Biking to Alluvia Chocolate- Grass jelly- Tam Hiep island Ben Tre

Introduction

Tam Hiep is a small island in Ben Tre, and it's one of the lovely places to experience and overnight in local homes. The island grows a lot of exotic plants that can be eaten and herbal. Grass jelly, or herb jelly, is a jelly-like dessert eaten in East Asia. It is created by using the Platostoma palustre plant and has a mild, slightly bitter taste. It is served chilled, with other toppings such as fruit, bubble tea, or other drinks. Outside Asia, it is sold in local markets. Tam Hiep Island is the homeland of grass jelly herbs.

Tour details

Price
USD $285.00 285.00
Tour code
VBR: 2H - MBT - 1
Duration
Number Of cycling days
2 days
Single supplement
30.00$
Average distance per day
25 km
Bike Hire
US$20
Total cycling distance
75km
Destination
Ages to ride
9 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02
Large Group
16
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTBs, wheel size 27.5, hydraulic brake
Helmets, bottles of water, tools kit
All entrance fees, boat rides
B= 1 Breakfast, L= 2 Lunches, D= 1 Dinner
1 night, double room/ twin room
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
Pick up /drop off at hotels
Bicycle mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Saigon - Can Duoc - Cho Gao - Tam Hiep Island

You are picked up at your locations for one hour transfer to the starting point of cycling, outside of Can Duoc town. We will ride on the small back road through the jasmine rice paddy field, and you will immerse in the local life. Take a small ferry crossing Vam Co River, and then we continue our riding on a small trail, country roads alongside the river. 


This is a pleasant time; you can enjoy cycling through rustic country farms, rice paddy fields, scenery, and local life and meet friendly locals working on shrimp and fish farms on unique paths along the Upper Mekong River. Then, another ferry will take you to fruit orchards, where we carry on our adventurous ride to Alluvia chocolate farm, through agricultural canals, villages amongst dragon fruit fields. 


This is a chance you learn about all the steps in the chocolate-making process, welcoming and seeing the farm of cacao trees. You are also could see locals make chocolate at the factory of the family. After lunch, we take a short ride to the river to have a ferry ride to the island. Just another short ride allows us to take the last ferry of today to Tam Hiep Island. It’s a small and lovely island to stay a night and see how busy the water transport is. Enjoy coffee and sunset by the Mekong River.

Ut Trinh homestay- Tam Hiep Island
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 40km
Flat - rural paths
Day
2
Tam Hiep Island - Ben Tre - My Tho - Saigon

Tam Hiep is a tiny Island, so there are not many inhabitants living there. Most of the locals As you know that Ben Tre is famous for coconut trees, but you will find Tam Hiep Island interesting as the home of many lush and lovely islands located on the basin of the mythical river of Mekong. It's completely different from many parts in Ben Tre. 


After your breakfast, you’ll explore the countryside surrounding Tam Hiep with locals on a peaceful island. Visit the most extensive garden of grass jelly (Tiliacora triandra). We hope you will find it interesting. Then we check out and load our luggage on a boat that will dock at Mekong River to standby when we explore the village on foot/bicycle and a sampan rowing boat on lovely canals. Here is a unique chance you pick up the herb jelly leaves to make your drink. This leaf is very healthy and good for the liver. It will not take much time to make it into jelly. Afterward, we will enjoy a sampan rowing boat on a small Natural River on the island. The boat will take you slowly, natural creeks, through water palms.


Then you get on a motorized boat, which carried your luggage—Cross Mekong River ing to the other side, in Ben Tre. Meet your driver and load your luggage on the van before the last day ride. We start biking through the villages of Giao Hoa, Giao Long, and Quoi Son. Enjoy a leisurely ride on narrow country paths, visit some temples, pagodas, make some stops at the family workshop, produce sweets, coconut handicrafts, etc. Have lunch at the local home, and continue the afternoon ride in Tho and ends in Tan An. The afternoon ride is about 15 – 23km through the organic vegetable field and fertile farmlands before returning to Saigon in the afternoon.

Breakfast/ Lunch
15 - 30km
Flat - rural paths

More Info

Vehicles

Private Support Vehicles

2 to 4 riders in a group


There is only one A/C 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases, and bikes. There are four rows of seating for passengers on the A/C 16 seater van. Two people sit on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seats will be folded up, so all bikes will be uploaded here.



A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people


There will be two vehicles to support riders on the entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, icebox to keep cold drinks, and so on



A large group tour: 8 to 14 people


One minibus to take up all riders, including luggage & suitcases, and one truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, water, cold drinks, and snacks...Iceboxes




A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people


We provide two vans and one minibus, and one truck to escort large groups of riders and help ensure their safety. Our pro guide will motivate a team with support vehicles to bring the best services to riders.


27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 60 pro MTB bikes and hybrid MTB bikes and available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours


MTB Bikes for kids: wheel size 20", 24" with  suspension seatpost. Kid heights: 120cm, 130cm, 145cm


Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size


27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads.


27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 


1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 


2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 27.5" Alexrims disc brake rims - 32 holes


8 - Maxxis Cross Mark 27.5 x 1.95 - Good quality and suitable for both on road and off-road riding


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon


Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills


1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame


2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes


8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




 

 
 

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