Meandering the Mekong Delta
The mighty Mekong spreads into tentacles and tributaries in southern Vietnam, making the delta fertile and the region one of Vietnam's highest producers of rice, vegetables and fruits. Cycling through rice paddies, orchards, along and over a myriad of small irrigation canals will let you see a unique area of Vietnam. We ride from village to village, boarding a few boats along the way, to give you an up close perspective of Vietnamese life on the river. Take in the Phong Dien floating market before heading back to Saigon.
|Tour Cost||US$775||Single Supplement||US$110|
|Bike Hire||Included||Total Cycling Distance||150 kilometres|
|Tour Grade||out of 5||Number of Days||4 days/3 nights|
|Number of Cycling Days||2 full days, 2 half day||Tour Meets||At your hotel in Saigon|
|Tour Ends||Back at your hotel in Saigon||Countries Visited||Vietnam|
|Group Size||Minimum 2. Maximum 16.||Minimum age on scheduled departures||12 years old|
- Day 1
- Transfer out of bustling Saigon to Cai Lay, where we begin our ride to Cai Be, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. We cycle down narrow lanes, over canals and past banana plantations to our overnight at a homestay.
- Day 2
- Catch a boat to one of the Mekong islands and bike along narrow dirt tracks and trails. Witness colorful riverside life while pedaling past picturesque delta homes, and clack across innumerable wooden bridges to the Khmer town of Tra Vinh.
- Day 3
- There is plenty to observe today - fishermen, village life, temples - as we cycle scenic roads, crossing many small bridges, to Can Tho. There are many Khmer temples to visit en route as well as Ba Om Pond with its magnificent lotus flowers.
- Day 4
- Spend the morning riding to Phong Dien Floating Market and weave through this bustling place along the banks of an active riverfront. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries before we lunch and transfer back to Saigon.
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For us it was a great introduction to life in the Mekong Delta. Tien, our guide, helped us in every way to enjoy the trip, telling us about local farming and home life, fruits, vegetables, a few words of Vietnamese and he guided us in our food choices. The cycling was a most enjoyable meander- as advertised, no rush but we covered c50k a day on quiet paths and tracks generally. It was a great trip with good company in our small group.
Also, due to a flu bug, one of us felt we may not be able to start the trip on the planned date. Spice Roads were flexible and prompt in their response, indicating a quite reasonable charge top arrange a special taxi to catch up with the group. Their helpful attitude was appreciated
William Scott - December 2016
Amazing way to see the Mekong Delta. Our guide, Vu was great and SpiceRoads thought of everything. Couldn't be happier with the trip.
Lynn Wittenburg - December 2016
We had an excellent tour in the Mekong Delta where we had a great experience of Vietnamese culture whilst doing a very pleasant ride. Cycling through the villages we witnessed the day to day life of the local people and saw some amazing sights.
We thought our guide Thai Minh was brilliant in all aspects of his job and he knew the area very well and was very perceptive to his clients needs. I would definitely highly recommend a trip again with him.
Avrom and Lindy Sank - December 2016
An exhilarating way to experience the wonders of an authentic life of the rural Mekong delta. An overwhelming feast to the senses. The sights, sounds and tastes too diverse and many to describe. Highly recommended.
A wonderful experience. Thanks to all who made this trip so worthwhile. Special thanks to our outstanding guide Thai who really added depth and value to our trip. Also to Waraporn for your effort.
Lindy Sank - December 2016
Anh was a great guide, pointing out sights we wouldn't have noticed along the way and rerouting the tour as conditions warranted. The driver was very skilled on some pretty bumpy and chaotic roads. This tour is a great way to experience the Mekong Delta.
Gwendolyn Greenfield - November 2016
A thoroughly enjoyable experience which I look forward to repeating with SpiceRoads tours in the future. Anh was an excellent tour guide and together with Tuan, who was a very careful and safe driver, they made an excellent team. The night at the homestay was great fun and the food, some of which was prepared by the guests, was very good.
Mike Hauck - November 2016
I’ve just done a cycling tour in Vietnam and our guide was Hi.
This was a great trip and Hi was a fantastic guide. I’ve done another SpiceRoads tour in Cambodia before, that also was really great.
I always recommend you.
Tony Greig - October 2016
Words cannot describe the blast of sights, smells, sounds and adventures that you will experience on this trip. The perfect short trip to take in the Mekong Delta and a great blend of cycling and local highlights. Vu made this trip! There was nothing that he couldn't answer, his command of English was superb. He was respectful, helpful and made everyone feel relaxed in places that were often very foreign to us. Vu was the captain and the driver followed orders but he was always there on time, very obliging and we felt safe with him driving. Thank you SpiceRoads for ticking a cycle in Vietnam off my bucket list in such spectacular fashion
Annabel Lush - July 2016