Mekong Cycling 4 days
Day 1 | Saigon Tan An – My Tho – Ben Tre – Tra Vinh.
Our biking guide and drive meet with us at the hotel in Saigon at 7.30am and transfer to Tan An for no longer than 1,5 hours, where we start biking on the paved road to explore the world of fruit orchards. Dragon fruit is the most much lands of farmer who improve there income, we bike 25km on this stage with some stops to experience the flavour of fresh fruits, villages with fun kids (you might see them on the way back home from school). Lunch at Mekong Rest Stop restaurant.
In the afternoon, we drive about 1 hour relax in the comfortable van to Ben Tre at the most beautiful village with an very easy paths and more than 70% coconut trees in the local farms: we pedal under the shady coconuts, small & narrow lane, many stops for enjoying a fresh coconut water/ fruits, pass many family workshops where making coconut chopsticks and any kind of fibers. Take a crossing ferry on the Mighty Mekong River with a very short transfer to the center of Tra Vinh Remote Town for overnight.
Day 2 | Tra Vinh – Tieu Can – Tra On – Can Tho city.
We should get up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise at 6am. On the nice weather and clear sky you will enjoy this great moment on the Mekong Riverside. Your breakfast will be started at 7:30 with simple foods as bread, jam, milk, fruit and coffee or tea. From the hotel, we pedal again through hundreds of orchard gardens on this island, we ride past people’s fruit yards pomelo, guava, durian, rambutan and stop to chat with farmers. Another option is to start our biking day after visiting the Ang Khmer pagoda.
We cycle further to a secrete khmer villages, learn more about their life that had been created the Khmer big culture. There are many stops for photography in front of the thatched houses made from water coconut palm. This is a really nice experience to see many colourful temples and flowers along the way to Tieu Can. Then, we transfer and have lunch in Tra Met with siesta.
The afternoon ride is also a fantastic route under a thousand of pomelos & 3 ferries, endless rice-fields on Luc Si Thanh & My Hoa. We end our biking day in Binh Minh and get shuttled to Can Tho for the night.
Day 3 | Can Tho – Thoi Lai – Co Do – Long Xuyen.
After breakfast, transfer to the pier for a leisurely boat ride to visit the busy Cai Rang floating market with hundreds of boats from different parts of the Mekong Delta docking next to each other for exchanging fresh farm produces from their region. Disembark our boat and back to our pedal towards Phong Dien, Thoi Lai via backroads along tiny canals. There might be some no-hand-rail bridges that challenge your balancing skill. The shady roads zig zag around, combined with friendly locals shooting hello at us that make the bike ride go by with pleasure. We arrive in Co Do for lunch at local restaurant. If time allows, we continue our afternoon ride to visit Bang Lang stock sanctuary, located deep inside a tranquil quarter surrounded by big bamboo trees. This is the best time of the day to see thousands of storks flocking their way home after a long day outing for food. Then, transfer to Long Xuyen for the night.
Day 4 | Long Xuyen – Vam Cong – Lai Vung – Sa Dec – Saigon.
After breakfast, shuttle from Long Xuyen around 10km crossing Vam Cong ferry and start biking along quiet rural backroads by small rivers. This fantastic ride with beautiful scenery along the way makes the long journey of 40 km shorter than expected when we arrive in Lai Vung, known for pork hash wrapped inside banana leaf. Continue our ride through Dinh Yen, one of the villages with an age-old tradition in weaving mats. Further with our last ride about 28 km on single track, through rice fields, irrigation networks, fruit orchards before we reach Sa Dec flower village where millions of various flower pots are tended all year round for the diferent festival occasions in Vietnam. This is a happy ending to our biking trip. Pack up our bikes and drive back to HCM city. Bid farewell to Vietnam By Bike team around 17h.
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