) (B,L,D)

Once more, the scenery is completely different. After a short transfer to Triton, the cycling starts to gently undulate and mountains begin to loom as you ride closer and closer to Chau Doc.The presence of Thotnot trees indicates the growing proximity to Cambodia and the local people speak Vietnamese as their second language. This afternoon you will cycle to the killing fields of Vietnam at Bachuc, where Polpot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978.The route loops round to Chau Doc from Ba Chuc along the border, or re-trace back to triton (depending on road conditions) and ride the rest of the way to Chaudoc along incredible country roads. Those with energy to spare can climb Sam Mountain for sunset! Dinner and overnight in Chau Doc.

Day5: Chau Doc – Ho Chi Minh (no cycling) (B,L)

After having breakfast at the hotel. We leave for the floating houses on upper Mekong river by boat where we can see plenty of catfishes, red snappers… breeding under right their houses.

What is an amazing life! Then keep boating to visit the Cham village with about 12.000 people who those are weaving sarongs, hats…by hands as keeping their ancestral tradition.

Walk to the mosques that Muslims pray and teach Cham kids in Arabic for a while. Cruising back to the van/bus for Ho Chi Minh City. End of trip

Tour Price : 695 Usd / personDeparture Dates : Every Wednesday – DepartureGroup Sizes :  2 to 10

TravelersInclusive of:

  • Support air conditioned bus/van
  • Truck to carry bikes
  • English speaking cum biking tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat trip & ferries
  • Airport transfer in/out
  • Pick up & drop off at your hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Mountain Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic/Doctor (10 travelers)
  • Water, soft drinks, snacks, cold towers and fresh fruits for cycling day
  • Accommodation 

Exclusive of:

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Accommodation in Saigon


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