Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The 3 days Cycling Chau Doc to Saigon tour is customized for guests arriving from Cambodia via the river port in Chau Doc. Cycling on the back roads, visit floating markets, explore the real local life…
DAY 1: ARRIVE CHAU DOC (FROM CAMBODIA)
Arrive in Chau Doc in the afternoon, our guide and driver will meet you and transfer to hotel. Chau Doc, nestling at the foot of Sam Mountain on the Cambodian border, has a real frontier town feel to it. This busy little riverine town has large Cham, Khmer and ethnic Chinese communities and the distinctive architectural styles of each community can be seen in their places of worship around the town. The rest day is your leisure. Overnight in Chau Doc.
DAY 2: CHAU DOC -> LONG XUYEN -> CAN THO
Wake up early to enjoy boating to explore fishing village. Chau Doc is home to the Cham and Khmer cultures, floating farmhouses and the Islamic Chancel Cham minority settlement. After breakfast, our guide will take you out for a fantastic boat cruise to Cham Village, where around 4000 Muslim people living in the area. Cham village where the people are Muslim and speak Malaysian which is kind of unusual for Vietnam. These people live in houses on the land but because of the flood water in the rainy season, they have to build them on stilts 3 metres high. After Cham Village we move on to fishing village, where the local residents make a living from farming fish in cages under their houses. These catfish are far too expensive for the locals to eat and so are all exported, mostly to the USA. Even the houses are all floating they are still on the electricity grid as the girl at the front of boat found out. Enjoy a short hike up to Sam Mountain to take a panoramic view over the Cambodian border. Transfer to Can Tho via Long Xuyen and Thot Not, where we visit Nature Reserve at Thot Not Bird Sanctuary. Enjoy boating through the park to witness the beauty of flocks of White Stork birds returning to nest at sunset. Your viewing platform provides a wide view of this daily spectacle of nature. Continue driving to Can Tho, where we spend our night.
DAY 3: CAN THO -> SAIGON
Wake up in the early morning to enjoy interesting boating to visit the most vibrant and bustling floating market of Cai Rang, where hundreds of boats of all sizes gather around for trading of their agricultural products. We will see a lively and colorful market on a large bend of the river. Boat trip back to town for breakfast in the hotel. Our shuttle will bring us our of town and cross Can Tho ferry, we get off at Binh Minh, where we start to cycle on beautiful dirt road passing through local villages My Thanh, My Hoa, Tan Phu 2, Hoa Binh, Phu Hoa. Along the way we ride past through orchards and canals of peaceful countryside of Vietnam. Our cycling finish at Vinh Long then we hop in bus and transfer the rest legs to Saigon.