Cycling

Vietnam Mekong Delta Cycling4 Days, 3 Nights

Enjoy the Mekong Delta in Vietnam Uniquely from Your Bike




Local Flavors & Favourites of the Mekong Delta

You will board a few boats along the way, giving you an up close and personal look at Vietnamese life on the river today. The Mekong flows 4,350 kilometres from the Tibetan plateau through China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos and into Vietnam where the scenery in the south is flat and lush. 

Life on the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam is bustling. Begin your adventure 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 virtually everywhere, a few boats rides with bike onboard are part of the adventure. Day three takes us through the Khmer area, enjoying some of the the architecture of temples and the many Khmer people who populate this area. The Phong Dien floating market is a highlight which we take in on the last day before heading back to Saigon. 

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.

Cycling Highlights

  • This tour starts and ends in Saigon, otherwise known as Ho Chi Minh City. International and domestic flights are not included. 
  • Cycling Distance - 150 kilometers over the 4 days
  • Cycling Days - 2 full days and 2 half days
  • Difficulty - 2 out of 5
  • Great for everyone

Children under 12 receive a 20% discount

Bikes Included in the Tour

You will ride good quality well known brands of hybrid or mountain bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames. With a convenient 24- to 27 gears, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension. 

Guides

You will be led by a local English-speaking tour guide. All our tour leaders are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your tour leader is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.

Food and Drink

Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are local and feature noodles, rice, curries and soups. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.

Keeping you completely hydrated is very important. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price. Beer is freely available everywhere, but is not included in the price.

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Tour Itinerary & Map (below)


Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Transfer with bikes to Cai Lay. Ride to Cai Be on back roads approx 1.5 hours.Have lunch on an island before continuing onto our local home stay run by alovely retired couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ba. They live in a typical Mekong DeltaVietnamese house, with airy rooms and outdoor kitchen. The rest of theafternoon is free to bike the dirt paths surrounding the home stay. Dinner will beprepared by the home stay hosts.Mr. and Mrs. Ba’s Home stay. Ride 18-30 km.

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
From Vinh Long enjoy a boat journey out to one of the Mekong islands. Bikealong narrow country lanes, easy dirt tracks and trails. This is biking at its mostglorious -- through tiny orchards, witness colorful life along the riverside, pedalpast picturesque delta homes, pause to chat with welcoming villagers, clackacross innumerable wooden bridges. Cross a narrow canal on a local sampan,before finishing at the main ferry for a refreshing boat trip across the expansiveCo Chien River. Ride a final few kilometers to the very pretty Khmer town of TraVinh. There will be plenty of time to explore side tracks and trails as the cyclingdistance today is not far. This gives a great first impression of the ‘heart of theMekong’.Local hotel in Tra Vinh. Today's ride 40 km

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
A special ride today as much of the area is populated by Khmer people. Theregional architecture is interesting and there are many Khmer temples to stopand admire en route. Cycle as much or as little as is preferred; the road ispeaceful, narrow and very pretty all the way to Can Tho! Pedal to Ba Om Pondwith its magnificent lotus flowers, and observe local women having their futurepredicted in the small temple nearby. En route, stop to visit a local BuddhistTemple School if possible. Arrive finally at Can Tho, the Mekong’s largest townlocated at the confluence of the Can Tho and Hau Giang rivers.Local hotel in Can Tho. Today's ride 40 km.

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Weave through the teeming early morning market bustle along the banks of anactive riverfront. Ride on a narrow paved road to Phong Dien floating market,absorbing the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconutshredders and small docks loading/unloading rice. Continue by bike on thenarrow lane and loop round to the main road. Ride to O Mon or Binh Thuy. Lunchin local restaurant in town. Return to the hotel, check out and drive four hoursback to your hotel in Saigon, officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City. Today's ride 40 km.

Good to Know

Accommodations and Trip Route

The routes have been chosen to assure you of seeing the best scenery and having a ride on the best terrain, be it on road or dirt. We have carefully chosen accommodations finding the best available for the location to offer a good mix from home stays to luxurious lodges on all tours. Read the itinerary for the names of hotels and resorts on route. 

Road Conditions

Good quality tarmac roads or dirt tracks over primarily flat terrain with a few small hills, mixing hard-packed jeep trails and smooth tarmac.

Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Safety

Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended on all our biking adventures and if you choose not to wear one you will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding.

Support

We will be supported by an air-conditioned vehicle that has been specially modified for cycle tours. The vehicle follow us the whole time and it is very easy to get bikes on and off, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you feel like it.

Passports & Visas

All western nationalities require a passport and a visa for entry into Vietnam. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. You can apply online at http://www.vietnamvisa.com. You can also go to the Vietnam Embassy closest to where you live or if you are already holidaying in Thailand, you can go to the Vietnam Embassy in Bangkok to get your visa. Processing time is 3 days. 

Health

We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. 

Weather

Vietnam has a tropical climate with some humidity. There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 27 and 40C, with night temperatures in the 20s. The rainy season is from July to October, but temperatures are slightly lower, because of the effect of the rain. During this time it will not rain continuously. Mostly in the morning or evening. 

Extra Expenses

We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, for incidentals. The Vietnamese currency is the Dong. ATMs, which are abundant, are the easiest ways to get Dong. Have a supply of US dollars in cash on hand, just in case your card doesn’t work. Banks or the more rare private money changers offer the best foreign-exchange rates. Credit cards are accepted in big cities and resort hotels but you’ll need Dong for family-run guesthouses or small restaurants. 

Terms & Conditions

Booking the Tour

  • Same day confirmations or allow up to 24 hours
  • Minimum 2 persons per booking required or add single supplement fee for solo traveler. 
  • Pricing in USD, per person.

Payment Terms

  • We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
  • TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
  • Prepayment in full once your reservation has been confirmed by TourChoice.com
  • A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation. 
  • Suggest booking a minimum of 3 months in advance for high season (November 1 to April 30)
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When Booking, Please Provide:

  • First name & Family name and email address
  • Nationality
  • Heights of all guests; to select correct bike size (comments field on booking page)
  • Pick up & Drop off hotel if known (comments field on booking page) if not, we will remind you
  • Dietary or special meal requirement(s) (comments field on booking page)

Departures

This tour is on a join in basis. Departs every Tuesday from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)  based on a minimum of 2 participants. Groups are never more than 16 people and a minimum of 2 people are required to run the tour.  Pick up times at your hotel are between 7:30 to 8:00 am. The tour desk will call you the night before. Please ensure your guest check in name is the same as the guest name that we have on file. 

Refund / Cancellation Policy: 

If the guest cancels the trip, the following applies: Number of days prior to trip start:

  • 7 days or more - full refund less 5% of tour price
  • 6 to 3 days - full refund less 25% of tour price
  • 1 or 2 days before - refund less 50% of tour price
  • No show - forfiet 100% of tour price

Child Policy

20% discount for children under 12

Changes to Itinerary

In remote destinations, road, weather or other conditions can occasionally change which means the itinerary can be subject to change. The guides  will do their best to adhere to the original itinerary but if a change is necessary, guides cannot be held responsible.  Its best for guests to understand, remain flexible and you will enjoy your adventure.

 

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