Best 6 Day Biking Mekong Delta Vietnam

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This 6 days Biking Mekong Delta tour is one of our moderate road cycling tour that covers most of important travel attractions of the Mekong Delta. Cycling mostly on the back roads for the real life experience.

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

This 6 days Biking Mekong Delta tour is one of our moderate road cycling tour that covers most of important travel attractions of the Mekong Delta. Cycling mostly on the back roads for the real life experience.

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DAY 1: SAIGON -> VINH LONG

You will be met up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city by Lotussia Travel team and transferred to the Mekong Delta. After an hour drive, we get to Long An, where we begin our interesting day on saddle to explore a picturesque area of expansive rice paddies, green fruit orchards and plenty of small canals. After 2hr biking we will reach My Tho, a quiet town by the bank of the Mekong River. Lunch break in My Tho before we continue riding to Vinh Long, the capital of Vinh Long Province which lying between two big branches of the Mekong River. Along the way from My Tho to Vinh Long, we peddle on small paved roads running through a vast expanse of rice field. Upon arrival in the small town of Cai Be we take an interesting boat trip to cross the mighty Mekong River to reach a village on a small island in the middle of the river, where we spend the night in a local home. The home stay will be an unforgettable experience and can give you a unique insight into the culture of the locals. A dinner with local delights is cooked by the family.

DAY 2: VINH LONG -> CHAU DOC

After breakfast we say goodbye to the family and across the Mekong River on boat. We will take a bus transfer to the peaceful town of Sa Dec, which is famous for its many nurseries of flower and bonsai. Here we begin riding to Cho Moi, a small town known for its rich groves of fruit. The ride in the morning is on the smooth paved road along the Mekong. Lunch in Cho Moi before taking more biking in the afternoon to reach Chau Doc, a pleasant little town near the border. We will have a panoramic view over the vast plain of the Mekong Delta and far into. Dinner in local restaurant and enjoy an orientation tour of Chau Doc by xe dap loi (pulling cyclo). Overnight in hotel.

DAY 3: CHAU DOC -> LONG XUYEN

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. We return to hotel after boat trip and pick up our bikes and start our day’s ride on spectacular road passing through “thot not” canopy. We ride along traffic free roads to the Vietnamese killing fields at Ba Chuc. It was here that Pol Pot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese in 1978. Stop to visit the local museum here. Along the way we cycle by red flowering Madagascar trees (if in season), and several temples. We finish our ride at Long Xuyen, where we spend our night. Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in hotel.

DAY 4: LONG XUYEN -> CAN THO

After breakfast, we across Long Xuyen Ferry, at An Thanh we pick up our bike and start the first legs on beautiful single track passing through picturesque country side of Mekong delta. The dirt road last after 20km, then we hit paved road at Tan Hung town, from here we cruise on flat terrain along Tien River. A stop for lunch will give us a quick break before we continue cycling to Cai Von. We then hp in bus and transfer the rest way to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho

DAY 5: CAN THO CYCLING

After enjoying an early morning breakfast weave through teeming early morning market bustle along the banks of an active riverfront. Ride on a narrow paved road to Phong Dien floating market. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, tiny vibrant markets. Continue by bike on the narrow lane to explore the hidden backwaters of the delta. Overnight in Can Tho.

DAY 6: CAN THO -> SAIGON

Early get up for a great boat trip to explore floating Cai Rang market, which is renown as one of the busiest floating markets in Southeast Asia. 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, 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.

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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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  1. Deborah

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    Lotussia Travel organised a fantastic bike tour that gave us a great experience of this wonderful part of the southern Vietnam. The accommodation was very good and the villages we stayed out were authentic to make the most of the biking opportunities.

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  2. Julie

    5 out of 5

    An absolutely fantastic cycling holiday! We had previously done a bike tour from Hanoi to Mai Chau and this Mekong Delta experience was the “icing on the cake”. A truly superb holiday. Big thanks to the team

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