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BT 04 : Cycle Tour of the Mekong Delta of Vietnam

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5 Days / 4 Nights
Hochiminh city - Tra Vinh - Cantho - LongXuyen - ChauDoc
** B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner

TOUR SUMMARY
The bicycle is a perfect way to discover the distinct scenery of the Mekong Delta the bread Bowl of Vietnam. The adventure begins in VinhLong and takes us to the old Khmer temple and lotus pond of Can Tho and the floating market of Phong Dien over water and quiet backroads. Visit the Vietnamese killing fields at Ba Chuc and hike up the Sam Mountain before we head back to Hochiminh city.

RIDING PROFILE
This trip covers 260 kilometres on well surfaced roads. The daily distances are not too long and the terrain is gentle so this trip 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. Our route is designed to take us off the main roads as much as possible. And we explore scenic back roads on the way to all our destinations. An air-conditioned bus will travel behind the group to support us.

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Day 01 : SaiGon to MyTho, BenTre to TraVinh  [L,D]

Depart to TanAn where we start riding through rice fields and dragon fruit orchards. We reach MyTho town and ride over RachMieu suspension bridge with panorama view of Mekong river. We cycle in winding roads under the green coconut canopy – the coconut palms that make BenTre famous.
Lunch break in BenTre town, we have a short transfer to Mocay and bike along the canal to see the coconut industry workshop here. Speed up again to CoChien ferry, another big branch of mekong river. Then we have about 1 hour cycle to TraVinh. A wonderful day with picturesque ferry crossings over Mekong River branches and islands. Overnight in TraVinh.

Day 02 : TraVinh to CanTho [B,L,D]

Up early for walk around this town, enjoy fresh air with many old trees in town. Warm up by 8km to BaOm pond, see old trees and Khmer pagoda nearby the pond. We’ll discover more beautiful Theravada pagodas and encounter the Khmer monks in their pagoda.
First stage cycling ~ 32km to TraMet on paved road, then start again for windings cement road through rice fields, gardens and ferry crossing to VinhXuan. (See video clip below) At TraOn small town by the mekong river, we take two ferries over Lucsithanh island and keep on 15km to CanTho. Overnight in CanTho.

Day 03 : CanTho to ChauDoc [B, L, D]

An early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, then we have a longer cruise on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine. Then we cycle on local route along canal to PhongDien. Lunch break en route. In the afternoon we cycle to Sam mountain for a short hiking up to summit. Great view of sunset and rice paddies to Cambodia. Overnight in ChauDoc.

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Day 04 : ChauDoc to Long Xuyen [B,L,D]

Rising early for a boat ride through an amazing riverside market and through floating villages with tons of fish farmed in cages underneath water. We cycle to TraSu mangrove forest near Cambodia border. Boat trip here to see the birds sanctuary. Lunch break. In the afternoon we bike to Ongchuong island and keep on in the countryside road to LongXuyen. O/N in LongXuyen

Day 05 : Long Xuyen to SaDec and Saigon [B,L]

Morning boat cruise to explore the local floating market, no big toursit group here !! Then we cycle to DinhYen market which made sedge mats, and we cycle to SaDec – a quiet town famous by the film L’aman of Maguerite Duras novel. Our van will pick us up and transfer to SaiGon. End of tour.

Total Distance 258 km
Number of cycling days Three full days and one half-day
Road Surface This tour follows a mixture of well-surfaced roads and the option to go off road onto single track
Support One or two air-conditioned minibuses specially rigged to take bikes and bikers.
Group Minimum 2. Maximum 12.
Staff Cycling leader for group over 6 persons, English speaking Vietnamese cycling guide, driver/mechanic and assistants. For groups of ten or more an extra local bike guide also joins.
Food All meals are included except for the breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 5.

Rate in USD per person - validity 30 April 2017
( Except Christmas & New Year, Lunar New Year )

Private Groups
Group size
2 - 3pax
4 - 5 pax
6 - 9 pax
10 - 12 pax
Single Sup
Standard
667
550
450
399
70

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Accommodation applying in this trip ( click to see ):

Cities Hotel Standard
Long Xuyen Dong xuyen 3 Stars
CanTho Saigon Cantho 3 Stars
Tra Vinh Huong Tra 2 Stars
ChauDoc Chau Pho 3 Stars

Tour price includes:
• Hotels (twin share) and meals specified
• Cycle support by a/c vehicles
• Bike hire and spares
• Water while riding  ( 4 small bottles / pax/ day)
• Entrances to museums and sites mentioned
• English speaking guide
• Meals mentioned, Hotel + Breakfast

Tour price excludes:
• Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
• Tips for guides.
• Personal travel insurance
• Any services not mentioned in itinerary

 

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