Best 5 Day Cycling Mekong Delta Vietnam

The five days Cycling Mekong Delta Vietnam tour is one of best bike ride we arrange in the region. The biking trails are easy and appropriate for amateurs, family travel, holidays with kids.

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

The five days Cycling Mekong Delta Vietnam tour is one of best bike ride we arrange in the region. The biking trails are easy and appropriate for amateurs, family travel, holidays with kids. This 5-day bike tour starts from Ho Chi Minh city, Saigon taking you to such places as An Binh island, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Mo Cay, Tieu Can, Can Tho, Long Xuyen, Sa Dec…where you enjoy not only cycling but great local food, peaceful rural scenery, meeting up with local friendly villagers.

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DAY 1: SAIGON -> CAT BE -> AN BINH ISLAND

Picked up at your hotel in Sai Gon and brought to Cai Be, a river-land mixed town, a rural district of Tien Giang Giang Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Upon your arrival in Cai Be, you embark on a boat to see the floating market, poprice, rice paper. Stop by a local workshop to see how local coconut candy is made. Keep traveling by boat to An Binh island, Long Ho district, Vinh Long. There you make a stop at local house for lunch. You spend the afternoon cycling around the peaceful, quiet island. You pedal on the cement road through fruit garden, in the shade of trees, along canals to experience the real life. Dinner and overnight at local home (homestay).

DAY 2: AN BINH ISLAND -> MO CAY -> TRA VINH

Have breakfast at the homestay. Then check out for the second day of the bike tour. Your morning ride is on the village road, through local rural hamlets, fruit gardens until you arrive in Mo Cay, Ben Tre province around noon. Mo Cay is a former rural district of Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. It is famous for its coconut candy. Lunch is provided in small local restaurant. In the afternoon, you keep cycling to Co Chien ferry. You cross the river and keep biking to Tra Vinh. Tra Vinh is a quiet place for exploring the Mekong’s little-touted Cambodian connection. The town itself sees minimal tourist traffic, owing to its somewhat isolated location on a peninsula. Check in hotel. Dinner in town. Overnight in Tra Vinh at hotel.

DAY 3: TRA VINH -> TIEU CAN -> CAN THO

Check out hotel, you start your hard day cycling from Tra Vinh to Tieu Can, a rural district of Tra Vinh Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Some stops are made on the way for you to visit Khmer temple, Khmer village. There is the opportunity to see the immense rice field as you pedal along the lower Mekong river. Keep cycling until you arrive in Cau Ke, another rural district of Tra Vinh. There you make a stop for lunch, provided in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you keep biking until you arrive in Can Tho, the centre of Mekong Delta. Can Tho is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong Delta. It is noted for its floating market, rice paper-making village, and picturesque rural canals. Check in hotel. Dinner in town and overnight in Can tho.

DAY 4: CAN THO -> LONG XUYEN

You have the early morning boat trip from Can Tho to the Cai Rang floating market. The Cai Rang Floating Market is the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and runs until around midday. After the visit to the market, you are picked up and brought back to hotel. Check out. Then cycle to Can Tho ferry. There you cross river and keep biking along the Mekong river. Take another ferry at Vam Cong to cross the river and keep riding to Long Xuyen. Long Xuyen is the second largest city in the Mekong delta, the capital of An Giang province and at the same time the center for politics, economy and culture. Check in hotel.

DAY 5: LONG XUYEN -> SA DEC -> SAIGON

Check out hotel. You cycle along the Lap Vo canal to Sa Dec, a small, sleepy town in the Dong Thap province and it was the original setting of the autobiographical novel “The Lover” by Marguerite Duras. Stop in Sa Dec and have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you are picked up again by your car and brought back to Ho Chi Minh city. Trip ends.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind LOTUSSIA Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.

Meals

LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.

Drinks

As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).

Vehicle

In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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