This is the bike trip from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh, tailor-made by Vietnam Cycling Tours. We are aimed at tourists who have travelled, stayed on Phu Quoc island, and want to discover Mekong Delta by bicycle to Saigon instead of by plane. It will be a connecting tour between Vietnam and Cambodia for tourists travelling in Cambodia and planning to see Mekong Delta by bike will end this four-day bicycle trip in Saigon. The bike trip commences in Ha Tien border town and crosses the Mekong Delta, Chau Doc, Cao Lanh, Can Tho, and Ho Chi Minh City. We welcome tourists from both Phu Quoc island, Vietnam and Kampot, and Kep in Cambodia.
From Kampot and Kep: travellers come across Xa Xia Border Gate and stay a night in Ha Tien and prepare for the following days biking through the Mekong Delta and its rivers.
From Phu Quoc islands, tourists should arrange boat tickets in advance, check out the hotel at noon and board on speed boat to Ha Tien in the afternoon.
From Phnom Penh: the afternoon speed boat takes 4 hours to Chau Doc town by different boat operators serving this route. A good time to see beautiful scenery and life downstream of the Mekong River, then join in the group on the second day to see the Mekong by bike to Ho Chi Minh City.
Your guide and driver will be in Ha Tien one day before and will come to say hello at your hotel in the evening with a short introduction of the trip for the following days.
You will be picked up at the hotel in Ha Tien town, have a short transfer to a rural village. We first ride on small roads across rice paddy fields, along rivers, and the Cambodia 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 spend time learning 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.
Chau Doc is a small town but well-known because it has international border gates, water, and land that tourists travel vice versa between Vietnam and Cambodia. After breakfast, take a short boat ride to experience the floating village and fishing farmings. Enjoy a motorized boat, see how locals are raising catfish in a floating village and the life of hard-working people living on their small boats as their home.
We will have easy and relaxing cycling along the Mekong River river banks, from village to village on quiet paths where you can see farmers growing vegetables, chilli, eggplant, water rice plants, and fish farms along natural creeks. We explore Gieng Islet by bicycle in the afternoon, passing an impressive architectural monastery, local markets, and stilt houses before a ferry boat takes us to the mainland. We follow the back roads through mango orchards in the city of Cao Lanh.
The ride will start from the hotel after your breakfast. Beautiful back roads give you opportunities to take photos, enjoy your pace of cycling. You are also meet friendly people and experience the way of making their living. On your morning activities, see older adults doing business at local markets, kids going to school by little pushbikes, and locals working on the moped. Stop and wait for a ferry to cross a river to further side. We ride and make some stops in Sadec; experience the daily activities of locals who look after bonsai trees and nursery gardens in the flower village of Sadec.
One of the historical sites and famous in Sadec is Huynh Thuy Le's ancient house which is well-known from the movie "The Lover" since its publication. Your guide will tell you about the story of Marguerite Duras who was involved in the film “The Lover” Your lunch is also well-prepared in this house. In the afternoon, country back roads and paths through lush green rice fields, sweet potato plantations, and a massive network of small rivers before we get on van/bus for a short transfer to Can Tho city.
Can Tho is known as the capital of the Mekong Delta. Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho City is one of the three most significant in the Mekong Delta. The shops and stalls on boats at these markets are boats of different sizes. It opens all day, but the busiest time is from sunrise to about 9 am. Most of the main items for selling are farm products and specialties of locals and neighbouring areas. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung.
Before your cycle, you will have a boat ride to the floating market. Then a short transfer you to Binh Minh to start a half-day ride. We explore some islands by bike and by small ferry boats, visit Khmer villages, and stop at some family business, and end up the ride in a rural village in Tam Binh. Lunch en route before a transfer takes you to HCM. Tour End!