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.
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.
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 My Tho and ends in Tan An. The bike distance is about 15 – 23km through the organic vegetable farmland, fruit orchard, and rice paddy fields before returning to Saigon in the afternoon.
Private Support Vehicles
We organize cycling holidays, cycling adventure trips and mountain biking tours. All are flexible with luxury, fully air-conditioned vehicles to support riders on the entire journey. It depends on how many riders are in the group, and the vehicle support services will be well-arranged to satisfy your travels. There are air-conditioned 16-seat van/minibuses to take up all riders, luggage, and a truck to hold all bikes during the trip.
Every morning, the vehicles will transfer you out of the bustling city, and then you will ride to explore the stunning countryside, and you will back on the vehicles to avoid traffic in town when the daily's ride ends in the late afternoon.
Every 20 - 25 km, the support vehicles will be waiting at the high road if you are tired and really would love to ride on A/C van. Your guide will escort you to vehicles easily because many country back roads are linked to the main roadways where keeping vehicles are on standby.
Then you can relax on a support vehicle when others in the group can continue cycling as long as they wish! You will meet the others at the next point/ destination where you love to re-join the group and continue to ride.
All your luggage/ suitcase and day bags are safe on the vehicles and well kept by the company's drivers and its team.
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.