Mekong Delta Cycle

tours / Cycling

Highlights

  • Cycle along trails in the Mekong Delta
  • Use ferries to cross tributaries of the Mekong River
  • Visit a Cao Dai temple
  • Cycle to Tra Vinh, a Khmer village within Vietnam

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Mekong Delta is the southernmost region of Vietnam. Often referred to as the rice bowl of the country it currently produces three crops of rice per year. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its tropical fruits and flowers. The Delta area is the end of a 4500 km journey the Mekong River makes, travelling through six countries. The Mekong’s Vietnamese name is Cuu Long, meaning Nine Dragons, so called because of the nine branches of the river that flow into the sea. The delta region has 12 provinces and has been a place of thriving agriculture and industry since the 1800s when the Nguyen lords reclaimed the area from marshland, building a network of canals. A diverse range of people including Khmer, Chinese and Chams as well as Vietnamese today populates the area today. We explore the fertile Mekong Delta by bicycle and witness it’s wonders at a pace ideal for soaking up its many splendours and meeting the local peoples.

What's included

  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Medical kit
  • Comfortable well located hotels
  • Ferry transfers as listed
  • 21 speed steel framed bicycles
  • Private air conditioned vehicles
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho
In the morning you will be collected from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. We drive out of Ho Chi Minh City to avoid cycling through the heavily congested streets of this thriving metropolis. Once we are safely out of the suburbs and in the we commence our cycling. Along the way to our destination of My Tho we stop to visit a colourful Cao Dai temple. The Cao Dai sect is unique to Vietnam and is a hybrid of the world’s main religions. At My Loi we transfer by ferry to cross one of the many tributaries of the Mekong River. Cycling enables us to stop along the way for photo opportunities or to explore areas not usually accessible if travelling by coach or rail. We continue cycling through a particularly picturesque part of the Delta known as Go Cong. From here it is a further 25km to the town of My Tho where we will stay for the night. Approx cycling distance; 65km
Day 2 My Tho to Tra Vinh
Today we combine cycling with ferry rides to get to the fascinating destination of Tra Vinh. From My Tho we cycle the short distance to a ferry crossing, which takes us to Ben Tre Province. Once off the ferry we cycle for approximately 12km along typical country roads to another ferry and then a further 25km. After a final ferry journey we arrive in Tra Vinh. From here we have time to explore this most remarkable of areas. Tra Vinh is home to over 300,000 ethnic Khmer who maintain their cultural integrity, including their practice of Theravada Buddhism. Here we can see authentic Khmer pagodas including the Ong Met Pagoda as well as the colorful and ornate Chinese Ong Pagoda. Approx cycling distance; 40kms
Day 3 Tra Vinh to Ho Chi Minh City, trip concludes
After breakfast we continue from Tra Vinh and cycle through a beautiful landscape of rice paddies, lush green fields, waterways and fruit orchards. En-route we pass through several small Delta towns before arriving at Vinh Long where we load our bikes back on to the support vehicle for the return journey to Ho Chi Minh City. Our trip concludes on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. Approx cycling distance 30kms