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Cycle Tour of the Mekong Delta of Vietnam

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7 Days / 6 Nights
BenTre - TraVinh - CanTho - RachGia - HaTien - ChauDoc - CaoLanh
** 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 1: SaiGon - MyTho - BenTre - TraVinh (L,D)

Depart to LongAn where we start riding through rice fields and dragon fruit orchards. Lunch break in MyTho town. We pass RachMieu ferry and keep on country road to QueSon, feeling lost on winding road under the green coconut canopy - the coconut palms that make BenTre famous. On arrival in BenTre town, we cross HamLuong ferry and cycling 14km to Mocay and onto local ferry. We cruise over branches of mekong river to TraVinh. Short ride 5km to enter the town. A wonderful day with picturesque ferry crossings over Mekong River branches and islands. O/N in TraVinh.

Day 2: TraVinh - CanTho. (B,L,)

Up early for jogging 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. First stage 18k cycling to TieuCan. We'll discover more beautiful Theravada pagodas and encounter the Khmer monks in their pagoda. At TraOn small town by the mekong river, we take a ferry crossing and keep on 18km to BinhMinh, crossing ferry to Cantho for overnight.

Day 3: CanTho - RachGia (B,L,)

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 ViThanh. Lunch break en route. In the afternoon we cycle to GoQuao and ferry crossing on to RachGia. O/N in RachGia.

Day 4: RachGia - HaTien (B,L,)

Ride a long the west coast to this vibrant border town. We turn off main road for 16km ride to HonChong beach area, see ChuaHang cave and the Father & Son islet. Keep on to HaTien town. A little limestone mountain, mangrove swamp, beaches and rice fields that make HaTien have special scenery. O/N in HaTien.

Day 5: HaTien - ChauDoc (B,L,)

Cycle along VinhTe border canal to TriTon, we stop over for short visit to BaChuc ossuary  well known as killing field in Vietnam, followed by a ride up the sacred Sam Mountain with its panoramic view over the vast plains of the Mekong Delta and far into Cambodia. O/N in ChauDoc.

Day 6: ChauDoc - CaoLanh - CaiBe (B,L,)

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 have more ferries and local road to ThuanGiang and ChoMoi before heading onto Cao Lanh. Riding through the rural area of DongThap province which is known as "the big rice basket" of Mekong Delta. We pass many immense rice fields along canals & rivers, keep riding to CaiBe for the night. O/N homestay in CaiBe.

Day 7: CaiBe - SaiGon (B,L)

Morning boat cruise to explore the local floating market. Short riding around Caibe town. Lunch & shower. Afternoon 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 Dec 2013

Private Groups
Group size 2 pax 3 - 5 pax 6 - 8 pax 9 - 12 pax Single Sup
  708 USD 590 USD 480 USD 417 USD 95 USD

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Cities Hotel Standard
Travinh Thanh Tra 2*
CanTho Kim Tho 3 Stars
Ha Tien Hatien Hotel 3*
ChauDoc Chau Pho 3 Stars
Rach Gia Palace Hotel 2*
Vinh Long Home stay tourist class

Includes:

  • All hotels (twin share or dorm ) and meals specified
  • Cycle support by a/c vehicles
  • All water and snacks whilst riding
  • All entrances to museums and sites mentioned
  • Vietnamese English speaking guide
  • All meals mentioned

Excludes:

  • International Flights
  • Departure Tax
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Tips for guides.
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any services not mentioned in itinerary

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