After you are picked up in Saigon, we spend an hour driving on A/C van/bus to the countryside, Tan An town. In the morning, biking takes you along scenic paths through picturesque old villages, rice paddies, dragon fruit, and vegetable plantation. We will stop for a big lunch in My Tho city. In the afternoon, the ride will start in the rural village of Mo Cay. Your guide will choose shady pathways to cycle through the jungle-like plantations on smaller foot paths of banana coconuts. You will have a break stop every couple of hours at some villages. The rest is to relax on the ferry boat to Tra Vinh.
Tra Vinh and Soc Trang are the homelands of the Khmer people. The population of Khmer is over one million people, making up 6.5 % of the people of the whole Mekong Delta. Today, you could explore not only their daily lives but also learning ancient history and culture. We start our cycling adventure after 10 minutes transfer from the hotel. All are smooth concrete paths through rural villages that allow you to discover, experience lifes-tyles and daily activities of Khmer, Chinese, and Vietnamese. We will spend a morning biking from Tra Vinh to Cau Quan via the small town of Tieu Can. We travel across rice paddies, along canals and villages of Khmer, passing a hand of colorful temples, tiny thatch houses before we continue biking to Cau Quan Dist. We are stopping at an arranged restaurant in the township for lunch. There is a big island that we travel through by two ferries. Ride past betel garden, sugar cane plantation, vegetable farmlands, and fresh fish farms before a ferry taking to Long Phu town. Our private vehicle is on standby here near this town. We get on our support vehicle for half an hour, driving to the City of Soc Trang.
Today's ride is beautiful, smooth back roads, along river, canals; passing much fish, shrimp, salt farms, and irrigation systems. In the morning, we travel through lively countryside villages; bike through gently undulating farmland filled with large shrimp and fish farms, irrigation system, and two ferries to cross rivers before heading to Vinh Chau Dist. After lunch in town, you will have a transfer to avoid heat. In the afternoon, we bike through tranquil villages and bustling local markets of Khmer vegetable farming; Khmer is growing chili pepper, sweet potato, and other kinds of herbs before continuing bicycling on the country lance to Bac Lieu city.
Ca Mau is very new to tourists. The province has been well-developed recently. It’s an opportunity travelers love to explore new places and meet locals who have seen Westerners on television only. We pedal across salt fields, shrimp farms, and thatch houses along the forest before we stop at Ganh Hao for lunch. This afternoon gives you a chance to experience daily activities where the waterway is the best choice for people living here. Locals use small and long composite boats with long-tailed engines. Locals love to use these transport because they go fast and go on shallow water rivers and canals. It is because country back roads here are not suitable for vehicles. We take it easy and ride unique narrow routes alongside mangrove forest and irrigation systems, see farmers doing fishing on both rivers and canals. Many shelters along the country back roads are small for ducks, cows, buffaloes, and we could stop for the photo taken. We will end up our ride today in the outskirt of Ca Mau city and get on A/C van/bus for driving to Ca Mau city
This is another fantastic day; to meet the friendliest farmers on trails along the river, chit-chat, use body language face-to-face with people at local markets by rivers, and pass many stilt houses, timber factories, and mangroves forests of U Minh. There are many stops at tiny villages that Vietnamese and Chinese, and Khmer doing farming. You can see locals using the boat as the primary means of transport; cargo boats, water taxis, high-speed family boats with long-tailed engines moving from different directions. After we have lunch at a local restaurant, we'll carry on our adventure, take the best countryside lance to Tac Cau and have some ferry crossings in rural areas before following the coastal road to Hoa Rach Gia Resort.
Depart at 7:30 am from the hotel, and we travel 30 minutes in the vehicle to a rural township. We cycle to explore the stunning coast of Cay Duong Bay. We ride down the beach, witness first-hand, and experience the life of locals living in seaside villages in the Mekong Delta. There are some tiny mountains, some undulating routes in part, and the last part near Hon Chong but flat in the long distance in the middle position.
