The mighty Mekong flows 4,350 kilometres from the Tibetan plateau through China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam before flowing out into the South China Sea. In South Vietnam it spreads into tentacles and tributaries, forming nine mouths that are absorbed by the sea. These tributaries are what make the delta so 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 part of Vietnam that is quite unique. The flat and lush scenery is unlike anything else you will see in Vietnam. This adventure starts with a ride from Cai Lay to Cai Be on the quiet back roads, lunching on an island before staying with a local family.
As water is everywhere it is unavoidable that we will board a few boats on this trip, but it will give you an up close perspective of Vietnamese life on the river. Day three takes us through the Khmer area and we see much evidence of this in the architecture of temples and the many Khmer people who populate this area. The last day we take in the Phong Dien floating market and many of the cottage industries before we head back to Saigon in the afternoon.
Our route is designed to take us off the main roads as much as possible. We explore scenic back roads on the way to all our destinations and once away from the main roads, cycling in Vietnam is a wonderful experience as the bicycle is still the most common form of transport.
Bike Hire - Included
Number of Cycling Days - 2 full days, 1 half day.
Tour Meets - At your hotel in Saigon
Tour Ends - Back at your hotel
Minimum age on scheduled departures - 12 years old
Group Size - Minimum 2. Maximum 16.
Total Cycling Distance - 150 kilometres
Suitability: The daily distances are not too long and the terrain is gentle so this trip is suitable for most people, but it’s advisable to have a modicum of fitness to enjoy the riding! Fast cyclists can ride at their own pace, as detailed directions are available from the leader.