Be met at 8:00 am, and we travel on the road by vehicle to Ben Luc, rural Dist, Long An province. Arrives at 9:00 am, start the adventure cycling on quiet back roads, travel through the rustic countryside of Mekong Delta provinces; Long An and My Tho. The rural areas are covered with green rice paddy fields and country farms along hamlets. Ride past fields of watermelon, dragons and lush green vegetation. Enjoy watching the daily activities of the locals, visit colorful Buddhist temples and small markets along the way to My Tho.
We break for lunch in the town, and we visit Vinh Trang Pagoda in town before we rest on vehicle transfer for 1 hour to Cai Be township, check-in Mekong Lodge. Spend the rest of the day to enjoy swimming in the pool and watching over the lively Mekong River. Enjoy cooking classic in the evening and overnight in Mekong Lodge.
Taste tea coffee and enjoy breakfast as enjoy watching small ferries crossing Mekong River from Tan Phong island with full locals, especially high school girls in long white dresses, going to school because there is no high school on the island. Following breakfast, we check out and be ready for a fantastic day. We ride along the river to Cai Be town, pedal up the bridge, stop to gaze down the tiny Cai Be floating market and look over the beautiful Cathedral Church facing the river. Great time for endless photos, then we take a published ferry to Tan Phong island.
The island is a lovely island with a small market that is busy in the early morning only. The primary families income is from fruit orchards and small friendly homestay. We explore the island on small paths, some narrow bridges, pass some beautiful hamlets, pass kindergarten and primary school, and escape the island by ferry to Phu Phung village. Continue the ride on dirt tracks along the waterways, rustic villages to Binh Hoa Phuoc, then follow the back roads along the river to Cai Cuong ancient house. The house used to belong to the wealthiest landlord on the island before 1975. We stop to visit the place, watch, and listens to the Mekong traditional folk songs. It's one of the cultural heritage folk songs from the central and south of Vietnam. Taste Vietnamese coffee, fresh fruits.
Afterwards, we carry on the ride, markets, vibrant villages. Explore the An Binh island, cross water channels, and the busiest Dong Phu canals. We continue biking through the island to An Binh ferry and enjoy another ferry to Vinh Long town. We enjoy delicious lunch at the restaurant by the Mekong River in town. After lunch, spend time walking on your own to the biggest fruit market in the city before a 30-minutes transfer to Tan Phu village, Tam Binh Dist, for the afternoon ride. We cycle deeply into Khmer villages, stop at one of the most beautiful Khmer temples and the home of locals, experience the life of Khmer people. The roads are small concrete paths, some along the small rivers and vast rural farms and rice fields. Continue the ride, admire the iconic landscapes of Khmer communities until reaching Binh Minh's outskirts, and have a vehicle transfer to Can Tho city.
On the last morning of the tour, we’ll take a motorised boat to check out the lively floating market. Cai Rang is the real floating market full of wholesales and retail boats. You could see literally hundreds of big and small boats every morning to buy and sell just about anything you can imagine – freshly harvested fruit and vegetables, rice, and even noodle soup, broken rice, and coffee are also for sale aboard a tiny boat or another! Primarily, you can see many grocery boats and floating houses around you. Then we explore some of the hidden secrets of the Phong Dien countryside and have lunch before we return to Ho Chi Minh by vehicle.