Stop at small towns on irrigation canals down to the sea, and visit small fishing villages along the trails. There is plenty more to see on the bay of Cay Duong, but the water is not blue, and there is no sandy beach at all. We have a chance to visit Khmer hamlets, visit colorful Khmer temples. Have a picnic lunch in a small town, and enjoy our fantastic ride to Hon Chong. Hon Chong has a few rock pinnacles, limestone karsts, and caves with colorful pagodas. It's a great place to break for coffee and enjoy the scenery before 1 hour transfer to Ha Tien.
You will be picked up at the hotel in Ha Tien town, and have a short transfer to a rural village. We first ride on small roads across rice paddy fields, along rivers, and the Cambodian border. This is a chance you can observe the life of both Vietnamese and Cambodians along the way with many breaks. Then we enjoy the back road, past small mountains to Ba Chu Killing field, and learn about the War between Vietnam and Khmer Ruge in 1978.
After we visit the memorial in the village, your guide will lead you riding on hilly trails to Tra Su national reserve forest. It is also a bird sanctuary. You will have a boat rowed and motorized boat through the woods as propelled sampan boat and trekking into cajuput trees. These wetlands attract many birds, including storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowl, and water cocks. We will have lunch at a nice restaurant in the forest. Then we go to Chau Doc in our private vehicle.
After breakfast, our team, with a private vehicle, will transfer you to Thot Not via Log Xuyen City. It takes about an hour and a half to reach T-junctions of Lo Te, where we'll continue to rock vibrant countryside all the Co Tho- a rural Dist of Can Tho. Your guide will choose the best restaurant to prepare your lunch, depending on the time and location. Then we carry on a dirt track to Tho Lai, a little town located at the junction of 6 canals, where we get on a private van/bus to Can Tho City. Enjoy your own time the rest of today and dine with our team in a nice restaurant by the river in the city center of Tay Do city
Can Tho situated in the center of the 12 provinces, which is known as its capital. It is not only famous for rice but is also well-known for its many floating markets. We'll have an early start by boat to a floating market, and then we head back to the hotel for breakfast. Transfer for an hour to Vinh Long town, where we will cross the Co Chien River. Then, we continue by bike to An Binh. Cycle 17 km to Cai Be town, then enjoy delicious lunch at an ancient house. After lunch, we will cycle another 15 km on back roads to Cay Lay, Tien Giang province. Transfer to Saigon in the late afternoon. Tour End!
We enjoyed the sights and foods of the Mekong Delta
I enjoyed the cycling tour very much. We had no issues with the bicycles, the gears changed smoothly, the brakes worked well and they seemed to be well aligned and maintained. Overall the bicycles were very comfortable and handled the paths and trails well.
We enjoyed the sights and foods of the Mekong delta. The first few days the scenery seemed quite repetitive if there is a way to provide a bit more variety and variation that may be more enjoyable. We did very much appreciate the flexibility of our tour and it was great to be able to do the morning cycling routes and after lunch transfer to the hotel and then Mr Dat would take us on a walking tour in the evening before dinner. That was a great way to experience more of the culture and we got to eat more street food. We very much like being able to eat like the locals. Our driver was very nice and helpful and we felt safe on the rides. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable, patient and happy to provide the flexibility to our tour. We did find the afternoon cycles a bit too hot for us as we are not used to the heat of the region. The mornings were fine and it was nice to be able to relax in the afternoons at the hotel.
Although we weren't able to do the homestay we appreciated the alteration to the tour and got to see the coastal area and even got to take a swim in the ocean. Another suggestion for when the homestay isn't available might be to have 2 nights in one stop and perhaps some other sort of cultural event, that might give cyclists an option to have a day off the bike and either do their own thing or have some other option of activity. But what we did was fine as well. We really like the food and Dat would try and find us new things to try throughout the tour. A food and cycling tour might be something to advertise this as or an idea for other tours as well.
I really don't have anything else to add that is negative. The tour was well organized and we will highly recommend your company for any of our friends or relatives who would like a cycling holiday in Vietnam. If we decide to have a holiday in Vietnam again in the future we will definitely consider trying another of your tours. 23 - 31 Mar 2023